Is it time we drop the “teen” and simply call him The Wolf?
Ladies and gentlemen, I need to start with a confession, and I don’t want you to stop me. I have had man love for Nathan Fyfe for a good three years now and I am not ashamed to admit it. It may be my love of Hirdy as a champion Bomber that gets me swollen about Nat Fyfe but I’m a massive fan of this kid. Why? Fyfe has a lot of playing similarities to Hirdy – the flowing locks, the way they attack the game, the time and space they create and just the way they move – Fyfe is simply a gun.
In 2014, admittedly a contract renewal year for the Wolf, he took his game to a whole new elite level. Across the board his numbers exploded, particularly in the premium supercoach categories of contested possession and clearances. Two massive ticks. In his fifth year of football, his average went from an excellent 106 in 2013 to a “get outta my way I mean business” 122 in 2014 – that’s a 15% rise folks – I’m feeling a slight rise myself.
In short I am here to say that it will take a lot for me not to start with Fyfe in 2015. And by a lot, I mean price. So why do I think the teen has become a man? Stick with me dear community.
|Games last season:||18|
|Average last season:||122.33|
|100+ games last season:||17|
|Sub 80 games last season:||1 (that is right, just one!)|
|Price range last season:||$549k to $650k|
|Missed games last season:||4 – all due to suspension|
|Significant history:||AFLPA MVP in 2014
All Australian in 2014
Club B&F in 2013 (runner up in 2011)
Has averaged over 100 over the past 2 years (106, 122)
Ranked 3rd in the comp for Contested Possessions per game (4th in total)
Ranked 7th in the comp for Clearances
Career high average of 27 disposals in 2014
It is difficult to find disconfirming evidence on Fyfe, particularly when you look at his exceptional 2014, hell even his 2013 and 2011 years were very solid. In 2014, the Wolf cracked the ton in 17 out of his 18 games, a remarkable 95% of the time he scored over 100. IF that is not enough, his ceiling is high, like 171 high – how do you like them apples? Here is the killer stat – 50% of the time, that is in 9 out of 18 games, he scored 122 plus. That will do me. Anytime, anywhere, the Wolfman, he delivers.
Two factors as I see it with the Wolf, firstly, his propensity to get suspended (all four games he missed in 2014 were due to suspension – admittedly the first two games were for a head clash which was harsh). Secondly, his shoulders, they caused him to miss a significant amount of games in 2012. At least you can take comfort that in 2013 and 2014, he played 19 and 18 games respectively.
If you don’t start with Fyfe, then you must finish with Fyfe – pure and simple. I see the Wolf as very much a keeper from the outset or an upgrade target. Either way you need him in your team, you want him in your team, either way I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to. Apologies I was channelling Jack Nicholson from A Few Good Men.
- In 2014, 95% of the time he played, he scored over 100.
- In 2014, 50% of the time he played, he actually scored higher than 122
- Vaulted high ceiling – a high score of 171
- Contested ball beat and clearance machine equates to supreme supercoach point scoring
- You can pretty much guarantee Fyfe will get suspended and miss at least two games
- The chance the Wolf’s shoulder will go pop
I saw a Wolf with a footy fixture in his hand
Walkin through the streets of Freo in the rain
He was lookin for the place called Subi-aco
Gonna get a big wad of supercoach points
Aaahoooo! The Wolfman of Freo
Aaahoooo, the Wolfman of Freo
Set and forget, watch the points pile in, sit back and relax, crack open a beer and watch the Wolf dominate.
Wolf, welcome to Chicko’s Chumps 2015.
YES. MASSIVE YES.
What’s your view on The Wolf Fyfe in 2015?
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