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Fantasy Women’s Basketball – The Most Valuable WNBA Rookies in Fantasy

A new wave of talent joined the WNBA on Monday night as 36 players were selected to 12 teams in the 2022 WNBA draft.

Their arrival could change the trajectory of some franchises with the new season set to kick off May 6, and from the new rookie class are eight players with an immediate chance of making a big contribution. in fantasy women’s basketball this season.

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Rhyne Howard, The Atlanta Dream

The Dream is in the midst of the longest playoff drought in franchise history and is in dire need of players with unrestricted nine free agents from 2021. This includes Courtney Williams, who has led the team. PPG, APG and RPG last season. Atlanta will only return 35% of scoring, 31% of assists and 34% of rebounds compared to last season, so Howard will have to fill the void. Howard was an excellent finisher and shooter at Kentucky and led the Wildcats in points, rebounds, 3 points, steals and blocks in her senior season. She left Lexington second in career GPA (19.9 PPG), third in career 3-points (214), third in career 3-pointer scoring (38.1) %) and eighth in steals per game (2,3). Howard will easily adapt to the professional game.


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NaLyssa Smith, Indiana Fever

Smith joins a team that has won just 12 games over the past two seasons and has a combined record of 40-116 over the past five seasons. Defense is a big deal for Indiana. Last season, Fever was ranked last in the league in terms of defensive rating, and their net rating (offensive rating minus defensive rating) was negative-12.5. Smith’s authority on work at Baylor and the skill set is well-suited for the WNBA. She had one of the best seasons in Baylor women’s basketball history and averaged 22.1 PPG with 11.5 RPG. Smith finished his senior season with a top 25 finish in doubles (13), goalscoring (217), goal percentage (56%), free throws (154), shots free throw (122) and total score (559). While Smith has a solid game, she needs to improve from outside the arc and should have every chance of succeeding with a strong role on Fever.

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Nyara Sabally, New York Liberty

Liberty placed last in the offensive RPG (6.2), contributing to PPG’s lowest 8.1 second chance in their league. New York also has difficulty defending, having conceded the most teams last season. Sabally can make an immediate impact in these areas. She was sixth in points (15.4 PPG) and third in bounces (7.8 RPG) in last season’s Pac-12, and also sixth in block count (1.4 BPG) and fifth. in terms of scoring rate (52.7%).

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Rae Burrell, Los Angeles Sparks

Although the Sparks have had a very solid season, adding Burrell only enhances their ability to score from the outside. Burrell is a versatile protector that can span the floor. She scored 1,131 points and won 458 rebounds while shooting 40.2% off the field during her college career with Tennessee. While a knee injury kept Burrell out for part of last season, she returned to the SEC and NCAA tournaments and averaged 16.6 PPG, 5.6 RPG and 3.2 APG in the last five matches.

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Queen Egbo, Indiana Fever

As I mentioned above, “There is a lot of clear need for this draft. Egbo runs the floor well and is a great fit for a team that wants to play at a higher tempo this season. Egbo averaged 11 PPG, 8.4 RPG, and 1.8 BPG during her senior season at Baylor. Her chemistry with Smith over the past four seasons at Baylor will continue in Indiana.

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Nia Clouden, Connecticut Sun

The Sun have found their replacement for Briann January of Clouden, who ended his four-year career at Michigan State as the all-time No 2 leader in career points (1,882). top her team in points for the past three years. She averaged a career-high 20.0 PPG in her final season, along with 4.2 RPG, 4.2 APG, and 1.2 SPG, while shooting a career-best 39.6% from outside the arc. Connecticut’s coaching staff will help her quickly get used to professional competition.

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Lexie Hull, Indiana Fever

The Fever wants dynamic young players who can play defensively, and Hull fits that mold. She was a surprise pick in Monday night’s draft as the third of four to attend Indiana’s first round, but Fever believes in what she brings to the court. Hull averaged 12.5 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 2.0 APG and 2.2 SPG in her final season at Stanford and was a talent defender that could complement Kelsey Mitchell, Victoria Vivians and Bria Hartley.

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Elissa Cunane, Hurricane Seattle

Cunane dropped a shocking first round. She started 101 of 125 games for NC State and averaged 15 PPG and 8.0 RPG over four seasons. Cunane is the school’s all-time leader in free throws (513), fifth in bounces (987), sixth in career points (1,855) and seventh in doubles (34). She has the first pedigree but was on a team that finished second in scoring (85 PPG) last season. If 6-foot-5 Cunane can make the list, she has the potential to make a name for herself in the tournament.

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John Walker

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