BBL|07 Preview: Adelaide Strikers

BATSMEN

Premium

The Strikers have no batsmen priced above $70K.

Mid-Priced

Travis Head, $59,900

Travis Head will be looking to bounce back from a very poor BBL06 that saw his average for the season drop to 40 points per game. It now gives Fantasy BBL players the tempting option to pick up Head who last year was priced above $100k. Head’s bowling has continued to improve and we all know he can make runs after that stunning 100 in BBL05, resulting in him being one of the first picked in my side. Head will likely be called up for ODI duties but will hopefully have made a nice amount of money to be traded to a premium player.

Rookie

Jake Weatherald, $45,800

If you’re willing to fork out that little extra cash for a solid bench player or B5 then, Jake Weatherald is your man. The Strikers likely opener has enjoyed a very good Sheffield Shield campaign with his most recent scores being 152 and 143 in the same match against WA. Weatherald showed us all he can play the T20 game pretty well too with a handy 50 on debut in BBL06. Being only 23, Jake can hopefully improve that little bit more and be a good purchase for your fantasy side.

Want someone cheaper? Jake Lehman at $30,000 is your man. The son of Australian coach Darren Lehman has been in ripping form playing for South Australia in the Sheffield Shield competition. If he is named in the Strikers’ best XI for BBL07 he is almost too cheap to ignore.

WICKETKEEPER

Alex Carey, $30,000

Carey is currently the only ‘keeper on the Adelaide Strikers list after the departure of both Dunk and Ludeman. Carey at just $30k becomes is a very exciting prospect. He is the perfect player to be the backup keeper for your side after playing reasonable cricket for South Australia in the Sheffield shield this year. Almost certainly in the Strikers’ starting XI.

BOWLERS

Premium

Billy Stanlake, $87,700

The only premium priced player from the strikers, Billy Stanlake has shown so much talent at just 23 years of age. Stanlake’s impressive start to BBL06 saw the youngster get called up for international duties, highlighting the ability young Billy has. He averaged a solid 58 points last season if four games and certainly wouldn’t be the worst pickup.

Mid-Priced

Rashid Khan, $75,000

At just 19 years old, Afghanistan superstar Rashid Khan is already one of the best leg spin bowlers in the world. He’s in his country’s international sides and has already taken 42 international T20 wickets in his short 27 game career! Quite amazing for a 19-year-old! He is mid-priced and has a killer googly, making him likely to do serious damage for you BBL fantasy team.

Rookie

Wes Agar, $30,000

Although only managing two games last year, Wes Agar is a very promising player. If he can manage to find himself in the Strikers’ starting XI he will be a very good bench selection. He only played the two games last year averaging a mediocre 15 points per game. If he can improve that scoring a little more and gets into the best XI he will make some serious cash for your side.


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