FCW's Week 9 Fantasy Outlook (12/29-1/2)

Michigan State's Chase Saldate (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki;

We Fantasy Team Managers have hit a season milestone this week: The Halfway Point.

Remember back in middle school when you had progress reports? In my day (yeah, I'm using that old-man phrase), back in 2002, before Study Island or teachers corresponded regularly with your parents via the inter-web, we had actual sheets of paper with each subject listed. Each teacher would fill out your current scholastic subject status within their class and, by the end of the week, had to return the progress report signed by a parent or guardian.

Now, I was neither steady enough to freehand my parent's signature nor have the necessary tracing paper available to overlay and copy their signature as they were both products of the 60s catholic school system and were proficient in cursive, which meant a full spelled-out signature. Not just a wispy couple strokes of the pen.

My usual go-to move was to wake my dad up at 6am (hours before I needed to actually leave for school) and get him to sign the random piece of paper I put in front of his one open bloodshot eye. Bingo-bango, no questions asked.

This one time, however, I had a 62% in math. That number alone would stand out even to the sleepiest of fathers, and to boot, was written in blood-red ink. The only teacher to use red ink, in fact. Had she used a black pen, even possibly a darker blue shade, I could have finagled a pencil overlay to make it look like an 82%. But again, red ink.

I rummaged through the several junk drawers, in the kitchen, the several bags of freebies doctors used to get back in the day from drug reps (like pens, pencils, golf balls, music CDs, etc.), until the miracle moment. While sneaking into my dad's office and going through his desk drawer for the literal hail mary search, I found a small rectangular case with graphite to fill into a reusable pencil. And what do ya know, it was RED graphite.

I lightly traced an "8" over the "6" in 62%, woke dad up at 6am who gave the paper a once-over, signed it, lightly erased the red graphite (gently so not to take off the coloring of the paper the progress report was printed on, and no one was the wiser.

That's a long and random story to set up this midway progress report in #FantasyCollegeWrestling.

At the beginning of the season, you most likely saw wrestlers like Spencer Lee, Gable Steveson, Roman Bravo-Young, and Yianni Diakomihalis going in the first couple of rounds. Surprise Surprise, though they are still ranked atop their respective weight rankings, they are not at the top of the list for Best Fantasy Wrestlers.

The current top 13 Fantasy Wrestlers across all weights (stats provided by WrestleStat):

#1. Matt Finesilver (Duke) 72 fantasy points/17 matches/4.20 PPM
#2. Ed Scott (NC State) 60 fantasy points/16 matches/3.80 PPM
#3. Chase Saldate (Michigan State) 56 fantasy points/14 matches/4.00 PPM
#4. Josh Finesilver (Duke) 56 fantasy points/17 matches/3.30 PPM
#5. Logan Messer (George Mason) 53 fantasy points/23 matches/2.30 PPM
#6. Joey Milano (NC State) 52 fantasy points/20 matches/2.60 PPM
#7. Donnell Washington (Indiana) 51 fantasy points/9 matches/5.70 PPM
#8. Brit Wilson (Northern Illinois) 50 fantasy points/15 matches/3.30 PPM
#9. Hunter Bolen (Virginia Tech) 49 fantasy points/12 matches/4.10 PPM
#10 Anthony Noto (Lock Haven) 48 fantasy points/18 matches/2.70 PPM
#11 Sebastian Rivera (Rutgers) 47 fantasy points/9 matches/5.20 PPM
#12 Mekhi Lewis (Virginia Tech) 47 fantasy points/11 matches/4.30 PPM
#13 Seth Koleno (Clarion) 47 fantasy points/24 matches/2.00 PPM

So, how many of these wrestlers are on your team? How has your season been going thus far? Has your roster been exceeding your expectations or underperforming? Is your team at the top of the standings or sinking quicker than the hips of a bad leg-rider? Have your Transfer Portal add/drops been working out or have they been more of a distraction in the locker room?

On to Week 9…

We find ourselves with a few last major tournaments of the 2022 season in the Matmen Open (also known as the "New Midlands"), Hawkeye Open, and Southern Scuffle before hitting the "back nine" and regular-season stretch to wrap up the regular season.

As I often say, it really depends on how the seeds shake out and the bracket is set to determine who is going to have a great day and who is going to have a not so good day, so since it's mainly tournament driven, I'm going to break each weight into two sections: Probably Taken (meaning that there is a high probability that this wrestler is already rostered within your league) and Most Likely Available (meaning the wrestler will probably be available in the Transfer Portal).

