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2024 WNBA Guide: Projecting All 12 Teams Starting Lineups, Rotation, Injuries, Predictions, and Top Fantasy Players

The WNBA kicked off its 28th season with four games tonight. Here is a look at every team’s roster and their projected starting lineup and rotation. Also, I compiled every injury in the WNBA, each team’s top fantasy players, and a projected order of finish.

2024 WNBA Guide: Projecting All 12 Teams Starting Lineups, Rotation, Injuries, Predictions, and Top Fantasy Players

Projected Final Standings

1. Las Vegas Aces

2. New York Liberty

3. Connecticut Sun

4. Atlanta Dream

5. Seattle Storm

6. Phoenix Mercury

7. Indiana Fever

8. Dallas Wings

9. Minnesota Lynx

10. Chicago Sky

11. Los Angeles Sparks

12. Washington Mystics

Las Vegas Aces

The Las Vegas Aces, the two-time defending WNBA champs, didn’t make any earth-shattering this offseason. The Aces return eight of their top 10 players from last year’s squad that won a WNBA record 34 games. The Aces brought in Emma Cannon, Megan Gustafson, and rookies Kate Martin and Dyaisha Fair.

Projected Starting Lineup

Kelsey Plum, Chelsea Gray, Jackie Young, A’ja Wilson, and Kiah Stokes.

Second Unit

Sydney Colson, Alysha Clark, Megan Gustafson, Kiersten Bell, and Emma Cannon

End Of The Bench

Dyaisha Fair and Kate Martin 

Injuries

Gray is out for the Aces’ season-opener against Phoenix because she is rehabbing the foot injury she suffered during the WNBA Finals. With Gray being unavailable, Colson may get the starting nod. Colson started Las Vegas’ preseason game versus Puerto Rico.

Fantasy Basketball Stars

Wilson, Plum, Young, Gray

Others To Consider In Fantasy

Stokes and Gustafson

Current remaining cap space: $31,017

New York Liberty

New York set a franchise record with 32 victories last season. The Liberty also reached the WNBA Finals for the first time since 2002. The Liberty had to make some moves on Monday to get down to 11 players.

Like Las Vegas, New York kept its starting unit intact and returned seven of their top nine players.

Starting Lineup

Sabrina Ionescu, Courtney Vandersloot, Breanna Stewart, Jonquel Jones, Betnijah Laney-Hamilton 

Second Unit

Kayla Thornton,  Nyara Sabally, Marquesha Davis, Kennedy Burke, Ivana Dojkić

End of Rotation

Leonie Fiebich

Fantasy Basketball Stars

Ionescu, Stewart, Jones, Laney-Hamilton

Others To Consider In Fantasy

Vandersloot, Thornton

Current remaining cap space: $30,521

Atlanta Dream

Atlanta improved its win total by five games under second-year head coach Tanisha Wright and finished fifth in the conference with a 19-21 record. The Dream made the playoffs for the first time in five seasons, though Dallas swept them in the opening round.

Atlanta made several moves this offseason. The Dream signed free agents Tina Charles, Nia Coffey, and Tina Charles and traded for Jordin Canada and Crystal Dangerfield.

Starting Lineup

Jordin Canada, Allisha Gray, Rhyne Howard, Cheyne Parker, Tina Charles

Second Unit

Haley Jones, Aerial Powers, Nia Coffey, Naz Hillmon, Crystal Dangerfield

 End of Bench

Laeticia Amihere, Lorela Cubaj

Injuries

Cubaj is not with the team as she is fulfilling her overseas obligations.

Canada is dealing with a hand injury and is questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Sparks.

Fantasy Stars

Canada, Howard, Parker, Gray, Charles

Others To Consider

Coffey

Remaining Salary Cap Space: $16,525

Chicago Sky

Chicago is in total rebuild mode. The Sky have a new coach in Teresa Weatherspoon and nine new faces, led by rookies Angel Reese and Kamilla Cardoso

Starting Unit

Dana Evans, Marina Mabrey, Diamond DeShields, Elisabeth Williams

Second Unit

Lindsay Allen, Chennedy Carter, Michala Onyenere, Brianna Turner

End Of Bench

Kysre Gondrezick, Isabelle Harrison

Injuries

Harrison, who missed all of last season due to a knee injury, is listed as questionable for tomorrow’s season opener against Dallas.

Kamilla Cardoso suffered a shoulder injury during the preseason and is out until at least early June.

Fantasy Stars

Mabry, Reese

Other Fantasy Players To Consider

Carter, Cardoso (when healthy)

Current remaining cap space: $165,378

Connecticut Sun

Connecticut has won 25 games in each of the last three seasons and reached at least the WNBA semifinals in five consecutive campaigns. The Sun returned their core players—Alyssa Thomas, DeWanna Bonner, and Briona Jones—while adding Moriah Jefferson, Tiffany Mitchell, and Tyasha Harris

Starting Unit

Moriah Jefferson, Tiffany Mitchell, DeWanna Bonner, Alyssa Thomas, Briona Jones

Second Unit

Tyasha Harris, DiJonai Carrington, Astou Ndour, Olivia Nelson-Ododa

End Of Bench

Queen Egbo

Injuries

Jefferson suffered an ankle injury during training camp and is questionable for tonight’s game against Indiana/

Fantasy Stars

Thomas, Bonner, Jones,

Other Fantasy Players To Consider

Jefferson, Mitchell, Carrington

Current remaining cap space: $11,559

Dallas Wings

Dallas is coming off its best season since the franchise moved from Tulsa. Last year, the Wings won 22 games and reached the conference semifinals. The Wings returned six of their top seven players from a season ago and added a first-round pick. However, Satou Sabally is out until mid-August as she recovers from shoulder surgery.

