The latest Women's Basketball injury news from RotoWire's experts.
RotoWire AnalysisJohnson suffered the knee injury during a practice last week and it's now been confirmed to be a torn ACL. It's a tough break for the starting guard, who was on pace to set career highs with 11.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals across 24.9 minutes. She'll now start the long road to recovery in hopes of being ready for next season, which should mean increased minutes for the likes of Briann January, Erica Wheeler and Tiffany Mitchell in the backcourt.
RotoWire AnalysisDelle Donne, who has missed the past two games with an ankle sprain, is a game-time decision for Tuesday's contest. If she ultimately misses the game, Emma Meesseman, Tierra Ruffin-Pratt and Ivory Latta could all be in line for an extended workload.
RotoWire AnalysisWhile McBride isn't the most efficient shooter out there, at 39.0 percent from the field and 31.2 percent from long range, she's the go-to option for the Stars and leads the team in points per game. Though her nice workload of 33.2 minutes per game helps McBride have a high fantasy floor, she doesn't consistently produce much in the way of supplementary statistics, ultimately limiting her upside.
RotoWire AnalysisGriner, who is expected to return to action in early-to-mid July, was dominant before going down with injury. She is posting career highs in points, assists and rebounds per game while shooting an impressive 57.7 percent from the field and 83.5 percent from the charity stripe. Arguably the best scorer in the league, Griner leads the WNBA in points per 40 minutes (28.0) for players that have appeared in at 10 games this season. She's also the best shot blocker in the NBA per 40 minutes (3.1) under the same criteria. Overall, Griner is an elite frontcourt option in DFS and should be considered on any night that the Mercury take the floor.
RotoWire AnalysisJohnson has really shown off her skills as a defender this year, averaging 2.4 steals per 40 minutes -- good for sixth in the WNBA (excluding Brittany Boyd, who's played just two games). Her 43.3 percent field-goal and 33.3 percent three-point percentages aren't great, but they're acceptable, especially when combined with the fact that she's a generally well-rounded player capable of stuffing the stat sheet in limited minutes. Coming out of the All-Star break, Johnson could be a player to target in DFS for a relatively low price.
RotoWire AnalysisWhile Delle Donne is currently battling an ankle injury that'll keep her out through All-Star weekend, she is still having another solid season in the first year with her new team. Her numbers, however, are her lowest since her second WNBA season in 2014, but that's likely because there is less of an offensive burden on her in Washington than there was in Chicago. Delle Donne is still continuing to herself worthy of perennial All-Star status.
RotoWire AnalysisDavis, a rookie, isn't shooting great from the field at 39.6 percent, but has been a knock-down shooter from beyond the arc at 40.0 percent. That said, she's not a particularly high-volume scorer and doesn't provide much for supplementary statistics in her subpar workload, currently making her a fringe DFS option heading into the All-Star break.
RotoWire AnalysisMcBride will be missing her second straight game due to a left ankle injury. Thursday's contest marks the Stars' last game prior to the All-Star break, so she'll now have extended time off with the hope of making a full recovery. With McBride sidelined, look for Kelsey Plum and Moriah Jefferson to operate as the starters in the backcourt again Thursday.
RotoWire AnalysisDavis will miss Wednesday's game with an illness, likely prompting other backcourt players such as Skylar Diggins, Allisha Gray and Saniya Chong to all possibly see more playing time. With the All-Star break approaching, there's little reason to believe that Davis will be out for the Wings' next game on July 25 against the Fever.
RotoWire AnalysisDelle Donne will be missing her second straight contest after originally suffering a sprained ankle last Friday against the Fever. With the All-Star break coming after Wednesday's contest, the Mystics will hold Delle Donne out with the hope that an extended break will give her a chance to return to full strength. Emma Meesseman benefited the most in Delle Donne's absence in the Mystics' last game, posting 19 points in 24 minutes. That said, in addition to Meesseman, players like Tierra Ruffin-Pratt and Ivory Latta could be in line for a bigger workload as well. Delle Donne will head into the All-Star break with averages of 18.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 steals across 29.1 minutes.
RotoWire AnalysisPondexter will now miss her fifth straight game due to remaining in the league's concussion protocol. However, she's recently been upgraded to probable to play Thursday against Los Angeles, implying that she's nearing a full return. In Pondexter's absence, look for Tamera Young to see a boost in minutes.
RotoWire AnalysisMcBride tweaked her left ankle during the fourth quarter of Sunday's bout with the Sun and is apparently still hurting. The guard was able to put weight on the ankle after exiting the contest, according to Howard Megdal of SummittHoops.com, leaving Stars coach Vickie Johnson hopeful that McBride won't be in line for an extended absence. The Stars are expected to go with a starting backcourt of Kelsey Plum and Moriah Jefferson with McBride unavailable Tuesday.
RotoWire AnalysisMcBride scored 14 points in 27 minutes In Sunday's game and is now potentially at risk of missing more time should the injury be deemed serious. The guard will likely go through testing Monday before her status for Tuesday is decided. Moriah Jefferson could be in line for more minutes should McBride miss Tuesday's contest.
RotoWire AnalysisTaurasi reportedly didn't even travel with the team, but it remains unclear if she's dealing with some sort of injury or a personal matter. Her next opportunity to see the court will be Wednesday against the Fever, but another update should be available later this week. With Taurasi out, more opportunities should be available for the likes of Danielle Robinson and Leilani Mitchell in the backcourt.
RotoWire AnalysisDelle Donne was forced from Friday's game against the Fever in the first quarter and the ankle sprain is still giving her some lingering pain, so she'll sit out Sunday. She's fully expected to have it reevaluated on Monday by team doctors, which should give us a better idea if she's going to be forced to miss more time. With Taylor Hill now expected to miss the season with a torn ACL, the Mystics will be without their top two scorers, which should mean plenty of opportunities offensively for the likes of Kristi Toliver, Emma Meesseman and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt.
RotoWire AnalysisHill suffered the injury late in the third quarter during Friday's game against the Fever and eventually had to taken off in a wheelchair. As originally feared, Hill has officially been diagnosed with a torn ACL, which is a tough blow considering the fifth-year guard out of Ohio State was having yet another impressive year with averages of 13.3 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists across 25.6 minutes per game. She'll now start the long road to recovery and her absence likely means even more offensive responsibility for the likes of Elena Delle Donne, Kristi Toliver and Emma Meesseman.
RotoWire AnalysisPondexter will be missing a fourth straight game Sunday, as she's yet to pass through the league-mandated concussion protocol. She'll likely need to take part in a full practice before being cleared, so it's unclear if she'll be ready to go in time for Tuesday's tilt with the Storm. In the meantime, look for an increased workload for Tamera Young as a fill-in starter.
RotoWire AnalysisJefferson has missed the past two games as a result of going through the league's concussion protocol, but expects to return to action Sunday against the Sun. Over her past five appearances, Jefferson has averaged 11.2 points, 5.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.4 boards across 27.0 minutes per game.
RotoWire AnalysisWith 8:49 remaining in the fourth quarter, Griner twisted her ankle and knee in the same sequence, causing her to hit the floor. She was eventually helped off the court and headed into the locker room. The Mercury will be without the star center's presence for around a month while she covers. Griner, up to her injury, had averaged 22.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.0 assists across 31.9 minutes per game. The team will likely have to lean on Cayla George, as well as other frontcourt players, to help pick up the slack in Griner's absence.
No players are returning today.
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