2012 Elite Series Ramada Championship Oneida Lake - Syracuse, NY, Aug 23 - 26, 2012

Underdog strategy for Fantasy Fishing

Other strong contenders in the bucket include:

  • Randy Howell, who has made a check in his last five events at Oneida.
  • Kevin VanDam, who has also made a check at the last four events on Oneida. VanDam also used a strong finish on Oneida in 2008 and a slip by Todd Faircloth to win the AOY title that year.

Bucket B: Michael Iaconelli

Like Rojas, Michael Iaconelli has a very strong history on Oneida Lake. Iaconelli finished tied sixth in 2006, 10th in 2007, third in 2008, and 54th in 2009. Iaconelli also fished the Northern Open event on Oneida last year and finished sixth. This works out to an average finish of 15.8 for Iaconelli. Only finishing outside the money and Top 10 once in five events is very strong.

Iaconelli is sitting in 31st in the AOY standings and will need to have a good event to qualify for his 14th Classic appearance. I would expect Iaconelli to go after smallmouth in this event, but he will follow whatever pattern he finds that gives him the best chance to win. Currently, Iaconelli is owned by 25% of Fantasy players, which is higher than I would like, but his history on Oneida Lake speaks for itself.

Other strong contenders for this bucket include:

  • Skeet Reese, whose average finish on Oneida is 24th.
  • Jeff Kriet, who was 2 pounds short of winning the 2009 event on Oneida.