Fantasy Central: Week 4

Fantasy Central: Week 4

It’s year two with Gymlytics fantasy college gymnastics in 2023! We all learned lessons last year when GymChem took up the helm and created her revamped game, and we’re ready for a fun 2023.

Our weekly cadence will continue to match Gymlytics: The fantasy “week” begins with Friday meets, ends with any Thursday ones and trading happens every Monday via waiver wire. You’ll find us here every Tuesday talking about “next week,” meaning the fantasy week starting that Friday.

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.

First and foremost, the waiver wire is open! Click on the “Trades” icon on the top menu, select the gymnast from your roster you want to drop and the gymnast you hope to pick up in her place. The program will snake through players in your league in the reverse order it did in the draft.

Some tips to keep in mind: If you really need to drop a gymnast for whatever reason, be sure to put in for more than one trade! That way, if your first choice is taken before the snake reaches you, you can still pick up your second or third choice. If there’s a gymnast you’d really like to pick up, but she’s not your first choice, you can list her as a choice to trade for a second gymnast you’re dropping.

Here’s an example for if you’re dropping Jane, Suzy and Amy, and you’d like to pick up Sally, Emma and Tina, and your preferences are in that order.

Jane dropping > Sally adding
Jane dropping > Emma adding
Jane dropping > Tina adding
Suzy dropping > Emma adding
Suzy dropping > Tina adding
Amy dropping > Tina adding

Injury Updates Since Last Week

  • Sara Ulias (UCLA): wokring back from injury
  • Ayzhia Hall (Nebraska): unknown tweak
  • Katie Kowalski (Central Michigan): updated to long-term injury
  • Ashley Blum (Washington): updated to boot and scooter
  • Madison Debernardo (UW-La Crosse): left team
  • Audrey Kaufman (UW-La Crosse): left team

Gymnasts Removed From the Injury List Since Last Week

  • Gianna Ortiz (Rutgers)
  • Kelsey Kollhoff (UW-Whitewater)
  • Kiah Johnson (West Chester)

Week 4 Byes & Doubles

Byes: Temple, William & Mary

Doubles: Alaska, George Washington, Illinois State, Oregon State, Rutgers, Sacramento State, SEMO, Texas Woman’s, Towson

Keep in mind that George Washington at Towson is Wednesday, Feb. 1. That’s Week 4, this upcoming week, for fantasy purposes, but Week 5 as far as Road to Nationals is concerned. That is to say, it counts as a double for both teams for fantasy but not in the national rankings.

Data Corner

This year we have data editor Dara joining us for Fantasy Central each week. She’ll be breaking down the numbers for you with notes on routine hit rate, lineup appearance frequency and breakout performances to keep an eye on.

Hit Rate: 

Lineup Frequency:

Breakout Performances: 

Starts, Sits & Pickups for Week 4

This is the spot to find your sleeper picks, your two- or three-eventers and your solutions for those big bye weeks. We’ll also comment on the big names when relevant: Injuries, lineup absences, or inconsistency.

Vault: For a brief moment, it seemed like Lynnzee Brown would vault for the first time in her Achilles comeback. She ended up not going, but it’s a good sign that she appeared in the tweeted lineups. You might consider putting her in if you can tolerate a zero until she vaults. Kennadi Davis was missing from Washington’s lineups versus UCLA. It’s unclear why, so it seems safe to keep her in lineups this week if your squad can absorb a zero.

Bars: We know Makarri Doggette’s career has been marred by injury. She was in a boot and not dressed last week, and we’d consider sitting her until her health is clear given her history.

Beam: Momoko Iwai was missing on beam and floor for Denver. Callie Schlottman got the beam nod and performed well for a 9.850. If we get news that Iwai is out longer term, it seems like Schlottman will remain. For now, we just don’t know, so put either in this lineup with caution. Elena Deets added beam for Arizona for a 9.875; it seems like she’ll remain in that lineup for now.

Floor: West Virginia’s Kendra Combs added floor back to her program this week. She notched just a 9.650, but her 2022 average was a 9.892. We’d keep her in this lineup. Minnesota’s Emily Koch went down hard during her floor routine last week. We don’t yet know her injury status, so unless you can tolerate a zero, we’d keep her out of lineups for now. It sounds like Brooklyn Moors is still a good way away from reentering this lineup, as she hasn’t even been traveling to meets with the team.

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: Maryland’s Alexsis Rubio has now gone 9.875 in back-to-back weeks for her huge Yurchenko full. She’s worth picking up if she’s available. Victoria Henry has been quietly cooking for Ball State, topping out at a 9.875 so far. She’s a solid all-arounder, too.

Bars: The MAC really had itself a weekend. Isabella Rivelli scored a huge 9.900 for this routine. She’s worth looking at if you need a bar worker. Northern Illinois’ bar specialist Natalie Hamp is on a roll, with a 9.900 already on the year.

Beam: Fisk’s Aliyah Reed-Hammon scored the program’s first 9.925 on beam last week. She has been hit or miss, but if your lineup can take on some risk, she’s clearly capable of huge numbers. We saw Jacquie Moran’s college debut on beam last week for a 9.825. It’s a lineup where Georgia has shuffled things to find a best six, so chances are she’ll break the lineup again.

Floor: Kent State’s Alyssa Guns might be available in your league. It’s worth a look: She scored a 9.900 last week and had a 9.975 in 2022. Shania Adams is back for Alabama, with a 9.900 on floor. If she’s left in your league, grab her!

Notes From the Fantasy Roundtable

We’re not sure whether Haley Tyson is traveling with Iowa; she hasn’t made any lineups, but not traveling is a big sign that she’s either injured or not even an alternate. If you picked up the transfer, it might be time to consider dropping her.

READ THIS NEXT: Fantasy Central: Week 3

Article by Emily Minehart and Dara Tan; additional reporting from Peri Goodman and Kalley Lear

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