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k1w1nOz’s Friday BBL Preview: Renegades v Stars

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Major player changes and a chance for the struggling Stars to score their first win of BBL07 feature in tonight's Melbourne Derby clash with the Renegades.

The player changes in tonight's game provide plenty of value options and interesting lineup combinations in what should be another fun DFS game.  Draftstars have posted a $12.5k GPP for tonight's game, while Moneyball have a $6k GPP on offer.

The Venue

The roof will likely be closed at Etihad Stadium for tonight's game, with rain forecast throughout the day.

The team batting 1st here has averaged 131 runs, while the team batting 2nd has averaged 135 runs.

The Teams

The 4-2 Renegades have started BBL07 well and are sitting 3rd on the ladder, while the 0-5 Stars have made the worst possible start to the tournament and are stuck at the bottom of the table.

The Renegades smashed the Stars by 6 wickets (with 5 overs to spare) when these two sides met at Kardinia Park 6 days ago.

Although the Stars hold a 8-4 historical record over the Renegades, understandably the bookies have the Renegades as $1.80 favourites to win this game.

The Renegades have added Jon Holland & Chris Tremain in their squad, replacing Australian ODI call-ups Aaron Finch & Cameron White.

Marcus Stoinis & Adam Zampa depart the Stars squad to also join the national ODI team, while Scott Boland has been dropped from their squad - bringing in Liam Bowe, Daniel Fallins  & Evan Gulbis.

Likely Batting Orders

Expect Tim Lundeman to open for the Renegades, and Luke Wright to return for the Stars.

1Marcus Harris1Luke Wright
2Tim Ludeman (wk)2Ben Dunk
3Tom Cooper3Kevin Pietersen
4Brad Hodge4Peter Handscomb (wk)
5Mohammad Nabi5Glenn Maxwell
6Beau Webster6Gotch/Gulbis
7Dwayne Bravo7James Faulkner
8Chris Tremain8John Hastings
9Jack Wildermuth9Bowe/Fallins
10Kane Richardson10Dan Worrall
11Brad Hogg11Jackson Coleman

Players to Consider

Bowler – Daniel Fallins / Liam Bowe

The Etihad wicket has been kind to spin bowling this season, and with a lack of any standout BWL options in this game, I'll be jumping on whichever one of the Stars bargain priced spinners makes their final XI.

I really hope Fallins gets his BBL debut in this game, and we get to see the latest in Australian Cricket's spinner production line.  Leg-spinner Fallins came to attention last November when he claimed a five-wicket haul against England for the CA XI, capturing the quality scalps of Stoneman, Vince, Root & Bairstow (plus Anderson).

It's more likely that Laim Bowe will get his second game of BBL07 tonight.  With a total 3 career T20's, Bowe has picked up a wicket in each of his games at an ok 8.55ER.  The salary saved here can be invested in the quality BAT & AR options in this game.

Batsman – Glenn Maxwell

Maxwell has been one of the few shining lights for the Stars in BBL07, top scoring in 2 of their last 3 games, including his standout innings of 60 off 39 the last time these teams met.  With Stoinis out, Maxwell is the biggest hope for the Stars - and may also be called on to assist the bowling attack.

Keeper – Tim Ludeman

Ludeman is most likely to claim the Renegades vacant opener spot, a role he has performed previously.  Ludeman has been very impressive behind the stumps, and although we haven't seen much of him with the bat this tournament, he has an attractive  T20 average of 28.7.  Expect him to relish his promotion in the batting order.

All-Rounder – Dwayne Bravo

With 12 wickets in 6 games, I'm still on the Bravo train despite getting dealt to last game vs the Scorchers.  In a direct match-up, Mohammad Nabi looks attractive after his 52 off 30 the last time these teams met - but Nabi has only taken more than 1 wicket in a game once, whereas Bravo has had multi-wicket hauls 3 times this tournament.  In this case I'd rather play the bowling AR than rely on a big batting effort from my AR play.

POD Pick – Brad Hodge

Hodge is yet to post an attractive fpt score this tournament, but that is mostly due to a lack of time at the crease.  With the Renegades missing their top 2 batsmen, Hodge may finally get the chance to build an innings.  His poor form (on paper) and reasonably high salary should ensure low ownership, making Hodge an ideal all-or-nothing POD play tonight.

Avoid – Peter Handscomb

Handscomb seems to have brought his poor Test form to BBL07.  We know Handscomb is a talented batsmen, but his head is clearly not in the right space and he has exhibited poor shot selection & commitment to his strokes.  After 3 uninspiring innings this tournament it's 3 strikes and you're out of my lineup for Handscomb.

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Good luck with your lineups tonight. Remember to always check final teams – and that it’s all just a bit of fun!