Just like the holiday season, KFC SuperCoach BBL moves fast.
Starting on New Year’s Eve, three rounds of the season – round 6 to 8 – have been jam-packed into nine days, and thinking ahead will be crucial in ensuring your side gets the edge.
Fortunately, there aren’t too many doubles and blank rounds to worry about.
All teams play once in round 6 and round 7, while the Sydney Sixers and Hobart Hurricanes both play twice in round 8.
These single game rounds separate the best from the rest with no get out of jail cards, just good old fashioned 1v1.
Here are the best options for this middle stretch of the season.
Matt Short (Strikers) $235,800 BAT-BWL
Short has his first failure of the season against the Stars, scoring just 19 points, but it’s a huge risk not having him in your team. Often opening the batting and the bowling, Short has amassed single-round scores of 119 and 102, which puts him right in the frame for captaincy honours when all teams play once. If he hasn’t been scoring runs, Short’s been taking wickets in the power play, with the latter score a result of his 3-14 from three overs. The Strikers also play twice in round 9 which means you can afford to hold him all the way through. His price rise has been halted but he’s still a great option and would have doubled his score against the Stars if he bowled a third over.
Nathan Ellis (Hurricanes) $108,900 BWL
Well done if you jumped on the Hobart speedster before round 6. Ellis was the only Hobart bowler who prospered in Albury as the Thunder amassed one of the biggest scores in BBL history. Figures of 4-37 might look expensive, but Ellis was the only Hurricanes bowler to concede less than 10 an over during an Alex Hales and Ollie Davies onslaught. He exceeded his Break Even in round 6 with a score of 105, but round 7 still presents a chance to grab him at a discount price. He’s one you don’t want to miss out on for the Hurricanes double.
Joel Paris (Hurricanes) $68,400 BWL
The big left-arm quick was one of the form bowlers in Australia heading into the BBL but so far hasn’t been able to replicate his red-ball efforts for the Hurricanes. Hobart’s pace trio really hasn’t hit its straps yet but Riley Meredith and Ellis have both bounced back in recent rounds. Could Paris be next? After a score of only seven points against the Thunder, he’s still cheap enough to be your bench emergency loophole, giving you a look at how he performs. A smoky for a strong round 8, just needs a bit of luck.
Matthew Wade (Hurricanes) $174,600 WKP-BAT
The Aussie T20 gloveman’s price is on the rise – and fast – after posting 112 KFC SuperCoach points when he scored 67 from 30 balls batting at No.3 against the Thunder in round 6. It might be a case of now or never ahead of round 7 if you want Wade in your team for the round 8 double. He’s so destructive it would be a big risk to go without him when Hobart plays twice. While some other Hurricanes options are still at very affordable prices, Wade is nowhere near his starting quote of about $120k, but a player of his class is worth finding the extra bank for.
Daniel Sams (Thunder) $184,800 BAT-BWL
Sydney Thunder all-rounder Sams has been one of the most reliable KFC SuperCoach selections of the past three seasons – until round 6 at least. But it’s worth writing off that Albury game where he bowled only one over. Sams opened BBL12 with scores of 66, 62 (when his team was routed for 15), 80, 38 and 59. Last summer, he scored less than 41 points only twice, an indication of his quality and consistency in KFC SuperCoach. Sams has more talent with the bat than he has shown so far this tournament, amassing 191 runs at a strike rate of 161 last season. The sacking of fellow quick Fazalhaq Farooqi and a recent injury to Gurinder Sandhu have all but guaranteed him the death overs where most KFC SuperCoach points are scored. A must-have for round 7 and along with Short a leading captaincy contender, even coming off a score of one point.
Hayden Kerr (Sixers) $186,700 BAT-BWL
He won’t come cheap, but Kerr looks a must-have for KFC SuperCoach sides. The Sydney Sixers seamer was the second-leading wicket taker in the BBL last season and has added quickfire batting at the death to his repertoire, highlighted by knocks of 42 (34 balls) and 27 (15) against the heat in round 6. Coupled with his consistent scalps and a great bowling role, this has made him a reliable option for the single games and a genuine captaincy pick for the Sixers’ round 8 double. His ceiling makes him a good option for round 7 too.
