Getting excited for this seasons Fantasy Synchro? So are we! Here are a few of our “pro-tips” to help you make your first round picks!
- The junior division is your best friend. This is usually the biggest division at competitions, which means you have the opportunity to gain the most points from a single pick. Your tier 1 pick and at least one of your tier 2 picks should almost always come from this division. The only exception is the round that includes sectionals because a lot of junior teams have byes.
- Look for teams that are competing at two different competitions in the same round. Example: some go to both Dr. Porter and the Cape Cod Classic.
- Review results from last season, not just from Nationals. Qualifying teams are grouped in tiers for #FantasySynchro this season based on how they placed at last year’s Nationals in Kalamazoo. Some teams are in lower tiers just because they had one bad skate. This means you can choose a strong team for your tier 3 or 4 pick that should yield more points than its ranking leads you to believe.
- For tier 3 and 4 picks, look out for teams competing in a small division (2-4 teams). These are usually easy to predict so you can make a selection worth 5 points minimum that you’re confident in.
- For later rounds in the season, reference results from the Dr. Porter Classic, Kalamazoo Kick-Off, etc. It’s more recent than the previous season’s Nationals, but the divisions are pretty much the same size, so you can get an accurate idea of how all the teams stack up against each other.
- The collegiate division is growing, so you can gain a lot of points by selecting these teams. With 11 consecutive national titles, Miami is usually a safe bet for the top spot and teams placing from 2-7 usually place themselves in contention for a medal every competition so they are solid picks for tiers 3 and 4. Just be wary of making collegiate picks in the last round because the National podium in this division always changes from year to year.
- Account for international teams. Sometimes Canadian teams come to competitions like Dr. Porter and Cape Cod. They are worthy challengers and normally put themselves on the podium so take note that a team you are counting on to medal or win might get bumped down by an international team, which will cost you points.
- We’ve added bonus questions for this season to help you gain some extra points. Even if you are not confident in your answer, take a guess!