With the 2021 H&A season beginning on March 18 @aflratingsPete provides a fantasy outlook for Fremantle.
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Coaching Tendencies/Game Style
The disposal numbers for Fremantle started to increase at a high rate in the back end of 2020 for first year senior coach Justin Longmuir, the Dockers averaged 317.1 Disposals between Rounds 9-18 (Rank 2).
Fremantle were ranked last in the AFL recording an average of 8.2 Disposals per Inside 50, from a fantasy perspective teams that overuse the ball can generate additional scoring opportunities for players.
Longmuir stated he wanted more ball control out of defence 12 months ago, it’s worth monitoring that over the 2021 pre-season to see if any adjustments have been made to find more balance.
Several key players at Fremantle last season had playing roles adjusted, most notably Michael Walters was asked to play more as a forward while Longmuir often stated Nat Fyfe would find a new midfield-forward split to benefit the team.
Fremantle were quite competitive last season, a further improvement in wins will likely add to the fantasy upside for quite a few players in 2021.
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Hayden Young DEF
Unfortunately due to injury Hayden Young was limited to just 5 games in 2020, fortunately for fantasy coaches his salary is well under priced to begin the 2021 season.
Young averaged 51.5pts from his first 4 career games before a season ending injury in Round 6, he scored a season high of 77pts in Round 4.
The role across half-back for Young is quite appealing for fantasy, he should be well utilised with his ability to hit targets further up the ground.
Expect ownership to be strong for Young to begin the 2021 season, there is likely too much value to concede by not staring with him.
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Caleb Serong MID
Once Serong was let go for a full midfield role in 2020 by Dockers senior coach Justin Longmuir the fantasy numbers were strong, he averaged 66.6pts from 14 games with a season high 101pts in Round 18.
The centre bounce usage for Serong late in the 2020 season was extremely high at Fremantle, he was used at a rate of 70.7% total team centre bounces between Rounds 11-18 (Fremantle Rank 1).
Without question Serong was more than capable as an inside midfielder against quality opposition last season, there is likely not much for Longmuir to think about in 2021 as far as role is concerned.
The price point for Serong is worth noting to begin 2021, ownership is unlikely to be high but there is still likely quite a bit of value remaining for a player with a premium inside midfield role.
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Luke Valente MID
While there is no guarantee Valente will suit up in Round 1 for Fremantle he currently should be part of your pre-season watch-list, he is yet to make his AFL debut after being selected at pick 32 in the 2018 AFL Draft.
Valente had early injury issues after being drafted by the Dockers, he averaged 14.0 Disposals, 1.9 Marks & 5.6 Tackles from 7 games in the WAFL in 2019 (Only practice games in 2020 due to AFL Covid protocols).
After signing a 2 year contract extension recently Valente will be looking to make an impact in 2021, Dockers coach Justin Longmuir recently acknowledged he deserved a game in 2020 but was behind several midfielders.
At a basement salary to begin 2021 Valente will come with strong ownership once a debut is confirmed, it’s worthwhile monitoring his progress through the pre-season.
*2020 AFL season: 16 Min Qtrs
One Big Question
What will be the Midfield-Forward split for Nat Fyfe in 2021?
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