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Roy’s Trade Talk – Rd. 4

Roy throws around a few trade ideas before throwing it up open to you to discuss your options in the comments section

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The roses continue to bloom while some premiums missed the memo that scoring is going through the roof this year. Maybe the old ‘don’t trade a premium’ rule is out the window with two trades per week. Dan Hannebery showed why the rule exists last week with a bounce back to form against the Pies, but the likes of Luke Parker, Heath Shaw and Lachie Neale are really testing coaches patience.

Chopping Block:

Max Gawn (RUC, $588,000) BE: 152: Injury, get him out

Luke Parker (MID, $612,000) BE: 129: Rivals are circling in Draft leagues with low offers, stay strong!

Heath Shaw (DEF, $552,000) BE: 122: A big score must be on the cards, but I would be itchy with an average of 79.

Lachie Neale (MID, $617,000) BE: 127: Cheaper players are pumping out way bigger scores… Luxury trade option

Get him in:

Marc Murphy (MID, $596,000) BE: 36: Still under-priced and killing it

David Swallow (MID, (404,000) BE: 15: Looking like a number one draft pick

Alex Neal-Bullen (MID/FWD, $377,000) BE:-14: Two massive scores out for three for the high scoring Dees. Nice stepping stone as we shy away from the guns and rookies strategy. BE: -14

Clayton Oliver (MID, $531,000) BE: 34: Yes, still a bargain, not too late.

Rucking issue

The biggest trade issue this week is Max Gawn. There is no simple answer here as everyone’s team is off to a different start. Some are structured well, rolling along nicely, while others needed to find a reason to restructure and this could be it.

Well balanced:

If you have a team that isn’t running the rollercoaster with rookies on the field that are producing pathetic scores like 30 or less, good job and look no further than Brodie Grundy (RUC, $623,000). He is in sensational form with an average of 117 and with a break even of only 77, you will pick him up cheaper than those seeking a ruck upgrade down the track. If you want to save some cash but maintain structure, Stef Martin (RUC, $582,000) is an easy selection. Also averaging 116 and carrying a low BE of 62, Stef is a bargain.

Shuffle, making a bit of cash for an udgrade:

Matthew Kreuzer (RUC, $494,000) is always a worry when you see him like this. He is looking every bit the player we though he could be for the last eternity and whenever this happens, something always seems to derail him. Touch wood, I hope it doesn’t because I love him, but history tells us there is an element of buyer beware.

Jarrod Witts (RUC, $409,000) has embraced the increase opportunity and his scoring has reflected that. Despite the Suns indifferent start to the year, he has managed to average 91 which gives him a BE of just 39 leading into his matchup with the blues. A viable and interesting stepping stone.

Make some real coin:

You could always sub Toby Nankervis into the ruck division or play the best rookie in the competition Braydon Preuss which would allow you to make a significant downgrade/upgrade of a rookie to one of the under priced premiums mentioned above.

Hopefully this generates a few ideas, but as always, have a chat in the comments section and throw some ideas off each other.



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    April 12, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Should I get Hibberd off the field or trade taranto or miles for anb

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      April 12, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      I mean off the bench

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        April 12, 2017 at 4:50 pm

        You seem to have a bit of cash in the bank- I would be prioritising Hibberd out from a cash generation perspective, but if you have the cash to go Miles -> ANB and you have another defensive bench option then do that.

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          April 12, 2017 at 7:33 pm

          Yeah I’m getting heaps from tuohy to Newman
          Haven’t liked how he is going
          Thanks mate leaning towards anb in

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    Joel Z

    April 12, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Trade O’Meara to Swallow


    Brett Eddy (on my bench) to Houston seeing as Brett Eddy has been dropped
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      April 12, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      Definetly 2 mate. The non playing rookies out is a priority

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    April 12, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Touk and Houston
    Grundy and Williamson?

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      April 12, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      I would lean towards Grundy without Cox he’s going huge
      Can’t really go wrong either way

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    April 12, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Preuss onto field, Nankervis to forward, balic to midfield bench, play barrett and trade O’Meara (bring on a non-playing rook in the ruck) – with the cash then trade Thouy to Taylor Adams??

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    April 12, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Alright I have no clue if I should do this or not but I need some opinions, trade Gawn out for a 150k player and have Nank and Preuss rucking then with the left over money upgrade Taranto either Rocky, Merrett, Murphy or gaff. Any opinions if I should do it or not?

