WNBA FanDuel Sunday Slate
WNBA Sunday Slate
Hope you guys all had a great first WNBA slate! There was crazy news yesterday so I hope you kept track of all the crazy news. I am going to do the same with the article and keep you guys updated and hopefully not a ton of news breaks. Give me a follow-on twitter to ask questions @travismangone or check out the breaking WNBA news that will post. I also think that the pricing is REALLY soft on this slate and you can fit a lot of the top options so in tournaments don’t be scared to leave money on the table to try and be contrarian obviously not a ton but it is easy to fit in a ton of the higher priced options on this slate. We had unexpected news that broke yesterday and it could happen again today so make sure to check my twitter or check back here for updates!
Dallas @ -7.5 Phoenix 162.5 total
Dallas Wings: Aerial Powers and Evelyn Akehator are out for this game. Powers averaged 19 minutes per game last year with a 25.4% usage so there will be some bench opportunities to go around on this team for value.The Wings draw a matchup against the Phoneix Mercury who are middle of the road in pace, offensive rating and defensive rating. No real extremes on those ends but when looking at Dallas the top option will be Skylar Diggins. Phoenix allowed the most FanDuel points per game to guards on the season last year so playing Dallas guards are going to be a great option. For $5,200 I like Skylar Diggins as an option in this matchup who had a 23.4 usage and averaged 20.98 FanDuel points last season with Odssey Sims gone this could allow some nice opportunities for her to thrive more. Glory Johnson and Karima Christmas are also plays I will have interest in as well, Glory averaged 25.53 FanDuel points off the bench last year in 27.9 minutes. Christmas had 24.93 average FanDuel points last year in 31.6 minutes and is another option I would consider on this slate. Right now the best fill ins that I am seeing for Powers for value would be Breanna Lewis or Kaela Davis as good opportunities. I will dig deeper on the situation but for now I think Diggins is the clear number one followed by Christmas and Glory Johnson as good options as well.
Phoenix Mercury: The Wings were ranked last in defensive rating and 4th in pace which will be a good game environment for the Mercury. In 2016 Dallas allowed the fourth most fdp per game to guards, the most to forwards and the fourth most to centers. This is clearly a team we want to get exposure to on this slate. The Mercury should be a different team this season losing Candice Dupree in free agency, Penny Taylor retiring, and DeWanna Bonner is on maternity leave for the season (yes you read that last one correctly). This gets even better so DeWanna Bonner is married to Candice Dupree who got traded in the offseason. With that being said Diana Taurasi is clearly one of their best options and is the most expensive guard on the slate at $5,700. I like Taurasi because she averaged 26.65 fppm and had a team high 13.8 shot attempts with a team high usage of 28.5%. Taurasi is the most expensive guard for a reason and if I can fit her in my lineups I would do my best to do so. Griner is the most expensive forward on the board at $6,400 but that price tag is necessary because she averaged a team high 35.87 Fanduel points. In a matchup against a team that is awful against forwards and centers in a fast-paced game, this is setting up for a monster night for Griner. Danielle Robeinson is a $4,000 pass first guard who the Mercury traded for and I think she is a good value at that price tag if she starts.
Indiana Fever @ -2.5 Seattle Storm 165 total
Indiana Fever: The Fever added the old Chicago sky coach and she loves to play an uptempo offense so this is going to be a game I will have a ton of interest in just because of the pace alone. Candice Dupree was traded over to the Fever from the Mercury and should be Dupree averaged 21.41 FanDuel points with the Mercury but with the Fever I expect her to take over the Tamika Catchings role of the offense where she averaged 23.6% usage and Kizer who was traded averaged 24.8%. Dupree’s usage and numbers have declined throughout the years but I could be having a resurgence in her career joining the Fever and being a great option against the Storm who will be without Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart once again. Dupree is a great value play on this slate going to dive deeper on the rest of the Fever options in the AM so come back to get some more Fever takes. Looking at the Fever options if Natalie Achonwa starts she was a really good Per 36 minute fantasy player last season averaging 29.79 FanDuel points and for a cheap $3,000 punt she is a gpp option that really pay that price off well. Briana January, Shenise Johnson and Briana January are three other players that I expect to start with them. None of them have any eye brow raising numbers but this is the highest total game(not by a lot but we expect this to be a very fast paced Fever team). For that case I like sprinkling these starters in my lineups if I am multi entering. There is going to be some opportunity here for these girls with a new coach in a up tempo offense so I will be sure to watch this game closely for future DFS games
