Fantasy women’s basketball – Aari McDonald among top players to add to your roster

This week’s article features a few players who have been in this space before, who continue to play well and show that they should be listed on many more fantasy women’s basketball teams than they currently are.

There are also some new players in this space, who have been out of the WNBA for years before returning this season and taking advantage of the opportunities they have.

Also, shout out to Chiney Ogwumike, who is ranked in 11.3% of the league but pulled off a 12-point/10-rebound double in just 18 minutes in her last game. If you put a few games together like this one, look out for them appearing in this article in the near future.

Ari MacDonald, Atlanta Dream (35.8% ESPN listed): MacDonald moved into the Dream Team three games ago after Erica Wheeler was knocked out due to a foot injury, and the results have been amazing. She increased her total points and assists in each of the three games, from 13 points and 4 assists in the first start up to 20 points and 6 assists in the third game. Overall, they averaged 17.3 PPG, 5.0 APG, 3.3 RPG, 2.0 SPG, and 1.3 3PG at 38.7 MPG while starting those three games. Wheeler is expected to return soon from injury, but Dream is a young team on the way to progress, built around this year’s No. 1 ranked Ryan Howard. MacDonald was the No. 3 overall pick in 2021, and at the level she plays, it looks like it will be tough for Dream to move a potential future cornerstone to the bench.

Moriah Jefferson (20.9%) and Nikolina Milic (6.2%), Minnesota Links: Jefferson and Milic have both been featured in this space before, but both are still available in the vast majority of periodicals. Jefferson averaged 14.2 PPG, 5.0 APG, 2.2 RPG, 1.5 SPG and 1.5 3PG in her first six games with the Lynx, then missed three injured games and had three walkers on her comeback. Looks like she’s back now, she scored 23 points with 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 3-pointers in 32 minutes from a 1 point loss to the Aces. Meanwhile, Milic has moved into the Lynx starting lineup with Sylvia Fowles out, and in her last three matches he’s averaged 13.7 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 3.3 APG and 0.7 3PG at 28.7 MPG.

Marin Johannes, New York Liberty (6.3%): Johannes has only returned to the WNBA for four games after sitting out since 2019, starting her last two games with Rebecca Allen on concussion protocol. Johannes played 36 and 35 minutes in her two matches, in the last of which she had 23 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 5 three-pointers and steals. It’s not clear what role Johannes will have going forward, but she appears to be playing her peak performance and has an upside even now that Allen and the rest of Liberty’s are healthy.

Ad Elder, Atlanta Dream (3.4%): Durr has been trading with Dream for a couple of weeks now, and she has quickly proven that she is ready for more opportunities. I scored 21 points off the bench in two consecutive games, averaging 21.0 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.5 APG, 2.5 3PG, 0.5 SPG and 0.5 BPG at 28.5 mpg in those two games. Alder, like MacDonald, got more running due to his teammates’ injuries. But, also like MacDonald, Alder is a young player who shows her willingness to play. After a solid rookie season in 2019, she missed two seasons due to coronavirus concerns, and she’s showing her new team that she can produce when asked.

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