Fantasy Women’s Basketball – Draft Divisions for G and F/C positions

To build a winning fantasy women’s basketball team, you don’t have to spend a lot of time preparing. You just need a plan.

That’s where breaking positions down into draft levels can be extremely helpful. The imaginary managers will do a little extra work to know which players and positions to focus on early in the draft and leave it until the mid-rounds or later take a big advantage.

On the basis of our predictions and levels, the striker/center position is much deeper than the defender this season, so make sure to factor that in when making your picks.

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With that in mind, here’s my draft for the F/C and G slots for the 2022 fantasy women’s basketball leagues:

Forward / Center

Tier 1
Tina Charles, Phoenix Mercury
Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm
Jonquel Jones, Connecticut Sun

You can’t go wrong with three players on this position tier. Charles played well in her first season with the Mystics after not competing in 2020. In addition to posting a career-high 23.4 PPG, she added 9.6 RPG, 2.1 APG , 0.9 SPG and 1.0 BPG while clipping a career-best 36.5% from further than Arc. Meanwhile, last season Stewart became the fourth player to score 2,500 career points and the fastest player to score 2,500 points per 1,000 rebounds. Jones averaged 19.4 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.3 SPG, and 1.3 BPG at 31.7 MPG while firing 51.5% from the field. According to our predictions, Charles, Stewart and Jones are likely to average 40 or more fantasy points per game.

Part 2
Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Lynx
A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces
DeWanna Bonner, Connecticut Sun

There’s another set of players to keep an eye on in your draft. In 30 minutes per game, Fowles averaged 16 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 1.4 APG, 2.0 SPG and 2.0 SPG, ranking among the best centers of the league last season. Wilson hit a career peak in rebounds, assists and minutes last season. In 2021, she averaged 18.3 PPG, 9.3 RPG and 3.1 APG. Bonner, the only player to win Sixth Woman of the Year multiple times in tournament history, recorded career lows of 15.2 PPG and 6.4 RPG while playing behind Jones. Still, Bonner is a solid fantasy pick.

Level 3
Candace Parker, Chicago Sky
Natasha Howard, New York Liberty
Elena Delle Donne, Washington Mystics
Myisha Hines-Allen, Washington Mystics

Parker is a very comprehensive player. Last season, she averaged 13.3 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 4.0 APG, 1.0 SPG, and 1.2 BPG. However, if you choose Parker, you need to keep her trauma history in mind. She missed stretch marks in two of the previous three seasons. When healthy, she averaged 16.2 PPG, 1.7 APG, and 1.3 SPG in 27.5 MPG while capturing 49.4% of the magnetic field. Also, fantasy managers should be aware of Delle Donne’s availability. Because of back problems, she’s only played three games in the past two seasons. Delle Donne averaged 19.5 PPG and 8.3 RPG in her final complete season, and if she can stay on the field that’s the advantage still there. Due to a knee injury and a non-COVID illness, Hines-Allen played only 18 games last season but she averaged 13 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.5 APG and 1.3 SPG throughout. The numbers are strong across the board.

Level 4
Liz Cambage, Los Angeles Sparks
Teaira McCowan, Dallas Wings
NaLyssa Smith, Indiana Fever
Nneka Ogwumike, Los Angeles Sparks
Monique Billings, The Atlanta Dream
Emma Meesseman, Chicago Sky
Cheyenne Parker, The Atlanta Dream
Brianna Turner, Phoenix Mercury
Satou Sabally, Dallas Wings
Power in the Air, Minnesota Lynx

All players in this tier have the same set of expected outcomes, based on our predictions. However, Cambage and McCowan have the highest ceilings. Cambage will play an important role in the Sparks rotation. With Sparks, she ranks 19th in goalscoring, 10th in rebounds, sixth in goalscoring rate and fourth in blocked shots. In 2021, McCowan had her best season yet. She set career highs with 11.3 PPG, 9.6 RPG and 1.6 BPG with 26.5 MPG. Don’t overlook rookie Smith. She had one of the best seasons in Baylor women’s basketball history and averaged 22.1 PPG with 11.5 RPG. Smith will see the key minutes and her game will translate well.

