We’re into the final third of the Big Bash League season with some obvious form lines and trends emerging from a BBL Draftstars perspective, which we’ve taken a deep dive into.
It’s hard to look past Sixers all-rounder Dan Christian (BOW|BAT $17,900) who has skyrocketed since the exits of Tom Curran and Chris Jordan, taking up more responsibility with the ball and providing a steady middle-order big-hitting influence coming in at six. Christian’s past seven scores are 22, 103.5, 64.5, 199, 47, 64.5 and 106 DS points.
Stars bat Joe Clarke (BAT $17,300) has been finding his form too, even having been forced into isolation due to COVID-19, having scored four half-centuries in a row with the bat. He batted down the order on Tuesday due to fatigue but don’t let that detract from his good run.
The Heat’s long list of absentees due to COVID-19 opened the door for three cheap options in Lachlan Pfeffer (BAT $9,300), Jake Lehmann (BAT $13,700) and David Grant (BOW $14,100) who impressed when presented their opportunities. Whether they stay in the side is a key question but consider they if they do. Lehmann may hold his spot given Brisbane’s batting issues, while Pfeffer should in the short term with Jimmy Peirson not named in Wednesday’s squad. He’s one to keep in mind after hitting 69 with the bat.
The departure of English quick Saqib Mahmood from the Sydney Thunder has given Pakistani speedster Muhammad Hasnain (BOW $17,900) more opportunity and he has been electric so far with six wickets in three games.
Lachlan Pfeffer should hold in the short term with Jimmy Peirson not named in Wednesday’s squad. He’s one to keep in mind after hitting 69 with the bat.
Similarly, Chris Green’s close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case has ruled him out of several games, firming up Gurinder Sandhu’s (BOW $14,000) job security and he is enjoying the consistency.
Matt Renshaw’s unfortunate positive COVID-19 test has meant opportunity for Strikers cheapie Henry Hunt (BAT $8,800) who is one to keep an eye on, with Renshaw unlikely to return until Adelaide’s final game of the season.
Ben Dwarshuis (BOW $15,600) held the key in Tuesday night’s $25,000 Renegades-Sixers Draftstars slate, churning out a 5fa which equated to 154 DS points, with only 29% ownership. Slate winner JOEKUR owned Dwarshuis.
Cameron Boyce (BOW $15,400) was a sneaky pick on his return from injury, scoring the second-highest for the slate with 78 DS points with only 20% ownership which helped JOEKUR too. It was wise fade out-of-form Sixers opener Josh Philippe (BAT $19,200) and Gades veteran Aaron Finch (BAT $18,100) who only managed 10 and 3 DS points respectively. Philippe has dropped off with only 68 runs from his past six knocks including three ducks.
Philippe has dropped off with only 68 runs from his past six knocks including three ducks.
In Tuesday’s $15,000 Scorchers-Stars Draftstars slate, the two most expensive picks Glenn Maxwell (BAT|BOW $20,900), straight out of isolation, and Andrew Tye (BOW $18,000) both bombed with DS scores of 5 and 18 points, and rightfully slate winner Elby7777 faded both. Maxwell was owned by 45%.
The pick of the premos were Ashton Agar (BOW|BAT $17,400) and Haris Rauf (BOW $17,300) with 54 and 51 DS points, not the in-form Clarke (BAT $17,300). Elby7777 owned those two, but found real value from Laurie Evans (BAT $10,600) who posted 116.25 DS points but was owned by 51%. The player who broke the slate was Matt Kelly (BOW $14,900) who scored 124 DS points with only 18% ownership, but Elby7777 was one of them.
In Monday’s $20,000 Stars-Strikers BBL Draftstars slate, Matt Short (BAT|BOW $17,200) had top ownership at 69% but only managed 6 DS points, leaving plenty disappointed. Hunt (BAT $8,800) was a handy cheap option, with 37 DS points for his 56% owners. Beau Webster (BAT|BOW $8,800) was similar with 34 DS points for his 47% ownership.
But in-form Stars wicketkeeper-bat Clarke (BAT $17,200) was the key player with his lower-range premium price, delivering a fine knock for 131.75 DS points. That was far better than similarly priced options like Rashid Khan (BOW $20,800), Adam Zampa (BOW $17,800), Haris Rauf (BOW $17,200) and the aforementioned Short.
Slate winner Ureken had Clarke while fading the other premium options. Ureken also scored big with Qais Ahmad (BOW $15,500) with 99 DS points and commendable cheapie Hunt.
In Monday’s $15,000 Hurricanes-Thunder BBL Draftstars slate, Thunder opener Alex Hales (BAT $18,100) continued his form revival with the top score with 112 DS points. Tanveer Sangha (BOW $14,000) was good value with 68 DS points.
Nailing your premo was critical, with D’Arcy Short (BAT|BOW $20,100) the next best with 85 DS points, while Daniel Sams (BOW|BAT $20,200) and Riley Meredith (BOW $18,100) disappointed with 19 and -1 DS scores. Sams had 50% ownership after his 98 with the bat over the weekend, so fading him was critical.
Slate winner Argonauts rode Hales, who only had 24% ownership, to victory, along with Tanveer Sangha, with Jason Sangha (BAT $16,000) and Ben McDermott (BAT $19,700) adding 68 and 50 DS points too. Argonauts didn’t own Sams.
In Sunday’s slate, Perth skipper Ashton Turner was a surprise top scorer with only 25% ownership yet a monster score of 141.5 DS points
In Sunday’s $25,000 Sixers-Scorchers BBL Draftstars slate, Perth skipper Ashton Turner (BAT $11,600) was a surprise top scorer with only 25% ownership yet a monster score of 141.5 DS points. Slate winner jj_spurs owned him and didn’t have one player score below 36 DS points in a huge effort.
Agar (BOW|BAT $16,700) and Christian (BOW|BAT $17,100) were next best scorers with 88 and 64.5 DS points and among the top three owned players at 52% and 68%. Tye (BOW $18,000) was the premo to fade, tallying -2 DS points, while Dan Hughes (BAT $9,200) offered value with 36 DS points.
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