The days are getting longer, the nights hotter and the barbies more frequent. It’s BBL time again, with the fifth edition of the tournament kicking off on December 17 with a Sydney derby.
First thing’s first, our fantasy game has been relocated to the safe hands of Virtual Sports (the same team who run SuperCoach and Real Dream Team). It’s a good move and means Cricket Australia don’t have to organise their own fantasy platform. VS have immediately thrown their own spin on the game, with the all-rounders becoming the ultimate DPPs.
All all-rounders in BBL|05 will be selectable in either the batsmen or bowlers category, as opposed to having their own category as they have in the past.
This certainly adds a new aspect to consider when putting your side together and trying to find that balance.
I’m looking forward to using the all-rounders as bye coverage as they can now swap with a fellow all-rounder at the other end of the order.
It just seems weird having Watto in the bottom five…
As always, the BBL fixture provides double weeks and byes almost every ‘round’. It’s almost as if the fixture makers don’t even consider the fantasy coaches! However, for smart coaches this situation can become a real advantage.
Round 1 (5 Matches) – Stars, Sixers, Thunder play twice. Scorchers have a bye.
Round 2 (3 Matches) – Thunder and Stars have a bye.
Round 3 (4 Matches) – Heat play twice. Renegades have a bye.
Round 4 (5 Matches) – Renegades, Scorchers, Sixers play twice. Heat have a bye.
Round 5 (3 Matches) – Stars, Sixers have a bye.
Round 6 (4 Matches) – Stars play twice. Sixers have a bye.
Round 7 (4 Matches) – Hurricanes play twice. Stars have a bye.
Round 8 (4 Matches) – Stars play twice. Hurricanes have a bye.
With three trades per round to use or lose, it makes sense to load up on Sydney Sixers players with a double week to start. Be careful with the Stars and Thunder because of their impending bye immediately following.
The rest I’ll let you work out for yourself, but the anomalies of the bye certainly help in deciding whom to trade in that round.
As the season progresses and more information becomes available, we’ll keep updating the player availability so who know which of your players will play and who won’t.
Internationals available entire tournament:
Kumar Sangarakkara, Jacques Kallis, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell, Chris Gayle, Kevin Pietersen, Johan Botha, Darren Sammy, Michael Lumb, Michael Carberry, Samuel Badree, Luke Wright
Brendon McCullum, David Willey, Adil Rashid