From there I’ll look to target a mix of the best POD’s, namely
any in-form players and players with an upcoming double game week.
I’ve currently got six Stars players, which in the past
would be more than I would pick on a double game week, but with a new structure
having basically no byes and less double game weeks, a new strategy might be
needed along with a new bench strategy and easier scoring loophole potential
with the new emergency rule.
Still, is six players too many? Am I risking missing out on
a good score from someone else in order to chase points from an extra double
game week player?
Can six players from the same team all score well in both
games? These are questions I’ll be asking myself right up until round 1 starts.
Planning will be significantly easier than in previous
seasons, so getting off to a good start is as crucial as ever, therefore pre-season
research is vitally important.
Matthew Wade or Dawid Malan to start the tournament, there’s a top four spot in
the batting order up for grabs and I’m thinking Handscomb will fill that role.
is also another in contention for that spot and I can easily swap to him at a
similar price should he get promoted.
position looks thin for genuine options, so I’m hoping Handscomb can start fast
in the opener which leads into the round 2 double, then I’ll look to trade him
to Alex Carey in round 3 for his double game week.
overall T20 record isn’t amazing, but when given opportunities in the top order
he has certainly been solid.
Last BBL he
averaged 26.75 with the bat when in the top 4, as well as a 65 not out batting
has the ability to do a job for in SuperCoach.
affordable price, along with the round 2 double and given the scarcity of good
wicket-keeper options, he ticks a lot of boxes for me.
Handscomb and Mcdermott not get the role we are after than other potential
options I’ll look at include Sam Harper and Josh Inglis.
Both have good
scoring potential if opening the batting. Josh Philippe is another option, but
at his current ownership level I’ll be looking to take him on.
simply there as a vice-captain loophole option. He’s at the cheapest price and appears
almost no chance of playing, he looks a good option to use and frees up a bit
of cash to spend elsewhere.
The bench wicket-keeper position is usually the best position to utilise the vice-captain loophole in my opinion.
Short is very
expensive but for good reason. He’s a SuperCoach gun and is simply a must-have,
especially having a round 2 double game week.
A poor round
1 performance may see him lose cash, but I’m not worried about this. Leaving
him out for round 1 will make him extremely difficult to trade in for round 2
at his price, especially when looking to trade in other top dollar options like
He will open
the batting and is a good chance to bowl some overs, that role is gold for SuperCoach.
with the fact he bats well in Australian conditions and the Tasmanian grounds
will suit his batting even more in the early rounds. Leaving him out could
really come back to haunt you.
He was my
first picked and hasn’t left my side since. He is a SuperCoach gun and we’ve
seen in recent years just what he is capable off.
round 1 double he looks a great option, albeit under an injury cloud now from a
recent low grade side strain when playing for Australia.
expecting him to play round 1, but his bowling may now come into question which
hurts his output and captaincy credentials for SuperCoach.
Even if only batting he’s still a good option as he can certainly score big with the bat. Anyone remember his 147 not out last season? His IPL form this year has also been solid.
I want to
start with at least one Strikers player on my bench in preparation for their
round 2 double game week and Salt fits into my structure at a budget.
give me four Strikers players for round 2, using my three trades to get the
opening batsman with a BBL season under his belt now, he could improve again on
24-years-old, there’s definitely still improvement in his game. I’ll definitely
want him for round 2 and I think he can have a strong tournament so I’m happy
to stash him on my bench, he also provides a handy loophole option in round 1
promising all-rounder that was cruelled by injury, he has hardly put a foot
wrong since returning to cricket last year.
He is still
in pretty good form and I’m hoping he can force his way into the Heat line-up
and could provide a nice cheapie option, but I’ll be keeping an eye on round 1
Other options I’m considering are Max Bryant, Ashton Turner or possibly just having a constant non-playing pick as a loophole option.
At only 6%
ownership at the time of writing, Tye is one of my POD’s to start with. He’s a SuperCoach
gun of the past at only $134.1k and he looks great value to me.
last season’s BBL campaign with injury, but a now fit Tye is hard to overlook
at the price.
He is a
death overs specialist with his variations, regularly picking up wickets and
with that means points for SuperCoach.
many other standout options in the $75k to $150k price range for bowlers that I
don’t already own, Tye looks a good option to me.
gives me a backup captaincy option should my Stars options fail and it lets me
see how they scored in both games before deciding who to captain.
potential options if fit are Jason Behrendorff and Adam Milne in that price
range, although I would much prefer Tye.
potential option is to move one of my dual position players from my batting
position down to the bowlers and pick another batsman, but I’m hesitant to
select too many pure batsman in my team as the SuperCoach scoring system
certainly favours bowlers and all-rounders more.
There is now
some doubt of his availability given the delayed flight he was on and the
quarantine period he has to complete, but I’m hoping he will be available for
both games in round 1.
A young left-arm
spinner who is only continuing to improve, he is a good option at a good price
if he plays.
has experience in the BBL playing eight games with the Heat last season, taking
at least one wicket in all but one of those games. He could be a consistent scorer
with a good economy rate.
his way into the Hurricanes line-up last BBL with good form and he had a solid
season given the role he was thrown into.
to find his feet later in the tournament taking wickets in six of last seven
games and was unlucky not to get more wickets.
He bowled at
the death and I’m expecting him to have this role again. I love death overs
bowlers for SuperCoach and I target them when picking my team.
priced at only $113k and has the round 2 double, he is one of the Hurricane
bowlers I want for round 2 so therefore I’ll start with him.
I could potentially loop his round 1 score pending my bench option. A love a bowler with a good yorker too.
a largely unknown Afghanistan left-arm spinner capable of spinning it both ways.
opportunities he gets with the ball with Cameron Boyce and Mohammad Nabi in the
team as well remains to be seen, but he has the potential to be a great cheapie
batsman tend to struggle against spin, especially against those they have never
is another option and I’ll likely pick him instead should he grab that
spinner’s spot for the Hurricanes before Lamichhane is available.
Hurricanes could also just opt to use Short and Jacks as their main spinners to
be purely a scoring loophole player as he’s highly unlikely to play to for the Strikers.
His dual position status is also handy.
also line up nicely enough with Baxter Holt’s with the Thunder, giving me
another vice-captain loophole option each round with a player playing later in
would use a Scorchers player for this as they have the best fixtures from a
loophole perspective, but unfortunately they don’t have any $42k options.