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:
New York @ Atlanta (Pick-em, 160)
Pretty close to a must win game for Atlanta, as they are now 1 game back of Chicago for the final playoff spot. The season series is tied with NY, with the 1 consistent them being Tina Charles playing very well in both games. She is in a great spot again, as Atlanta is really struggling with opposing bigs. She is the top target from NY, with the other interesting plays being Kiah Stokes who has seen 22 or more minutes in 5 consecutive games, and Shavonte Zellous who is the consistent SF on the squad. The guards are a mess, with Bria Hartley/Sugar Rodgers/Epiphany Prince all sharing time and shots, and none emerging as a consistent option. For Atlanta, Brittney Sykes has played well in both games vs the Liberty this season, even with one being off the bench. She, Clarendon, and Hayes are the 3 guards that do most of the scoring. I have some hesitation with all 3 however, as all are pricey with the minutes reduction they have seen as of late with the acquisition of Tamera Young. The forwards, Sancho Lyttle and Elizabeth Williams, are both in play, with Williams possessing more upside and Lyttle being the “safer” play. Solid game to target for a few plays, not stackable.
LA @ Minnesota (-5.5, 159.5)
This is a rematch of the finals last year, in which the Sparks won. They have only played once this season, which resulted in a 88-77 win. So here is the big crux in this game….my rule is I do not roster opposing centers to Minnesota, as Sylvia Fowles eats them alive. This proved true in the first meeting, as Candace Parker was held to 2/3/3 in 31 minutes. That said, a season ago Candace Parker dominated this matchup en route to winning the Finals MVP. This is a bit tough to pick between, except its not for me due to pricing. Parker is an easy fade for me at 8700, and to we can pick Nneka Ogwumike for 7900 who posted a 27/14/3 line in this meeting last time out. We can also use Chelsea Gray at 5700 who consistently gets mid 30’s in minutes, and will face a diminished Minnesota backcourt. Speaking of Minnesota’s backcourt, Renee Montgomery at 4100 is a pretty easy plug and play on this slate, taking over the starting role for the injured Lindsay Whalen. I also am pretty sold on Fowles in this matchup, who had had a 20/13 line vs LA last time out, and we have seen opposing centers do well game in and game out vs the Sparks. Maya Moore, Rebekkah Brunson, and Seimone Augustus are all fine plays as well as Minnesota has 0 depth, so all starters see 30+ minutes.
TOP GUARD PLAYS
Renee Montgomery 4100
One of the better values on the slate, being cheap and starting. She saw 34 minutes last game, registering 24.4 points in a similar matchup to talented guards in Atlanta. In the first matchup with LA, she registered 33.4 FD points in 25 minutes. While 33.4 would be stellar, asking for 5x ROI is very reasonable in this spot.
Shavonte Zellous 4600
She needs a price hike as she is a bit cheap for her high floor and consistent minutes. She has 20+ FD points in 6 out of her last 10 games, with 5 over 23. On this slate, she is close to a lock.
Chelsea Gray 5700
I just think Chelsea Gray is #reallygood. The Duke product plays 34+ minutes per game, and stuffs the stat sheet with scoring, rebounds, and assists. She is very similar to Atlanta’s Layshia Clarendon in this respect, yet comes with a $1400 discount.
Seimone Augustus 5000
Just feels like she is due for a game. After sitting out 2 games for “persona reasons” she has come back to 2 average games. Before that absence, she was one of the more reliable cash options, and was someone you never felt bad rostering. With Whalen away, look for Augustus to step up a bit. I have 0 issue rostering both Montgomery and Augustus in the same line.
TOP FORWARD PLAYS
Sylvia Fowles 8900
49 or more FD points in 4 of her last 5 games. On top of that, LA has allowed monsterous games from the likes of Glory Johnson and Kayla Alexander. Needless to say the MVP of the league (she will win the award this season) is a bit more talented than those players
Nneka Ogwumike 7900
The reigning MVP sets up well in this matchup. She avoids Fowles and gets Moore/Brunson, neither of which posess the defensive prowess of Fowles. While her previous 6 games don’t show much upside for the price, the 4 games before that time do show the upside, including 48.3 FD points vs Minnesota. I think it’s a great spot for Nneka and someone I will be rostering while fading Parker.
Tina Charles 8500
I think deciding between Nneka and Tina is very tough. Atlanta really struggles vs opposing bigs, and Tina is one of the most talented bigs in the game. She has 39.9 and 37 FD points in the 2 matchups vs Atlanta this season, and those were games where the supporting cast was doing more than they are now. If you can fit Tina easily, she is absolutely a top play.
Rebekkah Brunson 5300
The pricing on Brunson hasn’t been right all season, and still is messed up. Lock and load her in your lines, comes with a 3x floor and 7x ceiling. Just silly FD.
Sancho Lyttle 5900
I think some people will have sticker shock for Lyttle, as less than 3 weeks ago she was 3700. She has now returned to pre Eurobasket form, where she was a consistent cash play at 5500. The price is a tad high, but given consistent performance in the mid 20’s, is a fine cash play.
Kiah Stokes 4100
To play Fowles + Nneka/Tina, you have to save somewhere. Kiah Stokes draws a + matchup and carries 25+ FD point upside for 4100. She has played 22 minutes in 5 consectutive games, and posseses 40+ FD point upside as we saw earlier this season.
Thanks for reading and good luck tonight!
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