We’ve finally reached the penultimate round of BBL Fantasy where every team is playing once so we don’t have to worry about any byes but we also have no doubles. As a result, having a wide range of players from different teams will help you greatly.
The round starts with the Strikers taking on the Thunder at Spotless Stadium in a must win clash for the men in green. It would be a smart move to put the ‘VC’ on someone like Ben Dunk or Shane Watson but beware since all teams play it will be very hard to loophole. Also since the Thunder will need to bat aggressively to improve their net run rate you may want to look at their batsmen such as James Vince as a POD captaincy option because Thunder batsmen will likely get a lot of bonus points for their strike rate.
Then after a day break with an ODI the Renegades take on the Heat in a game which could shape the top four. I hope most of you found a way to hold McCullum because he will feast on a weak Renegades bowling attack during the power play.
Then on the Saturday we have a double header to wrap up the regular season with the Hurricanes taking on the Scorchers in Tassie and the Stars against a Sixers side who must win to be certain of a finals spot.
Now enough about the fixtures let’s get onto the captaincy options.
1. Aaron Finch – The Renegades captain has been incredibly consistent for us all season and it took a brilliant Ben Laughlin catch to dismiss him for a low score. To put it into perspective these are all his scores this season: 122, 144, 127, 83 and then last games 19. That is a superb output all season long and I see no reason why we shouldn’t captain him, he’s third on the run scoring list, overall top scorer in BBL Fantasy and loves playing the Heat (5 matches with 274 runs @ 54.80). Set and forget.
2. Shane Watson – Watson has been great since his return from injury and has really hit his straps in the last 3 games with scores of 103, 92 and 57. As I said last week in all those games most of his points have come from only one of either his bowling or batting and I feel this week in a must-win clash for the Thunder he could finally go big and produce with both bat and ball. A great ‘VC’ option if you can loophole.
3. Ben Dunk – Dunk came into the tournament at a reasonable price of $40,500 and since then has risen an incredible $58.6K to $90,700 and made people who overlooked him pay. Against the Renegades last round, he produced his season low total of 40 which is still a decent score in my books and is a showcase to his improved consistency this season. He’s currently second in BBL Fantasy scoring and the BBL run scoring tally but expect that to rise against the Thunder who he statistically has a great record against (3 matches with 133 runs @ 44.33). A terrific option even though he’s not taking the gloves anymore.
4. Dan Christian – From a bowling perspective for the Hurricanes Christian has been one of the few bright spots taking 9 wickets at an economy rate of 7.38 even though he didn’t bowl in the Hurricanes first 3 matches. His batting hasn’t been the best from the opportunities he’s had in the middle order but for fantasy owners all we need him to do is get a quick-fire 20 so he receives bonus points. Could be a POD option for those looking to climb the ranks.
5. Sunil Narine – The West-Indian import has to go down as import of the season with everything he’s brought to the table for the Renegades. He’s grabbed 11 wickets with his off-spin (equal second leading wicket-taker) at an economic rate of 7.57 and shown his hitting ability with the bat during his three stints up top for the Renegades and in the lower order. Averaging 67.3 in BBL Fantasy with scores of 67, 154, 124, 95 and 31 (Third highest BBL Fantasy scorer) he could be a great captaincy option with most people having their attention on the top 3 mentioned and Brendon McCullum.
That wraps up the last regular season edition of Clayto’s Captain’s. I’d also like to mention some players who just missed the cut but are still good options they are Carlos Brathwaite, Brendon McCullum, Michael Klinger and Kevin Pietersen.
As always, I hope you enjoyed the article and if you have any queries or questions about your teams feel free to leave a comment below and I will try get back to you as soon as I can or you can send me a tweet on Twitter.
Good luck coaches!