A plethora of choices and strategy options greet coaches as the Strikers and Stars combine to gift DFS players the best game of the season tonight in Adelaide.
In fact there is so much choice, value and strategies on offer tonight the only two things I have to complain about are The Project pushing the game back 30 minutes and the drop in GPPs at Draftstars from the usual 15k to 12.5k.
Apart from that tonight will be a cracker with the Stars facing a must-win scenario against the best bowling attack in the comp – will the Stars batsmen (or bowlers for that matter) stand up and justify their plummeting price tags or is a Strikers stack on the cards?
Strikers: Weatherald, Carey, Head, Ingram, Wells, Lehman, Neser, Khan, Siddle, Laughlin, Stanlake, (Dean, O’Connor)
Stars: Wright, Dunk, Pieterson, Maxwell, Stoinis, Handscomb, Faulkner, Hastings, Coleman, Zampa, Boland, (Worrall, Gotch)
Strikers are expected to be unchanged with Dean likely to get his chance next game while Head is on national duties.
Stars should welcome back Boland or Worrall for Beer, whose omission does mean Maxwell is the second slow bowling option while Faulkner should see the new ball in his hands.
Worrall will go the distance if he can’t swing it but Boland has been as well so they may take the risk as we saw plenty of swing in Adelaide in the Test at night.
Jake Weatherald is too cheap not to consider especially given the inability of the Stars bowlers to take early wickets. The price is right regardless of who bats first especially given the price tags of some of the premium bowlers tonight.
Kevin Pieterson is about to play his last game at Adelaide Oval and after losing his peg twice in a row to the spinners he will be licking his lips at the largely all-pace attack of the Strikers. Will be thinking if he can get through Khan he can carry his bat – you won’t see him throw it away tonight.
Rashid Khan may not be able to play the ramp shot but he is average 91pts in five games and will almost certainly have Wright and Dunk in bother early tonight. KP will respect him which means good economy, so coaches can expect a base of 60pts tonight. Stocks rise even higher given what the Stars lower order will do to Laughlin late.
Travis Head is yet to win his side a game which is rare in BBL for him. Last game before national duties too and again, the Stars bowling unit has proved the easiest to bat against ball season. I can see him going big tonight especially after throwing his wicket away against the Hurricanes.
Michael Neser had never ever tonned up in BBL fantasy before three games ago yet has now done it twice. His price tag is as big as you will see it and against the Stars who will really target him, Neser is one I will be avoiding. Sure he could junk a few wickets as they look to belt him but at his price I’m paying for certainty not hope.
Pete Handscomb will be very lowly owned tonight given his DNB last-start but there is value in picking Handscomb as he will float up the order if it all goes to hell early and can anchor the innings if needed. Has all the shots just needs the time at the crease, expect he will bat #4 if early wickets are lost.