Josh Philippe (Sixers) $134,200 WKP-BAT
Most KFC SuperCoaches would already have Philippe in their team after he was a popular trade-in before the Sixers’ round 5 double. But if you didn’t nab him before then, then now is a great time to snap him up at a big discount. A modest start to the season caused his price to plummet but he has returned to form in recent matches with knocks of 43 and 55 in two of his past three innings. After bottoming out at $127k his price has started heading north again and considering he plays four games between rounds 6-8 and is popular, you don’t want to miss out.
Sean Abbott (Sixers) $161,900 BWL
Like Philippe, Abbott looms as an underpriced option and is worth bringing in if you overlooked him in round 5. He was $165k after being rested from the second game of the Sixers’ round 5 double, a decision which boosted the hopes of KFC SuperCoach teams without the Sydney talisman. Abbott has produced four solid scores but still dropped by more than $40k from a peak price of $209k. He bounced back to form against the Renegades in round 5 before having a game off.
Paddy Dooley (Hurricanes) $157,400 BWL
If we’re writing off the Albury game for Sams, then it’s only fair to do the same for Dooley. Dooley had gone at less than seven runs per over in BBL12 and bagged nine wickets before he was one of the bowlers on the end of an Alex Hales battering on a small ground. The Canes’ round 8 double adds to the appeal, and after a $5k price drop following round 6 he’s not going to get a hell of a lot cheaper.
Riley Meredith (Hurricanes) $137,900 BWL
If you already have one eye on the round 8 double, you will know that Hobart Hurricanes play twice in a round for the first time in BBL12. That’s why starting to add Hurricanes to your team now can help give you an edge. Meredith’s value is on the rise after a score of 108 KFC SuperCoach points when he took 3-12 from four overs against the Renegades in round 4. That caused his price to jump by about $5k, but the biggest rise will come over the next few rounds – he has a Break Even of -5 for round 7. If you want Meredith for round 8, it’s wise to get on now and save yourself some money.
D’Arcy Short (Hurricanes) $88,100 BAT-BWL
Maybe we’re being a bit nostalgic here, but a KFC SuperCoach favourite at a price not seen since 2016-17 seems too good to be true. Short hasn’t come close to the heights he produced in 2019-20, when his KFC SuperCoach price eclipsed $300k. That is partly due to not bowling (Shadab Khan and Paddy Dooley have taken the spin overs). Short only averaged 37 runs last year and his strike rate dipped to 113. And although he hasn’t rediscovered top gear yet in BBL12, with a round 8 double looming, he could be a cheaper option you jump to get ahead of other coaches. He’s likely to be popular in the round 8 double anyway, bowled one over against the Thunder and could pick up a few more when Shadab Khan is away on international duties.
Josh Brown (Heat) $63,300 BAT
Looking for a cheap downgrade target to free up cash for other trades? Brown is your man. Unfortunately he’s not available at basement price any more after returning for his second game of the season in round 6 and smashing 62 off just 23 balls against the Sixers. And Brown – who revealed after the match he makes his own bat – he should have a safe spot in the XI at least while Matt Renshaw is on Test duties, If you want a serious POD, Brown’s teammate Nathan McSweeney ($88,800 BAT-BWL) clobbered 84 off 51 on Sunday night and features in just 0.8 per cent of teams. One word of warning – the forecast for Wednesday night when the Heat face the Sixers again in Sydney is possible storms.
Joel Davies (Thunder) $42,000 BAT-BWL
The younger brother of hard-hitting batsman Ollie Davies was a post-Christmas addition to the Sydney Thunder squad. At a starting price of $42k, Davies presents a great mid-season downgrade and has been tipped to feature for the Thunder during the run home. At the under-19 national carnival he peeled off scores of 50, 68, 55no, 185no (from 124 balls) and 100 to help NSW Metro to the title. He also took wickets across four games and bowls left-arm orthodox. If you thought Ollie was a talent, his younger brother might be even better. He’s a player KFC SuperCoach teams will be talking about for years to come, not just in BBL12. At the worst, he becomes a loophole option who might get a game or two when you most need it during the run home.
Originally published as KFC SuperCoach BBL trade guide: Best targets for round 7-8