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Roy’s Trade Talk – Round 23

The Big Dance! I have a projected rank for the top scoring players from each position for the upcoming round to help with your trade targets. As always, discuss your ideas in the comments… I have a feeling this article may generate some discussion!

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It’s Grand Final time, so there is no looking beyond this week. For that reason, my article is all about the top three point scorers for this round in each position… Probably my biggest ‘balls on the line’ article for the year.


The top scorer for the round will predictably be the Pig Tom Rockliff (MID, $625,000). He is in ridiculous form, averaging 141 in his last three and still managed 123 against the Cats despite copping a shoulder knock in quarter two. This week he plays the Saints, who are happy to give up plenty of points and the game is at ES. Not at the GABBA Roy? And you are still backing him? Correct! In his last two games at ES, Rocky has gone ballistic with 179 and 184… (No Typo). In the last game of the season, Rocky will be keen to earn his beers.

The Dogs don’t mind giving up points and Merrett and Zaharakis showed that last week. This week it is the young Piglet Lachie Neale’s (MID, $550,000) turn. He has a four game average 124 and has fully embraced being the number one man in the middle for the lowly Dockers. He has three scores over 124 in the last five weeks and is coming off a whopping 169 against the odds at Spotless Stadium against the Giants.

Luke Parker (MID, $579,000) will tear the Tigers a new one at the SCG. He is in great form, averaging over 120 for the last five weeks and he has a great ceiling with a top score of 158 for the year. Parks loves playing at the SCG with scores of 128, 116, 111, 158 and 140 there in his last five games. He had a poor score against the Tigers during a form slump earlier in the year before turning it on and he will more than make up for it this games.

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No prizes for guessing young star Zach Merrett (FWD/MID, $584,000) is the number one man here after boasting a three game average of 121 to go with his year average of 118. He has dropped under 100 once in the last 12 weeks and in that time boasts nine scores over 110 to go with two thumping scores of 148 and 150. This week he plays the Blues for a walk-up 130.

Nick Riewoldt (FWD, $508,000) is going to feast on the Lions at ES, a ground where he has dominated his opposition all year. It’s a well know fact that opposition talls have been having a field day against the Lion back line and there is no one who has a chance to run with Saint Nick and therefore he will surpass 15 marks to send his season out on a high.

A nose behind the Voldt is the in form Leigh Montagna (FWD/MID, $468,000) who has reached triple figures three weeks in a row for an average of 113 in that time. What I like most about Monty is his history against the Lions where he boasts scores of 144, 158, 112, 102, 126, 129 and 133 in his last seven games against them.


Kade Simpson (DEF, $492,000) has had an outstanding year, averaging 100 in that time and 107 in his last three games. Earlier in the year he scored 99 on the Bombers, but this time around he is going to go nuts, similar to what we saw from JJ last week. He will be keen to end the year on a positive note against the arch rival and I can’t see him dropping below 125.

Jason Johannisen (DEF, $446,000) smashed the Dockers at the start of the year with 35 touches and nine marks and they are about 100 times worse than that now. Heath Shaw had a field day against the Dockers last week and JJ is fresh off the back of a season high 144 from 31 possessions and 12 marks. He will be huge.

Sam Docherty (DEF, $508,000) Simmo’s partner in crime the Doc is going to share in the end of year celebrations with a massive send off vs the Bombers. He will be open at will for uncontested marks, not the mention the intercepts he will pick up along the way. A season high could be on the cards, which is a big call for a guy who has reached 140.


Brodie Grundy (RUC, $541,000) is averaging a whopping 119 in the last three rounds and expect that high ceiling to continue against the Hawks who are under-manned in the ruck department.  He is on an absolute tear with scores of 119, 127 and 139 within his last four games.

Max Gawn (RUC, $567,000) It is harsh bumping the big fella down to number two after pumping out 10 triple figure scores in a row and boasting a three game average of 123. It purely comes down to matchups and I think the Demons will get pumped at skilled, keeping Max to around 110 despite scoring 139 down there last year. Can’t lose with these two.

