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NBL Dream Team: Round 15 Preview

Round 14 saw some huge scores and they’re just going to get bigger with six teams playing double matches this week.

Round 14 saw some huge scores and they’re just going to get bigger with six teams playing double matches this week.


Round 14 – Highs and Lows

It was a tie for top score this week as AJ Ogilvy and Nathan Sobey both fell just short of the century with 96. Regular contributors Jerome Randle and Rotnei Clarke came next, also tied, with 88. The new imports were solid and those who added Bryce Cotton (68) or Paul Carter (60) would have been happy with their output. Top scorers from the single game players were a bit of a surprise with Mitch McCarron (42) just ahead of the best value selection for the week, Nate Tomlinson (38).

Contenders for worst player for the round included David Barlow, who got 0 points again, and teammate Chris Goulding (8), although he was injured, however it was Kevin Lisch who took the prize. His score of 8 was easily his worst score of the year, really hurting the 20% of the competition holding onto him thinking he is a lock like previous years.


Get Ready for Round 14

With most teams playing the double match this week there are lots of options for trading in and a number of premiums to choose from. New import Bryce Cotton heads the list after a massive first game. There is some risk given how inaccurate he was against Brisbane however Perth needs their imports firing and his price is low for this time of year. Paul Carter was solid in his second week and still worth considering despite his price increase. Torrey Craig heads the list of established premiums. His price is low after two bad games in rounds 12 and 13 and Brisbane plays doubles for the next three weeks. If you don’t have Casper Ware or Jerome Randle you should seriously get one of them into your team for captaincy duties.

If you’re looking for a cheaper options then it’s a lot more speculative. Cairns plays double matches for all the remaining weeks so consider looking at one of their cheaper players. Mitch McCarron, Nnanna Egwu, or Fuquan Edwin are all low cost and all have the potential to put up the occasional big score. Eric Jacobsen had a good week and could hopefully keep delivering. David Barlow is almost minimum price now and has been a great player in the past, so there’s a chance he could start scoring decent points. All these guys would be permanent bench options at best though.


Captain Options

Almost everyone is playing the double match this week with only Sydney and Illawarra missing out. In the order I would select them:

  1. Casper Ware
  2. Jerome Randle
  3. Torrey Craig
  4. Casey Prather
  5. Daniel Johnson
  6. Bryce Cotton

Unlucky to miss out on being on the list above were Nathan Sobey, Jameel McKay, Paul Carter, Travis Trice and Kirk Penny.

Good luck everyone

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    January 10, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    The $13 for Wildcats premiers has been smashed into $4 since last week- congrats to anyone who got on!
    Kings are paying $2.10 to miss the 4- Newley hamstring injury not common knowledge apparently

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    January 11, 2017 at 12:01 am

    Hey Tristan
    Assuming you had all the big names you’ve selected as captain choices above plus players like Carter and McKay who would be your starting five this week?
    Difficult to decide!

    • Tristan


      January 11, 2017 at 10:58 am

      Definitely start Ware, Randle and Craig.

      The call between DJ or McKay in centre is tough but I’d go DJ as McKay has had some very quiet games, so higher risk.

      Prather probably gets the last Fwd spot, although if you started DJ or McKay ahead of him after his average round then it wouldn’t be the craziest idea.

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    January 11, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Who to start out of M Creek or P Carter this week?
    Supposedly Carter may have pulled up sore from the weekend, and Creek seems to be getting better by the week from coming back from injury..

    • Tristan


      January 12, 2017 at 12:01 am

      Not sure how sore Carter is or not, he played the second game after he copped the knock.
      Coin toss call at this point to my mind, I know that’s not much help.

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        January 12, 2017 at 9:43 am

        Come up with another idea, who do you think is a bigger priority in trading in this week, Craig or Cotton??

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    January 11, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Tough calls this week. 10 trades left, 130K in the kitty.

    F: Prather, Worthington (Drmic, Barlow)
    C: DJ (Jervis)
    G: Randle, Cotton (Trice, Bruce)

    Any advice? Jervis to Egwu is an option to build my bank, then another cheap Cairns player. Allow me a strong bench to alternate double game players.

    • Tristan


      January 12, 2017 at 12:05 am

      I’d probably hold Jervis, he’s very consistent for 20 points a game and Brisbane have 3 doubles, more reliable than Egwu, although if you need the cash immediately it’s an acceptable downgrade.

      I’d use that 130k in the bank if I was you and turn Drmic into Torrey Craig.
      It gives you another premium and you can bench Worthington for this week while he’s still under an injury cloud.

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        January 12, 2017 at 3:33 pm

        Cheers mate, didn’t consider bumping up a bench forward yet, but its not a bad idea.

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    January 11, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Hey Tristan,
    6 trades remain not really sure what to do. 40k in bank. Do i trade Barlow for a player like McCarron? Do i trade Cadee and try and bring in Prather or Cotton? Do i trade Ogilvy and do similar?
    Team: Craig, Carter, Ogilvy, Cadee, Ware. Bench: Knight, Barlow, Boone, Creek, D Martin
    Thinking best to keep Cadee as Lisch on low form and Newley out?

    • Tristan


      January 12, 2017 at 12:08 am

      With that 40k I’d do one of either Knight to Cotton or Cadee to Randle. You’ve only 6 trades though so I’d probably only make the one this week since so many teams have the double.

      Definitely don’t trade in Prather this week, he’s likely to plummet in price this round.

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        January 12, 2017 at 12:32 pm

        Thanks mate. Yeah i only plan to make one trade. Will probably have to do that for a few rounds. It probably would be better trading Cadee than Knight eh! Bringing in Randle will help with the Captain decisions. Saying that with Newley out for the season and Lisch struggling last few rounds Cadee might me worth holding on to?

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