National Women's Soccer League

Fantasy Shots: Week 12 (Keep on truckin’!)

It appears that I was 50/50 when it came to going with my instincts. One of my favorite players to watch this season, Lauren Cheney, had a fabulous week with three goals, including a game-winner, helping the Blues add four more points to their season total. Knowing she was coming off of a successful WNT game, I named her as my captain over Wambach, and I’m certainly seeing the results this week.

I may try this trusting instincts thing again this week. Just to see what happens. But with more call-ups and double games, it seems a coin toss for some.

The Seattle Reign finally picked up a win against a slumping Boston Breakers side, defeating the Breakers 2-1 on Wednesday. The Reign also picked up a point with a surprising tie against the Western New York Flash earlier in the week.

In a battle for first place in the league on Saturday, the Portland Thorns and Sky Blue FC ended in a scoreless draw. Sky Blue FC later had a terrific comeback, with Monica Ocampo scoring the tying goal in stoppage time, to tie FC Kansas City 2-2.

Fresh off of a successful game with the United States women’s national team, Lauren Cheney scored twice to help FCKC defeat the Washington Spirit 2-0.

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Lauren Cheney lead the league in points from Week 11.

Top Four Point Leaders in each position for Week 11:

Goalkeepers: H. Solo (SEA, 27 points), K. LeBlanc (POR, 21 points), N. Barnhart (FCKC, 19 points), B. Cameron (SBFC, 18 points)

Defenders:  L. Robinson (FCKC, 8.5 points), C. Rampone (SBFC, 7 points), K. Johnson (SBFC, 7 points), C. Goodson (SBFC, 6.5 points), C. Foord (SBFC, 6.5 points), B. Sauerbrunn (FCKC, 6.5 points)

Midfielders: L. Cheney (FCKC, 41.5 points), K. Winters (SEA, 15 points), K. Frierson (SBFC, 14 points), E. Tymrak (FCKC, 13 points), M. Rapinoe (SEA, 13 points)

Forwards: M. Ocampo (SBFC, 20 points), L. DeVanna (SBFC, 12.5 points), A. Wambach (WNY, 10.5 points), T. Weimer (POR, 9 points)

FC Lake Placid: Week 11 Team (*denotes captain, #denotes allocated)

Formation: 4-4-2

Points Earned: 164.50

Week 11 standing: 28

Overall Standing: 121 (up 64 places from Week 10)

Goalkeeper: N. Barnhart# (FCKC)

Defenders: A. Sahlen (WNY), L. Robinson (FCKC), C. Foord (SBFC), K. Johnson (SBFC)

Midfielders: L. Cheney*# (FCKC), E. Tymrak (FCKC), L. Sanderson (BOS), S. Schmidt# (SBFC)

Forwards: R. Cuellar# (FCKC), A. Wambach# (WNY)

Week 12 Schedule:

WNY vs WSH – Fri 7:05pm
SEA vs CHI – Sat 11:00pm
FCKC vs POR – Sun 4:10pm
BOS vs SBFC – Sun 6:30pm
SEA vs BOS – Wed 10:00pm
WSH vs FCKC – Wed 7:30pm
CHI vs WNY – Thu 2:00pm

All times listed in ET

For Week 12, many of the Australian national team will be out, including Adriana, Samantha Kerr, Kyah Simon, Caitlin Foord, and Lisa De Vanna.

All eight teams play this week, with only Portland and Sky Blue FC having single games. Everyone else play double time.

Seattle welcomed back Megan Rapinoe this past week, surprising many (she joined the roster a week early) but she already made an impact for her team, helping the Reign pick up their first win. With games against Chicago and a slumping Boston team, perhaps Seattle can add to their win column.

Here we go: another week of sticking to what I choose right off the bat (mainly because I won’t really have time to second-guess any of my players. It’ll go off of guts and guesses alone.

Washington is still without Diana Matheson

Megan Rapinoe joins the Seattle Reign

Megan Rapinoe joins the Seattle Reign

Picks for Week 12 (*denotes captain/~denotes vice-captain/#denotes allocated player)

Formation: 4-4-2

Goalkeeper: H. Solo# (SEA)

H. Solo (SEA): This is a big deal for me. Not a huge Solo fan, she’s an excellent goalkeeper. Seattle’s defense has struggled the entire season, so she sees plenty of shots. If Seattle can start turning their team around this week and pick up a win, maybe even a clean sheet, she’ll get the points.

WATCH LIST: A. Franch (WNY), T. Vancil (CHI), N. Barnhart (FCKC), K. LeBlanc (POR), A. Naeher (BOS)

A. Franch (WNY): The Flash should score two wins this week, but they’re on and off. At least against Chicago, Franch should get some good looks on goal. If you need an allocation spot, Franch is a good non-allocated choice.

T. Vancil/E. McLeod (CHI): Watch out because she may be replaced by Erin McLeod, or they could split games. Tough decisions here.

N. Barnhart (FCKC): A solid option for me last week, and though there were keepers who scored more points, I was ok with Barnie behind my team. This is another week where the Blues could see at least one clean sheet. Against hard-shooting Portland, she’ll likely get tested.