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      April 12, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      im still questioning Preuss – 2 good games in a row is bloody tempting, im thinking taking the risk – then I would look at Murphy was a good option for my upgrade 2 weeks ago

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        April 12, 2017 at 5:39 pm

        So do you reckon I should go ahead? And it’s a 4 game partial lockout this week so I’ll have a lot of time to think about it

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          April 12, 2017 at 5:42 pm

          I reckon do it

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      April 12, 2017 at 6:09 pm

      Good moves (better Rocky or Merret if you are prepared to pay the extra for long-term points, but Murphy if you want best current value)

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    April 12, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Trade out o Meara or Zak jones?
    Regardless I’m bringing in Williamson from Carlton.
    Who has greater scoring/money making potential?
    Consistency of o Meara role is nice but I like Jones better overall

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    April 12, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Give O’Meara one more chance?

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      April 13, 2017 at 12:57 am

      Nah, guy needs to remember how to football. You brought him in to score 85+ and make money. He’s doing neither.
      Sideways to Swallow/ANB/WHE or down to any decent rookie you don’t have.
      Or up to a decent top 15ish midfielder if you can afford

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    April 12, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    I have 215k left. I need to find a rookie ruckman under that price that will get games soon… any ideas ?

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    April 12, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Best premo mid for the long run?

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      April 13, 2017 at 12:54 am

      Danger/Zerrett/Rocky/Trealor… Whichever you want, first, you’ll want them all by end of the year.

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    April 12, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Is spencer a cash cow now he will be tucking alone could he reach 400k ? Or will his price hover in the 300k mark

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    April 13, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Heath Shaw > Christian Salem
    Jaeger O’Meara > Alex Neal Bullen


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      April 13, 2017 at 12:36 am

      Don’t like the Shaw to Salem, but love JOM to ANB.

      Shaw will score 130+ soon and everyone will trade him in. Likewise, Salem will get injured or score shitty, like midpricers usually eventually do and you’ll want him gone… Probably for Shaw

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        April 13, 2017 at 12:45 am

        Do you recommend anyone else besides Salem

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          April 13, 2017 at 12:52 am

          I recommend not trading Shaw. He did this last year, then scored 5x 120+ scores in a row, then scored 70’s & 80’s. It’s what he does. Ride it out.

          Fix up a non-playing rookie or bring in someone with a low BE for a midpricer like Steele or Roughy, just like you are doing with JOM > ANB.

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    April 13, 2017 at 5:22 am

    CADDY to ANB
    257k left to upgrade o’meara or roughy

    Or Keep caddy until dpp so I can upgrade.
    And downgrade o’meara to ANB OR SPP which one?

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    April 13, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Should I get rid of Omeara and Kennedy (WCE) for Dusty and Neal-Bullen?

    Option two is Swallow and Touk Miller.

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    April 13, 2017 at 10:44 am

    any other suggestions?
    99k in the bank

    JOM to Jake Lloyd (play Barrett m8, Lloyd d3)
    Aaron Hall to Touk Miller (Miller to f3)
    22k left


    JOM to Murphy
    Roughead to Jake Spencer with Nank to fwds (play preuss r2, use E to check his score first)
    3k left

    Possibly upgrade to Miller next week using Nank & Spencer if he spuds, Spencer to rook, Nank to Touk, keep playing Preuss.

    Current Side

    DEF – Adams,Laird,Z.Jones,Marchbank, Hampton,Otten (Stewart,Hibberd)

    MID – Titch,Gaff,Fyfe,Hall,Watson, Oliver,JOM,Swallow (Barrett,Pickett)

    RUCK – Martin,Nankervis (Preuss,Strnadica)

    FWD – Macrae,Dahlhaus,Steele,Roughead,ANB, WHE (Butler,Weideman)

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    April 13, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Torn between these 3 trades – currently have 333k to spend…

    1) JOM/ROUGHY -> Roo/ANB (+76k left)
    2) JOM/ROUGHY -> Grundy/ANB via Nank DPP (+114k left)
    3) JOM/ROUGHY-> Oliver/ANB (+206k)

    First 2 potentially get me someone who wouldn’t need to get traded again pending injury, last 1 more bang for buck in terms of $ generation. Thoughts?

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    April 14, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    trade Barrett or JOM this week to watson?

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    April 14, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    so guys, is it wise to put Preuss on my bench as an emergency and put a non-playing ruck rookie on my field. Just to see how Preuss goes first? if he does poorly, then I’ll change my trades tomorrow and swap gawn for S.Martin directly.

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