AFL SuperCoach offseason is actually the worst. While many of us will devote the newfound hours to “work” or “spending time with the family”, the fantasy tragics among us (all of us) need something to give us that sweet, sweet fantasy nectar that is yelling at the TV, checking the live scores every 15 minutes, and, of course, rage trading.
SuperCoach BBL gives us an avenue to all these things and there’s not much bloody else on the telly at this time of year. It’s much more manageable too, with less players and a more transparent scoring system, there is no such thing as “1%’ers” and “metres gained” to worry about, so why not give it a crack?
Like that rash that just won’t go away, there are god damn freakin byes in the BBL that ruin everything as we all know byes can. However, the silver lining here is that there are double game weeks (dgw). Even better, a player from a double game week will have both of his scores count towards your weekly score. There are charts on the interwebs and Twitter that break down when these byes and dgw’s are, so make sure you’re up to speed on who has what and when.
BBL Player Breakdown – The 200k Club
Before we jump into player-by-player analysis, a quick word on these guys. When it comes to AFL SuperCoach if you pay top dollar there’s a certain expectation that they’re gonna smash it every time they take the field (looking at you, Jeremy Cameron) When it comes to BBL, no batter is immune to a good delivery and no bowler is going to take 2-3+ wickets in every game. I’m not saying avoid this group all together, but you can limit a possible failure by selecting all-rounders, if they fail with the bat they can still pick up points with the ball and visa versa. I’d also entertain these picks if you’re a bit uncertain on players at the lower end. Nothing wrong with picking the stud and forgetting about it.
So without further ado, here is my take on your rolled gold 200k+ premo’s for this year.
Marcus Stoinis | Melbourne Stars (MS) | 278,900
D’Arcy Short | Hobart Hurricanes (HH) | 262,800
I’ll put these two together as stuffing both into your starting side is going to leave you short elsewhere. Never mind that these two don’t have dgw’s straight away, they are capable of delivering three figure scores with ease. Both are all-rounders and in Short’s case, he is a monty to open the batting for the ‘Canes. Stoinis’ role is not as clear cut, he should open but the Stars could experiment with a mix of Maddison, Maxwell, and Dunk. This could see him coming in as late as 5.
Hobart currently only have a single recognised spinner in their ranks (Qais Ahmed), so Short’s leggies will take on more importance. He can get tonked a bit but when he lands them he’s handy with the ball. Stoinis, too, will have plenty of responsibility with the ball. Although with Steyn and Coulter-Nile joining in the off-season, he may be asked to keep things tight in the middle overs rather than opening and closing the innings.
AB de Villiers | Brisbane Heat (BH) | 225,000
Steve Smith | Sydney Sixers (SS) | 225,000
You can worry about how the hell to fit both these guys in later in the tournament. AB will debut in round 9. Smith could debut in the penultimate round v the Heat, four days after the ODI series v India wraps up.
Kane Richardson | Melbourne Renegades (MR) | 214,300
Pricy for a bowler-only but Kane both opens the bowling and will be trusted to bowl at the death when the opposition is looking to go the tonk. His economy bonus is going to take a hit more often than not but he’s always a chance for a wicket. Will bat 10 or 11 so if the returns aren’t there with the ball you can’t rely on him getting a bat to save the day. For mine, not at that price.
Tom Curran | SS | 210,000
Of the 200k plus players this is the guy that you want in your team round 1. Will bowl his 4 overs and even though he may bat down the order, he’ll often get promoted late in games to clear the boundary. Sixers also have two double game weeks in the opening three rounds. Don’t sleep on this guy.
Rashid Khan | Adelaide Strikers (AS) | 203,300
Adelaide have a bye in week 1 and that’s too much coin to be sitting on your bench for a week. Adelaide do, however, have doubles in round 3 and round 4 so worry about getting him in then. He combines wickets with control and is fun to watch having a bat when he gets the chance.
Josh Lalor | BH | 201,900
For mine he’s in the same boat as as Richardson. Heat’s pace bowling stocks aren’t great but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll get wickets, also offers little with the bat. Heat do have a round 1 double but I reckon you can spend your money better elsewhere.
What do you reckon, community? Which, if any, of the 200k club will you be selecting?
I’ll be back in a day or two with a rundown of the guys between 150-200k.
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