North American women’s basketball is a sport in its infancy. With the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) still rounding out their inaugural season and no international competition to date, many are turning their eyes to other sports for inspiration.
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14 April 2022
ESPN’s Eric Moody
You don’t need to spend a lot of time constructing a successful fantasy women’s basketball squad. All you need is a strategy.
That’s when dividing the positions into draft tiers comes in handy. Those fantasy managers that put in a little more effort to figure out which players and positions to target early in the draft and which to save for later rounds get a significant edge.
The Forward/Center position is more deeper than the guard position this season, according to our estimates and tiers, so keep that in mind when selecting your picks.
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With that in mind, here are my draft tiers for fantasy women’s basketball leagues in 2022 for the F/C and G positions:
1st level Phoenix Mercury’s Tina Charles Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stewart Connecticut’s Jonquel Jones Sun
With the three players in this positional category, you can’t go wrong. After not playing in 2020, Charles had a strong first season with the Mystics. She averaged 23.4 points per game, 9.6 rebounds per game, 2.1 assists per game, 0.9 steals per game, and 1.0 block per game while shooting a career-high 36.5 percent from beyond the arc. Last season, Stewart became the fourth player in NBA history to reach 2,500 career points and the first to reach 2,500 points and 1,000 rebounds in the same season. Jones averaged 19.4 points per game, 11.2 rebounds per game, 2.8 assists per game, 1.3 steals per game, and 1.3 blocks per game in 31.7 minutes per game while shooting 51.5 percent from the field. Charles, Stewart, and Jones, according to our forecasts, are capable of averaging 40 or more fantasy points each game.
2nd tier DeWanna Bonner, Connecticut Sun Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Lynx A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces
In your draft, there’s another set of athletes to keep an eye on. Fowles averaged 16 points per game, 10.1 rebounds per game, 1.4 assists per game, 2.0 rebounds per game, and 2.0 rebounds per game in 30 minutes per game last season, placing among the league’s top centers. Last season, Wilson set career highs in rebounds, assists, and minutes played. In 2021, she averaged 18.3 points per game, 9.3 rebounds per game, and 3.1 assists per game. Bonner, the only player to win the Sixth Woman of the Year title several times in league history, had a career low 15.2 PPG and 6.4 RPG while playing behind Jones. Bonner, on the other hand, remains a viable fantasy option.
Tier three Candace Parker is a member of the Chicago Sky. New York Liberty’s Natasha Howard Elena Delle Donne is a member of the Washington Mystics. Washington Mystics’ Myisha Hines-Allen
Parker is a player with a wide range of skills. She averaged 13.3 points per game, 8.4 rebounds per game, 4.0 assists per game, 1.0 steals per game, and 1.2 blocks per game last season. However, if you’re picking Parker, take in mind her injury history. In two of the previous three seasons, she has been absent for significant periods of time. When she was healthy, she averaged 16.2 points per game, 1.7 assists per game, and 1.3 steals per game in 27.5 minutes per game while shooting 49.4% from the field. Delle Donne’s availability should also be known by fantasy managers. She has only appeared in three games in the previous two seasons due to back difficulties. Delle Donne averaged 19.5 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game in her last full season, and she still has potential if she can stay on the floor. Hines-Allen only played 18 games last season due to a knee injury and a non-COVID sickness, but she averaged 13 points per game, 7.0 rebounds per game, 2.5 assists per game, and 1.3 steals per game. Exceptional results across the board.
4th tier Los Angeles Sparks’ Liz Cambage Dallas Wings’ Teaira McCowan Na Indiana Fever’s Lyssa Smith Los Angeles Sparks’ Nneka Ogwumike Atlanta Dream’s Monique Billings Chicago Sky’s Emma Meesseman Atlanta Dream’s Cheyenne Parker Phoenix Mercury’s Brianna Turner Aerial Powers, Minnesota Lynx Satou Sabally, Dallas Wings
Based on our forecasts, all players in this category have a similar range of predicted results. The ceilings at Cambage and McCowan, on the other hand, are the tallest. Cambage will be a key component of the Sparks’ rotation. She was 19th in scoring, 10th in rebounding, sixth in field goal percentage, and fourth in blocked shots with the Sparks. McCowan had her greatest season in 2021. In 26.5 minutes per game, she averaged 11.3 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks. Smith, the rookie, should not be overlooked. She averaged 22.1 points per game and 11.5 rebounds per game in one of the most celebrated seasons in Baylor women’s basketball history. Smith is expected to play a large amount of minutes, and her game should transition nicely.
