Yahoo Daily Fantasy Take a Chance: Pooran, Neesham and others capable of overpowering the big guns
It is important to pick the correct differential options more than the popular choices in fantasy cricket. With the World Cup 2019 campaign going into its second week, most fantasy managers have become familiar with the forms of most of the popular players. While most of them go with those choices, we have listed down some players who could make a real difference to your team as compared to others’ this week. So let us have a look at them.
Nicholas Pooran (WI vs ENG)
The 23-year old Windies batsman is fairly new to the international circuit but he has made quite a good impression in the tournament so far. He played an unbeaten cameo of 34 off just 19 deliveries chasing a paltry total of 106 in their tournament opener against Pakistan and followed that up with yet another impressive knock of 40 off 36 deliveries in a high-pressure game against Australia. He has looked in very good touch in both of his innings so far and it is safe to say that he would have a good outing against a misfiring South African bowling attack on Monday and against a pretty average English bowling attack on Friday as well.
Alex Carey (AUS vs PAK)
Carey does not belong to the breed of wicket-keepers you would prefer in your fantasy team. He doesn’t bat in the top or even in the middle order. In fact, he bats at No. 7. Moreover, he doesn’t have a great spin attack to keep to, which would otherwise guarantee points in the form of stumping. However, he has still defied the odds in the tournament so far and has come up with impressive knocks of 45 off 55 deliveries and 55* off 35 deliveries against strong bowling teams like the Windies and India respectively. Australia are set to play their next match against Pakistan, which is another strong bowling unit, and we may see Carey being promoted up the order owing to his superb form. So it is worth taking a punt on him.
James Neesham (NZ vs IND)
Neesham is an underrated all-rounder and he showed what he is capable of in New Zealand’s last match against Afghanistan. When their main bowlers like Trent Boult and Matt Henry failed to trouble the inexperienced Afghan opening batsmen, Neesham came into the attack and produced a magical spell of 10-1-31-5 to derail their innings. If we look at his ODI statistics, which includes 1040 runs at an average of 30.58 and 50 wickets at 31.96 in a total of 52 matches, it reads fairly good as compared to most other all-rounders in the world. His batting ability hasn’t been in full display in the tournament yet but he might get to show his skills if the New Zealand top-order fails to perform against a skillful Indian bowling attack in the next match.
Mohammad Saifuddin (BAN vs SL)
He has been playing a very crucial role for Bangladesh and also for the fantasy managers who have invested their faith in him so far. Saifuddin has been amongst the wickets regularly and also played a valuable knock of 29 lower down the order against New Zealand. He has a total of six wickets in three matches so far, which includes impressive hauls of 2/57 and 2/41 against strong teams like South Africa and New Zealand respectively. He has the ability to bowl consistent yorkers and you can always bank on him to pick up wickets against a fragile Lankan batting lineup in the next match.
Andile Phehlukwayo (SA vs WI)
South Africa is going through a dismal time in the tournament as they have lost all three of their matches so far. However, one silver lining for them amongst all the negative outcomes has been Andile Phehlukwayo’s all-round performances. The 25-year old has performed consistently with the ball having claimed 4 wickets in the three matches at an average of 34.00 and has shown tremendous temperament with the bat also, which was visible in his valuable contributions of 25 and 34 against teams like England and India respectively. You can expect him to come up with good returns once again when South Africa take on the Windies on Monday.