Mitch Marsh – $125,500
Edit: Back in the Test team. Avoid.
Ashton Turner – $62,900
Number five and six was where Turner found himself batting for the Scorchers and eventually the Aussies in the 2017 season. Ash will be hoping for more opportunities a bit further up the order, to allow his lusty blows to be used to full effect. Skipper Adam Voges likes to use Turner’s offies to tie up an end as well, and we’re always looking for our players to be involved as often as possible.
Hilton Cartwright – $30,000
Hilton’s role is still a little hard to pinpoint. Didn’t bowl in BBL06 and batted just twice from four matches. What I’m hoping to see from Cartwright is a move up the order, especially given he’s opened for Australia and the WA Warriors’ number three batsman.
Sam Whiteman – $44,500
Whiteman’s best performance in the last edition of the BBL came in the final, where he opened the batting and got 41 of 21 balls to set up an easy win for the Scorchers. Will he retain his spot at the top of the order with Michael Klinger? I think there’s a good chance he may, which is great news for fantasy owners. Shaun Marsh is busy with the Test team, Cartwright’s not an opener and the Scorchers have been reluctant to use Willey near the top. Is it Whiteman’s year?
David Willey – $85,300
The Scorchers’ only international player is a safe bet (for the first half of the season at least, before England require him), as he takes the new ball for the Scorchers all the time. Seven wickets from five games last year and three occasions where his economy rate was less than six is a great return. He bats at number three for Yorkshire in the winter (and has opened for them in the past) and clocked 118 (71) against Worcestershire in August, so he’s no mug with the bat.
Jason Behrendorff – $65,000
Missing the entire last BBL was such a shame for Behrendorff, but debuting for Australia against India in October was great reward for years of strong performances. 4-21 he got in his second match, including the wickets of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli. He’s going to have a big tournament if he stays fit.
Joel Paris – $30,000
The only other rookie Scorcher to select as a bowler. He’s shown glimpses in past BBLs to interest fantasy coaches, but he’s behind quite a few in the pecking order this year.