By Rick Bouch
It all comes down to this. The WNBA’s final round of games was supposed to take place Friday and Saturday. With the postponement of games after the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin, three games were rescheduled for Sunday. One of those games, Seattle vs. Las Vegas, could give us a glimpse of this year’s WNBA Finals.
Seven teams have already clinched playoff berths. The top teams, of course, are the Storm and the Aces. Los Angeles, Minnesota, Phoenix, Chicago, and Connecticut have all secured a spot in the postseason as well. Dallas (7-13) currently holds the eighth spot and has a half-game lead on Washington (6-13). Atlanta is a full game back at 6-14.
That lays the groundwork for an exciting final regular season round of She Plays fantasy games. Whether or not you have played at all this season, you can still join in the Round 22 action. New players are able to join at any time; just choose one or all of our fantasy games and jump into the action. If you are unsure who to choose this round, just sit back and allow our Pro Tips to guide you.
WNBA ROUND 22 SCHEDULE
- Atlanta Dream vs. Connecticut Sun – Friday, September 11 at 7 pm ETÂ
- Chicago Sky vs. Dallas Wings – Friday, September 11 at 8 pm ET (CBSSN)
- Seattle Storm vs. Phoenix Mercury – Friday, September 11 at 10 pm ET (CBSSN)
- Washington Mystics vs. New York Liberty – Saturday, September 12 at 12 pm ET
- Las Vegas Aces vs. Los Angeles Sparks – Saturday, September 12 at 3 pm ET
- Minnesota Lynx vs. Indiana Fever – Saturday, September 12 at 6 pm ET
- Dallas Wings vs. New York Liberty – Sunday, September 13 at 12 pm ET (CBSSN)
- Las Vegas Aces vs. Seattle Storm – Sunday, September 13 at 3 pm ET (ABC)
- Washington Mystics vs. Atlanta Dream- Sunday, September 13 at 5 pm ET
The Pick ‘Em game is pretty straightforward; just do your best to correctly predict the winner of each game in Round 22. The more you get correct; the more points you receive. One game to watch is Saturday’s Washington-New York matchup. The defending WNBA champion Mystics desperately need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Remember, they upset Chicago recently. Keep that in mind as you make your Round 22 picks.
SET YOUR SIX
In the Set Your Six game, you pick a full lineup – two guards, two forwards, a center, and a sixth woman – to compete against other players’ lineups. She Plays has been giving fantasy players quality tips on players to add to their team all season.
For example, we have been high on Dallas guard Arike Ogunbowale. She is the league’s leading scorer (21.9 ppg) and recently went off for a career-high 39 points. A’ja Wilson, Breanna Stewart, and Chicago guard Courtney Vandersloot, the league’s assist leader, are all players that could also be part of the perfect Set Your Six lineup.
SLAY THE TREY
To win Slay the Trey, you have to pick three players who you think will hit the most three-pointers in that round. A solid strategy for Slay the Trey is to pick players that shoot a lot of threes. As an old basketball coach used to say, “You’ll miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.”
That means you want players like Phoenix guard Diana Taurasi, who has put up 165 threes this season. Indiana’s Kelsey Mitchell has attempted 133 and Taurasi’s teammate Skylar Diggins-Smith has shot 112 times from behind the arc. All three players shoot 37 percent or better from long range.
The idea in the Squeaky Clean game is to select the one team that will have the fewest personal fouls in the round. Recently, Washington finished a game with just 10 fouls. Each week, the Squeaky Clean team is one that commits between 10 and 15 personal fouls. Your job is to figure out which of the 12 WNBA teams it will be in Round 22.
SWISHES, DISHES & BOARDS
This is one of our most popular fantasy games. Here, you will pick one team you believe will have the most made three-pointers, another team that will have the most assists, and a third team that will grab the most rebounds.
As we said prior to Round 21, Dallas leads the league in most three-pointers per game and Phoenix is a close second. The team that normally has the most assists per game is Chicago, which is led by Vandersloot. The Sky were just recently replaced at No. 1 by Seattle, which averages 22.1 assists a game.
Las Vegas is the league’s best rebounding team. The Aces (37.4) are almost a full rebound and a half better than second-place New York (36.0). Choose your best three teams and win!