Welcome to another edition of the BBL Sleeper Report. For those of you who decided to add Mitch Swepson to your lineup this week for the Heat’s double game – congratulations! Your faith in the young leggie was rewarded with a fantastic effort of 119 points, hopefully enough to get you over the line this week in your head-to-head matchups. This week we look ahead to the Hurricanes’ and Renegades’ double, where there could be a few surprises in the Sleeper department.
Johan BOTHA [BAT/BWL] $78,600
After an impressive performance against the Heat on Tuesday night, South African-born Johan Botha has made the cut for this round’s Sleeper Report. The freshly minted Aussie citizen put up a huge 92 points for the game, thanks to his miserly bowling earning him a couple of wickets to go with his 13 runs at the end of the innings. When it comes to bowling, Botha’s off-spin is world class. His subtle variations have even been enough to earn him a reputation as one of the premier spinners in the competition over the last few years. However, when it comes to BBL Fantasy, the ex-Protea has always been a bit of a smokey. Batting at 7, Botha offers plenty of promise with the willow late in the innings and can nearly always be relied upon to bowl his four overs each match. With an average of 65.2 points per game and an ownership percentage of 19%, Botha could be exactly what your team needs as we edge closer to the finals. Bear in mind, the Sixers do have their bye coming up in round six so make sure you have enough bench cover if you bring him in early.
Stuart BROAD [BWL] $60,800
I know what you’re thinking. Stuart Broad? A Fantasy sleeper?! I had the exact same reaction. Amazingly, the man who terrorised the Aussie batting lineup in the Ashes is only owned in 8.8% of sides. Averaging 42 points per round, Broad was the standout for the Hurricanes in Round 4 – a game where most of the ‘Canes bowlers got absolutely belted around the Gabba by the Bash Brothers (Chris Lynn & Brendan McCullum). The fact that half his deliveries in that match were dot balls speaks volumes about his ability to trouble even the best of batsmen. Admittedly, this was his best Fantasy performance so far, however he has easily been the Hurricanes’ best bowler in the competition to date. With two bites at the cherry this week I would back Broad in for another strong performance on the Fantasy scorecard.
There are others I could mention as well this week for the double game round. Honourable mentions go to Sunil Narine, Chris Tremain and Cameron Boyce. Good luck with your decisions!