Final Word: Trades, tactics, weather, RD 6 We have the final say on the major Round 6 plays, including weather reports, super PODs, trades and more. Final Word Tim Williams SC Playbook founder, 2nd NRL overall 2020 January 1, 2021 POD HUNTER: Unique players to find an edge over rivalsGUN SHOW: Last year’s champ finds the guns to target and avoid After a few simpler rounds to navigate with each side playing just once, we’re back into the doubles with attention turning to the Sixers and Renegades. The Cooma Stallions have hit their straps after a grim start, producing round ranks of 154and 1,125 to now sit at a much more respectable 1,798 overall, so hopefully the rise continues this week. A shout out to Mujeeb Ur Rahman who went bonkers with 5/15 to significantly aid that jump up the leaderboard. Sign up to SC Playbook for our premium SuperCoach Big Bash content for stacks of extra articles every round in the 2020/21 season. #Cricket – Mujeeb Ur Rahman, #Afghanistan’s cricket star has claimed maiden five-wicket haul for Brisbane Heat in Big Bash League (BBL) history on Wednesday. It is the first time Mujeeb has taken five wickets in an innings in a T20I match. pic.twitter.com/H0JggzDU3O— TOLOnews (@TOLOnews) December 30, 2020 There’s potential showers for the opening game of the round which features the Renegades, so watch the weather very closely leading into the open ball. If it’s ominous looking than we could be forced to rethink our trades and target Sixers over Gades, but the weather doesn’t look too bad at this stage so hopefully we’ll be okay. Here’s the Final Word ahead of Round 6, starting at 7.15PM on Friday. Embed from Getty ImagesWEATHER WATCH All weather is courtesy of the Bureau of Meteorology as of Saturday, 12PM. All times are in AEDT. Forecasts are subject to change. FRIDAY 7:15PM: Renegades v Thunder, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast Forecast: Shower or two, 27 degrees, 70% chance of rain, becoming less likely this evening. SATURDAY 5.05PM: Hurricanes v Stars, Blundstone Arena, Hobart Forecast: Partly cloudy, 23 degrees, 10% chance of 0-0.4mm of rain. 8:15PM: Heat v Sixers, The Gabba, Brisbane Forecast: Possible shower, 29 degrees, 40% chance of 0-2mm of rain. Watch live international cricket, soccer and EVERY game of the NBA season through Bet365, along with over 200,000 sporting events each year and the best odds in sport and racing, including fantasy sport betting! SUNDAY 4:05PM: Scorchers v Renegades, Optus Stadium, Perth Forecast: Mostly sunny, 33 degrees, 0% chance of rain. 7:15PM: Strikers v Sixers, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast Forecast: Possible shower, 28 degrees, 40% chance of 0-2mm of rain. LOOKING AHEAD As mentioned above, the Sixers and Renegades are on the double game week in Round 6 making them the obvious targets. Ideally you probably want six or seven players from these two sides if you can squeeze that many in depending on how you’ve traded in recent weeks. There are no more byes to come this season, while next round has no double game teams. Round 8 however has the Heat and Thunder on the double, so try to avoid trading out those players this week. Embed from Getty ImagesSUPER PODS Each week one of our contributors will provide a full analysis on the point of difference (POD) players to consider. In the Final Word, we’ll look at the super POD options, 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, Dawid Malan went fairly with 54 points, Adam Milne was less impressive with 36, while Mujeeb featured in the article prior and delivered with 158 points this round. Mujeeb remains at just 3.7% ownership at the time of writing and has an upcoming double for the Heat and will soar in price by a projected $30k this week, so it may well be worth going early on him. Lewis Gregory The Englishman has featured prominently in two games thus far for the Heat, scoring 104 SuperCoach points on debut. In the opening game he took 3/22 from fours overs, but was far more expensive from three overs in his most recent outing. He batted at number five and six in the two games, scoring 1 and 29. A class player batting high in the order, taking wickets and bowling big overs is a huge play at just 2.5% ownership with a looming double game week. He’s expensive at $188k, but he’s expensive for good reason. Sandeep Lamichhane Lamichhane is out of quarantine and is expected to play for the Hurricanes in Round 6. He averaged 48.3 points last season with two SuperCoach centuries to his name, while in eight games the season prior he averaged 61.4 points with a top score of 155. We’ve seen time and time again how effective spinners can be in the Big Bash, and Lamichhane can have similar success to the likes of Mujeeb and Khan, despite being a step below in class. At 2.1% ownership and priced at an affordable $138k he’s not a bad flyer to help make a rapid jump up the ranks. Embed from Getty ImagesTRADES/SKIPPERS After much deliberation I ended up trading in Aaron Finch and James Vince as my first two trades. After a bit of a concern, Finch is expected to be available for the Gades second game in Perth despite quarantine concerns. Vince scored well early in the tournament and is a POD on the double and at under $100k he’s affordable at the top of the Sixers order. I couldn’t squeeze in Kane Richardson which is a worry, but after an ordinary opening game it’s looking okay. Play for monster jackpots with Draftstars Big Bash – it’s fantasy sport betting for as little as 50c per contest! My final trade was Dan Christian who has been on fire this season. I’m concerned about his fluctuating overs and batting opportunities a touch, but surely in the form he’s in he gets decent opportunity across two games. With the Renegades playing game one I put the vice-captaincy on Nabi who is in loophole territory, but the rain on the Gold Coast cost him an over or two which makes it a risk. I’ll likely just stick with Dan Christian as skipper at this stage.