Yay or Chiney?
Yesterday’s slate was somewhat of an abomination for me. The games I expected to be low scoring were high scoring, and Las Vegas blew the Liberty out, limiting the number of minutes for both teams’ starters. Today’s games profile as tighter matches, so blowouts should not be a concern. Let’s hop into the June 15th DFS Preview.
Chicago Sky @ Indiana Fever
Diamond DeShields (10.4k DK, 7.2k FD) leads the Sky into Indiana to face off against the Fever. DeShields has taken a real step forward this year, bumping up her fantasy points per minute from 0.9 to just over 1. This increased productivity, as well as a high volume of minutes (36, 27, 31, and 35 in her last four games) makes for a great play on both sites.
Stefanie Dolson (6.9k, 4.4k) has an absolutely asinine price on FanDuel. Dolson put up close to 30 fantasy points in her last outing, and should be close to that mark again today. Her minutes look more secure, receiving somewhere in the upper 20’s, and the matchup is solid, with the Fever one of the top fouling teams in the league.
Indiana shortened their rotation last game, as Kennedy Burke (5.4k, 3k) was walking across the stage at UCLA. Burke is back now, and has an extremely low price on FanDuel. Burke played 23 and 26 minutes in her last two games, and if she plays that same number, she will be an incredible value on FanDuel, allowing you to afford higher priced players.
The same can be said for Natalie Achonwa (9.5k, 5.3k). Her price on FanDuel just refuses to increase for whatever reason, and she has been an integral part of the Fever offense and defense. She should be very close to the 30-minute barrier, and the high pace of the Sky (3rd in possessions per game) helps her even more.
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Atlanta Dream @ Dallas Wings
This is a battle of two lowly teams, both looking for a spark for their season. The Dream have had real problems scoring, and their minutes have been all over the place aside from Tiffany Hayes (7.9k, 5.1k) and Brittney Sykes (7.6k, 6.6k). Both Hayes and Sykes should play close to 30 minutes regardless of the situation, and are the two best players on the Dream. The others are mostly overpriced or just have too much minutes uncertainty. As well, Dallas’ slow pace limits their fantasy point opportunity.
As for Dallas, the same concerns arise. Their minutes have been all over the place, aside from Allisha Gray (8.4k, 6.5k) and Kayla Thornton (6.7k, 5.8k). These two represent the best options on the Wings, as they have the best chance of eclipsing 30 minutes played, and also produce fantasy points at a relatively high clip. Arike Ogunbowale (6.1k, 4.8k) is back, but should only see around 20 minutes.
To show just how insane these rotations are, consider Theresa Plaisance (5.7k, 3.1k). Plaisance started in the Wings’ first game against the Fever, playing 10 minutes. She then came off the bench for 1 minute in the next game, and then played 26 minutes in this last game off the bench.
New York Liberty @ Los Angeles Sparks
The Liberty got absolutely crushed last night, which was horrible, but also leaves their starters fresh for this game, as they played significantly less minutes than usual. Los Angeles has been sneaky fast, and is actually has the second highest pace in the league. This bodes well for Tina Charles (10.7k, 8.2k), who should get back on track after a tough outing last night. She still has one of the highest usage rates in the league, something which is great going up against a fast team. She could see over 20 field goals attempted.
Value options on the Liberty are plentiful. All of Kia Nurse (8.1k, 4.7k), Asia Durr (6.8k, 5.k) and Brittney Boyd (6.5k, 5.1k) are fairly cheap, and the first two should see over 30 minutes. While Boyd has not showcased a high minutes ceiling, with no Bria Hartley, she is clearly the best option at point guard, and I would not be surprised if she saw a season-high in minutes tonight.
As for the Sparks, there are many high priced options to go alongside all of the value listed above. It all begins with Nneka Ogwumike (9.7k, 8k), who has been the star of the Sparks without Candace Parker. She should see around 33 minutes, and has been 1.1 fantasy points per minute so far this season. Add onto that a poor defense in the Liberty, and a storm’s a brewin’.
Nneka’s sister, Chiney Ogwumike (8.9k, 7.1k) is again a great option, as her salary has not increased at all. She only played 15 minutes last night against the Mercury, but had 4 fouls in rapid succession against Brittney Griner. This is a much better matchup for her, and could grab another double double in a high-paced affair.
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