Sure, premium players are good, but you can’t fill your side with them.
So I’ve done the hard work and research for you, and present you with players under $50,000 who should get good good game time and make you money, be it on the bench or on your field.
Remember to check out Tom’s Must Have players here.
Aiden Blizzard – Thunder – $41,500
Blizzard scored 148 at an average of 30 for Cantebury in the recent NZ T20 competition, and came out of the Champions League Twenty20 with 188 runs at 47. However, he’s moved across from the Hurricanes to the Thunder, so how he fits in remains to be seen.
Cal Ferguson – Renegades – $41,500
Two Shield tons already this season meant Ferguson was in the mix for a test spot. He batted at number three in the Renegades practice match and should find himself high up the order come Round 1 too.
Peter Forrest – Heat – $36,200
The former Australian ODI representative has continued into 2014/15 how he finished 13/14, in exceptional form. Brisbane have lost a couple of top-order bats, and as a result Forrest should get an opportunity. Not known as a fast scorer but the perfect foil for guys going hard at the other end.
Ashton Turner – Scorchers – $44,600
Turner is a highly regarded youngster who bats well and bowls handy off-spin. He captained an Australian XI against the touring Indians earlier this season and then smashed 75 off 38 in the Scorchers’ warm-up match.
Stephen O’Keefe – Sixers – $42,600
O’Keefe is Australia’s latest test player and comes straight into the Sixers’ line-up. Although he’ll likely bowl all his overs each match, don’t expect to receive many batting points, which is not ideal for an all-rounder. The safest bet to play nonetheless.
Trent Lawford – Strikers – $32,000
You can’t get any cheaper than $32k, and it might be perfect if Lawford manages to get into the Strikers’ starting XI. He’s taken five-wicket hauls and made quick-fire fifties for the Redbacks already this season, so form is not an issue. And don’t forget he hit 28 sixes in one day last season (Yep, 28!).
Tim Ludeman – Strikers – $41,500
As mentioned in my Predicted XI article, Ludeman has opened for the Strikers before, and with no obvious partner for Craig Simmons, he looks pretty good. Selecting a keeper who opens is vital to get good scores.
Chris Hartley – Thunder – $32,000
Hartley is an outside chance to open for the Thunder, as he has done with good success with Queensland in limited overs matches. He’s the Thunder’s only keeper, so he’ll play, but keep and eye on his batting position.
Ryan Carters – Sixers – $36,000
If Carters doesn’t get an opportunity to open the batting (as he does in the Sheffield Shield), I expect him to be somewhere in the middle order to make use of his good current form. He’s certainly a smoky for mine and could make his name in this tournament.
Doug Bollinger – Sixers – $44,700
Bollinger returned to the national Twenty20 side in November and bowled tidily in each of the three matches against a strong South African side. He’ll lead the Sixers’ attack and relish the attention he gets.
Xavier Doherty – Hurricanes – $33,900
Doherty had a nightmare last BBL, but he’s a proven performer and will hit back. He has just returned as Australia’s ODI spinner of choice, and just in time for the World Cup, so good performances will be vital as he hopes to keep his spot.
Clint McKay – Stars – $36,200
McKay dropped out of the Australian ODI side over the 2014 winter without ever displaying poor form. He’s since struggled to get a run with Victoria, but the class and experience McKay has means that he’ll be a crucial part of the Stars’ premiership tilt.
EDIT: McKay was not included in the Stars’ first match squad. So don’t pick him if you want points!
Who are you whacking on your bench? Are there any other cheapies worth considering?