AFL 2018 Trade Period Recap

Updated: October 19, 2018

Adelaide – C

Ins: Shane McAdam, Tyson Stengle, pick 13, 2019 fifth-round pick.

Outs: Mitch McGovern, pick 40, 2019 third-round pick, 2019 fourth-round pick

Draft Picks: 8, 13, 16, 21, 73, 83

General Relevance: Not sure if the Adelaide power brokers even left the town of Churches this trade period.  Had very little to do but did get a good deal for Mitch McGovern giving them 2 picks in the top 15 of this years draft.

Fantasy Relevance: Keep an eye on both McAdam and Stengle as they will both come in rookie priced or very close to it.  However cannot see them getting a lot of games at Adelaide right now so don’t get too excited.

Brisbane – A

Ins: Marcus Adams,Lincoln McCarthy, Lachie Neale, picks 18, 30, 35, 56, 78, 2019 first-round pick, 2019 second-round pick, 2019 third-round pick.

Outs: Dayne Beams, Sam Mayes, picks 5, 24, 43, 62, 80, 2019 first-round pick.

Draft Picks: 18, 30, 35, 56, 78

General Relevance: Exceptional trade period from Brisbane.  Being able to gain Adams and Neale and really only lose Beams when you consider they get a first rounder next year, they did an exceptional job.

Fantasy Relevance: Lachie Neale.  Probably all that needs to be said.  If Beams ended up staying it would have been a different story, but with Beams gone he is going to be in the midfield, a lot.  Keep a very close eye on in pre-season.

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Carlton – C+

Ins: Mitch McGovern, Alex Fasolo, Will Setterfield, Nic Newman, Shane McAdam, Nathan Kreuger, pick 71, 2019 third-round pick.

Outs: Picks 26, 28, 43, 2019 fourth-round pick, 2019 fifth-round pick.

Draft Picks: 1, 69, 71, 77

General Relevance: This trade period had a lot of ‘panic’ about it from SOS and his team at the club.  They had to chase a couple of players hard that are good player but not great.  The pickup of Newman is the highlight and Fasolo is a good grab too.  Both are for peanuts.  But paying overs for McGovern and Setterfield could hurt in the long run.  However they hung onto pick 1 which was a must.

Fantasy Relevance: If Setterfield is playing round 1, you lock him in.  It is that simple.  Other than that, there really isn’t a lot of relevance this trade period.  Newman will be priced at around the 76 mark so even that isn’t great.

Collingwood – B

Ins: Picks 41, 44, 57, Dayne Beams, Jordan Roughead.

Outs: Alex Fasolo, picks 18, 56, 75, 2019 first-round pick.

Draft Picks: 41, 44, 51, 56, 57, 93

General Relevance: After the first week of the trade period where there was no way Dayne Beams was going to Collingwood and it was all fake news, Dayne Beams ended up at Collingwood.  Good trade period for the Pies.  They gave up a lot in the draft but got some good talent in.  They have moved well past the needs of the draft now so this has worked out well for them.

Fantasy Relevance: This may actually work in reverse for 2019.  With Beams coming into the midfield, it means that there will be less midfield time for others.  Treloar, Pendles, Phillips, Sidey and Adams to name a few will all be sharing more time.

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Essendon – B+

Ins: Dylan Shiel, 2019 second-round pick, 2019 fourth-round pick.

Outs: Travis Colyer, pick 9, 2019 first-round pick.

Draft Picks: 34, 66, 84

General Relevance: That is now two years in a row that Essendon have had a great trade period.  Even though it was at the death, they got their man in Shiel.  Losing Colyer not a huge issue.

Fantasy Relevance: Nothing.  It is a similar concept to Collingwood though.  Players like Heppell, Merrett, Zaharakis and Smith types may lose some of their midfield time.  Watch them all in pre-season.

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Fremantle – A

Ins: Travis Colyer, Reece Conca, Jesse Hogan, Rory Lobb, picks 14, 31, 43, 65.

Outs: Lachie Neale, pick 6, 2019 third-round pick, 2019 fourth-round pick.

Draft Picks: 14, 31, 43, 65, 81

General Relevance: The best part about the entire 2018 trade period is we will never have to hear about Jesse Hogan going to Fremantle in a trade again.  Yes it took a good 3 years, but finally it happened and the media will now need to find something else to obsess about.  However it was another exceptional trade period for the Dockers.  They lost Neale and pick 6, but gained Hogan, Lobb and pick 14.  The Neale scenario is intriguing though.  Wanting to leave so desperately will only add fuel to the fire of their seemingly internal issues.

Fantasy Relevance: If Lobb actually gets through a pre-season without breaking down, he has to be a huge consideration to start round 1.  The other one that I like with the Neale departure is Ed Langdon.  Had a mini breakout last year and with Neale gone and more opportunity and responsibility, he is one to watch very closely.  Connor Blakely may also be the other player to benefit with the loss of Neale.

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Geelong – C+

Ins: Luke Dahlhaus, Nathan Kreuger, Gary Rohan, picks 59, 70.

