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Good Trade, Bad Trade: Round 9

Well we have now officially ticked over the first third of the season. Our teams are starting to take shape, and the overall ranking starting to fluctuate less (well it seems to go up slowly, but down quickly). Let’s look at Good Trade, Bad Trade for Round 9.

Well we have now officially ticked over  the first third of the season. Our teams are starting to take shape, and the overall ranking starting to fluctuate less  (well it seems to go up slowly, but down quickly). We can probably put ourselves into one of three categories

  • I’m still a chance for the car
  • I have as much chance at the car as Lara Bingle does a respectable media career
  • 2012? oh this is just a rebuilding year, and I’m not going to pick Tom Couch. bring on 2013

With the multi bye rounds firmly at the fore front of our minds (right next to day dreaming about Miranda Kerr/ Orlando Bloom, which ever way you’re inclined) the next few trades should almost have the byes as a very high priority, but not to the detriment of building your team. let’s see how the popular trades this week could affect your team during the byes….


The mask of Zorro  Zorko



With a current dearth of solid cows  to bring into our team, it feels like when one does come along we see them as some saving grace/super hero. As the banner suggests, the arrival of Dayne Zorko seems like some suernatural  human has come down to save us, and his power is tackling! Currently the most traded in player this week (almost 1 in 5)  the cows in line for slaughter are….

Toby Greene: As Chook pointed out yesterday (sort of, he likes to sit on a fence) Toby Greene could be a suitable suitor for the trade thanks to a halt in cash generation with his 54, and week off courteous of the tribunal, he will make you a cool $250k in the trade while not messing up any bye structure that has been meticulously planned already (ha!)

Dylan Shiel: Very similar to the Greene machine, he won’t stuff up any bye structure, but he wont also make you as much money. With a b/e of 37 , this trade is a little premature, but Zorko’s  cash generation is far greater now on and you still make a handy $176k in the trade. Your decision may also be helped out if Sheedy doesnt pull his name out of the hat  in the selection meeting tonight.

Jimmy Magner: Good ol magnet. Has become a super reliable M7 with a average of 73 in the last 5 rounds, and he is a tagger! (I will not add to the vent-a-thon on this topic) Has pretty much topped out in his cash making, but trading him out could add another rd 11 bye to your team, depending on other GWS rookies. On the plus side, he has great JS as he’s probably first picked every week and has that Tom Couch voodoo doll all worked out (doesn’t want to risk his spot in the team, cos he’s the ‘same type of player’). Magner will make you tidy $189k in the trade and could also add a very valuable DP link to that forward line for the byes.


Murphy’s not Swanning about anymore


The pre bye carnage continues with gun mids Swan and Murphy going down with Hamstring and shoulder injuries respectively. Murphy is out for 8-10 weeks while Swan is only reported to be out for 2 weeks, but with Collingwood having weak opposition coming up before the bye, Swan may already be on holiday in Arizona and we wont see him until rd 13 . neither of these players can be held due to the byes, so who can we bring in for them?

Gary Ablett: Currently 4500 people have already got the little master in (some for the second time, no doubt) for either Swan or Murphy. GAJ looks to of bottomed out at a bargain $553k, so you need to swallow your pride and get him back in if you traded him out. As Calvin’s number one captain pick this week it’s the vanilla thing to do. You don’t want to get mocked at work/school/employment agency for not having Gary now do you?

Bryce Gibbs: What? Bryce Gibbs? Well with Carlton currently downhill skiing and doing their best quell any threat of being a premiership favourite, they might see the light and put Gibbs back in the middle in a DT friendly role and start winning again! At a bargain basement $406k he has the ability to turn it around and return to super premium status now that Murphy is injured (another voodoo doll?) this trade could make your season, or continue its path down the toilet.

Alan Didak: Geez Stubby, you must be on crack to suggest these trades. Well, I’m not, but do like looking outside the box for alternatives sometimes. Didak is a proven DT gun who was down on his luck last year. With a solid run in the magoos and a DT ton on debut this year, he is basement price at at $363k and a good POD. With a b/e of 78 this week, he could be in line for extra midfield time in the absence of Swan and get back to his former glory days.

