SuperCoach 2019 – Player reviews: Ryan Burton
Burton’s first “real” year was in 2017 where he played 20 games of AFL football after a cup of coffee of 3 games in 2016 and he really did look the goods, averaging 83.7 SCPoints. Unfortunately Burton couldn’t continue that form into 2018, with his average falling to 65.7 SCPoints, which has dropped his price firmly into that “mid-price” category.
Opportunity is knocking on the door for Burton in Port Adelaide after the loss of Jasper Pittard and Jared Polec to North Melbourne. Both were important firm members of the Power’s 22 and their loss opens up not only a spot for Burton (which was probably a given even if they stayed) but also the opportunity for Burton to take a really important role in the back-half for the Power. Tom Clurey and Tom Jonas will be there to take the big bodies, which could allow Burton to go back to that intercepting defender role he had in 2017 before taking a more lock-down role in 2018 (which allowed James Sicily to take that intercepting role instead).
Burton spent his first 3 years at Hawthorn after being picked in the 2015 AFL Draft, but Burton now finds himself back in Adelaide, now in the black and teal of Port Adelaide instead of the tri-colours of Adelaide like so many expected back on the evening of the 24th of November in 2015.
Other than that he plays for Port Adelaide it’s that inconsistency in 2018 that may be an issue, as well as what role he plays for the Power. The big points for him may be there in an intercepting defender role, but a wingman role may limit him a bit since he won’t be getting those intercept marks/possessions that are very Supercoach friendly.
I’m on the fence with Burton. He’s firmly in that midpricer category we occasionally have to take a risk with, but then you’ve got options like Dylan Roberton who is $90K cheaper, Brodie Smith on slightly less, or a more solid option in Zac Williams who is only $30K more. He’s definitely one we need to see in the pre-season games first to get a more accurate read on what his role is going to be going forward. Even if he does look the goods I think he’d still be a POD by the time all is said and done for Round 1.
So what say you Community? Will Ryan Burton be a player you look at for your side? Or will you be looking elsewhere for 2018?