Starting Unit

 Jacy SheldonJaelyn Brown, Arike OgunbowaleNatasha Howard, Teaira McCowan

Second Unit

Kalani Brown, Lou Lopez Sénéchal, Maddie Siegrist,  Stephanie Soares, Sevgi Uzun

Injuries

Satou Sabally (out til mid-August)

Current remaining cap space: $44,365

Fantasy Stars

Ogunbowale, Howard, McCowan,

Other Fantasy Players

Kalani Brown

Current remaining cap space: $44,365

Indiana Fever

Indiana improved its win total to seven under first-year head coach Christie Sides. Still, the Fever missed the playoffs for the seventh straight season and haven’t won 15 games in a season since 2016. Kelsey Mitchell, NaLyssa Smith, and Aliyah Boston return, and the Fever brought in Katie Lou Samuelson and drafted Caitlin Clark with the No. 1 pick.

Starting Unit

Caitlin Clark, Kelsey Mitchell,   Katie Lou Samuelson, NaLyssa Smith, Aliyah Boston

SecondUnit

Kristy Wallace, Temi Fagbenle, Lexie Hull, Erica Wheeler, Grace Berger

End Of Bench

Celeste Taylor,  Damiris Dantas, Victaria Saxton

Injuries

Mitchell is doubtful for tonight’s game against Connecticut with an ankle injury.

Dantas is suspended and dealing with a knee injury.

Fantasy Stars

Mitchell, Boston, Clark, Smith

Other Fantasy Players To Consider

Samuelson

Current remaining cap space: $24,218 (but that’s counting all 13 players)

Los Angeles Sparks

LA won 17 games in Curt Miller’s first season, which is the franchise’s most since 2019. However, the Sparks missed the playoffs for a third straight season.

The Sparks lost their best two players from a season ago during the offseason and three of their top five overall. This leaves them a mix of quality veterans and youngsters, including two top draft choices, Cameron Brink and Rickea Jackson.

Starting Unit

 Layshia Clarendon, Lexie Brown, Kia Nurse, Dearica Hamby, Cameron Brink

Second Unit

Rickea Jackson, Li Yueru, Zia Cooke, Aari McDonald, Stephanie Talbot

End Of Bench

Rae Burrell

Injuries

Azurá Stevens is not expected to be available until the end of June.

Fantasy Studs

Hamby, Brink

Other Fantasy Players To Consider

Jackson, Clarendon, Brown

Current remaining cap space: $159,558

Minnesota Lynx

Minnesota has suffered through two straight losing seasons, though the Lynx increased their win total from a season ago by five. The Lynx had a lot of player turnover this off-season, but they still have the core of  Kayla McBride, Diamond Miller, and Napheesa Collier,

Starting Unit

Courtney Williams, Kayla McBride, Diamond Miller, Napheesa Collier, Alanna Smith

Second Unit

Bridget Carleton, Natisha Hiedeman,Taylor Soule, Cecilia Zandalasini, Olivia Epoupa

End Of Bench

Alissa Pili

Injuries

Dorka Juhász and Sika Koné are on the suspended list, though Kone could return soon.

Fantasy Studs

Collier, McBride, Williams

Other Fantasy Players

Miller

Current remaining cap space: $4,537 (but that’s while counting all 13 players)

Phoenix Mercury

Phoenix took major steps in upgrading its roster after setting a franchise record with 31 losses. The Mercury’s nine wins marked just the third time in their history that they have won fewer than 10 games.

Starting Unit

Natasha Cloud, Diana Taurasi, Kahleah Copper, Natasha Mack, Brittney Griner

Second Unit

Rebecca Allen, Sophie Cunningham, Mikiah Herbert Harrigan, Liz Dixon

End of The Bench

Morgan Bertsch (was cleared after returning from her overseas responsibilities and is considered day-to-day).

Injuries

Griner was diagnosed with a fractured toe on Sunday and is slated to be re-evaluated in the coming weeks.

Fantasy Studs

Cloud, Taurasi, Griner, Copper

Other Fantasy Players To Consider

Cunningham

Current remaining cap space: $1,010

Seattle Storm

Starting Unit

Skylar Diggins-Smith, Jewell Loyd, Jordan Horston, Nneka Ogwumike, Ezi Magbegor

Second Unit

Victoria Vivians, Mercedes Russell, Sami Whitcomb, Nika Mühl, Kiana Williams

End Of Bench

Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu

Fantasy Studs

Diggins-Smith, Loyd, Ogwumike, Magbegor

Current remaining cap space: $9,299

Washington Mystics

Washington is in year two under Eric Thibault, who took over for his father, Mike, following his retirement. Since winning the WNBA title in 2019, the Mystics have produced one winning season and lost in the first round in all three of their playoff appearances.

Starting Unit

Julie Vanloo, Brittney Sykes, Ariel Atkins, Myisha Hines-Allen, Shakira Austin

Second Unit

Karlie SamuelsonShatori Walker-Kimbrough, Stefanie Dolson, Aaliyah Edwards, Emily Engstler

End Of Bench

DiDi RichardsJade Melbourne

Fantasy Studs

Brittney Sykes, Austin

Others To Consider Fantasy

Edwards, Vanloo

Current remaining cap space: $94,152

 

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