Thanks heaps for reading RTT this year, I hope you enjoyed it. As always, discuss your trade ideas in the comments and good luck



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    August 23, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Hi i need the fourth best midfielder have the top three.

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      August 23, 2016 at 12:16 pm


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    Brad Hogg

    August 23, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Shaw, Simpson, Docherty, Laird, Kelly, Vince (Collins, Drummond)
    Dangerfield, Rockliff, Treloar, Hannebery, Parker, Hunter, Bontempelli (Menegola, Phillips)
    Gawn, Jacobs (Frost, Chol)
    Merrett, Martin, Riewoldt, Montagna, Zorko, R Gray (Silvagni, Apeness)

    Bank: $106k
    Vince has to go.

    1). Jacobs > Grundy, Vince > Bartel
    2). Vince > Boyd, $36k to play with
    3). Vince > JJ, $79k to play with (can’t get Grundy)

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      August 23, 2016 at 9:20 am

      Jacobs will go big against the Eagles

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        Brad Hogg

        August 23, 2016 at 10:31 am

        Yeah I’m leaning towards
        Vince to JJ, and Gray to Hall.

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    August 23, 2016 at 10:09 am

    thoughts on ollie wines

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      August 23, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      Had him all year and has been great recently. Looks good against the suns but he’s the kind of guy that it doesnt really matter who he plays, since he’s an inside tackler/clearance guy. Can only see him going 95-105 this week so I would go elsewhere.

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    August 23, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Gutted sloan is out.

    Option 1: sloan to rocky
    Option 2: double trade :
    sloan to Gibbs v Essendon plus Lewis to reiwalt v lions

    Or is rocky a must

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      Little Black Duck

      August 23, 2016 at 11:29 am

      Don’t trade out Lewis. He religiously goes ape-sh… against Collingwood.

      From a bruised Pies supporter.

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        August 23, 2016 at 2:06 pm


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        Ted Morgan

        August 24, 2016 at 1:38 am

        You can go a bit ape but don’t chuck any bananas

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    August 23, 2016 at 10:44 am

    trades this week are as follows, depending on selection
    Buddy > Montagna
    Hanley > Docherty
    only had 5 players on my field that didn’t ton up last week! hoping for another big one in all of my GFs.

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    August 23, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Cripps and Riewoldt
    Neale and Zorko?

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      August 23, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      Riewoldt will outscore Zorko in the match up game between the saints and lions. BUT, the Neale/Zorko combination should noticeably outscore the Cripps/Riewoldt option.

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        August 23, 2016 at 2:06 pm

        Nerko for me mate

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    August 23, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Gibson > JJ
    Goldy > Grundy
    Buddy > Voldt?

    Which one is priority?

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      August 23, 2016 at 2:11 pm


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    August 23, 2016 at 10:56 am

    P.Cripps or Bont???? Can’t decide who to go too!!! would love some advise + comments (:

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    August 23, 2016 at 11:18 am

    I lost all 3 of my prelims and look set to finish 3k overall for the 3rd straight year! My final trade of the year will mean I never get to upgrade biggs, but he is whipping out some solid 80s anyway.

    Do I trade Sloane to JPK or Parker? Already have Tom Mitchell…Thx

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      August 23, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      I’d choose Parker

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        August 23, 2016 at 1:50 pm

        thanks, thats what i have done

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    August 23, 2016 at 11:47 am

    surely more than me are bringing in swanny for one last hooraa ? a final lap for a retiring piglet

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      August 23, 2016 at 12:21 pm

      Gutsy, and would loudly cheer the honouring in your team. Alas, I have A Grand Final to contest, and the last time my in the flesh team played a Grand Final with Swanny on the ground, we For rolled the week after a draw … Too painful to revisit, even in an heroic gesture to a player I admire in both the flesh and blood, and fantasy forms of the game … Good luck with your final salute!

