Welcome to another week of Fantasy Supercross coverage, hosted by our friends at RMfantasySX. The series heads to Arizona, my home turf, this week after a spectacular Oakland race. The big difference is that this year’s event will be held in University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals. This race has been held in Chase Field, home of MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks, as long as it’s been coming to Arizona. I’m very intrigued by how different the track layout will be, as they have more room to build in this venue. Although in all likelihood this will be a new track setup, I’ll still go over some track history here in AZ.
Once again I had a terrible week last week, not landing any positions although I did get three of my picks in the Top-5. My pick of Trey Canard in the Wild Card spot doomed me as Canard pulled out of the race after he decided during practice that his wrist wasn’t good to go. And of course Ryan Dungey continued to make me look bad by winning again and me not picking him. I only recorded 15 total points after getting Dungey, Chad Reed, and Jason Anderson in the Top-5, dropping me to 35,499th place out of 61,990 of us. It’s time to kick it into gear this week. I’m even losing to my wife by 30 points, pathetic.
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In the mid-2000’s, James Stewart dominated this race, with five wins in six years on the 450’s. One cool note, during my research I noticed that Jeremy McGrath finished 4th in 2006 on a Honda 250 while everyone else had switched to 450’s. Brap brap.
Ryan Dungey- First and foremost, duh. I’m not picking against him until someone beats him. He also has two wins and five Top-5’s in six career Phoenix starts, with his lone finish outside the Top-5 a respectable 8th.
Chad Reed- Until the last two years, where the Kurri Kurri, Australia native finished a disappointing 9th and 10th, Reed had seven Top-5 finishes, although he couldn’t get a win over Stewart or Dungey or Ryan Villopoto. The “old man” is riding out of his mind this year on the Factory Yamaha, and I won’t spoil that parade this week.
Eli Tomac- Tomac is last year’s winner, and he’s due for a breakout after a steady yet unspectacular start to his 2016 season on the Monster Energy Kawasaki.
Ken Roczen- Roczen has a 6th and a 2nd place finish in two career Phoenix starts.
Davi Millsaps- Millsaps has 4 career Top-10’s in Phoenix, including one podium finish.
Jason Anderson- El Hombre finished 6th last year in his rookie campaign.
Weston Peick- Peick finished 4th last year.
Jake Weimer- Weimer has three Top-10 finishes in Phoenix, including a 2nd.
Hahn brothers- Tommy and Wil Hahn both have a 10th place finish in Phoenix.
Of course there are a few fast guys that aren’t mentioned above, such as Cole Seely, Marvin Musquin, Justin Brayton etc. who I wouldn’t be surprised to see in the Top-5. They just don’t have the history at Phoenix to be included above. Injuries will keep Trey Canard, Blake Baggett, Justin Barcia, Kyle Chisholm, Broc Tickle, Andrew Short, and Bubba Stewart out of this race.
1- Ryan Dungey
2- Eli Tomac
3- Cole Seely
4- Chad Reed
5- Jason Anderson
Wild Card 10th- Jake Weimer
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