WNBA Daily Fantasy preview – June 9, 2019

Indiana Fever guard Erica Wheeler tries to penetrate during a preseason game vs. the Chicago Sky on May 16, 2019. Photo by Kimberly Geswein
Indiana Fever guard Erica Wheeler tries to penetrate during a preseason game vs. the Chicago Sky on May 16, 2019. Photo by Kimberly Geswein /

Today’s WNBA slate is huge! We have 5 games within 3 hours of each other, which makes Daily Fantasy fast and exciting. At some points throughout the afternoon, we will have 40 players on the court (different ones, obviously), all with the opportunity to score fantasy points. Things can change very quickly as one team goes on a run, and following along on these big slates is a ton of fun. With that said, let’s look into which players have the best chance at being productive!

Connecticut Sun @ Atlanta Dream

Normally, in these previews, I go team by team, picking my favorite plays of the day. Because the slate is so large, I will be going game by game, picking out my top two or three plays from the game. Otherwise, this article would be four million words long. This Atlanta-Connecticut game projects to have a higher than average pace. Both of these teams, so far this year, have played above the league average possessions per game of 80. This effect should be multiplicative, and both teams should score close to, if not over, 80 points individually. The obvious beneficiary of this high pace is Jonquel Jones (11.6k DK, 8.5k FD). Though one of the most expensive players on the slate of games, Jones has been incredible to start the season, with 3 double-doubles in 5 games. She should feast on the extra rebounding opportunities and should be close to another double-double again. On the other side, Brittney Sykes (7.2k, 6.6k) has been the lone bright spot on the disappointing Atlanta Dream. With Tiffany Hayes nursing an ankle injury (but still playing through it), Sykes has been handling the ball even more, and has a 0.86 fpm to begin the year. Her minutes have also been fairly steady, with every game in between 25 and 29. If the Dream stay close in this game, I could easily see Sykes being on the floor for over 30 minutes.

Dallas Wings @ Washington Mystics

Oh, Dallas. What a pain this team has been so far. They play incredibly slow, have a wide rotation with no real rhyme or reason as to the dispersion of minutes, and seem to not want to play their best players (Azura Stevens had 14 minutes in the last game..). Alas, we must move forward. Elena Delle Donne (11k, 7.5k) got up to 33 minutes last game, and could play this same amount if the score is kept close. The slow pace, is, however, not working in her favor. LaToya Sanders (9.1k, 5.4k) played an increased role with Emma Meesseman away for international duties. Her price is especially great on FanDuel, and without Meesseman, Sanders should play high twenties minutes so long as a blowout does not take place. No one really knows what Bryan Agler will do with his starting lineup, but Brooke McCarty-Williams (4.9k, 4.4k) got a surprise start last game and played 29 minutes. If she starts again, the price is far too cheap for the amount of minutes she should play. McCarty-Williams comes with some risk, however, as she has not been uber-productive, only producing at 0.66 fantasy points per minute.

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Las Vegas Aces @ New York Liberty

This is another up-tempo game, as games always are when they include the Aces. This fast pace likely benefits Tina Charles (11.4k, 8.4k) the most, as the increased possessions as well as Charles’ insane usage rate should ooze fantasy points. Liz Cambage (9.8k, 7.6k) looked back to normal in the last game, getting the start, and playing 18 minutes before she was taken out, as the game was out of hand. In a non-blowout, I would expect somewhere in the neighborhood of 28-32 minutes, making her price a bargain on both sites. 40 fantasy points is not out of the question, even at only 28 minutes. Lastly, Asia Durr (5.7k, 5k) has moved into the starting lineup for the Liberty, and has done quite well. She has consistently seen close to 30 minutes, and has averaged 10 field goal attempts per game in her starts. This is the makings of a solid play, especially on FanDuel. Durr is taking lots of shots, and is in a high paced game, with consistent minutes. What more could you ask for?

Phoenix Mercury @ Indiana Fever

The Fever just have straight up silly prices in this game. Erica Wheeler (7.3k, 7.3k) should be on almost every team on DraftKings, as she has had over 5 assists in every Fever game. This high assist rate combined with an above average usage makes her a candidate to score 30 fantasy points. Likewise, her teammate Natalie Achonwa (9k, 4.6k) should be on almost every team on FanDuel, where her 4600 dollar price tag is one of the worst I have ever seen. Achonwa put up 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists in her last game, and is still below 5000 dollars on FanDuel. On the other side of the court is another value on FanDuel in Leilani Mitchell (4.6k, 3.3k). Mitchell played in her first game on Thursday, and was a spark-plug off the bench. She played 24 minutes, which is easily enough to pay off a miniscule $3300 price tag. Mitchell was great off the bench last year, producing at 0.74 fantasy points per minute. Her low price tag allows you to pay up for studs like Cambage, Charles, and Delle Donne.

Seattle Storm @ Chicago Sky

The Storm come into this game playing against an up-tempo Chicago squad. Jewell Loyd (10.2k, 6.7k) has lead the team recently, taking a combined 34 shots in her last 2 games. Her FanDuel price is, again, very enticing against a below average Sky defense. Alysha Clark (5.5k, 6.1k) was put into the starting lineup last game, and delivered, putting up a massive stat line of 16 points, 5 boards, and 2 assists. It seems as though that in the absence of Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird, Clark is being asked to do more offensively. Her price does still not reflect this ask, especially on DraftKings. On the Chicago side of the ball, Jantel Lavender (5.9k, 4.8k) has been a tremendous pick-up, and has usurped Gabby Williams in the starting lineup. Lavender is a high fantasy point per minute player, and is also playing ~30 minutes almost every night. She should be a mainstay in your lineups at a discounted price. The only worry for Lavender is the relatively slow pace the Storm play at, as well as their above average defense.

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