BBL For Beginners: Building Your Team
Building your team in SuperCoach BBL can be a daunting task, especially if you’re new to the format. There is scoring intricacies, no traditional “premium” player like there is in the AFL or NRL format, and byes and trades which need to be navigated regularly.
Once you know what you’re doing.
Arguably the hardest thing to is building your team before the first game week. Nobody can build the perfect team, not even the coach who finishes in the #1 position afterwards. They would’ve done their research like everyone else, and for lack of better term, got lucky. My point is; don’t overthink it. Your gut is more often than not smarter than your brain and your heart.
Yes, even when it tells you it likes the smell of the 2 day old Indian take away in the fridge and you’re stuck on the porcelain throne for the next 18 hours.
Anyway, moving on.
PICKING YOUR TEAM
Setting up your team is a bit like playing Snakes & Ladders.
Many things come into consideration when picking your round one team. This includes double game weeks where a team plays twice in one scoring round. So, for example, in BBL11 the Heat and the Sixers play twice in Round 1. So Heat players, and Sixers players will get a chance to score twice.
Don’t get too caught up in one round though, looking ahead Brisbane Heat then have a bye in round 2. You get 3 trades to amend this, and then get Adelaide Strikers players in, who have the double game week (DGW) in round 2.
Josh Phillipe ($177,300) is the easy decision here, but James Peirson ($89,800) at the Heat is cheap and could open up other options in other positions. Peirson is also in form recently hitting 42 runs from 27 balls. Josh Inglis ($133,800) at the Scorchers has the Round 4 DGW and can fly under the radar as a reliable option, especially when he’s batting in the top order. Alex Carey ($163,400) at the Strikers is always a good option but is every chance to be missing for national duties, another thing you have to monitor throughout the season.
The safe play would be to go for Josh Phillipe, but the smokey option is Josh Inglis.
Batters are hard to sell, especially when they’re at a high price. Their scoring can be so volatile. They could score you 80, or 8. To ensure you get the best possible score, you’d also need to be fairly confident that your batter either bowls as well, as an allrounder, and/or bats fairly high in the order.
For the Heat’s DGW Chris Lynn ($172,500) is the obvious choice, but you’d want to get rid of him straight away afterwards. You probably wouldn’t start him if it wasn’t for the Brisbane Heat’s DGW in round 1. Daniel Hughes ($78,300) is grossly underpriced given what he can produce, especially considering the Sixers DGW in the first week. Moises Henriques ($171,800) is BAT only but can bowl, and would be worth his high price tag if he’s not selected for national duties. Other players worth considering if not selected for national duties include Travis Head ($151,200), Matthew Wade ($145,800) and Usman Khawaja ($93,300). Other good BAT only options are Alex Hales ($183,900), who had a great BBL10 and plays for Sydney Thunder who don’t have a bye at all throughout the season, and Tim David ($113,800) who crossed from Perth to Hobart ahead of BBL10 and had a breakout campaign.
Before I forget, you also have the likes of Stars big hitters Marcus Stoinis ($163,200) and Glenn Maxwell ($195,500) who are more batters than bowlers but are more than capable of taking a wicket or two on their day as well as hitting 50 off 30. There are so many options, it’s hard to talk about everyone. I’ve even almost failed to mention Mitch Marsh ($132,700) who sits in a similar boat to Stoinis and Maxwell.
Matthew Renshaw ($67,400) and Aaron Finch ($62,500) are also far too cheap to ignore. They are gifts this year for BBL11 thanks to less than spectacular BBL10 seasons.
The obvious one here is Mujeeb Ur Rahman ($208,200) for the Heat, but is his price too high? He hasn’t had seasons like BBL10 in the past and could be what makes or breaks your team from the beginning. English import Tom Curran ($201,000) is another who has the DGW in round 1 with the Sixers, he’s likely to be more prominent as a bowler than a batter but can be explosive whatever he’s doing. Rashid Khan ($198,700) is a must-start when he faces the Renegades in Round 1 at Marvel Stadium, and then has the double in Round 2. Daniel Sams ($203,700) is a no brainer, but only if he fits into your starting structure. He can be traded in later, but definitely have him in your plans.
You then have your cheaper options like Lance Morris ($62,500) who crossed from Stars to the Scorchers, and also Joel Paris ($62,500) who crossed from the Scorchers to the Hurricanes and is every chance to take over the duties that James Faulkner left behind.
Andrew Tye ($133,800) deserves serious consideration, while Cameron Boyce ($106,000) returns for the Renegades after sitting out last season.
National duties will shape a lot of options for us because you’d pick Sean Abbott ($169,500) in a heartbeat if he was bound to play, but if not then that makes Ben Dwarshuis ($181,700) the next most attractive Sixers bowler. Ashton Agar ($89,800) at his price is a steal too if he’s not representing Australia at all.