I’m going to be giving you guys an overview of the #WNBA Fanduel slate. This will include looking at the teams as a whole and then getting into the individual players.
If you have any questions feel free to hit me up @xBenJamminx
The stats and data that I’ll be referencing are coming from our WNBA Cheat Sheets, which can be found by clicking the logo.
PHO 3-2 (-4.5) @ CHI 1-5 (+4.5)
Vegas Total 160
Phoenix is one of the top teams on the slate and their opponent Chicago lets up the most FGA,3PA, REB, AST,STL on the slate. There should be plenty of scoring to go around.
They aren’t a big inside presence considering they’re by far the worst rebounding team on the slate, although they are the best defensive team playing. They let up the least amount of scoring stats vs their opponents, so on quick glance the upside of the Chicago team should be limited. They take the most 3s per game while being involved in the peripherals besides rebounds. #2 on the slate in Assists, Steals and Blocks. The one place we can attack them is in the paint.
This team runs through Brittney Griner ($8,900) and for good reason. She leads the league in blocks per game and with Chicago taking 70 FGA per game (3 more than the next closest), there should be no reason for her to slow down there. Shes’s averaged 34 FDppg over the last year and a half and 39 this year. She’s the top dog on the slate and the only one with 50 FD point upside. She averages 20 PPG, 7 RPG, 1 SPG and 3.8 BPG while shooting 58%. I think you have to play her.
After Griner we have to choose a guard and there’s 4 to choose from, but realistically 3 and one of them comes off the bench. The biggest surprise for this team has been Leilani Mitchell ($5,400) who has average 12.6 PPG, 4 RPG and 2 SPG off the bench. She’s scored at least 21 FDppg in her last 4 games while only starting 1. The minutes concern me a bit but against a team that gives up so many points and if there’s any kind of blowout she’ll be in an even better spot. You can consider Danielle Robinson ($4.500) a low upside high floor type of player who will get her 25 minutes. She’s dependent on assists moreso than the others so she may be a good pairing with Griner for a correlation play. The question mark for me is Diana Taurasi ($5.200) who has shown consistency so far this year but has been very scoring dependent and lost minutes last game in a blowout so she’s not as high on my list. I’m gonna hate myself if I get this wrong and I usually play starters over bench players but Mitchell has been really well off the bench.
Brittney Griner, Leilani Mitchell, Diana Taurasi
Chicago has been fantasy goodness on both sides of the ball. While they attempt the most shots per game, they’re only ranked #3 on the slate in PPG. They lead the slate in FGA, REB, AST and Blocks. They get the least steals per game on the slate which bodes well for the PHO players. The Mercury are good at defense and even though Chicago is 1-5, they’ve been very fantasy friendly with all 5 of their starters averaging over 20 FDppg in 2017. We know to attack PHO in the paint so that’s where we’ll start with our plays.
For our purposes, 3 of the starters are guards with 2 forwards. Their scoring is pretty balanced with 4 girls averaging double digits. But the ones who stands out for our purposes are Jessica Breland ($4,800) and Stefanie Dolson ($5,700). Jessica averages 8.7 RPG and 8.2 PPG in 28.7MPG in 2017 which is slightly up from her 6.6 RPG and 7 PPG average last year. Averaging 22.6 FDppg at her price gives her a season value of 4.7, which is above average. Stephanie is slightly more scoring dependent at 10.5 PPG with 5.8 RBG. She’s a solid player with good fundamentals and while I prefer Jessica, Stephanie is still a good option.
There’s 3 guards here who play 30+ mpg and with the potential assists being limited, I don’t think I’ll be paying up for Cappie Pondexter ($7,800) since she averages 8.3 APG and much of her fantasy scoring from from that. I like Tamera Young ($6,300) and Allie Quigley ($5,000). Young plays similar minutes at $1,500 less and averages 15 PPG with 4 RPG and almost 2 steals per game. I love the way Young hustles and seems like a pretty good all around player. Quigley gives us some value that we may need if we want to fit in the expensive Forwards today and I’m not very confident in her upside but she’s averaged 21 FDppg, scoring 14 PPG.
Jessica Breland, Tamera Young
DAL 3-2 @ NY 2-3
Dallas is the top scoring team on the slate at 80.6 PPG with New York being the lowest scoring at 73.8 PPG. One of the things that stand out here is Dallas is first in PPG and Field Goal% and they take the least amount of 3s on the slate so there’s more of an inside the paint team. One thing that stands out to me is Dallas takes the most Free Throws per game and New York lets up the most, so these girls should be able to get to the line today and see a lot of free points. They’re first in Offensive Rebounding and Steals. They start 3 guards who all average 13 PPG this year, yet none of them really shoot 3s so we’re looking at a lot of penetration.
The star of the team is the beautiful Skylar Diggins-Smith ($7,300) and she’s performed well this year averaging 13 ppg, 3.6 RPG, 5.8 APG and 1.2 SPG. The issue here is there’s two other Guards on this team who are fully capable and cost almost $3,000 less. Allisha Gray ($4,600) and Karima Christmas-Kelly ($4,700) are both good players. Allisha Gray won me a couple GPPs the other night so I’m going to be a bit biased towards her. They both start and play anywhere from 20-30 minutes per game. Even though they both average 13 PPG, Gray does a little more with the peripherals and she’s a better 3Point shooter.
Glory Johnson ($5.000) is pretty good and I’ll give her that but she’s been a little volatile without showing much upside. She averages almost a double double per game with 9 PPG/9RPG but I want to pay up at Forward today so there’s an option I like. I may be biased again because Kayla Thornton ($3.200) was apart of my GPP winning teams and for good reason. Me and my boy @COJack1989 were looking into it and saw that she’d be the one to get increased minutes/usage from Courtney Paris being out and she ended up with 12 points and 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. I was hoping to see more minutes but she played real well and got to the line.
Allisha Gray, Karima Christmas-Kelly
New York Liberty
With Epiphany Prince gone, someone is going to have to step up in her absence. Dallas lets up the most blocks and turnovers per game which is good for NY player’s upside. With NY being such a low scoring team, we can’t take too many players from there. There’s really only. Tina Charles ($8,500) is one of the best players in the league and another girl I want to try and fit in my lines today. She’s averaged 30 FDppg this year which is down from her 35 FDppg avg over the last year and a half. Her scoring and assists are slightly down but that’s probably why NY is the lowest scoring team. She averages 18.6 PPG and 7.8 RPG most of which comes from Defensive Rebs. The other girl who is in a good spot and should get increased usage is Sugar Rodgers ($6,100) who is now the second leader scorer at 13.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG and 2.4 APG. Playing 31 mpg, these are right in line with her baseline performance. There’s one other player I’m considering and it’s strictly for value. Shavonte Zellous ($3,000) has started every game this season, playing 26 mpg. She hasn’t shown much upside but put up 21.9 FD points in 34 minutes in her last game. She’s not a scorer at all but gets peripheral stats and should also benefit from Epiphany Prince being out.
Tina Charles, Sugar Rodgers
Thanks for reading and good luck tonight! If you have any lineup questions feel free to ask me on Twitter at @xBenJamminx
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Ben is a senior in college studying Computer Science as well as working full time. In his spare time he likes to research and study anything relating to DFS. He’s been playing DFS for 2 years and won some GPPs early on and has had good success since, being able to pay off all of his student loans and credit card debt. He’s been hooked ever since. Primarily a Cash Game player, Ben has also had great success winning multiple GPPs.