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.
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.
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.
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