January 19: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades in Brisbane

Our XI

Shaun Marsh, Sam Harper, Matt Renshaw, Chris Lynn (vice-capt), AB de Villiers (capt), Dan Christian, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Nabi, James Pattinson, Mitchell Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

NOTE: We might not always be able to tip you off about a late injury (or other relevant updates)

Captain: AB de Villiers

When AB De Villiers plays, you never risk picking another captain. He could single-handedly win the game for any team. He will very likely get you a lot of runs and at a quick pace. It is a no-brainer!

Vice Captain: Chris Lynn Against a wonky Renegades attack, Lynn can be a good pick. He has been scoring at 153.96, but with only two fifties in 10 games and four failures in a row, he will be looking to make amends. A good time to make him your vice-captain.

Hot Picks

Shaun Marsh: With 366 runs from 10 innings Marsh, again, is crucial Renegades' chances of finishing on a high. In their last game, they finally registered a win this season, and Marsh scored 47 to help them get off to a good start. Only once so far has he been dismissed for a single-digit score.

Dan Christian: Allrounder with chances of getting bonus points. Christian scored 21 runs form 12 balls and took three wickets in the only game that Renegades won. Peaking a bit too late, but that does not matter in Fantasy cricket. Christian should be the first name in your line-up.

Value Picks

Sam Harper: Harper has blown hot and cold, lacking consistency. Man of the Match in the previous game, Harper now has 252 runs at a strike rate of 149.11 with two fifties. He along with Marsh is key to Renegades' success. Pick both of them and hope one scores.

Ben Cutting: Cutting picked up two wickets against the Adelaide Strikers a couple of games ago, and has won one Man of the Match for his performance with the bat. The fact that he can get points with bat and ball makes him a value pick.

Points to note

  • The average first-innings score at the Gabba is 146
  • Pace bowlers have an economy rate of 8.07 here, while the spinners go at 6.85

Gaurav Sundararaman is a senior stats analyst at ESPNcricinfo