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Roy’s Trade Talk And Rolling 22: Rd 21

Roy makes some significant changes to the Rolling 22 ratings and also has a look at some great unique options for the Finals. As always, discuss your trade ideas in the comments section.

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Rolling 22


Elliot Yeo
Lachie Whitfield
Gus Brayshaw
Rory Laird
Jake Lloyd
Kade Simpson

Who to bring in? Lachie Whitfield (DEF, $749,000) Is officially a must have and it’s hard to believe 75% of the competition are still rolling without him. After an indifferent start to the year and some serious struggles with a tag, it is all behind him with a five round average of 123, making him one of the form players of the competition and of course the bonus is you can grab him as a defender. He is on a streak of five hundreds and this week comes up against the Crows who he had 106 on earlier in the year.


Tom Mitchell
Patrick Cripps
Jack Macrae
Zach Merrett
Josh Kelly
Matt Crouch
Clayton Oliver
Stephen Coniglio

OUT: Beamer and Gaff

Who to bring in? Seb Ross (MID, $698,000) If you are in the market for a unique player that is in red hot form and under $700K, it would be rude not to consider Ross. Owned by just 1% of the competition, he is on a hot streak with a three round average of 129, helped by a lazy 160 on the weekend where he managed to hit the scoreboard with three goals. He has a break even of 63 which reflects his good form and his next three games are at Etihad where he has scored 160 and 121 in his last two.

Taylor Adams (MID, $669,000) is another unique who is in ripping form. Taking full advantage of Adam Treloar’s absence, he is officially back to top form with a three game average which includes impressive scores of 134 and 135. Remember he was one of the elite midfielders last season and I am a big fan of his run home with games against the Lions, Power (MCG) and the Dockers.

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Brodie Grundy
Max Gawn


Josh Dunkley
Sam Menegola
Devon Smith
Justin Westhoff
Patrick Dangerfield
Chad Wingard

OUT: Tom Rockliff

Who to bring in? Josh Dunkley (FWD/MID, $664,000) I keep whipping this, but it’s only because I care about you guys and want you to have a good team. Dunkley remains as my number one forward on the back of another dominant display through the midfield. He is currently rocking a five round average of 111 and a three round average 116. The kick is a ball winning tackling machine and he has his next two games at Etihad where he has a lowest score of 109 in his last three.

Downgrade target:

Ryan Abbot (RUC, $206,000) made an awesome, long awaited debut for the Cats with an impressive 93. The mature ager who has been in outstanding VFL form transitioned beautifully with 27 hit outs, ten possessions and a whopping seven tackles.  He went at 80% with the ball and it will be interesting to see how long he hangs around with the pending return of Rhys Stanley.

My Trades:

O’Riordan to a basement rook,

Martin to Grundy




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    August 7, 2018 at 8:06 am

    Who goes first – McLean or Heeney?

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      Daniel Kotronis

      August 7, 2018 at 8:55 am


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    Alan J

    August 7, 2018 at 8:32 am

    Is Seb Ross actually worth a look even though Saints play 3 of the hardest teams to score against?

    I was on the fence between Cripps/Kelly/Cogs/Crouch, but the run home for Carlton looks like it has the most points potential

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    August 7, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Gaff out is unfortunate, but thinking Gaff and Heeney to Macrae and Adams – thoughts? Any better choices in their respective price ranges?

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      August 7, 2018 at 9:56 am

      I Gino you got that perfect mate. Good trading

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    August 7, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Phillips or hunter to upgrade first?

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    August 7, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Gaff out this week sucks.

    Is Danger a must have?

    Gaff – Zorko
    Heeney – Danger

    My other FWD are Dunkley, Rocky, Hoff, Smith, McLean

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      Alan J

      August 7, 2018 at 12:46 pm

      Not sure he’s a must have THIS week, but last 2 games at home against weak opposition with a team fighting for a finals spot, he should go nuclear!!

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        August 7, 2018 at 5:04 pm

        Danger has a nice record against the Hawks as well, so looks like a good week to pull the trigger and grab him – I’m bringing him in as well as Ablett (for Mclean and Pendles)

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    August 7, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Thoughts on martin and lambert? Vsing goldcoast this week who are handing points out to opposition teams for the fun of it.

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      August 7, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      Martin wont even try , been pathetic all year

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    August 7, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Strapped for cash:

    Gaff to S Ross or M Murphy and
    Ahern to Buddy or Mitch Robinson??


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    August 7, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Heeney or Rockliff or McLean to Tom McDonald worthwhile?

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    August 7, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    macrae or oliver?

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    August 7, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Will Gold Coast bother tagging Dusty?

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      August 7, 2018 at 10:22 pm

      They managed to stop Oliver, but by then the game was well and truly lost. If dusty gets tagged he just goes forward and kicks 5+

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    August 7, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Knocked out in the finals with my worst year ever.
    Lessons learnt
    1. start of the season put the 2 best rucks and set and forget
    2. Mature age rookies are more consistent
    3. upgrade your midfielders first
    4. jump on to bargains when they arise ie Matt Crouch
    5. Start with the most consistent long time top scorers, tich,zerrit, macrae, laird and build from there
    6. The traders can help you get into the top 20,000 easily but be carefull with their advice (Shipley)

    ps This game Sh*ts me

    • AF Rising Star

      AF Rising Star

      August 7, 2018 at 2:15 pm

      7. Don’t trade in mid-pricers to field 19+ during bye rounds

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        August 8, 2018 at 9:28 am

        Like me, still stuck with Ryan Burton. If only I went elsewhere, was sitting in top 500 when I traded him in.

