WNBA: NYL’s Breanna Stewart goes No. 1 in Swish Appeal fantasy draft

Welcome to the first-ever Swish Appeal WNBA dream basketball league!

With ESPN’s WNBA dream basketball platform now in its 2nd year of operation, 6 people at Swish Appeal believed it would be an enjoyable concept to create our own league for the 2023 WNBA season. Though we’ll be playing simply for enjoyable (no cash bets here!), we’ll be signing in on each dream group throughout the summer season here at Swish Appeal to see which teams are carrying out the very best.

For now, however, here’s a fast guide on how we’ll be playing, consisting of the league guidelines, scoring and — naturally — which people prepared which WNBA gamers.

The format and guidelines

As is common of ESPN WNBA dream leagues, the Swish Appeal league will be scored in a head-to-head, weekly format. The groups who tape-record more overall points than their challengers in any provided week will “win” that particular match.


To motivate more method when preparing, lineup positions were narrowed rather compared to the ESPN defaults. Our dream groups include 10 gamers (7 beginners, 3 bench gamers and 2 hurt reserve (IR) areas), with the following positions:

  • One guard (G)
  • One forward (F)
  • One center (C)
  • One guard/forward (G/F)
  • One forward/center (F/C)
  • Two energy gamers (UTIL)

Dual-position lineup areas might be inhabited by gamers of either position. Utility areas might be inhabited by gamers of any position.


In contrast to default ESPN scoring, which provides one dream point for each standard box rating figure (points, rebounds, helps, and so on), Swish Appeal’s dream league’s scoring weights some data in a different way than others, comparable to how day-to-day dream platforms such as FanDuel and DraftKings record dream points. This provides more worth to gamers who might not always be high-volume however contribute in other locations, such as protective playmaking and offending effectiveness. Our league scoring is as follows:

  • Field objectives made (FGM) = 1
  • Field objectives missed out on (FGMI) = -0.3
  • Free tosses made (FTM) = 1
  • 3-pointers made (3PM) = 1.5
  • Rebounds (REB) = 1.5
  • Assists (AST) = 2
  • Steals (STL) = 3
  • Blocks (BLK) = 3
  • Turnovers (TO) = -1.5
  • Double doubles (DD) = 2
  • Triple doubles (TD) = 5
  • Points (PTS) = 0.5

The groups

Swish Appeal’s WNBA dream league draft happened on Sunday in a normal randomized “snake” format. Here are the outcomes of the draft, with each gamer’s draft position and remarks from each supervisor on their particular lineup:

Team Nemchock (Eric Nemchock)

  • No. 2: A’ja Wilson (Las Vegas Aces; F)
  • No. 11: Arike Ogunbowale (Dallas Wings; G)
  • No. 14: Teaira McCowan (Dallas Wings; C)
  • No. 23: Brionna Jones (Connecticut Sun; C)
  • No. 26: NaLyssa Smith (Indiana Fever; F)
  • No. 35: Natasha Cloud (Washington Mystics; G)
  • No. 38: Courtney Vandersloot (New York Liberty; G)
  • No. 47: Brittney Sykes (Washington Mystics; G)
  • No. 50: Myisha Hines-Allen (Washington Mystics; F)
  • No. 59: Jordan Horston (Seattle Storm; G)

Comments: First of all, I’m truly pleased with my depth at center. ESPN doesn’t note a lot of WNBA gamers as centers, and considering that we’ll require to have at least one rostered for our league, I consider myself fortunate to have actually gotten 2 beginners in McCowan and Jones. I’m relying on a bounce-back season from Hines-Allen, who will ideally have a bigger function for the Mystics than she performed in 2022. Horston might wind up being an excellent dream gamer with her capability to pack the stat sheet — if Seattle provides her totally free reign to do so, that is. — Eric Nemchock

Team Zack (Zack Ward)

  • No. 3: Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury; C)
  • No. 10: Nneka Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks; F)
  • No. 15: Jewell Loyd (Seattle Storm; G)
  • No. 22: Courtney Williams (Chicago Sky; G)
  • No. 27: DeWanna Bonner (Connecticut Sun; F)
  • No. 34: Kayla McBride (Minnesota Lynx; G)
  • No. 39: Moriah Jefferson (Phoenix Mercury; G)
  • No. 46: Diamond DeShields (Dallas Wings; G)
  • No. 51: Jasmine Thomas (Los Angeles Sparks; G)
  • No. 58: Erica Wheeler (Indiana Fever; G)

