“No, you idiot, don’t pick a captain and vice-captain from the same match!”
-My message to past me before picking last round’s team
If you don’t learn something new every day, you’re probably not going to get very far in either life or NWSL Fantasy, and I learned a pretty hard lesson last round. Thinking I had outsmarted everyone once again by picking Sofia Huerta and Crystal Dunn as captain and vice-captain respectively, I went into last round hopeful of finally climbing up from third place overall. Of course, weather played a rather evil role in the end, and everyone was left scrambling for their bench options once Washington and Chicago was postponed based on weather.
It could’ve been much worse in the end. Having Ellie Brush and Kealia Ohai on the bench really bailed me out with the Dash putting up a good showing last round, and I’m still in third overall as we approach the close of the WWC. Enjoy it while it lasts, as the game changes decisively in a few rounds when the WNT players (presumably) return. “Captain Crystal Dunn” won’t be such a slam dunk strategy, while other players like Sofia Huerta figure to lose most of their value with the return of teams’ star players.
This time out, I’d expect most people to hammer Chicago against woeful Sky Blue FC, even if the Red Stars are on the road. Betting on Washington and Boston at home also will be a strategy I expect many will chase, while Seattle-FCKC looks like the requisite toss-up match this round.
Dalton (CHI) – Will be in everyone’s team, so might not be the player to tap if you need to gain ground, but she’s got the best matchup by far.
Kranich (BOS) – Flash attack is hit or miss to the extreme, but you have to believe that the Breakers will be solid favorites at home.
Kopmeyer (SEA) – FCKC is offensively challenged to put it mildly, and she’s putting up gonzo numbers at 11.2 PPM, so she might be worth a look.
Wys (WSH) – Will be favored for a win, but defense still a question mark.
Jones (WNY) – High risk, high reward. She’s averaging big numbers but is on an inconsistent team with a shaky matchup.
Henninger (HOU) – She’s put up some big numbers at times this year, and the defense has gotten much better with Brush and Camilla in the lineup. But Washington away is never an easy matchup.
Barnhart (FCKC) – Hard to trust given the matchup and shoddy offense she has playing in front of her.
Cameron (SBFC) – Just say no.
Hemmings (CHI) – Has to be in your lineup every round.
King (BOS) – Not the worst option this week, but be prepared to grit your teeth and risk a yellow card.
Fletcher (SEA) – FCKC can barely score, and they look to be rounding into form, so she’s worth a look.
LePeilbet/Robinson (FCKC) – Both are solid scorers in fantasy, but the matchup is shaky.
Brush (HOU) – Great fantasy option already, but this may not be the week for her.
Church (WSH) – I’m not exactly recommending Spirit defenders right now, but if you want to play the matchup, she’s the one to look to.
Erceg (CHI) – Should be back in the lineup this round and is good option if you’re doubling up on Red Star defenders.
Dahlkemper/Hinkle (WNY) – Pick your poison. Neither have been high scorers in fantasy, and Flash have a tough matchup.
Dunn (WSH) – Duh. Dash defense better, but I still think she has a field day.
DiBernardo (CHI) – The Red Stars midfielder of choice with a great fantasy matchup.
K. Mewis (BOS) – Having a tremendous fantasy season and should have more opportunities to beat up little (big?) sister this weekend.
Fishlock (SEA) – Matchup’s tough, but she’s approaching must play status given her production.
S. Mewis (WNY) – Always a point to prove against sister, and Boston’s midfield couldn’t handle Seattle’s weapons last week.
Little (SEA) – Showing signs of coming around, but Fishlock still looks a better bet, while this isn’t the week to double up on Reign midfielders.
Freels (SBFC) – #freekatyfreels
Nairn (WSH) – Has tapered off a bit after strong start. Tough call against an improving Dash defense.
Tymrak (FCKC) – Doesn’t seem like she’ll ever be a huge fantasy star, but if options for you are scarce, she might be worth a look at 3.06 PPM.
Huerta (CHI) – Of course she’s in your lineup. Contender for captain too.
McDonald (HOU) – Looks a contender for another double digit scoring season. Always a danger of Ohai stealing away points, but she’s still a great option considering the matchup.
Yanez (SEA) – It’s really, really hard to bench her considering she’s averaging almost ten points a match. Takes roughly a million shots to pad totals but faces a tough matchup.
McCaffrey (BOS) – Inconsistent as most rookies are, and I’m not sure you can trust her 100% even with the matchup. But still, not a ton of great options out there.
Ohai (HOU) – Another good option for the Dash, but looks to be second fantasy option behind McDonald.
Hagen (FCKC) – Finally scored! Odds for making it two in a row? Eh, I’m not optimistic considering the opponent and the match being on the road.
Ordega (WSH) – Spirit are in the early game, so you’ll know if she’s starting. If she is, she’s definitely worth considering.
Williams (WNY) – Lots of phantom points, very little in terms of goals. Breakers defense not a slam dunk for opposing teams any more either.
Hoy (CHI) – If ever there was a week for two Red Star forwards, this might be it.
Nadim (SBFC) – Fouls are absolutely crushing her value, and this isn’t a great matchup anyway.
Marlborough (BOS) – Figures to get many minutes with Ezurike gone for Pan-Am games and was outproducing her anyway. One to watch.