Midfielder David Mundy says Fremantle will not rest players against St Kilda in the final round with a view to hitting September at full steam.
Geelong's victory over Sydney on Saturday all but destroyed the Dockers' hopes of a top-two finish this season despite a comprehensive 74-point win over finals-bound Port Adelaide.
It was the third game in a row Fremantle had won by more than 70 points, giving them the best percentage in the competition with 141.8.
But despite top two being most likely out of the equation - with Geelong needing to lose to Brisbane - Mundy said perfecting their brand of football in time for the first week of finals meant the Dockers needed to have their best players on the park.
"Once you make finals it all starts again, ground zero, back to even pegging," Mundy said.
"We know if we take the foot off the gas we can slip behind the pack really quickly, so we want to be hitting September full steam ahead. We know if we play our game style and our game plan it really stands up in big games.
"That's all we can continue trying to practise against teams which are a bit lower on the ladder than us and I think we're seeing the fruits of that."
Fremantle defenders Luke McPharlin (calf), Clancee Pearce (calf) and Garrick Ibbotson (Achilles) are expected to push for selection this week, although coach Ross Lyon told 6PR last night that McPharlin was "probably 50-50" to face the Saints.
Second-year players Lachie Neale, Tom Sheridan, who yesterday signed a two-year contract extension, and Cam Sutcliffe have stepped up in their absence.
Neale all but sealed his place in September with another 28-disposal game against the Power, but Sheridan and Sutcliffe could be squeezed out in favour of the returning senior players.
However, Mundy backed the club's young players to continue their recent form if needed at the business end of the season.
"I'm not too sure where they're at but as soon as those guys come back in, they're obviously experienced, seasoned AFL footballers, so it would be good to get them in," Mundy said.
"But you can see the growth. Zac Clarke and Lachie Neale are the ones that spring to mind, so I think it's going pretty well.
"Tommy and Cam Sutcliffe, the young guys are coming up and when they're getting their chance they're really grabbing it with both hands which is great to see."
Mundy was prolific against Port, building on his strong season with 25 disposals and five clearances."We know if we take the foot off the gas we can slip behind the pack really quickly …" " *David Mundy *