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    FCW's Weekly Fantasy Outlook (11/30-12/3)

    In the sense of setting your fantasy lineup, Week 4 was a snoozefest. But we did have some action which caused a shift in the current #FCW24 Overall Fantasy Standings. 

    Week 3:

    The Fantasy Wrestler of Week 3 was 157 Vince Zerban (UNCO) who scored 28 Fpts in six matches, beating out Princeton’s 125 Drew Heethuis (26 Fpts). Two other big name 157 lbers, Peyton Robb (NEB) and Bryce Andonian (VT) tied for third with 25 Fpts and a PPM of 5.00. 

    165 Peyton Hall wrestled six matches in Week 3, but because two were non D1 competition, only four of them counted towards his score of 23 Fpts (PPM of 5.80, the highest out of any week 3 wrestler with three or more matches). 

    Dominick Serrano of Northern Colorado wrestled seven matches in Week 3 with two duals and competing in the Black Knight Invite. He went 7-1,  accumulating 23 Fpts.

    Week 4:

    Thanks in large part to the Mat-Town Open 1 (hosted by Lock Haven), Cornell ran away in the Week 4 leaderboard taking five of the Top-10 spots. 157 Gage McClenahan was the Week 4 leader with 18 Fpts in 5 matches, followed by Big Red teammate 174 Benny Baker with 17 Fpts. Joshua Saunders (12 Fpts) finished 5th and Greg Diakomihalis (11 Fpts) at 6th. Surprisingly, Chris Foca, a newcomer to the 184 weight class had 10 Fpts for 10th place in the Week 3 leaderboard.

    149 Ty Linsenbigler (LHU) finished with 14 Fpts, one better than 4th place Carter Baer of Binghamton in the 157 weight class.

    Overall Leaderboard:

    With help from the Keystone Classic, several Virginia Tech wrestlers made a jump up the leaderboard. In particular, 149 Caleb Henson (VT) currently sits atop the standings with 54 Fpts. In second place, 11 Fpts behind, is 165 Peyton Hall (WVU).

    Previous Overall leader, Trent Hidlay (NCST), was busing winning freestyle matches and slipped to 4th place with a current total of 37 Fpts. Sneaking in at #3 is Army’s Thomas Deck (149 weight class) with 39 Fpts.

    To see the FULL Week 3, Week 4, and OVERALL #FCW24 Leaderboards, click HERE.


    On to Week 5:

    Every year at this time, I pour a glass of Jack Daniels and listen to Dean’Martin’s “Vegas Medley”:

    "I Love Vegas, every moment,

    It's my favorite atmosphere…

    I love Vegas, 

    why do I, do I love Vegas?

    Because my money's here"

    I’m not going to talk at you for seven minutes about why the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite, the unquestioned best  in-season tournament for several years running, is going to be absolutely bonkers. Just look at the pre-seeds and possible Rd16 matchups if seeds hold (you can see that HERE)

    Since we didn't have out Week 5 #FCWpodcast episode, here’s our picks for champs:


    Matt Ramos, Daton Fix, Brock Hardy, Caleb Henson, Peyton Robb, David Carr, Shane Griffith, Parker Keckeisen, Trent Hidlay, Yonger Bastida


    Brett Ungar, Daton Fix, Jesse Mendez, Ridge Lovett, Meyer Shapiro, David Carr, Shane Griffith, Parker Keckeisen, Trent Hidlay, Lucas Davison


    Most of the eyes and attention will be on the Pacific Time Zone, but Week 5 has several other tournaments to keep track of and tri/quad meets that can really boost your fantasy lineup. The Cougar Clash has several starters entered at each weight, as well as the Patriots Open down in Virginia or Storm Open in Ohio. Other tournaments like the Drury Open, Jim Koch Open, and Duane Open have some sparse D1 entrants, but remember that non-D1 matches do not count towards your team’s weekly Fpt total. 

    A reminder of some important rules:

    • Wrestlers entered at a weight must compete at that weight or else their results will not be counted. Wrestlers in the “Floater” spots can compete at ANY weight and accumulate Fantasy points.
    • A wrestler will LOCK on your roster at 12pm ET on the day of their first competition for the week (refer to the SHP’s Week Preview).
    • Only results against D1 competition (starters, backups, and redshirts) will count towards Fantasy Points. 
    • Check your league settings to know how many add/drops are permitted per week. 

