The Indiana Fever was, as many expected, one of the weaker teams in the WNBA in 2021. In fact, at 6-23 with three games left, Indiana was last killed in the WNBA leaderboard. It never looked like it was a chance to fight for a playoff spot.
As frustrating as it was, the process of Indiana was even more confusing. The team favored veterans over younger players, even though it was clear it would go to another WNBA lottery in 2022. It is not at all clear in which players the long-term fever is investing, which for a franchise that has not reached the playoffs since 2016 is pretty nonsensical.
Teams without a clear direction can endlessly irritate fantasy basketball participants. Indiana has finally started to shut down some of its players due to injury and other reasons, which ironically forced the fever to be more in line with their rotations than the whole year.
Guard / forward Victoria Vivians took full advantage of her new place in the series. After returning from consecutive seasons of knee injuries, Vivians sailed most of 2021 without a consistent role in Indiana; however, she was recently forced into action, allowing her to make an attractive fantasy play for those who still keep track of such things. Here’s how Vivians’ game fantasy fantasy basketball players can help, along with a few other WNBA players to think about.
Shey Peddy (Phoenix Mercury)
Peddy came alive in the absence of Diana Taurasi (single) and scored 30 points in her last two games and scored a few three points in each. Peddy also scored two rocks in each game as he started alongside Skylar Diggins-Smith.
Prospects: Peddy was a fantasy non-factor for most of the 2021 season, and although the last time Taurasi was injured, she received a significant minute push, she still came off the bench and did not score as we have not seen recently. Playing alongside Diggins-Smith and Brittney Griner apparently unlocked Peddy’s aggressive side, though she’s never been known for her skill, so even if Phoenix turned Taurasi off for the rest of the regular season, Peddy will still be a low point. volume player.
Victoria Vivians (Indiana Fever)
Vivians scored 10 points in her most recent game against the Minnesota Lynx, and while struggling to shoot off the field (4-of-14), she adds a career-high seven assists to steal. She also scored several three-pointers for the third consecutive game.
Prospects: The 38 minutes played were a season-high for Vivians, and Indiana currently does not have many other options — the fever has only eight players playing against the Lynx. Vivians was mostly known as a shooter throughout her entire WNBA career, but if she gets so many minutes in a short turn, she can make big contributions in the remaining games of Indiana.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (Washington Mystics)
Walker-Kimbrough had one of the strongest games of her WNBA career on Sunday, with 14 points on a 7-out-of-8 shooting and an almighty six rocks against Chicago. It was Walker-Kimbrough’s second consecutive start for the Mystics, missing Ariel Atkins for personal reasons.
Prospects: Oddly enough, Walker-Kimbrough has only tried one three-point (a hold that is usually her bread and butter), but no one complains with such an effective score and incredible defensive play. There doesn’t seem to be a solid picker behind Tina Charles with so many Mystics from the series, so it was probably just Walker-Kimbrough’s day to shine; she will lose the fantasy value she gained as soon as Atkins returns.
Jazmine Jones (New York Liberty)
Jones played three consecutive games without reaching double-digit minutes, with only one goal field and one assist. Meanwhile, newcomer DiDi Richards is gaining more and more favor in the Liberty rotation after a solid month of August, which could be a factor in the decline in Jones’ minutes.
Prospects: Jones was a pleasant surprise in 2020, so it’s disappointing to see her lose minutes, but because Sabrina Ionescu is completely healthy and Liberty is desperately looking for some sort of consistency, Jones’ volatile play may not be the one that New York does not feel comfortable with at the moment. She’s not an ideal fantasy playwright, with Richards taking her place in the rotation.
Tyasha Harris (Dallas Wings)
Veteran point guard Moriah Jefferson missed the Wings most recent game against the Las Vegas Aces, but rather than start the team’s other “pure” point guard, Dallas head coach Vickie Johnson chose Marina Mabrey instead. Harris scored just two points and one assist in 13 minutes of play.
Prospects: It has been a disappointing season for Harris, whose numbers have dropped significantly after a promising rookie campaign in 2020. She simply does not get enough consistent opportunity for this team from Wings to have a big impact; in Mabrey and Arike Ogunbowale, Dallas has two ball-dominant guards, which does not leave much room for Harris to excel as a playmaker.
Kia Nurse (Phoenix Mercury)
Nurse scores only four points in Mercury’s recent loss to the Connecticut Sun, and shoot 1-of-8 from the field. In her honor, she scored four rebounds and three assists, but she also made just one free kick and scored no defensive stats.
Prospects: Nurse’s game has not yet fully translated as the Mercury had hoped when they acquired her before the 2021 off-season. Of course, with as much talent as Phoenix has, Nurse would never be the star of the program, but she also did not contribute in areas we expected from her. She averages just 0.5 rocks per game during the season, while her release rate (.232) has dropped dramatically from previous years.