DFS WNBA Playbook & Optimal Lineups: August 5
Steve Pimental provides the best DFS plays and optimal lineups for Sunday's five-game WNBA slate.
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One of the reasons I love WNBA DFS is that you don’t have to worry about the weather. I get frustrated with MLB DFS because you have to constantly worry about rainouts, especially early in the season. I am too stubborn to bench someone I like because his game might get rained out, which inevitably leaves me taking a zero at some point.
That isn’t supposed to be the case for basketball, but as we have occasionally seen in both the NBA and WNBA, stuff happens. Friday’s Mystics/Aces game was canceled after the Aces experienced problems with their scheduled flight. While I can’t pretend my lineups definitely would have cashed had the two teams played, I did have six players in my Playbook from that game, so it hurt a little bit.
All four games on Sunday’s schedule should go off without a hitch, but the split schedule is still causing a bit of drama. While DraftKings is offering a full four-game slate Sunday, Fan Duel has decided to offer two two-game slates instead. As always, the DraftKings optimal lineups below are for the main slate. Rather than making two lineups for FanDuel’s main slate, I decided to do one GPP lineup for the early slate and one GPP lineup for the late slate. That being said, I like both of my FanDuel lineups for cash as well, though I would probably make one or two changes.
|Player||FanDuel Price||DraftKings Price||Comments|
|Liz Cambage, F, DAL||$ 8,700||$ 13,800||Cambage has scored at least 42.75 fantasy points on DraftKings in each of her last six games, including 65.25 fantasy points against Washington on July 19.|
|Elena Delle Donne, F, WAS||$ 8,700||$ 13,200||Has been better on the road this season.|
|Sylvia Fowles, F, MIN||$ 8,500||$ 12,000||Sylvia Fowles is averaging 43.7 fppg on DraftKings in home games this season. By way of comparison, Liz Cambage is averaging 42.5 fppg on DraftKings and she costs $1800 more.|
|Courtney Williams, F, CON||$ 6,900||$ 8,700||Williams is averaging 15.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game at home this season.|
|Jonquel Jones, F, CON||$ 5,900||$ 8,300||I feel like I have been on the wrong foot with Jonquel Jones all season, but I'm getting back on the horse.|
|Elizabeth Williams, F, ATL||$ 6,600||$ 7,400||Williams played 33.1 minutes in her only game against Minnesota this season, finishing with eight points, seven rebounds and three steals. Her playing time can fluctuate occasionally based on the matchup, but she matches up pretty well with the Lynx.|
|Kristi Toliver, G, WAS||$ 6,200||$ 6,900||I liked Toliver Friday, and while the matchup at Dallas probably isn't quite as favorable, I still like her to bounce back after shooting 2-8 from the field in each of her last two games. I have no idea why she is so cheap on DraftKings.|
|Tamera Young, G, LV||$ 6,000||$ 6,700||Unlike A'ja Wilson and Kayla McBride, Tamera Young has been just as good on the road as at home. Young's field goal attempts have been down of late but so is her price, and she is one of the best in the league at finding other ways to contribute when she isn't scoring.|
|Natasha Cloud, G, WAS||$ 4,700||$ 6,300||Cloud was solid in her first game back from a concussion, with 11 points, three rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes. She will never be the focal point of Washington's offense, but even the secondary options could be quite valuable in this game|
|Kayla Thornton, F, DAL||$ 5,700||$ 5,300||Thornton struggled Thursday against Indiana, but then again, so did most of her teammates. I'm going to chalk it up to Skylar Diggins-Smith's absence, and state emphatically that Thornton is way too cheap on DraftKings for someone who is going to play at least 25 minutes Sunday.|
|Lindsay Whalen, G, MIN||$ 4,600||$ 5,300||Whalen has been better at home this season, and she has been solid against Atlanta, with at least 18 fantasy points in both games against the Dream.|
|Stefanie Talbot, G, PHO||$ 3,600||$ 4,100||Talbot is averaging 9.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals over her last four games. She is a solid punt play, especially on FanDuel.|
|Aerial Powers, F, WAS||$ 3,900||$ 3,900||In her first game with her new team, Aerial Powers played 19 minutes, her highest total in more than a month. She had 10 points and six rebounds in that game, and she could be a solid cash play facing her old team Sunday.|