Mercedes Russell

28-Year-Old ForwardF
 Seattle Storm  WNBA
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Injury Illness
Est. Return 6/19/2024
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Russell was a key depth piece for Seattle last season, starting 13 of her 37 appearances. In 19.1 minutes per game, she posted 5.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists. She continued to be an especially good source of efficient scoring (51.6 FG%), offensive rebounding (1.1) and shot-blocking (0.5). Turnovers (1.5 per game) remain an issue, however. It seems unlikely Russell will have a sizable fantasy impact this season, but she could continue to get spot start opportunities. However, those opportunities will be at a premium after Seattle brought in one of the league's top veterans in Nneka Ogwumike. Read Past Outlooks
Late scratch Sunday
FSeattle Storm
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June 16, 2024
Russell (illness) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Mercury.
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Russell wasn't previously listed on the Storm's injury report but is feeling under the weather and will be held out of Sunday's game. Ezi Magbegor could see more minutes at center, while Jordan Horston and Joyner Holmes are candidates for more minutes off the bench. Russell's next chance to play will come Wednesday in Las Vegas.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Russell underwent offseason surgery to address a recurrent, atypical headache syndrome last year but has been fully cleared for the 2023 campaign. When she's been a full-time starter (2019 and 2021), the sixth-year center has posted season averages of at least 7.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game, but when she's garnered a reserve role, she's been basically irrelevant in fantasy. Her outlook for 2023 seems relatively rosy, with Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird gone and Gabby Williams potentially sitting out the season, Russell could wind up starting beside Ezi Magbegor in the frontcourt and seeing plenty of minutes for what is looking like a relatively shallow group of quality players in Seattle for 2023. Russell should draw some fantasy looks as a result.
Russell finds herself in a similar situation to last year regarding her potential for playing time. She is likely to hold down the five for Seattle but will presumably cede a good chunk of playing time to Eziyoda Magbegor once again. Russell works almost exclusively around the rim (78.3 percent of her points came in the paint) and did so efficiently last year, converting a career-best 61.7 percent of her attempts from the field. Russell also seemed to find her shooting stroke from the free-throw line, posting another career-best mark of 76.6 percent. Many of those opportunities come via her efficiency on the offensive glass, where she ranked 16th in the league, averaging 1.7 offensive boards per contest.
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Joins starting five
FSeattle Storm
June 4, 2024
Russell will join the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Mercury, according to Storm reporter Percy Allen.
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Slides back to bench
FSeattle Storm
May 22, 2024
Russell will come off the bench for Wednesday's game against the Fever.
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Reaches double figures in start
FSeattle Storm
May 19, 2024
Russell posted eight points (3-6 FT, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and two steals over 30 minutes in Sunday's 84-75 win over Washington.
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Will start sans Ogwumike
FSeattle Storm
May 19, 2024
Russell will start Sunday's game against the Mystics.
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Efficient off the bench in loss
FSeattle Storm
May 15, 2024
Russell posted seven points (3-3 FG, 1-2 FT), three rebounds and one turnover in 14 minutes off the bench Tuesday.
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