Pro Tips: Join the Fun for WNBA Round 21

By Rick Bouch

Connecticut’s 85-70 victory over Phoenix on Monday clinched a playoff spot for the Sun as the WNBA moves into its penultimate round of the regular season. DeWanna Bonner and Alyssa Thomas, both of whom She Plays has touted highly, led the charge for the Sun. Bonner scored 25 points and had 8 rebounds while Thomas added 22 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists.

Both players would have been great additions to a Set Your Six lineup in our popular fantasy game. New players are welcome at any time. Yes, the season is coming close to the end, but why not join in the fun before we hit playoff time? Choose from games like Set Your Six, where you choose a lineup to compete against other lineups in the competition, or other fantasy games like Slay the Trey, Swishes, Dishes & Boards, and Pick ‘Em.

Here are She Plays’ Pro Tips to get you ready for Round 21 fantasy action.

WNBA ROUND 21 SCHEDULE

  • Phoenix Mercury vs. Connecticut Sun – Wednesday, September 9 at 7 pm ET
  • Atlanta Dream vs. Chicago Sky – Wednesday, September 9 at 8 pm ET (CBSSN)
  • Dallas Wings vs. Seattle Storm – Wednesday, September 9 at 10 pm ET (CBSSN)
  • New York Liberty vs. Indiana – Thursday, September 10 at 7 pm ET (CBSSN)
  • Las Vegas Aces vs. Minnesota Lynx – Thursday, September 10 at 8 pm ET (ESPN2)
  • Washington Mystics vs. Los Angeles Sparks – Thursday, September 10 at 10 pm ET (CBSSN)

THE LINEUP

Prior to Round 20, She Plays mentioned several players that could make up the perfect lineup for competition in our Set Your Six fantasy game. We’re not here to say we told you so, but we did like Phoenix’s Skylar Diggins-Smith in the backcourt. The Mercury guard scored 30 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, and had an assist in Phoenix’s win over New York.

We also mentioned Arike Ogunbowale, who happens to be the WNBA’s leading scorer. Ogunbowale is doing her best to make sure Dallas captures that eighth and final playoff spot. In a 101-94 overtime win over Washington, Ogunbowale erupted for a career-high 39 points. She also had 4 assists and 3 rebounds.

If your center was A’ja Wilson, she got you 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists. We sang the praises of Atlanta forward Betnijah Laney too. Laney scored 21 points and had 7 rebounds and an assist in a loss to Las Vegas. 

SWISHES, DISHES & BOARDS

This is one of our most popular games, and involves picking the three teams you believe will have the most made three-pointers, assists, and rebounds. New players can opt in at any time and if you do, choose wisely.

Starting with the Swishes, Dallas is your top choice in this category. The Wings average 8.9 made threes per game, and went 10-for-24 in Round 20. Phoenix is a close second, averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game. Mercury guard Diana Taurasi has launched 150 threes this season. 

Stay away from teams like New York, Atlanta, and Las Vegas. The Liberty went 4-of-35 from three-point range in their Round 20 game. Atlanta shot 1-of-12 in their Round 20 game and only make 6.1 threes per game. The Aces are last in the league in made threes per game with only 3.8.

In the Dishes category, there is no question you’ll do well by selecting Chicago. The Sky average 21.6 assists per game led by league leader Courtney Vandersloot (9.8 apg). You’ll also do well choosing Seattle (21.6 apg) or Phoenix (20.6 apg). In Round 20 action, Seattle led all teams with 28. Washington, which averages 19.3 assists per game, had 27.

There is also no question as to which team is the best rebounding team in the WNBA: Las Vegas. Led by C A’ja Wilson (8.4 rpg), Dearica Hamby (7.3 rpg), and Angel McCoughtry (5.1 rpg); the Aces average 37.2 rebounds per game. Las Vegas recorded 38 in Round 20. New York, which is second best averaging 36.6 rebounds per game, had a huge rebounding game in Round 20 with 53. Phoenix, which is not normally one of the better rebounding teams in the league (33.8), had 43 in Round 20.

Make your picks now to join in the fun for Round 21!

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