So, if you listened to my advice to stock up on double gamers…you probably ended up somewhere in the middle of the pack, unless you had the foresight to ignore my advice on Abby Wambach (played one game and killed it) and Sophie Schmidt (didn’t do much other than score, but obviously did it well). I’m currently at a rather ungainly 333 for the season and hoping to turn things around finally.
There’s double game drama again this week, but it’s hardly the most palatable situation for fantasy owners. Chicago has looked feeble offensively for much of their two games against Seattle and Portland, and the Red Stars defense showed a scary proneness to destructive mistakes against the Thorns despite defending fine over the bulk of the match. Making matters worse this weekend is the absence of Taryn Hemmings through injury. It makes a rather tenuous situation even worse for the Red Stars.
As a fantasy owner, you’ll probably want to hedge severely with Chicago, despite the double game situation. Obviously, Lori Chalupny’s a must have in the lineup. After her? Tread carefully. Especially with very favorable matchups for FC Kansas City and Portland.
Team Fantasy Rankings for Round Four:
1. FC Kansas City
4. Sky Blue FC
McLeod (CHI) – Four points in two games does not make for a pretty picture. Obviously, she’ll be worth the gamble with just one clean sheet win, but it’s hard to trust her right now, despite the double game status.
Quon (CHI) – You’re basically gambling on whether the league tracks crosses this round, enabling them to be included in this round’s stats. She had four in round one but just one last week, so it’s still not a sure bet. Clean sheets would obviously help, but if you’re gambling on someone from this defense, she might be the best option.
Vandenbergh (CHI) – Other Red Star full-back no slouch either and had three crosses in round one and two (uncounted) last week. Still rate Quon as the better option though, and I wouldn’t fancy including two Chicago defenders in my lineup.
Fowlkes (CHI) – Might be in line for a start at center-back with Hemmings out. Decent Hail Mary option with her goalscoring ability if you go all in on double gamers in defense.
Moscato (CHI) – Pretty much guaranteed a starting spot, but not a fantasy factor unless club keeps clean sheets.
Chalupny (CHI) – Wasn’t up to much last weekend but still managed 5.50 points. Has two opportunities this week against some defenses that have shown cracks and should be a must have with captain potential this round.
Mautz (CHI) – Good in week one, not so good last week. Starting spot shouldn’t be in doubt with Boxx out. Not a bad play, even if she only brings the points in one match.
Bywaters (CHI) – A bust fantasy-wise thus far, with nary a shot on goal in two games. Could break out at any time, but I’m avoiding.
Masar (CHI) – Most of her ten points thus far came from crosses in round one. Has just one shot on goal in two games. Not saying she won’t come good, but there are probably better options available.
Barnhart (KC) – Big day last weekend against sputter Seattle offense and gets a chance to double her fun this weekend on the road. Reign don’t put it on target much though, so any goals conceded could equal a bad day for fantasy owners.
LeBlanc (POR) – There’s the week LeBlanc owners have yearned for. Spirit attack has largely been a lot of Diana Matheson and little else, so there’s a chance for another big day with a clean sheet, but beware occasional defensive lapses.
Cameron (SBFC) – Cooled down a whole lot last two games after torrid opener but still put up reasonable points. Home against a Chicago side on short rest sounds like a tasty matchup, though she might not be forced into many saves.
Santiago/Phillips (BOS) – Good matchup against a potentially toothless Chicago offense…it’s just a matter of which one gets the nod. Santiago had good moments and bad in her debut last week, but you might not want to risk being forced to your backup option if you guess wrong on who’ll be in goal for the Breakers.
Dougherty (POR) – Looks like the clear top fantasy option from the Thorns. Would’ve added three more points to last week’s total had crosses counted. A decent bet for double digits against offensively challenged Spirit.
Robinson (FCKC) – Has quietly turned into one of the league’s better fantasy options in defense. Very dangerous if crosses get counted and a good bet for a clean sheet too.
Sauerbrunn (FCKC) – Steadiest option going if you’re looking for a clean sheet for FC Kansas City thus far.
Marshall (POR) – Other Thorns full-back isn’t that bad either. Hasn’t been as big a threat with crosses but figures to have a big game sooner or later with offensive talents.
Krieger (WSH) – Crosses not being counted absolutely killed her last week, costing her four points. Spirit probably not shutting Portland down, so her value lies entirely with those crosses, meaning there are probably better options out there this week.
