Devil’s Advocate: Which Heat & Canes players to target for DGW R6? How to handle the Sydney Smash forecast?

We’ve just been through an interesting round, in which we have seen guys like Mitchell Marsh and Ashton Agar score well and Josh Inglis and Tymal Mills disappoint on the double game week.


We also saw the return of one of the greatest T20 batters of all time, the Aussie T20 skipper Aaron Finch, who scored 98 points in his first game of BBL|11.

Today we’re going to look at two things, what to do about the Round 6 DGW (the Brisbane Heat and the Hobart Hurricanes are on the double), and how to negate the bad weather scheduled for the Boxing Day Sydney Smash?

The Heat and the Hurricanes are currently sixth and seventh respectively, and both lack batting depth. The Heat are overly reliant on their top order to do well whilst the Hurricanes rely solely on Ben McDermott, Matthew Wade and D’Arcy Short to have any chance at winning

So what does this mean for the double?

It means that guys like Chris Lynn, Wade, Short and McDermott are viable trade targets. I myself have Short and Lynn in preparation for the DGW, and you may not see Lynn at a cheaper price this season.

How many people do you need for this DGW?

From what we’ve seen dished up by these two sides, 5-7 DGW players. I’m aiming for six, but that includes Liam Guthrie. If he doesn’t play in the DGW, so be it, I’ll have five.

Now, onto the Sydney Smash on Boxing Day and the forecast.

The issue with this game is that there is an 80% chance of rain at the time of writing this. Meaning, Sixers and Thunder players could virtually have a bye this round. That has major implications on players like Daniel Sams, Josh Philippe, Matthew Gilkes and Dan Christian.

All of these guys essentially have the bye. Alternately, the game may potentially get played but shortened in length, meaning less point-scoring opportunities.

But with the lack of keeper options, you may be better of copping a donut from Philippe than using a trade on getting another keeper, unless you own Wade.

The way to best avoid this carnage is to trade with the rolling lockout. The way it works is that, when each team plays a game, everyone from that team gets locked in. So when 6:05pm AEDT comes around on Boxing Day, Sixers and Thunder will be locked in.

Be mindful of the weather, have a rain radar open whilst watching the Boxing Day Test and be ready to either trade in someone like Dan Christian ($117k BAT/BWL) or trade in an alternative such as Aaron Finch ($82k BAT).

Anyway, that’s it for today’s Devil’s Advocate, hopefully this helps you with your trades and fingers crossed that you can execute the rolling lockout strategy this round, because we’re gonna need it!

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