    As usual, entries are still coming in for each of these tournaments, so keep the notifications on for @FantasyD1Wrestl as updates will be posted to the InterMat Forum Fantasy Wrestling Board


    Wrestlers I Like This Week

    Wrestler (School)- competition for the week  [Proj Score]

    *organized by most potential points to least, then by school alphabetically”:


    Ethan Berginc (ARMY)- Cougar Clash

    Blake West (NIU)- Cougar Clash

    Tyler Klinsky (RDI)-  Patriots Open

    Tristan Lujan (MSU)- @ Franklin & Marshall, Vs Bloomsburg, Vs Presbyterian  [+13]

    Jack Maida (AMER)- Vs Davidson  [+6]

    Drew West (GWU)- Vs Kent State, Vs Buffalo  [+6]

    Dean Peterson (RUT)- @ Edinboro  [+5]

    Eric Barnett (WISC)- Vs Bucknell  [+5]

    Noah Surtin (MIZZ)_ Vs Oklahoma  [+3]


    Zeke Seltzer (MIZZ)- Vs Oklahoma, Cougar Clash

    Dominick Serrano (UNCO)- Cougar Clash

    Braxton Brown (MARY)- Patriots Open

    Mason Leiphart (F&M)- Vs Bloomsburg, Michigan State, Vs VMI  [+11]

    Nasir Bailey (LR)- @ Drexel, Vs Clarion  [+7]

    Max Leete (AMER)- Vs Davidson  [+6]

    Dylan Shawver (RUT)- @ Edinboro  [+4]

    Kurt Phipps (BUCK)- @ Wisconsin  [+3]

    Cayden Rooks (IND)- @ Princeton  [+3]


    Nathan Higley (GMU)- @ Davidson, Vs Cleveland State, Patriots Open

    Josh Edmond (MIZZ)- Vs Oklahoma, Cougar Clash

    Benjamin Alanis (UNCO)- Cougar Clash

    Michael Schiffhauer (BELL)- @ Lindenwood, @ Queens  [+7]

    Todd Carter (GWU)- Vs Kent State, Vs Buffalo  [+6]

    Real Woods (IOWA)- @ Penn  [+4]

    Mitch Moore (RUT)- @ Edinboro  [+4] * listed as -OR- in preview, risky play

    Cole Matthews (PITT)- Vs Illinois  [+3]

    Danny Fongaro (IND)- @ Princeton  [+3]


    Thomas Deck (ARMY)- Cougar Clash

    Drew Roberts (MINN)-  Cougar Clash

    Caleb Tyus (SIUE)- Cougar Clash

    Zac Cowan (BELL)- @ Lindenwood, @ Queens  [+7]

    Kaden Cassify (GMU)- @ Davidson, Vs Cleveland State  [+7]

    Noah Castillo (CHAT)- Vs Kent State, Vs Buffalo (@GWU)  [+6] 

    Zach Price (GWU)- Vs Kent State, Vs Buffalo  [+6]

    Shayne Van Ness (PSU)- Vs Lehigh  [+5]

    Finn Solomon (PITT)- Vs Illinois  [+4]

    Graham Rooks (IND)- @ Princeton  [+3]


    Cam Steed (MIZZ)-  Cougar Clash

    Vince Zerban (UNCO)- Cougar Clash

    Chase Saldate (MSU)- @ Franklin & Marshall, Vs Bloomsburg, Vs Presbyterian  [+15] 

    DJ McGee (GMU)- @ Davidson, Vs Cleveland State [+7]

    Brock Mauller (MIZZ)- Vs Oklahoma  [+4]

    Levi Haines (PSU)- Vs Lehigh  [+4]

    Al DeSantis (RUT)- @ Edinboro  [+4]

    Nick Delp (BUCK)- @ Wisconsin  [+3]

    Jared Franek (IOWA)- @ Penn  [+3]



