The next double in KFC SuperCoach is fast approaching and that means you’ll need to load up your squad with players from two clubs – and there’s no shortage of mid-season bargains.
Just like the holiday season, KFC SuperCoach BBL is moving fast.
As of New Year’s Eve, three rounds of the season – Rounds 6 through 8 – are packed into nine days, and forward thinking will be key to ensuring your squad comes out on top.
Luckily, there aren’t too many doubles and empty 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 rounds of play separate the best from the rest with no jail cards, just good old fashioned 1v1.
Here are the best options for this mid-season.
Matt Short (Forward) BAT-BWL
Nearly 5000 KFC SuperCoaches traded Short ahead of his bye in Round 5 and many will plan to trade him right back in Rounds 6-8.
If you don’t get him back, that’s a big risk. Short, who often opens the batting and bowling, has amassed single-round scores of 119 and 102, which puts him squarely in the frame for the Round 7 captain’s honors when all teams play once. When he didn’t score runs, Short Wickets won on the power play, the latter result being a result of his 3-14 from three overs. The Strikers also play twice in Round 9, meaning you can afford to hold him the whole time. His price rise was stopped by a score of 19 in Round 6, but he’s still a great option and would have doubled his score against the Stars had he thrown a third over.
Nathan Ellis (Hurricanes) Business Administration
Well done if you jumped on the Hobart speedster before round 6. Ellis was the only Hobart bowler to succeed at Albury as the Thuder notched one of the greatest scores in BBL history. 4-37 might look expensive, but Ellis was the only Hurricanes bowler to concede less than 10 an over during a tackle by Alex Hales and Ollie Davies. He broke even in Round 6 with a score of 105, but Round 7 still offers a chance to snag him at a reduced price. He’s one you don’t want to miss.
Joel Paris (Hurricanes) Business Administration
The left-arm swift was one of the form bowlers in Australia en route to the BBL but has not yet been able to repeat his red ball efforts for the Hurricanes. Hobart’s pace trio isn’t really stretched yet, but Riley Meredith and Ellis have both recovered in the last couple of laps. Could Paris be next? After scoring just seven points against the Thunder, he’s still cheap enough to be your emergency bench hole and give you some insight into his performance. A smoky for a strong round 8, just needs some luck.
Matthew Wade (Hurricanes) WKP-BAT
The Australian T20 glover’s price is rising – and fast – after he scored 112 KFC SuperCoach points as he hit 67 from 30 balls in Round 6 as he batted against The Thunder in 3rd place. It could be a case of now or never before Round 7 if you want to double Wade on your team in Round 8. He’s so destructive that if Hobart plays twice it would be a huge risk to play without him. While some other Hurricanes options are still available at very affordable prices, Wade is nowhere near his starting price of around $120,000, but a player of his class is well worth finding the extra bench.
Daniel Sams (Donner) BAT Business Administration
Sydney Thunder all-rounder Sams has been one of the most reliable KFC SuperCoach selections of the last three seasons – at least until Round 6. But it’s worth writing off the Albury game where he only knocked over one. Sams opened BBL12 with points of 66, 62 (when his team was routed for 15), 80, 38 and 59. Last summer he only scored less than 41 twice last summer, an indication of his quality and consistency in the KFC SuperCoach. Sams has more talent with the racquet than he has displayed so far in this tournament, amassing 191 runs with a batting average of 161 last season. The sacking of fast colleague Fazalhaq Farooqi and a recent injury to Gurinder Sandhu nearly killed him guaranteed in the overs where the most KFC SuperCoach points are scored. A must for Round 7 and a leading contender for captaincy along with Short, who even scored a point.
Hayden Kerr (Sixers) BAT Business Administration
He won’t come cheap, but Kerr seems to be a must-have for KFC SuperCoach teams. The Sydney Sixers seamer was the second-best 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 30 not-outs (20). This coupled with his consistent scalp and great bowling role has made him a reliable option for the singles games and a real captain’s choice for the round 8 double.
Its cap makes it a good option for turn 7 before playing twice in turn 8.
Josh Philippe (Sixers) WKP-BAT
Most KFC SuperCoaches would already have Philippe on their team after he was a popular trade-in prior to the Sixers’ Round 5 double. But if you haven’t snagged it before, it should still be worth the investment. A modest start to the season saw his price drop, but he’s returned to his form in recent games with shots of 43 and 55 in two of his last three innings. His prize has started going north again, and considering he’s playing four games between rounds 6-8 and popular, don’t miss that.
Sean Abbott (Sixers) Business Administration
Like Philippe, Abbott is still an underrated option and worth picking up if you missed him in Round 5. He had $165,000 after being rested by the Sixers’ double in Game 2 in Round 5, a decision that boosted the hopes of KFC SuperCoach teams without the Sydney talisman. Abbott has had four solid results but is still down more than $40,000 from a high of $209,000. He rebounded in Round 5 against the Renegades before having a game free.
Paddy Dooley (Hurricanes) Business Administration
If we write off the Albury game for Sams, then it’s only fair that we do the same for Dooley. Dooley had hit less than seven runs per over in BBL12 and sacked nine wickets before being one of the bowlers at the end of an Alex Hales batting on a small bottom. The round 8 double of canes adds to the appeal, but it’s worth waiting until then as its price is likely to drop now.
Riley Meredith (Hurricanes) Business Administration
For those already eyeing the Round 8 double, the Hobart Hurricanes are playing twice in one round for the first time in BBL12. Because of this, starting now to add Hurricanes to your team can give you an edge. Meredith’s value soars after a score of 108 KFC SuperCoach points as he beat the Renegades 3-12 in Round 4 of four overs. This increased its price by about $5,000, but the biggest increase will come in the next few rounds. If you want Meredith for Round 8, it’s a good idea to jump in now and save yourself some cash.
D’Arcy Short (Hurricanes) BAT-BWL
Maybe we’re being a little nostalgic here, but a KFC SuperCoach favorite at a price point not seen since 2016-17 seems too good to be true. Short hasn’t come anywhere near the highs he produced in 2019-20 when his KFC SuperCoach award eclipsed $300,000. That’s partly because they don’t bowl (Shadab Khan and Paddy Dooley handled the spin-overs). Short averaged just 37 runs last year and his batting average has dropped to 113. And while he hasn’t rediscovered top gear in BBL12 yet, with a looming double in Round 8 he could be a cheaper option to put one step ahead of other coaches to be. He should be popular in Round 8 doubles anyway and could rack up a few overs when Shadab Khan is away on international duties.
Joel Davies (Donner) BAT Business Administration
The younger brother of hard-hitting batsman Ollie Davies was part of the Sydney Thunder squad after Christmas. With a starting price of $42,000, Davies presents a great mid-season downgrade and was tipped to appear during the home race for the Thunder. At the U19 National Carnival he scored 50, 68, 55, 185 (from 124 balls) and 100 points to help NSW Metro win the title. He also took wickets over four games and bowled with his left arm orthodox. If you thought Ollie was a talent, maybe his younger brother is even better. He’s a player that KFC SuperCoach teams will be talking about for years to come, not just in BBL12. At worst, he becomes a gap option that could get a game or two when you need it most during the home run.
Originally published as KFC SuperCoach BBL Trade Guide: Best Targets for Round 7-8
https://www.codesports.com.au/cricket/bbl/supercoach-news/kfc-supercoach-bbl-trade-guide-best-targets-for-round-68/news-story/01937bdd9dedfd26b9e05fee0d0231f9?nk=741a4bd08e782aa7bec918f3480fb82c-1672545966 SuperCoach BBL Trade Guide: Best Targets for Round 7-8