We have reached the point in the WNBA season where we have to keep one eye on the playoff race and one eye on player news. Three teams have clinched playoff spots and two have been eliminated, which leaves seven teams fighting for the remaining five playoff spots. Five of those seven teams are in action Tuesday, with Phoenix the lone team playing for next year. I’m not expecting Phoenix to do much differently right away, though it wouldn’t be shocking if they gave Diana Taurasi one more game to heal her toe injury or if they started finding more minutes here and there for the likes of Sug Sutton, Michaela Onyenwere and Megan Gustafson. As we enter the home stretch, this will play an even bigger role in our WNBA DFS Playbooks.

Ariel AtkinsWASMIN630022.98570022.64
Atkins has been solid in four games since returning from an ankle injury, scoring at least 19.25 fantasy points in three straight games despite topping out at 20 minutes. Prior to her injury Atkins averaged 27.9 minutes and 23.4 fantasy points. She should see her minutes increase eventually, but that could come Tuesday with Natasha Cloud questionable with an illness. Atkins is playable on DraftKings regardless but I would consider her on FanDuel if Cloud is ruled out.
Layshia ClarendonLACHI640019.75580019.03
Clarendon has been very solid of late, averaging 25.0 fantasy points in 31.4 minutes in their last six games. Clarendon is probably safer than Ariel Atkins, especially if Natasha Cloud plays.
Courtney WilliamsCHILA820028.23590027.22
Williams is too cheap on FanDuel. She's pretty clearly a step above Layshia Clarendon and Ariel Atkins, averaging 25.6 fantasy points over her last five games and 37.7 fantasy points in three games against the Sparks. I'm probably just avoiding her price range on DraftKings but I think she's the best option there as well.
Sug SuttonPHOATL580017.26440016.36
Sutton came off the bench again Sunday but still played 25+ minutes for the second consecutive game. With Sophie Cunningham ruled out, Sutton's minutes should be safe even off the bench. If Diana Taurasi cannot return from her ankle injury, Sutton would be a must-start on both sites. Sutton has averaged 22.6 fantasy points in seven starts this season.
Brittney SykesWASMIN960031.56760031.80
I think there are three elite guards in Tuesday's slate, and I'm probably just playing the cheapest on either site. That means playing Sykes on DraftKings and Jordin Canada on FanDuel. That being said, if I had an extra $300 to spend, I would be tempted to pay up for Sykes. She has scored at least 29.0 fantasy points in six of her last seven games and unless we find out Natasha Cloud and the rest of the starters are all healthy and off their minutes restrictions, I think this is our last chance to get elite production from her.
Michaela OnyenwerePHOATL610017.4500016.83
You could argue that Sophie Cunningham's injury helps Onyenwere more than it helps Sutton. Onyenwere doesn't really have much competition at the three, especially with the Mercury eliminated from the playoffs. Phoenix should probably give Onyenwere as much playing time as she can handle.
Monique BillingsATLPHO590011.72380011.66
Billings was outplayed by Naz Hillmon on Sunday, but I doubt that will be enough to displace Billings from the starting lineup. Billings has scored 23.6 fantasy points in 24.4 minutes against Phoenix. She played 24 minutes Sunday and if she can do that again, she has an excellent chance to return value.
Napheesa CollierMINWAS1120039.58910039.86
Collier was on this list even before the news dropped that Jessica Shepard is questionable. I believe Collier is safer when Dorka Juhasz starts, but either way, I have no idea why Collier is cheaper than Nneka Ogwumike on DraftKings. In two games against Washington, Collier has averaged 43.0 fantasy points.
Cheyenne ParkerATLPHO1070030.39780031.06
The main knock against Parker has always been playing time, but since Nia Coffey went down, Parker has played at least 28 minutes and scored at least 44.5 fantasy points in three of her four games. She struggled against the Aces, as most forwards do, but otherwise she has been outstanding. Phoenix is not a scary matchup even with Brittney Griner in the lineup, and Parker is far too cheap on FanDuel.
Elena Delle DonneWASMIN780031.9740031.78
Delle Donne is sixth among forwards with 1.07 fppm. Even if she only plays 22 minutes again, she is probably the best mid-priced forward on DraftKings. If we find out her minutes restriction has been increased or even lifted, all bets are off.
Dorka JuhaszMINWAS660019580019.21
Juhasz had scored at least 21 fantasy points in seven consecutive games before suffering the ankle injury that got her Wally Pipped from the Minnesota starting lineup. If she starts Tuesday for Jessica Shepard, I fully expect Juhasz to pick up where she left off.
Nikolina MilicMINWAS370010.68350010.13
I'm not sure there is a need to go this cheap on DraftKings but if you disagree, I've always been a sucker for Milic. She played 19 minutes in a blowout Saturday and if Jessica Shepard is out, there is a chance Milic plays similar minutes Tuesday. Even if that is the case, Milic is still risky despite her bargain price.

Core Plays

Draftkings Core Plays
Top TierBrittney Sykes$9,600
Napheesa Collier$11,200
Mid TierLayshia Clarendon$6,400
Elena Delle Donne$7,800
Value TierNikolina Milic$3,700
Fanduel Core Plays
Top Tier  
Cheyenne Parker$7,800
Mid TierCourtney Williams$5,900
Dorka Juhasz$5,800
Value TierSug Sutton$4,400
Monique Billings$3,800

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