SuperCoach 2019 – Player reviews: Jayden Short
I think it was the famous 19th century philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche that uttered this famous quote. It could have been Socrates. I’m not too sure, community. History isn’t my area. Anyway, the quote is thus:
Go Shorty, it’s ya birthday /
We gonna party like it’s your birthday
Accurate quote representation aside, Jayden Short had a lot of reasons to party in 2018. After 16 games in 2017 (none beyond round 18), he broke into the premiership winning backline in round 1 and stayed there the entire year, adding a yuuuuuge 27.6SC to his 2017 average to finish with 85.7SC. With Houli on the decline, Short is primed to lead the Tiger rebounders in 2019, so should we pick him?
There’s plenty of upside to Jayden Short in 2019. He had a #blessed run between round 10 and round 18, averaging a tick under three figures. With his long, hard, penetrating (sorry) kick being the standout, Short led the league in average metres gained in 2018 with an average of 522.8m a week and was 6th overall in total bounces (35)
Any benefits from the new kick in rule are likely to fall his way. 16.2% of his 105 kick-ins from last year were to himself, which will represent a nice little bump to add to the natural improvement of his 4th year in the system.
The bad is not so much a knock on Short, but a knock on Richmond. Their style of football isn’t a SuperCoach friendly one. Only one Tiger averaged over 100SC in 2018 (Dusty – 103.9). Of the defenders, Shorty led the way ahead of Alex Rance (82.5) and Nick Vlastuin (81.6). The Tigers also share the round 14 bye with Adelaide (Laird), Carlton (Simmo), and GWS (Whitfield).
I think Short will improve his average again this year into the low 90’s. However I see the improvement coming from lifting his floor and getting rid of those scores in the 50’s and 60’s. At his price he’s a nice pivot off popular backline targets Connor Blakely and Alex Witherden, but doesn’t possess the ceiling of either.
My take: Could be a handy late pickup in the draft format, but not long form
What do you think, community? Is Jayden Short on your radar for 2019 or are there better options?