As expected, Round 3 was a rude awakening for many coaches as popular picks and star performers from round 1 brought us crashing back down to earth. Not one coach in the whole competition was able to crack the 1000 barrier this week, although a select few got mighty close.
Round 2 consisted of just three matches following the Christmas break with byes to the Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades.
In Hobart on Monday, the Stars kicked off their BBL|06 campaign with a win over the in-form Hurricanes. Major talking points out of that game include a second 100+ score for Tim Paine and the dominance of Glenn Maxwell. Tim Paine has now risen over $90K, unless you have a large sum of cash in the bank; wait until the Canes DGW to consider bringing him in.
Round 1 hero D’Arcy Short fustrated many with a solitary ONE to back up his explosive introduction to the BBL. I was unlucky enough to play Short at the expense of AJ Tye who was demoted to the bench; cost me 94 points.
On Tuesday the Scorchers were handed their first loss of BBL|06 at the hands of the Sydney Sixers. Many popular picks had a disappointing game with David Willey, Shaun Marsh, Moises Henriques and Brad Haddin all contributing very little.
Former Proteas captain Johan Botha won man of the match honours and would be another player to monitor closely in the coming weeks, although his consistency is a major weakness.
The final game of the round saw the Thunder slump to three straight losses by handing the Heat victory on a plate as a result of horrible catching. The likes of Watson and Russell dropped relatively straight forward chances no doubt infuriating many fantasy coaches nationwide.
Chris Lynn took man of the match honours with a brilliant innings of 85 carrying the Heat across the line. Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins and Samuel Badree also justified their fantasy relevance with above par returns for the day.
Round 3 Preview
Double: Melbourne Renegades, Perth Scorchers
Round 3 will be welcomed with opened arms after a low scoring week for many. There are no byes and two DGW teams so expect a return to scores similar to Round 1.
With your three trades this week, there is no priority trade due to byes so you are free to bring in Renegades and Scorchers as you please. Unfortunately both DGW teams play each other tonight eliminating the chance of loop-holing the captaincy choice (unless you are game enough to chuck the C on an option who only plays once).
The likes of Dwayne Bravo, Aaron Finch and David Willey will certainly be very popular, although all three will come with a large price tag attached. If Round 1 taught us anything, it was that DGW teams pay dividends when selected in large numbers. However, remember that everyone will have the same plan as you, so aim to give yourself a point of difference whether it be by leaving out a popular DGW selection or through your captaincy choice.
Those with Mitchell Johnson would have been frustrated with his omission for the trip to Sydney but he is in the squad to face the Renegades tonight. As Johnson doesn’t play international or state level cricket, he will be managed with more care than other bowlers and such omissions should be expected.
As for owners of Jason Roy, the English opener was a late withdrawal on Tuesday due to a back spasm and will most likely have recovered by the New Year’s Eve clash at the Adelaide Oval; monitor the Adelaide Strikers squad announcement and injury updates closely and have adequate bench cover.
Round 3 will also see the return of popular fantasy batsman Kevin Pietersen who is available for the Melbourne derby after spending Christmas with his family. Adelaide Strikers players will also return following the bye and will be eager to avenge a disappointing opening round which yielded two losses for last season’s minor premiers.