10 commandments of SuperCoach BBL
PLAN to beat your mates in SuperCoach BBL this year? These are the 10 commandments you shall follow if you are to ascend to the top of your league.
1. BUILD YOUR BANK
The single biggest key to SuperCoach - whether it be AFL, NRL or BBL - is to buy the right cheapies early. Then as they increase in price, cheapies are upgraded to guns. Simple in theory, but much more difficult in practice.
2. WHAT'S ON THE MENU AT THE VENUE
Location can change everything in Big Bash. Be aware when selecting players, and in particular picking a captain, what ground they are playing at. If the pitch is a road, lean towards star batters, if it's offering value for bowlers, pop the armband on a bowler.
3. STRIKE RATE MATTERS FOR BATTERS
In BBL 07 Glenn Maxwell scored 299 runs in nine innings, Cameron White scored 304 runs in just eight innings - and yet despite averaging less runs per game Maxwell outscored White in SuperCoach points per game scored from batting alone.
Maxwell's strike rate in BBL 07 was 154.12, White's was 111.35 and while they hit the same number of fours (26), Maxxy struck twice as many sixes. With a point on offer for every run scored above the number of balls faced, and two points for every six struck, there's a big bonus on offer for the batsman who gets his runs in a hurry.
4. ANALYSE THE DRAW FOR DOUBLE CHANCES AND ABSENCES
Pay close attention to the fixture list as on some weeks teams play twice and on others they have a bye. This year the competition runs over 15 rounds (13 rounds of the regular season and 2 rounds of finals) featuring 4-5 matches per round. When a player's team plays two matches in a round he scores points in both matches (provided he plays). However, note that when a player's team is on a bye they will not score.
With just three trades available each round you'll want to be cautious of investing in players who play twice in one round and then don't the next. The most striking example of this comes in the first three rounds with the Brisbane Heat playing twice in round one and then on a bye in rounds two AND three. The Strikers play twice in round two and then have a bye in round three. If you load up on Heat and Strikers players early you'll get off to a great start but suffer badly in round three.
5. NOTE THE NEW POSITION RULES
It's going to be easier to maintain a starting 11 this year with the revised team structure. This year SuperCoaches get $2 million salary cap and you need to pick 16 players with 7 batsmen, 2 wicket keepers and 7 bowlers. All-rounders are dual-position and selectable as either batsmen or bowlers. All wicket keepers are dual position players selectable as batsmen or wicket keepers.
6. SOMETIMES RELIABLE BEATS SEXY
Sure, you want as many superstars as you can afford, but don't discount the value of a couple of mid-rangers who play every match in the season and help fill out your roster. As an example look at the performance of Jake Weatherald of the Strikers last season. Weatherald finished with 383 runs (302 balls) at an average of 31.92 with 35 fours and 19 sixes. Averaging 53.42 SuperCoach PPG Weatherald still finished in the top 10 for total points over the season despite having the lowest average of any player in that range.
7. CAPTAINCY MATTERS
With double points on offer for your captain it's wise to invest in at least two quality players who can be relied upon to put up solid scores more often than not. Players such as Alex Carey or Matt Wade score points for runs along and points for their work as wicketkeepers. All-rounders like Ashton Agar and Dwayne Bravo both finished in the top 10 averages for BBL 07 thanks to their ability to pick up points in multiple categories.
8. INTERNATIONAL DUTIES
Throughout the tournament there will be many high-profile SuperCoach players dropping in and out of squads due to international commitments. For many stars their national selection will be a formality, however the decision on BBL guns such Andrew Tye and Alex Carey will be uncertain throughout the competition. Be aware of this when dishing out the big bucks.
9. PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RETURNS
D'Arcy Short was the best scoring SuperCoach player (batting only) in last season's Big Bash. Short scored a massive 572 runs at an average of 57.2 RPG at a strike rate of 148.57 - his batting alone was worth 78.55 PPG. Short then didn't exactly flop in the IPL - but his 115 runs off 99 balls at an average of 16.42 RPG is a fair step down on his BBL form.
10. SUPERCOACH HAS NO LOYALTY
While it is always tempting to pick players from your favourite team, it won't work. Like the real Big Bash, SuperCoach is a business and won't reward loyalty. So if Shane Watson is taking wickets and posting big scores, get him in!
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