daily fantasy sports articles
BBL09 Fantasy Tips: Scorchers vs Stars
We have another BBL09 double header on Wednesday with the second game in Perth between the Perth Scorchers and the Melbourne Stars. The Scorchers have won their past three games to get to 5-4 and sit 3rd on the table, but they face a big task against the competition leading Stars who sit well clear on top with an 8-1 record.
First of all, along with our famous FREE Cheat Sheets and Data Tools in our Data Tools section, new for the BBL09 season, Daily Fantasy Rankings presents the Draftstars Lineup Builder! Using our Data Tools and Projections you will be able to quickly build and import BBL teams into Draftstars by using the CSV upload. Access the Builder including tutorials on how the builder works by clicking the banner below.
Draftstars have posted a $15,000 contest for a $15 entry, as well as a $1,500 Mini and even a $200 Single Entry contest for a $10 buy-in. Moneyball are offering a $4,000 contest for a $15 entry as well as a $500 guarantee on their $2 contest.
The Scorchers return home after a successful trip to Hobart where they won by 77 runs thanks to 73 from Josh Inglis and 4/19 for Jhye Richardson. They have made one change to their 13 man squad with local batsman Jaron Morgan rewarded for a weekend century for Joondalup at the expense of Liam Guthrie, although it would be a surprise to see him picked in the final 11.
The Stars are high on confidence after their dominant win against the Sixers in a top of the table clash on Sunday, thanks to an incredible unbeaten 147 from Marcus Stoinis. Former Scorcher Nathan Coulter-Nile was rested from that clash but returns to the squad and is likely to play here, with Jonathan Merlo left out. Coulter-Nile came to the Stars from the Scorchers in the off-season, as did fellow Stars players Hilton Cartwright and Clint Hinchliffe.
This Perth pitch is getting better by the game and saw a whopping 213 put on the board last game by the Scorchers against the Heat. With 37 degrees forecast on Wednesday we should see another belter for the batsmen on what is now just about the highest fantasy ground in the country. This looks like a great spot for Stars batsmen as the Scorchers have also conceded the highest number of fantasy points to opposition batsmen in the competition, although that number is falling sharply recently and they bowled out the Hurricanes for 98 in their last match. On the flip side the Stars continue to be the stingiest team in the competition, giving up far less points than every other team in the comp. This should be a great test for the Scorchers and we’ll get a greater guide on whether they are really back as contenders or the jury is still out on them.
Love It – How do you decide between Stoinis ($21,000 on Draftstars) and Maxwell ($20,100 on Draftstars)? Both are in unbelievable form with ceilings as high as any in the competition. Rarely do they both have a big game together, especially given their big salaries, so you should be safe choosing one of the other. The Stoinis ownership may be bigger due to recency bias, but picking the right Stars gun looks a key in this match.
Don’t Love It – Liam Livingstone ($18,000 on Draftstars)
Livingstone is no doubt one of the most exciting batsmen in the competition but his price has really charged up in the past few games. He only knows one way which makes him a scary prospect to fade but that attitude can also be his undoing and this is a well drilled Stars outfit. The fact he has been taking the odd wicket is only going to make him more appealing to the masses but he is a genuine part-timer and with his higher risk of failure I prefer to spend my money on the Stars guns instead.
Who Knows – Josh Inglis ($14,900 on Draftstars)
Inglis is really starting to settle into his game with three half-centuries for the tournament so far. Interestingly all 3 have come at away grounds with 3 of his 4 scores here under 15 and a high of 28. Now that may just be variance and he is still reasonably priced but there is clearly still risk of failure with him against the competition’s leading bowling outfit.
Love It – Hilton Cartwright ($12,000 on Draftstars)
Given the strength of batting scores on this ground, I’m looking to use one of my bowling slots on Stars batsmen. Available as an all-rounder, he has thrived on his opening position in the order with scores of 59 and 35 with the bat in his last 2 games. Still underpriced given his opportunity and he will be keen to perform against his old side. Looks like a great option if you want to load batsmen into your lineup.
Don’t Love It – Chris Jordan ($16,400 on Draftstars)
Times have been tough for English quick Chris Jordan after a fruitful start to the season. He hasn’t scored above 43 in his past 5 matches and taken only 4 wickets in that period. Even more concerning is the fact that he hasn’t earned an economy bonus in any of those 5 matches. Against a devastating Stars batting lineup he is a bowler I’m looking to avoid.
Who Knows – Fawad Ahmed ($16,400 on Draftstars)
Ahmed is bowling in superb form to be one of the leading spin bowlers in the competition. Not only is he taking wickets but he is often earning an economy bonus, such as his 2/15 off 4 overs last game against the Hurricanes. The intimidating Stars batting lineup does make me nervous paying up for opposition bowlers but you can’t knock how well he is going.