We have five games on Sunday’s WNBA schedule, but much to my chagrin, both sites have decided to split the slates, with a three-game early slate and a two-game main slate. I am a bit bummed I don’t get to put together a lineup using all five games, but considering how many players enter their games questionable Sunday, maybe having a split slate is a good thing.

Often when I create my optimal lineups in the morning, I can just set it and forget it. I will obviously check the starting lineups and injury news if I have time, but often it turns out to be unnecessary. That is not the case Sunday. Both slates could hinge on the health of a few players, as we have high-usage starters who are playable for fantasy if they start and who will give opportunities to talented teammates if they are out.

While we do have Optimal Lineups for Sunday’s games, we are doing it a bit differently than in the past. I have decided to create one lineup for each slate on each site. Instead of creating a cash and a GPP lineup for the three-game slate, I have created a GPP lineup for each slate. That being said, I think all of these lineups could be pretty solid for cash as well.

Player  FanDuel Price   DraftKings Price  Comments
Lindsay Whalen, G, MIN  $  4,500  $        4,700 Whalen has gotten the last two games off to rest, so you obviously need to make sure she is starting before you put her in a lineup. The rest should be beneficial for the 36-year-old, and she could play even more minutes than normal while Danielle Robinson is out with an ankle injury.
Tanisha Wright, G, MIN  $  3,600  $        4,100 Wright played 34 minutes Thursday with Lindsay Whalen out and Danielle Robinson suffering an injury. With Robinson out, she should play enough to make her a cash play, but she would be a must-play in all lineups if Whalen is out as well.
Cecilia Zandalasini, F, MIN  $  3,700  $        4,500 Zandalasini has started each of the last two games with Rebekkah Brunson out, averaging 26 minutes. Her production has been lackluster to this point, but every starter is in play in a two-game slate, especially considering her price.
Erlana Larkins, F, MIN  $  3,700  $        3,700 Larkins came off the bench Thursday and had eight points, two rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes. She would be a must-start if she starts in place of Zandalasini Sunday. 
Sylvia Fowles, F, MIN  $  8,600  $     11,900 Fowles enters Sunday with four consecutive double-doubles, and she is averaging 1.5 blocks per game during that span. She is averaging 7.1 more fppg on DraftKings in home games this season, and she is averaging 24.0 points and 16.5 rebounds in two games against Seattle.
Jewell Loyd, G, SEA  $  7,400  $        9,900 Loyd and Sue Bird both played very well against Minnesota nine days ago, but I think Loyd is slightly better positioned to take advantage of Minnesota's lack of backcourt depth thanks to her speed and quickness. 
Stephanie Talbot, G, PHO  $  5,100  $        6,000 Talbot has scored at least 20 fantasy points in each of her last four games and six of her last seven. Her ceiling isn't particularly high, but her floor is.
Skylar Diggins-Smith, G, DAL  $  7,700  $     10,500 It probably isn't a coincidence Skylar Diggins-Smith had a 33.3 percent usage rate Saturday with Liz Cambage out. I would still be a bit uneasy using Diggins-Smith in a cash lineup, but I suspect she will have the ball in her hands a ton again Sunday.
Glory Johnson, F, DAL  $  7,000  $        7,300 Some of us remember how good Glory Johnson was last season. She didn't do a ton with Liz Cambage out Saturday, but I'm hoping she sees more minutes Sunday. It is kind of ridiculous for Theresa Plaisance to play more minutes than Glory Johnson, no matter how well Plaisance is shooting.
Azura Stevens, F, DAL  $  6,400  $        8,800 Stevens had 10 points and six rebounds in just 20 minutes Saturday, her fourth consecutive game with double-digit points. She has a chance to play significantly more minutes Sunday if Cambage is out again.
Liz Cambage, F, DAL  $  8,700  $     12,700 Cambage has scored at least 39 fantasy points in eight consecutive games, but her price is actually down significantly on DraftKings. She is the only Wing who didn't play Saturday, so if she starts, she could have a huge game.
Tina Charles, F, NY  $  8,200  $     11,700 Charles has scored at least 30 fantasy points in three consecutive games and five of her last six. She hosts a depleted Atlanta frontcourt playing in a back-to-back.
Jessica Breland, F, ATL  $  7,700  $        9,500 Breland has scored at least 30 fantasy points in each of her last three games, including the last two without Angel McCoughtry. Even if the points dry up, she should be safe for minutes and rebounds.
Elizabeth Williams, F, ATL  $  6,900  $        8,100 Williams is averaging 16.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.7 blocks over her last three games. She has had 12 field goal attempts in two of those games.
Gabby Williams, F, CHI  $  4,800  $        6,100 Williams has played at least 28 minutes in each of her last two games, and she had 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals against Connecticut Friday.
Courtney Williams, G, CON  $  7,200  $        9,000 I expect Connecticut to play very well in their rematch against the Sky, but I have a hard time deciding who I like to get the fantasy points. Courtney Williams has been better at home all season, and she is a good candidate to rebound considering she is shooting just 40 percent over her last three games and 45.6 percent for the season.
Kia Nurse, G, NY  $  4,400  $        5,200 Nurse has played at least 32 minutes in each of her last two games with Ephiphanny Prince and Shavonte Zellous out, averaging 14.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals. She is pretty much a must-play if both of her aforementioned teammates are out. If she starts, or just one of them is out, I'm probably still playing her.


POS Early Only GPP $ Late Only GPP $ POS DraftKings Early GPP $ DraftKings Late $
G Gabby Williams $4,800 Tanisha Wright 3600 G Kia Nurse $5,200 Lindsay Whalen 4700
G Kia Nurse $4,400 Stephanie Talbot 5100 G Skylar Diggins-Smith $10,500 Stephanie Talbot $6,000
G Renee Montgomery $5,400 Jewell Loyd 7400 F Tina Charles $11,700 Sylvia Fowles $11,900
F Azura Stevens $6,400 Sylvia Fowles 8600 F Glory Johnson $7,300 Breanna Stewart $13,000
F Jessica Breland 7700 Erlana Larkins 3700 F Gabby Williams $6,100 Cecilia Zandalasini 4500
F Elizabeth Williams $6,900 Cecilia Zandalasini 3700 UTIL Courtney Williams $9,000 Jewell Loyd $9,900
F Aerial Powers $4,100 Natasha Howard 7900          
                   
  Total $39,700 Total $40,000   Total $49,800 Total $50,000
  Remaining $300 Remaining $0   Remaining $200 Remaining $0