Tweet a question:



@Ashley Clark asks ‘is 6 trades enough to last after the bye rounds?’

Well Ash, if the first 8 weeks are anything to go by 6 trades will probably only last til rd 16, so saving trades whenever you can is a bloody great idea!  Keeping trades in the bank after the byes will, in my opinion, pay you back in spades in the long run(there are 10 rounds after the byes you know!) While a whole lot of luck is required for success,  picking rookies on the bubble (eg Zorko, Horsely) that have great JS and also looking to get a solid bench option will also ensure long term success in DT


Well there is plenty to talk about this week. We should see the high scores continue, my projected is currently 2,371 after I have traded in Zorko and Boyd for Greene and Magner (at the moment).

Also, just some data for next week!

How many trades do you plan to use during the byes?

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    May 24, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Keep seeing comments saying ”I’m bringing in Deledio this week”.. Were you living under a rock pre season?

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    May 24, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Hey guys would love a hand – have 17 trades left, $100,000 in the bank, mainly going for a league win and in some strife.

    Def: Deledio, Goddard, Broughton, Duffield, Clarke, Bugg, Ellis (Morris, Townsend)

    Mids: Swan, Pendlebury, Murphy, Gibbs, Coniglio, Horsley (Shiel, McDonald)

    Fwds: Sidebottom, Franklin, Beams, Zaharakis, Martin, Christensen, Smith (Treloar, Hall)

    So my defence is average and Swan and Murphy out in the same week hurt.

    1. Shiel to Zorko to open up DPP, leaving $275,000.
    Morris to Birchall/Lake leaving $125k for a mid upgrade next week.

    2. Hall to Zorko, no DPP and $160k.
    Morris to Birchall/Lake and no money for upgrades.

    3. Shiel to Zorko, Murphy to Ablett/Boyd/Stanton etc, play Bugg & Ellis on the field and upgrade a defender next round? Cheers!

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      May 24, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      ide say option 3… all depends on your fixture in your league though i guess… keeping both swan and murphy is going to hurt your midfield this week obviously but it all depends if you think you can win this week with both on the bench?

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      May 24, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      Option 3 iMO. With Christensen also out for another couple of weeks the Zorko trade allows you additional cover as well as the DPP. Maintains balance with your bye structure???
      Gablett is probably best option of the three choices mentioned. Also maintains the 2:3:3 structure in your midfield for the MBR’s.
      Good Luck!

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        May 24, 2012 at 6:24 pm

        Thanks guys appreciate it. I’m pretty sold on Shiel to Zorko but it is just getting painful having to take a 40 from Ellis/Morris every week. The only reason I was going to upgrade a defender first and leave Swan and Murphy on the pine is I would rather play any of Horse, Conigs, McDonald and Zorko over Ellis or Morris. That assumes that J-Mac is named – if not it’s a pretty easy decision I’ll have to trade Murphy to avoid a donut.

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    May 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    who should i trade swan out for ?
    already got GAZ , i was thinking of stanton ?
    and shiel or macdonald to zorko?


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      May 24, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      na, Stanton will tank any week now. Thompson.

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    May 24, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    swan > ?? already got GAZ? stanton?

    shiel/MacDonald> zorko…

    shiel or macca ?

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      May 24, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      Stanton has had a cushy ride, go Red/Rock, Boyd, Jellwood or just anyone else.

      Trust me.

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    May 24, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    So Clay Smith dropped and Aaron Hall still emergency. Which one do I trade for Zorko? If I trade Smith I can get a mid/fwd link in my mids again. Hall perhaps less likely to play though.

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    May 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Nice Article mate… as always!

    Ok, so I have 1 more trade to do to be ready for the bye rounds… pending no serious injuries and/or suspensions of course… touch wood! Just looking for some advice/opinions please!

