The BBL|07 regular season came to an exciting conclusion last week which kept fans on the edge of their seats all the way up until the final game.
This means that the BBL Finals are now upon us and with a lack of options to choose from (making teams very similar) your captaincy choice is vital in these last two weeks.
Firstly, let’s have a quick look at the Semi-Final fixture.
The finals kick-off at the brand-new Optus Stadium with a clash between the Perth Scorchers and Hobart Hurricanes. Both team lose big names such as Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye and D’Arcy Short but inclusions such as the Marsh brothers and Tim Paine should more than make up for it.
Then the following night we move to the Adelaide Oval where the Adelaide Strikers take on the Melbourne Renegades. Similarly, both teams lose big names to the T20I squad like Alex Carey, Travis Head, Aaron Finch and Kane Richardson.
EDIT: Travis Head has been released by CA to play in the Strikers semi-final.
Now let’s move onto the Top 5 Captains for the Semi-Finals before I get too carried away talking about the teams involved.
1. Mitch Marsh – $125,500 (BAT/BWL)
The youngest of the Marsh brothers returns to the Scorchers setup after a superb summer in Aussie colours. Mitch has a superb record in the Big Bash; with a total of 735 runs at a whopping average of almost 41. The loss of Agar should also open up some overs for him in a stacked Scorchers pace attack. Mitch will also be the only player other than Tim Paine to have played a match on the Optus Stadium pitch. I think this could prove a huge advantage since the pitch favoured his bowling in the ODI (2/24 off 7 overs) and he was batting well on it until a stunning Moeen Ali catch dismissed him. He is a lock for the VC loophole.
2. Dwayne Bravo – $90,000 (BAT/BWL)
The New Big Dog rebounded well in his second game last week claiming 3/25 against the Heat. Hopefully Bravo can carry this form over to the game against the Strikers who will be without Alex Carey and Travis Head in their batting lineup. He’s been one of the most consistent players in BBL Fantasy this season and you never know he may be required with the bat this week.
3. Rashid Khan – $86,000 (BWL)
Unfortunately this will be Rashid’s last game for the Strikers; in a superb debut season where he claimed 17 scalps at a very economical 5.53 runs per over. The 19 year-old really showed what he’s made of under pressure last game against the Scorchers with figures of 3/20. This bodes well for the high-pressure semi-final this week against the Renegades. He’s been awesome for Fantasy coaches all year and I don’t see him letting us down in his final match.
4. Shaun Marsh – $46,100 (BAT)
After a highly successful Ashes campaign Shaun Marsh also returns to the Scorchers side for the semi-final against the Hurricanes. Like his younger brother, Shaun also boasts an outstanding BBL record with over 1000 runs at an average of 50.27; and unbelievably is priced under $50K. He should open for the Scorchers and given his form he’s a terrific loophole option.
5. Jofra Archer – $95,300 (BAT/BWL)
The Barbadian quick had a night to forget against the Stars with figures of 0/35 including a huge 17 runs off his last over. Luckily for him and the Hurricanes they still managed to make finals and will be looking to upset the Scorchers this week. Jofra got 1/31 against the Scorchers a couple weeks ago but despite what the figures suggest he bowled well early and made the Scorchers batsmen uncomfortable. He could be a bit of a POD captain this week.
Some other good options who barely missed the cut are Tom Cooper, Mitch Johnson and Tim Paine.