Don’t spend your entire cap just because it’s there to spend.
It is one of the golden rules of DFS and it applies sharply to the first game in today’s double header as the Strikers and the Scorchers travel to Alice Springs in this cracking top of the table clash.
Some bargain-priced inclusions and the absence of any superstar All-Rounders may have taken salary cap pressure off coaches but an unknown pitch and a distinct lack of exposed form for several players mean selecting a line-up that cashes this afternoon requires as much if not more skill than usual.
Strikers: Weatherald, Carey, Dean, Ingram, Wells, Lehman, Neser, Siddle, Stanlake, Khan, Laughlin, (Drew, O’Connor)
Scorchers: Klinger, Bosisto, Bancroft, Turner, Cartwright, Agar, Morton, Bresnan, Johnson, Kelly, Paris, (Phillipe, David)
Strikers lose Head to national duties but gain the hard-hitting Dean who is an absolute bargain price here. He should slot in at #3 or #4 depending on how keen Dizzy is to get a left-right combo at the crease.
Scorchers lose Voges due to a suspension for slow over rates, an omission which should finally see Morton get a run. He is now their only back-up slow bowling option until Turner’s shoulder comes good.
Jono Dean has been waiting for this chance all season. At 8k he not only allows excellent freedom down the list but he is a legitimate power hitter in his own right who could really take to some of these Scorchers bowlers this afternoon. Expect him to bat first or second drop and with no Tye or Willey to face any Strikers top order batsmen who survive Johnson should be able to cash in here. Jake Weatherald is from the NT and will be absolutely determined to grind out a start and go on with it in front of his home crowd. Price is excellent for an opener but the Johnson factor worries. If missing Carey then Weatherald should be strongly considered. Hayden Morton is (again) a good chance to debut here, get his 1-2 overs and bat #7 – a great miss-small option for coaches who are stacking batting sans Dean.
The game in Alice today will be one of the rare times that coaches don’t opt for the double-AR play given none of the three options will bat top five. Agar will bat #6 and will be heavily owned today despite the posse of left-handers the Strikers have. Tonight’s game is all about getting the batsmen right so my must-have is Ashton Turner. I think he will absolutely love the likes of Neser and Siddle in those middle overs. Averaging 50pts despite 10pt game second-up and a 3pt effort last start. No Voges means Turner will stand up here.
Jake Lehmann will remain at #6 and is unlikely to bat much time. Can’t pick him even at that price, others better and cheaper.
There will be plenty of excellent POD’s today with so much cap space coaches are likely to upgrade unnecessarily which will allow the likes of Joel Paris, Matt Kelly and Jono Wells to remain excellent point-of-difference selections. Paris was unlucky last start could have finished with 60pts whilst Wells will be needed badly by the Strikers if they find themselves 2-3 down after a Johnson spell.