Fantasy Central: Week 10

Fantasy gym—like everything since the COVID pandemic began—is a little different this season. The official game isn’t running because Kristen and the College Fantasy Gymnastics crew welcomed a little one to their family (congrats!). However, we know many of you are playing in private leagues, or are using the brand new site Gymlytics from Twitter user GymChem, so Fantasy Central lives on!

We’re switching up the weekly cadence to match Gymlytics’: The fantasy “week” begins with Friday meets, ends with any Thursday ones and trading happens every Monday via waiver wire. However, you’ll still find us here every Tuesday talking about “next week.”

This is your one-stop-shop for all things fantasy each week. We’ll be tracking injuries, byes and double headers, and giving you tips and tricks to put forward your best possible team.

Somehow, we made it. It’s the last week of the regular season. No, I can’t believe it either. May you have come out of the week nine 10/9.975-fest with some blessed fantasy totals, because something good needed to come of that hot mess. Here’s to another wild week, because if we’re being honest, we know nothing will change, and we might as well reap the fantasy benefits while we can.

I’d like to highlight the Alabama bye, since we haven’t had an SEC team take an off week in a bit: Don’t forget!

Injury Updates

Pour one out for Denver, which lost yet another gymnast to an Achilles injury in Emily Glynn.

  • Mickayla Stuckey – Eastern Michigan – lower body injury during floor routine (2/27/22)
  • Lali Dekanoidze – North Carolina – dislocated patella (2/27/22)
  • Kalyany Steele – UCLA –  removed from injury updates (competition routines) (2/27/22)
  • Abby Singh – Western Michigan – torn Achilles (2/27/22)
  • Paige Hogan – UCLA – boot and scooter (3/1/22)
  • Kai Rivers – LSU – in a boot (3/2/22)
  • Zoe Schweitzer – Ohio State – fractured foot (3/4/22)
  • Abbie Thompson – Denver –  removed from injury updates (2/6/22)
  • Martina Comin – Nebraska –  removed from injury updates (competition routines) (2/8/22)
  • Deiah Moody – Washington – in a boot (3/6/22)
  • Emily Glynn – Denver – torn Achilles (3/6/22)

Week 10 Byes and Doubles

Once again, I must remind you that Thursday’s meets (3/10, Bowling Green at Illinois and Sacramento State at Arizona) count toward fantasy week nine. Arizona and Illinois also compete later in the weekend and are therefore are not on a fantasy bye, but the other two only have that Thursday contest this weekend.

Byes: Alabama, Bowling Green, Gustavus Adolphus, Hamline, Sacramento State, Stanford, UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Stout, UW-Whitewater, Winona State, Yale

Doubles: Bridgeport, Brown, California, George Washington, Maryland

Deep Cuts for Deep Leagues in Week 10

Tips for players in leagues with 10-plus players, where you need to be a little more creative to fill out lineups; especially during big bye weeks. 

Vault: Southern Utah had a down day, and it included missing Stephanie Trevort on vault; we’re not sure why she was out, but only put her in your lineup with caution. Celine Barney vaulted in her spot for a 9.675.

Bars: North Carolina’s Kate Greene added bars in Lali Dekanoidze’s absence this week for a 9.875; she seems likely to keep that spot.

Beam: Ariana Castrence remains an excellent all-arounder for Temple, and she hit her stride on beam last week, nabbing a 9.925. She hasn’t had a miss there since Feb. 4.

Floor: West Virginia’s Rachel Hornung added floor back to her program this week after a few meets off. She hit a 9.850 and tied her best all-around number of the year; she seems likely to stay in this lineup heading toward postseason. Dropping bars from her competition seemed to help Isabel Goyco really hit her stride on floor; she nabbed a 9.925 this week.

Starts, Sits and Pickups for Week 10

Are you playing in a smaller league and still looking for advice about big names? Are you in a deep league but not sure what to do with that OU beam specialist? These tips are for you!

Vault: Cassie Stevens is back on vault in a big way for Auburn. She tabbed a 9.975 and a 9.900 in the Tigers’ double. It seems likely she stays in that lineup for the duration of the season. Linda Zivat also reappeared here for a 9.925 (don’t worry if you missed that score, I’m right there with you). Whatever was keeping her out of the lineup appears resolved, but it’s anyone’s guess whether she’ll be on floor this week or if Larissa Libby will hold her off until Big Tens.

Bars: Alysen Fears was back after some possible injury worries last week. She nabbed a 9.900 on bars and competed beam. She wasn’t on vault or floor, though, and we’d venture to guess she won’t do all four this week, either, considering Arizona’s double and Pac-12s looming. Another week, another meet where Alyona Shchennikova only competed bars. Whatever is happening with her knee must still not be 100%, and we can’t imagine Jay Clark will risk her worsening it before the postseason. We got a taste of Michigan’s best lineups last week at Oklahoma, and they didn’t include Gabby Wilson on bars. However, Jacey Vore made a major error. It seems like a tossup as to who will get that lineup spot at home with Suni Lee and Auburn coming to town.

Beam: Denver’s injury situation meant Emma Brown‘s beam and floor numbers have become important. She hit a 9.900 on beam at Penn State. Samantha Sakti was back on beam for the Bruins. She certainly seems to be part of Kristina Comforte’s best beam six, so after last week’s 9.900 we expect her to stay put, barring any shaky warmups. This one is a classic game of UCLA lineup roulette.

Floor: It seems possible that Alexandria Ruiz will step in on floor for the Pioneers after Glynn’s injury. Reese McClure competed floor twice this weekend after only appearing on beam previously. The Terp added a 9.825 and a 9.875, and seems like she’s a staple here moving forward. Michigan State’s Gabi Stephen didn’t do floor this week; it seemed like a resting situation more than anything else, so expect her back.

Waiver Wire Wrap-up

Finally, we have a waiver wire in gymnastics! Who should you prioritize this week? Since Fantasy Central comes out on Tuesdays, keep in mind that these tips are catered toward next week.

Vault: Did you catch Martina Comin back in Nebraska’s vault lineup for a 9.900? She’s a steal if you’re down a vaulter.

Bars: Bridgeport’s Kat Doran had a season-high 9.900 last week on bars; she’s consistently good here, and if you need another bars number and she’s still available in your league, she’s a great pickup.

Beam: Mia Townes is back for the Illini. She competed beam and vault, notching a 9.875 on the former. Maggie Ayers skipped her usual beam lineup spot and exhibitioned in order to give Dymiana Cox a lineup spot for the first time ever on her senior night. Cox outscored Ayers’ previous numbers, as well as Amy Bladon’s who has also held that spot, so it’s possible we’ll see more of her as we move into postseason. If you absolutely need another beam score, she’s worth considering.

Floor: Elise Tisler joined the floor lineup for Towson for a 9.850. She’s a solid vaulter, too.

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Article by Emily Minehart

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