Prepare to win another day of WNBA DFS
After a tricky 10am to 10pm slate, we get a rapid fire slate, with two games at 7 pm and another at 8 pm. All three of these games should be very close, which makes for a great slate. Let’s dig in and find some value!
Los Angeles Sparks @ Connecticut Sun
The Los Angeles Sparks have been somewhat of a surprise in the early parts of the season. Though I figured they would be challenged spacing-wise, great passing has allowed them to fill it up offensively, while still retaining their great defense, even with Alana Beard and Candace Parker out. Nneka Ogwumike (10.2k DK, 7.9k FD) still has an absurd usage rate this year, and is the number one option on the Sparks. Her only issue thus far has been foul trouble, but I would not expect that going forwards. Chelsea Gray (9.3k, 6.3k) had a tremendous game against the Liberty, putting up 29-3-4. This price is especially enticing on FanDuel, where 30 fantasy points is very attainable, which would be close to four times her salary.
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Pricing has seemingly not adjusted to Chiney Ogwumike’s (8.7k, 7k) recent uptick in minutes. In her two starts, she has played 32 and 36 minutes, and has not disappointed in those big minutes. She is still a great play, with a double-double certainly possible. Lastly, for better or worse, I am going to write Sydney Wiese (3.6k, 3.6k) up again. She started again last game, and played 27 minutes, after playing 30 the game previous. Though she may not be the most productive player, the price allows you to afford great players in the other spots in your lineups.
The Connecticut Sun have been as advertised this year. Jonquel Jones (11.3k, 8.4k) has been a rebounding machine, averaging 14.25 rebounds per game, along with 16.75 points per game. She should be worth every penny of her high price tag, especially with the Sparks playing significantly faster (third highest pace so far) than they did last year. Alyssa Thomas (10k, 7.4k) remains an option, but her salary has caught up to her high production so far this season. The same can be said for Courtney Williams (9.7k, 7.2k) and Jasmine Thomas (9k, 6.8k).
Las Vegas Aces @ Atlanta Dream
Las Vegas has continued to play high octane basketball, playing at one of the highest paces so far. Though Atlanta returned an elite defense from last year, they have been anything but this season, with the issue partially magnified by the Dream just not being able to score. A’ja Wilson (10.6k, 8.3k) has seen a slight usage drop, as she is down to 25% usage (from 28 last year) with the addition of Liz Cambage (9.5k, 8k). Wilson is still in play, as her rebounding is seemingly improved, with 11, 9 and 9 rebounds during the first three games of the year. Cambage is also interesting, as her price has dropped. She has only played 14 minutes in each of her first two games, but could be in-line for a minutes increase. If she starts, she is extremely underpriced. Tamera Young (5.6k, 4.7k) has seen more and more minutes, and should be in consideration, especially at her low price on FanDuel.
The Atlanta Dream get a pace bump with the matchup against the Aces. More possessions means more fantasy points, and it could not come at a better time for some of the Dream players. Tiffany Hayes (7.8k, 6k) has been a real disappointment this year, and as such, her price has dropped on both sites. Again, I am going to be stubborn and recommend her again, as she has a great shot at achieving over 30 fantasy points without Angel McCoughtry. On the other hand, Brittney Sykes (6.6k, 6.6k) has been incredible, and her price is (still) far too low on DraftKings. Her ceiling is similar to Tiffany Hayes, but she is 1200 cheaper. Her 22% usage should be great against an up-tempo and below-average defensive team in the Aces. Alex Bentley (6.2k, 4.6k) is playing over 20 minutes, and is a solid value on FanDuel which helps to afford some of the higher priced players on the slate.
Phoenix Mercury @ Minnesota Lynx
Phoenix has been an extremely entertaining team to watch so far. In this game, however, they come up against a slow-paced, great defensive team in the Minnesota Lynx. Though this pace does not help DeWanna Bonner (12k, 8.5k) she is still in play due to her high usage rate without Diana Taurasi. The same goes for Brittney Griner (11.6k, 8.2k), who certainly could snatch a double-double, despite the slow pace. Yvonne Turner (5.9k, 5.3k) has been sharing the point guard duties without Taurasi, and had over 10 assists in her last game. She makes for a great play on FanDuel at a reduced price. Sancho Lyttle (4.4k, 4.4k) came back last game and muddied the rotation off of the bench. I do not expect her to come near to 20 minutes in this game, as she is still working her way back from a knee injury, and only serves to make other bench players unplayable in Daily Fantasy.
Minnesota has been one of the toughest teams to figure out this season. Sylvia Fowles (11k, 8.1k) has not been the elite fantasy option we have throughout the years. She is only around 20% usage this year, and her rebounding rate has also been decreased. It appears as though playing with length such as Damiris Dantas (6.5k, 6.4k) and Napheesa Collier (7.1k, 5.6k) has put a ceiling on Fowles’ rebound potential.
Dantas has been great, knocking down timely threes, as well as contributing in the form of rebounds, blocks and steals as well. She is certainly an option against a bigger team in the Phoenix Mercury, and should play over 30 minutes.
Napheesa Collier, perhaps the most impressive rookie thus far, is a tremendous option on FanDuel, where she is only 5600. This low price is a bargain for a player averaging 0.86 fpm in her short WNBA career. Similarly, Odyssey Sims (7.9k, 5.8k) is a bargain on FanDuel, where her price has not adjusted for her change in role when she switched from the Sparks to the Lynx.
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