This week’s article has several names that have been in this space previously, some as recently as last week. And that’s not even counting the likes of Ari McDonald, Marin Johannes and Ed Durr, who could also easily be included.
Most fantasy leagues have good talent that isn’t on the list, and it’s the types of player acquisitions that can make the difference between winning and losing a given week. By staying active on the waiver wire, you can go a long way to offset any draft frustrations or injuries that might otherwise be holding your teams back.
In addition, you should keep an eye on WNBA roster changes, big and small, and how they might affect your own teams. The blockbuster over the weekend was when Tina Charles parted ways with Mercury and reports said she would sign with the Storm.
The move opened up many opportunities on Mercury’s front lines and potentially limited opportunities on Storm’s front lines. Movement provides opportunities… or as Littlefinger would say, “Chaos is a ladder.” Let’s rise together.
Alisha Clark, Washington Mystics (45.0% of players in Sportzshala leagues): Clarke has started the whole season, but she is in the midst of a particularly strong season. She recorded a season-high number of rebounds (eight) in two consecutive games, and in her final game, she also set a new season high with 20 points and 4 steals in an upset victory over the top-ranked Las Vegas Aces. Clark is still represented in less than half of the leagues and plays as a potential fantasy starter.
Moriah Jefferson, Minnesota Lynx (36.7%): Jefferson is in that space for the second week in a row because she plays like a fantasy star, but she’s only represented in just over a third of the leagues. In her last four games, Jefferson hit double figures in every game and averaged 16.8 points per game, 6.3 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 2.3 3-pointers while averaging 29.8 miles per game.
Kathy Lou Samuelson, Los Angeles Sparks (23.6%): Samuelson started 10 consecutive games and scored in double figures in eight of those 10 games. During that stretch, she averaged 12.8 points per game, 3.2 rebounds, 2.2 triple shots, 2.1 assists and 1.0 steals per 30.0 mpg.
Sophie Cunningham, Phoenix Mercury (7.4%): Cunningham could be the Mercury player with the most opportunities after Charles’ departure. She started on Sunday, her third start of the season, and had 14 points on 6 rebounds, 2 3-pointers and 1 assist in 27 minutes. In her two starts, where she played at least 27 minutes, she scored at least 13 points and grabbed at least 5 rebounds in both competitions.
Rebecca Gardner, Chicago Sky (6.2%): Gardner has done better in the last two games, including in the start, as Kalea Copper dealt with back problems. In the last two games, Gardner averaged 11.0 points per game, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 assists and 0.5 blocks per game at 26.5 mpg. Copper will likely start on Sunday before becoming a surprise scrape. This indicates that the injury was not considered serious, but it was enough to draw more attention to itself.