2018 Fantasy Supercross Week Five: Oakland

Fantasy Supercross

The 2018 Fantasy Supercross season heads to the bay area of Oakland for Round Five. This week will be a real toss up as only one current rider in Supercross has a win here. Oakland has a pretty cool layout, as it’s using a medium size, multi-purpose stadium with a lot of tight turns and shorter straightaways than Glendale. It should be as fast and entertaining as last week’s race here in Glendale. Oakland is an early race! Get your picks in before 7:00pm EST!

Speaking of Glendale, what a time! We have never gone to a Supercross race and had a bad time. For the price of a recycled Monster Energy can, you have access to the pits, where you are within a few feet of the riders and the teams, working on their bikes in between each race throughout the day. If you’ve never been, I encourage you all to go check out a race in person. Eli Tomac absolutely dominated the main event, after being 16th in qualifying before the heat races. He knows he is in a deep hole in the championship points race, and is on a mission to get back into the chase. Justin Barcia, who came into the season thinking he was going to run as a privateer only to get picked up for the first six races by the Factory Yamaha team after Davi Millsaps sustained an injury, is back. He has landed on the podium in three of the first four races, and very nearly ran down Eli Tomac at the end of last week’s race. He should have a permanent spot on that team as the season progresses. He currently stands 2nd in the points, only nine behind Jason Anderson. Ken Roczen looked great, even posting a few of the fastest laps in the race. He had a solid 3rd place finish, his second podium of the year. After dominating practice, qualifying, and his heat race, Anderson had a terrible start and had to battle through the field to settle for a 4th place finish. Marvin Musquin looks to be rounding back into form after his early season shoulder injury, rounding out the Top-5.

NOTE: The Wild Card spot is 8th this week so there won’t be a separate Wild Card category.

Contenders:

Eli Tomac – Tomac is the only rider in the field to have won in Oakland in the last seven years, winning it last year. He has also won the last two races this year after falling into an early hole by essentially earning zero points in the first two races.  He currently sits in 10th place, a very distant 36 points behind Anderson, but is on fire of late as he tries to get himself back into the championship race.

Ken Roczen – Roczen missed last year with his injury, but finished in second in 2016 and has one other Top-10 Oakland finish.

Jason Anderson – Anderson has consecutive 4th place finishes in Oakland and one other Top-10 finish here.

Marvin Musquin – Musquin has two Top-10 finishes, including a 3rd.

Justin Barcia – Barcia has two Top-10 finishes in Oakland.

Cole Seely – Seely had a very disappointing 12th place finish in Glendale after being very fast in practice. He has two Top-5 finishes in the past three Oakland races and another Top-10 in that span.

Blake Baggett – Baggett seems to finish in that 7-9 range in Oakland, finished 9th in Glendale, and sits 8th in points.

Cooper Webb – One of Webb’s only podiums in his rookie year, he finished 3rd here last year.

Weston Peick – Peick is having a great season so far in 2018, sitting 4th in the points, but he has never had a Top-10 finish in Oakland.

Justin Brayton – Brayton has four Top-10 finishes in the past seven Oakland races.

Chad Reed – Reed has four podiums, five Top-5’s, and six Top-10’s overall in the past seven Oakland races, but has been riding hurt and just doesn’t seem as fast on his Husqvarna this year as he was on his Yamaha last year.

My Picks:

1st: Eli Tomac

2nd: Jason Anderson

3rd: Justin Barcia

4th: Ken Roczen

5th: Marvin Musquin

Wild Card 8th: Cooper Webb

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