Playoff Round 1 Fantasy Preview

PLAYOFFS! The moment (some of you) have been waiting for is HERE! The reason I say “some” is because, unfortunately, there are people out there in the toilet bowl bracket (bottom 4). Fortunately, whether you are playing for a title or simply trying not to be the worst in your office league, you still need fantasy advice. 

Now is NOT the time to start winging it, so I have done extra research this week to truly put out the best options for you this week. The guys below have a high probability of scoring solid points for you in the first round of your playoffs.

If I can stress one thing for you to do this week it would be to WORK THE HECK OUT OF THE PORTAL! There are only two weeks left to get you to glory. If someone isn’t going to score you serious points this week, DROP THEM. Remember that you are working for points here and not just to keep popular names on your roster. Do yourself a favor and surf the portal at EVERY weight. Keep an eye out for the names I have listed below and get yourself one win closer to fantasy wrestling immortality.


Michael Colaiocco (UPenn) – Princeton, Drexel, F&M

Jackson DiSario (Stanford) – Little Rock, ND State, SD State

Pat Glory (Princeton) – UPenn, Drexel

Brandon Courtney (Arizona State) – Cal Poly, CSU-B

Michael DeAugustino (Northwestern) – Rutgers, Maryland

Alex Mackall (Iowa State) – West Virginia, UNI

Jack Mueller (Virginia) – Duke

Nick Piccininni (Oklahoma State) – Oklahoma

Spencer Lee (Iowa) – Minnesota

Devin Schroder (Purdue) – Illinois

Brandon Paetzell (Lehigh) – Bucknell

Fabian Gutierrez (Chattanooga) – Citadel

Trey Chalifoux (Army) – Bucknell

My top portal adds this week at 125 are Jackson DiSario and Brandon Courtney. Yes, there are better wrestlers on this list; however, these guys have bomb matchups. Combined DiSario and Courtney are wrestling against Little Rock, ND State, SD State, Cal Poly, and CSU-B. Name a better group of opponents for your fantasy starter to be facing in round one of the playoffs, i’ll wait…


Carmen Ferrante (UPenn) – Princeton, Drexel, F&M

Michael Jaffe (Harvard) – Columbia, Hofstra, Long Island

Chaz Tucker (Cornell) – Binghamton, UNC

Cam Sykora (ND State) – Stanford, Air Force

Noah Gonser (Campbell) – App State, VMI

Todd Small (Iowa State) – West Virginia, UNI

Anthony Madrigal (Oklahoma) – Air Force, Oklahoma State

Josh Kramer (Arizona State) – Cal Poly, CSU-B

Seth Gross (Wisconsin) – Michigan

Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State) – Ohio State

Louie Hayes (Virginia) – Duke

Micky Phillippi (Pitt) – VT

Travis Piotrowski (Illinois) – Purdue

Ridge Lovett (Nebraska) – Michigan

Derrick Spann (Buffalo) – NIU

Nick Farro (Lehigh) – Bucknell

Cayden Rooks (Indiana) – SIUE

Alan Hart (Missouri) – SIUE

Tim Rooney (Kent State) – Clarion

Some of my favorite portal peoples at 133 are Cam Ferrante, Michael Jaffe, and Anthony Madrigal. Again, matchups are KING in this pivotal fantasy weekend. Ferrante and Jaffe are both having solid fantasy seasons and are staring down three favorable matchups each in round 1. Madrigal has also had a great season thus far. While his bonus rate isn’t as high as we’d like it to be (21%) he is highly favored in his two matchups.


Real Woods (Stanford) – Little Rock, ND State, SD State

Sa’Derian Perry (Old Dominion) – Drexel, Navy, George Mason

Matthew Kazmir (Columbia) – Brown, Harvard, Sacred Heart

Doug Zapf (UPenn) – Princeton, Drexel, F&M

Dom Demas (Oklahoma) – Air Force, Oklahoma State

Evan Cheek (Cleveland State) – Bloomsburg, Michigan State

Ian Parker (Iowa State) – West Virginia, UNI

Josh Heil (Campbell) – App State, VMI

Zach Sherman (UNC) – Pitt, Cornell

Mitch McKee (Minnesota) – Iowa

Chad Red (Nebraska) – Michigan

Tristan Moran (Wisconsin) – Michigan

Tariq Wilson (NC State) – VT

Grant Leeth (Missouri) – SIUE

Peter LiPari (Rider) – Clarion

Dylan Duncan (Illinois) – Purdue

Corey Shie (Army) – Bucknell

Take your pick from the guys above. Guys like Perry, Kazmir, Zapf, and even Cheek may be in your portal at the current moment. All have three matchups this weekend that they are favored in. Take advantage of (if all goes as planned) at least 9 points at 141 for your fantasy team. Heck, i’d even consider picking up two at the weight and throwing one in as a floater if they’re available.


