Hope you had a sensational festive season. We’ve officially ticked into 2014 and are very close to the start of the season.
Many with SuperCoach gold have begun selecting their sides; while the Higginator is up and running, and definitely worth the play around if you are yet to begin working on your potential 2014 team.
This week I’ll be looking at the teen wolf himself, Nat Fyfe and his prospects for the season ahead.
2014 Price: $574,300
2014 Position: MID
2013 averages: 106.4 SC/97.9 DT
2012 averages: 94 SC/89 DT
2011 averages: 108 SC/98.3 DT
2010 averages: 72.5 SC/68.1 DT
It was a more consistent year for Nat Fyfe in 2013, missing just the 3 games in rounds 7, 11 and the QF. It was also a real heart in the mouth season for those who owned Teen Wolf, given his history with glass shoulders. However, he managed to get through the season in one piece and showed glimpses of the future, winning Fremantle’s best and fairest for 2013.
It’s very hard to compare previous seasons’ statistics to Nat’s 2013, purely because he’s had such a horror run with injuries over the years. He averaged 25.8 touches a game last season, running at 63.8% disposal efficiency. Many of the elite midfielders of 2013 were running at high 60-low 70% efficiency. He did kick 18 goals, which included a bag of 4 against Adelaide in round 18. So while his statistics are very good, they fall just short of elite.
Fantasy-wise Nat had a good year, but just that step below elite. He pumped out 12 100s, but could only manage to string 3 consecutive 100s before scoring below. There were only 3 scores in the 90s, which tells us that his consistency in fantasy scoring was an issue for coaches.
However, 2014 looms as a big year for the Docker. With darkness looming on the careers of many of the old Fremantle legends, this season is the ideal time for Nathan Fyfe to stamp his mark on this Fremantle side and begin leading post-Pavlich and Sandilands. Nat also has the opportunity to get stuck into a full pre-season and have 2 injury-free seasons on the trot, which will help him build his potential into something special.
There’s also the fact his coach happens to be Ross the Boss. Whenever you play for a team coached by Ross Lyon, you’re going to be a dominant force in the midfield. They’ve added Colin Sylvia to play the high half-forward role, which will enable Nat to become a full-time midfielder and really dominate games, having the likes of Barlow, Mundy, Hill and Crowley to help burden the workload that may come with potential taggers.
2014 Predicted Status: Premium
Predicted Average 2014: 110-120 SC
Selection Status: Should be seriously considered.
Regarded by second coming of James Hird (the footballer, not the…yeah you know where I’m going with this), Nat Fyfe will have the luxury of finally heading into a season injury-free, on the back of a B & F winning year. Turning 23 in September, he’s only young in age, but on the verge of breaking out into a competition force.
Aided by recruitment of Sylvia and a strong midfield, this could very well be the year Teen Wolf finally starts pumping out consistent 100s.