2017 Fantasy Supercross Week Eight: Atlanta

Fantasy Supercross

The 2017 Fantasy Supercross season, presented by our friends at RMFantasySX, heads this week to Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta has been a mainstay on the Supercross circuit for many years, and some great races have been had there. There are quite a few current riders with some success at this track in recent years. We’ll run through them in a few.

Last week’s action in Minneapolis was insane! I really thought that Ryan Dungey would dominate this race, but it was not meant to be. Eli Tomac was a man on a mission, dominating nearly the entire thing. Marvin Muquin even managed to run down Dungey. Jason Anderson had another respectable finish in fourth and Cole Seely battled back from a terrible start to round out the Top-5. In fact, I had all of the Top-5 finishers in the standings again, but didn’t have any of them in the correct finishing spots. If DraftKings or FanDuel ever pick up Fantasy Supercross, we’re going to make a killing, boys and girls.

Injury updates: Ken Roczen had surgeries #8 and #9 on his injured wrist/forearm yesterday and today. Yikes, it doesn’t sound like we’ll be seeing him any time soon. After a nasty crash in Minneapolis, slamming down hard on his shoulder, Cooper Webb hasn’t had a real update yet. He said on his Instagram account that he’ll “be back soon” but didn’t specify if that is this week or not. And last week there was a little blurb from the father of Bubba Stewart saying we may see Bubba back “as soon as this week in Atlanta”. It would be nice to see Bubba revive his career.

Contenders:

Ryan Dungey – Dungey has three wins here since 2012, and two other podiums. In fact, his worse finish in the past six years is a 6th in 2013. He is seeing some heat in the standings of late. I’d like to see how he responds at a track he has routinely dominated.

Marvin Musquin – Musquin finished 2nd here last year in his rookie campaign, his best finish of his career at the time. He is riding great lately and is still holding off Eli Tomac in the standings while closing the gap on Dungey, his KTM Red Bull teammate.

Eli Tomac – Atlanta has not been friendly to Eli. He has only one podium finish here(2nd) in his career. But he is on fire lately, winning three of the past four races to tighten the championship race.

Chad Reed – Reed finished on the podium last year in 3rd and won one of the two Atlanta races in 2015.

Trey Canard – Canard did not race in Atlanta last year due to injury but finished on the podium in both of the 2015 races and has another Top-5 finish in the last 6 years.

Jason Anderson – El Hombre has two 7th’s and a 9th in his three career Atlanta races.

Cole Seely – Seely is another, like Tomac, who hasn’t had much luck in Atlanta. he finished 10th last year and his best overall finish here is a 4th in Atlanta 1 in 2015.

Malcolm Stewart – I have to include Malcolm in here because he has been consistently fast each and every week. If he can avoid that one stupid mistake he seems to make EVERY week, he has the talent to run in the Top-5.

Wild Card 10th Place:

With this season so full of great riders, seeing Top-5 guys closer to the 10-13 spots is a normal thing now. These next group of guys could finish anywhere from the 4th to the 13th position and I wouldn’t even be surprised to see one podium. That is how deep the talent in Supercross is now.

Davi Millsaps – Millsaps finished 4th last year, and has a 3rd and another 4th in the past 6 years.

Justin Brayton – Brayton has actually finished 5th in three of the past six Atlanta races, with a 12th and an 11th sandwiched in between.

Justin Bogle – Bogle finished in 8th last year aboard a Honda, and seems to be right around that position nearly every week this year on board a Suzuki.

Broc Tickle – Tickle has actually done relatively well here. He missed last year due to injury but had a 6th, 4th, and 7th in his previous 3 Atlanta starts.

Blake Baggett – Baggett has an 8th and a 5th in his two Atlanta starts.

Josh Grant – Grant didn’t race here last year, but finished 10th, 6th, and 9th in his previous three Atlanta starts.

My Picks:

1st: Marvin Musquin

2nd: Jason Anderson

3rd: Ryan Dungey

4th: Chad Reed

5th: Trey Canard

Wild Card 10th: Broc Tickle

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