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k1w1nOz’s NYE BBL Preview: Strikers v Heat

Posted Sun 31 December by k1w1nOz

What better way to kick off your New Years celebrations than with a little Big Bash League daily fantasy action (and a bevvy or two :)).  Tonight’s Strikers v Heat game features the very best batsmen in the BBL, which could see big totals posted, and be super fun to watch.

It’s great to see Draftstars maintaining $15k BBL feature GPP’s, while Moneyball have opted to post $6k GPP’s and let users dictate final pool sizes (last nights GPP reached $7,500).

A clear and warm evening is forecasted for Adelaide, with 50%-66% humidity expected.

The Teams

The Strikers have started the tournament 2-0 with wins over the ordinary Thunder and Sixers, while the full strength Heat returned to the winners circle last game in a thriller over the Thunder, and are 2-1 so far this season.

The bookies have the Heat as $1.80 favourites, although really this is a 50/50 game – depending on which teams star batsmen go nuts tonight.

Likely Batting Orders

Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah makes his BBL debut for the Heat, replacing Shadab Khan.  Shah is famous for being the second-fastest bowler to take 150 Test wickets.

Strikers Heat
1 Alex Carey (wk) 1 Jimmy Peirson (wk)
2 Jake Weatherald 2 Brendon McCullum
3 Travis Head 3 Chris Lynn
4 Colin Ingram 4 Joe Burns
5 Jonathan Wells 5 Alex Ross
6 Jake Lehmann 6 Ben Cutting
7 Michael Neser 7 Yasir Shah
8 Rashid Khan 8 Josh Lalor
9 Peter Siddle 9 Mark Steketee
10 Ben Laughlin 10 Brendan Doggett
11 Billy Stanlake 11 Mitchell Swepson

Six Good Nuts

Bowler – Rashid Khan

Spin bowling will be the order of the day against this murderers row of star batsmen.  Quick bowling will play right into the hands of the likes of Lynn and Burns, so I’ll be leaning towards the spin options in this game.

Khan has shown himself to be a quality DFS play, capturing 2 wickets in each of his games – critically at an impressive 5.5 ER.  Lock him in.

Batsman – Chris Lynn (GPP), Joe Burns (cash)

Lynn’s is the ultimate make-or-break play, ideal for GPP lineups.  We all know how potent he can be with the bat.  A big innings here could decide the game, and whether your lineup cracks the big bucks.

If you’re playing double-ups or H2H games I’d lean more towards the reliable runs of Joe Burns.  Burns has been in great form this tournament, with scores of 50 and 45 not out.  He’s not as flashy as the big name guys, but certainly more reliable.

Keeper – Alex Carey

Um, an 83 not out last game to go with his first game 44.  Need I say more?  The fact that Carey’s salary on Draftstars is not much more than Peirson’s, and remarkably still cheaper on Moneyball, makes this decision easy.

All-Rounder – Travis Head

In this run-fest it probably makes sense to load up on batsmen rather than play 2 AR’s.  I haven’t forgotten the 101 not out Head knock a couple of years ago, and will be locking him into my lineups.

POD Pick – Yasir Shah

With no BBL form to go on, you have to be a little brave to play Shah, especially considering his reasonably high starting salary – but the googly master is a real threat in this game.  Shah has captured 67 wickets in 79 T20’s with a handy 6.7 ER, averaging 11 with the bat.

Avoid – Ben Cutting

Even when entering multiple lineups, it’s nearly impossible to make a case for playing Cutting.  Barring a total Heat batting collapse it’s unlikely Cutting will see much time at the crease, and given he didn’t even bowl last game, he is a strong fade for me.

If you’re new to BBL DFS, check out my BBL DFS Strategy Basics article.

You can build lineups for free using the basic version of the Fantasy Insider lineup cruncher here.  Premium subscribers have access to player projections and powerful advanced settings like player exposure levels.

Also check out dpwoodford’s How to build BBL lineups video to learn more about the Lineup Cruncher advanced settings.

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


@k1w1nOz has been playing DFS since its beginning in Australia, and was lucky enough to jag 1st in a $10k NRL tourney in his 2nd week of playing - which financed his DFS learning curve to become the +ROI GPP player he is today. DFR ranked #2 '17, #12 '18 NRL DFS player k1w1nOz contributes DFS strategy and game preview articles to Fantasy Insider to help you build winning lineups - and to help grow DFS in Australia.

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