We’re at the finish line of this first season of fantasy women’s basketball. The WNBA season is winding down…on Sunday, Sue Bird just played the final home game of the regular season of her legendary career!
And the end of the WNBA regular season means it’s absolute championship time in the Fantasy Hoops season. I’m currently in the middle of the championship game in our ESPN Writers/Editors League, going up against Eric Moody for the title. I’m in the lead at the corner, but we all know that anything can happen on the track.
So, like you, I’m pushing hard on Free Agency to make sure I give my Fantasy Hoops team the best chance of taking home the trophy. Here are some of the names that caught my eye this week (and remember, all five names from last week’s article are still strong picks for this week, too).
Gabby Williams, Seattle Storm (40.4% in ESPN leagues): Williams tends to be overshadowed by the two former WNBA MVPs with whom she shares the Storm front, but she continues to be productive herself. In her last five games, all started by Breanna Stewart and Tina Charles, Williams has produced consistently across the board, with averages of 9.8 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 3.4 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0, 6 3PG and 0.4 BPG in 27.2 MPG .
Aari McDonald, Dream of Atlanta (32.7%): McDonald was the third overall pick in the 2021 WNBA draft, and this season she has shown signs of living up to that draft status. Especially if she had the chance to play close to the starting minutes. Recent injuries to Tiffany Hayes and Kristy Wallace have given McDonald more options, and she has responded. In their last three games, McDonald has averaged 13.7 PPG, 3.0 APG, 2.3 RPG, 1.0 3PG, and 0.7 SPG.
Maya Caldwell, Dream of Atlanta (3.3%): Caldwell, like McDonald, has seen extended playing time lately due to Hayes and Wallace’s injuries. She has responded by scoring double digits in three straight games, the last of which she started, while averaging 10.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 2.7 APG, 2.0 3PG in 26.3 MPG , 0.7 SPG and 0.7 BPG.
Lexie Hull, Indiana fever (2.8%): Kelsey Mitchell’s injury at the end of the season caused a big production hole in the fever backcourt and Tiffany Mitchell is struggling with a calf injury that also has its lack of time. This has given Lexie Hull the space to take on greater responsibility and she has responded well. In her last two games, the most recent of which was a start, Hull has averaged 15.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 2.0 SPG and 1.0 3PG in 30.5 MPG.
Emma Cannon, Indiana fever (1.7%): Cannon joined Fever in June and, like Hull, has been given more opportunities down the track due to Fever’s injuries. Overall, she’s scored four double-digit goals in her last eight games, but she’s really improved in the last two games since Kelsey Mitchell was eliminated. In these two, she averages 13.5 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 2.0 SPG, 1.0 3PG, 0.5 BPG, and 0.5 APG in 29.0 MPG.
https://www.espn.com/fantasy/womens-basketball/story/_/id/34369628/fantasy-women-basketball-aari-mcdonald-top-waiver-wire-pickups-final-week-regular-season Fantasy women’s basketball – Aari McDonald among top waiver wire pickups during final week of regular season