Who is trending up in fantasy women’s basketball? Which rotations are changing? What’s the latest with the notable injuries around the WNBA?
Here’s a look around the league at the most fantasy-relevant news and notes for all 12 teams.
There aren’t many fantasy options for a Dream team ranked 11th in offensive rating (95.8). Aari McDonald (available in 65.5% of leagues) is the most viable streamer. She has played well off the bench. McDonald has scored 22 or more fantasy points in four of her last five games.
It has been a great six-game run for Courtney Vandersloot, who is averaging 36.3 fantasy points during that span. The results of Candace Parker’s last two games have been glorious. In each one, she has scored more than 31 fantasy points. If you are in a bind and need a streamer, look no further than Rebekah Gardner (available in 93% of leagues). She has scored 15 or more fantasy points in three of her last four games.
Averaging 18.4 fantasy points per game this season, Natisha Hiedeman (available in 87.4% of leagues) has been a consistent streamer for the Sun. Those in deeper formats can also consider Odyssey Sims (available in 98% of leagues). She signed a seven-day contract last Wednesday with the Sun, but she scored 20 fantasy points in 18 minutes against the Sky on Sunday. Since the Sky have injuries at guard, Sims will remain in the rotation.
The best streaming option from the Wings is Kayla Thornton (available in 38.6% of leagues). Over the last five games, she has averaged 29.2 fantasy points. In the absence of Arike Ogunbowale, Marina Mabrey has helped fill the void. She recorded her first career 30-point game against the Liberty on Tuesday night.
The Fever have lost 16 straight games, the longest active losing streak in the league. I would prioritize rookie Destanni Henderson (available in 92.3% of leagues) if you’re looking for a streamer. She has benefited from the Fever’s efforts to provide their younger players with more playing time. In three of her last four games, Henderson has played 23 or more minutes and averaged 21 fantasy points.
Las Vegas Aces
A’ja Wilson, Kelsey Plum, Jackie Young, Chelsea Gray and Dearica Hamby have all been must-starts in fantasy. With three games left in the regular season, Plum needs five triples to pass Diana Taurasi for the second-most made 3-pointers in a season. In addition, Wilson has nine games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds this season. That’s the most in the league. There are no viable streaming options for the Aces.
Los Angeles Sparks
Jordin Canada (available in 66.8% of leagues) has scored 20 or more fantasy points in three of her last four games. She is an excellent streamer, along with Katie Lou Samuelson (64% of leagues), who averages 19.4 fantasy points per game. Both are averaging over 25 minutes per game.
After giving birth less than four months ago, Napheesa Collier (available in 86.8% of leagues) made her season debut on Monday against the Dream. The two-time All-Star and 2019 Rookie of the Year should continue to play significant minutes with Aerial Powers out with a knee injury. Collier should be considered by fantasy managers who are looking for a streamer. For the first time this season, Brittney Sykes has scored 20 points in consecutive games.
New York Liberty
Sabrina Ionescu continues to propel fantasy managers to championships. Monday night against the Wings, she had her fifth 30-point game this season, passing Breanna Stewart for the most in the league. Ionescu has scored 41 or more fantasy points in three of her last four games. Marine Johannes (available in 85.9% of leagues) is an option for you if you need a streamer. She has averaged 23 minutes and 20.7 fantasy points over the last four games.
Diana Taurasi will miss the remainder of the regular season with a quad injury. This is devastating news for managers, since Taurasi averaged 29.6 fantasy points per game. Shey Peddy (available in 63.9% of leagues), Diamond DeShields (available in 22.8% of leagues) and Sophie Cunningham (available in 31.9% of leagues) will handle increased responsibilities in Phoenix’s backcourt without Taurasi.
Gabby Williams (available in 56.3% of leagues) and Ezi Magbegor have been two of the top streamers for the Storm this season. Magbegor’s minutes were negatively affected by Tina Charles’ arrival, but Williams’ were not. Over the last six games, Williams has averaged 26.1 fantasy points.
Shakira Austin (available in 51.8% of leagues) has shown steady improvement in her rookie season. She had her fourth double-double of the season Sunday night against the Sparks. That’s the second-most by any rookie this season behind NaLyssa Smith (eight). Austin has scored 20 or more fantasy points in six straight games.