Captaincy choice was vital in a high scoring first round of BBL Fantasy with a huge differential between people who chose Travis Head and Andre Russell. It will be just as important this round since the Renegades and the Strikers have the bye. No double game round for any team also makes it even more difficult to pick your captain, but first let’s take a look at the fixtures
Most of us will probably have a few Sixers and Thunder players since they had the double game round last week which will aid us this week with our captaincy specifically the Thunder players. The reason I believe the Thunder players will be best is because the Heat bowling attack minus Badree is incredibly weak and batsmen should be able to exploit it especially big hitters like Andre Russell.
Now let’s take a look at the top 5 captaincy choices for Round 2 in BBL Fantasy.
1. Andre Russell – Dre Russ once again comes in as our top captaincy choice after a great return of 128 points in the first round. He comes up against a weak Heat bowling attack which should result in some points which he missed out on last round after he missed out with the bat on both occasions. Bowling wise he also has a great chance of picking up some wickets if he is able to have a crack at the Heat middle order which is quite fragile. Don’t expect any economy rate points though because he will be bowling to the explosive combination of Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn. He will be the safest choice this round but also the most popular one too.
2. Pat Cummins – Cummins had a stellar start to BBL|06 and was making headlines more for his work with the bat rather than ball. At the end of the round he amassed an incredible 181 points! I believe he will contribute further with the ball though this round despite facing McCullum and Lynn up top because their attacking style will likely open up more opportunities for wickets off his bowling if they misplay any strokes. His batting exploits have also been getting him further up the order and if he gets the chance to pinch-hit again he could make quick runs again which is great for his fantasy score. A great POD option to chose over Dre Russ.
3. David Willey – Willey had a great night at The Furnace last round and tore through the Strikers top order to put them on the back foot immediately and ultimately result in victory for the Scorchers. His bowling figures overall were 2/15 which contributed to a fantasy score of 78. The most impressive stat though from his bowling was not only his three wickets and maximum economy rate points but the number of dot balls he got which was a superb 16. This is now very meaningful fantasy wise because of the new point scoring rule of +1 per dot ball and Willey absolutely racked them up last season. This is going to make the Englishman a great asset purely for his bowling but don’t forget his batting. He got elevated up the order to try get quick runs which could possibly happen again if the Scorchers require quick runs. I would highly recommend picking up Willey especially ahead of their double game round in Round 3 next.
4. Tim Paine – The Hurricanes captain relished having a new opening partner in D’Arcy Short who took all the pressure off him and allowed him to build his innings steadily. Paine will be back at his home ground in Tasmania this round against the Stars where he has shown he can produce some big scores with the bat. The Stars are also missing some key cogs in their bowling attack which he could capitalize on. Paine is a great POD option this round especially because he’s a keeper and will have a high chance of getting fielding points.
5. Jason Roy – Roy wasted no time getting accustomed to the Big Bash and produced two quick fire innings which brought his score to 143 for the round. His opening position in the batting order is great for Fantasy owners and he also fields in some of the fielding hot zones. Only worry is the Scorchers bowling attack he will face.
That wraps up our Top 5 Captain’s for Round 2. Who are you guys captaining? Let me know in the comments below. I also hope everyone had a great Christmas and I look forward to a big day of Boxing Day Cricket.