Fremantle Dockers 2017 Season Preview

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Updated: March 19, 2017

2016 Season Recap

After finishing top of the ladder in 2015, before losing in a home preliminary final to the Hawks, Fremantle were expected to give the flag one last shot before club legend Matthew Pavlich retired. Unfortunately, this was not the case, and Freo lost their first game by 65 points before losing their next 9 games until beating Essendon in round 11. After this huge turn of events, Fremantle never found any form in 2016, which led to massive concerns in the AFL world, as well as huge changes at the trade period.

What went wrong for Freo, more like what didn’t go wrong. They got slaughtered in their first game, the likes of Harley Bennell didn’t even make the field, whilst their reigning Brownlow medallist Nat Fyfe only managed 5 games before being ruled out for the rest of the season. Fremantle were tested in every aspect of AFL and even though injuries can’t be made an excuse for this horrific season, they did play a huge part in it. Overall, a 4-win season couldn’t have been any worse for Fremantle.

Among all of these negative signs from 2016, there were a few positives, just a few. The main sign that Freo should be productive this year is that all the injuries and poor form, gave some youngsters some vital game time, and they took every minute they could get. Lachie Neale thrived without at Fyfe, breaking the all time disposal record in a season, whilst being absolutely robbed of a position in the All Australian. Alex Pearce was in stunning form before being injured in round 9 and missing the remainder of the season. Sam Collins was terrific in his absence while Connor Blakeley was an absolute superstar as he came on to the scene.

Changes to 2017 Squad

After a shocking 2016 season, Ross Lyon didn’t hesitate with the list changes. They are as follows:

Matthew Pavlich (retired)

Chris Mayne (moved to Collingwood as a free agent)

Matt de Boer (delisted)

Michael Barlow (delisted)

Tendai Mzungu (delisted)

Clancee Pearce (delisted)

Alex Silvagni (delisted)

Jack Hannath (delisted)

Brady Grey (delisted)

Rookie List

Anthony Morabito (delisted)

Tanner Smith (delisted)

Josh Deluca (delisted)

Sean Hurley (delisted)

Ross Lyon also loved the new recruits in the off-season as he knew that with the departure of Matthew Pavlich, they would need some strong key position players. They are as follows:

Shane Kersten (Geelong)

Joel Hamling (Western Bulldogs)

Bradley Hill (Hawthorn)

Cam McCarthy (GWS)

2017 Season Predictions

In 2017, Fremantle fans should be expecting a much better season than 2016, and should be challenging for the top 8. In 2016, everything you can imagine went wrong for Freo, and that surely can’t happen again. With the likes of Nat Fyfe, back on the field, and these new recruits also strengthening their lines, Freo could be a top 8 side next year.

The youngsters are developed and the injured players should be back. This makes Fremantle a serious side and while they probably can’t make the top 4 or win the flag, a finals footy season would be brilliant for Fremantle and Ross Lyon.

 

2017 Fantasy

Must Have:

Nathan Fyfe

AFL Fantasy: $595,000

RDT: $584,900

2016 Average: 98.6

He just has to be. It is Nat Fyfe, priced at an average well under his capabilities but more importantly, well under the rest of the premium midfielders. He elevated himself to uber premium in AFL Fantasy when he averaged 105.1 in 2015 and he should be able to beat that this year. The only reason Fyfe wouldn’t be selected is if you’re going with more mid pricers in the midfield or if you like The Bont as a better fantasy pick. I’m not sure how you can’t start with Fyfe though. An average of 105-110 looks on the cards.

Cash Cow:

Cam McCarthy

AFL Fantasy: $211,000

RDT: $207,600

Cam McCarthy is locked in to play every game as Freo’s top forward target. So this alone makes him an epic fantasy pick. He won’t score amazingly so you would have to be really careful selecting him and when you do play him on your field. However the 1-2 goals he should get each game is enough to provide a decent fantasy option up forward. Special mention goes to Harley Balic and Luke Ryan who could also get some games for Freo.
POD:

Lachie Neale

AFL Fantasy: $671,000

RDT: $659,200

2016 Average: 111.14

Lachie Neale only has 4.7% ownership in AFL Fantasy which makes him an epic POD. The biggest question with Neale is how will he play with Fyfe back in the team. Well from round 1-5 when Fyfe was playing, Neale still had some decent figures so even though he probably won’t reach last year’s average, he should get pretty close. Have Neale high on your upgrade targets, if you aren’t starting with him.

Steer Clear:

Connor Blakely

AFL Fantasy: $453,000

RDT: $445,700

2016 Average: 75.13

A few people are starting with Blakley however this is simply not an option. He was sensational last year but we cannot expect him to make much, if not any money at all. Added to this, Blakely isn’t going to be able to compete with the likes of O’Meara, Swallow and Marc Murphy so don’t even thik about it!

Potential Best 22

FB: Lee Spurr, Joel Hamling, Alex Pearce

HB: Tommy Sheridan, Michael Johnson, Cam Sutcliffe

C: Bradley Hill, David Mundy, Stephen Hill

HF: Harley Bennell, Cam McCarthy, Lachie Weller

FF: Hayden Ballantyne, Shane Kersten, Michael Walters

R: Aaron Sandilands, Nat Fyfe, Lachie Neale

I/C: Matt Taberner, Connor Blakely, Hayden Crozier, Danyle Pearce

Depth: Zac Dawson, Sam Collins, Garrick Ibbotson, Luke Ryan, Darcy Tucker, Michael Apeness, Zac Clarke

 

Written by Jake Pizzuto (@aflfantasy2k17)

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