Round 3 was a very high scoring round as fantasy guns such as Mitch Marsh, Aaron Finch, David Willey and Chris Lynn came out to play. There was also some misery though as popular captaincy choice Dwayne Bravo suffered a tournament ending injury and Shaun Marsh failed to fire in both games.
Round 4 however will continue to add to this challenge as we have to bench our Renegades players since they have the bye and try add in some Heat players for their double game week while keeping in mind the Scorchers and Heat byes next week along with the departures of the English players on January 5th. These next few rounds will make or break coaches season so it is vital you look ahead in the fixtures to make sure you aren’t copping donuts even if it means missing a double game week player. E.g. I can’t grab Mark Steketee because I will have to cop a donut next round because of a lack of trades. So just remember not to overload on double game round players and maybe look ahead to the Hurricanes DGW in Round 5.
Anyways, let’s have a look at the Round 4 fixture.
As mentioned before the Heat have the double this round and the Renegades players have their last bye of the season. This is also the last round for our English players minus David Willey whose last game was yesterday so make sure to offload them now if you can’t next week with the absences of Scorchers and Heat players. Keep in mind Australian ODI duties are coming up so you may have to depart with players such as Mitch Marsh and Pat Cummins soon.
Now here’s the top 5 captaincy options for Round 4.
1. Chris Lynn – Lynn has been on fire in BBL|06 with fantasy scores of 45, 105 and 128. All his batting innings in those games to came at a strike rate of 145 or above too! One of his games this round is played at his home ground The Gabba where he averages 46.18 at a great strike rate of 170.28 and hit a whopping 120m six last game. But that game he comes up against a strong Sixers bowling lineup which will be weakened by O’Keefe’s Test callup. The Sixers are also his bogey team and he’s only scored 45 runs against them from 5 games. His second game is at The Furnace where the Scorchers showed us last round how good it was to bat on once your eye is in. He also has a great record against them scoring 230 runs at an average of 46. Lynn also fields in the “hot-spots” and is a great chance of adding to his score from that. Lock him in as captain with confidence.
2. Brendon McCullum – The Heat skipper narrowly misses the number 1 spot this week despite scores of 74, 4 and 107 in BBL Fantasy so far. The main reason McCullum misses top spot because of his hit-or-miss style where he either goes really big or gets out very cheaply. He is a highly experienced T20 player though and averages 31.43 with the bat in this format. He’s still a great captaincy choice though and if Lynn fails you could make up some rankings if you captained him over Lynn.
3. Samuel Badree – The experienced West-Indian leggie has been at his miserly best this campaign snaring 3 wickets at an incredible economy rate of 5.67! This economy rate will generate a lot of points for him this round along with all the dot balls he could rack up. He also comes at what I believe is an incredibly cheap price of $72,100 for a player of his quality who has scored 55, 73 and 38. A great POD captain who is super consistent.
4. Mark Steketee – Steketee has starred this season and become a key member of a Heat bowling attack which severely lacks quality bowlers who perform consistently. From his three games so far he has scored 91, 67 and 60. As a result he has risen from a dirt cheap price of 32K to 65K. His bowling statistics so far in BBL|06 is 6 wickets at an economy rate of 6.58 which is a massive rise from his 3 wickets with an economy rate of 11.21 in BBL|05. He also has proven himself as a decent pinch hitter with the bat in the lower order which makes him even more desirable in BBL Fantasy.
5. Mitch Marsh – Mitch was the highest scorer last round with a huge score of 205 from his DGW. He batted at 4 in both games and saw an increased role with the ball which allowed him to maximise on his scoring potential. What makes him enticing this round is the departures of David Willey (international duty) and Adam Voges (injury) which will give him an even bigger role in this star-studded Scorchers line-up before he leaves for the Australian ODI Series. If your bold enough to go against a DGW player this round Mitch is the man for you.