In the Final Word, we’ll look at the super POD options (point of difference), the players at under 5% ownership (or around about) that could send you soaring (or falling) up the overall ranks.
They come with big risk, but the reward is immense if it comes off.
In last round’s article, Mitchell Swepson delivered once again with 76 points, while I nominated three anti-PODs in order of Chris Lynn, Alex Carey and Josh Philippe.
They almost all delivered, with Lynn (6) and Carey (13) flopping, while Philippe (80) went big.
Hopefully you jumped on the anti-POD wagon last round and left Lynn and Carey out of your side.
Super PODs by definition will once again be harder to find this round due to only two teams playing, but we’ll keep it at as low-ownership as possible.
As such, I’m throwing in another anti-POD option alongside my super POD.
I won’t go on current ownership, because they’ll change dramatically come game time, I’ll predict the guys that are likely to remain at relatively low ownership for the round which is going to be difficult.
I love the idea of anti-PODs at Manuka because you can attack bowlers who may struggle for the economy bonus and taking wickets as we saw with Jhye Richardson (9) and Sean Abbott (33) on Saturday night.
Congrats to anyone who left either or both of them out in Round 14.
I think you can do similar with guys like Tanveer Sangha, Mark Steketee and Jack Wildermuth this round.
I’d advise against anti-POD plays on top order batsmen like Lynn and Alex Hales because they could go nuts on top of the order.
I think Sangha will be popular this round, but he’s been sharing overs with Chris Green lately having only bowled two overs last game.
With the batsmen friendly deck, no guarantee of four overs and his likely popularity I think leaving him out is a great play.
TIM W: TRADES/SKIPPERS
I’ve mentioned most of my plays above, and I despise the idea of having near identical teams to rivals, so I’ll try to add in a few PODs without getting silly.
As mentioned, I’ll be spending up big on gun top order bats and utilising a few anti-POD plays on popular bowlers.
I’m extremely tempted to skipper whoever bats first out of Hales or Lynn because I think Marnus Labuschagne will be an extremely popular captain for good reason.
I’ll probably lean towards Marnus, but I’ll see how game I’m feeling come the toss.
While I love Daniel Sams, I’ll avoid him as skipper in his return from injury on a flat deck.
This provides some cover in the event it isn’t a Thunder whitewash and I think anymore from one team could be overkill as it is hard for all of them to score.
It also gives me the most chance of accruing huge points if the Thunder do indeed get the job done, if i can then pick the correct Heat guys to compliment them.
Honestly though, any option is okay, just back yourself in but that will be my strategy. Skippering Marnus Labuschagne is the obvious option outside of Daniel Sams, but there are a few semi POD plays like Hales or Lynn if you think they can go off on a good Manuka track.
I would lean to Hales personally who has been in killer form, but I will probably play safe with Marnus who bats at three and is bowling very, very well of late!