Brendon McCullum – $92,600
Baz enjoyed a hugely successful BBL|06 where he averaged 46 with the bat at an incredible strike rate of 170. The Heat will lean heavily on their captain again this season especially with the injury cloud around Chris Lynn. Despite this added pressure, McCullum will still thrive given his vast experience in all forms of the game. He is worth every cent so lock him in!
Joe Burns – $55,800
Burns has had a successful start to his Sheffield Shield campaign scoring 514 runs at an average of 57; including a knock of 202*. But although his price tag is tempting given his form, Burns could slot into the Heat’s batting order anywhere from 1-5 which makes him a risky selection.
Matt Renshaw – $30,000
After a poor start to the Sheffield Shield season young gun Matt Renshaw was sensationally dropped from Australia’s Ashes squad in favour of West Aussie Cam Bancroft. This however has given BBL Fantasy coaches a potential bargain at $30K as Renshaw will be free from international duty all summer. Like Burns however, Renshaw could slot in anywhere in the Heat’s batting order which is a worry given his defensive style and lack of T20 experience. Although questionable for the Heat’s best XI, Renshaw is worth a look if named.
Jimmy Pierson – $41,000
Pierson looks set to open the batting again for the Heat which makes his $41K price tag extremely tantalising. The problem for Fantasy owners however has always been his consistency. For example, in BBL|06 he started his campaign with a 46-run knock only to follow it up next game with a second ball duck. This is the risk you run with Pierson but given the Heat’s fixture to start BBL|07 is it a risk worth taking?
Mark Steketee – $95,600
The young quick enjoyed a breakout campaign in BBL|06 claiming 15 wickets as he spearheaded the Heat’s bowling attack. Steketee will be looking to improve on this in BBL|07 given some of the young additions to the Heat’s bowling lineup which should ease the pressure on him.
Shadab Khan – $65,000
19-year-old Pakistani superstar Shadab Khan has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks resulting in him featuring in all forms of international cricket for Pakistan at such a young age. From 37 T20 matches Khan has claimed an astonishing 47 wickets at a measly economy rate of 6.26. As a bonus he’s is a handy lower-order batsman with a strike rate of 116. With all this in mind Khan looks like a bargain for Fantasy coaches.
Brendan Doggett – $20,000
Queensland youngster Brendan Doggett could be terrific value at the basement price of $20K. He recently managed to crack the Queensland Shield team and thus far has had a successful campaign claiming 12 wickets from his 3 games while adding some handy lower-order runs for the Bulls. If Doggett can crack the Heat’s best XI he will generate some serious cash and provide a great bench option for Fantasy coaches.