Yay the National Teamers are back!
Boo, there are double games this week!
Now it’s time to make some guesses. Gooooood luck!
Oh, and sorry about last week. I hope you all fared better than I did.
Western New York started the week off by defeating the Washington Spirit 2-0 in front of the second-highest attendance crowd at the Soccerplex this season (4,630).
The Portland Thorns continued their domination by shutting out Seattle 2-0 in front of 13,802 fans at JELD-WEN stadium.
The Chicago Red Stars outlasted and outplayed a tired FC Kansas City missing half their starting lineup to national team duty to win 3-1 and take home six more points.
Lisa DeVanna notched another goal to lift Sky Blue FC over the Boston Breakers 3-2, keeping them tied for first place.
Western New York Flash came from behind to eek out a 2-2 tie with the Red Stars.
It seems foolish to talk soccer without mentioning the international games. Most importantly,
Top Four Point Leaders in each position for Week 10 (THIS WILL BE UPDATED WHEN THE STATS ARE RELEASED):
FC Lake Placid: Week 10 Team (*denotes captain, #denotes allocated)
Points Earned: 76
Week 9 standing: 327
Overall Standing: 185 (up 25 spots from Week 10)
Goalkeeper: T. Vancil (CHI)
Defenders: L. Robinson (FCKC), M. Dougherty (POR), A. Sahlen (WNY), S. Fuss (CHI)
Midfielders: L. Chalupny, C. Nairn (SEA), E. Tymrak (FCKC), J. Robinson (WNY)
Forwards: L. DeVanna (SBFC), C. Jones (FCKC)
Week 11 Schedule:
SBFC vs POR – Sat 7:00pm
WNY vs SEA – Sun 4:05pm
FCKC vs WSH – Sun 4:10pm
BOS vs SEA – Wed 7:00pm
SBFC vs FCKC – Wed 7:00pm
All times listed in ET
Chicago has an off-week.
I’m going to try something new this week: I am going to actually tell you who is on my roster, and I am going to leave it the way I originally selected it, no matter what I read elsewhere (unless a player is listed as injured before the deadline). Basically, I’m going off guts and a tiny bit of whatever wisdom I already have and calling it good.
I can’t really do much worse than this past week (except for the disaster that was Week 7), so bottoms up. Going to aim for a 100+ points week!
Picks for Week 10 (*denotes captain/~denotes vice-captain/#denotes allocated player)
Goalkeeper: N. Barnhart# (FCKC)
N. Barnhart# (FCKC): Barnie is back with FCKC! The Blues have two games this week, and though one is against first-place Sky Blue FC, the other is against a struggling Washington, so she has the opportunity for at least one clean sheet.
WATCH LIST: A. Franch (WNY), B. Cameron (SBFC), H. Solo# (SEA), K. LeBlanc# (POR)
A. Franch (WNY): Only one game, but against a Seattle team that may not have their feet under them yet. She will be facing Megan Rapinoe, but that could be a good thing…
B. Cameron (SBFC): If she plays both games, she could have some points. But she has two tough matchups.
H. Solo# (SEA): Not quite back to full form, but it’s hard to ignore one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
K. LeBlanc# (POR): A tough matchup, but she’s had some great games.
Defenders: A. Sahlen (WNY), L. Robinson (FCKC), C. Foord (SBFC), K. Johnson (SBFC)
A. Sahlen (WNY): A potential clean sheet.
L. Robinson (FCKC): With Sauerbrunn back, she’ll be open on the wing to push forward and attack. One potential clean sheet at least.
C. Foord (SBFC): Two tough matchups, but she is excellent on set pieces and could help Sky Blue hold their first place.
K. Johnson (SBFC): See above.
WATCH LIST: C. Whitehill (BOS), M .Dougherty (POR), A. Krieger# (WAS), C. Rampone# (SBFC), B. Sauerbrunn# (FCKC)
C. Whitehill (BOS): If you choose to put a Boston Breaker in the back, Whitehill is probably the best bet facing Seattle.
