The Stars have the first DGW of
the year and also have an early bye, but not until Round 3, so you have six
trades to get them out of your squad for that round which is plenty of time and
means I’ll likely start with around five Stars players.
They are traditionally a team with a lot of talent, so I think you need four minimum players for Round 1 and maybe you even go six if you think the value is there.
I’d recommend three Hobart lads
ready for their DGW in Round 2, and given they play Round 1 also they can still
hopefully score well for you before even playing the DGW.
Maybe you start with three
Hurricanes to maximise Round 2 value without having to use trades to achieve
Hello D’Arcy Short, who will be a strong Round 2 skipper option. You would be very bold to go against him.
They start with the bye in Round 1 but critically have two straight DGWs immediately after. Perhaps start with one on your bench.
As mentioned, both the Hobart Hurricanes and Adelaide Strikers have the DGW, so get them into your side! I’ll probably want three from each if possible.
If you already have three Hurricanes players in your team you could then trade in three Strikers players for Round 2, plus potentially one from your Round 1 bench. Seven DGW players = points galore!!
The Melbourne Stars have the bye so you will need to minimise these players by trading them out or benching one or two.
The Adelaide Strikers have the double game week once more, so you can maximise players from their squad (five or six) before reassessing things in Round 4.
It’s important to note that following the Melbourne Stars bye in Round 3 there are no more byes for the rest of the tournament and there are no DGWs in Round 4 and 5, so you have plenty of time to set for the middle period of the competition. Aim to start fast and then consolidate after this!
After a tough NRL SuperCoach year for most of us (apart from the Guru Tim Williams), I’ll be aiming to better my 883rd BBL rank from last season.
Top 100 would be nice with the big target of 1st overall always being the main goal!
Bring it on and I’ll be back with international analysis to see how this impacts the key players, my key player targets, ones to avoid, as well as a specific Round 1 bench strategy I like to use that can give you a double shot at early points.