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      the Cricket

      August 23, 2016 at 7:30 pm

      My tribute to the great, original Pig – I’m trading him in for this last week of the season AND putting the Big C on him. He’s such a star he just might even manage his BE of 204 … with only one foot.
      Thanks for the good times, Swanny!
      Any other coaches gonna join in the tribute? (I’m not in the GF and was working on my ranking, but feel a show of adoration for the Pig is required!)

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    August 23, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Sloane to bont,Parker , or cripps?

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      August 23, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      I like Bont or Gibbs?

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    August 23, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    $38k remaining. Forced to trade Sloane this week due to accepting his ban, not too confident on Wells playing this week, could be rested for finals?

    my original plan was to downgrade Silvagni and upgrade Scully to Dangerfield/ Neale/ any premo, but that’s footy!

    FWD: Shaw, Boyd, Simpson, Docherty, Laird, Kelly (Cowan, Marsh)
    MID: Sloane, Rocky, Bontempelli, Gibbs, Selwood, Hannebery, Steven, Scully (Wills, Long)
    RUC: Gawn, Martin (Smith, Soldo)
    FWD: Merrett, Martin, Zorko, Gray, Greene, Wells (Phillips, Silvagni)

    my new plan is to trade Sloane + Wells -> Hunter+ N.Reiwoldt

    Any thoughts appreciated. Hunter or Picken? Reiwoldt or Montagna?

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      August 23, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      Opponent has Montagna and Hunter

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        August 23, 2016 at 1:48 pm


        Firstly, thanks for your comments on my trades.

        On your team, I cant split your two options … they are both very good and a ‘toss of the coin’ IMO …

        Good luck this week …

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    August 23, 2016 at 12:58 pm


    Forced to trade Sloane or move him to the bench … which option will score better this week ?

    Neale + Biggs (upgrade Sloane to Neale, have Rupert wills on the bench as backup)
    Wills + Boyd (moved Sloane to the bench, moved wills onto the field, and upgraded Biggs to Boyd.

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      August 23, 2016 at 1:40 pm

      how much money do you need for Biggs to Boyd?

      could possibly go biggs -> boyd or JJ if need extra cash to switch Sloane for someone slightly less eg Hunter, Picken, Gibbs, montagna, Hall etc ( all should score more than Wills)

      no point having all the cash with sloane on the bench if its last week

  14. Will


    August 23, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    1. scott thompson to luke parker
    2. goldstein to grundy

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      August 23, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      gotta go parker

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    August 23, 2016 at 1:15 pm


    So forced to trade Sloane as i’m sure many are. Thinking of downgrade to Picken and use the cash to upgrade Collins to Rich in Def with $12k left over. Other option is Sloane to Menegola and Collins to JJ?


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      August 23, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      Sloane to menegola is risky but could pay off for the extra cash to get collins to JJ, do you have Hunter?

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      August 23, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      take the picken and rich option… curnow might be out this week which mean carlton wont have a solid tagger letting rich run free

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    August 23, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Rory Sloane + Josh Gibson *rolls eyes* -> Seb Ross & Kade Simpson.

    St.kilda & Carlton have pretty juicy matchups.. crossing my fingers that Gibson doesnt bite me on the arse with a once in a bluemoon style 130+.

    Farewell to 2016 fantasy footy, time to get hyped for trade/draft season ! :)

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    August 23, 2016 at 3:06 pm


    I have 7k left. Currently thinking Vince + Naismith -> 100-200k playing rookie who is playing this week + Grundy. Thoughts? Other options are Danger + Naismith -> Menegola + Grundy. WHICH ONE??

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    August 23, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Sloane to Hunter or Treloar?

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    Raelene Boyle

    August 23, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Treloar has been on fire recently. Hunter will run second to him, I should know – ran 2nd a few times myself!

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    August 23, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Dahlhaus or R.Gray?

  21. Euman


    August 23, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Cheers Roy great article I needed a forward to round out team Monty it is

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    August 23, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    To get in Neale

    Trade Steven or Ross?

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      August 23, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      steven and ross could both go huge this week against brisbane… any other plays which u could trade for him?

