Semi-Finals are upon us in BBL Fantasy which means the ranks will be even tougher to climb due to similarities between coaches teams. We also get unlimited trades so you can be free of any underperforming players and choose from any players of the four semi-final teams.
But because of the similar teams as mentioned before our captain is crucial if you want to have a chance at gaining ranks during these final two rounds. And if the similarities lead to you captaining a POD player I believe it is well worth the risk.
Now this round the Stars will face the Scorchers at the WACA and the Sixers will play the Heat up at The Gabba. The WACA pitch will suit bowlers like Tim Bresnan, Ben Hilfenhaus and Mitchell Johnson so make sure to give them a look in your team. The Gabba however should suit batsmen like in the previous match between the Renegades and Heat so make sure you have a few batsmen from the top of the order in that game.
Now here’s the Top 5 Captain’s for the Semi-Finals.
1. Brendon McCullum – McCullum has made a huge impact for the Heat this tournament and could arguably be import of the tournament. In his return from suspension last round he made 96 points which pushed his average up to 58.9 showing his consistency as a batsman. If you ignore his scores of 4 and 15 in rounds 2 and 6 his lowest is 74 which further illustrates his scoring potential. Expect Baz to fire again at The Gabba making him the safest and best option this round.
2. Rob Quiney – Quiney has had a superb tournament despite being sidelined by injury during rounds 3 and 4 and he’s proved his worth to a Stars outfit desperate for players to stand up in the absence of their ODI players. His lowest score all season is 63 which is great for an opener and in all his matches he has also made the 20-point strike rate bonus (for SR 150+) which is something he was criticised for lacking in past BBL seasons. The best option for the VC loophole in my opinion.
3. Tim Bresnan – The Yorkshire native has been an inspired pick for the 1.3% who own him with a lowest score of 65 in his three games for the Scorchers. Bresnan has made an impact with the ball grabbing a wicket in all of his games, while keeping it tidy and getting some valuable dot ball points. But more importantly he has made an impact in the field and made 36 points in the field from his 3 games. Those fielding points could be vital for Bresnan too since Quiney, Wright and KP all like the ball coming onto the bat from the pace bowlers so they could take a liking to him and target his bowling.
4. Kevin Pietersen – KP has been lacking form recently with scores of 32, 44 (from a double round) and 39 from his last three. The big stage of a semi-final where the Stars have historically struggled against rivals the Scorchers could jolt Pietersen back into action though. Before those 3 scores I mentioned before KP had scored 105 and 80 and one was in a big derby against the Renegades which is why I believe he will fire in the big game atmosphere at The Furnace.
5. Sean Abbott – Abbott finished the regular season as leading wicket-taker with an incredible 16. It has been a great season for him and the highlight had to be his five-wicket-haul against the Strikers on New Year’s Eve which was an amazing comeback for him after being hit for six sixes by Travis Head to win the game the previous year. In a do-or-die game against the Stars last round he also showed his ability with the bat with a match-winning 33 runs of 17 balls. Abbott averages an excellent 68.9 for the tournament and he is a possible POD captain option.
That’s the end of the semi-final edition of Clayto’s Captain’s. Good luck to everyone and I hope you manage to gain some ranks.
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!