Claye Beams – Deck of Dream Team 2014
This cow has swine in his family tree. Today I look at why Claye Beams should walk straight into our 2014 Dream Teams.
Why should I pick him?
Claye Beams will head into the 2014 season as one of the biggest bargains in the competition. Last year was set to be the traditional breakout for Beams, moving into his 3rd year at the lions and he started in solid form with 47 after subbing on in the 3rd quarter which shows he has scoring potential. His second game of the year was slightly disappointing with just 44 points, but his 15 disposals were promising.
That week on the training track Beams was injured which ended his season, leaving him with a sub affected average of just 46, and a discount due to only playing 2 games. This combination of unfortunate events for Beamer has created an absolute bargain for fantasy coaches as this 4th year player will be available for cheaper than a lot of the unproven rookies.
In 2012, Beams averaged his best score of 65 from 8 games which included 2 green vests to drag that average down. What impressed me most about Beams in the lead up to last years likely break out was his last game of the season where he showed a resemblance to older brother Dayne in scoring 114 from 26 touches. Any let’s not forget Dayne has many pig like tendencies, so let’s hope swine runs in the family!
Why shouldn’t I pick him?
Due to his bargain price, there are not too many reasons not to take the punt on Beams. If I were to look for negatives, it would be that he has been vested a number of times in his short career, so the chances are he will cop the same in 2014, especially coming off an injury.
For one reason or another he hasn’t played a lot of games in his 3 years at the club, recording just 5, 8 and 2.
We are yet to see if the new coaching staff sees Beams as “best 22” and what role they have in mind for him. He does have history of playing “run with” roles.
Deck of DT Rating.
Jack – Even when taking into account the issues raised above, his low price tag cancel all of those out. When I spoke to Tom Rockliff last week, he said the Claye is ripping up the track and will be ready to go in round 1. 2014 is going to be Beams delayed break out and coaches need to be on because he will potentially be the years biggest cash cow.
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