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

Underdog strategy for Fantasy Fishing

Bucket C: Stephen Kennedy

Stephen Kennedy has held his own on Oneida Lake. Kennedy claims three Top 20 finishes in the last four Elite Series events on Oneida with a 30th place in 2006, second in 2007, 19th in 2008, and sixth in 2009. Kennedy’s average finish on Oneida is 14.25. If it was not for a 4-ounce penalty for a dead fish in 2007, Kennedy would have walked away from Oneida with a $250,000 check for the Major that year.

Stephen Kennedy is sitting 30th in the AOY standings. I expect Kennedy, like Iaconelli, to hold onto his Classic spot with a good finish this weekend. Another reason I like Kennedy is only 7 percent of Fantasy players have him picked at this point. Gives a good margin to make up some points overall for the Fantasy season.

Other strong contenders for this bucket include:

  • Tommy Biffle won the 2006 event on Oneida Lake.
  • Jared Lintner has only missed one check in the last four Elite Series events on Oneida.

Bucket D: Ishama Monroe

Ishama Monroe does not have a great history on Oneida Lake, but he does have some recent success there. Ish’s average finish is 45.2 with finishes of 97th in 2006, 47th in 2007, 43rd in 2008, 38th in 2009, and first in the 2011 Northern Open. Monroe has made three checks in these five events on Oneida. The win in the most recent event there is the main reason I am picking Monroe for this bucket.

Monroe is sitting 43rd in the AOY and luckily already qualified for the Classic with his win back on Lake Okeechobee. This lets Monroe fish more free because he does not have to worry about points. He can take more chances to win than someone worried about points toward the Classic.

With his win here last year, this will give him added confidence. Monroe is the second-most owned angler in this bucket, but only 15 percent of Fantasy players are choosing him right now. Another important thing to look at is he is the highest ranked player for this group at 25th in Fantasy points.

Other strong contenders for this bucket include:

  • Fletcher Shryock, who finished ninth in the 2011 Northern Open on Oneida Lake.
  • Brandon Palaniuk, who is the 28th-ranked angler in Fantasy points.