Comments: I’m taking a threat on BG, hoping she won’t be too rusty. Nneka Ogwumike is back to her normal self since last season, when she was available in 10th in MVP ballot. I kept away from Liberty and Aces gamers since I believe they will injure each other’s ratings; I believe Nneka is going to need to bring the Sparks. Same opts for Jewell Loyd and the Storm. I avoided selecting Loyd greater, however was enjoyed get her in the 3rd round since her statistics are clearly anticipated to increase this year with Breanna Stewart no longer in Seattle. I was likewise enjoyed get Erica Wheeler in the last round since she is going to play a huge function for the Fever. — Zack Ward

Team Josh (Josh Felton)

  • No. 1: Breanna Stewart (New York Liberty; F)
  • No. 12: Natasha Howard (Dallas Wings; F)
  • No. 13: Jonquel Jones (New York Liberty; F)
  • No. 24: Jackie Young (Las Vegas Aces; G)
  • No. 25: Aerial Powers (Minnesota Lynx; F)
  • No. 36: Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury; G)
  • No. 37: Azurá Stevens (Los Angeles Sparks; F)
  • No. 48: Isabelle Harrison (Chicago Sky; F)
  • No. 49: Diamond Miller (Minnesota Lynx; G)
  • No. 60: Mercedes Russell (Seattle Storm; C)

Team Draves (Zachary Draves)

  • No. 4: Napheesa Collier (Minnesota Lynx; F)
  • No. 9: Rhyne Howard (Atlanta Dream; G)
  • No. 16: Marina Mabrey (Chicago Sky; G)
  • No. 21: Kelsey Mitchell (Indiana Fever; G)
  • No. 28: Allisha Gray (Atlanta Dream; G)
  • No. 33: Cheyenne Parker (Atlanta Dream; F)
  • No. 40: Sophie Cunningham (Phoenix Mercury; G)
  • No. 45: Elizabeth Williams (Chicago Sky; C)
  • No. 52: Brianna Turner (Phoenix Mercury; F)
  • No. 57: Sami Whitcomb (Seattle Storm; G)

Team Cat (Cat Ariail)

  • No. 6: Elena Delle Donne (Washington Mystics; F)
  • No. 7: Alyssa Thomas (Connecticut Sun; F)
  • No. 18: Kahleah Copper (Chicago Sky; G)
  • No. 19: Shakira Austin (Washington Mystics; C)
  • No. 30: Ariel Atkins (Washington Mystics; G)
  • No. 31: Tiffany Hayes (Connecticut Sun; G)
  • No. 42: Satou Sabally (Dallas Wings; F)
  • No. 43: Aari McDonald (Atlanta Dream; G)
  • No. 54: Betnijah Laney (New York Liberty; F)
  • No. 55: Chiney Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks; F)

Comments: Last Aug. 2, Alyssa Thomas notched her very first profession triple-double. Before the Sun would be removed in the 2022 WNBA Finals, she would sign up 3 more. I think triple-dub AT has actually been let loose, and I’m enjoyed have her stat packing for my team. I can likewise rely on Thomas to constantly be on the court; on the other hand, the constant schedule of Elena Delle Donne, Tiffany Hayes and Satou Sabally is an issue. However, if that trio has health, I’m feeling quite positive about my group. — Cat Ariail

Team Leite (Chelsea Leite)

  • No. 5: Kelsey Plum (Las Vegas Aces; G)
  • No. 8: Sabrina Ionescu (New York Liberty; G)
  • No. 17: Ezi Magbegor (Seattle Storm; C)
  • No. 20: Chelsea Gray (Las Vegas Aces; G)
  • No. 29: Candace Parker (Las Vegas Aces; F)
  • No. 32: Aliyah Boston (Indiana Fever; F)
  • No. 41: Kia Nurse (Seattle Storm; G)
  • No. 44: Dana Evans (Chicago Sky; G)
  • No. 53: Han Xu (New York Liberty; C)
  • No. 56: Bridget Carleton (Minnesota Lynx; F)

Comments: I shared the 5th total choice, anticipating to get Brittney Griner and handle preparing guards later on (it was a guard-heavy draft) — just to be FLABBERGASTED when Zack took BG with the 3rd choice. It exercised well though, since that left higher-prospect Kelsey Plum for me to take. I understood about midway through that I had hardly any centers, however enjoyed to get Han Xu, who I believe is going to have a magnificent year. Rounded everything out with some Canadians, the predicted Rookie of the Year, and a lot of All-Stars?? I am the sleeper in this Fantasy League. Watch out. — Chelsea Leite

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