The Strikers begin the Fantasy campaign with a double round, but it’s immediately followed the bye. If you want to know more about the quirks of the Strikers’ fixture, we’ve analysed the full fixture here.
You can see the averages of the Adelaide Strikers players from the last BBL by clicking here.
And don’t forget to check out the Strikers’ Predicted XI here.
PLAYERS TO LOCK 🔒
Jon Holland [BOWL] $33,600
For a lock in Adelaide’s best XI, Jon Holland is an absolute steal at a touch over $33K. His BBL|05 wasn’t great, but the Strikers had Adil Rashid to rely on last season. He’s now gone and Holland is the main slow bowler and it comes at a good time too: he’s arguably in the best form of his career.
Ben Dunk [WK] $32,100
Despite Dunk’s poor recent form, he’s an excellent pick-up for the Strikers. He should open the innings for Adelaide and it looks like he’ll take the gloves too, at this early stage. He has 742 runs across all five BBLs, and in BBL|03 he smacked a 96 and an 87. A bench option at the very least.
PLAYERS TO LOOK AT 👁
Travis Head [BAT/BOWL] $100,100
Head’s BBL|05 was simply incredible – 299 runs at an average of 42.7 including his remarkable 101* on New Year’s Eve. He’s an ever improving batsman, more than likely Adelaide’s next captain, and he’ll bat at number three or four, a good position for a fantasy batsman. He also took six wickets in the last BBL and will be the Strikers’ sixth bowler providing some handy off-spin. His price tag is of course the worrying thing.
Tim Ludeman [WK] $54,500
I must say I’m not sure where Ludeman fits into the Strikers’ set-up this season, but if it’s at the top of the order with Dunk he’s worth keeping in mind. BBL|05 was pretty productive for Ludeman, with 256 runs at 36.6. Getting dropped from the South Australian sides worries me if he’ll still be up to it, but his 167 from 134 balls against a South African XI suggests he is.
PLAYERS TO LEAVE 🚷
Kieron Pollard [BAT/BOWL] $60,000
Sure, he provides some amazing highlights, but in terms of fantasy value, there isn’t a lot for someone like Pollard. His bowling leaves a lot to be desired and he is unlikely to bat in the precious top four of Adelaide’s batting line-up. Scored 115 runs from 5 innings in the South African Twenty20 RamSlam and took only 4 wickets while his economy was over 9 runs per over. You may like him but I’m not touching him.
Craig Simmons [BAT] $40,700
One of only three men to have two BBL centuries (also Usman Khawaja and Luke Wright), Simmons can light it up in a flash. However, he was dropped after just four games in the last BBL, hence his cheap price-tag. Hasn’t played any top-level cricket since the last BBL and just isn’t worth the risk.