Fremantle Captain and Brownlow Medallist Nat Fyfe looms as one of the first midfielders picked for many Supercoachers in the upcoming season, after an impressive and fairly consistent return in 2017.
If we cast our minds all the way back to Round 5, 2016, we will sadly remember the moment that Fyfe broke his leg, the same leg that he had previously fractured in the Preliminary Final against Hawthorn in 2015. Fyfe had to undergo surgery and ended up missing the remaining of the season, causing heartache to his beloved Fantasy owners. He endured the long road to recovery, pushing himself to the limits during rehab to ensure he would return stronger than ever in 2017. After successfully completing rehab before the start of the season, he found himself on many fantasy players radars, including mine. He ended up being a must-have for the majority of Supercoachers at the start of Round 1, finding himself in 63% of teams. However, there was always a shadow of doubt on how he would bounce back after such a horrific injury. The mental and physical stress that players go through during rehab is extremely tough and would take a toll on anyone, including Fyfe.
Nevertheless, Fyfe was able to put his injuries behind him by storming out of the blocks with five consecutive 100’s to start off the season, showing plenty of signs that he wasn’t just a shadow of his former self. Poor form hit between rounds 6-15 where he scored above 100 on only one occasion, well below his usual standard. By Round 16, his ownership had plummeted 24% from round 1, and his price had collapsed to an unforeseen $480,000. It was the perfect price and time to pick up a fallen premium, but surprisingly no one jumped on board.Fyfe then showed signs of brilliance in the final 8 games, regaining his 2015 form and establishing himself as of the premier scorers late in the season. He averaged a monstrous 126 SC points and helped many teams throughout the finals; rewarding the remainder of his owners that kept faith in him.
Now, in 2018, Fyfe comes in at a relatively likeable price of $597,000. While his price may come across as expensive to some, he finds himself an appealing $150,000 cheaper than the previous high scorer, Patrick Dangerfield. Fyfe has the talent to post very similar scores to Dangerfield, making his price tag even more acceptable.
Looking back to seasons 2015/16, Fyfe scored over 100 in 33 out of 37 games, showcasing unbelievable consistency. He is an elite talent with incredible capabilities, and could possibly find himself pushing Dangerfield out of the number 1 position in 2018. Fyfe possesses a high number of eye-catching attributes that many players desire such as having the ability to tear games apart, in ways that Dangerfield and Martin both do. He is a pronoun ball winner who wins both a large amount of contested and uncontested ball, he’s also great overhead and can hit the scoreboard on a regular basis.
Still young, at just 26, he will now be entering the prime of his career. Selecting Fyfe in the upcoming season is a no-brainer, teams that fail to do so will find themselves chasing their tail all year and will be wasting a trade later on to get him. I believe it’s best to start with Fyfe and with his past injuries behind him, expect him to be one of the highest and most trustworthy midfielders of 2018.