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        August 8, 2018 at 9:45 am

        8. Rub your pregnant wife’s belly for luck. (Or someone else’s pregnant wife’s belly for luck).

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      Crikey Dingos

      August 7, 2018 at 3:19 pm

      The ruck part, there is no way you would have being able to predict Grundy & Gawn both going this much beast. You could have thrown a blanket over Grundy, Gawn, Jacobs or Martin to be the top 2 ruckmen for the year at the start. At the most you’d think you’d be losing 5-6 points by picking incorrect – not 20-40 points.

      Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

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        August 8, 2018 at 9:43 am

        Like the year I started with Sandi & Goldy…Sandi played 12 games for the year and Goldy averaged 60. They had been the number 1 & 2 Ruckmen from the year before by miles.

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      August 7, 2018 at 6:18 pm

      Shipley?! I may have read numbers our about him, but there is no way I would have recommended him!

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      August 8, 2018 at 3:12 pm

      9. Listen to wise guys advice as he’ll get everyone in the top 100 next year

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      August 8, 2018 at 4:47 pm

      Some good pointers there, except for nr 1 – Grundy & Kreuzer were best 2 rucks at the start of the year.

      Also, on nr 5 – Zerrett was an absolute disaster to start with. In fact, it was an oddly terrible start for a whole slew of premos – Dusty, Danger, Merrett, Zorko, Kelly, Adams, Rockliff, Duncan, Crouch all had terrible starts and have gone backwards from the previous year. Could make things interesting next year however – should get a ton of ‘value’ options.

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    balls in the air

    August 7, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Hello fine DT people. Some how fluking the finals and team is coming good when it needs to. Already done Gaff > Macrae, but any thoughts on this:

    1). L Weller > Cripps/Oliver/Whitfield (Ahern or Farrel would be my M8)
    2). Ahern > Redden (Weller would be M8)

    Thoughts appreciated?

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    August 7, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Which 2 go first Rocky,McLean,sidearse,phillips,wines

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    August 7, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    I know Heeney’s last 3 have been bad, but looking at Rocky and McLean’s scores they really haven’t been all that great. I’m thinking McLean and Rocky to Menegola and Dunkley asap, thoughts?

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    August 7, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    Who out of Selwood or Ablett ?

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    El Spuderino

    August 8, 2018 at 7:55 am

    Cripps and Westhoff or Macrae and Menegola?

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    Mad Fish

    August 8, 2018 at 9:47 am

    DEF: Whitfield, Yeo, Brayshaw, Lloyd, Laird, Hurley, (O’Riordan, Lynch)
    MID: Titch, Zerrett, Gaff, Crouch, Ablett, Neale, Phillips, Parker, (Sier, J Smith)
    RUCK: Grundy, Gawn, (McInerney, Cameron)
    FWD: Smith, Dangerfield, Westhoff, Wingard, McLean, Heeney, (Ahern, Greene)
    $15 remaining

    Well both my trades last week back fired on me. Went Taranto to Heeney so I could get Tim Kelly up to Ablett, should have kept Telly and got Dunkley by doing a downgrade.

    Anyway, so obviously have to get rid of Gaff this week and he will probably go to Macrae, but wondering whether I should upgrade Phillips to a Heppell/Adams/Pendles type or downgrade J Smith to Freeman for cash to get Phillips to a better premium next week.

    So either:

    Phillips –> Pendles/Adams/Heppell or J Smith –> Freeman?

    Just worried that those premiums could do just as bad as Phillips.

    • AF Rising Star

      AF Rising Star

      August 8, 2018 at 11:35 pm

      Smith to Freeman or any playing 170k rookie and then use the cash to get a genuine top 8 mid next week. Phillips has Brisbane this week who have been leaking points lately.

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    August 8, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Mad Fish

    Definitely the Smith to Freeman trade is a no brainer
    Maybe upgrade McLean to Dunkley with the cash
    Following week downgrade McInerney or Ahern then upgrade Phillips
    He scored 114 against Lions earlier this year
    Of your choices Heppell is playing sore/Pendlebury doesn’t have the ceiling (100/110) and Adams has been ok
    I’d wait for a gun!!!
    I lost my H2H thanks to Kelly to Ablett trade
    I felt better (some how) after seeing Selby traded Sidebottom to Ablett and he’s ranked 4th
    Hopefully he bounces back this week

    Good luck for the finals

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    Grovers Guns

    August 8, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Who is best

    Dunkley or Danger?

    Macrae, Zerrett or Oliver?

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      Daniel Kotronis

      August 8, 2018 at 5:32 pm

      Dunkley and Oliver

    • AF Rising Star

      AF Rising Star

      August 8, 2018 at 11:31 pm

      Macrae, Zerrett then Oliver who has Hewett tag this week

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    Alan J

    August 9, 2018 at 7:16 am

    Rocky or Wingard out first??

    Had Sidebottom on the outs before reading the stats from Calvin’s Captains about the Port players and seeing their run home from the Scale of Hardness, so looks like I’ll be holding on to Steele for this week..

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    Arthur Mongrel

    August 9, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Need a little bit of help people –

    Trade 1 – Gaff to Macrae (no brainer)

    Trade 2 – Ahern to Caddy or Curnow to Neale (or someone similarly priced)?

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