Welcome to WNBA fantasy basketball, where you get to compete against your friends by drafting a team of all your faves. The objective is simple: hope your team scores more points, grabs more rebounds, dishes more assists, swipes away more steals, and blocks more shots than everyone else's.

Fantasy basketball is hard! Unlike fantasy football (Monday, Thursday, Sunday), games play every single day (well, except Mondays, mostly) so you need to stay on top of injuries, trades and the league's schedule. Plus, this is only the second year fantasy WNBA has existed on ESPN's platform. No other major fantasy service offers fantasy WNBA leagues.

But I'm here to help you understand how this all works.

How do you set up a WNBA fantasy league?

It's easy! Head to ESPN.com, here's a shortcut.

From this page, you'll choose how many teams you want in your league (four, six, eight or 10) and use the default scoring system (head-to-head points). All that means is that you'll compete against one team each week, and whoever has the most points, wins!

How do you draft players in WNBA fantasy?

To play fantasy basketball, you have to draft a team! Coordinate with your pals on when is a good time, but once everyone's in, things should be self-explanatory.

Your league's commissioner (who sets up the league) can choose the draft order or randomize it.

The most common way to draft is to "snake draft" meaning whoever picks last, picks twice in a row as the draft snakes back and forth.

Snake draft example:

1. Team 1

2. Team 2

3. Team 3

4. Team 4

5. Team 4

6. Team 3

7. Team 2

8. Team 1

Make sense?

Then all you do is draft the player you think is best. Remember real basketball and fantasy basketball are entirely different things, though. More on that in a bit.

How many players are on a WNBA fantasy roster?

Like most things in fantasy, the commissioner (person who creates the league) is able to edit how many players can be on a roster. But I'll review what a standard league looks like.

A standard roster includes six starters, three bench players, and one spot for an injured player.

Standard starting roster

  • 2 guards

  • 3 forwards/centers (can be either position!)

  • 1 utility (this means a player of any position can play)

Standard bench roster

  • 3 players of any position

  • 1 injured reserved player (think of this like a real WNBA team. If a player is injured long-term, you can add them to the IR and sign an additional player)

How does the scoring work in WNBA fantasy?

The league commissioner can change the rules to their pleasing (Gaming Society is awarding a point for technicals 😅), but I'll review the standard way to score in ESPN's version of WNBA fantasy.

The main objective is, of course, to total the most amount of points. But getting the ball in the hoop isn't the only way to score!


  • Point = 1 point

  • 3-pointer made = 1 point

  • Rebound = 1 point

  • Assist = 1 point

  • Steal = 1 point

  • Block = 2 points

This means player efficiency isn't important at all! Even if your superstar misses 100 shots and loses the big game, as long she racked up points, that's what matters. You want to find the players who are going to fill the stat sheet.

Here is a list of how every player did in fantasy last year.

How long is the WNBA fantasy season?

It runs the course of the entire season! In a standard league, the regular season is 11 weeks, just like the WNBA regular season, and the playoffs are two weeks, incorporating the first two rounds of the W playoffs.

Can you make trades in WNBA fantasy?

Sure can! Just need to get another team in your league to agree, like in the pros.

Can you add free agents?

Yes! You can add whoever you want. If a player on another team is cut, each team has a chance to "claim" them, though the team that drafted latest will get first dibs. Once your team claims someone off waivers, you move to the back of the priority list.

How do you win at WNBA fantasy?

Each week you'll be matched up against one of the teams in your league. To win, you simply have to score more points than the other team for that entire week, combined.

There are standings just like in the real WNBA, and the teams that finish with the best regular season record get the best playoff seeding. In standard formats, teams are split into two divisions.

Where can I find WNBA fantasy rankings?

I'm so glad you asked. Here are a few resources we have to help you out during your WNBA fantasy drafts!

(Photo by Chris Marion/NBAE via Getty Images)

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