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This article is part of our WNBA Fantasy Primer series.

WNBA Fantasy Basketball Update

The first season of ESPN’s WNBA Fantasy is in the works, and there are plenty of trends to follow to stay competitive in the leagues. This weekly column is intended to provide analysis of trends affecting production in leagues that span the season, and a discussion section is available for league-specific questions, such as exemption tips and start/sit questions.

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Ari MacDonaldg, dream: McDonald increased the chances during Erica Wheeler She missed out with a foot injury and has averaged 17.3 points, 5.0 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 38.7 minutes per game over her last three appearances. Although Wheeler isn’t expected to be out in the long run, McDonald’s production has soared over the past several weeks, topping a fantasy 20 points in six of its last eight games. Although she will likely return to the bench role once Wheeler returns to work, MacDonald should continue to see a lot of action in Atlanta.

Kayla Thorntonwow wings: Thornton offered glimpses of the production earlier in the season but has been a more consistent contributor lately. She hasn’t been a particularly reliable scorer this year, scoring in double digits just four times to start the season. However, she has been productive on the boards, averaging 7.6 rebounds in 2022. Despite Thornton’s lack of consistent scoring, he has had a lot of imaginative production due to her combination of scoring and rebounds.

Asia Elderg, dream: The role did not have a prominent role on the wings early in the season, but was traded in The Dream on June 8. She has played at least 25 minutes in each of her three games since joining Atlanta and has averaged 16.0 points and 3.3 rebounds. and 2.7 assists in 27.3 minutes per game during that time. While its playing time will probably decrease once Erica Wheeler She returns to work, it seems as if the role she will play with the dream is greater than with the wings.

johannes navyLiberty: Johannes signed with Liberty on June 8 after spending two seasons away from the WNBA. She has had a prominent role in her return to New York, averaging 10.5 points and 4.5 assists in 30.5 minutes per game over her four games this season. The 27-year-old has played a key role in the last two matches Rebecca Allen She was sidelined by a concussion, but it seems likely that she will be back on the bench once Allen is back in action. However, Johannes did spend a lot of early playing time in her time with Liberty regardless of his starting status.

Chiney OgwumikeF, sparks: Ogomec has come off the bench in all 12 of her games this season, but has had a consistent playing time. The 30-year-old hasn’t been particularly dominant in any particular category but has been a fairly reliable fiction contributor given her mix of scoring and balls. She had her best performance of the season on Sunday against Dallas, earning a double-take with 12 points and 10 rebounds, the first time she’s set double figures in any class this year. Although Ogwumike has shown some signs of inconsistency this season, she has been a constant source of fantasy production.

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Elena Delle Donneand, the mystics: Delle Donne’s production when she’s been on the field this season hasn’t been a huge concern, but her availability has been an issue this season. You haven’t played three games in a row since mid-May and you haven’t played in back-to-back games since early June. Her absence was due to a combination of back and rest issues, and her availability has decreased in recent weeks. Although she’s probably not a candidate because of her production when they’re healthy, fantasy directors can consider finding a business partner to deal with Delle Donne ahead of the playoffs.

Emily Engstlerand, fever: Engstler was consistently dominant between late May and early June but had some lackluster performances over the past few weeks. He’s averaged 3.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in 17.0 minutes per game over the last five games, and has been kept under 15 fantasy points in four of those games. While the 22-year-old still offers some glimpses of production, there may be some more reliable fictional contributors available in most fantasy leagues.

Rebecca AllenLiberty: Allen is set to miss her third straight game due to a concussion on Wednesday, but she saw a drop in production before her absence. Over her last four games, she has averaged 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 14.0 minutes per game. While part of her production decline may have been due to a facial injury, it wouldn’t be surprising to see her continue to play a lesser role for Liberty upon her return since then. johannes navy He’s spent a lot of time playing since joining the team.

nia coffeeF, dream: Kofi will miss her first game of the season on Tuesday against the wings, but the results have dropped that led to her absence. Over her last four games, the forward has averaged 3.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game. While it’s possible that some of her lower production in recent games has been due to a knee injury, she has been restricted to a single-digit scoring total with five or fewer rebounds in eight of her last nine games over the past month. Coffey kept the lead role in Dream but it wasn’t a very reliable fictional option.