K. LeBlanc (POR): Single game and against FCKC, so there will be plenty of shots to stop. If you have a feeling about Portland, go with LeBlanc.

A. Naeher (BOS): Tough week last week, and if Boston doesn’t pick up their game, she could have two more blows. Be careful with her.

Defenders:  L. Robinson (FCKC), K. Johnson (SBFC), A. Sahlen (WNY), B. Taylor (WNY)

L. Robinson (FCKC): There are a few FCKC players who are staples on my team, and Robinson is one. There may be the opportunity for at least one clean sheet against an offensively weak Washington Spirit team.

K. Johnson (SBFC): If you’re looking for a strong non-allocation spot, there are many Sky Blue defenders to look at, but with the Australians gone, Johnson may be your best bet.

A. Sahlen (WNY): Good matchups for the Flash if they can make use of their offense without Kerr or Adriana. Sahlen is one of the highest scoring Flash defenders this season.

B. Taylor (WNY): A risk choosing two Flash for defense without their big offensive players, but if they can pull off at least one clean sheet, she may be worth it. They’ll need people to get goals on set pieces.

WATCH LIST: S. Fuss (CHI), C. Rampone# (SBFC), B. Sauerbrunn# (FCKC)

S. Fuss (CHI): Chicago may have a chance to add to their wins, and Fuss may be the best option in the back.

C. Rampone (SBFC): If you have the allocated spot to spare, throw her in. If Boston plays like they did the last game, Sky Blue shouldn’t have much issue putting them away.

B. Sauerbrunn (FCKC): Always a good choice if you have the allocation spot available.

Midfielders: L. Cheney# (FCKC), M. Rapinoe (SEA), C. Lloyd (WNY), C. Nairn (SEA)

L. Cheney# (FCKC): Seriously? Do you need me to explain? I believe this is Cheney’s 6th week in a row on my roster, and I am more than fine with that.

M. Rapinoe# (SEA): The fact that I have more than one Reign on my roster says a lot. Pinoe hes already made an impact, and with double games this week, look to Seattle for some surprising results…at least, that’s what I’m banking on.

L. Chalupny (CHI): It’s a tossup for me between Chalupny and Lloyd, but Chalupny is pretty solid, no matter what Chicago is doing, and I think the Red Stars could make something happen. Even if Chicago doesn’t see a win, Chalupny can usually pick up some points. I haven’t really regretted her on my lineup yet.

C. Nairn (SEA): Woah…two Seattle players in my midfield? Is this a bad idea? Am I going to jinx it? I guess we’ll see.

WATCH LIST: L. Chalupny (CHI), J. Fishlock (SEA), C. Sinclair# (POR), H. O’Reilly (BOS), J. Robinson (WNY), E. Tymrak (FCKC)

C. Lloyd# (WNY): My biggest concern, due to her attracting fouls and yellow cards. You’d be taking a big risk with her, and it’ll either be boom or bust this week. I just can’t get past the amount of stupid fouls she picks up. But knowing me, since she’ll be on my bench, she’ll probably score 5 goals.

J. Fishlock (SEA): She makes things happen, and with Rapinoe back, she’ll have some desperately needed help to get the ball forward.

C. Sinclair# (POR): Single gamer, so be wary, and playing a fairly solid FCKC team.

H. O’Reilly# (BOS): A bust last week. Two games this week could give her more to do, but they’ll be tired. Still, hard not to have one of the best midfielders in the league in the mix.

J. Robinson (WNY): Without Adriana or Kerr, the Flash will need someone to step up on the attack with Wambach. Robinson has proved herself before, so she’ll be vital.

E. Tymrak (FCKC): There’s no reason she’s the “last” of my watch list, by any means. She’s effective, and could definitely be a game-changer again for the Blues.

Forwards: A. Wambach# (WNY), D. Adams (SBFC)

A. Wambach# (WNY): The only solid choice I really have for forwards this week, and even Wambach didn’t escape my scrutiny, seeing as how she performed against Seattle last time. Still, probably the only sure option I have.

D. Adams (SBFC): I’m picking her based solely on numbers. She’s the best non-allocated option…I think. I’ve never played her, so crossing my fingers.

WATCH LIST: M. Ocampo# (SBFC), A. Morgan# (POR), E. Masar (CHI), S. Leroux# (BOS), L. Bogus (SEA)

M. Ocampo (SBFC): It’s more likely Ocampo will have something to offer, but as she’s allocated, I couldn’t put her in.

A. Morgan# (POR): Toss up. An allocated spot, but is she worth it? If FCKC can hold her, then probably not. If she plays like she did for their last meeting, probably worth the try. Baby Horse is on fire…

E. Masar (CHI): My substitute. Not great this year for fantasy, but perhaps she can make something happen. Very very risky, but she could pay off.

K. Schoepfer (BOS): A non-allocated option if you trust Boston to pull something off. Perhaps even a better option that Leroux right now.

S. Leroux# (BOS): Major bust last week. With tough matchups, Boston has to really pick it up.

L. Bogus (SEA): Will the addition of Rapinoe help Seattle’s front line? If you trust Seattle to pull off another win and really want a Reign on the front line, try Bogus.

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