With just two rounds to go before the finals, things get a little quieter on the SuperCoach front with a rare round where all teams are playing and there are no DGWs to contend with. The Stars will close out Round 13 with a DGW against the Heat (away) and Sixers (Home) and so teams may begin jumping the gun to get some Melburnians in their squads early. The big news of the week is that Marcus Stoinis returns from the Test camp to the Stars and he’ll be a hot commodity this round. Otherwise, it leaves a week open to plenty of POD options as you can focus well and truly on matchups. This week also looks a great opportunity to make use of the Vice Captain loophole, so SuperCoaches will want to keep an eye out for some sleepers in the early games.
With 7 teams still in the hunt for a finals spot, this long and seemingly endless regular season is getting very interesting.
Saturday: Sixers v Thunder @ SCG
Sunday: Strikers v Heat @ Adelaide Oval
Sunday: Scorchers v Stars @ Optus Oval
Thursday: Hurricanes v Renegades @ Blundstone
As noted above, no DGWs for any side this round. However, to close out the regular season in Round 13, the Stars will have two games while the Renegades will have a bye week to rest up before their finals run. Bear in mind that you will have UNLIMITED TRADES over the finals period, so you are free to load up on as many Stars as you can handle in the last round knowing that you can completely revamp your side the next week!
Sixers v Thunder
The Sixers have been huge this last month, making it 3 wins on the trot after last round adding another dent into the finals hopes of last year’s winners the Strikers. Their performances have been built around one or two individuals stepping up to the plate every week. Steve O’Keefe (BWL – $139,000) has been a surprisingly solid option all year, averaging at over 60, while Tom Curran (BAT/BWL – $185,200), Ben Dwarshuis (BWL – $115,000), Josh Philippe (WKP/BAT – $133,000), Moises Henriques (BAT/BWL – $90,200) and Sean Abbott (BWL – $177,000) have all chimed in with huge games when needed. It makes them a formidable side to face but also a tricky one to nail down from a SuperCoach perspective. Those same guys listed above have gone through peaks and troughs all year, and that makes it a little risky to target them as trade options this week.
The Thunder will see this game as a must-win and this can only be a good thing for the likes of veterans Callum Ferguson (BAT – $163,700), Chris Jordan (BWL – $121,900) and Shane Watson (BAT/BWL $130,900) as they look to drag their side into the final 4. Watson in particular looks an interesting option, with a 3RA of just 8 seeing his price drop to a very handy $131k. It was only a few weeks ago that this guy was knocking out a couple of 100 point games for fun.
POD: Ben Dwarshuis. Pretty much the definition of chasing last week’s points, I know. But, how can you look past this guy after taking 3/7 from 4 overs against a pretty decent batting lineup? He is priced very well for a player who can make that sort of impact, and with a similar performance against another batting side that can struggle at the start of their innings, he could be a magic POD for you this round. He also plays the Stars next week, the same team he scored 133 against earlier in the year.
Strikers v Heat
Two of the more disappointing sides in the BBL this season face off in their penultimate game of the year with confidence a little higher after last-start wins for both. SuperCoaches who bought into the likes of Alex Carey (WKP/BAT – $127,900), Jake Weatherald (BAT – $95,700), Chris Lynn (BAT – $115,300), Ben Cutting (BAT/BWL – $148,900) and Josh Lalor (BWL – $167,700) will be hoping that they can bang out one final big score after all returned a mixed bag in their DGW last round.
The Strikers will close out the regular season with two games at Adelaide Oval, where they have scored 150+ in each of their home games this year. It paints a brighter picture if you have a few of their batsmen still sitting in your side, while it seems like Rashid Khan (BWL – $164,800) has to lead from the front with the ball for the rest of their bowlers to chime in. He bounced back to form a little bit in his last match with 67 points against a strong Hurricanes lineup, so signs look okay after a rare slump for him. It looks a terrific matchup with Chris Lynn if they face off, with both holding the key for their sides in this one.
Peter Siddle (BWL – $157,500) returns to the Strikers lineup for this one, replacing the disappointing Billy Stanlake in the squad.
POD: This one’s a little left-field, but dual wicketkeeper/batsman Harry Neilsen ($42,000) could be a good option for a few reasons. He’s bottom-dollar in a week where cash will be hard to come by for those bringing back Marcus Stoinis. But, crucially, he offers a VC loophole option in a position (wicketkeeper) where it is essentially a free hit. He’s been named in the squad of 13 for Sunday’s game but is very unlikely to make it given he’s acting as substitute for Alex Carey. If you can swap the likes of Ben Dunk, Alex Carey or Matt Wade out of your keeper spot and into your batting lineup, bringing Neilsen in will mean you can throw the VC on a Sixers or Thunders player in the first game for a free hit here. If they go well, move Neilsen into the starting lineup, stick the C on him and presto, you’ve successfully loopholed. Works 60% of the time, every time.
