It’s always great fun putting your team together for the start of a KFC SuperCoach season.
My focus turned very quickly to the teams who had two games in Round 1 – the Sixers and the Heat.
While the Heat has the bye in Round 2, I couldn’t help myself with Chris Lynn. The shackles are off, having handed over the captaincy, and I think he’s in for a big year.
With no byes in sight, it’s a free for all with the Sixers in my mind.
For now, I’m entrusting my old mate Dan Christian, young gun Josh Philippe and the ever-reliable Dan Hughes to get Fergie’s Bombers off to a flyer.
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I also looked ahead to the Stars double game in Round 3 and loaded up on the big guns. I’m backing skipper Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis to make it rain sixes and have an impact with the ball.
Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja and Ashton Agar are absolute bargains in my eyes. All will play major roles for their teams and are far too cheap to pass up, while also keeping my side balanced.
Here is the first draft of Fergie’s Bombers for KFC SuperCoach BBL this summer.
Josh Philippe (Sydney Sixers) $177,300 WKP-BAT
Seb Gotch (Melbourne Stars) $62,500 WKP-BAT
As mentioned, with the double-game to start, and no bye for the entire tournament, I’m backing Philippe in to hit the ground running in BBL11 after finishing as the third-highest KFC SuperCoach scorer last year. He’s currently the most-popular player in the game and rightly so.
Glenn Maxwell (Melbourne Stars) $195,500 BAT-BWL
Chris Lynn (Brisbane Heat) $172,500 BAT
Tim David (Hobart Hurricanes) $113,800 BAT
Shaun Marsh (Melbourne Renagades) $106,000 BAT
Usman Khawaja (Sydney Thunder) $93,300 BAT
Daniel Hughes (Sydney Sixers) $78,300 BAT
Aaron Finch (Melbourne Renagades) $62,500 BAT
Lynn is my only Heat player – I don’t want to leave myself exposed in Round 2. But I also don’t want to be exposed without him in a double-game round. Khawaja is a lock if he’s in the Thunder line-up in the opening round, as is Finch, who I’m tipping to bounce back, at that price. But David is the one for me. He’s really impressed me with his power hitting and, with a big BBL campaign under his belt last year, and then some overseas experience, the 25-year-old is in for a big summer. And there’s plenty of value at $113k, especially given he’s been putting a lot of work into his bowling, too.
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Rashid Khan (Adelaide Strikers) $198,700 BWL
Dan Christian (Sydney Sixers) $184,700 BWL-BAT
Marcus Stoinis (Melbourne Stars) $163,200 BWL-BAT
Mitch Marsh (Perth Scorchers) $132,700 BWL-BAT
Sandeep Lamichhane (Hobart Hurricanes) $103,500 BWL
Ashton Agar (Perth Scorchers) $89,700 BWL-BAT
Joel Paris (Hobart Hurricanes) $62,500 BWL
Khan, Stoinis and Marsh just about pick themselves, while I’m expecting Christian to hold his form, despite the return of English star Tom Curran, who I just can’t squeeze in yet, either.
Daniel Sams is right in the mix, too, given what he’s done in the BBL recently and the chance he might get even more opportunity with bat in an inexperienced Thunder middle-order.
But there’s plenty of time for tinkering.