BBL Fantasy: Round 4 Preview

Round 3 was another high scoring bonanza…if you didn’t captain Dwayne Bravo that is. The West Indian all rounder and Renegades favourite suffered a hamstring injury last Thursday night and has been ruled out for the entire tournament sending fantasy coaches into disarray.

Welcome to a belated round preview for Round 4, sincere apologies for the delay. I was quite busy across the New Year weekend and wasn’t able to write the preview before the start of the Hurricanes vs Strikers clash. Hopefully, thanks to the rolling lockout this article may of be some assistance to your trades for this week, or even planning ahead.

As mentioned earlier, the main talking point to come out of Round 3 was the injury to DJ Bravo. The way I see it, Bravo owners have two distinct avenues out of this debacle:

  1. (Assuming you haven’t used all your trades before the first rolling lockout or you have already done the following) Trade Bravo for a Heat player. Top options include Chris Lynn, Brendon McCullum, Alex Ross, Samuel Badree, Ben Cutting and Mark Steketee
  2. Looking ahead to the future, Bravo could be traded to a Hurricanes player for their DGW in round 5. Best options to consider are George Bailey and Dan Christian


Round 4 Preview 

Double: Brisbane Heat

Bye: Melbourne Renegades 

With the Renegades having a bye sandwiched in between two DGW’s, keep them on the bench in preparation for the next round (apart from Bravo). That way, you can utilise your three trades to bring in Brisbane Heat players or to consolidate the strength of your lineup.

With the Heat being the only team to play twice in Round 4, I’m expecting an average week with most scores in the 600-800 range. Last week, stacking up on DGW players proved successful with big scores from the likes of Finch, Narine, Marsh, Willey and Turner. The Heat however, are a different kettle of fish.

The surprise packets of BBL|06 seem to be propped up at the summit on the back of incredible performances from Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn. Complemented by Alex Ross and Jimmy Peirson, the Heat’s batting lineup is their key strength and they will be relying heavily on it to post big totals and pull of high run chases.

Be wary of stocking up on too many players from the Heat, as their DGW is immediately backed up by a bye alongside the Scorchers in Round 5.

As always, don’t hestitate to leave any questions below and apologies once again for missing the first lockout for the round.

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