    Evan Maag (GMU)- @ Davidson, Vs Cleveland State, Patriots Open

    Dalton Harkins (ARMY)- Cougar Clash

    Blaine Brenner (MINN)-  Cougar Clash

    Tanner Cook (SDSU)-  Patriots Open

    Caleb Fish (MSU)- @ Franklin & Marshall, Vs Bloomsburg, Vs Presbyterian  [+15]

    Mitchell Mesenbrink (PSU)- Vs Lehigh  [+5]

    Keegan O’Toole (MIZZ)- Vs Oklahoma  [+4]

    Holden Heller (PITT)- Vs Illinois  [+4]

    Michael Caliendo (IOWA)- @ Penn  [+4]

    Anthony White (RUT)- @ Edinboro  [+4]

    Dean Hamiti (WISC)- Vs Bucknell  [+4]

    Derek Gilcher (IND)- @ Princeton  [+3]

    Nick Hamilton (UVA)-  @ North Dakota State  [+3]

    Peyton Hall (WVU)- Vs Oklahoma  [+3]


    Andrew Sparks (MINN)-  Cougar Clash

    Carter Starocci (PSU)- Vs Lehigh  [+5]

    Jay Nivison (BUFF)- @ Gardner-Webb, Vs Chattanooga, Vs Kent State  [+4]

    Jackson Turley (RUT)- @ Edinboro  [+4] * Listed as -OR- in preview, risky play

    Justin McCoy (UVA)-  @ North Dakota State  [+4]

    Myles Takats (BUCK)- @ Wisconsin  [+3]

    Edmond Ruth (ILL) @ Pittsburgh  [+3]

    Donnell Washington (IND)- @ Princeton  [+3]


    Max McEnelly (MINN)-  Cougar Clash

    Isaiah Salazar (MINN)-  Cougar Clash

    Sean Harman (MIZZ)- Cougar Clash

    Colton Hawks (MIZZ)- Cougar Clash

    Bennett Berge (SDSU)- Patriots Open

    Layne Malczewski (MSU)- @ Franklin & Marshall, Vs Bloomsburg, Vs Presbyterian  [+11]

    *if wrestles, last match was a loss by INJ

    Malachi Duvall (GMU)- Vs Cleveland State, Vs Davidson  [+6]

    James Conway (F&M)- Vs Bloomsburg, Michigan State, Vs VMI  [+4]

    Clayton Whiting (MIZZ)- Vs Oklahoma  [+4]

    Bernie Truax (PSU)- Vs Lehigh  [+4]

    Brian Soldano (RUT)- @ Edinboro  [+4]

    Hudson Stewart (UVA)-  @ North Dakota State  [+4]

    Connor Bourne (AMER)- Vs Davidson  [+3]

    Reece Heller (PITT)- Vs Illinois  [+3]

    Dennis Robin (WVU)- Vs Oklahoma  [+3]



    Rocky Elam (MIZZ)- Cougar Clash  *Questionable if wrestles the OU Dual

    Sonny Sasso (VT)- Patriots Open

    Stephen Buchanan (OU)-  @ Missouri, @ West Virginia  [+8]

    Stephen Little (LR)- @ Drexel, Vs Clarion  [+8]

    Ben Smith (CSU)- Vs George Mason (@DAV)  [+4]

    Mac Stout (PITT)- Vs Illinois  [+4]

    Luke Stout (PRIN)- Vs Indiana  [+4]

    John Poznanski (RUT)- @ Edinboro  [+4]

    Aaron Brooks (PSU)- Vs Lehigh  [+3]


    Chad Nix (GMU)- @ Davidson, Vs Cleveland State, Patriots Open

    Zach Elam (MIZZ)- Vs Oklahoma, Cougar Clash

    Bennett Tabor (MINN)-  Cougar Clash

    Chase Horne (NCST)- Patriots Open

    Josh Terrill (MSU)- @ Franklin & Marshall, Vs Bloomsburg, Vs Presbyterian  [+9]

    William Jarrell (AMER)- Vs Davidson  [+4]

    Dorian Crosby (BUCK)- @ Wisconsin  [+4]

    Yaraslau Slavikouski (RUT)- @ Edinboro  [+4]

    Greg Kerkvliet (PSU)- Vs Lehigh  [+3]

    Ryan Catka (UVA)-  @ North Dakota State  [+3]

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