Who’s trending in fantasy women’s basketball? Which rotations are changing? What’s the latest with the notable injuries surrounding the WNBA?
Here’s a look inside the league with the most fantasy-related news and notes for all 12 teams.
Averaging 29.5 fantasy points per game this season, Rhyne Howard has had an outstanding rookie season for fantasy managers. She was named Rookie of the Month for the second year in a row, the league announced on Tuesday. Howard averages 15.3 PPG and 2.7 APG, leading all rookies in both stats. She was also selected as one of the 12 reserves for the All-Star Game. Available in 57.4% of leagues and averaging 22.7 fantasy points over her last four games, Aari McDonald is a good streamer to consider.
Sky coach James Wade was named WNBA Coach of the Month, the league announced Tuesday. Chicago won 9-2 in June and sits first in the Eastern Conference. Kahleah Copper has led the way for Heaven, putting up 15 PPG, 5.9 RPG and 2.1 APG during that period while shooting 46.8% from the field. Considering her average draft position, she was an excellent fantasy value this season.
Alyssa Thomas has scored 20 points in each of the last two games. She has had four such games so far this season. During their last full season of 2020, Thomas had six 20-point games. This season, she has averaged 29.9 fantasy points per game, exceeding expectations for fantasy managers. Don’t forget Natisha Hiedeman if you need a streamer. She has played 30 or more minutes in five straight games.
With 250 career 3-pointers, Arike Ogunbowale is the third fastest in WNBA history to reach this milestone, behind Diana Taurasi and Katie Smith. Ogunbowale has averaged 31.5 fantasy points per game this season. Teaira McCowan is still available in 36.6% of leagues if you’re looking for a streamer. She has scored 26 or more fantasy points in three of her last five games.
In line with league health and safety protocols, Queen Egbo will be out for the foreseeable future as she isolates from the team. One player benefiting from her absence is rookie Emily Engstler, who is available in 75% of the leagues. She has averaged 17.6 fantasy points per game over the past three games.
Las Vegas Aces
The Aces lead the league with an offensive rating of 106.4. However, the Las Vegas defense has been on the decline all season. The Aces currently sit sixth in defensive standings (100.2), and Las Vegas’ last game against the Minnesota Lynx was the second time they conceded 100 or more points in a game in 2022. This is the first time the Aces have allowed opponents to score 100 points or more more than once in a season.
Sparks from Los Angeles
Nneka Ogwumike has scored 20 or more points in nine games this season. This is the fourth largest in the league. In addition, she had five straight games with 32 or more fantasy points. Jordin Canada, available in 73.6% of leagues, remains a viable streamer. In the last two games she has exceeded 33 minutes and 20 fantasy points.
Sylvia Fowles has only played a few minutes since returning from five games with a knee injury. And that’s still something to watch closely. Fowles has averaged 20.6 minutes and 23.1 fantasy points over the past six games. Moriah Jefferson is still available in 42.6% of leagues for those who need a streamer. She has scored 30 or more fantasy points in three of her last four games.
New York freedom
Stefanie Dolson (available in 77.3% of leagues) continues to play well for the Liberty. In the last four games, she has averaged 27.5 minutes and 21.7 fantasy points per game. Meanwhile, Sabrina Ionescu continues to make history. She had 26 career games with 10 points, five assists and five rebounds. This surpasses Swin Cash by one player in her first three seasons in league history.
Available in 80.5% of leagues, Sophie Cunningham has had five consecutive games with 23 or more fantasy points. If you need a streamer, don’t overlook them. It’s also worth noting that Skylar Diggins-Smith (1,358) recently overtook Tangela Smith for the eighth most points in Mercury franchise history.
As the newest addition to the Storm, Tina Charles has attracted a lot of attention but don’t forget Gabby Williams who is available in 70% of the leagues. Since Charles’ arrival four games ago, Williams has averaged 20.5 minutes and 19.5 fantasy points per game. She’s able to provide managers with well-rounded stat lines, even with Charles on the team.
Elena Delle Donne has averaged 28.3 fantasy points per game this season and continues to receive scheduled rest days. In fact, she hasn’t played more than three games in a row. As a team, the Mystics are 3-6 when Delle Donne is missing games and 10-4 when she plays. Alysha Clark, available in 50% of fantasy leagues, benefits when Delle Donne misses the time.
https://www.espn.com/fantasy/womens-basketball/story/_/id/34202584/fantasy-women-basketball-kahleah-copper-continues-shine Fantasy women’s basketball – Kahleah Copper continues to shine