Fantasy Focus: Iron Cowboy

By: Justin Felisko
February 27, 2016

Eduardo Aparecido comes into Iron Cowboy hot after winning in Kansas City last week. (Photo:Andy Watson/Bull Stock Media)

Eduardo Aparecido comes into Iron Cowboy hot after winning in Kansas City last week. (Photo:Andy Watson/Bull Stock Media)

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This week’s Fantasy Focus will take a look at the Top 3 riders in each tier based upon riding percentage. At Iron Cowboy, the most important aspect is for a rider to make the 8-second mark if they want to advance to the next round and have a chance at the $100,000 payday in this unique PBR format.

Therefore, fantasy players will want riders that can help string together multiple rides – and multiple opportunities – to score points.

TIER A: Vieira looking for three-peat

1. Joao Ricardo Vieira leads the BFTS with a 62.96 percent riding average (17-for-27). His 17 qualified rides also lead the BFTS and the No. 2 bull rider in the world standings is looking to win his third consecutive Iron Cowboy. He has drawn Jack Daniel’s After Party (46-22, BFTS).

2. J.B. Mauney is the only other rider converting at a 60 percent clip (15-for-25). The consistency and home-run swinging mentality that Mauney brings to the arena is a major reason why he heads into Iron Cowboy as the No. 1 bull rider in the world standings. He will face War Party (7-1, BFTS).

3. Paulo Lima has the sixth-highest riding percentage (12-for-22; 54.55 percent). He has a Round 1 meeting against Rafter T (4-1, BFTS).

TIER B: Palermo’s brings top notch consistency

1. Three-time World Finals event winner Robson Palermo has the highest riding percentage among Tier B riders and also the third best in the PBR. Palermo has begun the season 12-for-21 (57.14 percent) and is well on his way to a memorable comeback season. He has a Round 1 matchup against Butchers Nightmare (11-3, BFTS).

2. Shane Proctor used a 4-for-4 showing to win the St. Louis event and he has the fifth-best riding percentage (11-for-20; 55 percent) this season. Proctor takes on BoLo (0-0, BFTS) in Round 1.

3. Eduardo Aparecido, last week’s winner in Kansas City, Missouri, is one of the eight riders riding at 50 percent or higher. Aparecido will face Gangster’s Wildside (5-0, BFTS).

TIER C: Pacheco likely on the rise

1. Kaique Pacheco is third on the BFTS in riding percentage (55.56 percent), but is only ninth in the world standings. Pacheco (15-for-27) is likely going to keep moving up the world standings if he keeps the high riding percentage up. Pacheco has drawn Tahonta’s Magic (13-8, BFTS).

2. Guilherme Marchi has only competed in four events, but he is 5-for-11 (45.54 percent). The 2008 World Champion takes on Rebel Yell (4-3, BFTS) Saturday night.

3. Three-time World Champion Silvano Alves is riding far below his normal pro-50 percent career rate, but he still remains one of the PBR’s rather consistent riders despite a 39.13 percent ratio (9-for-23). In fact, his 39.13 percent is 13th on the BFTS. Alves will look to get back on track against Milky Jones (2-0, BFTS).

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