Anyone else spinning their wheels? I’m stuck in the mid-hundreds after a rather pedestrian round that likely also caught some others cold. I whiffed on the likes of Abby Wambach and the unfortunate Lori Chalupny, while Karina LeBlanc did not have her best showing in goal.
Round Seventeen brings Seattle, and more specifically Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo, back into the equation. It’s also the last double round of the season, as everyone has just one game a round for the last two rounds. It’s not going to be an easy week though, as Sky Blue FC, Washington, Western New York, and Chicago have serious injury problems, while Seattle and Portland may still yet lose players for the second half of the round if some players are booked this weekend. Oh, and Boston just axed their head coach on a Friday.
FC Kansas City looks like they’re the most stable bunch going into August, but they also have just one game this round. It’s not a great matchup either, as the league leaders face a Portland side determined to make a big step towards the title on their home ground.
Round Seventeen Team Rankings
Solo (SEA) – Two games away from home and against occasionally spotty opposition could spell another big round.
LeBlanc (POR) – Crunch game on Sunday, but Thorns will be favored to hammer Breakers on Wednesday.
Franch (WNY) – Seattle in mid-week not a great matchup, but will probably handle dysfunctional Breakers team on the weekend. Beware backline injuries though.
McLeod (CHI) – Hard to trust behind that defense but should at least have a good matchup on Wednesday.
Barnhart (FCKC) – Rock solid, but single gamer with tough matchup doesn’t bode well.
Cameron/Loyden (SBFC) – Team looks like a skeleton crew and not sure which one will start, so I’d pass, even with great matchup.
Harris (WSH) – Injured and fickle opposition mean if there was ever a week to play her…
Naeher (BOS) – Two home matchups, but would you trust a team that just made a last minute coaching change?
Dougherty (POR) – Matchups are winnable, but Thorns’ defense not always most airtight group.
Goodson (SBFC) – If you haven’t noticed, SBFC’s short on healthy forwards other than Ocampo right now. Goodson’s been tossed forward late in games before, who’s to say she won’t be gambled on up front from the start this time against Spirit?
Robinson (FCKC) – Consistent performer but just one game, and it’s a bear.
Reynolds (WNY) – Matchups aren’t bad but odds of clean sheet aren’t great with both Taylor and Sahlen potentially gone. Still, if you’re looking towards a WNY option, she’s the one to look at.
Marshall (POR) – Only if you’re loading up on Portland defenders.
Johnson (SBFC) – If you want to load up with SBFC defenders but don’t want to use up an allocation slot on Rampone.
Rampone (SBFC) – Risk/reward with SBFC defenders against listless Spirit offense but also reeling from injuries.
Fuss (CHI) – Spirit offer a clean sheet chance, but defense has been leaky since Hemmings’ injury, so take nothing for granted.
Sauerbrunn (FCKC) – Not sure why you’d load up on FCKC this round, but if you’re thinking about it, Sauerbrunn’s not a bad option.
Kyle (SEA) – I don’t recommend Reign defenders at any price, but Kyle takes spot kicks, so she’s the one to consider if you want one in your team.
Rapinoe (SEA) – Should be rested and ready to fire this round and has two good matchups to exploit.
Sinclair (POR) – Hit or miss but when she hits, she usually hits big and has good matchups.
Holiday (FCKC) – Was a mere mortal this past round and doesn’t have an easy matchup but hard to leave out of your lineup.
Lloyd (WNY) – Above average last round and decent matchups but probably in for a beating against Nogueira and Winters/Fishlock duo.
Nairn (SEA) – Been pretty good all year and should be a top non-allocated option again.
O’Reilly (BOS) – Reynolds and Marshall are both beatable opponents down the flank, but Breakers could be volatile in form given late coaching change.
Heath (POR) – Bookings are a real turn-off, but matchups are right…if she doesn’t face a ban going into Wednesday.
Fishlock (SEA) – Done well to avoid a fifth booking and one match ban but hard to favor over Rapinoe and Nairn.
Tymrak (FCKC) – Not much last round and matchup isn’t the best this time out either.
Mautz (CHI) – Should be free to do damage with Chalupny out at least one game, but be aware of spikes in form.
Freels (SBFC) – No Adams, no De Vanna might mean more touches for ex-league leaders’ playmaker-in-chief.
Matheson (WSH) – SBFC’s missing a lot of key personnel, and Chicago has been dodgy at the back since Hemmings’ injury, so why not take a risk?
Mathias (FCKC) – Hard matchup and just one game but has been solid so far.
Jones (FCKC) – Might be involved from the start with Henderson a doubt and has shown ability in attack.
Schmidt (SBFC) – Doesn’t look comfortable in more advanced role in offense but might have to stick there regardless thanks to injuries.
Sanderson (BOS) – Got a little magic back against Spirit but hard to trust with coaching change.
Nogueira (BOS) – Always a threat on set pieces and might be a sneaky play.
Morgan (POR) – Saved everyone’s bacon with great showing mid-week. Torched FCKC once already, and moribund Boston could be easy picking again mid-week.
Wambach (WNY) – No longer in unstoppable form, but matchups are right as Flash look to solidify playoff seeding.
Kerr (WNY) – Cancel the wake, Kerr’s been in scorching form again the past two weeks and is again a top non-allocated option up top.
Ocampo (SBFC) – Matchup’s right, and who else is going to play up top for SBFC?
Leroux (BOS) – Flash could be missing half their first-team offense, and she had success against Portland earlier, so there’s potential. There’s also the potential Boston might just mail it in after Cole was sacked on Friday.
McDonald (SEA) – Still pretty inconsistent, but matchups are doable and looks like conduit up top for the attack.
Shim (POR) – Blazing hot form last few games but might have some trouble with Robinson down the flank in first matchup this round.
Adriana (WNY) – May be third banana, but a third banana on the Flash still has scoring potential against some forgiving defenses.
Dominguez (CHI) – Better (and more consistent) options available despite nice matchups.
Leon (CHI) – Too volatile to trust, especially with allocation status.
Pohlers (WSH) – Has been a flop so far, but faces a club in an injury crisis and a club who hasn’t been able to defend all that well since a major injury to Hemmings.
Masar (CHI) – Not a guaranteed starter, but you have to figure she’ll get at least ninety minutes and has shown flashes lately.
Ochs (WSH) – If you have faith in the Spirit offense against two doable matchups…