An explosive opening round of KFC T20 Big Bash League action lent itself to a high scoring start to the Big Bash Fantasy competition. The overall leader posted an impressive 829 points with the sides that had Finch as their captain gaining a massive early advantage. With seven rounds plus finals remaining, there is still plenty of time to make a move and claw your way up the rankings though, so don’t despair if you didn’t quite explode out of the blocks.
The very nature of T20 cricket means that players will be hit and miss, those who had quiet week one performances could be match winners in week two and vice versa. With two trades allowed each week there is plenty of scope to fix up any issues with your side and jump on the early bolters. The most important thing to remember for round two is that the Stars play twice, and the Sixers have the bye. So make sure you bench any Sixers players you have and look to get as many Stars into your starting line-up as possible. Player prices will remain stagnant for all sides except the Stars, who will have played three games at the conclusion of this round and so their players will rise and fall accordingly.
Week 2 Fixtures
Wed Dec 12: Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars, WACA
Thu Dec 13: Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat, Adelaide Oval
Fri Dec 14: Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Renegades, ANZ Stadium
Sat Dec 15: Melbourne Stars v Hobart Hurricanes, MCG
Sydney Sixers Bye
Get Them In
Aaron Finch, $81,800, Melbourne Renegade, Batsman
Was pretty well considered a lock preseason and the hard hitting Victorian duly delivered with one of the best centuries ever seen in domestic T20 cricket. If you don’t have Finch already then get him in now! Playing at the batsmen friendly Eitihad stadium and in a rich vein form he is quite simply a must have.
Chris Gayle, $95,000, Sydney Thunder, Batsman
After missing week one with international duty the superstar West Indian arrives in Sydney in time for the Thunder’s clash with the Renegades. His explosive batting is reason enough to pick him and there is the added bonus that he also bowls some useful off spin meaning he is effectively an out of position all-rounder. Gayle is the type of player whose ceiling is so high that he could prove too costly to not have in your side.
Marlon Samuels, $85,000, Melbourne Renegades, All Rounder
Gayle’s international team mate is also available for selection and comes into the Big Bash in red hot form after smashing 85 from just 43 balls against Bangladesh in a T20 international on Monday. A damaging player, Samuels was one of the key men in the West Indies World T20 triumph earlier this year, hitting 78 from 56 in the final.
Luke Feldman, $36,000, Sydney Sixers, Bowler
With young speedster Josh Hazlewood sidelined for the tournament an opening has emerged in the defending champion’s side for Luke Feldman. He bowled superbly against the Thunder, claiming 2-19 from his 4 overs for 60 points.
On The Watch List
Nathan Reardon, $36,000, Adelaide Strikers, Batsman
A short form specialist, Reardon looked a man in form as he smashed 42 from just 26 balls in the Strikers season opener and helped to lead them to victory over the Scorchers. With the dashing Phil Hughes now on test duty, Reardon will be required to step up and play a key role in the Strikers batting line up. At just $36,000 Reardon should prove a very handy money maker.
Evan Gulbis, $36,000, Hobart Hurricanes, Batsman
Another basement priced bargain who made a big impact in week one was the Hurricanes own Evan Gulbis. Classified as a batsman, Gulbis actually made all 72 of his points with the ball, taking three wickets and securing an economy bonus. With the hurricanes batting line up so deep, the worry with him is how many chances he will get to bat, but if he scores well again in week 2 then he will rise significantly in price making him a smart investment.
Michael Hogan, $37,000, Hobart Hurricanes, Bowler
Big Hulk was the pick of Hurricanes bowlers against the Heat picking up 2-22 and crucially dismissing both opening batsmen. He bowled with good pace and bounce that proved hard to get away and looks to have locked himself into the Hurricanes side.
On The Chopping Block
David Warner, $115,500, Sydney Sixers, Batsman
The Warner experiment that many coaches employed of bringing him in just for week one with the view of then trading him to Gayle was a resounding failure. If you captained him then it would have been a painful -40 to endure. Warner now has test duties that will keep him out of the next few games, so trade him and any other players in the test team out of your side.
Shaun Marsh, $96,300, Perth Scorchers, Batsman
Marsh suffered a slight hamstring injury midway through his innings of 57 against the Strikers and didn’t come out to field in the second innings. The scorchers have played down the severity of it and hope he only misses one game, yet it might be best to cut him for now and bring him in back in once he has recovered.
Chris Hartley, $36,000, Brisbane Heat, Wicket Keeper
After opening for the Bulls in the Ryobi cup many hoped that he may play a similar role for the Heat. People who looked to save the extra money were left frustrated as he batted all the way down the order at number 9! With Watson to leave the Heat side, you could wait and see if he gets the promotion for game 2, but you are probably best off cutting your losses and going with Tim Paine.
Week 2 Captaincy
With the Melbourne Stars enjoying a double game week you should look to put the big C on one of their players. This obviously gives your selected player two chances to produce a good score. Naturally the top 5 this week is therefore dominated by Stars players.
The Top 5
1- David Hussey- Whilst he only bowled one over in game 1 his status as an all-rounder gives him the biggest potential for scores should he bowl and bat in both games. Made 42 in the Melbourne Derby and looked dangerous.
2- Brad Hodge- Was looking in fine form before he was run out for 28 in game one but his strike rate and fielding still got him to a solid score of 60 points. Batting at three you would think that he should produce a good score in one if not both of the Stars double header games.
3- Luke Wright- Wright continued in his rich vein of form that has seen him emerge as one of the best T20 opening batsmen in the world by hitting 53 in the season opener. Again, with two games to bat, and possibly bowl in, Wright should score well for you.
4- Chris Gayle- The Melbourne Renegades are one of the weaker bowling attacks in the Big Bash and Gayle could thrive against them. He is often an all or nothing type player, meaning you could end up with a century or a duck, but if you like picking players based on match ups then Gayle looks a good fit.
5- Aaron Finch- Going with the hot hand is another common way of picking your fantasy captain and there is no hotter hand than Finch right now. The Thunder don’t have a particularly feared bowling line up either, so Finch will fancy himself as a chance to repeat his week one efforts.