Devil’s Advocate: Which Melbourne Stars players to target for their Round 8 DGW

Last round, we weighed up whether or not to sell Josh Philippe and the answer was YES to sell in the end. We also listed a few options which did include Ben McDermott, who managed to score 347, the second highest score of all time.


Today however, we’re looking ahead to the Stars double game week (DGW) and we’re going to weigh up how important the upcoming DGW actually is.

The Melbourne Stars play twice in Round 8 and with (hopefully) a single game round to prepare for it, it’s worth considering how much effort you should put into planning for it.

First of all, there are some must haves for this DGW. Glenn Maxwell ($206k BAT/BWL) is one, but most of us own him already. If you didn’t own, I’d wait a round as his BE is 171.

The other player I view as a must have is Marcus Stoinis ($81k BAT/BWL). This guy is too good to be priced at $80k and with a 69 BE, his price will be too good to ignore. You could wait a week or you could go now, pending the Scorchers-Stars game being played. Either way you don’t risk too much.

But what about some PODs, some left field selections for the DGW, who are they and are they worth bringing in this week? We’ll have a look below

Joe Clarke ($109k WKP/BAT)

Clarke has scored 72 and 120 in his last two games and looks to have hit form. However, he did not go onto the field with a hamstring injury which is intriguing. Monitor that closely. With a -76 BE, if he plays, it’s now or never so if he plays, I’m putting him down as a top five buy for the round.

Nathan Coulter-Nile ($135k BWL)

NCN is historically a gun, yet he is yet to have a bag of wickets this year. Could he grab a few wickets against his home state and with Russell gone, NCN could get more of a bat.

Qais Ahmad ($125k BWL)

Qais has had a quiet start to the season but with a three-wicket haul versus the Heat and 122 points, could that be what Qais needs to find his mojo in time for the DGW?

Haris Rauf ($151k BWL)

Rauf was scheduled to play his first game of the season on Thursday and with his rapid pace and steep bounce, he’s made a name for himself in world cricket. But can the Perth Scorchers, who are in hot form, handle high quality pace? My gut feel says he’s a more improved bowler than what we last saw of him.

Well there you have it, there’s a few ways of looking at the DGW, and there’s a few PODs to look at too, go well and always remember, if in doubt, captain Mitch Marsh (if he’s playing)!

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