By Rick Bouch
What a start to the 2020 WNBA playoffs! DeWanna Bonner and Alyssa Thomas combined for 51 points and 25 rebounds as Connecticut upset Chicago, and Shey Peddy’s buzzer beater allowed Phoenix to advance to Round 2 with a thrilling win over defending champion Washington.
There should be more of the same in Round 2 as the Sun and Mercury look to pull off huge upsets. She Plays has three new fantasy games set for you to play along as the playoff action unfolds: Bracket Challenge, Moneyball, and 3-Point Draw Down. Here are a few tips for success in Round 2.
WNBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 SCHEDULE
- Phoenix Mercury vs. Minnesota Lynx – Thursday, September 17 at 7 pm ET (ESPN2)
- Connecticut Sun vs. Los Angeles Sparks – Thursday, September 17 at 9 pm ET (ESPN2)
If Connecticut blew up your bracket, well there’s always Round 2. The Sun will take on L.A., a team that has beaten the Sun twice already this season. Bonner and Thomas are hot right now, but beating the experience of Candace Parker and company will be tough.
Minnesota and Phoenix have split two games this season. Diana Taurasi and Skylar Diggins-Smith played well in Round 1, but the Mercury will have to find a way to slow down Minnesota’s Napheesa Collier. Pick your winners, earn points for each correct game prediction, and win the She Plays Bracket Challenge!
3-POINT DRAW DOWN
She Plays has matched up players for a three-point shooting slugfest, and Round 2 is full of some great matchups. You have to like L.A.’s Riquna Williams who launches a ton of threes. She is 43-of-102 this season (42.2 percent). Williams goes up against Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis who has just 12 made threes all season.
Taurasi takes on Bridget Carleton who is shooting 46 percent from behind the arc, but she has only made 21 threes this season. Taurasi shoots 37 percent, but she lets them fly. The Mercury star is 61-of-167 this season.
Taurasi’s teammate, Diggins-Smith, also shoots well from deep hitting 46-of-116 threes this season. She is matched up against Rachel Banham who has 25 makes in 2020.
Use what you’ve learned in the She Plays Slay the Trey fantasy game and put it to the test in the 3-Point Draw Down.
Moneyball is the ultimate test of WNBA fantasy skill. You’ll pick game winners and final scores first. Then, it’s on to individual players. You will choose players to earn fantasy points in four categories: total points, rebounds, assists, and made three-pointers.
But wait, there’s more! Designate your stats pick that has the highest scoring potential as your Moneyball. You get double points for your Moneyball, so choose wisely.
Great Moneyball picks in Round 2 include Bonner, who is third in the league in scoring averaging 19.7 points a game. She also averages 7.8 rebounds. Her teammate, Thomas is no slouch either after her 28-point, 13-rebound, 8-assist game in Round 1.
Taurasi is the complete player averaging 18.7 points (5th in the league), 4.5 assists, and 4.2 rebounds a game. Diggins-Smith averaged 17.7 points, 4.2 assists, and 3.3 rebounds. Both played well in Round 1, and don’t forget about Taurasi’s penchant for shooting the three-pointer.
Don’t forget about Minnesota’s Crystal Dangerfield (16.2 ppg) and Collier (16.1 ppg, 9.0 rpg). Both have the potential for huge games as does L.A.’s Candace Parker who averaged 14.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game this season. Choose wisely and enjoy Round 2!