Round 5 proved to be hit or miss as some of our top fantasy options faltered specifically from that horrendous Hurricanes batting collapse which set the tone for a difficult round. Luckily though some of our top captain options from last week came to the rescue in Aaron Finch, Dan Christian and Sunil Narine. Some coaches would also have had help in the form of POD picks Jono Wells and Beau Webster who took it upon themselves to dig the Hurricanes out of the hole they were in at the start of the game.
But now in Round 6 we are in a state of flux where there are no doubles but both Sydney teams have the bye. This gives us an opportunity to add Stars players ahead of the double but also remove any ODI players, Sydney players or Hobart players who have the double next round. Here’s the fixture for a full look at the round.
Since there is no doubles we just must go with our proven fantasy guns who can have the biggest output. In case you want to have a crack at loopholing this round here is the guide below if you are unsure how to correctly ‘VC loophole’.
1. Put the ‘VC’ on a Stars or Strikers player such as Kevin Pietersen or Ben Dunk.
2. Ensure you have a non-playing Sixers or Thunder player such as Moises Henriques or Shane Watson on the field and place the ‘C’ on them
3. If your ‘VC’ performs well you won’t have to do anything because you will now receive double points since the Sixers/Thunder player isn’t competing this round.
4. But if your ‘VC’ had a bad game then you can move your ‘C’ onto a player such as Aaron Finch or Brendon McCullum.
Now here’s in my Top 5 Captain’s for Round 6.
1. Aaron Finch – The Renegades captain is once again our top captain this week after a strong showing in his double game week amassing 127 points. After a quick-fire 27 runs off 13 balls against the Stars, Finch showed real maturity in the match against the Sixers batting through most of the innings after losing early wickets and scored 57 runs off 44 balls. As a Renegades fan and Fantasy owner of Finch I would love to see him do this more often and I wouldn’t be surprised if the selectors had something to do with him being more patient especially since Steve Smith said on commentary “It was refreshing to see him not go hammer and tongs at the ball”. Finch however is back at Etihad this week where he has a superb average of 52.80 with the bat. He’s also has a great record against the Hurricanes from 5 innings making 228 runs at 57. Lock Finchy in as captain with confidence to continue his superb tournament.
2. Kevin Pietersen – KP has made up for missed time racing to 148 runs from 3 matches this Big Bash. His Stars face the Strikers tonight who are without spearhead Big Billy Stanlake who has been called up to the ODI squad and Chris Jordan who has a hamstring injury and has been replaced by Kiwi leg-spinner Ish Sodhi. This should give KP a great chance to score runs against an undermanned Strikers bowling attack which is without I believe their best weapon (Stanlake). He also has averages 44 against the Strikers so he has history on his side. I believe he is the best option to VC this week.
3. Brendon McCullum – The New Zealand legend will have a huge role to play on Wednesday against the Scorchers as the Heat are without star batsmen Chris Lynn. This places a lot of pressure on his shoulder but McCullum has thrived in pressure on the international scene his whole career. He’s currently averaging 49.50 this BBL and the Scorchers have mostly a pace attack which could suit him at The Gabba. He also had a good game in the reverse fixture at the WACA where he got 50 not out off 31 balls which unbelievably was not the highlight of the game.
4. Dan Christian – Christian was one of the few Hurricanes last week who performed and he scored 114 for the double. The Hurricanes team could be set for a re-shuffle after two losses on the trot and their season on the brink of failure. This could lead to Christian possibly opening as D’Arcy Short could be axed this week after only two performances with the bat from six innings. Christian’s bowling has also added a lot to his game after being unable to bowl the first three games because of injury and he’s now third on the wicket tally with 8. He could be a nice POD captain option this week with most looking at Finch, KP or Baz.
5. Ben Dunk – The Strikers powerhouse has proved all doubters wrong this season (including me) with some fantastic performances with the bat for the Strikers. He sits second on the run scoring list on 232 only behind Chris Lynn. He’s currently averaging 58 with the bat and he faces the Stars who he has a good record against averaging 33. The only negative though is his keeping points will disappear since Tim Ludeman has been included in the squad after several poor performances with the gloves for Dunk. This shouldn’t negate his scoring though.
Once again thanks to all for reading and I wish all you Fantasy coaches out there the best of luck for Round 6.