The All-Star break has passed, and after a short break we are back to regular season WNBA. The drive for the playoffs really starts now, and we have some great matchups tonight. Let’s take a look.
Phoenix Mercury @ Washington Mystics
This game should be great to watch. For the Mercury, however, they are once again missing Diana Taurasi and Essence Carson. It all starts with Brittney Griner (11.4k DK, 8.2k FD), and she should put up huge numbers, even though Washington has a stout defense. I believe LaToya Sanders and Emma Meesseman should have issues dealing with Griner’s size. With that said, Griner is very expensive, and I would not blame you if you wanted to take those dollars elsewhere.
Essence Carson’s absence has opened up a starting spot for Sophie Cunningham (4.5k, 3.6k). Though Cunningham is not a huge fantasy point producer, she is at a very low price, and cannot be ignored as she should play close to mid-twenties minutes. Hopefully she will be able to knock down some threes, and hit value.
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On Washington’s side, I’d first like to spotlight Natasha Cloud (7.4k, 5.4k). Cloud has been handling the ball a lot this year, and has combined that productivity with an absurd amount of minutes recently. In non-blowouts in the last month, Cloud is averaging 35 minutes per game. This amount of minutes, combined with her low price (especially on FanDuel!) makes her a great play.
Elena Delle Donne (10.8k, 8.4k) is always worth a mention, and her price is much more appealing than Brittney Griner’s on DraftKings. Somehow, she is the fourth most expensive player on the slate, despite being a top two player by fantasy point productivity.
Chicago Sky @ Connecticut Sun
Chicago takes on Connecticut in this game, another game I will be keeping a close eye on for the upcoming playoff race. Chicago is by far my least favorite team for daily fantasy purposes, as they have played a big rotation this year, and tend to get a lot of players involved. This boils picking Chicago’s players down to prices, and the only player who seems slightly underpriced is Stefanie Dolson (7.7k, 5k). Dolson has had a bounceback year, and even played 32 minutes last game. She is a great option, even against a good defensive team in the Sun.
Connecticut draws a good matchup against the up-tempo Sky. This higher tempo should help the Sun backcourt, with Courtney Williams (7.8k, 6.1k) and Jasmine Thomas (9.2k, 6.2k) pushing the pace. While they are both solid plays, I am not certain that they are both going to be able to eclipse 30 fantasy points. Because of this, I would recommend only playing one of the two in a lineup, as if Jasmine Thomas has an incredible game, it is unlikely that Courtney Williams will also do so.
Dallas Wings @ Las Vegas Aces
Lastly, to cap off the night, Dallas heads to Las Vegas to take on the Aces. Normally, I like to target the team who plays the Aces, as the high pace allows for more rebounds, points, and assists, but it is tricky in this case. Dallas’ rotation has been tricky to figure out, aside from a few key players. Arike Ogunbowale (8.5k, 6.1k) should be good for 15+ field goal attempts, and if you catch her on a hot shooting day, she certainly could return 30 or even 40 fantasy points. As well, Kayla Thornton (8.2k, 6.2k) seems to be the only other real mainstay, and she has played over 35 minutes multiple times this season. Her all-around contribution really helps in scoring fantasy points.
For Las Vegas, A’ja Wilson is once again out. You probably already know the drill, but Dearica Hamby (9.4k, 5.2k) will draw another start. Hamby is essentially a free square on FanDuel, as for some reason they refuse to raise her price. Liz Cambage (10.9k, 8.3k) has been a force without Wilson, and should continue that trend against her former team. Lastly, Kelsey Plum (6.9k, 4.6k) has seen her minutes increase lately, and could play over 30 once again, making her a great play. The only real worry in this game is that Las Vegas gets way ahead and plays their bench for a majority of the game. Hopefully not though!
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