I just won the semi-finals of the women’s basketball fantasy league. I beat my editor, Joe Kaiser, who had the best team all season, by nine Fantasy Points in a game in which nearly 2,200 Fantasy points were scored. the point? Small roster decisions can be the difference between a tournament and having to tell your opponent a “GG” (good match) disappointment. (Editor’s note: GG, Dre’.)
All of the WNBA players in this article have peaked at the perfect time to help your fantasy hoops reach the finish line. Let’s look closely.
Azura StevensAnd the Chicago Sky (49.9% listed by ESPN): Stevens is producing fantasy-worthy numbers in her exemplary role off the bench at Sky but has started the past two games with Candice Parker Out with an illness other than COVID-19. In those last two starts, Stevens averaged 12.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.0 BPG, 2.0 3PG, 2.0 APG, and 1.5 SPG at 35.0 MPG. Parker could return in any game, but Stevens’ chance came during the fictional playoffs, and she should definitely be listed and starting globally as long as she holds the starting position.
Shakira AustinAnd the Sophia Washington (37.4%): Austin is a rookie player who started and played well most of the season, and she is finishing the season well. I’ve scored at least nine points in three straight games, with two of those games in double digits, only for the second time this season and the first since May 22. She averaged 10.3 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.0 BPG and 0.7 SPG in those three rounds, one of which was a star match Elena Delle Donne. Delle Donne has usually missed a game in every handful of games playing at both ends of a back-to-back game. There is a strong chance that Austin will be called up to play a bigger role at least once during the next fictional episode session.
Moriah JeffersonAnd the Minnesota Linux (32.1%): Jefferson has been a fixture in this space for extended periods of the season. She had elite stretches in May, when she first joined Lynx, averaging 14.2 PPG, 5.0 APG, 2.2 RPG, 1.5 3PG and 1.5 SPG for six games before missing three due to injury. She recovered and had another seven strong games starting in mid-June averaging 16.1 PPG, 6.3 APG, 3.7 RPG, 2.1 3PG and 1.3 SPG at 30.1 mpg. Then, starting July 6, she was in a terrible slump in seven games averaging 5.3 PPG and 3.3 APG at 24.0 MPG. Well, it made a comeback over the previous two games, posting 18.0 PPG, 5.5 APG, 2.0 3PG, and 2.0 RPG to look more like the player it has been for most of the season. Her return to strong play comes just in time, just in time for the fantasy ring tournaments.
Kayla ThorntonAnd the Dallas Suites (29.4%): Thornton is in the midst of her best run of the season. She’s averaged 11.5 PPG in her past 6 games, capping a season high of 21 points, 7 rebounds, 3 3-pointers and 2 steals in her last game against the wingers. Thornton is usually a strong rebounding and defensive player when she plays well, and if she adds points to the mix, she’s a formidable player who peaks in time.
something in my handAnd the Phoenix Mercury (21.7%): Peddy started her last 13 games with Mercury, but settled into the role and played excellent ball for almost an entire month in a row. In its past eight games, it has averaged 11.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.9 APG, 2.4 SPG, and 1.0 3PG. She scored at least 20 Fantasy points in all eight matches, and at least 26 out of six of her eight points. An influential Mercury player, her streak has coincided perfectly with the women’s fantasy basketball playoffs.