We’ve arrived at Round 5 of the SuperCoach Big Bash season, running across the busy Christmas period.
Fortunately it’s also the first round of the season where there are no teams on the double game week or on the bye.
Hopefully this means we should have fairly close to full squads to choose from.
It’s also imperative that we take the opportunity to initiate the vice-captain and auto-emergency loopholes.
This means picking a VC in an early game in the round, and if that player goes large, e.g. Rashid Khan, you can put your captaincy on a non-active player in Round 5, therefore getting double for Khan’s score.
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Ditto for the auto-emergency, place it on a player who plays early in the round, e.g. Matt Short, and if he scores well you can put a non-active player into your starting team in the same position.
If Short scores poorly, you simply put an active player into your squad and take their score.
There’s rain around Sydney for the Thunder v Sixers clash on Sunday, so if you intend on bringing in players from those sides, try to do so as late as possible and monitor the forecast over the weekend.
After a poor decision to skipper Tymal Mills over Mitch Marsh, The Cooma Stallions dropped to 610th place overall.
All weather is courtesy of the Bureau of Meteorology as of Wednesday, 12.15PM. All times are in AEDT. Forecasts are subject to change.
7:15PM: Strikers v Heat, Adelaide Oval
Forecast: Sunny, 29 degrees, 0% chance of rain.
Verdict: All clear
3.30PM: Hurricanes v Stars, Blundstone Arena, Hobart
Forecast: Partly cloudy, 24 degrees, 10% chance of any rain.
Verdict: Looking clear.
6:05PM: Thunder v Sixers, Sydney Showground
Forecast: Showers increasing, 27 degrees, 80% chance of 3-10mm of rain, possible thunderstorm in the morning.
Verdict: Big watch on the updating forecast over the weekend. Proceed with caution in recruiting Thunder and Sixers players, make trades as late as possible. Assess back up plans if you need to bench any players, although it may be difficult late in the round.
9:15PM: Scorchers v Renegades, Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
Forecast: Partly cloudy, 20 degrees, 5% chance of any rain.
There’s no teams on the double or the bye this week, what a nice change!
Round 6 though will see the Hurricanes and Heat on the double, so factor these players into your trades.
I’ll likely use at least two of my three trades on their players, however popular options such as D’Arcy Short and Matty Wade have high breakevens which isn’t ideal, so it may be worth waiting on those guys.
The Heat’s line-up is also fairly unpredictable, so I’d be waiting on most of their contingent too.
Round 7 will see another week with no sides on the bye or double game week, so we have a pretty clear run upcoming.
The Stars then have the Round 8 double, so if you can hold their players it’s advised.
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.
Last week, Liam Guthrie was a late scratching from the Heat game (updated pre-game and noted in article), while Ben McDermott flopped with 8 points.
We get two genuine cracks at nailing a skipper as noted above in the intro.
This will likely mean your vice-captain will have to come from the first two games, being the Strikers v Heat and Hurricanes v Stars.
The question then begs, what score does it take to loop your vice-captain?
It’ll be fairly circumstantial and everyone has a different opinion, but provided there’s no concerns around weather (which there is in the Sydney clash) or other issues, I’m happy to take anything around 65-70.
In prior years this would have been higher, but we’ve seen plenty of big name SuperCoach players struggle this season, alongside varying roles.
Popular options have question marks around them.
Will D’Arcy Short and Glenn Maxwell bowl? Can Dan Sams rediscover his groove? Is Josh Philippe due for a failure? Etc…