Fremantle Dockers: Dream Team Preview

This is the next of our submitted Club Dream Team Previews. Thanks to Tony Connors for sending this one in! You will receive a stubby holder and if your article is one of the two that gets the most Facebook “Likes’ (just above this blurb), you’ll get yourself an AFL Prospectus! Read on!

Few clubs have given as many cash cow to keeper stories over the last few years as the Dockers.  The names of these guys are well known and now revered by all who worship at the feet of the DT Gods.  With a string of nice surprises, many might think that the days of Docker Delights (DD’s) are gone for the moment.

Well if you’re thinking that, I’d like you to stick with that thought because you’re wrong.  Wronger than a porno starring Warnie and Bronwyn Bishop.  And if you’re that wrong then you’ll be down the bottom of the ladder.  As you can see below, there may be a couple more DD’s for you to enjoy this year.

The Freo gameplan lends itself to decent DT scoring.  It’s not the Thompson Cats “everyone gets a touch before we kick a goal” game plan, but it’s good enough.  The other reason to cast a solid eye over the Dockers list is because Harvey loves playing the kids.  If you’re on the list, you’ve got a pair of boots and some cement in your nut sack then you’ll get a go.  The obvious bonus here is that this leads to cash cows.

So, who’s worth a look this year at Freo?

BACKS

Keepers

Greg Broughton – will likely spend some decent time in the midfield this year.  Hayden’s injury might impact this early but I’m betting this guy will see plenty of the middle.  With GB you know what you’ll get and you’ll like it.

Paul Duffield – solid scorer without lighting it up like the real big guns.  He won’t let you down.  No mystery about his role at all.  What you saw last year, is what you’ll get this year.

Mid Range Bargains

Dylan Roberton – hard running, long, lanky kid with all the tools of your Sam Gilbert type.  I don’t think he’s a good pick yet but he could well break out at some point throughout the year.  Watchlist him.

Garrick Ibbotson is worth putting on your watchlist as well.  He will have an expanded role this year.  Other than these 2, you’ll find better mid-range options at other clubs.

MOOOOOOOO Cows

Nick Lower – DD ALERT!!!!  He’s mature, he’s got some runs on the board and he is an accumulator with sound skills.  As they say in the racing form books, do not discount.  Expect him to be elevated for Mora near the beginning of the season.

Peter Faulks – He hasn’t been bought in to stash in the WAFL.  Like Silvagni last year he’s been bought in to play.  Also like Silvagni he probably won’t score big for you but he’s worth a look for some solid coin/coverage.

MIDFIELD

Keepers

Mikey Barlow – Not the first, but definitely the best DD.  Don’t start the year with him, but he’ll be a potential upgrade target later on.  They’re expecting him back at about Rd 3-5 and he should come in a little slowly before bouncing all the way back closer to the middle of the year.

Mid Range Bargains

Rhys Palmer – sceptics abound with Rhys but make no mistake, he will do every bit as well as Luke Ball did for people last year, possibly better.  I’m lucky enough to be in Freo a lot and have seen plenty of training and he has KILLED it so far.  Not having him in your team is understandable, rejecting him without consideration is dumber than a drunken Fev.  Roy suggested that Brock McLean is worth a look, this nearly turned Deck of DT in to Dick of DT.  I guarantee you that RP will slaughter BMcL in scoring this year.  If I’m wrong the next time we’re in the same city Roy can boot me in the arse. (Trust me, he’s lining you up already)

Garrick Ibbotson – as mentioned he is worth watching but I think there are better options than Garrick.

Stephen Hill – I don’t think DT is his go just yet.  He’ll pound out an increasing number of good scores but he won’t be your consistent high scorer just yet.  Better options exist at his price or below.

MOOOOOOOO Cows

Jesse Crichton – if FF is right then he’s priced very nicely for someone who is highly likely to play the majority of games.  He’s no Micky B but he could give you a Bastinac/Howlett type return.  Give him a look in the NAB.  He’s nippy, has good skills, loves a tackle and follows the ball around like a Border Collie on crack.

