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BBL Fantasy Round One Captains

Which player should you choose to get your double points in round one?

The countdown to match one is now on and it’s time to put the final touches on your team, which means picking your captain for round one. With five games, unlimited trades and multiple teams having double game rounds, you’ll never have more options to choose from so let’s break down the best few!

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Andre Russell (BAT/BOW, $126,200)

The immediate player that comes to mind is the most expensive playing who will take part in round one, Andre Russell. The Thunder are one of three teams who play twice this round and you can’t go wrong picking the power-hitting all-rounder as your captain. In his two games against the Sixers last season, Russell averaged 25 runs and two wickets (65 points). You would take that by itself, but the fact that he’ll have a second game against the Renegades makes it even more tempting. He didn’t have a great game against the Melbourne based team last season, but still took two wickets. The only reasons against picking him could be that he bats deep in the order, but with the Thunder’s lack of depth, he might be at the crease earlier than normal.

Jason Roy (BAT, $75,000)

Roy is the Sydney Sixers’ big-name international import, brought in to open the batting for the team with the worst squad in the tournament. It’s fair to say he’s going to have a lot of work to do to carry this side, but since he will open the batting and the Sixers play twice, he’s someone you have to consider for the captaincy if you pick him. Some internationals do struggle in their first few matches in the country, especially those that haven’t played BBL before, so it’s tough to gauge what we’ll get from Roy.

Travis Head (BAT/BOW, $100,100)

The Strikers are the third team with a double game round and their best captain option is Travis Head. Head looked in excellent touch for Australia during the ODI series, averaging 49 runs and bowling 14 economical overs, taking two wickets. Head was one of the best of BBL|05 and it’s hard to see him not carrying the Strikers again this season. He’ll play game one at home against a sub-par Brisbane Heat bowling line-up and then game two versus the Scorchers who’ll be without Coulter-Nile, Behrendorff and Paris. Slightly cheaper than Russell, he might be just as good of an option.

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Kieron Pollard (BAT/BOW, $60,000)

After missing the entire of BBL|05 with an injury, the West Indian all-rounder is back and has to be considered a captaincy option given the calibre of player he is at his best. His price means he’ll probably find himself in most teams, but you could give yourself the edge by slapping the ‘C’ on him. He’s very capable of being one of the highest scoring players of the tournament.

Shaun Marsh (BAT, $83,100)

Shaun Marsh has been a BBL bully in recent years. Whenever he’s graced the competition with his presence, he’s usually done something spectacular and earned an international recall. Having just recovered from a broken finger, Marsh has been usurped by young-gun Matt Renshaw in the Test team and will probably spend the entire tournament in the BBL. He’s a man out to prove a point and coupled with his previous form, makes him the best captain’s option outside of the double game players.

Edit: Watch selection closely as Marsh is “touch-and-go” with a finger injury. 

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Quick-Fire Options

Sam Billings: The Sixers play twice, Billings will bat in the top five and might takes the gloves as a bonus. He’s a quality player and capable of a big score across two games.

Mitch Marsh: In the same boat as his brother, Marsh has dominated the BBL in previous tournaments and as an all-rounder, is capable of scoring big every week.

Eoin Morgan: Morgan is the highest ranked international in terms of ICC T20 rankings in this tournament and will certainly be worth a look with the Thunder’s double game round.

Dwayne Bravo: Bravo scored 102 points against the Thunder last season and that alone makes him worth considering – not to mention he’s, you know, Dwayne Bravo.

Kurtis Patterson: Patterson will open the batting for the Thunder and that automatically makes him a captain’s option in a double game round. His form has also been good.

This week’s top 5

  1. Andre Russell
  2. Travis Head
  3. Kieron Pollard
  4. Shaun Marsh
  5. Eoin Morgan

Good luck for round one folks and make sure you keep your eyes out for those final teams! They don’t come out until a few minutes before the matches start so you’ll need to be alert!

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83 Comments

83 Comments

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    Kingzy1

    December 19, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Andre Russell for the win!
    Shaun Marsh is under an injury cloud and might not play.
    If Marsh does play whats the better option:
    Lynn with Doran on the bench WIK
    Marsh with Dunk on the bench WIK

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      Nic Negrepontis

      December 19, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      Marsh and Dunk

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        Kingzy1

        December 19, 2016 at 5:24 pm

        Awesome thats what I was thinking.
        Lets hope he plays being a scorchers fan!

