This week’s article highlights several players who have been in the space before who continue to play well and demonstrate that they should be included on a lot more fantastic women’s basketball teams than they are now.

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There are also a couple of players who are new to the space who haven’t played in the WNBA for years before returning this season and taking advantage of their opportunities.

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Also, welcome to Chinai Ogwumike, who is represented in 11.3% of the leagues but just double-doubled with 12 points/10 rebounds in just 18 minutes in her last game. If she brings together several of these games, expect her to appear in this article in the near future.

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Ari McDonald, Atlanta Dream (35.8% of players in Sportzshala leagues): McDonald moved to the Dream starting lineup three games ago after Erika Wheeler pulled out with a leg injury and the results were explosive. She increased her points and assists in each of her three games from 13 points and 4 assists in her first start to 20 points and 6 assists in her third. Overall, she averaged 17.3 points per game, 5.0 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.33 losses at 38.7 mpg at the start of those three games. Wheeler is expected to return from injury soon, but the Dream are a young team on the way to the top, built around this year’s No. 1 overall Ryan Howard. McDonald was third overall in 2021 and at the level she plays at, it looks like Dream will have a hard time getting a potential future cornerstone back on the bench.

Moriah Jefferson (20.9%) and Nikolina Milic (6.2%), Minnesota Lynx: Jefferson and Milic have appeared in this space before, but both are still available in the vast majority of leagues. Jefferson averaged 14.2 points per game, 5.0 assists, 2.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.53 losses in her first six starts with the Lynx, then missed three games with injuries and played three walking games upon return. She appears to be fully back, just posting 23 points on 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 3-pointers in 32 minutes from a 1-point loss to the Aces. Meanwhile, Milic moved to the Lynx starting lineup while Sylvia Fowles was eliminated and averaged 13.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 0.7 3-pointers on 28.7 mpg in her last three games.

Marin Johannes, New York Liberty (6.3%): Johannes has only returned to the WNBA for four games since hiatus since 2019, having started the last two with Rebecca Allen on concussion protocol. Johannes played 36 and 35 minutes in her two starts, and in the last she had 23 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 5 three-pointers and a steal. Johannes’ role in moving forward is not clear, but she appears to be playing at the peak of her form and having the upper hand even after Allen and the rest of the Freedom members recover.

Durr, Atlanta Dream (3.4%): Durr was traded to Dream a couple of weeks ago and she quickly proved she was ready for new opportunities. She scored 21 points off the bench in two consecutive games, averaging 21.0 points per game, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.5 triples, 0.5 assists and 0.5 blocks per game at 28 .5 miles per game in those two games. Durr, like McDonald, began to run more often due to injuries to teammates. But like McDonald, Durr is a young player who shows he’s ready to play. After a solid rookie season in 2019, Durr missed two seasons due to COVID-19 issues and is demonstrating with her new team that she can produce when needed.