The Fremantle Dockers come off a 2016 season that saw them crash in spectacular fashion, winning just four games on their way to finishing 16th.
Can Ross Lyon's side bounce back or will 2017 bear more frustration? We attempt to answer these questions in our preview of the upcoming year.
2016 position: 16th
2017 Difficulty Rating: 6/10
Off season movements:
ARRIVALS: Griffin Logue, Sean Darcy, Brennan Cox, Luke Ryan, Joel Hamling (Western Bulldogs), Bradley Hill (Hawthorn), Shane Kersten (Geelong), Cameron McCarthy (GWS)
DEPARTURES: Matthew Pavlich, Michael Barlow, Matt de Boer, Jack Hannath, Sean Hurley, Anthony Morabito, Tendai Mzungu, Clancee Pearce, Alex Silvagni, Tanner Smith, Chris Mayne (Collingwood)
There is plenty to like about Fremantle and their recruiting in the off-season. The Dockers picked up a couple of quality premiership players in the form of Joel Hamling and Bradley Hill, while they finally secured the exciting Cam McCarthy, who will look to fill a big hole up forward.
Ross Lyon's side have been widely tipped to be the big improvers in season 2017 and are eighth in the market for premiership betting at the odds of $19 with CrownBet.
Despite managing to win just four games last year, the Dockers are a $2.35 chance to make the top 8, while they are at $1.55 to miss out on finals action.
Nathan Fyfe, who missed the majority of last season with injury, has been installed as the new captain and is at $11 to take out the Brownlow with bet365, adding to his success in 2015 as the player named as the competition's fairest and best.
Fyfe has been training the house down in preparation for his return and we can expect him to play more in the forward line this season, in tandem with McCarthy, who has also looked promising at training.
The Dockers woes up forward have been well documented over the years and the use of Fyfe in this zone is a clear ploy to take more grabs inside 50.
However, Freo will also need to regain their defensive mojo. After tinkering with their game plan last year, the Dockers leaked 25 more points per game compared to the year prior and it was unusual to see the Dockers normally staunch defence so easily penetrated.
We will see just what improvements the Dockers have made when they step out for the first time against Geelong in Round 1. The clash against the Cats is followed by a tricky run against Port Adelaide (away), Western Bulldogs and Melbourne (away). By this stage we should know a lot more about the Dockers.
Key betting odds
Premiership: $19 CrownBet
Top 8: $2.35 CrownBet
To Miss Top 8: $1.55 CrownBet
Brownlow: Nathan Fyfe $11 bet365
Rising Star: Luke Ryan $21 CrownBet
Despite the solid recruiting and the return of Fyfe, I am not quite sure if Freo can make the necessary improvements to return to the top 8.