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    Jesse

    December 19, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    S.Marsh aint playing till after Christmas…

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      Nic Negrepontis

      December 19, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      He’s “touch-and-go” but not ruled out.

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    jack fitzpatrick

    December 19, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Great article Nic! No mention of Moises Henriques?

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      Nic Negrepontis

      December 19, 2016 at 5:58 pm

      Just saw that he was named in the Sixers’ squad. Worried about him performing at his best, but worth a shot if you’re willing to back him in.

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        Jimbo

        December 19, 2016 at 6:30 pm

        I’m starting with him in R1 purely to get the DGW points and as a filler to go to Maxi in GW2

        • Nic Negrepontis

          Nic Negrepontis

          December 19, 2016 at 7:25 pm

          I had a similar idea. Good call!

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    Kingzy1

    December 19, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Is there anywhere to check team announcements? on the big bash site it lists 13 players not 11

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      Jaidyn

      December 19, 2016 at 6:39 pm

      Final 11’s don’t get named until about an hour or so before the game, the best place to catch these is on the teams page via twitter or facebook. Otherwise the TV coverage will show the teams.

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    Jesse

    December 19, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Also… Morgan or McCullum? and Hughes on field or Patterson?

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      Craig

      December 20, 2016 at 3:26 am

      Morgan over McCullum initially – 2x games in Round 1. But otherwise McCullum is the better pick overall.

      I’m playing both Hughes and Patterson… slightly favour Hughes of the two on my ratings.

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    Kingzy1

    December 19, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Thinking this is my final team, depending on if Shaun Marsh plays:
    Russell, Head, S Marsh, Roy, Jordan (Sang, Patterson)
    Haddin (Doran)
    Henriques, Bravo, Pollard, M Marsh, Cummins (Cartwright, Short)
    Andre Russell with the C bomb.
    Any suggestions / ideas?

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      Jaidyn

      December 19, 2016 at 9:15 pm

      Pretty much a standard team, will perform well without going massive.

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    Joke_R

    December 19, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Considering I have no idea what I’m doing, I’d love some thoughts on this team.

    Cash Left: $13,100

    BAT: A.Russell, B.McCullum, J.Roy, K.Pollard, C.Ferguson (K.Sangakkara, M.Labuschagne)

    WKP: T.Paine (B.Dunk)

    BWL: T.Head, D.Bravo, J.Reed, M.Marsh, P.Cummins (J.Faulkner, D.Short)

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      Nic Negrepontis

      December 19, 2016 at 10:44 pm

      Team looks fine for a first time player! A few uniques in there but you need that to be competitive in this tournament.

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      Craig

      December 20, 2016 at 3:29 am

      Not enough players with 2x Round 1 games.

      Would play Dunk over Paine also for that reason (even though he’s probably only going to be a batsman, with Ludeman most likely to actually keep wicket).

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    Craig

    December 20, 2016 at 3:17 am

    When your team looks that good on paper you don’t want to post it here incase everyone copies LOL

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    Craig

    December 20, 2016 at 3:25 am

    Anyone got League codes I can use to join please? I came 43rd last year so ‘should’ be a good inclusion for anyone wanting to try and the best league prizes. Thanks

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      James

      December 23, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      987617

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    Craig

    December 20, 2016 at 3:43 am

    League Code 517302 for anyone who’s interested

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    cricketmad787

    December 20, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Not really up with BBL Fantasy despite playing it last year. Any thoughts on this bunch?

    BAT: Head,McCullum,Roy,Morgan,M.Marsh (Sangakkara,Patterson)
    WKP: Haddin (Dunk)
    BWL: Russell,Henriques,Bravo,Pollard,Cummins (Cartwright,Short)

    $8,300 left

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    Jay Dorza

    December 20, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Thoughts on my final team?
    BAT: T.Head, G.Bailey, B.McCullum, E.Morgan, J.Roy (J.Weatherald, D.Michael)
    WKP: B.Haddin (J.Doran)
    BWL: A.Russell, D.Bravo, D.Willey, K.Pollard, P.Cummins (J.Wildermuth, D.Short)
    C- Russell
    VC- Head

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    Roger

    December 20, 2016 at 11:54 am

    First time playing and this is what I have:
    Bat: A.Russell,C.Lynn,S.Marsh,J.Roy,K.Pollard (Sangakkara,Cartwright)
    WK: Haddin (Dunk)
    Bowl: Head,Henriques,Badree,M.Marsh,Cummins (Sandhu,Short)
    Thoughts? $3300 remaining

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    xavier

    December 20, 2016 at 11:59 am

    tye or badree as a pod

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    Raurie Bye

    December 20, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    tinkered with my team again … Any thoughts/comments appreciated ..

