Welcome to the US Open Fantasy Preview, an endeavor where our in-house analytics team combines their significant insight with a data-driven approach to create the the gold standard for surf soothsaying.
The hard part about setting a Fantasy lineup is that, well, everyone's really good.
So, we took an ultra-close look at past US Open performances, 2018 CT trends, and a whole pile of numbers contained in spreadsheets so you didn't have to.
Take notes, because here's what you should know before setting your USO lineup.
The Safe Bet: Courtney Conlogue
Courtney Conlogue has finished 5th place or better in all six CT-level US Open competitions. It's her home break, after all.
The Underdog: Malia Manuel
She may be 12th in the world, but her US Open track record is strong. Malia was the 2016 Runner-up, and the 2008 event winner when it was still a QS. (That year she became the youngest ever to win the US Open-she was only 14!)
The Momentum Pick: Tatiana Weston-Webb
Tatiana is on fire. She's finished third or better the last five events in a row, and she's made the last two US Open Finals, winning the whole thing in 2016.
No woman currently on tour has won the US Open CT event more than once.
Neither Courtney Conlogue nor Stephanie Gilmore (the current Jeep Leader) have won the US Open before, despite both having made the Finals.
Four different 2018 competitors got their first-ever CT event win at the US Open: Sage Erickson, Tatiana Weston-Webb, Johanne Defay, and Lakey Peterson. Who's next?
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