Season defining decision – can he return to his Brownlow form
by Ben Madden
The football world went into 2016 with a new no.1 in town. Nat Fyfe, fresh off a Brownlow win, was looking better than ever.
He was set for a big 2016, and was looking to help Fremantle get even closer to their elusive first premiership.
Then, in Round 5, the Supercoach world watched in horror as Fyfe went down with a leg injury that would see him sit out the rest of the season, as well as see Fremantle slump to the bottom 4.
The stage appears set for a triumphant return in 2017, but the question on any Supercoacher’s lips is – will he return to his high scoring ways?
Nat Fyfe could be captain of St Kilda in 2018, says Justin Koschitzke: AMPLE conjecture… https://t.co/SccuO08KAs
— CJ Henderson (@SportsHubOz) November 23, 2016
|2017 Price:||$573,500 SC|
|Games last season:||5|
|Average last season:||105.4|
|100+ games last season:||3 (15 in 2015)|
|Sub 80 games last season:||2 (0 in 2015)|
|Price range last season:||$624K – $670K|
|Missed games last season:||
Fyfe is injury-prone. That’s the long and the short of it.
Each year he has niggles. Each year he struggles to play a full season. When he’s on the park, he’s arguably only 3rd to Dangerfield & GAJ in terms of scoring power, scoring 9 125+ scores in 2015 out of 18 games.
This means that for every time you have him VC, he’ll toss out a score worth taking exactly half of the time. He’s a genuine VC option, which your Supercoach team needs in order to be competing for the 50k prize (or your league). However, a lot has changed in the Freo midfield since 2015. Lachie Neale has emerged as a serious midfield premium, and Michael Barlow has departed for the Gold Coast Suns.
Will Fyfe be able to slot back in and fire, or will the change in personnel affect him? There’s a lot of ifs and buts surrounding Nathaniel Fyfe going into 2017.
Nat Fyfe is picked as the first name on your teamsheet. You want to have him in your team the whole season. He’s also picked as a potential VC option (though do note, Fremantle play 11 games on a Sunday in 2017, so don’t get sucked in by that).
- Is a proven Supercoach Scorer
- Number 1 midfielder at Freo
- Freo can only improve on their 2016.. (?!)
- No injury discount! At $573K he’s relatively pricey
- Very injury prone which could derail your season
- May lose some points to Lachie Neale
- Could get distracted by his new part-time job as WA socialite
Nat Fyfe is a season defining selection. Make no mistake.
If you don’t pick him and he goes bananas, you’ll already be a trade and points down, and scrambling to get him in. However, if he is in your team and goes down with another injury, then you’re in a world of hurt.
With durability as much a key factor in Supercoach as ever, I am still wary about selecting a Fyfe that I am not 100% sure will last the whole season, especially when I’d be able to select a durable premium who I have a lot more faith in.
After all, it’s sometimes about the players you don’t select. At his price and with his recent history, I am leaning towards leaving Fyfe out. This will most likely change once he tears up the NAB Cup (but hey, I can try to be strong!)
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