    Head, Henriques, Billings, Morgan, Blizzard (Sangakarra/Labuschagne)

    Ludeman (Whiteman)

    Russell, Bravo, Abbott, Pollard, Cummins (M Marsh/Short)

    $25k left in bank.

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    bob

    December 20, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    is lynn a good option or was for him to play one round

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      Craig

      December 20, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      He’s always a good option but I’d take a Top 4 batsman with two games over him every time… I’m definitely not starting with him in Round 1.

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        Raurie Bye

        December 20, 2016 at 4:28 pm

        With Craig on this one, also slight doubt over his shoulder for me.

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    bob

    December 20, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    wait sorry not was

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    kingcolesy

    December 20, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    14k left

    this is my baby
    head mccullum bravo klinger roy (sanga, harris)
    haddin (nevill)
    henrique pollard abbott cummin mckay (lalor, sandhu)

    laying over lalor as he is there for rnd 4 without using a trade

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      Raurie Bye

      December 20, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      Sandhu on bench in 2 gameweek ? Might as well use spot for a player next week or 2 weeks down the road. ie Scorcher or Renegade

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    matt

    December 20, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Kurtis Patterson or Daniel hughes

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      Raurie Bye

      December 20, 2016 at 4:26 pm

      Patterson for me

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    Craig

    December 20, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    SQUADS (final XIs to come at toss)

    Thunder: Ben Rohrer (c), Fawad Ahmed, Aiden Blizzard, Pat Cummins, Jake Doran (wk), Ryan Gibson, Chris Green, Jay Lenton (wk), Clint McKay, Eoin Morgan, Kurtis Patterson, Gurinder Sandhu, Andre Russell

    Sixers: Moises Henriques (c), Brad Haddin (wk), Sean Abbott, Sam Billings, Doug Bollinger, Johan Botha, Ben Dwarshuis, Daniel Hughes, Joe Mennie, Stephen O’Keefe, Jason Roy, Jordan Silk, Henry Thornton.

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    Kingzy1

    December 20, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    3 spots left in a league if anyone keen 855698

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      Craig

      December 20, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      I’m in

  22. Warnie

    Warnie

    December 20, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Take me on! 263855

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      Gus

      December 20, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      Full

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    Ed

    December 20, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    2 leagues for people to join if they’re interested:
    Cow Corner (927440)
    Big Bash Boozers (742714)

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    Gus

    December 20, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Hey guys,

    Would love a little feedback on this bunch please.

    Russle, Head, Roy, Burns, M.Marsh (Sanga, Labuschange)

    Dunk (Paine)

    Henriques, Bravo, Badree, Cummings, Sandhu (Faulkner, Cartwright)

    Cheers.

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    Daniel

    December 20, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Thoughts on this team?

    Henriques, Roy, McCullum, Morgan, Pollard (Sangakarra, Patterson)

    Haddin (Dunk)

    Bravo, Head, Russell, MMarsh, Cummins (Short, Wildermuth)

    8.3 k remaining.

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      Lachie

      December 20, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      Will u start Patterson with the DGW?

      I like this a lot

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        Daniel

        December 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm

        Thanks. Who should I start him ahead of?

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    Jordy

    December 20, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    How’d everyone go after first night

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      Jacob

      December 21, 2016 at 12:01 am

      392 from 6 (c)

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        Arthur Mongrel

        December 21, 2016 at 1:18 am

        522 from 9 – had Henriques as my skipper! Pretty happy at the minute!

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          Arthur Mongrel

          December 21, 2016 at 1:19 am

          And off course those 9 all go around again in the first round!

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        Craig

        December 21, 2016 at 3:33 am

        449 from 10… Travis Head(C) still to play (twice) and initial 10 all play again. Solid start up to now.

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      Kingzy1

      December 21, 2016 at 9:00 am

      347 from 5, Russell captain. Pollard, Head, Jordan, Cutting, M Marsh, Bravo to go

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    Jacob

    December 20, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    Badree or Mitch marsh on the field?

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      Jordy

      December 21, 2016 at 12:37 am

      I’d take marsh, he’ll bat and bowl

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    Daniel

    December 21, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Best 20k Bowler besides Darcy Short?

    I’m think it’s between Cartwright, Wildermuth and O’Connor.

