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Caleb Serong – Deck of DT 2021

Will this young star continue his rise this season?

Name: Caleb Serong
Team: Fremantle
Position: MID
Price: $636,000
Bye round: 14
2020 average: 66
2020 adjusted average:
2020 games played: 14
Predicted average: 95
Draft range: Could snag him as your 4th mid

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Why should I pick him?

While he hasn’t exactly gone under the radar, winning the rising star last year, Caleb Serong currently only has a 6% ownership among coaches right now. So if you’re looking for a POD mid with upside, this is the guy.

It took 4 rounds to earn his debut and then he was eased into senior footy with an average of 60% TOG in his first few games. This resulted in an (adjusted) average of 77 including in there his lowest score of 35 points.

Once his load was ramped up, we saw him given more game time and defensive midfield roles on some of the games best mids, including Dangerfield. This saw his average jump to 85 as he was not only getting his hands on the ball more (in no small part thanks to David Mundy feeding him) but also tackling more, averaging 6 a game once getting more time.

More importantly he became a key part of Fremantle’s midfield set up, attending 72% of their centre bounces in that time. His last 5 games saw him average 95 and his highest score of the season was a salivating 126.

Put simply, Serong is ticking every box needed to indicate he’ll ignore the second year blues and could average premium numbers this year!

Why shouldn’t I pick him?

While I’ve even sold myself on him after listing the above facts, there are a few things still nagging in the back of my mind.

Fremantle’s injury list last year was constant and never ending. Meaning we still aren’t 100% certain where Serong fits in a 100% fit Fremantle side.

Their midfield is starting to look quite deep with Acres, Brayshaw, Cerra, Aish, Fyfe, Mundy, Tucker, Valente, Walters, Bewley, Conca, Giro and Blakely all looking to go through there at some point. Plus drafting two more in Western and O’Driscoll at the end of last year.

While Serong should slot in ahead of about 8 of those names still, the competition for spots and uncertainty of the 2021 season means we can’t bank on whether he’ll be getting the same opportunity as he did in the last half of the year. Even in most projected best 22’s for Fremantle this preseason, Serong is usually listed on the bench. Will reduced rotations affect him positively or negatively?

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I strongly believe that by the end of 2021 we’ll be classifying Serong as a king, so i’m jumping in there first! Worst case scenario, Fremantle’s bye is in the last bye round, meaning he’ll give you good cover up till then before you can upgrade him to an uber premo in round 14.

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Joining the DT Talk writing team in 2013, Anthony is a West Coast boy (man, we have a lot of Eagles lovers here) and he will bring us plenty of great content again this year. @anthonydsmith86.



  1. SerongIsNoKing

    February 15, 2021 at 9:35 am

    Cmon… a king??? Thats pretty high for a rookie from last year.

  2. Kjaks

    February 15, 2021 at 10:06 am

    Sshhhhh try and keep him with Low ownership please

  3. Lenny

    February 15, 2021 at 11:05 am

    A lock for me

  4. LW

    February 15, 2021 at 11:11 am

    Great article.

    Currently locked in my side.

  5. Marcus

    February 15, 2021 at 11:58 am

    No thanks

  6. Dan

    February 15, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    Has at least 10 points upside based on the second half last year. And could even do an Oliver and push into 100+ territory year 2. I’m keen

    • Squid

      February 15, 2021 at 6:33 pm

      Huge risk dropping $630+k on a second year player in the midst based on a few games of coronaball after Freo had put the cue in the rack, not saying it can’t happen but it’s a firm no me.

  7. Marcus

    February 15, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    Maybe I’ll just eat my words then Dan LOL.

  8. Marcus

    February 15, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    This year my Midfield will have Rocky as the highest priced player. Diff stratergy to every other year.

    • Euman

      February 15, 2021 at 8:39 pm

      Roy said he had Sam Walsh at M1 unless I heard wrong so similar strategy

  9. Dan

    February 15, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    Look he’s definitely carrying some risk , but given how he performed last year, I don’t see him moving from the midfield. Elite junior numbers. Will need to see a pre season 90+, but he’s high on my radar

  10. Mark

    February 16, 2021 at 11:04 am

    I’m happy to take a free mid but it ain’t serong

  11. Brown Stain

    February 16, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Serong will most likely move up a gear this year

  12. Tobe_advised

    February 16, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    95 average is probable about right for this year’s output but is a 13 point improvement from last year for a mid costing 636k good enough to make him a king? I do predict a docker to average 100plus this year for the first time in his career but it won’t be Serong.

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