DFS WNBA Playbook & Optimal Lineups: August 7
Steve Pimental provides the best DFS plays and optimal lineups for Tuesday's four-game WNBA slate.
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Maybe I do prefer stars and scrubs lineups, after all. I certainly do for Tuesday’s slate. There are a surprising number of cheap players I really like for this slate, especially if Sue Bird gets the day off to rest. There are plenty of solid mid-priced players I like just fine, but when you can feel pretty confident about getting cheap production from multiple players, you may as well use those savings to pay for the true studs.
|Player||FanDuel Price||DraftKings Price||Comments|
|Breanna Stewart, F, SEA||$ 8,700||$ 13,500||If you can afford Stewie, I don't see why you wouldn't pay for her, especially in cash lineups. She is averaging 20.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists against Indiana this season, and she has topped 40 fantasy points in four of her last five games.|
|Elena Delle Donne, F, WAS||$ 8,400||$ 12,900||Delle Donne is averaging 42.6 fppg on the road compared to 35.0 at home. She had 27 points and 13 rebounds in her only game against Phoenix this season.|
|Courtney Vandersloot, G, CHI||$ 8,100||$ 11,500||Vandersloot's streak of four consecutive double-doubles ended Friday, but she made up for it by scoring a season-high 24 points. She had 12 points, seven rebounds and nine assists in her only game against Minnesota this season.|
|Natasha Howard, F, SEA||$ 7,800||$ 8,900||Natasha Howard has scored at least 38.2 fantasy points in each of her last four games, and while her 4.0 blocks per game over that span probably aren't sustainable, the 15.0 points and 8.8 rebounds are. One of those four games came against Indiana, and if we get a repeat performance, your fantasy lineup will be well on its way to cashing.|
|Angel McCoughtry, F, ATL||$ 7,500||$ 9,100||In her only game against Las Vegas this season, Angel McCoughtry had 23 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals. She may never be a cash play, but she is pretty cheap for that kind of upside, and she has an excellent chance to bounce back after shooting 33 percent in her last game.|
|Natalie Achonwa, F, IND||$ 6,800||$ 8,500||Achonwa and Cappie Pondexter are the only Fever players I trust to take advantage of a favorable home matchup against a Seattle team playing the second of a back-to-back. Achonwa has scored at least 22 fantasy points in each of her last five games.|
|Allie Quigley, G, CHI||$ 6,300||$ 7,800||The Sky are back home after three straight road games, and even though Allie Quigley was very good in two of those games, she remains much better at home this season. Quigley is shooting 51.6 percent on threes at home this season.|
|Kristi Toliver, G, WAS||$ 6,200||$ 7,400||Toliver has actually been better on the road this season, and while she scored 16 points Sunday at Dallas, she only shot 6-14 from the field and 4-10 on threes. She could easily put up similar or better numbers at a pretty modest price.|
|Renee Montgomery, G, ATL||$ 5,200||$ 6,100||Montgomery has at least 21 points and five assists in two of her last 10 games this season, and she shot 12-21 on threes in those two games. The Aces have surrendered the most three-point attempts and made three-pointers in the league this season, and only the Sky have allowed more fantasy points to opposing guards than the Aces.|
|Cappie Pondexter, G, IND||$ 4,500||$ 6,000||Cappie is coming off of arguably her worst game with the Fever, when she shot 3-15 but still finished with 10 points, two rebounds and two steals. She has been awfully safe of late, and she is at home against a Seattle team that played Monday.|
|Stephanie Talbot, G, PHO||$ 4,400||$ 4,400||Talbot remains pretty cheap, especially on DraftKings, but that may not be the case for long. She is averaging 20.55 fppg on DraftKings over her last five games and has played at least 31 minutes in three of her last four.|
|Jordin Canada, G, SEA||$ 4,300||$ 4,000||There is a decent chance Sue Bird gets the day off for the second of a back-to-back. In her only start this season, Jordin Canada had nine points, nine assists and five steals in 29 minutes.|
|Aerial Powers, F, WAS||$ 4,100||$ 4,700||This may be your last chance to play Powers at a significant discount. In two games since joining the Mystics, Powers is averaging 19.5 fppg on DraftKings in 19.5 mpg. On top of that, she averaged 18.6 fppg in 18.3 mpg in two games against Phoenix this season.|
|Erlana Larkins, F, MIN||$ 3,500||$ 3,700||Larkins played 18 minutes Sunday and scored 14.1 fantasy points on DraftKings. She figures to start and get most of the power forward minutes with Rebekkah Brunson out, though Temi Fagbenle and Cecilia Zandalasini will likely be involved as well.|