Johnson (SBFC) – Has been a dud since her superb debut. Gabarra may be second guessing decision to put O’Hara up top after uneven defensive showing against WNY. Could be good if Johnson is pushed further upfield, or bad if she’s rooted to the bench.
Goodson (SBFC) – I feel dumb for not jumping on her last week given her aerial superiority and Washington’s short backline. Chicago probably isn’t going to have that problem, but she’s already shown herself to be a formidable target in the air, so there’s a chance of points.
Foord (SBFC) – Basically been a fantasy non-factor despite impressive attacking pedigree coming into season. Figure she’ll have a breakout game sometime, but big question is when.
Whitehill (BOS) – Best option to get a clean sheet without getting booked from this side, but relentless chopping and changing make her a fringe option only.
HAO (BOS) – Was en fuego last weekend against WNY and would’ve scored even more had crosses counted. Red Stars defense battling injuries and had some real gaffes, meaning she should be a top option again this weekend.
Farrelly (FCKC) – Good news is she netted the game winner for the club last week in her season debut. Bad news is she didn’t put up any points beyond that. Has to be considered given opposition, but could still fall prey to Bermuda Triangle of Reign midfield.
Matheson (WSH) – Offense running entirely through her so far. She’s taking penalties as well, meaning if you’re thinking of a Spirit player, she’s the one you want, though she could see waves of opposing pressure here.
Fishlock (SEA) – Kept largely in check last week by stout Kansas City midfield, but could be reenergized by home crowd and figures to be behind whatever offense Reign can generate.
Schmidt (SBFC) – Thought she wasn’t going to be a factor offensively, even with a double week. Oops. Hasn’t done anything other than score goals fantasy-wise though, so she’s strictly a boom-or-bust option.
Winters (SEA) – Was surprisingly spry against K.C. last weekend, but danger of bookings and foul riddled performance always there.
Mewis (FCKC) – General consensus is she’s looked dangerous, but that hasn’t equated to her not being disappointing fantasy-wise thus far. On the road and against a tough opposing midfield, that might not change this week.
Nairn (SEA) – Has done little outside of first weekend showing but could be a threat if crosses counted. Still looks like a third fantasy option from this side though.
Freels (SBFC) – Might be a better real life player than fantasy option after disappointing round. Stuck battling Osborne in midfield, so probably a no-go here.
Morgan (POR) – Club needs Sinclair to help shore up an, at times, wobbly midfield, meaning she’s the lead horse up front for the time being. Been on fire since subpar opener, and Spirit defense isn’t great outside Krieger, so she’ll have chances.
Cuellar (FCKC) – Looks like a potential star with her pace leading this line and could have another big day in club’s first away game of the season.
De Vanna (SBFC) – Hard to argue with production thus far despite not having actually scored. Racking up phantom points like nobody’s business, and goals should come, so keep playing her if you want, especially with a good matchup.
Leroux (BOS) – Red Star center-backs were brutally bad last two rounds, meaning she’ll have a chance despite Chicago being forced into switching things up through injury. Little in way of phantom points outside of goals, assists, but could easily reel in some of both here.
Sinclair (POR) – Early indicators not great for her fantasy potential in midfield role based on last week’s evidence. Scored the goal for the ten points, but didn’t do much else. Still a viable option, but looks to be playing second fiddle to Morgan for the time being.
Cheney (FCKC) – Was in dominating form last week after limp first round performance. Little to think that will change this round, so she’ll likely be a top option again.
O’Hara (SBFC) – Has been a borderline fantasy disaster thus far with bookings and fouls galore to go along with little production in front of goal. Value plummets if she’s shipped back to left-back given club’s shaky defensive showing last round. Could explode at any moment with huge day, but too risky right now to touch.
Ochs (WSH) – Racking up the phantom points despite not scoring thus far. Tough matchup here though, with pressure likely to come from the physical Washington out on the left wing.
Adams (SBFC) – Basically been a poor man’s (woman’s?) De Vanna with phantom points and an assist thus far. Point total could be steady, but not sure why you’d pick her over De Vanna right now.
Foxhoven (POR) – Will surely be given a chance to impress from the start sometime in the future after some dramatic cameos in the second half thus far. More like a “wait and see” player right now, but might be a big ticket item when Morgan/Sinclair on international duty.
Sanderson (BOS) – Hasn’t been bad fantasy-wise thus far, but there are better options this week, especially with potential Simon return.
Simon (BOS) – Listed as probable on injury report and was impressive in round one, but you might want to wait and see her fitness this week before stuffing her back in your lineup.