RUCKS

Keepers

Aaron Sandilands – He is almost a sure thing to lead your rucks for the entire year.  His time in the ruck is likely to diminish this year, but I don’t believe this will greatly affect his scoring as he’ll rest up forward and it will likely reduce any silly little durability concerns.  If you don’t think about putting him in, you’re not thinking at all.

FORWARDS

Keepers

Matty Pav – will be considered by everyone this year as always.  My concern with Pav is I think his huge scoring days are gone but his low scoring days will always be there, as they are with anyone.  This is linked with his role and Freo’s desire to become less predictable and harder to contain.  Too much reliance on Pav will hurt the team and the game plan reflects that.  Less reliance will mean less massive days.

Mid Range Bargains

Hayden Ballantyne – yeah, you hate him.  But he’s no Stevie Milne.  He’s also no Alan Didak so he won’t pump out a 90+ average.  He is likely to be nicely priced, he will play every game (when he’s fit) and he will get you some very nice scores.  With Frodo it’ll all be in the timing of the trade.  Wait to see if he’s fit in the NAB first though.  If not then there are much better options.

Nat Fyfe – Avatar is my pick for the “Player Most Likely” this year.  His running program indicates they want him near the ball this year.  He’s handling the extra km’s as easily as I handle the last donut in the office.  He’s got skills, guts and he’s proven he can score.  Barring injury I don’t think those that pick him will get rid of him this year.

John Anthony – not my cup of tea but again, if FF is close then he is worth a look at that price.  Few guys are guaranteed to play all games in that price range but JA is and he may make some decent coin for those who take a punt.

Michael Johnson – I mention him to warn you off.  I think he is the perfect sub guy for this team and that means DT trouble.  I may be proven wrong, and I think he’ll be handy as buggery for Freo in that role, but he’s a Red Alert for DT coaches in my view.

MOOOOOOOO Cows

Tendai Mzungu – DD ALERT!!!!!  Muzz could be a keeper with his skills and his tank.  He played the Luke Hodge HBF role for the Demons in the WAFL and racked them up.  Obviously he’s not in that class and is not going to score that high (probably) but he will play and he will score.  The key for this guy is that he has very good foot skills and can run all day.  That means plenty of DT action.

Josh Mellington – I don’t see where he fits in but he is training very well and has impressed more than just the casual observers.  Keep an eye on him as a potential downgrade because I think he’s got everything that Harvey likes and is likely to play at some stage.

Casey Sibosado – Another potential downgrade target.  I don’t think he’ll play early or often but he may be a nice downgrade later in the year.  If he does crack a game it’ll be down back.

36 Comments

  • good post. Im a little skeptical on Palmer – I had him last year and am slightly worried about his job security this year.

    As a dockers supporter, I hope you’re right haha

    • Surely his job security is fine!

      • disagree about palmers job security, spending the end of last year in the wafl and missing the clubs two finals due to is poor disposal, harvey is big on effective use of the ball as shown my his recruiting in the last draft, if he cant improve in that area it will be hard to see him been picked each week

        • Palmer was left out of the side because of his attitude problems… He felt he was bigger than the club and was undroppable. These issues have been ironed out by Harves by making him watch from the sidelines during the finals. Look for Palmer to play every game this year barring injury. Will avergage somewhere between 85-90

    • Yeah job sercurity is very solid, which is why Roy’s foot is getting nowhere near my substantial rear end.

  • Nice write up.
    Broughton is a gun in his 3rd year should be ready to explode.
    Love the duffman’s little kicks to himself from fullback.
    Love Palmer, but perhaps a bit handball happy?!
    Heaps of great choices from Freo to secure that coveted Dt Flag!

  • Great writeup. I’ve gone for Mzungu & Broughton. Maybe Faulks instead of Jacobs now.

  • Great review Tony
    The byes this year may help my weakness of picking too many Dockers in dreamteam.
    So far Pav, Sandi, Broughton and Mzungu are all locked in.

