Fremantle Dockers 2019 AFL Season Preview & Analysis
The pressure on Ross Lyon is mounting and the Dockers seemed to have stalled. Can their new look list make a leap in 2019 or will it be a case of status quo?
Finished in 2018: 14th (8 wins, 14 losses)
Key ins: Jesse Hogan (Melbourne) Travis Colyer (Essendon) Reece Conca (Richmond) Rory Lobb (GWS)
Draft Picks: Sam Sturt (#17) Luke Valente (#32) Lachlan Schultz (#57) Brett Bewley (#59)
Key outs: Lachie Neale (Brisbane) Tommy Sheridan (GWS) Michael Johnson (retired) Danyle Pearce (retired) Lee Spurr (retired) Cam Sutcliffe (delisted)
Coach: Ross Lyon
Captain(s): Nat Fyfe
Playing AFLX: Nat Fyfe (Flyers, captain) Joel Hamling (Deadly) Bradley Hill (Deadly)
Summary: Fremantle are once again an interesting case study in 2019. An eight-win season saw them miss finals for the third straight year after a Grand Final defeat in 2015. They still possess arguably the best player in the competition in skipper Nat Fyfe and now finally have a full forward capable of kicking 40+ goals in Jesse Hogan. Their kids need to take the next step for the Dockers to challenge for September action this season and even with the strong home ground advantage, the eight-win mark again seems to be about their ceiling in what shapes as another super competitive season.
Key stat: Fremantle only won two games away from Optus Stadium in 2018. Against the two bottom teams, Carlton and the Gold Coast.
Round 1: Fremantle v North Melbourne @ Optus Stadium – Sunday, 24 March, 7:20 PM
Best Brownlow Hope: Nat Fyfe
Prediction: Under 8.5 wins @ $2* with Sportsbet
*Prices correct at time of publishing