Unfortunately, at the time of this article, little detail has been sent out about the Hawkeye Open. I'm expecting some more info to come in shortly, so keep the notifications "ON" to @FantasyD1Wrestl.

We do have a few duals this week, including the (confusingly awkward scheduling of) Northwestern HOSTING (yeah…) SIU-Edwardsville and Virginia on Dec 29 and Oregon State @ Utah Valley on 1/2.

Wrestlers I Like This Week

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

*organized by tournament name first, then by school name*


Probably Taken:

Justin Cardani (Illinois)- Matmen Open

Noah Surtin (Missouri)- Southern Scuffle

Pat McKee (Minnesota)- Southern Scuffle

Most Likely Available:

Dylan Shawver (Rutgers)- Matmen Open

Jacob Moran (Indiana)- Matmen Open

Reece Witcraft (Oklahoma State)- Southern Scuffle

Joe Manchio (Columbia)- Southern Scuffle

Killian Cardinale (West Virginia)- Southern Scuffle

Fabian Gutierrez (Chattanooga)- Southern Scuffle

Eddie Ventresca (Virginia Tech)- Southern Scuffle

Michael DeAugustino (Northwestern)- Vs SIU-Edwardsville, Vs Virginia [+7]

Taylor LaMont (Utah Valley)- Vs Oregon State [+4]


Probably Taken:

Lucas Byrd (illinois)- Matmen Open

Micky Phillippi (Pittsburgh)- Matmen Open

Sammy Alverez (Rutgers)- Matmen Open

Rayvon Foley (Michigan State)- Southern Scuffle

Chris Cannon (Northwestern)- Vs SIU-Edwardsville, Vs Virginia [+8]

Most Likely Available:

Michael Colaiocco (U Penn)- Matmen Open

Drew Mattin (Michigan)- Matmen Open

Brock Hudkins (Indiana)- Matmen Open

Matt Ramos (Purdue)- Matmen Open

Chance Rich (CSU Bakersfield)- Southern Scuffle

Angelo Rini (Columbia)- Southern Scuffle

Kai Orine (NC State)- Southern Scuffle

Connor Brown (Missouri)- Southern Scuffle

Kellyn March (North Dakota State)- Southern Scuffle

Derek Spann (Buffalo)- Southern Scuffle

Jake Gliva (Minnesota)- Southern Scuffle


Probably Taken:

Sebastian Rivera (Rutgers)- Matmen Open

Clay Carlson (South Dakota State)- Southern Scuffle

Andrew Alirez (Northern Colorado State)- Southern Scuffle

Kizahn Clarke (North Carolina)- Southern Scuffle

Real Woods (Stanford)- Southern Scuffle

Allan Hart (Missouri)- Southern Scuffle

Grant Willits (Oregon State)- @ Utah Valley [+4]

Most Likely Available:

Wil Gil (Franklin & Marshall)- Matmen Open

Parker Filius (Purdue)- Matmen Open

Joey Zargo (Wisconsin)- Matmen Open

Lachlan McNeil (North Carolina)- Southern Scuffle

Quinn Kinner (Rider)- Southern Scuffle

Dusty Hone (Oklahoma State)- Southern Scuffle


Probably Taken:

Austin Gomez (Wisconsin)- Matmen Open

Josh Heil (Campbell)- Matmen Open

Josh Edmond (Missouri)- Southern Scuffle

Jonathan Millner (Appalachian State)- Southern Scuffle

Josh Finesilver (Duke)- Southern Scuffle

Zach Sherman (North Carolina)- Southern Scuffle

Yahya Thomas (Northwestern)- Vs SIU-Edwardsville, Vs Virginia [+7]

Most Likely Available:

Anthony White (Rutgers)- Matmen Open

Anthony Artalona (U Penn)- Matmen Open

Chance Lamer (Michigan)- Matmen Open

Max Brignola (Lehigh)- Matmen Open

Victor Voinovich (Oklahoma State)- Southern Scuffle

Alex Madrigal (George Mason)- Southern Scuffle


Probably Taken:

