Welcome to the first ever BBL Sleeper Report, where we look at a couple of players who may have slipped under the radar despite putting up solid fantasy numbers. While these players may not be orthodox Fantasy guns, they could provide you that vital point of difference (POD) in your league match-ups:
Alex ROSS [BAT] $48,400
Brendan McCullum and Jimmy Peirson may have stolen the show early with their outstanding display of power hitting, but it was the ex-Striker Alex Ross who really did the damage with the blade at the end of the innings for the Heat. After a slow start which yielded a strike rate of just over 100 for his first 20 runs, Ross broke the shackles after the departure of McCullum to lift the Heat to a formidable total of 206.
The “sweepologist” scored 64 off 36 balls at an impressive strike rate of 177 to finish with a solid fantasy score of 84. Owned in just 4.8% of sides, Ross could be the POD you need. Batting at four, he offers stability to the Heat’s batting stocks with the capacity to also go big. The only thing to consider is with world-class players like McCullum and Lynn batting ahead of him, there is a chance Ross’s scoring potential can be diminished at times. Regardless, Ross could still be a viable Fantasy streamer over the next couple of weeks.
Chris JORDAN [BAT/BWL] $77,100
2 games, 4 wickets. That’s what Chris Jordan’s Fantasy ledger is looking like after round 1. In his first game against the Heat, the Englishman claimed the prized scalps of BBL|05 player of the tournament Chris Lynn and Alex Ross, finishing with 2/29 off three overs. In his second match, Jordan took another two poles, this time Mitch Marsh and David Willey. While he was expensive off his four overs (2/48), the import still had an impressive Fantasy output, totalling 130 points for the round.
Jordan has batted at seven in both matches so far, and despite only scoring a solitary one in both digs, he is a gifted middle-order player who can clear the fence at will once he gets going. The allrounder has only been picked in 5.7% of sides so far and with an average of 65 is a decent POD in the bowling department. While his wickets mightn’t have come off ripping deliveries, Jordan has still found a way to generate points and if the Englishman can get his batting into gear as well he could become a very appealing Fantasy option. With their bye coming up this round, wait until later to bring Jordan in if you have plans to.
Keep an eye out for more Sleeper Reports at the conclusion of each round and also make sure you check out Clayto’s Captains before the start of Round 2.