Round 5 was big round in the BBL with controversy surrounding the Chris Gayle-Mel McLaughlin interview but we also had some big scores from our captaincy options such as Chris Lynn and Aaron Finch. Round 6 the Stars have the double but they have the bye the following round then another double to finish the regular season so don’t trade them if you don’t have to just make sure you have bench cover for them. The Stars players I would recommend picking up are Kevin Pietersen, Luke Wright, John Hastings and maybe even Peter Handscomb. A lot of you guys probably also have Marcus Stoinis and he hopefully will continue to get a bowl. As Josh mentioned in his Gayle League recap article Glenn Maxwell and James Faulkner won’t play both games so it’s probably not worth picking them up, be sure to check out his article as well for the latest results in the SCHQ Gayle League.
1. Kevin Pietersen – KP was disappointing against the Renegades but looking at his first double where he scored 126 which is a fantastic score he is very hard to ignore and he is batting at #3. KP will be important for the Stars as they are still fighting hard to get into the top 4 to secure a finals berth. He is also a straight swap for Aaron Finch who is been called up to the ODI squad which meets up on the 8th so he will not play in the Melbourne Derby.
2. Luke Wright – Wright came back into form in dominant fashion scoring a match winning 100 in the Melbourne Derby. The Renegades attack didn’t trouble him at all and he cruised to 100 in total scoring a whopping 129. I’m bringing him into my side for the DGW and at only 61K he’s not as expensive as other options. With Faulkner, Maxwell and Boland all missing the 2nd game of the DGW he may even get an opportunity to bowl but I think Stoinis is ahead of him in the bowling pecking order.
3. John Hastings – The Duke has had solid returns in his three matches this BBL scoring 95 in the first DGW and 88 against the Renegades in the Derby. Hastings has been good with the ball but if he gets a chance with the bat that will make his output even better because he is a handy lower order batsmen. Hastings is at a premium price though and even though he is classified as a BAT/BWL he predominantly doesn’t get a bat so your paying 99K for a pure bowler and all-rounders are generally better as captaincy options. Mind you the Stars do have all-rounders they just don’t get an opportunity very often to do both e.g. Luke Wright and Marcus Stoinis.
4. Chris Lynn – Lynn has been insane with the bat and he’s picked the Heat up put them on his shoulders and he is carrying their whole team, they are pretty much a one man team. Batting at #3 is also very friendly for fantasy points. If your loophole Stars player fails you should look at him or this guy…
5. Andre Russell – With the news that Mr. Cricket is out for the Thunder’s next clash and with Jacques Kallis in doubt he will likely be promoted up the order along with Shane Watson who might even open. Russell will probably go up to #5 now possible and as we know he’s been insane in BBL|05 with bat and ball.
Honourable Mentions: Marcus Stoinis, Shane Watson,