Kendall Coleman (Purdue)- Matmen Open

Doug Zapf (U Penn)- Matmen Open

Austin O'Connor (North Carolina)- Southern Scuffle

Brayton Lee (Minnesota)- Southern Scuffle

Chase Saldate (Michigan State)- Southern Scuffle

Jared Franek (North Dakota State)- Southern Scuffle

Jarrett Jacques (Missouri)- Southern Scuffle

Ryan Deakin (Northwestern)- Vs SIU-Edwardsville, Vs Virginia [+10]

Most Likely Available:

Brock Mauller (Missouri)- Southern Scuffle

Colton Yapoujian (Cornell)- Southern Scuffle


Probably Taken:

Jake Wentzel (Pittsburgh)- Matmen Open

Zach Hartman (Bucknell)- Matmen Open

Izzak Olejnik (Northern Illinois)- Matmen Open

Julian Ramirez (Cornell)- Southern Scuffle

Shane Griffith (Stanford)- Southern Scuffle

Keegan O'Toole (Missouri)- Southern Scuffle

Peyton Hall (West Virginia)- Southern Scuffle

Most Likely Available:

Dean Hamiti (Wisconsin)- Matmen Open

Phil Conigliaro (Harvard)- Matmen Open

Luke Weber (North Dakota State)- Southern Scuffle

Alex Facundo (Penn State)- Southern Scuffle

PJ Ogunsanya (Columbia)- Southern Scuffle


Probably Taken:

Matt Finesilver (Duke)- Southern Scuffle

Chris Foca (Cornell)- Southern Scuffle

Peyton Mocco (Missouri)- Southern Scuffle

Michael O'Malley (Drexel)- Southern Scuffle

Most Likely Available:

Josh Kim (Harvard)- Matmen Open

Jackson Turley (Rutgers)- Matmen Open

Cade DeVos (South Dakota State)- Southern Scuffle

Tyler Eischens (Stanford)- Southern Scuffle

Bailey O'Reilly (Minnesota)- Southern Scuffle


Probably Taken:

Myles Amine (Michigan)- Matmen Open

John Poznanski (Rutgers)- Matmen Open

Bernie Truax (Cal Poly)- Matmen Open

Brit Wilson (Northern Illinois)- Matmen Open

Hunter Bolen (Virginia Tech)- Southern Scuffle

Jeremiah Kent (Missouri)- Southern Scuffle

Most Likely Available:

Donnell Washington (Indiana)- Matmen Open

Trey Munoz (Oregon State)- Matmen Open

Chris Weiler (Wisconsin)- Matmen Open

Jonathan Loew (Cornell)- Southern Scuffle

Isaiah Salazar (Minnesota)- Southern Scuffle

Layne Malczewski (Michigan State)- Southern Scuffle

Gavin Kane (North Carolina)- Southern Scuffle


Probably Taken:

Nino Bonaccorsi (Pittsburgh)- Matmen Open

Braxton Amos (Wisconsin)- Matmen Open

Rocky Elam (Missouri)- Southern Scuffle

Jacob Cardenas (Cornell)- Southern Scuffle

Cam Caffey (Michigan State)- Southern Scuffle

Tanner Sloan (South Dakota State)- Southern Scuffle

Most Likely Available:

Greg Bulsak (Rutgers)- Matmen Open

Michael Beard (Penn State)- Southern Scuffle

Jaron Smith (Maryland)- Southern Scuffle

Owen Pentz (North Dakota State)- Southern Scuffle

Andrew Davison (Northwestern)- Vs SIU-Edwardsville, Vs Virginia [+7]


Probably Taken:

Trent Hillger (Wisconsin)- Matmen Open

Zach Elam (Missouri)- Southern Scuffle

Lewis Fernandes (Cornell)- Southern Scuffle

Most Likely Available:

Ethan Laird (Rider)- Matmen Open

Boone McDermott (Rutgers)- Matmen Open

Luke Luffman (Illinois)- Matmen Open

Michael Wolfgram (West Virginia)- Southern Scuffle

Hunter Catka (Virginia Tech)- Southern Scuffle

Owen Trephan (NC State)- Southern Scuffle

Austin Harris (Oklahoma State)- Southern Scuffle

Konner Doucet (Oklahoma State)- Southern Scuffle

Gary Traub (Oregon State)- @ Utah Valley [+4]

Think I missed someone? Disagree with someone on the list or their projection? Want to know our thoughts on a matchup? Let me know!

Win the week!


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Fighting_Blue_Jay (1) about a month ago
Correction at 165:
JOSHUA Ogunsanya (Columbia)