WNBA Fantasy Draft Rankings 2023
Ranking the best WNBA Fantasy Players going into your 2023 WNBA Fantasy Draft
The 2023 Women's National Basketball Association Season is fast approaching with the season set to tip off on May 19th, 2023. As the season continues to approach the time to prepare for the upcoming WNBA season has arrived allowing fantasy owners enough time for the upcoming WNBA fantasy basketball season and WNBA DFS contests.
While the list of top tier fantasy WNBA basketball options are endless, one player that stands out as the top option entering the upcoming 2023 WNBA season is the New York Liberty forward Breanna Stewart.
Stewart, who signed with the Liberty during the WNBA offseason, is coming off another strong season last year while leading the WNBA in scoring.
As Stewart is one of the best overall players in the WNBA, she is just one of many talented weapons around the league for fantasy owners to look to build their rosters around.
Joining Stewart among the best fantasy basketball options for the upcoming 2023 WNBA schedule include Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury, Kelsey Plum of the Las Vegas Aces, A’ja Wilson of the Phoenix Aces, and Sabrina Ionescu of the New York Liberty. Here is a look at the Top 10 WNBA Fantasy Draft 2023 Rankings list:
Team: Seattle Storm
Landing just outside of the Top 10 WNBA Fantasy 2023 Rankings list is the Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd. Loyd, who is entering her 9th WNBA season, is a strong fantasy producer for fantasy owners.
The Storm guard finished the 2022 WNBA season ranked 10th in the league while averaging 16.3 points per game. Loyd also added 2.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.1 steals per game while averaging 30.3 minutes per game.
With the departure of Breanna Stewart, the veteran guard may be called upon for more production during the upcoming 2023 WNBA season.
Team: Chicago Sky
Entering the upcoming 2023 WNBA schedule it is hard to look past the Chicago Sky guard Kahleah Copper. Copper is coming off her third straight season averaging at least 14 points while posting a career high 15.7 points per game last season.
While Cooper provides a solid scoring threat, the 28th year old former Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard also is strong on the glass averaging 5.7 rebounds while also adding 2.3 assists per game.
Only thing slowing Copper down from reaching higher on the list is the lack of additional production on the defensive end of the floor both in steals and blocked shots.
Top 10 WNBA Fantasy Rankings
10. Arike Ogunbowale
Team: Dallas Wings
Coming in at number 10 on the Top 10 WNBA Fantasy 2023 Rankings list is the Dallas Wings former 2019 1st round WNBA Draft Pick Arike Ogunbowale.
While Ogunbowale has the potential to rank as high as number one on the list, the offseason additions may limit the number of touches the Wings guard sees during the upcoming season.
Ogunbowale can rank among the WNBA’s top scorers finishing 4th last season while also adding fantasy value while averaging 3.3 rebound and 3.6 assists per game for WNBA fantasy basketball owners.
9. Alyssa Thomas
Team: Connecticut Sun
When you are looking to build a fantasy basketball lineup whether it be in the WNBA or the NBA, you must look for players who stuff the stat sheet. One player that does exactly that is the former Maryland Terps star Alyssa Thomas.
Thomas, who has played nine seasons in the WNBA is coming off a season in which she averaged 13.4 points per game while also adding 8.2 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and posted 1.7 steals per game.
While the points don’t rank among the leaders, her other abilities to add fantasy value makes her a smart move for fantasy owners entering the upcoming 2023 WNBA schedule.
8. Napheesa Collier
Team: Minnesota Lynx
After missing all but four games during the 2022 WNBA season Napheesa Collier will be entering the 2023 WNBA season looking to return to form.
Collier who played for the UConn Huskies posted three straight seasons averaging at least 13 points including back-to-back seasons averaging at least 16 points per game.
In 2021 the Minnesota Lynx forward posted 6.6 rebounds per game to go along with 3.2 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.3 blocked shots while stuffing the stat sheet for fantasy basketball owners.
