For a person who left 48.50 points on the bench last round, I didn’t fare too horribly when all was said and done, doing enough to move up six places in the overall standings. I gambled big on Sky Blue FC and lost, with their defense getting cut apart and the offense not doing much of anything. Speaking of offense, it wasn’t exactly the best feeling in the world to have started Lisa De Vanna and Sydney Leroux (combined points: 4.50) and see Abby Wambach rack up the points from my bench.
Obviously, the story this round is everyone who’s missing on international duty from the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Wales. Unlike a few rounds ago, there are no bye weeks, and complicating matters, Chicago and Western New York play in mid-week as well.
While I’d normally advocate loading up with double gamers, I’m hesitant this round. The Red Star defense has generally looked a lot more solid since Sonja Fuss joined up, though the German conceded the penalty that put Chicago behind the eight-ball early against FC Kansas City. The offense? Still a disaster area for the most part. Inka Grings hasn’t exactly set the league on fire in three games, and there’s very little else other than Lori Chalupny, with Zakiya Bywaters still injured. They have two tough matchups this round too, against a FC Kansas City squad on the road that just eased past them and at home against a WNY side with a lot of confidence. Considering Rory Dames showed no hesitation in rotating his squad mid-week, there’s also the danger that minutes are going to get spread out. Good for maintaining energy levels, bad for fantasy owners.
WNY has two great matchups, but I’m wary about trusting them too much. The defense looks to have favorable opponents, but they’ve leaked goals for much of the season. That’s not going to stop me from captaining AD Franch though. Famous last words? It’s difficult to know where the offense is going to come from without Abby Wambach, Samantha Kerr, and Carli Lloyd though. Neither McCall Zerboni nor Adriana have shown a whole lot for much of the season, meaning the likes of Jodi-Ann Robinson, Laura Heyboer, Veronica Perez, and Victoria DiMartino could all get their chances…want to make a guess from that bunch?
Round Ten Team Rankings:
Franch (WNY) – Two very winnable matchups behind a rearguard that finally kept a clean sheet. Should be good for at least one this round.
LeBlanc (POR) – Surprising omission from Canada squad not going to bother fantasy owners, especially given this matchup.
Henninger (FCKC) – Misfiring Red Stars made it pretty easy on her and is certainly worth a look with same matchup this round.
Vancil (CHI) – Back to Earth last round after some great performances before. Two games, but not any easy matchups and has to deal with Red Stars’ potential fatigue following murderous stretch of games.
Cameron (SBFC) – Atypically poor week last time out but has been great on the whole this year. Better matchups out there though this round.
Harris (WSH) – Only been average fantasy-wise this year and has a reasonably tough matchup. Should be healthy again after long break.
Phillips (BOS) – Risk of rotation with Santiago there, as is potential of being usurped by Naeher at drop of a hat. Given club history against SBFC and terrible fantasy season so far, I wouldn’t bother.
Kopmeyer/Betos (SEA) – OK, Portland’s offense has been anemic without Morgan and Sinclair. But there’s not much indication as to which of Seattle’s backups are going to start, and even so, do you trust the defense in front of them?