Welcome to Week 4 of the 2023 WNBA Season! How are your WNBA fantasy basketball teams doing so far? If the answer is "not too hot," I'll implore you — don't panic just yet. We've still got plenty of time to turn things around, so don't give up. The best place to start for your struggling rosters is the WNBA fantasy waiver wire.
Here, I'll highlight three of my favorite WNBA waiver wire adds for the week of June 12, 2023 — Week 4 of your WNBA fantasy basketball season.
Now, since WNBA fantasy basketball is a game of volume (let's be real — we need to pad our rosters with stats galore!). That means that it benefits us to add players with the most games in a given week. Here are the six teams that will each play (3) games in the week of June 13:
Los Angeles Sparks
This list won't be the be-all, end-all of our list of adds for the week, but it's a good starting point to maximize scoring potential! After all, your players can't score you points if they aren't playing, can they?
Now, let's dive into our top WNBA waiver wire adds.
Mystics' star forward Elena Delle Donne missed Sunday's game against the Seattle Storm with neck tightness, but luckily, Tiana Hawkins came up clutch in her absence, posting an impressive first start of the year. In 29 minutes played, she scored a season-high 23 fantasy points with 9 points, 6 rebounds and an assist to pair with a strong defensive effort, including 2 steals and a block.
It remains to be seen how much more time EDD will miss (if any), but if she does, Hawkins will likely make a great spot-starter for fantasy managers.
While all eyes are NaLyssa Smith following a career-high 29-point outing against the Mercury, my eyes are gazing further down the depth chart to Erica Wheeler as one of the more underrated fantasy assets so far in 2023. Wheeler is averaging 18.4 fantasy points per game this season, notching 21 or more fantasy points scored in three of her last four games.
Though the first eight games of the year, she leads the team with 5.3 assists per game, helping fuel production for Smith and rookie of the year favorite Aliyah Boston. The Fever's offensive rebounding has put them consistently in a position for second-chance opportunities, ranking second in the league with 71.1 field goals attempted per game — opportunity galore!
Michaela Onyenwere is coming fresh off an outing against the Fever where she posted season-highs in minutes played (32), points scored (11), rebounds (12) and fantasy points (27). Now, after a three-game road series, the Mercury will return home for one game against the Storm — a fantasy manager's dream matchup in 2023.
Through eight games, Onyenwere's shooting 45% from three, tied with Kristy Wallace for 8th best in the league, which could be a match made in heaven against Seattle, allowing a league-high 39.3% on shot attempts beyond the arc. The Storm are allowing opponents 37.4 rebounds (tied for most in the WNBA), 5.1 blocks (tied for second-most), and 20 assists (8th-most) per game, making Onyenwere a perfect add to supplement your rosters this week.
Lexie Brown, G (Sparks) — Rostered in 56.1% of leagues
Jordin Canada, G (Sparks) — Rostered in 52.1% of leagues
Sug Sutton, G (Mercury) — Rostered in 18.9% of leagues
Jordan Horston, G (Storm) — Rostered in 9% of leagues