A. Krieger# (WAS): If you have an allocated spot available and trust Washington to take down FC Kansas City, then Krieger is the one for you.
C. Rampone# (SBFC): Two matchups, both tough, but if Sky Blue can pull off a clean sheet, you want at least one in the back. Rampone is solid, but not necessarily a fantasy point gainer.
B. Sauerbrunn (FCKC): Sauerbrunn is a rock in the back. If you have a free allocation spot, doesn’t hurt to have another Blue in the back.
Midfielders: L. Cheney# (FCKC), S. Schmidt# (SBFC), E. Tymrak (FCKC), L. Sanderson (BOS)
L. Cheney# (FCKC): Can you not have her on your roster? The girl is on fire, and coming off of a goal with the national team. Put her in.
S. Schmidt# (SBFC): Two games, lots of potential for goal scoring. If she’s on, she’s on. If not…
E. Tymrak (FCKC): She’ll have Cheney back, but she could be the game-changer for FCKC to pick up more wins.
L. Sanderson (BOS): With O’Reilly and Leroux back from national team duty, Sanderson should have more balance in the midfield. Could be good against a weak Seattle team, but watch for a matchup with Rapinoe.
WATCH LIST: T. Lytle (SBFC), C. Sinclair# (POR), M. Rapinoe# (SEA), C. Lloyd# (WNY), K. Mewis (FCKC), H. O’Reilly# (BOS), M. Zerboni (WNY)
T. Lytle (SBFC): Will probably come in as a substitute, but that’s where she seems to thrive.
C. Sinclair# (POR): Only one matchup, and it’s against first-place Sky Blue, but Sinclair works magic in the midfield.
M. Rapinoe# (SEA): If you think Seattle’s turnaround is this week and have an allocation free, put Pinoe in. Won’t have much as far as targets up front, but if you saw her game against South Korea, you know she has a deadly accurate corner kick.
C. Lloyd# (WNY): Look for her to set up teammates Wambach and Kerr, and possibly get a goal herself.
K. Mewis (FCKC): If you don’t have any allocations left, Mewis is a credible midfielder who could do some damage if she can get shots on goal.
H. O’Reilly# (BOS): I really can’t leave HAO off the list, and not just because she’s one of my favorite players. She’s also dangerous and definitely can make something happen against Seattle.
M. Zerboni (WNY): Might not have as much to do with Lloyd back in the midfield, but if you don’t have any allocated spots and want a Flash player, she might be your best one.
Forwards: R. Cuellar# (FCKC), A. Wambach# (WNY)
R. Cuellar (FCKC): Thinking she was injured, I left her off my roster last week, so of course she scored. She has two games this week, so double the looks on goal. Tough matchups, but with a full roster of national teamers back, things could get dangerous.
A. Wambach# (WNY): The new world leader in goals scored facing off against a meh Seattle team. Why wouldn’t you have her? She’ll likely be facing Hope Solo’s goalkeeping, but it’s Wambach.
WATCH LIST: L. DeVanna (SBFC), S. Kerr (WNY), A. Morgan# (POR), K. Schoepfer (BOS)
L. DeVanna (SBFC): If you’ve run out of allocated spots, DeVanna might be your best option with double games and a hot streak seeming to be going.
S. Kerr (WNY): Another option is Kerr, who will likely see some looks thanks to Wambach’s unselfish play. If Wambach doesn’t rack up points, Kerr probably will.
A. Morgan# (POR): Single game against a tough matchup. Last time she faced Sky Blue, her national teammate Christie Rampone completely shut her down. She may be out for revenge…
K. Schoepfer (BOS): If you don’t fancy any of the above, Schoepfer could benefit from O’Reilly back on the pitch.
S. Leroux# (BOS): She’s getting hot again. Don’t count the girl out. If you favor Boston and want to take the risk of a single gamer, get her on the field.