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Dayne Beams – Deck of Dream Team 2013

It would be difficult to argue that Dayne Beams was not the most improved player in the competition in 2012. After form and injury contributed to his omission from Collingwood’s 2011 Grand Final side, mini-Swan went on to claim the club’s best and fairest award in 2012 and earned himself a position in the leadership group.

dec23_beamsName: Dayne Beams
Club: Collingwood
Position: Midfield
Assistant Coach 2013 Price: $599,400
Bye Round: 13
2012 Average: 116
2012 Games Played: 21
Predicted Average: 115

Why should I pick him?

It would be difficult to argue that Dayne Beams was not the most improved player in the competition in 2012. After form and injury contributed to his omission from Collingwood’s 2011 Grand Final side, mini-Swan went on to claim the club’s best and fairest award in 2012 and earned himself a position in the leadership group. But more importantly, Beams managed an incredible average of 116 DT points per week, playing every game of the year after missing round one with shin soreness. He relished in his increased midfield role, averaging the most points out of all forward-eligible players and boasting the third highest average out of every player in the competition.

There’s also just that x-factor about Beams that screams fantasy slut. It could be the ink, it could be the name, but it’s probably his ability to hit the scoreboard and clock up those bonus +6s that us coaches love. Of the 50 highest-averaging DTers in 2012, only Lance Franklin and Matthew Pavlich kicked more goals than Beams during the home & away season.

Bucks was quoted the other day saying that Dayne is “hungry” and is still “not satisfied” with his current (fantasy) output, so keep an eye on Beams throughout the Summer as he thrives to take his game to yet another level.

Why shouldn’t I pick him?

The risk that comes with selecting Beams is the unknown of how he’ll go in the Collingwood midfield with Luke Ball back from injury. Many believe that Beams played a similar role in 2012 to what Ball has in past seasons, and as such it is valid to question whether Ball’s return will impact on Beams’ role and fantasy output. In the two games they played together this year, Beams had scores of 74 and 93, his lowest and fourth lowest of the season. However, these were his first two games of the season and you’d expect he was still building towards full fitness.

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ACE – Despite Ball returning to the side, it would be very surprising to see Beams’ midfield minutes take a massive dive given his stellar performances through the middle in 2012. Even if he was to spend more time forward in 2013, his ability to find the footy and impact the scoreboard will continue to make him a valuable asset to the Magpies and fantasy coaches. Some coaches may be quick to dismiss him due to losing his forward eligibility and Ball returning, so Beams could end up being one of the more unique premium midfielders selected in 2013.

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