Lexi BrownG, Sparks: Brown started in 10 consecutive games between May 14 and June 10, but played off the bench on Sunday against the wings while Christy Tolliver She took on a key role during her first season appearance. Although a key player, Brown had a fairly limited production, averaging 6.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 29.3 minutes per game over her 10 starts. While Brown’s playing time remained fairly consistent during Sunday’s game while Toliver only played 15 minutes, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Brown play less of a role in the coming weeks.

Effects of injury/absence

Note: Up-to-date information on injury and absence throughout the week can be found on the RotoWire website injury news page.

Atlanta Dream: Dream has been one of the teams most affected by injuries over the past week. Erica Wheeler He’s on track to miss Tuesday’s fourth straight game against the wings, which will result in extra playing time for Ari MacDonald Again. Kia Phone He will miss the third game in a row due to league health and safety protocols on Tuesday, and Naz Helmon She had an increasing role off the bench in her absence. nia coffee She played through a knee injury on Friday against Heaven but won’t be available Tuesday. in her absence Cheyenne Parker And the Monique Billings We should see increased playing time. Kristi Wallace In the league concussion protocol and will miss Tuesday’s game, which will lead to increased running Ryan Howard And the Asia Elder.

Chicago Sky: Candice Parker He missed two games with a knee injury last week but will be back in action Tuesday against Las Vegas. Emma Mesman We can see a slight decrease in playing time, while Azura Stevens And the Ruthie Hebbard We should see lower range in the frontal area.

Dallas suites: Sato Sabali He will miss his fourth game in a row with a knee injury on Tuesday. Isabel Harrison She took on the starting role in her absence, while Kayla Thornton She saw an increase in production while maintaining her starting role. Tierra McEwan And the ok queer Playing time off the bench has also increased. Marina Mabry He returned from a two-game absence last Wednesday, which resulted in reduced playing time Tisha Harris And the Veronica Burton.

Indiana fever: Lexi Hall She was off the team on June 12 due to her college graduation, but has reclaimed her role on the bench for her last two games.

Las Vegas Aces: Jacky Young He returned on Wednesday from missing two games, which reduced playing time Theresa PlaisanceAnd the Kia Stokes And the Aisha Shepard.

Los Angeles Sparks: Christy Tolliver She made her season debut on Sunday against the Wings and took on a key role, while Lexi Brown I fell back to the bench. Shenedy Carter He also saw a reduction in playing time off the bench.

Minnesota Linux: Kayla McBride He missed Lynx’s June 12 loss to a fever with a foot injury but has returned to play over the last two games, dropping playing time for Bridget Carlton And the Evina Westbrook. Natalie Ashunwa She has missed the last 14 games with a hamstring injury but appears close to returning, as she is in doubt in Tuesday’s game against Mercury. However, she only averaged 2.5 points in 10.5 minutes per game during her first two appearances this season.

New York Liberty: Rebecca Allen He will miss the third game in a row due to a concussion on Wednesday, while Stephanie Dolson And the johannes navy The range may have increased in her absence. Diddy Richards She appeared for the second time this season on Sunday against Storm after missing a major time with a hamstring injury. However, she is unlikely to be an important part of Liberty’s rotation.

Seattle Storm: mercedes contact He has missed the last three matches due to recurrent atypical headache syndrome and looks set to miss at least another week. Gabe Williams And the Gentle Lavender Playing time increased in her absence. So Bird He missed last Tuesday’s game due to illness but has been back in action over the last two games, resulting in a low run Brian January.

Sophia Washington: Elena Delle Donne He has played in just three of his last seven matches and is due to rest again Tuesday. When the Daily Dawn was sidelined, Shakira AustinAnd the Misha Heinz Allen And the Tiana Hawkins Play time increased.

Squad directions

Note: Predicted lineups and updated lineup confirmations can be found on RotoWire Daily decks page.

Minnesota Linux: Nina Milic Played a key role in the last two matches Jessica Shepherd I fell back to the bench.