I was surprised about that myself. Even Pre-James there were players who hit the larger value clues to pump up their numbers.
Getting it right is true for any clue, high or lower value, isn't it?
If the tactic is to select the lower value clues so the lead doesn't run away with it - that's just playing to lose. IMO, if you're not playing to win, why play. (then again, I'd be likely to Klaven it, so what do I know?)
In any case, it seems to me that if you're already bound to lose, why not take the risk of selecting higher value clues. The worst outcome is the one you already think is going to happen - you'll lose.