Expert Panel: Safe captain, uniques, How to handle the one-game SuperCoach BBL rounds

The SuperCoach BBL season is coming to a close but the final three rounds represent a totally different ball game with one-game rounds, meaning no more looping and a limited pool of players.

In some ways, all the fundamental principles you may have held to form your team selection throughout the previous 14 rounds will be challenged by the unique scenario.

So Honeyball decided to chat to assemble an Expert Panel to discuss how to tackle the one-game rounds, with three guys who’ve got a proven successful track record at this time of the season.

We spoke to BBL|09 Fantasy winner Kyle Robson, who is a 29-year-old lawyer from Sydney, SuperCoach guru Aaron ‘Azza’ Jewell, who is a 32-year-old Melbourne-based Events Manager (currently ranked 505th) and SuperCoach BBL|09 winner Thommo Aitken.

HB: How do you play the one-game rounds?

Kyle: 1. Play the percentages. Don’t pick speculator picks from the middle order. Top four batters or bowlers who get their full overs.

2. Think about how your opposing players will work for/against each other in the actual game. For example say the Scorchers and Sixers play each other in the Final. You want to lock in Behrendorff because he is in form. The Dorff usually bowls 3-4 overs up front, so if you are betting on him to take a few wickets then it would be betting against yourself to pick two or three batters from the Sixers top four.

3. Generally the scoring has been favouring the bowlers so squeeze as many as you can into your team as they are less likely to completely fail. Guys like Michael Neser and Daniel Christian are my top picks for that reason because you can fit them in your batting line-up and still fit another five bowlers in.

Thommo: You still want guns. You don’t want to get too funky. Don’t pick someone to be different unless you have good reasoning. Safe captain choice for me.

Azza: I’m tackling the one-game BBL rounds the same way that I would tackle any other round. Target the premium players (Daniel Sams, Jhye Richardson, Sean Abbott etc), and target those players that are in form (Marnus Labuschagne, Ben Dwarshuis, Jason Behrendorff).

Of course, the biggest change that we have in one-game rounds is that we can’t loop players. As a result, those 50-50 calls become a little more challenging, but I’d be recommending coaches play the percentages and back themselves in.

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