Seattle Storm: The Storm being without Bird and Beanna Stewart again will mean we lock and load Loyd in our lineups again who had 30.8 FanDuel points against the Sparks yesterday Loyd is one of the top plays on this slate and I would play her in both cash and tournament formats. Crystal Langhorne slid into Breanna Stewart’s role really well and put up 22.2 fdp in her 33 minutes with 13 points and 6 rebounds. The Spark were the toughest matchup in the league against forwards and she will draw an easier matchup against the Fever who are now playing a fast-paced style offense that will lead to a lot of rebounds. If she gets 33 minutes again I would expect a double-double for Langhorne and at $4,200 I love that play. Swords does not seem to be getting the playing time I was expecting but for a $3,100 I think she is a decent tournament option but carries risk. I was hesitant to write up Ramu Tokashiki last time but seeing that was given 30 minutes and had over 20 fantasy points it feels like a chase but I think she is going to be needed with Sue Bird and Stewart out. Takashiki only averaged 13 minutes a game last year but since she will be needed on a per 36-minute basis she averages 25.6 fdp. I will have exposure to her in tournaments for certain and maybe as a cash game punt if it rounds out my roster well. Just something to note Alysha Clark played 30 minutes and only had 3.4 FanDuel points which I think was an outlier. She averaged 16.59 Fanduel points in 32 starts averaging 27.6 minutes so she could be an option to consider. Again, Loyd is a must play and lock her in your lineups and there are some other interesting options to consider with Stewart out that I discussed above. My safe option is Langhorne and my tournament play would be Takashiki. Also have growing interest in Noelle quinn as a cheap 3k punt option for seattle if Stewart and Bird are out shes a good value. I really don’t know if Stewart and Bird play there is a chance they do and if they do I want to play them in tournaments for low ownership.
Chicago Sky @ -11.5 Minnesota Lynx 161 total
Chicago Sky: Make sure you do not roster Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley they are still playing overseas and will not be playing in tomorrow’s contest. The Lynx are a top team in this league and a tough matchup for the Sky who have a new coach and lost their top player Ellena Delle Donne in a trade in the offseason. This team is going to be totally different and the Sky were ranked 3rd in pace last year but I expect that to change so I am not really worrying about those numbers and against the Lynx they should have their way with the Sky. With Delle Donne gone and the two girls out Cappie Pondexter becomes the top option for the Sky who I will do my best to get in a lot of my lineups. Pondexter was third in usage at 22.9% behind Delle Donne and Quigley, and averaged 20.81 Fanduel points with 11.5 shot attempts. I expect Cappie to shoot a ton in this matchup and be a good play at guard. Now the question is who else will step in and make an impact?? Stefanie Dolson($4,300), Jessica Breland($3,700) and Imani Boyette($3,800) are all looking to be starting options who I like as nice value plays for the Sky. Dolson was acquired in the Delle Donne trade and is my favorite one of the bunch if I had to pick. For $,4300 Dolson averaged 29.27 Fanduel points on a per 36 minutes’ basis and I expect her to be a nice cash game option with some upside. My one concern is that it is a tough matchup against the Lynx who are the best in the league at defending forwards and centers. Tamera Young is an option that I like as a play off the bench who should see a nice usage bump with the Sky players gone. She is only 4k and saw a 21 and 26.5% usage in preseason. I think she is strictly a gpp option though. I do also worry about a blowout risk in this matchup which could make me shy away from these players compared to others.
Minnesota Lynx: The Lynx are a going against a bad Sky team and I don’t expect any one player to get heavy minutes. A lot of these players are older and I get it’s the first game of the season but in a game that will likely blow out and a team that did not have one player in the top 20 in minutes played per game last year this is something I am going to think about while building rosters. The top option I would like on the Lynx is Maya Moore for $7,100 who had a 28.9% usage last year and averaged 34.02 Fanduel points per game. She is the best option no doubt but I don’t know if I will be willing to pay that tag in tournaments but in cash games if I have the money I love the safety of Maya Moore. She is one of the stars in the league and you want to get them in your lineup. Sylvia Folwes is also another good option and only $600 less than Maya Moore averaging 30.82 Fanduel points last season. Maya Moore is a moore popular name but I think if that 600 less helps round out your roster or make an improvement in another spot I don’t mind going Fowles over Moore. Fowles only averaged one less minute than Moore and 4 less fanduel points per game. Fowles is also their top rebounder and the Sky were one of the worst teams in the league against rebounding which should benefit Fowles. Again, I love Moore but the question is what will that $600 do for your roster and you need to decide is it worth it?? It is tough don’t know which way I will go but I am going to do my best to get Moore over Fowles but a case can be made for both. The rest of the Lynx option are just not worth it to me but I have received some questions on Brunson and I think if she fits your last spot is a safe cash game option but has limited upside. Moore as my number one and then Fowles right behind her just depends what fits your roster construction because both are good plays.