Who is gaining popularity in women’s fantasy basketball? What turnovers are changing? What’s the latest on notable injuries in the WNBA?
Here’s a look at the league, breaking news and fantasy notes for all 12 teams.
Over the past six games, Ari McDonald has averaged 25.6 fantasy points per game, providing fantasy managers with full statistics. Her ceiling is even higher after she was recently promoted to Dream’s starting roster. McDonald is available in 60.8% of leagues.
Ellie Quigley has 15 or more fantasy points in six consecutive games. It is still available in 33.6% of the leagues. It would be a good idea to add Quigley to your team roster if available in your league. Rebecca Gardner is also a trusted streamer for those playing in deeper formats as she is available in 94% of the leagues. Over the past six games, she has averaged 17.5 fantasy points and 19.6 minutes.
In the last eight games, Jonquel Jones has been an outstanding player, averaging 17.4 points per game, 10.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.1 assists and 1.0 blocks per game. She’s perfecting her game at the perfect time for fantasy managers and 12-5 Sun. Connecticut is second in offense and is a bonanza for fantasy managers. For those looking for a streamer, Natisha Hideman is available in 88% of the leagues. She averaged 21.8 minutes and 17 fantasy points in her last five games.
The Wings are third in the league with an offensive rating of 103.5, and Isabelle Harrison (available in 45.5% of leagues) and Kayla Thornton (available in 66.9% of leagues) are two great streaming options. Harrison has scored 15 or more fantasy points in four of her last six games. Thornton have scored 18 or more points in four of their last five games.
Rookie Emily Engstler’s minutes have increased over the past two games. She has averaged 17 minutes and 17 fantastic points in that short span of time, with Engstler available in 68% of the leagues. With so many rookies on the team, Engstler should see consistent minutes as she develops as a WNBA player.
Las Vegas Aces
The Aces have exceeded expectations this season under new head coach Becky Hammon. In addition, individual players have exceeded the expectations of fantasy managers. Jackie Young (31.6), Aja Wilson (36.9) and Kelsey Plum (34.4) average over 30 fantastic points per game. Meanwhile, Rikuna Williams, who is still available in 87.4% of the leagues, is still suffering from a foot injury day in and day out. If managers want to light up Ace’s high-octane attack, she’s an option to hide.
Los Angeles Sparks
Kathy Lou Samuelson is amazingly still available in 80.6% of the leagues. Over the past 11 games, she has averaged 10.4 points per game, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 assists per game on 26.1 miles per game. Even though the Sparks have struggled this season, don’t overlook Samuelson in the fantasy leagues.
The Lynx will likely be without Sylvia Fowles for the rest of the season. This season, she averaged 16.5 points per game and 10.3 rebounds. For the Lynx, replacing the best center of all time is no easy task. Available in 92.6% of leagues, Nikolina Milic is doing her best to fill the void and has averaged 21.2 fantasy points in her last four games.
New York Liberty
Both Han Xu and Stephanie Dolson, who are available in 77% and 80.3% of leagues respectively, are great streamers for fantasy managers. Xu has scored 20 or more fantasy points in three of her last five games. In two of her last four games, Dolson has scored 20 or more fantasy points.
Shay Peddy continues to be ignored on the Mercury team, which includes Skylar Diggins-Smith, Tina Charles, Diana Taurasi, Diamond DeShields and Brianna Turner. In the last eight games, Paddy has averaged 17.7 fantasy points per game. Paddy must continue to see more minutes with Sophie Cunningham due to a sprained elbow.
I have mentioned Gabby Williams, who is available in 72.6% of the leagues, in my columns before and will do so again. In her last five games, she averaged 8.2 points per game, 6.6 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.0 assists per game. In three of her last five games, Williams has scored 20 or more fantasy points. For fantasy managers looking for a streamer with high growth potential, she is another player to trend at the right time.
Elena Delle Donne has not played three games in a row since mid-May. The Mystics will continue to provide her with periodic rest days. Alisha Clark, who is available in 55.6% of the leagues, statistically benefits from her absence. Clarke has 17 or more fantasy points in four of her last five games.