Can he overcome injury to feature in 2015?
It’s pretty safe to say; Beau Waters has the durability of blown glass. Knock him and he’ll break. Yes, it is common knowledge that injuries have cruelled him for most of his career – these range from small niggles, to full blown reconstructive surgery. Beau has been on the sidelines for most of 2013, and all of 2014.
After a solid off-season; Waters started 2013 in a blaze of glory, tonning up in his opening 2 games – only to tweak his calf in the warm-up of game 3. He returned round 5 for a lackluster 71, only to injure his Adductor (groin). He missed another 2 weeks to return for round 8 – yep – the poor bastard injured his quad; missing another 3 games (4 – including the bye).
Post bye; he clearly struggled and averaged 68 over the next three – soon after having a scope to fix a small knee issue. He recovered fairly well from the knee, but club doctors decided to pull stumps on a horrible year and send him in for a shoulder operation to attempt to re-stablise his shoulder.
He injured the shoulder a few times in the 2014 off-season, and it was decided to do a full blown reconstruction on the shoulder; thus killing his 2014 campaign before it even started. What you may not know is; give him a full injury free pre-season and a good run, and his output is elite. 2012 will be the year we look at.
|Games last season:||0 (7 in 2013)|
|Average last season:||0 (82.9 in 2013)|
|100+ games last season:||0 (2 in 2013)|
|Sub 80 games last season:||0 (3 in 2013)|
|Price range last season:||$402k – DID NOT PLAY IN 2014|
|Missed games last season:||ALL (Shoulder) – 15 in 2013 (Calf, Groin, Quad, Knee, Shoulder)|
|Significant history:||Averaged 82.9 in 2013 (injury ravaged), 100.3 in 2012
Suspended 1 week in 2012 – rough conduct.
Drafted at pick 11 in the 2003 National draft.
Rising Star nominee 2004
Premiership Player in 2006
All Australian in 2012 – Half Back Flank
Due to the constant time off in 2013 and 2014, I will be analysing his 2012 year – as he was (mostly) fit then.
Beau Waters averaged 100.3 SC points in 2012 – including 10 tons and 2 sub 80 scores. Further analysis saw; 2 131+ scores, 2 121-130 scores and 6 100-120 point games. Not bad for a defender.
Of his sub 100 scores, 1 was in the 90’s – 6 were in the 80’s. His 2 sub 80 scores saw a 76 and a 50.
Statistically; 2012 was a career best year for Waters. He secured his maiden All-Australian Guernsey and recorded his most Brownlow votes in a season (4).
In 2012; Waters missed 2 games due to a knee scope and 1 game from suspension. He averaged 22.1 disposals a game; 14.5 of which were kicks. His standout stat was his disposal efficiency. He averaged a majestic 81% DE – with a low of 69%. He also didn’t record many clangers, averaging 2.3 clangers in 19 games. Waters kicked a lot, and boasted HIGH efficiency – Tick.
Did I mention “glass man” – more likely to be injured than play.
If you were considering starting Waters; keep him while his body lasts – keeping in mind he will most likely get injured. KEEP A TRADE ON HAND FOR HIM.
- Absolute ELITE disposal efficiency. SC Gold.
- Kicks twice as much as handballs – Tick.
- Priced to average 66. If he plays, he’ll average AT LEAST 80. Value for $.
- “Glass Man” – likely to be on the sidelines.
- Hasn’t played in almost 2 years, is he still good enough?
Watch him like a hawk if you plan to run with him. Watch him and hope beyond hope that his body holds up. If he stays fit, he’ll be a top 10 defender. Waters boasts insane levels of efficiency, clean hands and good decision making; All good traits for Supercoach.
I’m considering him. But, like most coaches; A LOT needs to align for me to run him. As I stated before; you’ll need to keep a trade up your sleeve, because WHEN he gets injured – you’ll want to boot him while you can. Don’t ride the injury rollercoaster.
If the powers that be decide to keep the trades at 30 – I’d say; make him one of your “risky picks”.
If the trade total is wound back to 24, DON’T RISK HIM!
For me, Waters is a…
NO (pending the release of the official 2015 prices and trade totals)
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