Austin O’Connor (UNC) – Pitt, Cornell

Matthew Kolodzik (Princeton) – UPenn, Drexel

Andrew Alirez (Northern Colorado) – Utah Valley, Wyoming

Kanan Storr (Michigan) – Nebraska, Wisconsin

Yahya Thomas (Northwestern) – Rutgers, Maryland

Jarrett Degen (Iowa State) – West Virginia, UNI

Colston DiBlasi (George Mason) – Old Dominion, Bloomsburg

Brock Zacherl (Clarion) – Kent State, Rider

Henry Pohlmeyer (SD State) – Fresno State, Stanford

Max Thomsen (UNI) – West Virginia, Iowa State

Josh Maruca (Arizona State) – Cal Poly, CSU-B

Jaden Van Maanen (ND State) – Stanford, Air Force

Boo Lewallen (Oklahoma State) – Oklahoma

Sammy Sasso (Ohio State) – Penn State

Denton Spencer (Virginia) – Duke

Griffin Parriott (Purdue) – Illinois

Brock Mauller (Missouri) – SIUE

Jonathan Millner (App State) – Campbell

PJ Ogunsayna (Army) – Bucknell

Jimmy Hoffman (Lehigh) – Bucknell

Tanner Smith (Chattanooga) – Citadel

Graham Rooks (Indiana) – SIUE

Matthew Kolodzik is available in almost all leagues… enough said.


Larry Early (Old Dominion) – Drexel, Navy, George Mason

Kyle Mosher (Columbia) Brown, Harvard, Sacred Heart

Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) – Rutgers, Maryland

Quincy Monday (Princeton) – UPenn, Drexel

David Carr (Iowa State) – West Virginia, UNI

Justin Thomas (Oklahoma) – Air Force, Oklahoma State

Jacori Teemer (Arizona State) – Cal Poly, CSU-B

Jared Franek (ND State) – Stanford, Air Force

Hayden Hidlay (NC State) – VT

Kendall Coleman (Purdue) – Illinois

Kaleb Young (Iowa) – Minnesota

Jesse Dellavecchia (Rider) – Clarion

Justin McCoy (Virginia) – Duke

Josh Humphries (Lehigh) – Bucknell

Jarrett Jacques (Missouri) – SIUE

Matthew Zovistoski (App State) – Campbell

Jacob Tucker (Michigan State) – Cleveland State

Jacob Wright (Fresno State) – SD State

Markus Hartman (Army) – Bucknell

There are a lot of dudes available in the portal this week at 157. If you don’t have the Deakin’s or Hidlay’s of the world, find the guy and matchup you like. There is plenty to choose from at this weight.


Shane Griffith (Stanford) – Little Rock, ND State, SD State

Phillip Conigliaro (Harvard) – Columbia, Hofstra, Long Island

Ebed Jarrell (Drexel) – Old Dominion, Princeton, UPenn

Josh Shields (Arizona State) – Cal Poly, CSU-B

Kennedy Monday (UNC) – Pitt, Cornell

Quentin Perez (Campbell) – App State, VMI

Zach Hartman (Bucknell) – Lehigh, Army

Aaron Almos (Oregon State) – Cal Baptist, Little Rock

Alex Marinelli (Iowa) – Minnesota

Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State) – Ohio State

Evan Wick (Wisconsin) – Michigan

Isaiah White (Nebraska) – Michigan

Travis Wittlake (Oklahoma State) – Oklahoma

David McFadden (VT) – NC State

Peyton Mocco (Missouri) – SIUE

Cam Coy (Virginia) – Duke

Drew Hughes (Michigan State) – Cleveland State

Danny Braunagel (Illinois) – Purdue

There’s a Harvard man near the top of my 165lb fantasy wishlist this week and his name is Phillip Conigliaro. He has great matchups this week and has turned in a record of 23-6 in his freshman season thus far. He should be an easy grab for you at 165 this week.


