WNBA Friday Night Slate
WNBA Friday Slate
We are back for a pretty good Friday night WNBA slate. I am going to give some plays that I am interested in and plays that I will be building around when making my lineups. I may add a couple more plays later on in the day so check back or ask me questions on twitter @travismangone and I will be happy to help out.
Jasmine Thomas: This won’t be an easy matchup for this Sun team but I think they will be forced to lean on Jasmine Thomas for production while Fowles is busy with Jonquel Jones in the paint. Thomas has some nice upside at this price tag of $5,800 and I am going to advantage of this tag before she is over $6,000. I know the Lynx is a tough matchup but I expect the Lynx to dominate the boards and inside like they always do forcing the guards to carry the load a little more. Thomas is one of their more talented players and I am hoping that she can do exactly what happened last game against the Lynx. Thomas only shot 5-16 and she should shoot better than that which would lead to a better performance. I expect Jones struggles in the paint like she did last game against the Lynx and then they lean on Thomas once again.
Seimone Augustus: I don’t love guard today at all but I like the tag and consistency from Augustus this year. I was not super high on her to start the year but I think on this slate it just dictates her as a nice good safe play. I am normally a cash game guy so these are not always plays that win gpps but if she fits my last spot I like her is why I like her. Augustus has the fourth highest usage rate on the team and has played 30 an average of 30.7 minutes per game and 9.3 field goal attempts. Augustus is only $4800 and I just don’t love this position but if she fits my last spot like I said I am trying to find upside and avoid landmines and if I can take a spot that will get me 20 FanDuel points for a good tag I will take those points and find upside in other spots. You don’t need to look for upside in every single spot in my opinion sometimes safe points reliable points at a good price are nice so I will take those.
Elena Delle Donne: Take a walk down narrative street with me for my favorite play of the night in a revenge matchup against her former team the Chicago Sky. Delle Donne was traded this offseason in one of the biggest deals in WNBA history. Delle Donne has gotten to a slow start probably because she is just adjusting to her new team, she has not disappointed but we are still waiting for that monster game. That monster game will be tonight! Delle Donne averaged 40 and 35 fanduel points in her last two season but that was in 33 minutes a game. The reason for the low production is an average of 26 minutes per game. She has been efficient shooting on the floor with a team high .588 field goal percentage but her rebounds have been down compared to her career numbers. Don’t get me wrong I am worried and confused about the minutes but I am going to hope that in this game Delle Donne will get back to her normal minutes and in a revenge game I will jump on the narrative. With Meesseman expected out until mid june I would make delle donne an even better play on this slate.
Rebekkah Brunson: I have said this from the start of the season if you want 20 FanDuel points Brunson is your girl. She just will consistently get you 20 Fanduel points and at a tag of $5300 I don’t hate going this route in your cash games. A lot of the value plays do not look safe, certainly some will get you there but if you love your roster and have $5,300 I don’t mind putting Brunson in because you know she won’t kill your lineup. Also seems like a good safe cash option but certainly not a building block for me. One thing I have noticed in WNBA is that avoiding the landmines is key and she is rarely going to be a landmine.
Bold fade of the night
Jewel Loyd: Now I am going to start this off with if you think she is a good play and fits your lineup go ahead and roster her I do like her as a player but read what I must say and then make a decision on your own. I think there is some good reasons that Loyd could underperform this tag at high ownership so it is a game theory play as well but here are my thoughts. Loyd has been as consistent as they come this year and even with Bird coming back she keeps providing 30 fanduel points per game and has team high usage of 34.2%. That usage rate went down with bird back last game to 29% but I am still interested in her. I do have worries that this could be her first game that she gets less than 30 fanduel points. So far Loyd has been great but Loyd has shot 30-50 .600% from the field when her average last season was .431%. I would expect her numbers to regress her and with Bird back and Stewart’s poor performance it makes sense why her numbers are so high. I think this is a game where at this price tag and ownership I will jump off Loyd and let everyone else play her. You can also play Stewart or Bird to get exposure to the Seattle offense and leverage off of Loyd a little bit. I understand the risk with this and this is more of a tournament play that I am making.