DFS WNBA Playbook & Optimal Lineups: June 15
Steve Pimental provides the best DFS plays and optimal lineups for Friday's three-game WNBA slate.
For Friday’s edition of the DFS WNBA Playbook, I want to start out by thanking those people who reached out on Wednesday looking for a WNBA Playbook. As of now, there are no plans to deviate from our policy of only offering a Playbook on days with three or more games, but it fills my bucket to know that interest in the WNBA and the Playbook are growing. Fortunately, we have only two more two-game slates in June, so for the most part, if there are multiple WNBA games, there will be a Playbook to go with them.
If you weren’t one of the people looking for a Playbook on Wednesday, and you are instead someone who, like our fearless leader, prefers to play WNBA DFS once a week, Friday should be a great day to play. Perhaps the best reason to play Friday is that the last two games of the slate will be aired on NBA TV. I love to watch the games to see how my lineups do, and that is easier for a lot of people when the games are on NBA TV. That being said, if you care about the WNBA even a little bit, I highly recommend WNBA League Pass. For just $17 you can watch just about every WNBA game for the entire season.
Friday’s League Pass game is the Los Angeles Sparks at the Washington Mystics. These are two of the top five teams in the WNBA standings, and we get two more of those teams—Connecticut and Seattle—in the late game. Friday’s slate also features five of the top six teams in the WNBA in pace and offensive rating. I expect a lot of scoring and fantasy points in this games, so keep that in mind when you are setting your lineups. You might want to take on a bit more risk, even in your cash lineups, because 185 fantasy points might not be enough to cash if all three of these games produce a lot of points.
|Player||FanDuel Price||DraftKings Price||Comments|
|Skylar Diggins-Smith, G, DAL||$ 8,200||$ 12,600||The Aces may have the worst defensive backcourt in the WNBA, at least until Moriah Jefferson returns.|
|Liz Cambage, F, DAL||$ 8,100||$ 11,900||Liz Cambage finally had a bad game Tuesday against Phoenix, failing to reach 38 fantasy points on FanDuel for the first time all season. He has a much easier matchup with Las Vegas Friday, and I like that her price has come down a bit.|
|Alyssa Thomas, F, CON||$ 8,100||$ 10,800||Alyssa Thomas is 8-25 shooting in the three games since Jonquel Jones was inserted in the starting lineup. Something has to change, whether Thomas just starts knocking down shots, or Jones goes back to the bench, or the Sun finally figure out how to make it work with three all-star frontcourt players.|
|Nneka Ogwumike, F, LA||$ 8,000||$ 10,400||Nneka Ogwumike hasn't been nearly as good for fantasy since Candace Parker returned, and while Ogwumike's price has gone down, she still isn't as cheap as I would like. That being said, good value is awfully hard to find in this slate, and at least I can take comfort in knowing Nneka has scored at least 25.5 fantasy points in every game this season.|
|Jewell Loyd, G, SEA||$ 7,900||$ 9,700||Among the players going Friday, only Sklar Diggins-Smith, Breanna Stewart and A'ja Wilson are averaging more fantasy points than Jewell Loyd.|
|A'ja Wilson, F, LV||$ 7,800||$ 11,700||On Tuesday, A'ja Wilson became the second rookie in WNBA history with 35 points and 10 rebounds in a game, and she added three blocks for good measure. She followed that up with 13 points and two rebounds the next day, but I think we can forgive her for that. She might be a bit more volatile than the other top forwards, but I still think she's too cheap.|
|Jonquel Jones, F, CON||$ 6,600||$ 7,900||I just have to believe her talent will win out in the end, and unlike with Glory Johnson, I trust Jones's coach to keep giving her minutes and find a way to make her successful.|
|Chiney Ogwumike, F, CON||$ 6,200||$ 11,300||Play her on FanDuel before her price increases.|
|Kayla McBride, G, LV||$ 4,500||$ 8,400||I don't know what stands out more: Kayla McBride's remarkable consistency or the disparity in her price between the two sites.|
|Alysha Clark, F, SEA||$ 4,500||$ 5,600||Clark came back down a bit against the Sky after two very good games before that, but she is still averaging 20.58 fantasy points on FanDuel over her last five games.|
|Allisha Gray, G, DAL||$ 4,200||$ 6,100||Gray has played at least 26 minutes and scored at least 21.25 fantasy points in three consecutive games, and there is no reason to believe that can't continue with Karima Christmas-Kelly out for the rest of the season.|
|Kelsey Plum, G, LV||$ 4,200||$ 4,700||We are on year two of me always being on the wrong foot with Kelsey Plum. That being said, she is way too cheap on DraftKings for a starting point guard. We just need her to knock down a couple of shots and record a few assists to return value at this price.|
|Natasha Cloud, G, WAS||$ 4,100||$ 7,100||Cloud is averaging 22.7 fantasy points on FanDuel in 30.7 minutes per game since returning from her injury.|
|Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, G, WAS||$ 3,900||$ 3,800||Ariel Atkins left Wednesday's game with a hand injury, and if she is out, Tierra Ruffin-Pratt has a chance to play 30ish minutes. Monique Currie might start if Atkins sits, but TRP would be a cash play either way.|
|LaToya Sanders, F, WAS||$ 3,700||$ 5,000||Sanders got her second start of the season Wednesday and played a season-high 28 minutes. She had seven points, six rebounds, three steals and a block in that game, and she will be a fine cash play if she can repeat those numbers Friday.|