Life gets a whole lot easier for BBL DFS coaches as of tonight's game. With all teams now having played at least once, we have an early indication of player & team form, as well as batting orders & bowling usage to help our lineup selections.
The first 4 games of this season were reminders that the AR position is the most critical selection, with all 4 games having AR's score over 100fpts on Draftstars. Choose wisely or aim for ownership of all AR's......
Draftstars have posted a $10k GPP, while Moneyball have a $5k GPP on offer for tonight's game at Etihad Stadium.
The Renegades & Heat both come into this game on the back of first up wins, with the Renegades favoured by the bookies to win this encounter by 11-30 runs.
Both teams bat deep and are capable of scoring over 200 runs, but the Heat will find themselves more challenged by the Renegades bowling attack, than they were when posting 7/206 against the Stars.
The Heat have brought in batsman/bowler Marnus Labuschagne for injured Joe Burns, and added Cameron Gannon to their squad. Chris Lynn remains in their squad, but said himself he's likely to sit this one out - so I'm expecting Lynn & Gannon to drop out of the Heat final XI.
Meanwhile the Renegades have added John Holland & Will Sutherland to their squad, with Chris Tremain dropped from the squad entirely. I'm expecting the Renegades to find run scoring easy against the ordinary Heat bowling attack, so will be exercising extreme caution playing the Renegades middle order if they bat second.
Last Game Batting Orders
With Joe Burns out for the Heat, expect Alex Ross to move up a spot and Labuschagne to slot in around 3rd drop.
|J Peirson †||1||A Finch (c)|
|B McCullum (c)||2||M Harris|
|S Heazlett||3||C White|
|J Burns *out*||4||T Cooper|
|A Ross||5||B Hodge|
|B Cutting||6||DJ Bravo|
|M Steketee||7||T Luderman †|
|S Khan||8||J Wildermuth|
|J Lalor||9||M Nabi|
|B Doggett||10||K Richardson|
|M Swepson||11||B Hogg|
Six Good Nuts
Bowler - Josh Lalor
Lalor had a dream BBL debut capturing a wicket and importantly bowling 4 overs with an 8.5ER. He is still bargain priced on Draftstars & Moneyball, freeing much-needed salary for the big dollar guys.
Batsman – Aaron Finch
I'll forgive Finch's dud score last game, and make room for him & his high salary in my lineup. He's yet to have BBL 2 dud scores in a row and will be more than motivated to show he is still a quality T2o player.
Keeper – Jimmy Peirson
This selection is more about taking the lesser of two evils. See "Avoid" below:
All-Rounder – Ben Cutting
Yes, DJ Bravo picked up 5 wickets last game - but he didn't get to bat at all, and we can't expect a 5 wicket haul every game. If you're looking to build a balanced lineup (and save a ton of cash) Ben Cutting presents as the AR option most likely to bat AND bowl in this game.
POD Pick – Marnus Labuschagne
Assuming Labuschagne makes the Heat final XI, he'll have quite low ownership. With only 3 BBL games under his belt, the young upcoming all-rounder has a high score of 20 and 1 wicket to his name. While his chance of a mega score isn't huge, a good score with the bat & a wicket or 2 would see you laughing all the way up the leaderboard (having spent all that extra salary wisely).
Avoid – Tim Ludeman
Despite expectations, Ludeman found himself well down the batting order in the Renegades first game and logged the dreaded DNB for his owners. Ludeman is a batting talent and well worth considering if elevated in the order, but otherwise I'll be locking in Jimmy Peirson for a guaranteed "at-bat" (all be it possibly a brief one).
Good luck with your lineups tonight. Remember to always check final teams – and that it’s all just a bit of fun!