Fantasy Women’s Basketball – Jordin Canada Among Top Waiver Yard Pickups

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The WNBA begins its stretch run Tuesday, as it exits the All-Star Break and sprints to the playoffs.

This week‘s articles include two Mercury players who have shone since the departure of much-used superstar Tina Charles, a Sparks backcourt member who has stepped up since returning to the starting lineup, and two young centers that show what they can do in minutes.

Championship time for fantasy hoops season is upon us, so let’s get to the finish line.

Jordin Canada, Los Angeles Sparks (26.9% registered in ESPN leagues): The Sparks had to deal with injury absences in Brittney Sykes (COVID-19), Kristi Toliver (calf) and Chennedy Carter (knee), which opened up more space for Canada and Lexie Brown (11, 3% aligned) are thriving lately. Sykes is back in training and will likely return after the All-Star break, but all three are still listed as questionable. Canada have started the best part of the season, coming off the bench in only four of their 18 games played, and have scored in double figures in three straight games (two starts, one off the bench) with averages of 11 .7 PPG, 6.0 APG, 3.3 RPG and 1.3 SPG during this period.

Sophie Cunningham, Mercury Phoenix (23.8%): Cunningham returned from an elbow injury on June 23, coming off the bench in Tina Charles’ final game with the team. Since Charles’ departure, Cunningham has exploded into a primary scorer for the Mercury, averaging 14.8 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.0 3PG, 2.3 APG and 0.7 SPG in 32.2 MPG in his last six outings.

Han Xu, Liberty of New York (15.1%): Xu has shown flashes of productivity when given the opportunity all season. She entered the break averaging 13.0 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.0 3PG and 0.7 SPG in 19.0 MPG in her last three outings. It was the third time this season that she had a streak with multiple back-to-back double-digit efforts, including a four-game span in June averaging 13.3 PPG in 20.5 MPG and a five-game span. in May with an average of 11.2 PPG. in 18.0 MPG. She clearly has the ability to produce, which she continues to show in minutes, and she has a major advantage if her minutes increase for some reason.

Shey Peddy, Mercury Phoenix (10.2%): Peddy is another Mercury player whose minutes and production increased after the departure of Tina Charles opened up more opportunities. She has started the last seven games after coming off the bench in the previous nine, and has recently leaned further as a goalscorer with double-digit efforts in three of her last four games. In those four games, she averaged 9.8 PPG, 4.3 APG, 2.5 RPG, 2.3 SPG, and 0.8 3PG at 32.0 MPG.

Iliana Rupert, Las Vegas Ace (0.9%): Rupert comes off the bench for an Aces team with one of the most productive starting fives in the WNBA. Nonetheless, she has recently started producing enough in her limited minutes to be worth watching. She’s scored in double digits in two of her last four games, averaging 8.0 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.8 3PG, 1.0 APG and 0.5 SPG in just 17.0 MPG during this period.

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