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        August 23, 2016 at 8:51 pm

        Lewis, rocky, hunter, Gibbs, danger, treloar …. All a chance to go off this weekend

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        August 23, 2016 at 8:51 pm

        Concern is robbo tag on Steven

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    August 23, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    should i go sloane to m.crouch or hunter and with the money left can upgrade clay smith to monty?

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    August 23, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Vince & Sloan to:

    1) Houli + Bont
    2) Gibbs + Simpson
    3) JJ + Hanners / Neale

    Thanks guys!

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      August 23, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      2 or 3.. i like 3 better

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    August 23, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Hey so combo of either in the side of doc (carl) and monti (saints) or JJ (Bulls) and Cripps (carl)

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    August 23, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    im trading out wells…. any recomendations for premo mid or fwd…. have 580k in bank

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    stupid for listing

    August 23, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Roys all talk.. im kicking myself after your so called trade of week forwards 3 weeks ago DAHLHAUS.. never again listen to roy. Dunkleys scoring more.. boo roy.

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    August 23, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Parker or Neale??

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      August 23, 2016 at 10:41 pm

      Neale is the man!
      he has proven that it dosent matterwhihc team he plays, he will ton up

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    August 23, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    hall,monty or dalhaus????

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    August 23, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Is H shaw to JJ crazy?, my opp has shaw also but our only unique defs are Boyd vs Pittard
    Or do I Pittard to JJ?
    Dumping Shaw i can upgrade another player(not sure who but i want to match his Hunter) but Pittard i cant

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    August 24, 2016 at 1:08 am

    Will luke hodge score well thia week?

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    August 24, 2016 at 4:05 am

    Great stuff Roy, thanks for all your help this year.

    My choices this week
    1) McVeigh and Walters to JJ and Voldt/Hall or
    2) Walters and Devon to Hall and Touk (or someone else around that price $473k like T Lynch)

    I personally like no1 but Swans vs Rich sounds like a bunch of pts for McVeigh

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    August 24, 2016 at 9:08 am

    JJ or Simpson for Boyd

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      August 24, 2016 at 9:09 am

      For Vince*

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      August 24, 2016 at 9:11 am

      Opponent has both so will score more?

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    August 24, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    “Vince seems to thrive at Simonds Stadium, which is where the Demons head this week for their season-closer and where the ex-Crow has averaged a monster 158.”
    Does anyone think that it is worth trading in to Vince in the hope that he gets this score?

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    August 24, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Neale, Parker or JPK??

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    August 24, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Defenders: Boyd, Laird, Johannisen, Simpson, Docherty, Shaw (Drummond, Castagna)
    Midfield: Rockliff, Steven, Hanners, Sloane, Selwood, Danger, Hunter, Ward (Clayton, Menegola)
    Ruck: Gawn, Goldstein (irrelevant)
    Forwards: Martin, Merrett, Montagna, Greene, C.Smith, Zorko (Reid, Kommer)

    C.Smith will become Hall leaving $2k.

    Need to side Sloane to someone up to 525! Lewis/Pendles/Roo?!?!?!

    Thoughts appreciated!

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    August 24, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    dangerfield or neale

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      August 25, 2016 at 1:44 am


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    August 25, 2016 at 1:43 am

    who do i get as m8 to complete my midfield? already have rocky, danger, parker, hannerz, neale, titch and hunter.

    looking at jpk, cripps, bont, treloar or tyson. or someone else?

    leaning towards jpk. possibly just for the novelty of splashing the cash and having a ridiculous number of swans in my mids rather than any real strategy.

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      August 25, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      JPK or Bont i rekon, comes down to selections whos in and out for bullies as may rest travelling to WA. may rest other mids so means bont has more mid time. JPK will get 100 tackles but

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        August 26, 2016 at 2:33 am

        cheers, yeah i like me some tackles, think i might just roll with jpk, he should be good!

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    August 25, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Montagna or Reiwoldt? opp has montagna

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