The Dockers and AFL Dream Team

Long time supporter of this site, valkorum, has put down some thoughts about the Fremantle Dockers – the AFL team he is passionate about.

FREMANTLE DOCKERS
B
: Silvagni, Dawson, Broughton
HB: Hill, McPharlin, Ibbo
M: Suban, Barlow, Morabito
HF: Duffield, Pav, Fyfe
F: Balla, Clark, Mayne
R: Sandilands, Mundy, DeBoer

B: Lower, Mzungu, Pitt
Sub: McPhee (Util)

Grover/Faulks are depth for Dawson, Silvagni, McPharlin
Roberton/Forster are depth for Hill/Ibbo
Crichton/Michie/JVB/Thomas/Neale/Sutcliffe are midfield depth
Walters/Mellington are depth for Balla, Mayne
Crowley/Crozier are depth for Duffield/Fyfe
Griff/Keplar/MJ/Jack are depth for KPF/Ruck

Dawson comes in as the KPD who plays the lockdown role. McPharlin stays at CHB and Silvagni becomes the 3rd tall. Broughton plays lockdown on the small (sorry DT)

I would actually like to see Hill (replaces Roger) and Ibbo coming out of half back with Suban pushing in to the midfield. I think Hill’s kicking and speed is better suited to this role while Suban is harder at the ball and his low dart kicks are better suited to find a forward
on the lead. (PAV)

The midfield looks a lot harder along with 2 long kicking wingman – traits from Saints and Sydney (new coach appointments). I would be very very excited if Morabito could develop in to that tall, attacking wingman (Goodes/Goddard/Richo). DeBoer becomes the hard nose tagger (Jones) who gets a lot of the hard ball with Mundy and Barlow the prime movers attracting the tags. Lower (Kirk) provides a hard body to the inside midfield with Mzungu providing some speed and flair on the outside. Pitt plays as an outside mid where his kicking skills can be put to use – his body is still not big enough to playing inside but you want him in the team for his kicking.

The midfield depth is very young but has a lot of potential with a mixture of inside and outside. I think this is our weakest area but can be covered by half back/forwards moving to midfield. The depth cover for the half back/fowards would come in to the team.

Duffield (or Crowley) could go to to a half forward to be the defensive forward. Both are good kicks for goal so they still provide a legitimate threat as a 3rd tall forward. This allows FYFEY!!! to play his game as he will get a better defender on him this year, so having a hard body in Duffield/Crowley to provide cover will help.

Pav to go back to CHF for 50+ goals. Sandi and Clark rotating through FF and Ruck. Balla and Mayne in the pockets crumbing off the big guys and providing the forward pressure – I love watching their workrate during a kick-in.

McPhee is the sub because he can cover most positions on the ground (forward, back and tagging).

The depth is a mixture of young and experience. The experience is in the taller department (McPhee/Grover/MJ/Kep/Griff) where as the excitement and potential is in the youth (which is what it should be).

I like the looks of our squad on paper (when fit) and hopefully we pick up a couple of talls in the rookie draft to develop. Take a risk on see if it pays off – no harm in trying.

From a DT perspective this could mean changes of the normal from Freo. I no longer think Duffield and Broughton will be locks in the backline but do you want to pick Hill and Ibbo to become DT stars? At over $300k each and midfield only its a big risk. Suban moving on to a wing could prove a role change that could trigger a rise in output. Suban is $260k but needs to improve 35points to get to 90 avg.

I have always said Pav is a 5 point better player at CHF so that can only be good for DT. Fyfe will get a tag this year but should still avg 90 – 100 (Stevie J style) with the normal ups and downs of a half forward.

Sandi will avg 100 this year with less time in the ruck. Pick up a goal a game at FF to make up for less time in the ruck. (Sandi and Cox – Lock n Load)

Barlow will surely be in everyones team – at his price of $365k you have to take him as an underpriced premium. Mundy is a premium and will be in a lot of teams. Lower could be a good option but at $350k its a risk as he will need to improve 25 points to get a 100 avg.

So apart from the safe bets of Pav, Mundy, Barlow & Fyfe, I think there is plenty of risk/reward options at Freo this coming season. If you take the risk and pick the right one I think you can get a good jump on the field. If you pick the wrong one you are stuck with a 55 avg player who’s price is declining.

Morabito as a 7th forward needs to be mentioned – at $160k he is rookie priced.

Dont pick Dawson as he will become the next Presti.

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19 Comments

  • sage advice and analysis from valk as always!

    great write-up thanks valk and thanks to the DT Talk team for posting.

    cheers,
    j959

  • i hope the ‘Clark’ at FF is Zac Clarke not Mitch…sniff sniff :( cant wait to see how Lyon has worked the boys in the pre season…heres hoping for minimal injuries this year

  • Damn, good pickup… yes its meant to be Clarke *points to spellchecker*

    • It was kinda sad to see what could of been if we got Mitch. It was a sad day for us dockers supporters. But Zac should do well this year I reckon

      • I am actually kinda glad we didn’t get Mitch. I could have settled with pick #20 but definitely not anything to do with our pick #16.

        The bonus is that it means that a tall at Freo has an opportunity to be the 2nd tall. Griff/Kep/Clarke/Jack/MJ – they all get a chance to put their hand up and make that role their own. Kep started to last year before injury struck him down. Clarke and Griff showed (at times) they have something.

  • Maybe its just me…for some reason Freo again seems to offer a wealth of players that are full of interest….more than the majority of clubs.

  • Grat write up pal :)

  • Great write up pal :)

  • It will be interesting to see how Pav goes in 2012.

    • I have checked stats before and I believe (in his career) Pav has been about 5 points better in DT at CHF than any other position. He averaged 94 this year – a role up forward could see him back up to close to 100…its a possibility. Yes you will pay a premium price for him but that’s why they are called premiums.

  • Pitt will not be in the team over Grover or Sheridan but ptherwise it looks like freo could actually win some games this year. Also as a dockers fan I would just like to say that i am so happy that we didn’t get the Eskimo joe song or else I would have abandoned freo forever

    • I am proud to say I voted for the winning song and very glad we didn’t get the Eskimo Joe song.

  • I cant see michael johnston not being in that starting line up.

    • Maybe he comes in for Duffield or Pitt – where else would you put him? (hopefully he doesnt go anywhere near the backline)

    • I think MJ having a few games early in the WAFL to gain some form and confidence isnt a bad thing. He is a confidence player and bad games early in the AFL could smell trouble for the rest of the year. As sad as it is to say, MJ isnt the most resilient person in the world. However with some solid performances in the WAFL, i think MJ could hit the form he had earlier in his career, and turn into a key player for us. I have faith in Lyon to do the right thing with him.

  • Great insight valk as always.

  • Mundy is the number one lock of the year he was lsaying them before he went down

  • I loved Fyfe, Pav, Mungzu and lower last year.

    I was also on Mundy and Sandi who both kicked arse till they went down.

    But Duffield, ahhhh the pain. I know he’s cheap in 2012, but I am emotionally scared and don’t know if I can take it again.

    I want to pick Pav, Fyfe and Sandi, but I’m not sure if I have the balls to go with Pav or Sandi.

    Fyfe seems a must and Mundy, hmmmmmm.