Fantasy Big Bash League – Top Picks and Sleepers for SuperCoach BBL (2021-22)

| November 30, 2021 7:30 am PST

Are you ready for another season of SuperCoach BBL?

The 2021-22 Big Bash League season gets underway on Sunday, December 5. That means it’s time to create your fantasy Big Bash team – if you haven’t already!

In this post, I go over all the best SuperCoach BBL picks for the 2021-22 campaign. I cover the top players to target in each department, looking at the best batters, bowlers, and wicketkeepers.

Not only do I discuss all the popular Big Bash fantasy players, but I also dive deeper and analyze some underpriced sleepers that have the potential to take your team to the next level.

But before we get to the top picks for SuperCoach BBL 2021-22, let’s start with the basics.

How to Play SuperCoach BBL – Rules and Key Info

Before we go through the top BBL fantasy picks for the upcoming season, make sure that you familiarize yourself with the SuperCoach rules.

Of course, choosing the right players is vital. But if you aren’t up to scratch with the rules, you will struggle to get the best out of your team.

Here are seven key points to consider.
1. Each team gets a $2,000,000 budget at the start of the season.
2. You must select 16 players – 7 batters, 7 bowlers, and 2 wicketkeepers.
3. All-rounders (players listed as BAT-BWL) can be chosen as batters or bowlers.
4. Wicketkeepers listed as WKP-BAT are also dual position.
5. Select a captain and vice-captain. Your captain scores double points.
6. Coaches can make three player trades per round.
7. The season consists of 17 rounds – 13 regular-season rounds and four finals rounds.

With a $2 million salary cap, you must choose seven batters, seven bowlers, and two wicketkeepers. Two batters, two bowlers, and one wicketkeeper are bench players.

It is important to remember that your captain’s points are doubled each round. If your captain doesn’t play, your vice-captain steps in to claim the double points.

You can make three trades per round. When the tournament enters the final, however, you can make unlimited trades.

Let’s take a quick look at the points system before getting stuck into the best SuperCoach BBL players for 2021-22.

SuperCoach BBL Points System

So, how do you actually score points in SuperCoach BBL?

Batters, bowlers, and fielders can earn points for your team in various different ways. Basic points are awarded for runs, wickets, catches. But there are plenty of bonus points up for grabs, too.

Batting Points System

  • 1 Run = 1 point
  • Half-Century = 10 points
  • Century = 20 points
  • Duck = –2 points

Batters earn one point for every run they score. They also collect ten points for 50 runs and 20 points for a century. If your batter is dismissed without scoring, they take a –2 hit.

Batter can earn points based upon their strike rate, too.

BATTING BONUS POINTS
Requirement Points
160+ strike rate 25
150 – 159.99 strike rate 20
140 – 149.99 strike rate 15
130 – 139.99 strike rate 10
120 – 129.99 strike rate 5

The higher the strike rate, the more points you get. However, strike rate points are applicable only if a batter scores 20+ runs in a match.

Bowling Points System

  • 1 Wicket = 20 points
  • 3-Wicket Haul = 10 points
  • Maiden Over = 15 points
  • Dot Ball = 1 point
  • Extra Bowled = –1

Wickets are extremely precious in SuperCoach BBL. Bowlers earn 20 points per wicket and get an extra ten points if they claim three or more wickets in a match.

Maidens can also significantly enhance your overall score. If a player bowls an over without conceding a run, they pick up 15 points for their troubles.

BATTING BONUS POINTS
Requirement Points
4 – economy rate 25
4.01 – 5 economy rate 20
5.01 – 6 economy rate 15
6.01 – 7 economy rate 10
7.01 – 8 economy rate 5
11+ economy rate -6

Just like batters, bowlers get bonus points for their economy rate. Economy rate points are applicable only if a bowler bowls at least three overs in a match.

Fielding Points System

  • 1 Catch = 10 points
  • Affecting a Run-Out = 20 points
  • Stumping = 15 points

Last but not least, fielding points are awarded in three ways.

Players earn ten points for a catch and 20 points for affecting a run-out. On top of that, wicketkeepers pick up 20 points per stumping.

Best Batters for SuperCoach BBL 2021-22

Dan Christian (Sydney Sixers) was the highest-scoring batter in SuperCoach last season. The all-rounder amassed a huge 946 points, although a large portion of his overall tally was made up of bowling points.

It’s always a good idea to select batters that can also bowl. That said, a number of the top SuperCoach picks below are out-and-out big hitters!

