We’re living life by the three S’s in round 9: Scorchers, Strikers and Stars.
Just like the high scoring round 1, three teams are on the double in round 9 with the Scorchers, Strikers and Stars all playing twice.
Considering this trio do not have a blank for the rest of the season, it is wise to load up — especially on the Scorchers, who have another double in round 12.
Coaches who had stacked their sides with Sydney Sixers for the round 8 double can use their three trades — or four if you still have a trade boost — to get as many double-game players as possible.
Unfortunately, popular pick Jhye Richardson is set to be sidelined until around the finals after succumbing to a hamstring injury.
But there are still more options than you can poke a stick at.
We have outlined 11 targets to consider for your side.
Tye is among the leading wicket-takers yet again and managed to score 38 points – his lowest score of the season – without claiming a scalp against the Thunder. His high floor makes him a very safe option for the double and we know he can go big.
Inglis hasn’t fallen below 26 points this season and was the topscoring keeper in the first seven rounds. Half of KFC SuperCoaches already own him and he looks a must for round 9 – and he may be shifted up the order with the departures of opener Faf du Plessis and Adam Lyth.
Agar has a three day turnaround from the Australia-South Africa Test to the Scorchers’ first match of round 9 at the Gabba, but he will be high on the radar if he is in their squad. The all-rounder comes in at an affordable $138.1k and hasn’t fallen below 37 points this season.
Hardie was a surprise out with a quad injury in round 7 but should have an enhanced batting role with du Plessis and Lyth out of the Scorchers line-up. Hardie bowled his full four overs in round 6 and don’t be surprised to see the power hitter elevated up the batting order. But will the inclusion of Englishman David Payne and return of quick Lance Morris hurt his chances with the ball?
Others to consider: Jason Behrendorff, David Payne, Steve Eskinazi, Lance Morris
With the way Head has been striking the ball, make him your No. 1 priority for round 8 if he is named in the squad for their clash with the Renegades – three days after the Sydney Test is scheduled to finish. Head comes in at a discounted $125k after barely playing last year and with Rashid Khan gone, he should be asked to roll the arm over.
If Head if your No. 1 priority, make Carey No.2. Fresh off his maiden Test century, Carey will likely open the batting for the Strikers as he has done in the past and take the gloves. Like Short, he is a tantalising price and an absolute no-brainer if he is named in the squad for the Renegades match.
Short’s dominance was on full display against the Hurricanes, clubbing his maiden century and another KFC SuperCoach ton – his fourth for the season. His prolific scoring makes him the top VC/C option for round 9, especially with favourable match-ups against the Stars and Renegades.
Lynn is set to be available for both games of the Strikers’ round 9 double with his ILT20 team the Gulf Giants starting their season on the 15th of January. Donning the golden cap for most runs from the first eight rounds, Lynn has shown tremendous consistency at No.3 for the Strikers. Lynn has gone past the elusive 20-mark in all but one match and is coming off back to back half-centuries against the Hurricanes, including a quick-fire 64 at a mind-boggling strike rate of 220. His price will skyrocket past the $170k mark after that score of 109, but at this rate he is worth every cent.
Others to consider: Colin de Grandhomme, Henry Thornton, Adam Hose
A No. 3 bat who bowls is KFC SuperCoach gold and while he was more than doubled his starting price, he shapes as a reliable option for the Stars’ double. The Stars love using his off-spin/mediums at the MCG and he plays there against the Strikers in round 9, where he will be more likely to be bowl his full complement with Boult set to depart to the ILT20 league. Webster can also be picked as a bowler after his round 5 DPP change which is an added bonus.
Wood will shoulder extra responsibility in the Stars bowling attack with Trent Boult gone, but he has outshone Boult in the bowling stakes anyway. The English international has gone large with scores of 130 from a five-wicket haul and 101 in the Stars’ round 1 double. Gets the big overs and consistently takes wickets.
Clarke scored a dazzling century in the round 1 double, which came against one of his round 9 opponents in the Hurricanes. He hasn’t gone massive since but he has registered four scores between 33 and 62. His consistency and ceiling gives him significant appeal for the double.
Others to consider: Marcus Stoinis, Nathan Coulter-Nile
Originally published as KFC SuperCoach BBL trade guide: All the players you should bring into your side