BBL|07 Clayto’s Captains – Round Nine

Round Eight was the highest scoring round as expected with 3 DGW teams. Players such as Sean Abbott, Alex Carey, Nathan Lyon, D’Arcy Short and Jofra Archer all managed to score well above 150 which led to Fantasy coaches posting some huge scores.

Unfortunately, Round Nine only has 1 DGW team so scoring will be nowhere near as high this round.

Here’s a quick recap of the Round Nine fixture.

The Stars finally have a double this week so the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Kevin Pietersen and James Faulkner will be very popular. Meanwhile, the Heat have the bye because of their DGW last round. I’d move most of these Heat players on because with no DGW to come for the Heat they have little Fantasy value left.

Now onto my Top 5 Captains for Round Nine.

1. Glenn Maxwell – $106,500 (BAT/BWL)
The Big Show’s axing from the Aussie side this summer has clearly lit a match under him considering his current vein of form. Maxwell is currently having a superb BBL|07 averaging 36 at a strike rate just below 150. His last few games in BBL Fantasy have been awesome too with scores of 61, 99 and 111. If he can get some wickets this round he could boost those scores even higher! A clear lock for captaincy this round.

2. Kevin Pietersen – $63,700 (BAT)
KP has been rather inconsistent this fantasy season having a couple big games only to follow them up with some mediocre scores. An example of this has been his last four where he’s scored 52, 5, 106 and 9. The Englishman will be aiming to rectify this and finish his BBL career strongly; I for one think he’ll be back to his best for these last few games which is why he’s #2 this week.

3. D’Arcy Short – $134,600 (BAT/BWL)
Short is having one hell of a Big Bash, breaking records left, right and centre. In the last four rounds Short has produced some massive totals such as 150, 252, 138 and 145 (including DGW’s). Given his form I think it would be a surprise if he doesn’t fire, especially against an undermanned Scorchers bowling lineup.

4. Usman Khawaja – $111,400 (BAT)
Uzzie showed in his season debut against the Scorchers just how destructive he can be smashing 85 off only 51 balls. Unfortunately for him he only managed 8 runs in the Sydney Smash. I’m expecting him to rebound though in a must-win game against the Stars who he scored 109* and 70 against back in BBL|05.

5. Ashton Agar – $95,600 (BWL) / Nathan Lyon – $95,800 (BWL)
I was having an incredibly difficult time trying to decide which of these two off-spinners deserved the #5 spot; but in the end, I couldn’t split them and have gone with both.

Agar has been vital for the Scorchers this season grabbing 6 wickets at an economy rate under 6 and chipping in with some handy knocks with the willow at a strike rate of 135. He plays the Hurricanes this week who have the in-form D’Arcy Short.

Lyon on the other hand is in career-best form and has claimed 6 wickets from 3 games at an incredible economy rate below 5 an over. He plays the Stars who he ripped through against on Tuesday with 3/18

Both are nice POD captains if your VC loophole fails.

Some other players who narrowly missed out are Rashid Khan and Jofra Archer.

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!

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