Scorchers v Stars
The big question for SuperCoaches leading up to this game was obviously whether the incomparable Marcus Stoinis (BAT/BWL – $329,600) would suit up in green this week after missing out on Test cap honours in Canberra. Word out of the Stars camp is that he will travel to his home ground in WA to play which means that we are all suddenly scrambling to fit this ridiculously-priced behemoth into our sides. One thing’s for sure – you need to do it this week because his BE is still negative!
Dwayne Bravo (BAT/BWL – $183,000) looks like a top pick this week with a breakeven of 19 heading into next week meaning that a big performance here might make it very tough to find room for him for his DGW next round. Against a brittle Scorchers batting lineup, their bowlers will be all the rage, and offer some value this week at mid-price range heading into next week. There are a couple of cheapie options floating in the side – Evan Gulbis (BAT/BWL – $71,100) who has played all 11 games for the Stars this year, and Tom O’Connell (BWL – $42,600), but there seems to be too much star power around them to be of much value.
The Scorchers, meanwhile, are losing value left, right and centre and many SuperCoaches will see this week as a chance to offload them after disappointing returns in their last DGW and some truly awful scores from their batsmen in recent times. I don’t mind holding onto Shaun Marsh (BAT – $126,800) who has failed twice in a row now with scores of just 0 and 2, but his class factor means he’s due a much better return this week.
POD: Jackson Bird (BWL – $114,100). Bird doesn’t come in with the star power of some of his teammates, but poses a very interesting option this round against a Scorchers top order that has found early runs hard to come by and has crumbled plenty of times this season. He will almost certainly keep it tight at the start of the innings and with a bit of luck, can pick up a wicket or two (if Stoinis lets him).
Hurricanes v Renegades
The Hurricanes return to Fortress Blundstone for their final home game of the regular season and will be itching to make the most of the short boundaries and beautiful batting deck once more. Hobart has been the home of some massive Hurricanes totals this year, led formidably by D’Arcy Short (BAT/BWL – $244,900) and Matt Wade (WKP/BAT – $188,000) at the top. Their bowlers have also made it even easier for them, with Jofra Archer (BAT/BWL – $124,800) having a late-season surge and James Faulkner (BAT/BWL – $151,700) continuing to pick up wickets at great economy rates. Caleb Jewell (BAT – $68,900) emerged as a massive POD for the 3,000 SuperCoaches that picked him up last round for a total of 111 and took plenty of points away from the more-fancied Ben McDermott (WKP/BAT – $93,200). A lot of these Hurricanes will be in your squad already after last week, so a home game here makes it an easy sell/hold decision (the latter, obviously). You will have to consider weighing this matchup with the 2nd-placed Renegades with some of the other games this round when making captain decisions. The Stars have a much easier assignment (on paper) against the woeful Scorchers.
This will be the Renegades’ final game of the year, and with only a matchup against the class of Hobart at home ahead of them and the bye in the final round, it means that their players become a little unfashionable. Kane Richardson (BWL – $225,800) is surely the one that got away for many SuperCoaches this season, after last week completing his 5th game in a row of a 95+ score. Simply phenomenal! He’ll be a massive play in the finals series, as will Cameron Boyce (BWL – $166,400). Boyce’s incredible performance with bat and ball last week on his way to 165 points was the second highest return of the round. Amazing for a non-DGW player! His breakeven sits at a massive -72, and he’ll be nudging $200k by the time the finals series starts with another big performance here. It gets very tough against a batting side who will fancy their chances taking the leggie on, but that could spark a couple of hit-out wickets at the death.
POD: Hard to find a POD here with the high ownership of many Hurricanes players and the bye week for the Renegades proving them to be a tough sell, but if you can afford him, Cameron Boyce is set to make a stack of money this week and provide you with a cash injection for the final regular season round next week when there’ll be plenty of high-priced Melbourne Stars to get in. Tough to expect him to go as big as he did last round with a batting performance that came out of nowhere, but a tidy 50 or so will do the trick here.
Buys of the Week
- Marcus Stoinis
- Dwayne Bravo
- Jackson Bird
- Ben Dwarshuis
- Harry Neilsen (VC Loophole option)
- Cameron Boyce
Buys of Next Week:
It’s all the Stars next week as SuperCoaches can take a free hit at the DGW. Trades are unlimited from next week as we move into the finals series for both SuperCoach and the BBL. With a couple of games against the lowly Heat (Gabba) and the Sixers (MCG) – who haven’t travelled for weeks – there’ll be a sea of green in teams next week.