BBL|05 Finals Fantasy Preview

BBL finals are finally here! With the Strikers beating a depleted Renegades outfit at the Docklands last night, the top four has been confirmed with the two semi-finals to be held later this week. The Strikers, Stars, Scorchers and Thunder have all qualified.

Semi Final #1

Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder @ Adelaide Oval

Semi Final #2

Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers @ MCG

The elimination of four teams has a significant impact on BBL fantasy as your side for this week must consist of players from only four teams. Hopefully you have scraped through into the top 4 of your leagues and are now gearing up for a tense semi-final! Thankfully, everyone is allocated unlimited trades for the last two rounds however the budget remains the same. With all the form players costing a lot of money you must choose your team wisely.

In this article I will mention five batsmen and five bowlers who I believe offer great value and are flying under the radar. Any monkey can tell you that Andre Russel and Travis Head are good picks but here I will explore hidden gems who may make or break your chances of shooting up the ranks.

BATSMEN

1. Usman Khawaja ($97,600)
Coming off three centuries in five test innings as well as a century and half century in the Big Bash, Usman Khawaja is arguably the most in-form batsmen in Australia. Yet, it’s alarming how many cricket fans out there don’t rate him and would pass over the chance to include him in their side coming into the semi-finals.

2. Mahela Jayawardena ($71,800)
A move to the top of the order has come as a master stroke for the classy Sri Lankan who has scored two half centuries in that position. However, he has missed the last two games due to injury and at his age, this could be trouble. Make sure you are paying close attention to the team lineups if you decide to select him.

3. Michael Carberry ($49,900)
Starved of opportunities due to the immaculate form of the Scorchers top order, Carberry showed his value down at Blundstone Arena where he belted a quick half century at no.3. He is also a chance to open the batting this week after David Willey’s disappointing performance with the bat against the Stars.

4. Adam Voges ($63,400)
The Scorchers captain and Australian number 5 is both reliable and consistent. At $63,400 he is a bargain and could come to the Scorchers rescue should the Stars break through their top order again.

5. Brad Hodge ($62,500)
The Strikers inspirational leader has lead his to the minor premiership and will be looking to continue his good form in the finals. Hodge, similarly to Voges, is a bargain and very rarely gives his wicket away. With an average of 41 in BBL fantasy |05, Hodge could be a fantastic yet cheap selection with a point of difference.

BOWLERS

1. Clint McKay ($89,600)
Equal second for the most wickets taken in BBL|05, former Melbourne Stars man Clint McKay has had a fantastic first season at the Thunder and has still flown under the radar. His price is rather high but he takes wickets while bowling at a good economy at either end of the innings.

2. Andrew Tye ($79,400)
Tye’s fantastic efforts with the ball have earned him a spot in Australia’s T20 World Cup squad, his economical bowling won the Scorchers the game down in Hobart and he has great variety, often referred to as right arm smorgasbord. Also, has a fantastic average of 46 fantasy points this season.

3. Ashton Agar ($74,500)
This man can do everything from slog sweeping to taking classic catches in the outfield along with some handy off spin. Agar is a unique point of difference and is always involved in the game. Can be selected in either batting or bowling positions.

4. Michael Neser ($70,500)
The Adelaide Strikers all-rounder showed his bowling reliability against the Renegades when he came on at a crucial time and only went for three runs of his first over. Also has a great average of 41 and at the end of round 8 was only selected in 2.4% of teams. Another real point of difference.

5. Daniel Worrall ($51,800)
Coming off what should have been a man of the match performance against the Scorchers at the WACA, Daniel Worrall burst into the spotlight with 128 fantasy points across round 8. He is an extreme left-field pick but his price is fantastic and will enable you to upgrade another part of your team to its maximum potential.

Make sure that you choose your players wisely, pick at least 2-3 from each team and I wish you all the very best for Semi-finals week of BBL fantasy.

Please feel free to leave any comments or feedback below.


13 thoughts on “BBL|05 Finals Fantasy Preview

    1. Thanks for your comment Jesse.
      Personally, I don’t think Brad Hogg has played as well this season as many would’ve expected. He hasn’t taken many wickets and hasn’t been very economical, I believe there are better options out there. Also, the scorchers have Behrendorff and Paris coming back into the lineup this week and there is no guarantee of Hogg getting the full four overs.
      Hope this helps.

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  1. Assuming your VC fails, who is the best (C) for the second semi?
    With few genuine all-rounders to choose from, Willey looks like the safest option.
    Klinger, Voges, Wright, Pietersen all a bit hit and miss.
    Do you risk Behrendorff & Kallis if they are late inclusions?
    We all know the potential of Wright, Klinger and other batsman to go large, but if they get out cheap, it tends to make the bowlers a bit less of a risk. Making the likes of Tye, Worrel, Zampa and even Gulbis better options.

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    1. Hi there Hugo,
      I guess the best option is to make sure you select a reliable VC. You’re right about there being not many reliable options for the scorchers v stars game. Behrendorff will play according to the scorchers and Kallis said that his recovery is progressing well. I wouldn’t pick Kallis though as he is injury prone and not in good form. I think Tye, Willey and Pietersen are the best options. Tye is a regular wicket taker, Willey also takes wickets and may bat higher up the order and Pietersen tends to stand up in important matches. I reckon Tye and Willey are the most reliable captains and Pietersen is there if you want to take a risk to increase your ranking.

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    1. A fantastic option mate, I didn’t include him in this article as I was looking at cheap, underrated players who provide a point of difference. Rashid has been one of the best (if not The Best) bowler or BBL|05 and loves bowling at the Adelaide Oval. He is quite pricey but is definitely a reliable option coming into the semi finals. If you can afford him, go for it.

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    1. Dammit, you’re right, the forecast looks terrible. I guess we have two options:
      1) Pick a team entirely of Strikers and Thunder players
      2) Pick a team with a lot of mid prices and have bench cover
      I wonder what they’ll do if the game is washed out? Stars could progress as they finished higher up on the ladder.

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      1. Found this on the Melbourne Stars website:
        “We will keep you updated with weather updates throughout the day tomorrow. At this stage we are expecting rain in the morning and afternoon, with showers clearing by match start.”
        By the way, the chance of rain at the start of the match is 67% and it will drop to 38% by 9pm so I think the match will go ahead. Most of the rain will be in the late morning to afternoon.

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      2. Yeah, I’ve picked a couple. Around 3 or 4 I think. Although I’ve got bench cover in Lehman and McAndrew.

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