Top 10 SuperCoach BBL Batters

  • Josh Philippe (Sydney Sixers) – $177,300
  • Glenn Maxwell (Melbourne Stars) – $195,500
  • Chris Lynn (Brisbane Heat) – $172,500
  • Marcus Stoinis (Melbourne Stars) – $163,200
  • Aaron Finch (Melbourne Renegades) – $62,500
  • Alex Hales (Sydney Thunder) – $183,900
  • Colin Munro (Perth Scorchers) – $135,300
  • D’Arcy Short (Hobart Hurricanes) – $179,600
  • Matthew Wade (Hobart Hurricanes) – $145,800
  • Dan Christian (Sydney Sixers) – $184,700

Having been named Player of the Tournament last season, Josh Philippe (Sydney Sixers) is a must-have pick for the upcoming campaign.

The wicketkeeper finished third on the overall points leaderboard in BBL 10. He also scored the third-most runs last term, finishing behind Alex Hales (Sydney Thunder) and James Vince (Sydney Sixers).

TOP RUN-SCORERS – BBL 10
Player Team Runs
Alex Hales Sydney Thunder 543
James Vince Sydney Sixers 537
Josh Philippe Sydney Sixers 508
Chris Lynn Brisbane Heat 458
Colin Munro Perth Scorchers 443

Chris Lynn (Brisbane Heat) is the leading run-scorer in the history of the Big Bash League. For that reason, you would be foolish to write him off – despite his iffy form last season.

As one of the greatest BBL players of all time, Aaron Finch (Melbourne Renegades) is an absolute bargain at $62,500. Only Lynn has scored more runs than Finch in the history of the competition.

Glenn Maxwell (Melbourne Stars) is another essential pick. “Maxi” is a serious threat with both bat and ball, meaning he can rack up plenty of points at a rapid rate.

I also really like the look of D’Arcy Short (Hobart Hurricanes). Priced at $179,600, he isn’t the cheapest option. But he has the ability to both score runs and take wickets.

All the players above are popular picks. If you’re looking for cheaper options that have the potential to earn lots of points, check out my five sleepers below.

SuperCoach BBL Batters – 5 Sleepers to Consider

  • Mackenzie Harvey (Melbourne Renegades) – $97,800
  • Matthew Renshaw (Adelaide Strikers) – $67,400
  • Oliver Davies (Sydney Thunder) – $74,200
  • Jake Fraser-McGurk (Melbourne Renegades) – $65,000
  • Ashton Turner (Perth Scorchers) – $84,700

Mackenzie Harvey (Melbourne Renegades) and Jake Fraser-McGurk (Melbourne Renegades) are both among the best young cricketers in Australia right now.

Priced at $97,800 and $65,000, respectively, Harvey and Fraser-McGurk are perfect options if you need to fit one or two budget batters into you squad.

Oliver Davies (Sydney Thunder) established himself as one of the top young players in the Big Bash League last season. I expect him to continue his rise to prominence in BBL 11.

I mean, any player that can hit five straight sixes must be worth considering for SuperCoach, right?

Matthew Renshaw (Adelaide Strikers) and Ashton Turner (Perth Scorchers) are also excellent sub-$100,000 picks.

Top Bowlers for SuperCoach BBL 2021-22

It’s time to look at the best SuperCoach BBL bowlers to target this season.

Remarkably, four bowlers smashed the 800-point barrier in BBL 10. If you are serious about succeeding in BBL fantasy, you need to get your bowler picks spot on.

SuperCoach BBL Bowlers – Top 10 Picks

  • Jhye Richardson (Perth Scorchers) – $201,200
  • Mark Steketee (Brisbane Heat) – $153,000
  • Ben Dwarshuis (Sydney Sixers) – $ 181,700
  • Rashid Khan (Adelaide Strikers) – $198,700
  • Daniel Sams (Sydney Thunder) – $203,700
  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Brisbane Heat) – $208,200
  • Tom Curran (Sydney Sixers) – $201,000
  • Nathan Coulter-Nile (Melbourne Stars) – $189,800
  • Sean Abbott (Sydney Sixers) – $169,500
  • Adam Zampa (Melbourne Stars) – $169,500

Jhye Richardson (Perth Scorchers) was the only player to pick up 1,000+ SuperCoach points last season. The paceman put himself among the BBL 10 stat leaders by clinching the Golden Arm.

Ben Dwarshuis (Sydney Sixers) and Mark Steketee (Brisbane Heat) both claimed 24 scalps last season, so I had to include them among my top bowler picks.

TOP WICKET-TAKERS – BBL 10
Player Team Wickets
Jhye Richardson Perth Scorchers 29
Ben Dwarshuis Sydney Sixers 24
Mark Steketee Brisbane Heat 24
Wes Agar Adelaide Strikers 22
Tanveer Sangha Perth Scorchers 21

In my eyes, Rashid Khan (Adelaide Strikers) is a no-brainer pick. The Afghanistan international is undoubtedly one of the best T20 bowlers on the planet, and he is also pretty useful with the ball.

