Expert Q&A: Who are the must-haves, must-avoids, bargains, PODs & rookies?
As we all build and prepare our SuperCoach teams for BBL|10 there’s inevitably a bunch of burning questions we’re all asking ourselves, so Honeyball thought it’d be wise to assemble a crack team of experts to tackle them.
Namely who are the must-haves, the must-avoids (traps), the bargains, the PODs and the rookies.
After a ring-around, we landed an Expert Panel featuring SuperCoach BBL|09 winner Thommo Aitken and runner-up Mathew Broom, four-time SuperCoach BBL top 10 finisher Damion Maher, SuperCoach lover and BBL|09 54th rank Em Challis and Fantasy Sports guru Lachie Hunter, who was 23rd in SuperCoach BBL|09.
HB: Who are the must-avoids (traps)?
Damion: Moises Henriques ($100k BAT/BWL). Every year people pick him because they “think” this is the year he will bowls. In 21.6% of teams, it’s an easy pass for me.
Also Ben McDermott ($89k WKP/BAT). I think he is one of the most over-rated batsmen in the BBL. People seem to get caught up in that one big innings where he scored 159 SuperCoach points. He’s in nearly 18% of teams. Unless he moves to bat at three, it’s an easy pass of me.
Em: Billy Stanlake ($75k BWL), he’s in 24% of teams. I think he is in real risk of the new sub-rule. Last year he played 11 games for four wickets, with an economy rate over 10 a game. Also Rashid Khan ($192k BWL) at $192k with 26% ownership and not playing Round 1 is too much money on the bench in my opinion.
Lachie: Tough question because BBL is very much a momentum game. The players I say here could easily come into my team if they start well. I’m avoiding Ben Cutting ($153k BWL/BAT) initially due to being unsure about his role at the Thunder. Doesn’t sound like Mitch Marsh ($164k BAT/BWL) will be bowling so I’ll be avoiding him as well.
Mathew: Daniel Sams ($196K BAT/BWL) for me. At $196k he is too expensive to start with especially when trying to fit in other more important players. Probably at his peak price and likely loses cash to start with. I can’t see him getting a whopping 30 wickets again without a similar run of luck and whilst there’s improvement in his batting, he bats too low to make any meaningful runs usually and therefore points for SuperCoach. In his few games in the IPL this year he scored zero runs and took zero wickets at an economy of 9.5. Not exactly the form you want to see leading into the BBL at his price.
Thommo: Not a must-avoid but I’m seeing a lot of people picking Chris Lynn ($131k BAT). I’m not writing him off at this stage but he’s getting on in his career and he’s not as good as he was quite a few years back now. I’m not saying no and if the Heat had a double week you’d think hard about him but I’m not as keen on him as others. His average last year wasn’t as bad as I thought but he’s a bit like the Heat, very inconsistent. You’ve got to sit through a lot of average performances before that one fantastic performances.
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