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 @GatorGuy231
The stats and data that I’ll be referencing are coming from our WNBA Cheat Sheets, which can be found by clicking the logo.
Before jumping into to the WNBA breakdown and picks, I want to thank DailyRotoSharks for the opportunity to assist in finishing out the WNBA season. I hope you all have had a great season thus far, and I am looking forward to helping you all grab a few more GPP’s before this is all over.
As for my qualifications, I currently have a 41-17 on FD WNBA double ups, and have taken down 3 GPPs during that time. This article will consist of core plays, game breakdowns, and top plays by position.
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PLAYERS TO START YOUR LINEUPS WITH:
This is a weird slate as its one of the few times that the star players are all at the guard position.
San Antonio @ Chicago
First off, this is a must win game for Chicago, who is in a log jam of teams tied for the final playoff spot. On the other side, San Antonio (who has nothing to play for) continues to be feisty, and their coach continues to have some of the most random rotations imaginable. Just when we think that Kayla Alexander is a safe big we can use, she gets benched for the 2nd Additionally, the team’s 2nd overall pick last year, Moriah Jefferson, got the dreaded “Did Not Play – Coaches Decision” last game. Needless to say, rostering anyone from SA is a bit of a risk. That said, I do like Kelcey Plum, Kayla McBride, and Isabelle Harrison from their side. Plum has now played 30 minutes in 3 consecutive games, and played all 40 last game. This year’s #1 overall pick and all time collegiate scoring leader is finally looking comfortable in the pros, and should be a top DFS option for the rest of the season. From Chicago, I think Stefanie Dolson is set for a breakout. SA has and will continue to struggle inside, and Dolson is the primary post player for Chicago. Courtney Vandersloot, Allie Quigley, and Cappie Pondexter are the other top options from Chicago.
Phoenix @ Dallas
Phoenix’s play without Griner is one of the more surprising storylines of the WNBA season in my view. Griner did everything for them when she was on the floor, score, rebound, rim protect, etc.; and somehow Phoenix has stayed competitive with some of the best teams in the WNBA without her. The biggest cause for this has been the play of Diana Taurasi and Monique Currie. Both have gotten significant price hikes but both are very easy to fit on this slate. Expect most of the scoring to come from them. Dallas is the worst team in the league vs opposing bigs, so taking a look at Angel Robinson and Camille Little is warranted as well. For Dallas, Glory Johnson should have a field day in this contest. She is coming off 23/13 game vs the much more talented frontcourt of the Sparks, and will see little resistance here. She and Skylar Diggins Smith are the best options from Dallas. The rest of the squad falls victim to a deep rotation, and none see consistent 30+ minutes. Of the bunch, Karima Christmas-Kelly and Aerial Powers have the best upside.
TOP GUARD PLAYS
Kelsey Plum 5400
I have no problem paying 5400 on this slate for Plum. The #1 pick is finally comfortable with the speed and quality in the pro ranks, and I think there is still more offense to follow from her. She is coming off her highest scoring game yet with 23 points, and it will not shock me to see her put up 30 real points within the next few games.
Skylar Diggins-Smith 7300
I have her ranked in front of Vandersloot for a number of reasons. First off, I think the pace of this game is going to be much better than Chicago. Secondly, SDS has a ceiling similar to mid 7k forwards, as her worst game in the last month was 23.6 FD point performance vs the Storm. We saw Jasmine Thomas record 20 FD points in 1 quarter vs Phx in the last game, and I think 40 FD points for Skylar is very much in play.
Courtney Vandersloot 7400
I have SDS in front of her, but not by much. Sloot is the best playmaker in the WNBA right now, and since she has taken over the starting PG spot she has shown no signs of relinquishing. In the last 2 games since the departure of Tamera Young, Sloot has seen a boosted usage and more scoring, registering 36.9 and 43.2 FD points. She now faces the worst team in the WNBA…you do the math.
Cappie Pondexter 3400
this feels like the time to fire up the Cappie value. She is coming off the most minutes she has played since the injury, and it also comes at a time where its obvious the team cannot continue to play Kahleah Cooper. This is an absolute must win game for the Sky who are tied for the last playoff spot, so relying on one of the best scorers in WNBA history isn’t a bad idea.
TOP FORWARD PLAYS
Glory Johnson 6700
She should be the chalkiest chalk that ever chalked chalk on this slate. There are no other forwards to spend up for, and with 35.2 and 41.1 in the last 2 games, players regardless of skill level will select her. It doesn’t hurt that she draws an outstanding matchup vs the Grinerless interior of the Mercury.
Stefanie Dolson 5900
The other pretty obvious forward selection on this slate. San Antonio cannot defend inside, and Dolson has flashed 40 FD point upside this season. With the departure of Boyette via trade, Dolson’s minutes have become very secure which should cause some ceiling games to re-immerge.
Isabelle Harrison 5700
Her price is beginning to creep up but so are her minutes. With De Souza likely to miss, I am hard pressed to find a way she doesn’t get at least 30 minutes. Chicago isn’t exactly daunting inside, so Harrison draws a fine matchup. I project 20-25 points here, with a ceiling in the 30 range. Fine play.
Angel Robinson 3800
FD still will not load game logs for her, so her ownership will continue to be nonexistent. Since Griner went down, here are her minutes played: 20, 27, 34, 17, 20, 22, 20 (with the last 3 being the most recent). In Sunday’s game vs the Mystics, she scored 14 points and grabbed 4 boards. Angel is a very solid play given this slate.
Kayla Alexander 3300
her playing time terrifies me but so does not capturing her upside at near site minimum pricing. If she starts I still think she is a great play, with 38.2 FD points and 19.2 FD points in her previous 2 starts. She got into foul trouble on Sunday, and Hamby capitalized on the early run. If Alexander can stay out of foul trouble here, she could very easily get off to a good start and back on her way to 20+ FD points. For 3300 that is smashing value.
Note: Jessica Breland is a really good player that has seen her minutes severely fluctuate. She is not a cash play for me, but does have 30 point upside if they give her run. Take a look in GPP.
Thanks for reading and good luck tonight!
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He started playing DFS in 2015 by converting a $25 deposit into $10,000 in 9 months. Since then he has continued that trajectory with only the beginning deposit. He is a former online poker player that paid for college by turning a freeroll into a $25k bankroll.
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