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Ben’s Top Trades – Round 12

Ben looks at the most popular trades from last round.

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Teams will continue being announced the night before the game’s played, so rolling lockouts are here to stay. That means two things: 1. for the rest of the season, popular trades will only have meaning when the round is done and dusted, and 2. we’ve got to cross our fingers that normal team announcements are back in 2021.

Ben of the @BeaufortBeaus takes a look at the most popular trades of Round 12.

Most Traded In

Coaches chased Rory Laird’s role in the midfield after his 139, but he dished up less than half that with a 67. He’s got a bye in Round 14 and only has an average of 75.6, so stay away for now.

Meanwhile Jack Macrae was just as disappointing with only 76, burning the 14.6% of the competition who made him their captain against Adelaide. He’ll be back to his tonning ways but consider saving yourself $156,000 by trading in Marcus Bontempelli instead after his outrageous 145.

It wasn’t all bad news though. Alex Witherden made this list last round and almost reached a BCV ton. He’s got one more game until his bye but with a current average of 81.6, he’s looking like a reliable option in our backlines.

  1. Jack Bytel (MID, $214,000)
  2. Zac Foot (MID/FWD, $189,000)
  3. Tom Hutchesson (MID/FWD, $177,000)
  4. Rory Laird (DEF, $705,000) 
  5. Lachlan Sholl (DEF, $233,000)
  6. Jack Macrae (MID, $881,000)
  7. Josh Honey (MID/FWD, $171,000)
  8. Peter Ladhams (RUCK/FWD, $575,000)
  9. Sam Wicks (MID, $263,000)
  10. Alex Witherden (DEF, $662,000) 👍

Most Traded Out

It’s rookie galore on this list, but interesting that there’s only one who didn’t play. It shows that our cash cows are well and truly fattened, but also that coaches could be running out of cash generation.

Have mercy for the coaches who traded out Bailey Smith though. After 47, 66 and 56 from his last three, he was back in the midfield and pumped out 125 against Adelaide. With a breakeven of just 37, he’s a trade target next round and an example of how risky premium swapping can be.

  1. Marlion Pickett (MID, $457,000)
  2. Bradley Close (MID/FWD, $296,000) ✂️
  3. Sam Simpson (MID, $412,000)
  4. Max Gawn (RUCK, $920,000) 🚑
  5. Max King (FWD, $362,000)
  6. Brandon Starcevich (DEF/MID, $319,000)
  7. Connor Budarick (MID/FWD, $320,000)
  8. Bailey Smith (MID/FWD, $601,000)
  9. Jake Aarts (FWD, $355,000)
  10. Noah Anderson (MID, $503,000)

Early Movers

Angus Brayshaw is the most traded in premium since lockout lifted after back-to-back tons and a tempting price of $556,000. He was at centre bounces even though Jack Viney was back from injury and Melbourne were a better team as a result.

Meanwhile Dayne Zorko has caught the eye of 1,500 coaches already after scoring 107 and adding FWD status. He’s averaged 98.4 from his last five but I’m not convinced he’s value anymore after rising $157,000 since he bottomed out.


Ben's a Swannies supporter whose love of fantasy footy far exceeds his skill. He coaches the Beaufort Beaus and is on the hunt for a hat. Is a fifth year breakout on the cards? Follow on Twitter: @BeaufortBeaus.



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    August 18, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Cheers Ben. Thoughts on Bont vs Zorko vs Duncan?

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    August 18, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    s simpson – 170k rookie
    a mcpherson to thurlow
    serong to a brayshaw


    s simpson – 170k rookie
    m king – 170k rookie
    a macpherson to z williams (with extra +200k in the bank)

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      Mad Fish

      August 18, 2020 at 8:26 pm

      I think your first option is good and more likely as I can’t see you getting 2 $170k rookies to make your second option viable.

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      August 19, 2020 at 5:42 pm

      for sure option 1. brayshaw is hard to look past for me, as well as thurlow. unless you have any plans for next week in a premium option?

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    Mad Fish

    August 18, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    For my 3rd trade I can afford Billings,Touk, Shiel, Danger or McGrath. Which one (players listed in order of my preference at this stage)?

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      AJS Hawker

      August 18, 2020 at 8:28 pm

      Danger with his run home

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      Daniel Seaton

      August 18, 2020 at 11:59 pm

      Mcgrath easily,mr reliable.Ive had him since round 1

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      August 19, 2020 at 12:17 am

      I’ve had McGrath since R1 but I’d take danger here I think. McGrath close second

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      August 19, 2020 at 5:48 pm

      i have mcgrath and have been happy with consistency but ceiling is higher with danger

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