When the #FantasyCollegeWrestling season involves an finish, it is common to really feel such as you want a break. I get it; even WE took a bit time for some wanted R&R (concern not, although, the FCW Podcast returns later this month!). The quantity of labor and recreation planning is exponentially increased than Fantasy Soccer or different sports activities.
There’s not a lot to do aside from analysis within the low season. However similar to we are saying in coaching, it is what you do when others will not be trying that separates you from the pack.
We’re left with a variety of uncooked knowledge that must be filtered and sorted. The low season is dedicated to not solely recording and organizing that knowledge, however grouping, deciphering, and using that knowledge to forecast and strategize for the upcoming season. Typically one of the simplest ways to arrange for the long run is to look again on the previous season and who’s returning or names/knowledge to recollect come week 12 when you find yourself struggling to search out that 174 starter.
Normally, you’ve gotten names like Spencer Lee, Shane Griffith, Aaron Brooks, and Tony Cassioppi that you just consider to deliver you success. Collectively this season, they mixed for 84 Fantasy Factors (Fpts).
Properly, let me throw a pair different names at you: Codi Russell, Will Formato, Brit Wilson, and Michael McAleavey. This group totaled 185 Fpts this season.
As I say yearly, that is the wonder and frustration of Fantasy Sports activities. Typically your prime performers will not be “family names.”
Now, this 12 months was positively an “asterisk” sort of 12 months as there might be fairly a number of cases of skewing in a technique or one other (see the co-Hodge announcement). In previous seasons, we’ve careworn that match rely is just not all the time a figuring out think about precise or in Fantasy Wrestling success, however this 12 months was completely different. Some groups had been hit with COVID precautions or wrestlers really acquired COVID making an imbalance of matches wrestled between wrestlers/groups bigger than in years previous and inflicting some large names to not make the Prime 20 of their respective weights.
To compile these lists, we used WrestleStat Fantasy School Wrestling knowledge. Only a reminder of how factors had been tallied in WrestleStat Leagues:
1) The scoring used was Commonplace Group Scoring throughout all competitions (+3 for a win by choice, -4 for a loss by Main, and many others)
2) Scoring solely counted towards D1 competitors
3) Wins by way of Forfeits (FFT) would rely as +6 in the direction of a wrestler’s level whole
4) Wins or Losses by Medical Forfeit (MFF) didn’t rely as + or – in the direction of a wrestler’s level whole
5) Factors had been solely gathered through the common season
Listed below are the earlier #FCW 2021 Season weight class Prime-20 Lists:
That is the primary and solely weight to be an all-starter card and tied for probably the most All-People in a Prime 20 (seven). The 165 Prime 20 can even boast that they’ve probably the most wrestlers with 40 or extra Fantasy Factors this season.
Main the 165 class this season was, for the third time, an Oklahoma State Cowboy: Travis Wittlake. Wittlake secured the #1 spot with a 0.5 Fpt distinction in PPM away from App State Mountaineer Will Formato (regardless of each having the identical variety of techs and majors, 4 & 3 respectively).
Keegan O’Toole completed #3 at 165, however had probably the most Fantasy Factors out of any true freshman throughout all weights. Seven of his 9 matches within the common season had been gained by tech or pin.
Initially, Ethan Smith was not speculated to be within the Ohio State lineup, however as a consequence of an unlucky harm to star Freshman Carson Kharchla, Smith discovered himself beginning for the Buckeyes. Regardless of this, and dropping his first match of the season, he would go on to rattle off eight straight wins and end fifth at Nationals. Smith finishes because the #10 Fantasy Wrestler at 165.
Regardless of beating him by way of harm (+6 for the winner, -6 for the loser), Jake Wentzel completed one spot (and one level) behind Mekhi Lewis. To indicate how each match and each level issues, had Lewis misplaced that match by solely Choice, he would have been the #10 Fantasy Wrestler at 165 this season.
Final Season, Shane Griffith was the #1 Fantasy Wrestler at 165 and the quantity 2 Seed at 2020 Nationals. This 12 months, even with restricted match time for Stanford, Griffith got here in on the #19 spot in Fpts however ended as a Nationwide Champion.
Who Missed The Minimize:
The one All American to overlook out on Prime 20 was Cam Amine, who completed the season at #25 with 13 Fpts. He went 5-1 with just one bonus win (main).
Kennedy Monday (#23 with 15 Fpts) had three losses this season which ate into his 5 victories, but when he had pulled out simply a type of wins, he would have taken Griffith’s #19 spot with 21 Fpts. The identical may very well be mentioned for Peyton Robb (#24 with 14 Fpts) if he had completed that match towards Andrew Sparks to start out the 2021 season.
True freshman and quantity 10 total 2020 recruit, Gerrit Nijenhaus completed with 12 Fpts which was good for thirtieth place,
Possibly most stunning, Alex Marinelli completed at #42 with 6 Fpts. He solely wrestled two matches and (towards Andrew Sparks and Peyton Robb) and gained each by Choice. Final season, he was the #7 Fantasy Wrestler at 165 and #54 total throughout all weights. If he had the chance for no less than six matches, chances are high he most likely would have damaged the Prime 20 threshold.