Fantasy Gym Lists and Rankings

The deadline for fantasy gym drafts is fast approaching (December 30), so if you want to be able to join in the fun when the rest of us spend the next four months complaining about how horrible our teams are, get to work.

I finished my own draft, and it’s a catastrophe. But, as a way of organizing my thoughts, I made some lists of important gymnasts to remember by dividing them into categories and ranking them within their categories so I know who I wanted the most and how to approach my draft strategically (because sometimes you need to make some lists and rank some categories…it’s the holiday season, after all). Here they are in case you also need to spend the next 48 hours drafting.

These are not exhaustive (or even logically sound) lists, so don’t freak out.

Returning stars (famous US elite division)
many of the best scores will come from this group, gymnasts who would be a boon for a fantasy team but may be risky to go after because of their popularity and name recognition. The chances of actually getting them are low.

1. Elizabeth Price – Stanford
2. Kennedy Baker – Florida
3. Brenna Dowell – Oklahoma
4. Lexie Priessman – LSU
5. Sarah Finnegan – LSU
6. Katelyn Ohashi – UCLA

Top freshman (US elite division)
a similar scenario to the returning US elites but perhaps more extreme because they are the shiny new toys that everyone wants. They have the added concern that we don’t actually know how their careers will play out yet.

1. Maggie Nichols – Oklahoma
2. Kyla Ross – UCLA
3. Madison Kocian – UCLA
4. MyKayla Skinner – Utah
5. Amelia Hundley – Florida
6. Felicia Hano – UCLA
7. Maddi Desch – Alabama
8. Sabrina Vega – Georgia
9. Rachel Gowey – Florida
10. Polina Shchennikova – Michigan

Important Commonwealth Nation stars
you need them in your life. A couple will be more popular choices than others, but many may go under the radar if others are overly focused on the two US lists above.

1. Peng-Peng Lee – UCLA
2. Maddie Gardiner – Oregon State
3. Ruby Harrold – LSU
4. Talia Chiarelli – Michigan
5. Maegan Chant – Florida
6. Courtney McGregor – Boise State
7. Madison Copiak – Washington
8. Sabrina Gill – Oregon State
9. Ivy Lu – Minnesota
10. Jordyn Pedersen – Georgia

Returning AA stars (L10 division)
–perhaps the most important group, gymnasts who should compete on every event (at least by the end of the season) for excellent scores but may not be as aggressively sought after as the famouses.

1. Chayse Capps – Oklahoma
2. Alex McMurtry – Florida
3. Alicia Boren – Florida4. Olivia Karas – Michigan
5. Myia Hambrick – LSU
6. Nicole Artz – Michigan
7. Amanda Wellick – Arkansas
8. Mackenzie Brannan – Alabama
9. Grace Williams – Nebraska
10. Kaytianna McMillan – Oregon State

Returning 2- and 3-event stars
as valuable as the AA stars, though not always providing all four events or a guaranteed big score on the 3rd/4th event.

1. Ashleigh Gnat – LSU
2. Ali Jackson – Oklahoma
3. Kiana Winston – Alabama
4. Toni-Ann Williams – Cal
5. Abby Milliet – Auburn
6. Kari Lee – Utah
7. Amanda Jetter – Alabama
8. Baely Rowe – Utah
9. Brianna Brown – Michigan
10. MJ Rott – Auburn

Top freshmen (L10 division)
an exceptionally important category, gymnasts who have been at the top of the L10 scene and should make major contributions, yet no one has heard of them.

1. Kennedi Edney – LSU
2. Maddie Karr – Denver
3. Kim Tessen – Utah
4. Taylor Houchin – Nebraska
5. Cassidy Keelen – Cal
6. Rachel Dickson – Georgia
7. Grace Glenn – UCLA
8. Wynter Childers – Alabama
9. Missy Reinstadtler – Utah
10. Sam Odgen – Denver

Freshmen with potential
a few other freshmen to round out the draft who show the capability for good scores and may end up being useful.

1. Gracie Day – Auburn
2. Alaina Kwan – Kentucky
3. Kaylee Cole – Stanford
4. Lexi Funk – Michigan
5. Autumn Jorgensen – Southern Utah
6. Kirsten Peterman – Maryland
7. Madison McBride – Southern Utah
8. Paige Williams – Minnesota
9. Hailey Garner – Arkansas
10. Ashley Szafranski – Arizona State

10.0 vaults
gymnasts who haven’t fit into any category yet but have 10.0 vaults and will contribute elsewhere in addition to vault, making them very useful if you’re worried about your vaulting.

