Picking your squad for the Sharksworld Currie Cup Fantasy League is going to present some pretty interesting challenges.
One of the biggest, though, is deciding how many (if any) players you will pick that are currently on Springbok duty.
All of the Currie Cup teams are likely to be severely depleted for the opening rounds of the competition, with players unavailable through selection for the SA, Emerging Bok and SA u20 sides. Expect a number of up and coming fringe players to get some game time in these early rounds. The question is, should you pick these players into your squad, knowing that you will need to stick with them throughout the 16-week competition?
Obviously the temptation will be huge to pick a few “bankers”, players like Bryan Habana who you know are going to score tries by the bucketload. Problem is, anyone who stands a good chance of being in the Boks squad for the Tri-Nations is unlikely to play any Currie Cup rugby until September at the earliest. Should their teams make the semis and final, that does leave you with a good 5-6 rounds in which those players can hopefully score you big points; it’s a big gamble to take, though.
What you ideally want to look at for the bulk of your team is players who are unlikely to figure in the Bok reckoning, but are also likely to keep their Currie Cup spots once the Boks come back.
Needless to say, you would want to slant your team towards players whose teams are likely to win games and definitely towards those teams who you feel will make the semis and the final, to ensure maximum points from the knockout rounds of the competition.
Some fascinating challenges ahead. Remember to check out the player list and get those teams in, via email, before midday on Friday 20 June.Tweet