5th tier Connecticut’s Alyssa Thomas Sun Connecticut’s Brionna Jones Sun Washington Mystics’ Elizabeth Williams Las Vegas Aces’ Dearica Hamby Washington Mystics’ Alysha Clark Minnesota Lynx’s Angel McCoughtry New York’s Rebecca Allen Liberty Chicago’s Azura Stevens Minnesota Lynx’s Sky Damiris Dantas
In this tier, Jones and Thomas are two interesting choices. Jones appeared in all 32 regular-season games for the Sun, averaging 14.7 points per game, 7.3 rebounds per game, and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 57 percent from the field. The addition of Courtney Williams this summer might reduce her potential. Thomas missed the first 30 games of the season because of an Achilles injury she suffered while playing abroad in January 2021. She averaged 15.5 points per game, 9.9 rebounds per game, 4.8 assists per game, and 2.0 steals per game in 2020. Thomas has stiff competition in the Sun’s frontcourt.
6th tier Seattle Storm’s Mercedes Russell Los Angeles Sparks’ Amanda Zahui B. Seattle Storm’s Gabby Williams Atlanta Dream’s Nia Coffey Dallas Wings’ Kayla Thornton Seattle Storm’s Ezi Magbegor
Zahui B. is one of the players in this category with the highest potential. Last season, she averaged a career-high 9.2 points per game, 5.1 rebounds per game, and 1.0 assist per game in 24 minutes per game. Zahui B. has participated in 197 games throughout the course of her seven-year career. She may thrive as a member of the Sparks, who recently enjoyed a whirlwind free agency.
7th tier Katie Los Angeles Sparks’ Lou Samuelson Las Vegas Aces’ Kiah Stokes Dallas Wings’ Isabelle Harrison New York Liberty’s Michaela Onyenwere Los Angeles Sparks Chiney Ogwumike Seattle Storm’s Stephanie Talbot Minnesota Lynx’s Bridget Carleton Indiana Fever’s Emma Cannon Dallas Wings’ Nyara Sabally Chicago’s Ruthy Hebard Sky Minnesota Lynx’s Napheesa Collier Atlanta Dream’s Kia Vaughn
In 32 games last season, WNBA Rookie of the Year Onyenwere averaged 8.6 points and 3.0 rebounds. She has the ability to outperform last year’s per-game stats, making her the steal of the 2021 draft.
Skylar Diggins-Smith, Phoenix Mercury, Tier 1
Diggins-game Smith’s improves with each passing season. With her ability to score at all three levels, she’s in a class by herself at the guard position. Last season, Diggins-Smith averaged 18 points per game, enough for tenth in the league, and 5.3 assists per game, good for sixth. She became the WNBA’s quickest player to accomplish 3,000 points, 1,000 assists, and 200 steals. Diggins-Smith is expected to score 34 fantasy points per game.
2nd tier Dallas Wings’ Arike Ogunbowale Seattle Storm’s Jewell Loyd New York Liberty’s Sabrina Ionescu Chicago Sky’s Courtney Vandersloot Atlanta Dream’s Erica Wheeler New York Liberty’s Betnijah Laney
Sabrina Ionescu has built a career out of completing box scores. Icon Sportswire/Rich von Biberstein
There’s no need to be concerned if you don’t get Diggins-Smith since this tier is jam-packed with excellent choices. In each of her first three seasons in the league, Ogunbowale has led the Wings in points and assists. This tendency should continue until 2022. Lloyd had a career-high 18 points per game, 4.0 assists per game, and 1.5 steals per game last season. Ionescu, who didn’t want to be left out, averaged 11.7 points, 6.1 assists, and 5.7 rebounds per game. She averaged 6.1 assists per game, which was third in the league and sixth all-time for the club. This season, Vandersloot should be one of the most productive fantasy guards. She averaged 10.5 points per game, 8.6 assists per game, 3.4 rebounds per game, and 1.7 steals per game. Wheeler averaged 13.6 points per game and 5.0 assists per game, scoring 10 points or more 23 times. Last season, Laney was the only Liberty player to start every game. She joined a list of players who averaged 16.7 points, 5.0 assists, and 4.0 rebounds per game, including Cappie Pondexter (2009), Diana Taurasi (2013), and Candace Parker (2015). Laney had a career-high 33.7 minutes per game last season, averaging 16.8 points, 5.2 assists, and 4.1 rebounds. All of the guards in this category are solid fantasy possibilities.
