Fantasy Supercross Preview Week Seven: Arlington

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Welcome to Week Seven coverage of Fantasy Supercross from our friends at RMfantasyMX. Last week’s race in San Diego was full of action as Trey Canard crept closer to the top of the points race and dominated for the win. Ken Roczen gained a couple of points back on overall points leader Ryan Dungey, holding him off for a second place finish. My week personally stunk. I had all five riders in the Top-5 chosen as my picks but had each of them in the wrong position, finishing the week with zero points(my first zero of the year) and falling behind my wife of all people in our group! She doesn’t even watch the race! Ugh… Alas, I have to keep churning and picking, knowing that the stars will align for me one of these weeks. Before we get down and dirty here, I’d like to also give a quick shout out to my writer Eric Harrison(@FFPrimeTime), who won the 10th overall weekly prize at A3 two weeks ago. Great picks brotha! Ok, back to the chaos.

This week the series heads to Arlington, Texas to the home of Jerruh and the Cowboys. In recent years, this race has been dominated by James ‘Bubba’ Stewart, but as we all know, he isn’t racing this year due to a suspension. What that means for us from a fantasy supercross standpoint is that it’s going to be a wide open race, as basically has been every race so far this year. What I love about this one is we start to see a little sense of urgency from riders lagging behind in the standings a little bit; more aggressive racing, more risk, more bumping. The races in general from here on out just get a little more entertaining. Guys like Chad Reed and Davi Millsaps, extremely talented and veteran riders who have had very disappointing starts to their seasons(Millsaps sits in 8th, Reed in 10th), should start riding more “Balls Out”. Even the race for Rookie of the Year, which looked like Jason Anderson’s trophy early, is starting to tighten up as Cole Seely and Blake Baggett have started to turn it up as of late. Hold on everyone, the rest of this season is going to be a killer ride!

Update: After suffering an injury during a crash while prepping for San Diego, Justin Barcia will miss atleast the next two weeks, if not more. I’ll keep his status updated every week until he returns. Get well Bam Bam.

Contenders:

This week’s Wild Card is 6th place, so we won’t have a Sleepers category. I’ll simply list my contenders and you can organize them as you wish! That’s easy, right?

Trey Canard – Canard has a win, a third, and a fifth in three Arlington starts. He is hot now too. My money is on red(both his hair and his bike) this week.

Ryan Dungey – Dungey won in Arlington in his rookie year in 2010, when he won the championship. He has followed that up with 3 other podium finishes and a 6th place since then. As usual, living up to his Mr. Consistency moniker.

Chad Reed – The Aussie has two wins and a 2nd place finish in the 450 era at this race when it was held in the old stadium in Irving. He has been pretty mediocre in Arlington, with his best finish being an 8th place. But as I mentioned in the paragraph above, if he is going to claw back into the championship race it’s gotta start this week.

Ken Roczen – Roczen finished sixth here last year, his rookie year. But like I’m going to leave him off of my contender’s list…

Eli Tomac – Tomac was seventh last year, read the Roczen statement above, it works for Tomac also.

Cole Seely – The rookie has been on fire lately, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him get a win soon. Am I brave enough to call it? No… But he will sooner rather than later. The Honda rider is slowly chipping away at El Hombre’s ROY lead, and has climbed to 7th overall in the points race.

Blake Baggett – Baggett followed up his first career Top-10 finish at A3 with a seventh last week, and is just two points behind Reed for a Top-10 spot in the championship.

Broc Tickle – Tickle(hehe) returned from a one week injury absence to finish in 9th last week. He has raced in Arlington a few times, with a best finish of 7th.

 

 

 

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