Level 5
Alyssa Thomas, Connecticut Sun
Brionna Jones, Connecticut Sun
Elizabeth Williams, Washington Mystics
Dearica Hamby, Las Vegas Aces
Alysha Clark, Washington Mystics
Angel McCoughtry, Minnesota Lynx
Rebecca Allen, New York Liberty
Azura Stevens, Chicago Sky
Damiris Dantas, Minnesota Lynx

Jones and Thomas are two attractive options in this level. Jones played in all 32 of the regular season games for the Sun and scored a career-high of 14.7 PPG, 7.3 RPG and 2.0 APG while shooting 57% away. Courtney Williams’ appearance this season could bring down her ceilings. Thomas missed the first 30 games of the season due to an Achilles injury she picked up in January 2021 while playing abroad. In 2020, it averages 15.5 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 4.8 APG, and 2.0 SPG. In the front lines of the Sun, Thomas had a lot of competition.

Grade 6
Mercedes Russell, Hurricane Seattle
Amanda Zahui B., Los Angeles Sparks
Gabby Williams, Seattle Storm
Nia Coffey, The Atlanta Dream
Kayla Thornton, Dallas Wings
Ezi Magbegor, Hurricane Seattle

Zahui B. is one of the higher-ceiling players in this class. Last season, she averaged a career-high 9.2 PPG alongside 5.1 RPG and 1.0 APG in 24 MPG. With 197 games played in his seven-year career, Zahui B. is durable. Sparks just got a whirlwind free agency, so she can grow as part of that team.

Grade 7
Katie Lou Samuelson, Los Angeles Sparks
Kiah Stokes, Las Vegas Aces
Isabelle Harrison, Dallas Wings
Michaela Onyenwere, New York Liberty
Chiney Ogwumike, Los Angeles Sparks
Stephanie Talbot, Seattle Storm
Bridget Carleton, Minnesota Lynx
Emma Cannon, Indiana Fever
Nyara Sabally, Dallas Wings
Ruthy Hebard, Chicago Sky
Napheesa Collier, Minnesota Lynx
Kia Vaughn, Atlanta Dream

WNBA Rookie of the Year Onyenwere averaged 8.6 points and 3.0 rebounds in 32 games last season. Stealing the 2021 draft, she’s likely to surpass last year’s per-game average.


Tier 1
Skylar Diggins-Smith, Phoenix Mercury

Diggins-Smith’s game continues to get better each season. She has her own class in the defensive position with the ability to score on all three levels. Diggins-Smith averaged 18 PPG last season, placing 9th in the league and her 5.3 APG ranking 6th. She became a WNBA player with 3,000 points, 1,000 assists and 200 hits. the fastest in his career. Diggins-Smith was predicted to average 34 fictitious PPGs.

Part 2
Arike Ogunbowale, Dallas Wings
Jewell Loyd, Hurricane Seattle
Sabrina Ionescu, New York Liberty
Courtney Vandersloot, Chicago Sky
Erica Wheeler, The Atlanta Dream
Betnijah Laney, New York Liberty

No need to fret if you missed out on Diggins-Smith as this tier is full of very good options. Ogunbowale led The Wings in points and assists in each of her first three seasons at the league. In 2022, this trend will continue. Last season, Lloyd averaged 18 PPG, 4.0 APG and 1.5 SPG, all of which are career highs. Not to be outdone, Ionescu averaged 11.7 points, 6.1 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game. She has 6.1 assists per game, the third most in the league and the sixth most in franchise history. Vandersloot should be one of the most effective fantasy defenders this season. She averages 10.5 PPG, 8.6 APG, 3.4 RPG, and 1.7 SPG. As for Wheeler, she averaged 13.6 PPG and 5.0 APG and scored 10 or more 23 times. Laney was the only Liberty player to start every game last season. She joins a roster of players that includes Cappie Pondexter (2009), Diana Taurasi (2013) and Candace Parker (2015) with 16.7 or more points, 5.0+ assists and 4.0+ bounces per battle. Laney averaged 16.8 points, 5.2 assists and 4.1 rebounds in 33.7 minutes per game, a career-high last season. Guards on this floor are all great options for your fantasy team.

