Here’s a breakdown of all three fantasy matchups going on swish appeal League now.
Team Zack (Zack Ward) leads Team Draves (Zachary Draves) 388.3 – 289.5
Jack’s gamble on Brittany Griner looks like it was a good idea! Griner is the third highest scoring fantasy player in the league in total points, trailing only Breanna Stewart and Alyssa Thomas. She had 18 points, six rebounds and four blocks in her first game and then really came alive in her second game, which was her home opener, with 27 points, 10 boards and another four rebounds. He also made a three in that second game, so some amazing fantasy points in there for Jack! Griner is shooting a stellar 72.7 percent from the field and has made 12 free throws.
Seattle blew out in their opener, but the Jacks got 42.1 fantasy points from Jewell Loyd, who had 22 points. He’s expecting to get some 30- and 40-point games from Loyd this year. Nneka Ogwumike also had a solid outing, holding up 36.9 fantasy points to Zack in their opener. DeWanna Bonner has been a pleasant surprise for Zack, averaging 20 points and 35.5 fantasy points through the two games. Courtney Williams may drive the jacks crazy because not all of her tall two pairs are three, but she has three tres through two games and is producing in the rebounding and assist departments as expected. Jack gets almost nothing from Erica Wheeler, which is disappointing.
Zachary is led by the dream duo of Raine Howard and Cheyenne Parker. Howard had 20 points (four threes) and 10 rebounds in his opener but shot 33.3 percent from the field. Parker had 18 points, 11 boards, three assists and three steals. Zachary’s first round pick, Nafisa Collier, was solid with 17 points, five rebounds, two assists and four blocks. Elizabeth Williams has been a pleasant surprise for Team Draves, averaging 34.6 fantasy points over two games. He averaged 12 points and did a little bit of everything (rebounds, assists, steals and blocks).
Kelsey Mitchell scored 20 points for Zachary in their opener, but just 10 in his second game. Zachary was also missing Sky’s second game from Marina Mabrey.
Team Nemchock (Eric Nemchock) leads Team Leight (Chelsea Leight) 418.6 – 324.6
Eric is second in the league in points. None of his players are averaging more than 40 fantasy points, but he’s getting legitimate contributions from almost everyone, with Tiera McCowan’s 12.7 the lowest. Everyone else has an average of over 20.
Up top for Eric, it’s Breonna Jones, who continues to impress with her steal numbers for someone in her position. Arike Ogunbowale followed his 27-point game, in which he missed 16 field goal attempts and recorded only one assist. Aja Wilson and Natasha Cloud outscored Eric’s players with fantasy averages over 30. On a loaded Aces team, Wilson was not the number one scoring option in his opener. Claude looks like he’s destined for a big season, and maybe an All-Star bid. He averaged 13.5 points over the two games and dished out six assists in both contests. However, he shot 1 of 9 from distance.
Chelsea’s two aces selection is doing well for him so far. Kelsey Plum had 43.1 fantasy points in the opener; Candace Parker had a 39.5. Chelsea also has Chelsea Gray, who was solid with 32.4. Third on the team league is Sabrina Ionescu, averaging 38.1 fantasy points. Ionescu, always a triple-double threat, is averaging 13.5 points, eight rebounds, five assists and 1.5 steals through two games. He has made five three. So it doesn’t hurt Chelsea to have a good chunk of their roster on super teams that could potentially share the wealth.
Chelsea also have perhaps the most anticipated fantasy player in Boston, Aliyah. Boston has done well in each of their games so far, scoring 15 points and a field goal percentage of 64.7.
Team Kat (Kat Ariel) leads Team Josh (Josh Felton) 474.9 – 337.1
It’s a great matchup between Alyssa Thomas (Team Kat) and Breanna Stewart (Team Josh). Stewart’s 45-point performance on 15-of-21 shooting from the field and 6-of-3 shooting in his second game earned him 84.2 fantasy points! The Joshs also have Natasha Howard giving them 53.3 fantasy points and Jackie Young giving them 41.5 points, but no one else on their roster is averaging over 30. Former MVP Jonkel Jones averages just 18.8 in two games.
Kat counters with Thomas’ 55.8 fantasy points per game, as well as Sato Sabli, who had 55.7 in the opener. Atty leads the league in rebounds per game and has flirted with a triple-double in both of his contests. She looks like she is going to be one of the best fantasy players in the league throughout the season. Sabli had a stellar performance in his opener with 25 points (3 threes), seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks. She dropped out of our top 30 list this year, but could possibly prove us wrong and reach the highs we’ve always seen in her.
The Cats have three more players with over 30 fantasy points: Elena Delle Donne, Kahleh Copper and Shakira Austin. Delle Donne is capable of playing even better than she is now, but is still putting in solid performances, averaging 39.2 fantasy points through the two contests. Copper’s 3-point stroke looks better than ever (he’s 4-of-5 on the season) and with all the departures of star players from Chicago, he’s going to have the ball in his hands more than ever this year. Austin’s 30-plus fantasy points per game come as more of a surprise, but not a big one. We know he is a special player; He had 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field and 11 rebounds in his second game.