    I need to turn one of my Rd11 Def Byes, into a Rd12…

    Golby, Waters, Bugg, Lake.

    Waters is a lock, Lake seems to be back to his best so is a Lock, Golby is also pushing for Lock status (all three also have some more money to make with low BE’s) which just leaves Bugg.

    1) Enright: Dropped in price a bit since Rd 1, has been inconsistent but might be back to his best?
    2) Heater: On fire at the moment, some easy opponents coming up in GC and Melb. Too much risk with the rollercoaster?
    3) Broughton: Started with him, traded him out after good old Rossy Lyon screwed us over = mistake #1. Will getting him back in be mistake #2? I don’t like bringing players back…
    4) Johnson: Unique pick, but seems to be doing alright now hes off the coke (apparently)

    Any other suggestions???

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      May 24, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      Heath Shaw for mine.

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    May 24, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Just want a few people’s thoughts/ideas on my two trades this round:

    OUT: Greene and Ellis

    IN: Zorko and Shaw

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    May 24, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I want someone to tell me whats all so good about Zorko… No talk about Walsh a lazy 85 first game and he is in this week.. Not on the pine But centre half forward… Maybe all this babble about the amazing Zorro has brainwashed a lot of folks

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      May 24, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      Zorko will be a money-maker with very good JS after Todd Banfield’s injury.
      PERFECT downgrade target.

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      May 24, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      And Walsh will be traded in next week for mine.

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    May 24, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Greene out for Zorro and Jmac upgraded to Stanton. I know Jmac has done pretty well but compared to Stanton?

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      May 24, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      I’d wait a week, so you can squeeze some more cash out of JMac

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      May 24, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      But do the Greene-Zorko thing

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    Chuck Norris

    May 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Zorko in for who?

    GREENE who is suspended this week and has a B/E of 85 but is averaging 90


    SHIEL who has a B/E of 38 but is averaging 75 in the last 5 rounds.

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    May 24, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Got to get rid of Murphy and I already have Zorko. Got 100K in the bank so I can afford GAJ just but it leaves me with 4K remaining only which has me contemplating trading Jenkins in. Currently my ruck division is Kreuzer, McEvoy, Giles and Big O but if I trade out Kreuzer for Jenkins that can give me sufficient cash to go Murphy to GAJ and then also to be able to complete all my upgrades in the bye rounds.

    My mids are currently Murphy, Pendles, Selwood (J), Sloane, Parker, Horse, Magner. Considering getting in a Mitchell, Dal Santo or Gibbs for Murphy as a risk because I’m still planning on going Parker to Boyd in Round 12, would love some opinions thanks guys

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    May 24, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    need some advice:
    have already got zorko i am going to trade out neale and sub him in to the mid as a DPP link and have decided to trade swan to mitchell leaving me with 325k to get a forward, who should i get?

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    May 24, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    My only trade this week (maybe) is Couch to Zorko. Is Zorko really a must have? Knowing my luck, will do it and Couch will play next week!

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    May 25, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    DEFENDERS: Deledio, goddard, birchell, hargrave, bugg, Lee spurr, townsend, smedts, sam darely.

    MIDS: swan, boyd, thompson, murphy, Stantonl, Devon smith, macdonald, Horsely.

    RUCKS: cox, giles, stepheson, redden.

    FORWARDS: sidebottom, robinson, franklin, dangerfield, D Martin, cloke, J cameron, A hall, D pfieffier.

    rd 11: 12 players :/
    rd 12: 7 players
    rd 13: 11 players :/

    17 trades left
    $42,200 in salary atm



    Option 1:
    OUTS: muprhy and swan
    INS: zorko and a premium

    Option 2:
    OUTS: jmac and murphy
    INS: zorko and a premium

    Option 3:
    OUTS: hall or pfieffier and murphy
    INS: zorko and premium

    Option 4:
    dont get zorko
    focus on strengthening my defence and fixing my midfield by trading murphy

    OR: anything other suggestions…


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