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BBL Fantasy Players to Avoid

Nic is back once again to help you with your 2016/17 BBL Fantasy team with players to avoid.

This article is pretty self-explanatory. Here is a list of players you should not be touching for your round one BBL Fantasy team for varying reasons. Of course, most of these aren’t a hard and fast rule so feel free to be rebellious and select them anyway!

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Usman Khawaja (Sydney Thunder), Nathan Lyon (Sydney Sixers), Mitchell Starc (Sydney Sixers), Josh Hazlewood (Sydney Sixers), Peter Handscomb (Melbourne Stars), Matthew Wade (Melbourne Renegades), Nic Maddinson (Sydney Sixers) and Jackson Bird (Sydney Sixers)

Basically… just don’t pick anyone in the test team – or anyone who plays for the Sydney Sixers because it would seem their entire squad is the test team. These guys might play one or two games max. You’re much better off looking elsewhere. Look out for the full test squad and cross them ALL off your list.

Shane Watson (Sydney Thunder)

Watson is out until after Christmas with a calf injury. He’s worth bringing in when he returns, but stay away for the time being.

Out of action: Shane Watson suffered a calf strain during the Thunder's pre-season trip to Christchurch.

Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Coulter-Nile (Perth Scorchers)

The Scorchers’ two big quicks are both also on the injury list so don’t go picking them.

Daniel Worrall (Melbourne Stars)

If any of you spend $95,600 on Daniel Worrall I will find out where you live, break your door down and give you a stern talking to.

Sunil Narine (Melbourne Renegades)

This is more of a feeling than anything. Etihad Stadium was a nightmare for spinners last season and that could see Narine being hit for some big scores. Pick him with caution.

Johan Botha (Sydney Sixers)

He may seem tempting at $45,400, but Botha is not a player who scores well historically. He bats too low in the order and his bowling isn’t good enough to warrant selection in your team.

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Xavier Doherty (Melbourne Renegades)

Doherty was once the number one short-form spinner in Australia and even has a BBL hat-trick to his name. Now he finds himself behind both Sunil Narine and Brad Hogg at the Renegades. Doherty is priced at $45,200 and was a victim of Etihad Stadium’s turf last season. As I’ve tried to make abundantly clear – spinners don’t score well there… and yet the Renegades have three of them… go figure.

Mitchell Johnson (Perth Scorchers)

I’d hold off on picking Mitch until we see what kind of performance we’re going to get from him. He’ll probably be in good shape, but he’s not the kind of bowler who traditionally has a good economy rate and that can be vital to BBL Fantasy. Give him a few rounds before making your decision.

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    December 8, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Hey guys I’d like some feedback on my team, with $44,000 left.

    Head, Bailey, McCullum, J.Roy, Patterson (Sangakkara, M.Harris)
    Haddin (Dunk)
    Henriques, Bravo, Cutting, M.Marsh, Cummins (Faulkner, Cartwright)

    Also which players should I choose for my batting:
    (E.Morgan & D.Hughes) or (J.Roy & K.Patterson/Blizzard) cheers!

  2. Nic Negrepontis

    Nic Negrepontis

    December 9, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Team looks fine! I’d pick Roy and Patterson.

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    December 9, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    What about my team.

    Russell Henriques Lynn Voges Blizzard (Harris, Patterson)

    Paine (Dunk)

    Head McKay Christian Marsh Cummins (Cartwright, Nair)

    Also what’s your opinion on starting with Russell and should I have Sangakkara instead of Patterson and should Dunk be my second keeper or someone else as he could struggle to get a game for the Strikers.

    Thanks a ton

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      December 10, 2016 at 10:30 pm

      lynn is injured

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    December 9, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    With the fast bowler injuries at the scortchers would it make Willey value even at his high price?

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      December 9, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      He should still be good value anyway, good bowler and batter.

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        December 9, 2016 at 2:44 pm

        True, I think he is worth the punt.

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          December 10, 2016 at 9:23 pm

          Willey will miss the end of the season though due to international duties for England.

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    December 9, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Who should I start with, Pollard or Cutting?

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      December 9, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Pollard, double game to start with

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      December 10, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      Cutting. I think he is a greater chance of bowling than Pollard, giving their bowling stock available.

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    December 9, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Blizzard, Patterson, Harris or Hughes?

    • Nic Negrepontis

      Nic Negrepontis

      December 9, 2016 at 4:36 pm


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      December 10, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      Harris. Will most likely open the batting and is a very good and cheap bench player

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    December 9, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    is clint mckay a good option or is there someone else around that price

    • Nic Negrepontis

      Nic Negrepontis

      December 13, 2016 at 10:37 am

      McKay doesn’t bat and doesn’t take enough wickets to be a consistently high scoring bowler.

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        December 18, 2016 at 2:57 pm

        You do realise he took the most wickets last year…?

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    December 9, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    what do u think about this team
    Head,bravo,mc cullum, pollard, patterson (ferguson, sankagara)
    Haddin (Peirson)
    Russel, Henriques, badree, marsh, cummins (Sandu, Fekete)

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    December 10, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Can I get some thoughts on my team.

    Head, Christian McCullum, Marsh, Sangakara. (KP, Harris)
    Haddin (Dunk)
    Rashid, Willey, Broad, Cummins, Cutting. (Faulkner, Holland)

    And I have 7 thousand to spare.


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    December 10, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Hey Nic, really useful article.
    Just want to know ur thoughts in my team
    Maxwell, willey, Mcullum, m. marsh, c. white (M. laburchagne, cartwright)
    Haddin (doran)
    Russell, head, Neser, Jordan, CUmmins (wildermuth, sandhu)
    23’000 left to spend

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    December 11, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    G’day, can I please have some comments on my team. Any different suggestions will be useful and taken into account, thanks.

    Head, McCullum, Roy, Sangakkara, Patterson (Pietersen, Harris)

    Haddin (Nevill)

    A.Russell, Bravo, Broad, Cutting, Marsh (Faulkner, Cartwright)


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      December 12, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      I’d recommend harris over patterson on field because he will open and has had great shield form.

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    December 12, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Thoughts on my team with 20k to spare
    head, willey, lynn, Mcullum, Agar (Sangka, harris)
    haddin (doran)
    russel, bravo, cutting, marsh, cummins (sandhu, cartwright)

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    December 12, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    bat: bailey roy mcullum pollard klinger (sang,patterson)
    WK haddin (dunk)
    bowl: head bravo mckay cutting marsh (faulkner,sandhu)

    any tips would be great

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    December 12, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Is anyone concerned about Haddin sharing the glove with Billings?

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      December 12, 2016 at 3:33 pm

      I dont think the sixers will do it for any circumstance except a hadds injury.

      • Nic Negrepontis

        Nic Negrepontis

        December 13, 2016 at 10:36 am

        International players rarely like to take the gloves in these tournaments from memory.

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    December 12, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    bat: bailey roy mcullum pollard klinger (sang,patterson)
    WK haddin (dunk)
    bowl: head bravo mckay cutting marsh (faulkner,sandhu)

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    December 13, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Who to replace Mitchell Johnson with Pollard,Wright,Stonjs basically anyone 70k and lower as a bowler or batter?

    • Nic Negrepontis

      Nic Negrepontis

      December 13, 2016 at 10:36 am


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    December 13, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    I think I am pretty set on this team, any thoughts or suggestions?
    BAT: Russell, Head, Jordan, M Marsh, Patterson (Sang, Labuschange)
    WIK: Haddin (Doran)
    BOW: Henriques, Bravo, Willey, Pollard, Cummins (faulkner, Cartwright)


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    December 22, 2016 at 3:22 am

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

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