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Zak Butters – Deck of DT 2021

There are two youngsters busting to get into the Power Midfield. Will it be Zak Butters?

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Name: Zak Butters
Team: Port Adelaide
Position: FWD
Price: $595,000
Bye round: 12
2020 average: 62.3
2020 adjusted average:
77.9
2020 games played: 15 (the two missed were suspension)
Predicted average: 85
Draft range: 6th round

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Why should I pick him?

I have had a lot of people asking me about Butters and to be honest he isn’t someone that immediately jumped to my mind when I was looking at players for the Classic game in season 2021. Connor Rozee was one that I had much higher, but the more I looked into it, the more both of these guys should have a better 2021 season as they build into their careers. I will focus on Butters here but will talk about the $518k Fwd only eligible Rozee too as they are capable of playing a very similar role in the Power team. Just beware that Rozee’s lower average and price are due to him missing some games through injury last season.

So, on with Butters…… Did someone say Third Year Breakout? After a debut season average of 56.7 and following that up with an adjusted average of 77.9 in season 2021 we are seeing that Zak Butters is going to be a very good player at AFL level. He is already one of the highly talked about players from his draft year and whilst he wasn’t on the radar for many Fantasy Classic teams in season 2020 he will be possibly a little more likely to make you sit up and take notice in 2021.

One of the moves that Port made over the off season was to add Orazio Fantasia to the forward line. This is probably the most important thing to note for players like Butters and Connor Rozee. With Fantasia likely to be a permanent small forward this is going to release Butters and Rozee to be able to run through the midfield much more (yeah I can hear you from here “more mid time”) but this is likely to be the case. If you think about that Power midfield you have Rockliff and Boak who aren’t getting any younger and for the Power to go forward they need to get these two young stars running through there so I am expecting to see them getting in there more which should boost their scoring potential.

Now the two Power youngsters won’t be competing to be in your top 8 mids, they won’t get to that level of scoring, but given their roles over the past year the guru’s at Champion Data (or is it just Warnie?) have made them Forward Eligible only. This really brings them right back into calculation. What I am hoping to see is a similar sort of breakout that we saw for Andrew Brayshaw or Jye Simpkin last year when they were given a bigger role in the mids. I am not suggesting that it will happen, but it is certainly a chance.

Why shouldn’t I pick him?

Price and uncertainty about how that role plays out. His price of $595k is a bit too much to spend on him in your starting squad, unless you can guarantee that he will take that big bump in scoring and get up over the 90 pts average mark. I think there are just too many unknowns to take that risk. Is it he or Rozee that takes a bigger role in the mids? Does Fantasia actually play that allows him to be released? Personally I don’t actually see Fantasia in Port’s best 22 at the moment which means that Butters would probably stick around the forward line.

If I had to pick one of the young brigade at Port to spend more time in the midfield it is actually Rozee. If I had a choice between the two guys I think I am picking Rozee who is priced at about 80k less than Butters. For a similar price to Butters you can pick up Heeney, Tom Phillips or Kane Lambert. Once again, given a choice I am taking Heeney here as he has the runs on the board over a longer period of time.

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JACK

If he was sitting at a price of around $495k I would be much keener on picking Butters up. As I mentioned I think that Rozee is a bigger chance to break out as I think that Ken likes him in the midfield more than Butters. But have a look and see how he is used in the preseason. Butters may not be one that you start with but if he drops in price then gets on a bit of a scoring run with a midfield role he could be a great pick up sitting at your F3/F4 position.

As for Draft, he is likely to be drafted in most leagues (depending on the size of the league). He would be a very handy player at your F3 in that form of the Fantasy game. Don’t let him slide too far as there is a lot of potential with him.

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8 Comments

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    Blake

    January 14, 2021 at 9:54 am

    Surely this is the season that rozie moves into the midfield full time? Good article, thank you

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      Dan

      January 14, 2021 at 12:08 pm

      Very much considering Rozee over Caldwell

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        Dunny

        January 14, 2021 at 12:37 pm

        Good call Dan, I think that would be a better pick.

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      Dunny

      January 14, 2021 at 12:36 pm

      I would like to think it is Blake, but there are a few to run through there including Boak, Rocky, Wines, Gray, Rozee, Butters and SPP.
      But I think that Rozee would be the one to go for out of those Power youngsters. Just don’t be fooled by that average from last year.
      Big watch on what Ken does in pre-season.

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    22 guns

    January 14, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    butters is a tough little nut wouldnt surprise to see him get first crack

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    Squid

    January 14, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    Rozee was a season killer last year, started on fire then proceeded to stink it up massively, Butters however built into the season and by the end was very impressive.
    I’m south aussie but too sensible to support the power but know many who do and they all froth over Rozee, sure he’s flashy and capable of freakish stuff but for mine in real life and fantasy I’d back Butters all day every day.
    Had the opportunity to watch them live last year a number of times and Rozee spent all of his time trying to sneak off forward cheating often getting carved up by his opponent, he also seemed to already be a superstar in his own mind, Dursma had attitude too but also worked hard, Butters was plain impressive in work rate both ways and obviously was putting team first at times.
    Sure these are just my observations but unless rozee has pulled his head in i expect many others to get a crack before him and maybe even get a run in the 2s, Hinkley likes honest footy players, while butters may just explode.
    Pass on both still.

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      Richo

      January 14, 2021 at 8:07 pm

      Injured all year playing on 1 leg

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      gary

      January 14, 2021 at 8:08 pm

      I agree , rozee looks like a show pony , dosent like the hard ball and more interested in how he looks and the combing of his hair. I won’t be going near any of them either.

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