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k1w1nOz’s Thursday BBL Preview: Sixers v Strikers

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The Sixers will be aiming to use their home field advantage and get their Big Bash League tournament back on track when they host the Strikers in tonight's BBL game #9.

(Thankfully) cloudy, but fine weather is forecasted for tonight's game.

A quick shout-out has to go to fellow Fantasy Insider contributor Hedge for his win in last night Draftstars $15k - his second win of this BBL season.  Last night's win came from 3 lineups entered (for those who are wondering).

Draftstars have posted another $15k GPP for tonight's game, while Moneyball have a $6k GPP on offer (note that last nights GPP on Moneyball reached $7,400).

The Teams

After being finalists in last years series, the Sixers come into this game with two straight losses.  It may be early in the tournament, but this poses as a make-or-break game for the Sixers 2017/18 BBL hopes.

The Strikers won their first game of the tournament, displaying a quality batting lineup and a potent bowling attack - ripping through the Thunder for just 110 in 17.4 overs.

The bookies must be counting on the "must win" factor and have the Sixers as $1.85 favourites, despite the Strikers looking the better outfit on paper.

Likely Batting Orders

Ben Dwarshuis is expected to replace Doug Bollinger in the Sixers final XI, while AR Michael Neser is likely to come into the Strikers final lineup for either of the Jono's - Dean or Wells - giving the Strikers a few more options with bat & ball.

1Roy1Carey (wk)
7Nevill (wk)7Neser

Six Good Nuts

Bowler – Ben Laughlin

Laughlin had a dream start to the BBL tournament with a 4 wicket haul against the Thunder, but it was no fluke - he is the BBL's leading wicket taker, with 73 scalps in 51 matches.  The Scorchers quick's ripped through the Sixers top order last game - a feat Laughlin is a good chance of emulating in this game.

Batsman – Nic Maddinson

Maddinson has been the best of the Sixers batsmen this tournament, posting 2 solid innings of 31 runs each time.  He looks poised for a big score and presents as the best of the Sixers if you're aiming to build a balanced lineup.

Keeper – Alex Carey

Today's WK choice is easy.  After his first game of 44, Carey is a lock - especially with Nevill batting so far down the Sixers order.  The fact that Carey is actually cheaper than Nevill on Moneyball is more than a handy bonus.

All-Rounder – Travis Head

Head was on his way to posting a big score when he was unlucky to be dismissed for 36 of 29 to a sensational catch by Buttler behind the stumps.  Head bowled 3 overs last game and claimed a wicket - making him an ideal high batting and likely to bowl AR target.

POD Pick – Moises Henriques

Henriques has had an ordinary start to the tournament but the Sixers captain will be well aware of the importance of this game, so I'm expecting him to dig in and post a captains knock.  He's also a good chance of bowling in this game, earning bonus fpts for coaches who roster him.

Avoid – Johan Botha

For $14k on Draftstars and $7k on Moneyball, Botha is way overpriced.  He certainly has the potential for posting a game winning fpt score, but the likelihood is way too low for his asking price.  Only twice in 12 BBL matches has Botha knocked more than 30 runs, and he only averages a wicket every 2 games.  I'll be opting for the better AR plays in this match.

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Check out dpwoodford’s How to build BBL lineups video to learn more about the Lineup Cruncher advanced settings for this particular format.

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