Michaela Onyenwere

24-Year-Old ForwardF
 Chicago Sky  WNBA
2024 Fantasy Outlook
After two years in New York, Onyenwere moved to Phoenix and thrived for a struggling Mercury squad. She averaged 8.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.5 steals-plus-blocks in 23.8 minutes across 40 appearances -- all career highs. This offseason, she was traded to Chicago, along with Brianna Turner and four draft picks, in the deal that sent Kahleah Copper to Phoenix. Diamond DeShields and Isabelle Harrison both missed 2023 due to knee injuries, so their health in 2024 will play a key factor in Onyenwere's playing time. The Sky also have the No. 3 overall pick in the 2024 WNBA Draft after the blockbuster trade and could add another frontcourt option. Onyenwere's all-around skill set helped her flirt with top-50 status last year, but she isn't elite enough in any single category to be considered a must-start player in fantasy if she isn't playing close to 25 minutes per game. Read Past Outlooks
Plays 15 minutes vs. Washington
FChicago Sky
June 15, 2024
Onyenwere accumulated five points (2-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt), one rebound, two assists and two steals across 15 minutes during Friday's 83-81 loss to the Mystics.
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Onyenwere played 10-plus minutes in a game for the first time since May 25 against Connecticut. She's averaging 2.5 points and 1.0 rebounds over 10.9 minutes per game this season.
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Onyenwere was solid for the Liberty as a rookie in 2021, posting 8.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 22.5 minutes per game across 32 appearances (29 starts). However, she was relegated to a reserve role in 2022 and ended up undergoing knee surgery following the campaign. She was also traded to the Mercury during the offseason, but the expectation is that she'll be healthy and available for her new team to start 2023. With Sophie Cunningham, Brianna Turner and Brittney Griner likely starting in the frontcourt, Onyenwere will compete for a reserve role with Jennie Simms, Sam Thomas and Megan Gustafson. However, barring numerous injuries, it's hard to imagine Onyenwere finishing the campaign as a top-50 fantasy producer.
As a rookie last season, Onyenwere averaged 8.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 22.5 minutes per game. She shot 40.1 percent from the field, 32.7 percent from three and 83.6 percent from the free-throw line. She reportedly suffered a nasal fracture in an early-January training session, but the issue isn't expected to impact her status for the 2022 WNBA season. With the Liberty's core – Sabrina Ionescu, Natasha Howard, Sami Whitcomb, Betnijah Laney – in place, the second-year forward figures to compete for the final starting spot with Stefanie Dolson and Rebecca Allen, though all three will likely be critical members of New York's rotational depth.
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Back in starting lineup
FChicago Sky
June 1, 2024
Onyenwere is slated to start at forward in Saturday's matchup with the Fever.
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Moves to bench
FChicago Sky
May 25, 2024
Onyenwere will move to the bench for Saturday's game against the Sun.
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Scores 13 in first start of season
FChicago Sky
May 24, 2024
Onyenwere recorded 13 points (5-12 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds and one block over 28 minutes during Thursday's 90-81 win over the Liberty.
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Moves to starting lineup
FChicago Sky
May 23, 2024
Onyenwere is in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Liberty.
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Will come off the bench
FChicago Sky
May 15, 2024
Onyenwere will come off the bench for Wednesday's game against Dallas.
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