Welcome to an exciting new era! We look forward to the upcoming WNBA season and our brand new fantasy basketball game for women. Our standard game mode will be familiar to those who play head-to-head point NBA fantasy basketball, but adapted to the 12-team WNBA league and its shorter season. League managers will be able to customize many of these settings, including the league and list size as well as the scoring system, but let’s dive into how the default Fantasy WNBA settings are:
Point = 1 Fantasy Point (FP)
Rebound = 1 FP
Assist = 1 FP
Made 3-pointer = 1 FP
Steal = 2 FP
Block = 2 FP
Points, rebounds and steals are all potentially high volume categories, so they earn a fantasy point each. Steals and bricks are harder to get hold of, so they are worth twice as much. Making a 3-pointer gets the extra point to reward the harder shot. This allows you to build your fantasy lists with different, unique player types that contribute in different ways.
For example, Sylvia Fowles was the only player in the league to finish top-5 in both blocks and steal last season. Her 16.0 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.8 blocks, 1.8 steals and 0.0 3-pointers per. match was worth 16 + 10.1 + 1.4 + 3.6 + 3.6 + 0 = 34.7 fantasy points per. match.
Meanwhile, Arike Ogunbowale was the only player in the top-5 in both scoring and 3-points. Her 18.7 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.0 BPG and 2.5 3PG were worth 18.7 + 3.2 + 3.3 + 2.4 + 0, 0 + 5.0 = 32.6 FP / G.
And GOAT candidate Sue Bird (have you seen her commercial?) Checked in as the only player in the top-5 in both assists and 3-points made … at her age 40 season! Her 10.0 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 5.3 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.1 BPG and 2.2 3PG were worth 24.3 FP / G.
At the end of the day, WNBA stars will be among the elite scores in fantasy, regardless of their production style. There is also room for lower volume players to shine if they contribute significantly to the more difficult categories. This includes the glue players that control the paint, defensive anchors, and long-range sliders.
The basics – what you need to know
The WNBA season is on 32 matches and runs from May 6 to August 14. The teams will typically play 2-3 games a week, providing plenty of exciting action during the summer months.
There are 12 teams in the league as opposed to the 30 in the NBA, so the fantasy list sizes are a little smaller. A typical league will be six fantasy teams with nine roster seats each, thus a fantasy draft of nine rounds.
You start six players: two guards, three attackers / centers and a utility spot that can be any position.
Each week, each fantasy team goes head-to-head against another team, and the one who collects the most fantasy points wins, while the other team loses. The teams with the best win-loss records advance to the fantasy playoffs and face each other to find a champion. You can also select the optional “bonus scoring” feature and compete for another weekly win, given to the top-scoring half of the league’s team. So while it is possible to win your matchup while scoring the second lowest points, or lose while scoring the second most, bonus scoring always rewards the highest scoring of the week.
The Draft – How to choose your team
The most important – and for many, the funniest – part of putting together a fantasy team is the draft. Hose pull and Wage loft are the most popular of the four available methods, but choose the one that works best for you:
Snake: Players are selected in a set order in the first round, and then the draft order for each round is reversed thereafter. (Example: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 then 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1).
Wage ceiling: Team leaders use a fictitious budget to nominate and sign players until their list is filled. Suggested values are listed in the draft, where $ 1 is the minimum.
Autopluk: The system automatically draws players to each team in the league on a scheduled draft date, so team leaders do not have to be online during the draft.
Offline: Team leaders execute their own draft without using ESPN’s online drafting system, and then manually enter the offline drafting results into the system.
Schedule – How to win your league
Being a successful team leader means taking an active role in running your team throughout the WNBA season.
This means at least:
1) to make adjustments to your starting lineup from the start of the season to the end
2) Add free agents that can help your team and cut players who are ineffective
3) to move injured players to the injured reserve to open a free space on roster that can be occupied
Keep an eye out for this space for lots of analysis to help you build a championship list and enjoy the WNBA season in a whole new way.