    Thoughts? Thanks

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      Jordy

      December 21, 2016 at 12:38 am

      Cartwright has been picked for the test so I’d hold off him

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    Arthur Mongrel

    December 21, 2016 at 1:16 am

    Anybody who wants to have a go – 645434!

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    Jaidyn

    December 21, 2016 at 7:19 am

    403 from 7 completed. Cummins, Captain Russell, McKay, Morgan, Haddin, Henriques and Roy to go around again. Pollard and Head to play tonight.

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    Craig

    December 21, 2016 at 8:17 am

    If you captained Andre Russell in Round 1 (50pts scored with 1 game to go) would you swap your captaincy to Travis Head if you had the option?

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    Jordy

    December 21, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Hey Craig, I put him vice captain and had Head captain, I’m thinking head cos of Brisbane bowling lineup, do you reckon he will bowl?

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      Craig

      December 21, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      Hey Jordy. Yeah I think he’ll bowl quite a bit – Brad Hodge said so in a recent interview. I captained Head as well with Russell as vice, but I also put Maxwell and Stoinis on my bench, so that I could bench Head (captain loophole) and automatically switch the captaincy to Russell if he scored big… 50pts is ok but I think Head could beat it.

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    Lachlan_

    December 21, 2016 at 10:34 am

    who to field out of M Marsh and Willey?

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      Jordy

      December 21, 2016 at 10:57 am

      Marsh will probably bat higher but Willey will probably bowl more, have you got Pollard or Jordan, if not get one of them because they play two games and then trade willey or marsh in. Hope that helped.

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      Kingzy1

      December 21, 2016 at 11:02 am

      Marsh will bowl his 4 overs no worries, scorchers fast bowlers are decimated in injury. Id play Marsh, but Willey is to much value to have on the bench.

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        Jordy

        December 21, 2016 at 11:04 am

        That’s why I would have pollard or Jordan and then trade to Willey when they have the bye but get the double points this round.

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          Kingzy1

          December 21, 2016 at 11:50 am

          For sure sound plan

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            Jordy

            December 21, 2016 at 12:10 pm

            Were you happy with your start Kingzy1

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            Kingzy1

            December 21, 2016 at 12:39 pm

            Yep so far, 347 from 5 players (Russell captain) Head, Jordan, M Marsh, Bravo, Cutting and Pollard to go

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            Jordy

            December 21, 2016 at 1:12 pm

            Who were your players last night? Had Russell vice, do you think Head captain? I got rid of Haddin at last minute, glad he didn’t bat cos lots have him, sorry if you did😂😂 but Abbott did crap

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            Kingzy1

            December 21, 2016 at 1:25 pm

            I had Haddin, at least he got 2 caught behinds I guess. Was going to play Dunk but changed at last minute doh. Just read Dunk is keeping tonights game to.
            Russell (C), Cummins, Henriques, Haddin, Roy

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    Jordy

    December 21, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Yeah, I looked and saw Ludeman wasn’t playing so that’s good, I had Abbott, Henriques, Roy, Morgan, Cummins and Russell (vc), Head (C), Pollard, Dunk, Jordan and M. Marsh. Happy so far with exception of Abbott.

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      Kingzy1

      December 21, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      Nice one. Iam sure Haddin and Abbott will bounce back in the second game

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    Jordy

    December 21, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Are you in a good league and what do you think about Head as C?

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      Kingzy1

      December 21, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      Worth a shot, Russells 50 isnt huge last night.
      Iam in a few, someone left one of my leagues if you want to join 678133

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    Jordy

    December 21, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Yeah alright, good luck tonight, hopefully Lynn and mccullum do bad so I can bring them in.

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    Cardaz

    December 21, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    528404 if anyone is interested

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    Jasper

    December 22, 2016 at 3:23 am

    What is a good/average team score for BBL fantasy?

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      Kel

      December 22, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      will vary greatly with double games so could be nearly a thousand down to the 400s. Bad weeks by popular players affects everyone. A few people obviously have the C on Head so he needs to perform for his second game

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    ThreeDT

    December 22, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    I’m on 591, with my 11 players already played. All 11 will play again this round so I’m hopeful of 1100.

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    Kingzy1

    December 23, 2016 at 11:17 am

    940 with 7 players left, Henriques, Roy, Haddin, Pollard, Head, Jordan and M Marsh to play.
    How are other peeps tracking?

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      ThreeDT

      December 23, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      Looks like you have the better of me.

      926 with 6 players left, Abbott, Dwarshius, Haddin, Hughes, Henriques and Pollard to play.

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