Welcome to the first edition of Clayto’s Captains formerly known as The Captain’s Corner.
The start of BBL|06 is fast approaching and with under two days to go until the season starts along with finalising our fantasy teams we need to make sure we nail our captaincy options to help us all climb the ranks.
Firstly, here is the full fixture list for Round One:
As you can see both Sydney based franchises the Thunder and Sixers have a double game week to start off with along with the Adelaide Strikers. This gives us a great opportunity to nab a ton of points to start the season with the amount of fantasy relevant players from those teams.
However, the Melbourne Stars are the only team this round who have a bye so make sure you leave any of their players you own on the pine.
I would also highly recommend putting the vice-captaincy on a Thunder or Sixers player since they play the first game this tournament so you can loophole them if they perform well and if they don’t you can always choose a Strikers player instead. Here is an example of how to perform this:
1. Put the ‘VC’ on a Thunder or Sixers player such as Andre Russell or Moises Henriques.
2. Ensure you have a non-playing Stars player such as Glenn Maxwell on the field and place the ‘C’ on them
3. If your ‘VC’ performs well you won’t have to do anything because you will now receive double points since the Stars player isn’t competing this round.
4. But if your ‘VC’ had a bad game then move your ‘C’ onto a Strikers player such as Travis Head.
NOTE: It is better to do this with a wicket-keeper so you don’t get the worst score from two players. For example, I am swapping Sam Harper onto the field for Brad Haddin so I don’t get the worst score from my bowling or batting bench.
Anyways let’s look at the Top 5 Captaincy choices for Round One.
1. Andre Russell– Despite being under a drug cloud Andre Russell will still suit up for the Thunder in their opening two games against the Sixers and Renegades. Dre Russ was the highest scoring fantasy player last season amassing a whopping 845 points at a per game average of 84.5. This may even rise because he will bat further up the batting order after the departures of Mike Hussey, Jacques Kallis and the injured Shane Watson. This makes him the top captaincy choice this week and the best option to try ‘VC’ loophole with.
2. Travis Head – The South Australian captain has been in super form with the willow recently at both state level and international level. This bodes well for our BBL Fantasy teams because he will get to bat further up the order at 3 rather than in the middle order. This will give him most of the Strikers batting innings to get his eye in and score plenty of runs. This round he also faces one of the weakest bowling attacks in the competition (the Heat). This should give him a great opportunity to pile on some runs. Along with this he should get a couple of overs each game to complement the Strikers bowling attack. Expect his average of 67 last season to possibly rise into the 70 range. He is the best option to choose from if your ‘VC’ fails.
3. Moises Henriques – The Sixers captain only played 3 games last season after re-injuring his calf which forced him out for the rest of the tournament. In those games though he showed us his huge fantasy potential scoring 219 points at an average of 73. If Henriques continued to score at that average that would result in 146 points in the round! And the best case is I think it could go even higher with the all-rounder batting at 4 which is a great spot for fantasy players and he will bowl 4 overs each game. A great POD option if you don’t want to follow the pack with Andre Russell.
4. Eoin Morgan – Morgan returns to the Thunder in place of the retired South African legend Jacques Kallis. He’s a T20 veteran and has played a remarkable 200 games! This will help a new-look younger Thunder outfit where he will slide into their batting order at 3. I think he is a good option this round and he only costs a very affordable 65K.
5. Brad Haddin – Haddin didn’t have the best BBL|05 fantasy wise and only score 284 points at an average of 40.57 from 7 games. Despite this I believe he is an enticing option because of his wicket-keeper status. With him taking the gloves once again it creates a great chance of scoring opportunities in the field. Add to it his status of opening he could push his average hopefully to the 50-60 range which would be a great return from him.