  • Thoughts on Jayden Pitt. From what I’ve seen oozes class and can kick on both feet, very, very well. May get a game on the wing in the running Morobito role??

    Thoughts???

  • Palmer handballs too much, but this could be his year to explode. he has been smashing the time trials along with Mzungu. Pav, Sandi and Mzungu are locked in my side. i think Pav might spend more time up forward this year though which may affect his scoring?

    Struggling to choose between Broughton and Duff man? Bit concerned about Duff’s away form? Thoughts?

  • broughton for sure, anobody no wen jack ziebell is set to return???

  • thoughts on nick suban? anyone heard anything about him?

    • Suban is a really nice player but he hasn’t got a defined role just yet and I’m not sure will punch out enough decent scores to make him a worthwhile choice. There are worse picks at that price, but there are better ones too.

    • I had him last year as a mid pricer. but had to ditch him part way through the season, after he was injured early on vs Geelong. He didn’t improve his average last year because of injury, perhaps even lowered it, so I still think he has a fair bit of room to improve. Some of the reports I’ve heard have said he has been running very very well, so could all be set for a lock.

      I won’t be having him this year, as he doesn’t fit in with the strategy I’m chosing, but other than that, he could be worth a look at.

  • I think i’ll go duffield over Broughton just for solid consistency

  • Palmer or Liam Anthony?? I can’t decide

    • I was in the same situation, taking a gamble with Palmer because im not sold on Anthony yet. Saves a bit of cash to be used elsewhere also.

  • a bit off freo but what does everyone think of andy swallow from north and colin sylvia from melbourne

    • I’d prefer Luke Hodge.

      I have him, but I prefer Brad Green. Oh well I got both.

    • Andy Swallow’s been on my radar. He should be a top 10 mid in SC this year, but may fall short of that mark in DT. He’d have to improve his average to at least 105 (from 98). He’s durable, and if he finds more consistency could do it. At his price I think Stanton or Murphy are better choices, but Swallow is still a good pick.

  • Good write-up, I have Mzungu and Duffield, use to have Pav but he left.

    Btw can people join my league? 429671 is the code

    Need 8 players

  • Hahaha, if this doesn’t win.. great work that’s all I can say. Fyfe will kill it :)

  • Nate Fyfe will be a MASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSIIIIIIVVVVVEEE smoky this year. Being only a second year player many will over look him. Had a pretty good AVG. last year and I definately think he can improve on that.

    In my interim team.

  • Faulks, Mzungu, Broughton and Sandi for me this year I reckon.

    I’ve had Broughton every round of his AFL career so far so why change it now.

  • Thoughts on Mundy?
    Also is it worth considering more Freo players because of their favourable bye rounds?

    • I reckon hes a bit of a forgotten man had an awesome year last year and Freo bent backwards to re-sign him. An option Im thinking especially for your league comp

  • Great write up mate, can I get someone’s opinion on whether I should choose..

    A: Broughton and Vince

    B: Goddard and McLean

    Cheers lads.

  • Sparkling write up. A good laugh and spot on. Taught me a few things and confirmed a few others.

    Sandi, Mungbeenz, Pav, Broughton and Duff are locks in my team.

    The league win is my goal. I’ll go off if I win a few.

    I was thinking of Fyfe. I haven’t really watched him play but I’ve seen his scores in my team and they spoke plenty.

    I was thinking today, how good is this season going to be?!!

  • “Wronger than a porno starring Warnie and Bronwyn Bishop” LOL, I dry-wretched and had convulsions after reading that. Many thanks!
    Am interested in opinions as to what ‘type’ of players are prime candidates for being sub’d (on and off) and how the subs are likely to be used, particularly by Harvey. Saved in case of injury? Planned intro of fresh legs for tired? ‘Gotta be better than that’ in for ‘Bad Hair Day’? I’m guessing that John Anthony is not likely to start as a sub but is he the type of player that stands a good chance of being sub’d off?

  • Viv Michie anyone??? Pumped out 2 good performances in NAB cup…92k?