The Dockers enter 2019 with plenty of fantasy draft options and equally as many question marks. With injuries, inexperience, ancient veterans, and an influx of off-season arrivals, somehow a reformed, youth-focused Ross Lyon has become the least of our fantasy concerns at Fremantle.
Gun – Nat Fyfe
AFLF 102.1 | 113.9 SC
Plenty of the rumblings around Fremantle this offseason have been about people other than Nat Fyfe.
Lachie Neale headed off to Brisbane, Jesse Hogan, Rory Lobb and Reece Conca arrived at Docklands, Andrew Brayshaw continued his long recovery from ‘the incident’, Connor Blakely moved back into the midfield one minute then was injured the next.
Meanwhile, Nat Fyfe stayed injury-free and honed his draft skills in preparation for drafting season:
And while we can’t deny the 27-year-old’s drafting chops (Laird in the 6th round, what a steal!), what is being overlooked in all the AFLX kerfuffle, is that we have a fit and firing Nat Fyfe, reading to go ham in 2019.
The 190cm, cane-wielding, contested ball beast, is virtually untaggable (I mean he had 128 AFL Fantasy and 163 SuperCoach points on Ben ‘The Clamp’ Jacobs) and should only benefit from losing his biggest contested ball winning counterpart in Neale.
Fyfe is the only true superstar left on Fremantle’s list. While the preseason glow is shining heavily on the troops around him – who, granted will also have to step up – Fyfe somehow going under the radar could be very beneficial come draft day.
Mock Draft Simulator ADP: AF 24 | 7 SC
#Value – Adam Cerra
AFLF 59.5 | 60.7 SC
The weird, up-and-coming mix youth and experience at Fremantle presents us with a possibly unprecedented situation of 2 major second year breakout candidates.
Andrew Brayshaw is a well documented case, with the promise of more midfield time and a significant bump in time on ground (TOG) minus Lachie Neale (and Connor Blakely) being the expected catalyst toward a big points bump.
Equally as exciting is fellow 19-year-old, Adam Cerra. The 5th overall pick in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft had a solid rookie campaign, playing 21 games and rocking an 80s ‘do like nobodies business.
While TOG isn’t as much of a factor for Cerra (he spent a respectful 75.8% TOG in 2018), the descendant of Rocky Balboa – who is available as a MID/FWD in 2019 – could benefit significantly from more time in the middle, confirmed by coach, ‘Ross the Boss’ as the plan for this season.
Cerra’s best game from a fantasy perspective coincided with Nat Fyfe’s absence in round 12. Thriving in a greater role, Cerra racked up 30 disposals, 6 marks, 4 tackles and 111 AFL Fantasy and 114 SuperCoach points.
If you’re not convinced yet… Cerra also boasts an impressive résumé as a junior fantasy scorer, averaging 115 AFL Fantasy and 137 SuperCoach points in the TAC Cup in 2017!
Mock Draft Simulator ADP: AF 189 | 237 SC
Tom Cruise Risky Business – Sean Darcy
AFLF 73.4 | 74 SC
Sean Darcy is a risky but potentially worthwhile pick late in your draft.
The towering 202cm, 113kg, 20-year-old ruck prodigy played only 7 games in 2018 mostly due to injury, upping his career total to 15 across his first 2 seasons.
Whether or not Darcy provides value or a headache is largely dependent on a prehistoric dinosaur. However, the recent news / hot take on Perth radio that the Sandisaurus Rex may miss the opening few rounds of the season and perhaps should consider himself extinct in 2019, added some fuel to the Darcy train this drafting season.
Grabbing Darcy late in a ruck punting strategy could be an ideal swing for the fences move. Just make sure you grab a capable back-up in deeper leagues in case the Jurassic Park sequel hits cinemas sooner than expected.
Mock Draft Simulator ADP: AF 170 | 245 SC
Do Not Draft – Dana Hooker
Unfortunately, Dana Hooker plays AFLW and is unavailable to draft in our leagues.
Averaging 17 disposals, 7.3 tackles and 74.6 AFL Fantasy points, Hooker’s production has been outstanding despite the reduced time on ground available in the AFLW competition.
While Hooker is currently going undrafted in the Mock Draft Simulator, apparent Fremantle player and frequent calf-injurer, Harley Bennell is going at 261 in AFL Fantasy and 297 in SuperCoach, having only played 2 games of AFL since 2015.
Mock Draft Simulator ADP: AF – | – SC