A Hamby for your team
Today we have a nice three-game slate, with a great Las Vegas and Seattle matchup to end the night. There are a couple questionables to sort out, along with some other injury news, so let’s get into the July 23rd WNBA DFS preview.
Los Angeles Sparks @ Atlanta Dream
This game features the short-handed Sparks against the possibly Tiffany Hayes-less Dream. Los Angeles will once again be without Candace Parker, Riquna Williams and Alana Beard. This trio’s absence has made Nneka Ogwumike (11.8k DK, 8.2k FD) into a DFS superstar. Ogwumike’s usage has skyrocketed, as she has taken 52 shots in her last three games. This high usage rate, combined with her high minutes played makes her an excellent play today.
Other cheaper options on the Sparks are Tierra Ruffin-Pratt (6.7k, 4.6k), who has been playing a ton, as the Sparks do not really have another healthy 3. Karlie Samuelson (3.2k, 3k) played 19 minutes in the last game, taking Marina Mabrey’s role. Samuelson is an option, but needs to get hot from three in order to pay off her low price tag. There are likely better options elsewhere.
On the Atlanta side, Tiffany Hayes is once again questionable. While it appeared she was going to play on Sunday, she once again sat out, and Alex Bentley (6.4k, 5k) started in her place. While that is a solid price for Bentley on FanDuel, the issue with the Dream is that they have just been getting blown out. This has led to significantly less minutes for the starting players, and has depressed their fantasy value. Other than Bentley (if Hayes is out) I cannot recommend anyone else.
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Indiana Fever @ Phoenix Mercury
Indiana draws a date with the Taurasi-less Mercury. Right off the bat, Candice Dupree (8k, 5.8k) sticks out to me on FanDuel, as somehow an all-star is below $6000. Dupree scored 15 points and added 6 rebounds in her last outing against the Mercury. As well, there was a change to the Fever starting lineup last game, with Tiffany Mitchell (5.9k, 4.5k) replacing Kelsey Mitchell (7.3k, 5k). Though Tiffany Mitchell’s stat line was not all that impressive, she took 10 shots, and showed a penchant for attacking with the basketball. She is a solid play today.
Phoenix is once again without Diana Taurasi, and also loses Essence Carson for this game. This opens up a starting spot for Sophie Cunningham (3.7k, 3.6k), who should play mid-twenties minutes. Her price and her starting status makes her a great low-cost option, which allows you to roster one (or more) of her more expensive teammates.
Obviously, the two superstars are DeWanna Bonner (11.2k, 8k) and Brittney Griner (12k, 8.3k). Both have had great games against the Fever this year, and the way I am going to target these two is based on the site. On FanDuel, where blocks and steals are worth more, Griner makes more sense to me, whereas on DraftKings, where three-pointers are worth 3.5, Bonner makes more sense to me (especially after considering the $800 discount).
Seattle Storm @ Las Vegas Aces
Lastly, we come to the marquee matchup between the Storm and Aces. The Storm have been working Jewell Loyd (7k, 6.6k) back into the lineup, but she will likely play ~10 minutes, and does not really factor into daily fantasy today. Natasha Howard (11.5k, 8.4k) is one of the top plays on the slate, as she has been all year. Especially against a high-paced team in the Aces, she should be good for over 40 fantasy points.
Again, Alysha Clark (7.7k, 5.3k) is a great low-cost option on FanDuel, where she can be rewarded for her block and steal prowess. As well, Mercedes Russell (7.2k, 5.1k) should have to play more in this game, as she draws a matchup with Liz Cambage, as she has been successful in the past against her.
On the Vegas side, A’ja Wilson is once again out with an ankle injury. This opens up the door for Dearica Hamby (6.3k, 5.2k) to draw another start. Hamby is the best play on the slate, and should play over 30 minutes in this one. This amount of minutes combined with her insane fantasy point productiveness, leads to a must-have. Her frontcourt partner, Liz Cambage (10.6k, 8.1k) is also a great play, as her usage should increase without Wilson in the fold.
Lastly, Kelsey Plum (6.2k, 4.6k) has been playing much more recently, with 3 out of 4 of her last games above 30 minutes. This coincides with a slight injury for Sydney Colson, as she is questionable for this game. Even if Colson plays, Plum should be in line for a bunch of minutes, and will likely be very productive in them.
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