Outs: Lincoln McCarthy, George Horlin-Smith, Jackson Thurlow, picks 54, 57.

Draft Picks: 12, 50, 59, 60, 70, 87.

General Relevance: The pickup of Dahlhuas as a free agent probably saved their entire trade period.  Outside of that they really did very little in the trade period, even though they tried really hard to get massive overs for Tim Kelly.

Fantasy Relevance: Nil.  None.  Nothing.  Zilch.  Nada.  Cannot see any of their in’s being fantasy relevant in any way at all next year.  Kreuger will be rookie priced, but job security is also nil, none, nothing, zilch, nada.

Gold Coast – D

Ins: Corey Ellis, Anthony Miles, George Horlin-Smith, Jack Hombsch, picks 3, 6, 24, 79, 2019 first-round pick, 2019 third-round pick, 2019 third-round pick.

Outs: Tom Lynch, Steven May, Kade Kolodjashnij, Aaron Hall, Jack Scrimshaw, picks 19, 32, 41, 44, 59, 68, 77, 2019 second-round pick, 2019 third-round pick, 2019 third-round pick, 2019 fourth-round pick, 2019 fourth-round pick.

Draft Picks: 2, 3, 6, 24, 29, 80

General Relevance: To quote a well known commentator “Oh boy wowee”.  What a shocker for the Gold Coast Suns.  To lose both their co-captains as well as KK and Hall is massive.  The good news though is that they have 3 very high picks in a very high end draft.  That is the only thing that saved them from an F.

Fantasy Relevance: GHS is a lock if he plays round 1, and surely he is in their best 22.  Will be priced at around 63 and is well capable of going 90 if he gets a lot of midfield time.  Big watch in pre-season.

Greater Western Sydney – F (A)

Ins: Picks 9, 11, 19, 2019 first-round pick, 2019 fourth-round pick, 2019 fourth-round pick.

Outs: Rory Lobb, Tom Scully, Will Setterfield, Dylan Shiel, picks 14, 47, 71, 2019 second-round pick.

Draft Picks: 9, 11, 19, 25, 52, 89

General Relevance: There are two ways to look at the trade period for every club.  The first way is to forget everything else that may be going on and look at what a club lost vs gained.  When you do that for GWS there isn’t a lot of doubt they get an F.  However, when you look at their big picture and what they needed to achieve this trade period, it is a whole different ball game.  They needed to free up cap space, and they have done exactly that.  Hence why they get an A in brackets as they achieved what they set out to achieve.

Fantasy Relevance: Nothing to see here.  Maybe keep an eye on whoever they pick up at 9, 11 and 19 as rookie options, but outside of that, there isn’t going to be any real impact either way on their trades.

Hawthorn – A

Ins: Jack Scrimshaw, Tom Scully, Chad Wingard, 2019 third-round pick.

Outs: Ryan Burton, Taylor Duryea, picks 15, 35, 2019 third-round pick, 2019 fourth-round pick, 2019 fourth-round pick.

Draft Picks: 53, 90

General Relevance: It might be fair to say that the Hawks have the best recruitment team in the competition, by quite a long way.  Every single year they seem to pull a rabbit out of the hat for around trade time.  Scully, should he be able to get and stay fit, and Wingard are massive pickups for the Hawks.  Losing Burton is a bit of a downer, but they have the depth to cover it.

Fantasy Relevance: Tom Scully will be coming in priced at around 65.  Has to be considered if he gets through and has a good pre-season.

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Melbourne – C-

Ins: Steven May, Kade Kolodjashnij, Braydon Preuss, picks 23, 28, 62.

Outs: Dean Kent, Dom Tyson, Jesse Hogan, picks 6, 36, 46, 65.

Draft Picks: 23, 28, 54, 62, 91

General Relevance: Lost a couple of big names this draft period in Hogan and Tyson.  Both could hurt them over the year.  Not sure getting in 2 defenders and a ruckman is really what they needed to have a tilt at things for the next few years, but time will tell.  Interesting trade period to say the least.

Fantasy Relevance: Not a lot to be honest.  If KK is getting a game he could be a good smokey in draft leagues, but not much relevance for salary by the looks.

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North Melbourne – A-

Ins: Aaron Hall, Jasper Pittard, Jared Polec, Dom Tyson, picks 47, 48, 49, 55.

Outs: Ryan Clarke, Braydon Preuss, picks 11, 31, 62, 68, 2019 fourth-round pick.

Draft Picks: 42, 47, 48, 49, 55, 58, 86

General Relevance: They tried hard again to land that huge fish, and by all reports had him hook line and sinker, but never got him into the boat.  That hurt North Melbourne’s plans but they did rally and came up with a great trade period none the less.  Picking up Polec, Hall and Tyson will be very good for them.

Fantasy Relevance: Keep an eye on Hall and Tyson in particular.  If Hall can get fit he is one to keep an eye on.  Tyson should also get plenty of midfield opportunity in the midfield after lacking some at Melbourne.