Michael O’Malley (Drexel) – Old Dominion, Princeton, UPenn

Anthony Valencia (Arizona State) – Cal Poly, CSU-B

Bryce Steiert (UNI) – West Virginia, Iowa State

Neal Richards (VMI) – Gardner-Webb, Campbell

Mark Hall (Penn State) – Ohio State

Michael Kemerer (Iowa) – Minnesota

Dylan Lydy (Purdue) – Illinois

Jordan Kutler (Lehigh) – Bucknell

Daniel Bullard (NC State) – VT

Michael Labriola (Nebraska) – Michigan

Hayden Hastings (Wyoming) – Northern Colorado

Andrew McNally (Kent State) – Clarion

Connor Flynn (Missouri) – SIUE

Kimball Bastian (Utah Valley) – Northern Colorado

Ben Harvey (Army) – Bucknell

Spencer Carey (Navy) – Old Dominion

Lane Malczewski (Michigan State) – Cleveland State

Jacob Covaciu (Indiana) – SIUE

This may be the weakest fantasy weight of the week. Most of the guys with good matchups above are on a fantasy roster currently, but there are a couple names to look out for. One that I love is Daniel Bullard of NC State. Bullard was losing 4-1 to Clay Lautt of UNC last week before picking up a couple takedowns and asserting a DOMINANT ride to end the match. I love me some leg-riders and the Bullard brothers are some of the best in the country in that aspect.


Brandon Kui (Brown) – Columbia, Long Island, Hofstra

Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) – Cal Poly, CSU-B

Taylor Lujan (UNI) – West Virginia, Iowa State

Trevor Allard (Bloomsburg) – Cleveland State, George Mason

Andrew Morgan (Campbell) – App State, VMI

Colt Doyle (Oregon State) – Cal Baptist, Little Rock

Zach Carlson (SD State) – Fresno State, Stanford

Travis Stefanik (Princeton) – UPenn, Drexel

Cam Caffey (Michigan State) – Cleveland State

Taylor Venz (Nebraska) – Michigan

Aaron Brooks (Penn State) – Ohio State

Louie DePrez (Binghamton) – Cornell

Nino Bonaccorsi (Pitt) – VT

Matthew Waddell (Chattanooga) – Citadel

Anthony Montalvo (Oklahoma State) – Oklahoma

Chris Weiler (Lehigh) – Bucknell

Noah Stewart (Army) – Bucknell

Brit Wilson (NIU) – Buffalo

Dylan Wisman (Missouri) – SIUE

Kui, Allard, Morgan, and Doyle were ALL available in my portal this week. All have nice outlooks on the week. Check out who is available and which matchups you like best, then pull the trigger on your round 1 champion.


Nathan Traxler (Stanford) – Little Rock, ND State, SD State

Ben Darmstat (Cornell) – Binghamton, UNC

Pat Brucki (Princeton) – UPenn, Drexel

Noah Adams (West Virginia) – UNI, Iowa State

Lucas Davidson (Northwestern) – Rutgers, Maryland

Tanner Sloan (SD State) – Fresno State, Stanford

Greg Bulsak (Clarion) – NIU, Rider

Kordell Norfleet (Arizona State) – Cal Poly, CSU-B

JJ Dixon (Oregon State) – Cal Baptist, Little Rock

Kollin Moore (Ohio State) – Penn State

Jacob Warner (Iowa) – Minnesota

Eric Schultz (Nebraska) – Michigan

Jay Aiello (Virginia) – Duke

Christian Brunner (Purdue) – Illinois

Wyatt Koelling (Missouri) – SIUE

Jake Koser (Navy) – Old Dominion

I’m going to be straight with y’all, 197 has been a s***show this year. Because of the wild results we’ve had, people have been dropping and adding people willy nilly all year on wrestlestat. This is a great thing for you in the playoffs, because some guys that should be taken aren’t. Check out this list from top to bottom in the portal and you might get lucky. 


Yaraslau Slavilouski (Harvard) – Columbia, Hofstra, Long Island

Mason Parris (Michigan) – Nebraska, Wisconsin

Tanner Hall (Arizona State) – Cal Poly, CSU-B

Gannon Gremmel (Iowa State) – West Virginia, UNI

Colton McKiernan (SIUE) – Missouri, Indiana

Brandon Metz (ND State) – Stanford, Air Force

Gable Steveson (Minnesota) – Iowa

Nick Nevills (Penn State) – Ohio State

Jordan Wood (Lehigh) – Bucknell

Tate Orndorff (Utah Valley) – Northern Colorado

Josh Hokit (Fresno State) – SD State

Quinn Miller (Virginia) – Duke

Brian Andrews (Wyoming) – Northern Colorado

Ben Sullivan (Army) – Bucknell

In this week’s edition of “Who the h*** do I start at heavyweight”, we find another Harvard gentleman on top. Slavilouski has been killing it this season. In just his freshman campaign he is currently sitting at 23-7. Brandon Metz from ND State is another good option this week. My advice, look to see if Slavilouski is available first. If he isn’t Metz almost certainly will be.

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