Welcome to the first BBL Fantasy Round Preview.
After all the hype, international signings and warm-up matches, BBL|06 is finally upon us with the Sydney derby to kick off proceedings on Tuesday night!
BBL|05 was a season to remember with off field controversy, a record breaking derby crowd at the MCG and the crowning of a new champion against a first time finalist. With big name imports and growing popularity, BBL|06 has the potential to raise the bar even higher as the Sydney Thunder begin their title defense.
The likes of Bredon McCullum, Sunil Narine, Keiron Pollard and Jason Roy are set to take the standard of the Big Bash to an all new level while also adding new options for our fantasy sides. Lining up against them will be champions more accustomed to the Big Bash including Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell and Kevin Pietersen.
By now your lineups should be relatively complete with plenty of players from the Sixers, Thunder and Strikers for their double game in Round 1. As always, BBL fantasy requires meticulous planning and in case you missed any of our essential articles at SuperCoach HQ please be sure to check them out before finalising your team:
For a full fixture analysis and trade guide click here.
And for a list of the predicted XI’s for each side click here.
Also be sure to check out our team-by-team previews for an in depth look at players to pick, players to watch out for and players to avoid.
Now let’s get into ROUND 1.
Double Game: Adelaide Strikers, Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder
Bye: Melbourne Stars
BBL|06 kicks off with a long opening round before the Christmas break with three teams playing twice. The Adelaide Strikers, Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder will all start with the double game round so be sure to pick plenty of players from all three teams.
However, keep in mind that the Adelaide Strikers have a bye to follow in round 2 so pick no more than three Strikers unless you have adequate bench cover.
The Strikers, Sixers and Thunder all have big name players in their ranks so expect the likes of Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Brad Haddin and Andre Russell to be very popular.
Dre Russ is coming into the tournament surrounded by controversy despite a stellar BBL|05 season, carrying his Thunder to their maiden crown. Russell is currently facing sanctions from a Jamaican anti-doping commission for failing to provide his location on three seperate occasions and is facing the possibility of a two-year ban.
The good news is that Dre Russ is set to feature in BBL|06 with the commission yet to hand down its verdict; so you can slot him into your side for his double game in round 1.
Other DGW (Double Game Week) players to consider include: Chris Jordan, Keiron Pollard, Jason Roy, Sean Abbott, Eoin Morgan and Patrick Cummins. Also note that Shane Watson will miss the first few fixtures through injury.
Other matters to keep in mind is a rolling lockout and a maximum of three trades per round, so you can edit your team right up to the first ball of every match.
The Renegades and Scorchers are next to have a double game round in Round 3 so start stacking up on Scorchers players but wait on the Renegades who have a bye in round 2 along with the Adelaide Strikers.
The best advice I can offer is to plan ahead; BBL fantasy is a game of preparation as opposed to spontaneous instinct. I wish you all the best of luck and as always; please feel free to leave any questions or comments below.