The Sixers are looking to get redemption in BBL|05 after making it all the way to the final but only to fall short against the Scorchers. To try help them go all the way the Sixers have brought in Jackson Bird and Johan Botha. The Sixers have retained all their players from BBL|04 except for fast bowling legend Brett Lee who has retired from all forms of cricket. The Sixers are still a strong chance to win the title this year despite many of their players being away on international duty.
PLAYERS TO PICK
Ed Cowan – $41,300
Cowan didn’t play a single game for the Sixers last year but that is likely to change this year. Since making the switch to New South Wales Cowan has been in sensational form. He’s scored 356 runs at 59.33 in the Matador Cup and 376 at 53.71 in the Sheffield Shield so far. Based on his form Cowan will likely get a game this year and is definitely worth a bench spot especially with the double game rounds the Sixers have early this season.
Brad Haddin – $65,400
Haddin will be one of the Sixers key players this year as he will be free of any international games that have kept him out of previous BBL games in the past. Haddin will likely open if we think back to BBL|01 where Michael Lumb and him opened while Nic Maddison batted at 3. As a matter of fact, when he was available for most of the tournament in BBL|01 his role was very fantasy friendly and he scored very well from memory. Having the opportunity to pick a wicket-keeper who will likely open is a luxury in BBL Fantasy which is why you have to have either Haddin or Dunk this year.
Nic Maddinson – $64,700
As mentioned before Maddinson will likely drop down to #3 which actually could be very good for him. As we’ve seen with Nic he tends to go out all guns blazing and gets out in stupid ways when he’s opening but at #3 he’ll likely play an anchor role which is fantasy friendly. Along with that he’s been in good form scoring 380 at 63.33 in the Matador Cup and 253 at 36.14 in the Sheffield Shield.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Jackson Bird – $67,600
The former Stars paceman has made the switch to the Sixers after a so-so BBL|04. Bird will likely fill the void left by Australian great Brett Lee and open the bowling along with bowling at the death which are both usually good for Fantasy bowlers. He’s also been in superb Sheffield Shield form taking 22 scalps at an average of 24. With the Sixers run of matches at the start of the tournament he’s definitely one to look at.
Michael Lumb – $67,000
It seems as though every year I keep asking myself the same question, ‘Is this the year that Michael Lumb will finally live up to his potential?’ and every time the same answer is no. What makes this year any different you may ask, well the only thing that tempts me to pick him is the Sixers fantasy draw with double game rounds and no byes at the start of the tournament. He’s worth watching and you never know maybe this will be his year.
Doug Bollinger – $54,400
Bollinger is extremely unlucky to miss out on the Test side especially considering he’s taken 15 wickets at 18.66 in the Sheffield Shield. But that will help us in BBL Fantasy as he is reasonably cheap, in good form and the selectors don’t want to pick him or Bird in the Test team. With the Sixers early run of games Bollinger is an interesting option to pick but he can be quite expensive and not very economic at times.
PLAYERS TO AVOID
Mitchell Starc – $75,200, Josh Hazlewood – $65,400, Nathan Lyon – $91,500 and Steve Smith – $95,500
All these players will most likely miss the whole tournament. Starc is out injured and will definitely miss, while Hazlewood and Smith will be off playing Test matches, ODI’s and T20I’s. Lyon may figure at the back end of the tournament but he has a high price tag.