Tier three Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi Indiana Fever’s Kelsey Mitchell Washington Mystics’ Ariel Atkins Los Angeles Sparks’ Chennedy Carter Chicago Sky, Kahleah Copper Jackie Young is a member of the Las Vegas Aces. Chelsea Gray is a member of the Las Vegas Aces. Minnesota Lynx’s Kayla McBride
Taurasi will be a well-liked guard in this tier, and for good reason. With 9,174 career points, she starts this season as the league’s all-time top scorer. Mitchell is another guard with a high potential at this tier. She finished her fourth season with Indiana as the league’s eighth-leading scorer. She was third in 3-point field goals made (275), fourth in scoring (1,859), fifth in field goals made (659), and seventh in assists in club history as of last season (324)
You should ideally choose a guard from one of the top three categories.
4th tier Atlanta Dream’s Rhyne Howard Las Vegas Aces’ Kelsey Plum Allie Quigley is a character in the film Allie Quigley. Chicago Sky Dallas Wings’ Allisha Gray Atlanta Dream’s Tiffany Hayes Connecticut’s Courtney Williams Sun Atlanta’s Aari McDonald Dream Seattle Storm’s Sue Bird Connecticut’s Jasmine Thomas Sun Washington Mystics’ Natasha Cloud Las Vegas’ Riquna Williams Aces Phoenix Mercury’s Diamond DeShields
One of my favorite targets at this stage is the bird. She had the best assist-to-turnover ratio in the league last season, handing out 160 assists while committing just 47 turnovers. Given that this will be her 41st season, Bird has a high floor but a modest ceiling for fantasy managers. If you’re looking for more potential at the guard position in this tier, Plum, who was awarded the league’s Sixth Woman of the Year, is a strong option. She was 15th in scoring, 14th in assists, 13th in 3-point field goal percentage, and first in free throw % last season. From this group, Rookie Howard is also a good possibility. She was a standout finisher and shooter for Kentucky, leading the team in points, rebounds, 3-pointers, steals, and blocks her senior year. Howard should have no trouble adjusting to the pro game, and she will have the chance to play straight away. The caliber of players lowers dramatically from this rank forward.
5th tier Dallas Wings’ Marina Mabrey Minnesota Lynx’s Layshia Clarendon Indiana Fever’s Bria Hartley Tiffany Mitchell is a member of the band Indiana Fever. Los Angeles Sparks’ Brittney Sykes
Mabrey’s fantasy ceiling is the greatest of any guard in this rank. She was the Wings’ second-leading scorer (13.3 PPG) last season, behind only Ogunbowale. This is expected to continue in 2022.
6th tier Indiana Fever, Victoria Vivians Indiana Fever’s Danielle Robinson Julie Allemand is a Chicago-based actress. Sky New York Liberty’s Sami Whitcomb New York Liberty’s Stefanie Dolson Los Angeles Sparks’ Kristi Toliver Minnesota Lynx’s Crystal Dangerfield Connecticut’s Natisha Hiedeman Sun
In this tier, Robinson has the highest ceiling. Last season, she averaged 10 points per game, 3.7 assists per game, and 3.5 rebounds per game in 27.4 minutes per game. The experienced guard should be kept in the Fever’s rotation indefinitely.
7th tier Marine New York Liberty, Johannes Dallas Wings’ Moriah Jefferson Seattle Storm’s Briann January Los Angeles Sparks’ Te’a Cooper Phoenix Mercury’s Shey Peddy Phoenix Mercury’s Sophie Cunningham Connecticut’s Kaila Charles Sun Seattle Storm’s Epiphanny Prince Indiana Fever’s Lindsay Allen Jordin Los Angeles Sparks, Canada
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