1. Sydney Snead – Georgia
2. Sydney Ewing – LSU
3. Sabrina Schwab – Utah
4. Nickie Guerrero – Alabama
5. Gigi Marino – Georgia
6. Makenna Merrell – Utah
7. Sarah Means – Boise State
8. Dani Dessaints – Oregon State
9. Jovannah East – Bowling Green
10. Rachel Slocum – Florida
11. Emma Sibson – Penn State

Meat and potatoes
useful multi-event gymnasts who may not be toward the very top of the rankings, but they’re going to make 2-4 lineups, hit their routines, and get good scores, the meat and potatoes from which a fantasy team is made.

1. Natalie Brown – Oklahoma
2. Katie Bailey – Alabama
3. Charity Jones – Oklahoma
4. Keely McNeer – Alabama
5. Nicole Lehrmann – Oklahoma
6. Paige Zaziski – Michigan
7. Tiffani Lewis – Utah
8. Ashlyn Broussard – Georgia
9. Jennie Laeng – Nebraska
10. Dani Breen – Nebraska
11. Rachel Daum – Stanford
12. Janay Honest – UCLA
13. Samantha Nelson – Arkansas
14. Braie Speed – Arkansas
15. Morgan Reynolds – Georgia
16. Kullen Hlawek – Auburn
17. Julia Ross – Denver
18. Kaitlyn Duranczyk – Washington
19. Sandra Collantes – Boise State
20. Sienna Crouse – Nebraska

Diamond-in-the-rough returning AAers
smaller names from somewhat lesser teams who will do all four events each week for those critical 9.8+ scores you need after the big names on your team inevitably turn into huge disappointments.

1. Sidney Dukes – Kentucky
2. Mollie Drenth – Iowa
3. Shani Remme – Boise State
4. Sydney Waltz – Kentucky
5. Morgan Porter – Missouri
6. Jillian Winstanley – George Washington
7. Cami Drouin-Allaire – George Washington
8. Briannah Tsang – Penn State
9. Angel Metcalf – Iowa
10. Danielle Ramirez – Southern Utah

Risky proposition (one-event jackpots)
a dangerous category, gymnasts who are definitely going to get you one great score but are not guaranteed to give you any other routines, especially later in the season.

1. McKenzie Wofford – Oklahoma
2. Erin Macadaeg – LSU
3. Aja Sims – Alabama
4. Shae Zamardi – LSU
5. Maddy Stover – Utah
6. McKenna Kelley – LSU

Risky proposition (injury)
gymnasts who should score well and can be useful to their teams but may be risky choices because they are returning from major injuries.

1. Macy Toronjo – UCLA
2. Claire Boyce – Florida
3. Erika Aufiero – Oregon State
4. Mary Jane Horth – Illinois
5. Heather Elswick – Arkansas
6. Lacy Dagen – Florida
7. Emma Slappey – Auburn

Risky proposition (lineups)
gymnasts with some name recognition who compete for big teams but may be risky because, even though they could get big scores, they may not make lineups because of the depth of their teams. Or might.

1. Ericha Fassbender – Florida
2. Hallie Mossett – UCLA
3. Sonya Meraz – UCLA
4. Julianna Cannamela – LSU
5. Ari Guerra – Alabama
6. Grace McLaughlin – Florida
7. Alex Marks – Oklahoma
8. Mikaela Gerber – UCLA
9. Erika Muhaw – Utah
10. Jade DeGouveia – Oklahoma
11. Jenna Bresette – Alabama
12. Gracie Cherrey – Georgia
13. Stefani Catour – Oklahoma
14. Stella Savvidou – UCLA
15. Macey Roberts – Utah

Others
other people I wanted to rank fairly highly on my draft for whatever reason.

1. Rachel Schick – Georgia
2. Emma McLean – Michigan
3. Samantha Cerio – Auburn
4. Emily Richardson – Cal5. Nikole Addison – Denver
6. Kirah Koshinski – West Virginia
7. Katie Stuart – Kentucky
8. Alex Hyland – Kentucky
9. Vivi Babalis – Georgia
10. Sydney McGlone – Arkansas
11. Natalie Vaculik – Georgia
12. Lizzy Leduc – Illinois
13. Erin Buchanan – Illinois

As for the rest, you know you’re just throwing out some random names you’ve heard of at that point anyway.

 

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7 thoughts on “Fantasy Gym Lists and Rankings”

  1. Have you heard anything about one of the Florida gymnasts being in academic trouble? She may not be able to compete during the season if she doesn’t get her grades up?

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  2. Great list for people like me who are less than up-to-date with college gymnastics. Saved me from a lot of “where’s Courtney Kupets??”…

    Thanks!

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