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Port Adelaide – C-

Ins: Ryan Burton, Scott Lycett, Sam Mayes, picks 5, 15, 2019 fourth-round pick, 2019 fourth-round pick, 2019 fourth-round pick.

Outs: Jack Hombsch, Jasper Pittard, Jared Polec, Chad Wingard, picks 23, 30, 48, 49, 2019 third-round pick.

Draft Picks: 5, 10, 15, 85

General Relevance: Last year most of us shook our heads at Ports trade period wondering why they brought in more inside mids and other clubs rejects when that is the last thing that they needed.  This year is much the same. Burton is a good get from Hawthorn, but Lycett is only plan B if Ryder goes down.  After last year’s trade period the last thing that they could afford to do was lose any outside pace.  What they did do was lose their 2 best outside mids in Wingard and Polec and didn’t get any replacements for them.

Fantasy Relevance: Not much there to get excited about around the trade period.

Richmond – B+

Ins: Tom Lynch, picks 64, 68, 2019 third-round pick.

Outs: Reece Conca, Corey Ellis, Sam Lloyd, Anthony Miles, Tyson Stengle, 2019 third-round pick.

Draft Picks: 17, 37, 64, 68, 74, 92

General Relevance: Richmond did nothing this trade period, and to be honest didn’t need to.  Sat back and watched Lynch fall into their lap: free agency at it’s finest.  Lost 5 players that if they are in the best 22, they are fringe at best.  Very quiet achievers this trade period.

Fantasy Relevance: Again, very little.  Lynch way too risky not knowing how he will gel with Jack Riewoldt in that forward line.  Nothing to see here.

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Saint Kilda – C-

Ins: Dan Hannebery, Dean Kent, picks 36, 46, 2019 fourth-round pick.

Outs: Tom Hickey, picks 61, 65, 2019 second-round pick, 2019 fourth-round pick.

Draft Picks: 4, 36, 46, 67, 79

General Relevance: Even though Hanners chose to go to the Saints, which has to be seen as at least some sort of win for the club, not a lot to get excited about by the looks Saints fans.  Happened to hold pick 4 which is a bonus, but for a team that has slid badly and list looks a mess, to not be a big part of trade week seems strange.

Fantasy Relevance: If you are really desperate Hanners may be worth keeping a sneaky eye on.  High risk though.

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Sydney – D-

Ins: Ryan Clarke, Jackson Thurlow, picks 26, 39, 40, 2019 second-round pick, 2019 fourth-round pick.

Outs: Dan Hannebery, Gary Rohan, Nic Newman, picks 13, 70.

Draft Picks: 26, 33, 38, 39, 40, 88

General Relevance: This trade period for Sydney seems to have salary cap issues written all over it.  Got rid of Hanners and Rohan which would help free up some of that space it that is the case so it is a win there.  Neither will really impact Sydney as a team, but the next year or two will be interesting trade periods to watch for Sydney.

Fantasy Relevance: Cannot see either of Clarke or Thurlow getting regular games so probably not a lot to look to here.

West Coast – B-

Ins: Tom Hickey, picks 20, 61, 2019 fourth-round pick.

Outs: Scott Lycett, pick 39, 2019 fourth-round pick.

Draft Picks: 20, 22, 61, 72, 76, 94

General Relevance: It wasn’t so much about who the Eagles picked up, it was about who they didn’t lose.  The Andrew Gaff backflip at the last second would have caused a lot of flow on issues for their plans.  The idea would have been to get the compo pick for Gaff, get Roughead as a free agent, lose or at least have the Gaff compo pick scaled back, but match for Lycett, force a trade, get pick 11, and use that to get Tim Kelly.  When Gaff changed his mind, it seems Lycett did the same and wanted to stay.  Problem was Eagles couldn’t afford to match the Lycett offer to keep him.  Then their only option was to go get Hickey in a trade otherwise they would lose the Lycett compo over Roughead.  Throwing those 2 picks at Geelong for Kelly was the only chance to get him without 11.  Turns out that they actually missed Kelly because of it.

Fantasy Relevance: Not a heap to really look at.  Hickey will play but will be priced at about 75.  Probably not worth it.

Western Bulldogs –

Ins: Taylor Duryea, Sam Lloyd, picks 27, 32, 75, 2019 third-round pick.

Outs: Marcus Adams, Luke Dahlhaus, Jordan Roughead, pick 64, 2019 fourth-round pick.

Draft Picks: 7, 27, 32, 45, 63, 75, 82

General Relevance: Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.  Did the Dogs list management team even bother getting out of bed for this trade period?  Not sure they even bothered to turn up to AFL House most days.  A club that you could only say has been underwhelming the last few years, at a least, decided to keep their heads down.  They lost 2 important players in Adams and Dahlhaus and didn’t gain much at all to help cover that.  Will be an interesting period for the Dogs the next few years.

Fantasy Relevance: Sadly, little to nothing.  Lloyd will likely fill the void left by Dahlhaus, but will be very awkwardly priced at around 63.

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