• Join
  • Login
  • BNA Twitter
  • BNA Facebook
  • 05:15:05 AEST
  • Thursday, 25 April 2024
  • Gamble Responsibly 18+
Dockers NaFyfe 2018

Freemantle Dockers AFL 2018 Season Preview


Fyfe primed to steer the ship again

Key Ins: Nathan Wilson (GWS Giants), Brandon Matera (Gold Coast Suns)

Key Outs: Hayden Crozier (Western Bulldogs), Lachie Weller (Gold Coast Suns)

 

Overview

Fremantle enjoyed great success without winning the flag between 2013-2015, finishing in the top 4 each year and nabbing the minor premiership in 2015. However, the past two years for the Dockers have been anything but cheery, ending up 16th in 2016, before a slight improvement saw them round out the season in 14th place last year.  

Much of this decline can be attributed to Nat Fyfe, who was stellar in 2015, winning the Brownlow Medal, before an untimely leg fracture saw him miss the entire 2016 season, completely halting Fremantle's progress. While having a solid 2017, Fyfe will be looking to emulate the level he reached in 2015, as well as inspiring better performances from his teammates as their recently-appointed captain.

Despite scoring the fewest goals in 2017 (231), and notching up the second worst contested possessions per game (133.4), Fremantle ranked 6th in disposal efficiency at 73.6%. This suggests that if Fremantle can win more of the ball this year, they have the quality on the park to use it effectively, which should result in an upward surge in goals kicked. 

Like their West Coast neighbours, Freo will be moving into Perth Stadium this year. However, with a younger squad and core group of players, expect the Dockers to adapt quickly to the change of surroundings as they look to turn the new stadium into a fortress. This will be essential if the Dockers are any chance of making it into the finals.   

Player to watch: Lachie Neale has been quietly improving his game each year and last season was his best so far, ranking first in disposals (572), but also second in tackles (94), score involvements (123) and contested possessions (273) for the Dockers. Coach Ross Lyon will be hoping that Neale can take his game up another gear this season, which would rank him amongst the best midfielders in the league. 

Key Player: There is no going past Nat Fyfe, who really holds the key to Fremantle's success this season and for years to come. After signing a club-record deal keeping him in Perth until 2023, Fyfe will be eager to repay the Dockers' faithful with a string of outstanding performances.

 

Defensive rating 5/10

Steady hands Bradley Hill and Michael Johnson will be looking to up-and-comer Joel Hamling to help forge a reliable defence this season. They will be bolstered by the dynamic game and booming boot of Nathan Wilson, who is a fantastic acquisition from the Giants. 

Attacking threat 5/10

Part of the reason why Fremantle only managed 231 goals last season was that key forwards Cam McCarthy and Shane Kersten were playing their first seasons for the Dockers. Having had a year to settle in and get accustomed to Ross Lyon's style, expect McCarthy and Kersten to improve on their collective total of 49 goals. If Matt Taberner can convert his potential into goals, Freo's attack will be feared by opposition teams.  

Midfield strength 6/10

Club veteran David Mundy, alongside genuine stars Fyfe and Neale will be striving to establish one of the best midfield trios in the league. These three will be the foundation upon which everything else happens for the Dockers, and consequently crucial if they are to make the finals.  

 

  Bookies' Verdict Our Verdict
Top 8 $5 Worth the risk at good odds
Premiership $51 $35
2018 Prediction 14th 10th

Share On:

Trending Racing & Sport News

Souths Cameron Murray

NRL Best Bets and Tips: Round 0

The 2024 NRL season commences in Las Vegas with an iconic double-header. This marks the league's foray into the United S.....

Feb 27, 2024 02:00PM
READ MORE right-arrow

NFL Superbowl2019

AFC Championship 2024 NFL Tips and Best Bets

Get ready for an brilliant weekend of NFL and it all kicks off with the AFC Championship match. The Baltimore Ravens and.....

Jan 24, 2024 11:00AM
READ MORE right-arrow

Los Angeles Rams

NFL Monday Night Football Tips and Best Bets 14/11/23

Buffalo Performance Review Entering Week 10, the Bills confront an unfamiliar playoff-less reality, a departure from Jos.....

Nov 14, 2023 10:00AM
READ MORE right-arrow

MLB Houston Astros Pitcher

MLB Betting Tips for NCLS Game 7 25/10/23

In the midst of an electrifying National League Championship Series, the Arizona Diamondbacks brace for a pivotal Game 7.....

Oct 24, 2023 05:00PM
READ MORE right-arrow

Sports Betting Topics


Tweets by @BettingNetworkA

More Sports & Racing news you might like

MLB Houston Astros Pitcher

MLB Betting Tips for NCLS Game 7 25/10/23

In the midst of an electrifying National League Championship Series, the Arizona Diamondbacks brace for a pivotal Game 7.....

READ MORE right-arrow

MLB Houston Astros Pitcher

MLB Tips for Game 7 NCLS 2023

In the midst of an electrifying National League Championship Series, the Arizona Diamondbacks brace for a pivotal Game 7.....

READ MORE right-arrow

New Orleans Minnesota Vikings

Free NFL Betting Preview 15/9/2021

The Philadelphia Eagles are gearing up to maintain their winning momentum in Week 2 as they take on the Minnesota Viking.....

READ MORE right-arrow

Pitsburgh Steelers Roethlisberger

Free NFL Betting Picks 25/8/2023

Preseason Football Matchup Analysis In the final preseason clash, the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0, 2-0 ATS, 1-1 O/U) are se.....

READ MORE right-arrow

Boston RedSox Chris Sale

MLB Betting Picks: Best plays for All Star Game 2023

The 93rd edition of the Midsummer Classic will be played on Tuesday, July 11, at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington. .....

READ MORE right-arrow

MLB Houston Astros Pitcher

MLB Betting Picks: Best plays for 7th June 2023

The upcoming game between the Houston Astros and the Toronto Blue Jays is set to be an exciting contest between two comp.....

READ MORE right-arrow

Copyright © 2024 S93 www.bettingnetworkaustralia.com.au

Stay in Control. For gambling help call 1800 858 858 or your local State gambling helpline, Gamblers Help, Mission Australia or visit www.gamblinghelponline.org.au. Users must be at least 18 years old.

www.bettingnetworkaustralia.com.au (the "site") is not a bookmaking or wagering website. As such the site does not provide bookmaking or wagering services. We are a tipping and information service site. If you choose to take tips or use information on this website, you acknowledge and agree that you will only wager with licensed service providers for your jurisdiction. For help call 1800 858 858 or visit www.gamblinghelponline.org.au. Our Terms and Conditions are listed here.

Feedback