Let’s not forget that bowlers don’t just score points for wickets, though. The bonus economy points can make all the difference when it comes to getting the better of your rivals.

BEST ECONOMY RATES (30+ OVERS) – BBL 10
Player Team Economy Rate
Mujeeb Ur Rahman Brisbane Heat 6.26
Rashid Khan Adelaide Strikers 6.87
Steve O’Keefe Sydney Sixers 6.93
Jason Behrendorff Perth Scorchers 7.03
Imad Wasim Melbourne Renegades 7.15

At $208,200, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Brisbane Heat) is the second-costliest player in the game. But if you can squeeze him into your team, he won’t let you down.

Not only did Mujeeb boast the best economy rate in the comp last season, but he also picked up an impressive 14 wickets.

Let’s look at some SuperCoach sleepers to consider in the bowling department.

5 Underpriced Bowlers in SuperCoach BBL

  • Zahir Khan (Melbourne Renegades) – $95,300
  • Ashton Agar (Perth Scorchers) – $89,700
  • Sandeep Lamichhane (Hobart Hurricanes) – $103,500
  • Llyod Pope (Sydney Sixers) – $73,900
  • Xavier Bartlett (Brisbane Heat) – $97,900

As you can see, Sandeep Lamichhane (Hobart Hurricanes) is the only player priced above $100,000 in this section. Still, I think the Nepalese spinner is great value for money.

The 21-year-old made a name for himself with the Stars before joining the Hurricanes. His tricky variations can bamboozle even the best T20 batters in the world.

Although Gregg Shippherd’s squad is stacked with top players, Lloyd Pope (Sydney Sixers) is a great budget option. The young spinner should be given more game time after showing plenty of promise last season.

I’m also backing Xavier Bartlett (Brisbane Heat) to enjoy another stellar campaign. At just $97,900, the young paceman is a good option if you’re looking for a cheap bowler to bolster your squad.

Wicketkeepers

While there are 81 batters and 86 bowlers in SuperCoach BBL, there are only 16 wicketkeepers to choose from.

Philippe is undoubtedly the most popular wicketkeeper pick. At the time of writing, he is owned by 60% of SuperCoach players. That’s because he is one of the best batters in the game, too.

Sebastian Gotch (Melbourne Stars) and James Peirson (Brisbane Heat) are also popular picks. As it stands, they are owned by 28% and 24% of players, respectively.

Here are the top ten wicketkeepers from last season, based upon SuperCoach points.

HIGHEST-SCORING WICKETKEEPERS LAST SEASON
Player Team Current Value SuperCoach Points
Josh Philippe Sydney Sixers $177,300 908
Josh Inglis Perth Scorchers $133,800 728
Alex Carey Adelaide Strikers $163,400 680
Ben McDermott Hobart Hurricanes $163,200 627
Sam Harper Melbourne Renegades $127,400 571
James Peirson Brisbane Heat $89,800 489
Sam Billings Sydney Thunder $136,300 480
Peter Handscomb Hobart Hurricanes $81,200 338
Cameron Bancroft Perth Scorchers $92,200 236
Matthew Wade Hobart Hurricanes $145,800 140

In all honesty, I’m surprised that Josh Inglis (Perth Scorchers) isn’t priced higher. Not only did he claim 11 catches and two stumpings last term, but he also smashed 413 runs at a strike rate of 140.00.

If you’re looking for a wicketkeeper below $100,000, Peter Handscomb (Hobart Hurricanes) and Cameron Bancroft (Perth Scorchers) are definitely worth considering.

Here are the other six wicketkeepers in the game, along with their prices.

  • Sebastian Gotch (Melbourne Stars) – $62,500
  • Joe Clarke (Melbourne Stars) – $112,500
  • Harry Nielsen (Adelaide Strikers) – $76,200
  • Baxter Holt (Sydney Thunder) – $62,500
  • Ben Duckett (Brisbane Heat) – $125,000
  • Matthew Gilkes (Sydney Thunder) – $62,500

It goes without saying that Philippe is THE premium wicketkeeper to own. As far as backup ‘keepers go, Gotch and Peirson offer excellent value.

Are You Ready for SuperCoach BBL 2021-22?

The new Big Bash season gets underway on Sunday, December 5. That means you only have a matter of days to create your fantasy BBL team.

With almost 200 players to choose from, assembling your squad is no easy task. Hopefully, my SuperCoach BBL picks will help you to put the finishing touches to your team.

Make sure you keep up to dates with all the latest Big Bash League content in our cricket blog.

We will also share predictions and betting tips for all the big BBL 11 games in the cricket picks section of our site, so make sure you keep an eye out for that.

In the meantime, check out the following posts to get you in the mood for the return of the Big Bash League.

Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

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