We are currently in uncertain times with players missing with COVID, forcing the postponement of games, and that makes planning trades a lot tougher.
Looking ahead to Round 8, the Stars have the double game week (DGW) but there’s uncertainty surrounding which players will play or if their games will go ahead, so monitor that situation closely.
For now I’ll assume these guys are playing until further information is revealed.
UPDATE: Squad for Stars clash with Scorchers below
Glenn Maxwell is a superstar of this format. His 56.5 average this season is possibly a little misleading as he has struggled more than that with that average being inflated by a 237 in his round 3 DGW. Outside of that round he hasn’t scored over 35 in his other four rounds.
His role still remains strong however while batting and bowling and it is only a matter of time until he goes big again.
Don’t be off put by his very high breakeven as he still remains a good trade in option who can score well and is a captaincy option.
He averages 48 against the Scorchers and 47.8 against the Renegades along with 64.2 at the MCG. Their other game is at Junction Oval which will be a bit of an unknown, especially with how the pitch plays.
Adam Zampa (Zampa ruled out) has been uncharacteristically poor for Supercoach this season averaging just 24.8 this year which is a far cry from his previous four seasons averaging 54.3, 64.3, 49.3, 47.8 in that time.
Law of averages suggests he will return to form soon and was coming into the BBL in great form at the T20 World Cup.
He only has three wickets at an economy of 8.4 in five games this tournament, but you would have to think those numbers improve soon and the wickets come.
He averages best against the Renegades with 65.1 and he only has two games of data on the Supercoach site against the Scorchers, so it’s unknown what his true average is there. He averages 63.9 at the MCG.
Brody Couch has been a surpise packet this season and continues to perform. He has taken at least one wicket in every game and has 10 wickets for the tournament as well as being given the responsibility to bowl some tough overs.
He’s averaging 46.8 this season and there’s no reason that won’t continue. He looks a solid trade in option at a reasonable price with a low breakeven still, so hopefully he continues to make cash.
Marcus Stoinis (Stoinis ruled out) has never been this cheap at just $81.9k and he is averaging only 13 which is crazy for an absolute gun player. He has to be considered at his price with what we know he’s capable of.
He still isn’t bowling but he may return to the bowling crease soon, regardless, he’s still a very capable batsman. He’s simply too good to not bounce back soon.
He averages 50.6 against the Scorchers and 94.6 against the Renegades with 75.6 at the MCG, however bowling points would be inflating these numbers a little but it does show the potential he has.
Joe Clarke struggled to get going early and was averaging 13.5 after four games, but now he has adjusted to the conditions here and has put together two good scores of 72 and 120 leading into his DGW.
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His WKP status is also handy if you also have guys like Wade or McDermott to be to rotated to WKP and potentially hold the Hurricanes players through their bye.
He has a career T20 strike rate of 154 with an average of 27 which is pretty good numbers. He’s only $109k with a big negative BE, he’s an option to strongly consider.
Haris Rauf deserves a mention. He averaged 74.4 in his debut BBL season two seasons ago, which included four scores over 100 in his 10 games. If he can replicate these numbers he could be a great option and has arguably only improved since then.
He could be a potential POD given this will be his first game this season. He bowls fast with good variations and he bowls at important times. With Andre Russell gone and Nathan Coulter-Nile under an injury cloud, more responsibility will fall to Rauf. He’s definitely one to consider.