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.
We’ve arrived at the final week before conference championships already, somehow. This is the last hurrah, a chance to inch NQS higher, and if goes anything like last week did, it’s sure to be a weird and wild ride. A lot of big flashy teams are home for senior night (list below), so we can expect some generous scoring to be flying around. Keep in mind that the loose scoring won’t just apply to the home teams, as we saw with the Michigan State meet last week.
This is also NCGA regionals weekend, so if you’re playing with the DIIIs, you can hope for a little postseason-esque excitement boost as well.
Senior nights: West Chester, Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Southern Utah, California, Illinois, Oregon State, Centenary, Nebraska, Kent State, Ball State, Eastern Michigan, New Hampshire, Texas Woman’s, Rutgers, Bridgeport, Oklahoma, California.
Injury Updates Since Last Week
- Sunisa Lee (Auburn): Boot
- Kai Rivers (LSU): Achilles injury
- Kara Eaker (Utah): Concussion protocol
- Audrey Lynn (Oklahoma): Boot
- Lindsay Bacheler (Maryland): Arm in sling
- Jacquie Moran (Georgia): Crutches
- Alexa Rothenbuescher (Maryland): Boot
Gymnasts Removed from the Injury List
- Olivia Dunne (LSU)
- Bryce Wilson (LSU)
- Clara Hong (Towson)
- Paige Hogan (UCLA)
- Frida Esparza (UCLA)
Week 10 Byes & Doubles
Byes: Alaska, Simpson
Doubles: Arizona, Ball State, Bridgeport, California, George Washington, Maryland, Southern Connecticut, Towson, West Virginia
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 and Lineup Frequency: A consistent gymnast with a great hit rate makes a great lineup pick on nearly any team. This week, we’re highlighting some of the gymnasts you can count on—who have been in at least 70% of lineups this season, have perfect hit rates, average above a 9.850, but most importantly, put up routines with very little variation, as indicated by a range of at most 0.100 between their season highs and lows.
- Vault: Deja Chambliss (High: 9.925, Average: 9.882, Range: 0.075)
- Bars: Trinity Thomas (9.975, 9.964, 0.050); Courtney Blackson (9.925, 9.906, 0.050)
- Beam: Jenna Domingo (9.925, 9.870, 0.075); Payton Harris (9.900, 9.8625, 0.075)
- Floor: Chae Campbell (9.950, 9.938, 0.050); Raena Worley (9.950, 9.933, 0.050); Sierra Brooks (9.950, 9.931, 0.050); Selena Harris (9.925, 9.909, 0.050)
Breakout Performances: After matching her career high on vault for the first time in nearly two years last week, Kiana Lewis of West Virginia set a new career high of 9.900 on Sunday. Arizona State junior Cienna Samiley posted just a 9.650 on bars in the first week of the season but has found her groove in the last two meets with back-to-back 9.9-plus scores, including a new career high of 9.925 at the end of February. Missouri’s Alonna Kratzer started her season on floor consistently in the high-9.7 to mid-9.8 range but posted consecutive career high 9.900s in late February and was just shy of the mark with a 9.875 this Friday.
Starts, Sits & Pickups for Week 10
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: Iowa State’s Maddie Diab has been vaulting on and off this year; at Iowa she missed a hand on her block. She competed floor later and seemed fine, but if you had been throwing her in your vault lineup for her 9.800s, it might be a good week to pull her. It was the vault crash seen ’round the world… In all seriousness, Victoria Nguyen’s missed vault at Oklahoma looked terrifying, but she Tweeted that she is fine. While it’s safe to say she may not vault this week, she’ll presumably be back on the other three pieces.
Bars: Tiger Aleah Finnegan is still looking for a bars 10 to complete her Gym Slam. She missed last week due to illness, so assuming she’s healthy, she should be back for LSU’s senior night. Mya Lauzon has been out of California’s bar lineup for two weeks in favor of Ella Cesario’s return. Cesario has been scoring well, and it looks like lineups may remain that way as we near the postseason. Jillian Procasky was back for Kentucky, after missing a week, for her first all-around performance since Week 1. She competed well and could remain in the Wildcats’ bar lineup.
Beam: Kara Eaker’s concussion protocol was part of the barrage of bad news to start Week 9; the Utes are at Oregon State Saturday. That’s theoretically enough time for Eaker to be cleared, but Tom Farden will want her in top form for Pac-12s. It won’t be shocking if she takes the week off. Don’t fret about Sunisa Lee. She was resting last week, but per the broadcast she’s “excited to be back” for senior night, which will be her final home meet as well.
Floor: Brooklyn Moors performed a floor exhibition last week. She seems to be inching ever closer to competing. Home versus Iowa State this weekend is perhaps the perfect opportunity for her to make her first lineup appearance. Florida floor lineups were odd to say the least at Oklahoma, but it was by all accounts just a chance for rest. Expect your favorites back as the Gators get some quad practice at Texas Woman’s before SECs. Arizona State’s Jada Mangahas missed Week 8 but was back in action for a 9.925 last week. All signs point to go for her.
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: Fisk’s Aliyah Reed-Hammon had a bit of a slow start on vault, but she scored a 9.900 last week. If you can handle a little risk, she may be worth the gamble. She’s gone 9.925 on beam, too. Ashley Glynn has had some misses for Temple, but she pretty regularly hits a mid-9.850 and could be a good addition to bolster a lineup.
Bars: West Chester is quietly having itself a nice season. Jordan Coleman has had some misses on bars, but she’s hit 9.850 the past two weeks. Central Michigan’s Audriana Hammond is a bars specialist who is all but sure to get you a 9.800-plus number.
Beam: SEMO’s Nyah Reader currently sits atop the USAG beam standings. She’s topped out at 9.875 but has been largely consistent, with only one miss all year. She could easily shore up any sagging fantasy beam squad. The MIC’s best beam average belongs to Nirel Bart-Williams. The Illinois State freshman had a miss last week, but it was preceded by a strong string of 9.800-plus numbers.
Floor: Temple’s Brooke Donabedian is on fire on floor; she scored a 9.950 last week on the heels of a number of 9.900-plus outings. If you need a quick boost on floor to close the fantasy season, she’s a good bet. Elle Beaufait has been an asset to the Spartans’ floor lineup the past two weeks. She hasn’t scored above a 9.825 yet, but breaking into the tough Michigan State lineup implies great potential.
Article by Emily Minehart and Dara Tan
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