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The 2023 WNBA season concludes Friday, May 19 and anticipation is building for the fantasy women’s basketball season.
So who are the players that our experts see as the top breakout candidates?
Here’s Andre Snellings, Eric Moody, Jennifer LaCroix, and Liz Loza with the players they’re targeting.
Marina Mabrey, G, Chicago Sky
Mabrey was traded to Sky for the off-season and this could be the perfect spot for her. Mabrey is a great 3-pointer and just what Chicago needed as they lost 71% of their 3-point production from last season. She’ll be alongside Kahleah Copper, who is one of the best guards to score in color (8.1 PPG in color, second in league), meaning they’re scoring big for Mabrey this season can. I expect Mabrey to come up with career numbers this year and be one of the leaders in the 3-point game. – LaCroix
Mabrey, who is expected to retain a prominent role in Sky’s rebuilding, has completed a career year with the Wings. Mabrey averaged 13.6 points per game and had a 42% field goal percentage while playing in the shadow of Arike Ogunbowale. She expects to grab a bigger slice of the pie while sharing backcourt with Courtney Williams in Chicago. – Loza
Alyssa Thomas, F, Connecticut Sun
She hadn’t really gone off the radar, but I’m expecting Thomas of the Sun to make a big leap this season and think even with her average second-round draft position she might be underestimated. The Sun frontcourt was crowded last season, forcing four Impact players to split the minutes for three positions. Even when he did, Thomas still had 13 double-digit rebound attempts and four double-digit assist plays, resulting in two triple-doubles. This season, with Jonquel Jones now playing for the Liberty, I expect Thomas to be flirting with a triple-double every night. She could be among the leaders in both assists and rebounds and has fantasy MVP on her mind. – Snellings
Property McDonald, G, Atlanta Dream
The stage is set for McDonald to prove she’s the future Dream’s point guard. There aren’t many ballhandlers on Atlanta’s roster after drafting numerous wingers. After hitting career highs in several statistical categories last year, McDonald could easily top her average draft position. — moody
Dana Evans, G, Chicago Sky
Evans is another player you can draft late or skip shortcode. Evans is the only returning ballhandler for Sky after Courtney Vandersloot left for Liberty and Julie Allemand opted to take the season off. Coach James Wade has also publicly stated that Evans is ready for a bigger role. — moody
Brinna Jones, C, Connecticut Sun
Despite a breakthrough in 2021 that saw her named the WNBA’s Most Improved Player, Jones managed just seven starts last season. But the former Terp also used her chances as a substitute from the bench and scored an average of 13.8 points per game (top 25). With Jonquel Jones moving to New York, Brionna’s minutes and production numbers soar. – Loza
Shey Peddy, G, Phoenix Mercury
Peddy, who tends to stay off the radar, tore her Achilles tendon late last season and is trying to get healthy for this season. But before she got injured last season, she showed her potential. Over a month from July 12 to August 12, she averaged 13.5 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 3.7 APG, 2.0 3PG, and 1.6 SPG. The situation in Mercury’s backcourt is unclear as we don’t know if Skylar Diggins-Smith (maternity leave) plans to play this season. If Diggins-Smith misses an extended period and Peddy is healthy enough to leave, she could line up starter-caliber fantasy numbers from the free-agent wire. – Snellings
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