BBL DFS Preview Wednesday 5 January

BBL DFS Preview Wednesday 5 January

Amid the COVID chaos in the Big Bash League there is another double-header on Wednesday, with the Adelaide Strikers hosting the Hobart Hurricanes (6:05pm AEDT) and the depleted Brisbane Heat facing the Sydney Sixers (9:15pm AEDT).

As a result Wednesday offers a $20,000 Strikers-Hurricanes Draftstars slate and a $15,000 Heat-Sixers Draftstars slate.

LAST GAME LEARNINGS

The Adelaide Strikers had few popular options in their last game, a 22-run New Year’s Eve defeat to the Sydney Thunder, but mid-pricer Matt Renshaw (BAT $14,500) attracted 41% ownership and scored 47.5 DS points.

Uber premium Rashid Khan (BOW $20,700) under-delivered with only 14 DS points with another duck costing his 37% owners. Mid-pricer Jonathan Wells (BAT $12,700) was handy with 71 DS points at 40% ownership.

Hurricanes fast bowler Tom Rogers (BOW $16,300) has been a revelation this season and is still mid-priced. Rogers had 34% ownership in the Canes’ 14-run loss to the Brisbane Heat and scored 141.5 DS points after taking two wickets and scoring a handy 33*.

In-form uber premium batsman Ben McDermott (BAT $18,900) drew 51% ownership but was dismissed for a duck after back-to-back centuries, meaning a DS score of -10, which cost owners any shot at winning the slate.

Heat captain Jimmy Peirson (BAT $8,800) was the most-owned player (61%) in that clash with the Canes and offered some value at his price with 27.5 DS points. All-rounder James Bazley (BAT|BOW $16,600) has been a surprise packet this season and is still nicely priced despite adding 118 DS points with 32% ownership last slate.

Chris Lynn (BAT $17,100) is another player who has disappointed and is slipping from premo status after 13 DS points, while spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman (BOW $13,600) finally got triple figures (118 DS points) with an economical three-wicket haul.

Sixers premium bowler Sean Abbott (BOW $19,800) can definitely be trusted after pumping out 70 DS points to maintain his fine three-game average of 93.7.

The Sixers have good options in the mid-price category too with Dan Christian (BOW|BAT $16,900) scoring 199 DS points with a combination of bat, ball and in the field, while BBL|11 revelation Hayden Kerr (BOW|BAT $15,200) added a 102 DS score to have a three-game average of 90.7.

Sixers premium bowler Sean Abbott can definitely be trusted after pumping out 70 DS points to maintain his fine three-game average of 93.7.

INJURIES

George Garton (BOW $12,600) is out for the Strikers, having been called up for England’s T20I squad for the upcoming tour of West Indies, with that cohort returning home earlier than expected to isolate.

Fawad Ahmed (BOW $13,900) isn’t in the Strikers squad with Harry Conway (BOW $10,900) coming in for the pair.

The Hurricanes have lost fast bowler Nathan Ellis (BOW $16,200) to a side injury, joining Joel Paris (BOW $13,400) on the sidelines with a groin issue.

The Heat have reportedly had around a dozen players return positive COVID-19 tests although we’re yet to learn the identity so monitor that.

The Sixers will be without Pakistani spinner Shadab Khan (BAT|BOW $15,300) who is unable to get into Queensland due to their border restrictions having recently arrived in Australia.

Steve O’Keefe (BOW $14,400) injured his finger in the field in Tuesday’s loss to the Perth Scorchers and didn’t return, while Dan Hughes (BAT $9,500) missed the game out of precaution due to illness.

VALUE

In the Strikers-Hurricanes slate, the aforementioned Rogers (BOW $16,300) looms on the border of the mid-price/premium category. He’s been taking wickets for fun in the absence of Paris and Test call-up Scott Boland who both remain out.

Strikers paceman Peter Siddle (BOW $13,900) has a nice role and wicket-taking ability, while consider Mitch Owen (BAT $8,800) or Wil Parker (BOW $8,800) as one should get a gig with Ellis ruled out.

The Gold Coast pitch was tough for the batsmen in Tuesday’s Sixers-Scorchers game so expect the bowlers to get the bulk of the points, particularly quicks given the wicket’s two-paced nature.

Bowlers Ben Dwarshuis (BOW $14,100), Xavier Bartlett (BOW $13,600) and Jack Wildermuth (BOW|BAT $12,100) are subsequently worth consideration.

Kerr (BOW|BAT $15,200) is still under-priced given he is the second leading wicket-taker this season and must be considered despite shooting from obscurity.

The Gold Coast pitch was tough for the batsmen in Tuesday’s Sixers-Scorchers game so expect the bowlers to get the bulk of the points, particularly quicks given the wicket’s two-paced nature.

PREMIUMS

In the Strikers-Hurricanes slate, it’s worth backing McDermott (BAT $18,900) to bounce back after his duck given he’s been the in-form batsman of the competition with a BBL-high 353 runs.

In the Heat-Sixers slate, it’s hard to look past the in-form Abbott (BOW $19,800) who is finding numerous ways to score big points with a season average of 93.7 DS points.

Heat quick Mark Steketee (BOW $17,400) has led their attack well since returning from Australia A duty with a 78.7 DS average and looms as a cheaper premo, pending the COVID-19 absentees.

FADES

Another Canes premium D’Arcy Short (BAT|BOW $19,800) continued to struggle with only 37 DS points at 37% ownership last time out and despite his high ceiling, it’s hard to invest in him given his form woes.

Rashid (BOW $20,700) hasn’t been as prolific with the ball and his reckless batting has been costing him points, meaning his season average is only 50.2 DS points for a uber premium-priced player.

Lynn’s (BAT $17,100) form line is indicative, with a 31.8 DS six-game average, and while a big score is likely around the corner, that’s not something you need to gamble on at his price.

Likewise Philippe (BAT $18,500) has lost his way with a three-game average of 12.8 DS points.

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