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Yvonne Turner    Phoenix Mercury
Turner is averaging a team-high 5.1 assists per game through seven appearances for Sopron Basket in Europe.

RotoWire Analysis

Turner is also averaging 13.1 points per game across a team-high 33.9 minutes. She didn't display her assist skills during the 2017 season with the Mercury considering she averaged 1.1 assists across 34 games. If she can bring those passing skills overseas to Phoenix next season, she could see a slightly increased role.
Epiphanny Prince    New York Liberty
Prince is averaging 6.6 points per game through seven appearances with Dynamo Kursk this season in Europe.

RotoWire Analysis

Prince is also averaging 2.7 assists and 1.7 rebounds across 19.2 minutes through those seven games. Prince seems to be struggling in Europe considering she averaged 12.0 points and a career-high 3.6 rebounds with the Liberty last season. She'll be ready to return to the Liberty and build off a solid 2017 season.
DeWanna Bonner    Phoenix Mercury
Bonner gathered 22 points (7-19 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 15 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block across 40 minutes Wednesday against Castors Braine.

RotoWire Analysis

Bonner is off to a hot start in Europe, averaging 8.8 rebounds and 14.0 points through seven appearances. She didn't play any games for the Mercury last season since she gave birth to twins in July. If she can carry this type of play overseas to the Mercury, she could have an even more important role with Phoenix next season.
Aerial Powers    Dallas Wings
Powers collected 21 points (6-17 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 7-7 FT), 10 rebounds, one assist and one steal across 30 minutes Wednesday against Wisla CANPACK.

RotoWire Analysis

Powers is currently third in points per game (12.0) and second in rebounds (6.3) with Fenerbahce this season. She's brought her strong frontcourt presence overseas to Europe considering she averaged 4.2 rebounds and 10.8 points with the Wings last year. For the upcoming season with Dallas, Powers will likely have a similar role to last year since she's currently below Glory Johnson and Karima Christmas-Kelly on the depth chart.
Crystal Langhorne    Seattle Storm
Langhorne is averaging a team-high 7.8 rebounds per game across six appearances this season with Sopron Basket in the Euroleague.

RotoWire Analysis

Not only is Langhorne leading the team in rebounding, but she's also leading the team in scoring with 85 points through those six games. She's continuing her strength as a scorer and rebounder since she averaged 12.4 points and 6.1 rebounds with the Storm this past season. Langhorne will look to bring her impressive run in the Euroleague overseas to the Storm.
Cheyenne Parker    Chicago Sky
Parker has collected a team-high 41 rebounds through six games with Wisla CANPACK this season.

RotoWire Analysis

Not only is Parker leading the team in rebounds, but is also third in points per game (12.8). She averaged a career-high 3.4 rebounds per game during the 2017 season with the Sky. If Parker can bring this strong rebounding presence next season to the Sky, she could see an increased role with the team.
Maya Moore    Minnesota Lynx
Maya Moore has been named Sports Illustrated's Performer of the Year for 2017.

RotoWire Analysis

This award must be icing on the cake after Moore helped deliver yet another championship (four in seven years) for the Minnesota Lynx. For those counting, Moore has won 13 titles from her WNBA, NCAA, Spanish League, EuroLeague and Chinese League work. And yes, she's only 28 years old, with a bright future ahead of her. During the 2017 playoffs, the Lynx star averaged 18.3 points, 5.3 boards, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game.
Emma Cannon    Phoenix Mercury
Cannon leads Nadezdha with 72 points through five of the team's six games this year in the Euroleague.

RotoWire Analysis

Not only is Cannon leading Nadezdha in scoring, but also in rebounds per game (7.0). If she can bring this type of play overseas to the WNBA next season, she could potentially see an increased role with the Mercury.
Jantel Lavender    Los Angeles Sparks
Lavender is averaging a team-high 8.6 rebounds through five appearances this year in the Euroleague.

RotoWire Analysis

Lavender is showing her ability to be strong on the boards for Yakin Dogu Universitesi after averaging only 3.0 rebounds this past season with the Sparks. She's also second on Yakin Dogu Universitesi in points per game (14.6) through five matchups. Lavender could be more involved with Los Angeles this upcoming season compared to last year if she can put up these type of numbers.
Kayla McBride    San Antonio Stars
McBride currently leads Yakin Dogu Universitesi with 15.8 points per game through six appearances in the Euroleague.

RotoWire Analysis

McBride led the Stars in points per game with 15.4 points during the 2017 season. She continues to show her scoring threat with Yakin Dogu Universitesi since she's also shooting 41.7 percent from the field in the Euroleague this season.
Kelsey Plum    San Antonio Stars
Plum is averaging 4.7 points and 1.7 rebounds through six games for Fenerbahce of the women's EuroLeague.