Level 3
Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury
Kelsey Mitchell, Indiana Fever
Ariel Atkins, Washington Mystics
Chen Kennedy Carter, Los Angeles Sparks
Kahlah Copper, Chicago Sky
Jackie Young, Las Vegas Aces
Chelsea Grey, Las Vegas Aces
Kayla McBride, Minnesota Lynx

Taurasi would be a popular guardian from this floor and rightfully so. She enters this season as the league’s all-time top scorer with 9,174 career points. Mitchell is also another defender in this class with a high ceiling. Her fourth season with Indiana ended with her being the eighth highest scorer in the league. As of last season, she is third in franchise history in terms of 3-pointer goals scored (275), fourth in number of goals scored (1,859), fifth in goals scored. (659) and seventh for assists (324)

Ideally, you should draft a defender from one of the top three levels.

Level 4
Rhyne Howard, The Atlanta Dream
Kelsey Plum, Las Vegas Aces
Allie Quigley. Chicago sky
Allisha Grey, Dallas Wings
Tiffany Hayes, The Atlanta Dream
Courtney Williams, Connecticut Sun
Aari McDonald, The Atlanta Dream
Sue Bird, Hurricane Seattle
Jasmine Thomas, Connecticut Sun
Natasha Cloud, Washington Mystics
Riquna Williams, Las Vegas Aces
Diamond DeShields, Phoenix Mercury

Birds are one of my favorite targets in this level. Last season, she led the league with 3.40 assists to revenue, generating 160 assists while making just 47 passes. Bird offers fantasy managers a high floor but low ceilings, as this will be her 41-year-old season. Plum, who was named the tournament’s Sixth Woman of the Year, is a good choice if you’re looking for more advantages in a guard position in this particular tier. Last season, she was 15th in the league for goalscoring, 14th for assists, 13th for 3-point on-field scoring and first for free throws. Rookie Howard is also a solid pick from this group. She was an excellent finisher and shooter in Kentucky and led the Wildcats in points, rebounds, 3 points, steals and blocks in her senior season. Howard will easily adapt to professional play and get her chance to get the minutes right away. From this level on, the quality of the players drops dramatically.

Level 5
Marina Mabrey, Dallas Wings
Layshia Clarendon, Lynx Minnesota
Bria Hartley, Indiana Fever
Tiffany Mitchell, Indiana Fever
Brittney Sykes, Los Angeles Sparks

Mabrey has the highest imaginary ceiling of any guardian in this tier. Last season, she was the Wings’ second-highest scorer (13.3 PPG) behind Ogunbowale. This will continue into 2022.

Grade 6
Victoria Vivians, Indiana Fever
Danielle Robinson, Indiana Fever
Julie Allemand, Chicago Sky
Sami Whitcomb, New York Liberty
Stefanie Dolson, New York Liberty
Kristi Toliver, Los Angeles Sparks
Crystal Dangerfield, Minnesota Lynx
Natisha Hiedeman, Connecticut Sun

Robinson has the highest ceiling on this floor. Her average was 10 PPG, 3.7 APG and 3.5 RPG in 27.4 MPG last season. The Fever should continue to employ the veteran guardian as part of their rotation.

Grade 7
Marine Johannes, New York Liberty
Moriah Jefferson, Dallas Wings
Briann January, Hurricane Seattle
Te’a Cooper, Los Angeles Sparks
Shey Peddy, Phoenix Mercury
Sophie Cunningham, Phoenix Mercury
Kaila Charles, Connecticut Sun
Epiphanny Prince, Seattle Storm
Lindsay Allen, Indiana Fever
Jordin Canada, Los Angeles Sparks Fantasy Women’s Basketball – Draft Divisions for G and F/C positions

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