7. Natasha Howard
Team: Dallas Wings
A second Dallas Wings star to land among the best fantasy basketball options in the WNBA is Natasha Howard. The nine-year WNBA veteran continues to produce at a high level while averaging 15.1 points per game last season to go along with 7.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
In addition, for fantasy owners, Howard is strong on the defensive end of the floor averaging 1.3 steals per game to go along with one blocked shot per game.
6. Rhyne Howard
Team: Atlanta Dream
Since her playing days with the Kentucky Wildcats, Rhyne Howard has showcased her abilities to be a top tier player within the WNBA while ranking among the best women’s basketball players around the world.
Howard, who was selected by the Atlanta Dream with the number one overall pick last season did not disappoint in his rookie season.
Howard finished the season playing in 34 games while averaging 31.4 minutes over those contests while producing 16.2 points per game to go along with 4.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.6 steals. The Dream star should take a big stride forward during her sophomore season in the WNBA.
5. Sabrina Ionescu
Team: New York Liberty
Rounding out the top five on the Top 10 WNBA Fantasy 2023 Rankings list is Sabrina Ionescu who finished last season ranked 8th in the WNBA in scoring while averaging 17.4 points per game.
The New York Liberty guard is entering her fourth season within the WNBA while coming off averaging 17.4 points per game over 36 games on the floor.
Ionescu should continue to have opportunities to produce with the addition of Breanna Stewart who will make it difficult for defenses to slow down multiple top tier scorers in the WNBA. Ionescu also added 7.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game to help add fantasy basketball value for his owners.
4. Brittney Griner
Team: Phoenix Mercury
After missing all the 2022 WNBA Season, Britney Griner is back and looking to help lead the Phoenix Mercury on a deep run during the upcoming season.
Griner has averaged at least 20 points in four of her last five seasons while also averaging at least 7.2 rebounds over those same five seasons. The Mercury center also is dominant on the defensive end while averaging nearly two blocked shots per game.
It is difficult to know the shape and condition Griner is in, but expectations are set extremely high for Griner to be a leader among the best WNBA fantasy players in 2023.
3. A’ja Wilson
Team: Las Vegas Aces
When it comes to the next two WNBA fantasy options for fantasy owners, both are members of the Las Vegas Aces. At number three is A’ja Wilson who is one of the top ranked forwards in the WNBA is coming off her second WNBA MVP award since being drafted during the 2018 WNBA Draft, while also posting her first WNBA Defensive Player of the Year award last season.
Wilson finished last season ranked 5th in the WNBA in scoring averaging nearly 20 points per game (19.5) while shooting 50.1 percent from the field.
Wilson also adds overall fantasy value based on her ability to rebound (9.4) and play strong defense including recording 1.4 steals and 1.9 blocked shots per game.
2. Kelsey Plum
Team: Las Vegas Aces
The second Las Vegas Aces star to land among the best WNBA fantasy players is Kelsey Plum who is coming off an incredible 2022 WNBA Season. Plum and Wilson’s play on the floor led the Aces to the WNBA Championship last season.
Plum is coming off a season averaging a career high 20.2 points per game while also adding 5.1 assists, 2.7 rebounds and one steal per game.
The former Washington Huskies star has continued to develop in each of her seasons while the 2023 WNBA season has huge expectations set for the WNBA star.
1. Breanna Stewart
Team: New York Liberty
In at number one on the Top 10 WNBA Fantasy 2023 Rankings list is the newly acquired forward of the New York Liberty Breanna Stewart.
Stewart who will also join Sabrina Ionescu among a very talented Liberty team is a fantasy dream for any fantasy basketball owner.
The former Seattle Storm forward is coming off her second straight 20 plus points per game season and third since arriving in the WNBA during the 2016 WNBA Draft.
In addition to scoring Stewart shot 37.9 percent from behind the three-point line while adding 7.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.6 steals and nearly one blocked shot per game.
With the strong cast around her in New York, Stewart will look to build on her most recent success while leading the Liberty to the WNBA Championship.
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