The latest Women's Basketball news from RotoWire's experts.
RotoWire AnalysisAyayi hasn't played in the WNBA since 2015, when she averaged 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds with the Stars (now the Aces) as a rookie. Between then and now, she had been playing in France. This season, she's posting 12.6 points, 4.5 boards and 2.8 assists. She's also draining an impressive 45.5 percent of her shots from beyond the arc.
RotoWire AnalysisColson played a limited bench role for much of last season with San Antonio, averaging 2.9 points and 2.0 assists across 11.6 minutes per game. While San Antonio has since relocated to Vegas, Colson likely won't see a huge uptick in playing time in 2018 despite the change in city, especially considering the returns of Kayla McBride, Moriah Jefferson and Kelsey Plum in the backcourt , as well as the offseason addition of Tamera Young.
RotoWire AnalysisLanghorne was designated by the Storm as a core player at the start of free agency in January and as expected, has now finalized an agreement to remain in Seattle. Look for Langhorne, who's started every single game she's played in for Seattle over the last four seasons, to once again hold down a spot in the team's top unit. That said, offseason additions Courtney Paris and Natasha Howard could threaten some of Langhorne's minutes in the frontcourt.
RotoWire AnalysisDietrick played just three games with the Storm last season before being cut. Following that, she moved on to the Australian National Basketball League, where she posted 7.3 points, 2.7 boards and 2.4 assists for the Bendigo Spirit.
RotoWire AnalysisJanuary played 25 games for the Fever last season before tearing her meniscus and missing the remainder of the campaign. Prior to the injury, she averaged 9.5 points, 3.9 assists and 1.5 boards across 26.3 minutes.
RotoWire AnalysisMinnesota will ship the No. 12 overall pick to the Mercury to secure a back-up point guard to Lindsey Whalen. The move also adds veteran depth to a roster that has lost four key reserves in Plenette Pierson, Jia Perkins, Renee Montgomery and Natasha Howard.
RotoWire AnalysisDupree averaged 15.0 points and 5.8 rebounds across 31.8 minutes per game last season, shooting 49.4 percent from the field in the process. The six-time All-Star ranks ninth in WNBA career rebounds (2,569) and 10th in points (5,602).
RotoWire AnalysisMcBride had yet another strong campaign in 2017, operating as the Stars top option offensively. She led the team with 15.4 points per game, while adding some solid production elsewhere with 4.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals across 33.2 minutes. While the Stars are relocating to Las Vegas and are being re-branded as the Aces, McBride will remain with the same organization and will have roughly the same supporting cast. For that reason, a similar role should be expected looking ahead, making McBride a strong fantasy option once again.
RotoWire AnalysisSlaughter was with the Liberty during training camp ahead of the 2017 season, but was ultimately cut and failed to resurface elsewhere in the league. She'll now test her luck once again in the WNBA, this time with Las Vegas. Look for the 6-foot-1 forward to audition for a final spot on the roster during training camp, though there's no guarantees she makes the team.
RotoWire AnalysisWhile it'll be a new city for Holmes, it's still the same organization, as the San Antonio Stars have relocated and are now the Las Vegas Aces. After being out of the league for six years, Holmes returned to the WNBA in 2017, playing in 27 games (three starts) for the Stars, while averaging 3.3 points across 11.3 minutes. Barring any roster surprises, look for Holmes to serve in a complementary role off the bench once again in 2018.
RotoWire AnalysisFormerly the San Antonio Stars, the organization has relocated to Las Vegas, though Burdick will still opt to re-sign with the team. She was originally brought in on a seven-day contract late last season and was eventually kept around through the end of the 2017 campaign, playing in 10 games and averaging 3.1 points and 1.2 rebounds across 8.6 minutes. If Burdick ultimately remains on the roster following camp cuts, she'll likely be stuck in reserve role, limiting her fantasy utility.
RotoWire AnalysisThe seven-year veteran has hopped on board for what will be her fifth year with Dallas. She served as the team captain during the 2017 campaign and helped lead the team to a playoff berth by posting 10.4 points and 4.2 rebounds while starting every game.
RotoWire AnalysisRichardson spent the 2017 preseason with the Lynx, but failed to make the final roster and didn't find much interest elsewhere in the league. Despite now rejoining the Lynx in 2018, her deal is merely for training camp and there's no guarantee Richardson is ultimately on the roster at the start of the regular season.
RotoWire AnalysisThe 24-year-old forward has played 55 games in her WNBA career, averaging 3.7 points and 2.6 rebounds on 10.1 minutes per game. She's shot 50.3 percent from the field, all from two-point range.
RotoWire AnalysisAlleyne failed to be selected in the 2017 NBA Draft and despite a short stint with the Mercury, was unable to find much work in the WNBA last season. However, the Liberty are willing to bring her in for training camp prior to the 2018 season, so look for Alleyne to head to New York in an attempt to make the team's final roster. The 6-foot-3 forward is likely a long shot at this point.
RotoWire AnalysisAfter signing with the Sky prior to the 2017 campaign, Ndour ended up suffering an undisclosed season-ending injury. It appears the Sky aren't overly concerned about it though, as they've extended Ndour a contract extension and will bring her back for the 2018 season. Ndour's role is still a bit unclear, but with Stefanie Dolson re-upping with the Sky as well, Ndour will likely have to settle for a spot on the bench as a reserve.
RotoWire AnalysisJackson, a nine-year WNBA veteran, spent the 2017 campaign with the Sparks, but had a hard time getting on the court. In 26 games, Jackson averaged just 1.1 points and 1.2 rebounds across 5.7 minutes. The 6-foot-3 forward is currently playing in Israel with Maccabi Bnot Ashodo, averaging a double-double of 15.1 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. However, once back with the Sparks for the star of the WNBA regular season, Jackson is likely going to see a very small role off the bench once again.
RotoWire AnalysisMontgomery has spent the last three seasons in San Antonio and is coming off a 2017 campaign where she averaged 6.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists across 23.5 minutes. However, she'll now look to up those averages with the change of scenery, though her exact role is still to be determined. The Sky did lose Cappie Pondexter (27.2 minutes per game) to the Sparks, which could open up some opportunities for Montgomery to see some significant rotation minutes right away. That said, both Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley should be back in the fold.
RotoWire AnalysisWhile Bulgak was unable to land a roster spot early on during the 2017 campaign, the Sky ultimately gave her shot later in the season following a few injuries. She ended up taking part in five games down the stretch, but hit double-figure points just once and was stuck with minutes in the lower teens most nights. All that said, the Sky liked what they saw and are set to bring Bulgak back for another stint with the team heading into 2018. Bulgak may still have to secure her roster spot during training camp, so there's no guarantees she makes the team.
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|Ann Wauters||Not Injury Related||5/1/2018|