The departure of Lachie Neale has opened up a quality midfield spot at the Dockers, he was one of two players to average more than 25.0 Disposals in 2018 (30.3, Fremantle Rank: 1) along with Nat Fyfe (28.7).
Fremantle averaged 363.1 Disposals in the 2018 H&A season (Rank 15), this was an increase of 2.4 Disposals compared to the 2017 H&A season.
The Dockers were one of the lower scoring fantasy teams in the 2018 H&A season, they averaged 1510.2pts per game (Rank 16), Nat Fyfe (102.1pts) & Lachie Neale (100.2pts) were the only 2 players to average more than 100pts last season.
After a pretty decent trade period Fremantle will likely be far more competitive next season, they recorded 9 losses of 50pts or more last season.
Fremantle averaged 1649.3pts from winning games last season & 1430.8pts from losing games.
2019 Potential Targets:
Nat Fyfe MID $741k
A more competitive Fremantle could lead to a very healthy year from Fyfe in 2019, he averaged 126.8pts from winning games & 89.8pts from losing games last season.
Between Rounds 2-9 last season Fyfe averaged 117.1pts, he scored 120pts or more in 40.0% of his games in 2018. Staying healthy has been an issue for Fyfe over his career, he has played in only 62.1% of games since the start of the 2016 H&A season.
There is enough to suggest that rostering Fyfe at his opening salary does provide value, a moderately early season favourable fixture could provide a boost in scoring with a high number of rookies sitting in your team.
Fyfe is a high ceiling high reward type of player, his longevity is questionable but is a must consider if he is healthy at Round 1.
Connor Blakely DEF $664K
It might be time to shine for Blakely in 2019, he has shown plenty of recent fantasy promise but injuries have hampered his progression having played in 68.2% of games since the beginning of the 2017 H&A season.
Blakely scored 100pts or more in 38.5% of games last season, he scored 100pts or more in 41.2% of games in 2017. The role for Blakely has not yet been defined for the 2019 season but it is expected he will be utilised the majority of time in the midfield & across half-back.
“To get him back and fit and at 100 per cent (coming off a knee injury) will help us a lot, whether that’s in the midfield or a half back” Luke Ryan on Connor Blakely in late November.
With the long term injury to Sam Docherty the search for another high scoring defender is on & Blakely is in the mix, he is a definite watch over the pre-season for his role & scoring potential.
Brett Bewley MID $170K
Selected at Pick 59 in the 2018 AFL Draft Bewley could make an impact as early as next season, the 23 year old Midfielder averaged 26 Disposals for Williamston (VFL) last season.
“Brett physically has adapted.. He’s a high-end runner & a really mature athlete” Ross Lyon on Brett Bewley in early December.
Bewley may fit perfectly into the Fremantle team in a wing/half-back role next season, he should be right at the top of your watch-list during the pre-season.