Former Fremantle star Paul Hasleby has urged the Dockers to make the most of their draw in the next month, saying they can set themselves up for a finals assault by winning the next four games.
The 13th-placed Dockers face the four teams directly below them on the ladder in the next month - the Western Bulldogs and GWS in Perth, Melbourne at Etihad Stadium and Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium.
The four clubs locked on 24 points with Fremantle - St Kilda, Carlton, Richmond and Brisbane - all play at least one team inside the top eight in the next four weeks. The Lions and St Kilda also play each other, as do the Tigers and Blues.
Hasleby said now was the perfect time for the Dockers to make their move.
"It's a great opportunity for them. They need to win them all if they want to play finals," he said.
"If they drop one of the next four, it'll be very tough because they play Adelaide and West Coast on the way home. If they're good enough, they'll win these games and play finals. If they get to the finals they'll be in really good form and they'd be a challenge for anyone to play at home."
Hasleby said midfielder David Mundy, who has struggled to have an impact this season after missing most of the pre-season with an ankle injury, could be the secret weapon. "David Mundy is the key. If he gets back to his best form of 2010, they'll be a different team," Hasleby said.
"I've seen the signs from him but it's very hard to miss the pre-season and play well. He's the missing link and if he can do that, they'll win more games."
The Dockers are likely to be strengthened for Sunday's clash with the Bulldogs by the return of defender Zac Dawson (knee) and midfielder Stephen Hill (ankle).
The Dogs have suffered three beltings in their past four matches and tumbled to 14th after Essendon flogged them by 84 points last Saturday night.
"Don't worry, we're applying plenty of pressure internally on each other and our players," coach Brendan McCartney said yesterday.