BBL Fantasy 2014/15 – Trade Period 2

Despite Christmas rudely getting in the way of round 2 of the BBL, it is now completed and there are a lot of lessons to take out of the round.

Sideways trades based off one game are not smart!

Put your hand up if you traded in Kallis and/or Hussey this round. Now, this is quite hypocritical of me because I also brought in Hussey this week for Brad Hodge. But it shows that it is incredibly risky to trade out a player without a legitimate reason to do so. Hodge went on to score a decent 42 and Hussey was removed for a poor 17. Now, this isn’t to say that Hussey won’t average more than Hodge over the course of the tournament but it highlights the fact that you have to be incredibly sure of yourself if you’re trading out players.

In saying that, you have three trades per round and 21 in total. You’re allowed to take risks and able to correct mistakes. Just don’t fall into the habit of chasing scores.

Get in before the prices change:

With the exception of the undefeated Sydney Sixers players who have played three games, the remaining teams (except Brisbane) will change price this round after playing three games. This means that it is your last chance to downgrade to a Marcus Harris or a Callum Ferguson before their price rises. I recommend using this week to make some cash. If you’ve got an underperforming player, downgrade them and save the money for use in later rounds. There are no byes this week so you can afford to use your trades with a more long term mindset.

Marcus Harris, Callum Ferguson, Ashton Turner, Andrew McDonald, Joe Mennie, Adam Zampa, Jordan Silk, Aiden Blizzard – there are plenty of options to downgrade to.

Looking to round 3:

Pick players who are in form. For example, don’t bench Nic Maddinson and play someone like Adam Voges just because the latter is more expensive. Having said that, don’t bench someone like Aaron Finch, if this is the round he gets going, you don’t want that score on your bench.

Without byes, this round is going to be far more even. If you’ve managed your team well, this should be the round where you climb up in the rankings.

Look for the Sydney Thunder batsmen to score big this week. If the Melbourne Renegades bowling attack doesn’t include any of Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Jayde Herrick or Nathan Rimmington again, they’re in a lot of trouble.

Nic’s Captains:

This round will be the trickiest to pick a captain. Every team plays once this round which means you can’t just set it on your best double game player. This means you have to take into account things like home ground advantage, the opposition and the form of the player.

My top 5 for this round:

  1. Michael Hussey – The Renegades bowling attack isn’t potent enough for mine to stop Mr Cricket from dominating and Etihad Stadium is small enough to allow for plenty of boundaries.
  2. Luke Wright – Once again, I don’t think the Brisbane Heat have the firepower to stop the Stars batsmen and Wright is probably the safest bet out of them.
  3. Dwayne Bravo – With his time in the BBL running out, this could be the game where he explodes. He’s a consistent performer with bat and ball and i’d almost lock him in IF the Renegades bat first and have to set a total. He seems to play quite differently when chasing and it doesn’t make for a reliable captain.
  4. Glenn Maxwell – Probably the next best captain option after Wright from the Stars. If he bowls a few overs, that helps too.
  5. Brett Lee – He has a great record against the Scorchers and while he might not score as high as the guys above him here, he’s probably in for a 50+ score.
  6. Smokie: Moises Henriques – The Sixers captain is in great form and also has good history against the Scorchers.
  7. Smokie: Craig Simmons – We all saw what he and Tim Ludeman did in round one at the Adelaide Oval. If they can replicate that, it will be well worth the captaincy.


Good luck this round, odds are you’re probably doing better than me so don’t forget to check your teams on New Years Eve!

Nic Negrepontis

Twitter: @FeathertopDT

Byes and double games for BBL04

Byes and double games for BBL04


  • Predicted rain tonight in Brisbane. Be wary with stars and heat players

  • So play Hartley over Pierson?

    Also trades:

    Cowan to Harris
    KP to M.Hussey
    Rimmington to Sandhu


  • Who do i bench out of Finch, Maddinson, Carberry, Klinger and White?

    • On form, i’d be benching Carberry

    • Almost impossible to predict in this form of fantasy any one of them could get 0 or 60+!! I looked up Maddinson’s record and his start to the year seems more of an anomaly than the norm. he only averages 22! the 84 in rnd1 is his best score ever and has only made 3 over 50’s. I would bench him dispite his form, his history (which is about the best you can judge off) suggests he’s due for a failure.

  • Nicely written Nic. I totally agree about sideways trading.

  • Thoughts on trades please?
    1- Arafat > Dorff
    2- Hartley > Ludeman
    3- Hodge/White > MHuss OR Maddo > Harris

    Help is appreciated

    • Arafat to dorf is very sideways, perth have another double game round in a rnd 5. if you want b-dorf trade one of your other bowlers to him (preferably a 6er as they have no more double game rounds). Arafat was a gun in last years bbl n has had a couple of drop catches of him I expect him to bounce back. Hartley to ludeman looks good assuming u don’t have a dunk/paine/wade on the field already, Hodge & white are both pretty good surprised u want to trade them. however getting hussy in is never a bad thing would be much better if you could trade maddo-hussey.

  • Agree with Hussey as a great Captain choice but I am surprised that you haven’t mentioned Kallis. He also has the opportunity to take wickets, unlike Hussey.

  • Kallis and Hodge/White or Henriques and Hussey?

  • Carberry->Harris or Carberry->Klinger?

  • It’s been raining here in Brissie for 36hrs straight but it stopped a few hours ago. I’m putting my stars and heat players back on the field

    • bear in mind the outfield will be SLOW, so could be ideal for the bowlers

      • The weather is only getting better. I swapped C White back onto the pine for M Harris. But I left L Wright on field and S Abbott on the bench. Hope White doesn’t score big ha ha

  • who to downgrade to Harris out of White, Finch, Maddinson, Hales or Klinger? cheers