DFS WNBA Playbook & Optimal Lineups: September 3
Steve Pimental provides the best DFS plays and optimal lineups for Sunday's WNBA slate.
The WNBA playoff field of eight is set, but the seedings are far from determined. The only teams locked into their seeds are the Storm and Wings. They will go on the road for the first round of the playoffs, but the other six playoff teams, who all play Sunday, are still fighting to better their playoff seeding.
In a rarity for this WNBA season, DraftKings and FanDuel are offering different slates. DraftKings’s main WNBA slate features five games, beginning with New York and Dallas at 1:00 pm ET. FanDuel’s only WNBA slate begins at 4:00 pm ET and includes the other four Sunday games. DraftKings does include a 4:00 pm slate as well if you get a late start or don’t care about the early game.
|Player||FanDuel Price||DraftKings Price||Comments|
|Tina Charles, F, NY||$ 11,800||In two games against the Wings this season, Tina Charles is averaging 30.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 blocks in 40.6 minutes per game.|
|Alex Bentley, G, CON||$ 3,400||$ 5,900||Bentley had the second-most minutes and field goal attempts for Connecticut Friday, but she finished with just seven points on 2-8 shooting. I suspect she will see heavy minutes again Sunday as the Sun give their starters a rest ahead of the WNBA playoffs.|
|Theresa Plaisance, F, DAL||$ 6,200||Plaisance has quietly been very good down the stretch, with at least eight points and five rebounds in four consecutive games. She is averaging 12.0 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals against the Liberty this season. New York has struggled all season to defend bigs who can shoot from outside, so expect Plaisance to see more open looks again Sunday.|
|Kahleah Copper, G, CHI||$ 3,300||$ 3,500||Copper has been a bit inconsistent even when she has gotten playing time, but she has scored at least 17 points in two of her last three games. At the very least she is a GPP play, especially on DraftKings.|
|Alexis Jones, G, MIN||$ 3,100||$ 3,400||Jones only played 13 minutes Friday but still finished with five points and five assists. If she gets over 20 minutes like she did the two previous games, she could provide some really nice value. At the very least, she is safer and cheaper than Kahleah Copper.|
|Jessica Breland, F, CHI||$ 5,300||$ 8,600||Breland is locked into a solid starting role,|
|Brittney Griner, F, PHO||$ 7,800||$ 11,700||In one game against Atlanta this season, Brittney Griner had 28 points and eight rebounds. Only the Sky allowed more rebounds than the Dream this season|
|Alysha Clark, F, SEA||$ 4,000||$ 5,500||Alysha Clark has scored at least 17 points in two of her last four games, including a 17 point, four rebound and three assist effort against the Sky two weeks ago. Of course, she scored four points in each of the other two games. The Sky have allowed the most rebounds and assists in the WNBA this season, and only Dallas has allowed more points. Clark is a fine GPP play.|
|Shavonte Zellous, G, NY||$ 7,200||Zellous has struggled the last two games and see her playing time decrease, but she played at least 30 minutes in the two games before that, so there is still hope there. Zellous has been awesome in two games against Dallas this season, averaging 27.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists against the team that allows the most points in the WNBA. If she comes anywhere close to that production Sunday she will be in a lot of winning GPP lineups.|
|Sylvia Fowles, F, MIN||$ 7,700||$ 11,600||Minnesota needs to win to secure the number one overall seed, so Fowles should get every opportunity to produce so long as the game is close and she can stay out of foul trouble. Fowles is averaging 21.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.5 blocks and 2.0 steals against Washington this season. As we noted before she went off against Chicago Friday, Fowles has been much better at home this season.|
|Brittney Sykes, G, ATL||$ 6,400||$ 9,700||Sykes is shooting .269 from the field over her last two games, but she still averaged 13.0 FGA over those games. The playing time and usage are bankable, and it seems extremely unlikely Sykes would struggle from the field for a third consecutive game.|
|Layshia Clarendon, G, ATL||$ 6,000||$ 8,300||Like Sykes, Clarendon seems relatively assured of playing time, and Clarendon is only two weeks removed from dropping 17 points and 14 assists on Seattle. Clarendon is averaging 18.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 10.5 assists against Phoenix this season.|
|Maya Moore, F, MIN||$ 7,100||$ 10,200||Moore is a great GPP play, especially on DraftKings. Minnesota needs this game, and Moore has scored at least 18 points in five of her last six games. She is averaging 19.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists against Minnesota this season.|