RotoWire Analysis

Plum didn't necessarily light it up in her rookie season with the Stars, but her numbers there (8.5 PPG, 1.9 RPG) were at least a little better than they have been overseason so far. She seems to be gradually working her way into the swing of things, playing just five minutes in her debut but recorded 27 in two of her last three games. Nonetheless, the experience should be valuable as she looks to build on the numbers from her rookie year with the newly-relocated Stars.
Alysha Clark    Seattle Storm
Clark is averaging 15.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists through six games for CCC Polkowice of the women's EuroLeague.

RotoWire Analysis

Clark's numbers look excellent across the board, so it makes sense she's third in the league in overall efficiency, trailing only the Liberty's Amanda Zahui and Sonja Petrovic, who doesn't currently have a WNBA affilliation. Clark will continue to be a staple with her squad overseas, averaging 31.9 MPG as the starting small forward.
Courtney Vandersloot    Chicago Sky
Vandersloot is averaging 12.7 points, 7.8 assists and 5.3 rebounds through six games for Yakin Dogu Universitesi of the women's EuroLeague.

RotoWire Analysis

Vandersloot is a plenty capable scorer, reaching double digits in five of six games for her club. Her assist mark leads the entire league, and builds on her recent development as a passer in the WNBA. The Hungary native posted a career-best 8.1 APG through 27 games for the Sky last season.
Allie Quigley    Chicago Sky
Quigley is averaging a league-best 20.8 PPG through four games for Galatasaray Odeabank of the women's EuroLeague.

RotoWire Analysis

Quigley posted a career-high 16.4 PPG during her age-31 season with the Sky, and seems to be continuing that scoring trend overseas. She's shooting 47.9 percent from the field, and began the year with performances of 21, 26 and 26 points before slowing down with just 10 in her latest game.
Brittney Griner    Phoenix Mercury
Griner is averaging 17.8 points and 5.7 rebounds through six games for UMMC Ekaterinburg of the women's European League.

RotoWire Analysis

Griner has been a solid scorer, as that average represents the third-best mark in the league. She's not quite as active on the glass for her European team, however, as that average would be the lowest of any single season with the WNBA's Mercury.
Amanda Zahui B    New York Liberty
Zahui claimed Top Performer honors in the women's EuroLeague for Week 6 on the heels of a 27-point, 11 rebound performance against USK Praha.

RotoWire Analysis

Zahui averaged just 2.2 points per game for the Liberty and was not a regular in the rotation, but she's currently dominating overseas. Through six games, she leads the league in rebounding (9.5 RPG), and is second in scoring (19.5 PPG).
Angel McCoughtry    Atlanta Dream    Out    Rest
McCoughtry had a season-high 20 points and 10 rebounds Sunday playing for Dynamo Kursk in the European League.

RotoWire Analysis

Through six games, McCoughtry is averaging 14.3 points, a mark good for No. 14 overall in the league. As arguably the best player on last year's defending EuroLeague champions, it's unclear if or when she'll make her return to the WNBA. She sat out the 2017 season to rest, and if she does return, the Atlanta Dream would still own her rights.
Moriah Jefferson    San Antonio Stars    Out    Knee
Jefferson underwent successful knee surgery Wednesday and a timeline for a return will be determined at a later date.

RotoWire Analysis

Jefferson played just 21 games while dealing with the injury, posting 9.1 points and 4.4 assists per game.
Lindsay Whalen    Minnesota Lynx
Whalen finished with 14 points (6-12 FG, 2-3 FT), three rebounds and three assists across 28 minutes during Tuesday's 70-68 victory over the Sparks.

RotoWire Analysis

Tuesday marked Whalen's best scoring game of the postseason, eclipsing her previous high of nine points. She's been a quality passer, however, posting 4.6 assists per game during these playoffs.
Sylvia Fowles    Minnesota Lynx
Fowles finished with 13 points (5-9 FG, 3-4 FT), 17 rebounds, four steals and two blocks across 36 minutes during Tuesday's 70-68 victory over the Sparks.

RotoWire Analysis

Fowles has been dominant on the glass over the past three games, totaling a combined 44 boards. She's also been a defensive force all throughout the playoffs, posting 1.8 blocks and 1.8 steals per contest. Though Wednesday's 13 points were the fewest she's scored in these playoffs, she still shot over 50 percent from the field.
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Player Injury Est. Return
Moriah Jefferson Knee 1/1/2018
Brittany Boyd Achilles 3/6/2018
Tiffany Mitchell Knee 3/18/2018
Shoni Schimmel Personal 4/1/2018
Tanisha Wright Rest 5/1/2018
Eugeniya Belyakova Undisclosed 5/1/2018
Ann Wauters Not Injury Related 5/1/2018
Shenise Johnson Knee 5/1/2018
Briann January Knee 5/1/2018
Chiney Ogwumike Achilles 5/1/2018
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