If you haven’t noticed by now, WNBA has arrived on DraftKings! The concept is simple if you’re familiar with playing NBA, but this time, you’ll only need to select two guards, three forwards and a utility play.
This targets article will break down some of the top plays by position, but make sure you do your homework and follow injury news leading up to games. With fewer reporters and sources in the league, injury and lineup news can take longer to come out — sometimes just before the game. The WNBA teams have been very helpful on Twitter thus far, though, so if you have a question you can every try reaching out to them directly!
As usual, I’ll be around to try and help you best I can, so don’t be shy: @julianedlow.
Diana Taurasi – PHO vs. MIN – $9,100 – You don’t become the leading scorer in WNBA history without some kind of consistency, and that’s exactly what the former UCONN product brings from a fantasy perspective. Taurasi has scored 23 or more DKFP in her last 10 games, five of which have been 30+, and is still averaging 27.8 DKFP on the season despite a bust in the season opener. Courtney Vandersloot will likely be a popular play coming off a 56-DKFP game, but I’ll take the cheaper more polished product in Taurasi, who happens to be facing the very same Minnesota team that Vandersloot just torched.
Epiphanny Prince – NY vs. CHI – $8,400 – Prince averages more DKFP than any other guard on this slate (28.7), yet is $1,400 cheaper than the top option. Chicago doesn’t have a very good defense, and Prince is so versatile that she can provide fantasy value without particularly playing well. Her averages of 4.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.5 steals are what makes her an elite guard play.
Allie Quigley – CHI vs. NY – $7,400 – On the other side of this matchup, Quigley seems a bit underpriced for the scoring ability she’s shown recently. There is downside (just 10 DKFP three games ago), but she also has great DraftKings tournament upside for her salary — four games with 31+ DKFP in her last seven. Quigley is capable of having just as good a game as any of these guards listed, which makes her an intriguing option.
Other Options – Erica Wheeler $8,100, Sugar Rodgers $7,700
Brittney Griner – PHO vs. MIN – $13,500 – Griner is the ultimate go big or go home fantasy play. Her salary is hard to justify, but she’s also scored 58 or more DKFP in two of her last three outings. Griner can score, rebound and block shots at an elite level (she has 14 total blocks in her last three games), but the downside has the potential to bring down your entire team. She scored just 14.25 DKFP against the Minnesota team she faces tonight back on June 30th but has been on a roll since then. High risk/high reward play right here.
Tina Charles – NY vs. CHI – $12,600 – Like Taurasi, Charles is the ultimate pro when it comes to consistency, only better. Averaging 39 DKFP this season, Charles is simply matchup proof, mostly because she plays a TON of minutes (no fewer than 34 unless it’s been a blowout). She’s scored 30+ DKFP in eight of her last 10 games, seven of them with 40+ and two of them with 50+ … enough said. Charles is my favorite play on this slate.
Elena Delle Donne – WAS vs. IND – $10,900 – EDD is another elite option at forward, but what separates her from the other top options is that she shoots more 3-pointers. The stretch big is a pure scorer from all over the floor but also contributes in other areas as well. Delle Donne has scored 32+ DKFP in six straight games, and also has 40+ ability, as she’s eclipsed that mark three times in her last 10 games. One of those was her last time out against Indy when she scored 43.75 DKFP in just 26 minutes of action (due to an easy win).
Candice Dupree – IND vs. WAS – $8,900 – Forwards are very expensive in WNBA because they do so much around the rim with their size. You obviously can’t afford many elite options, but Dupree is cheaper for a star big. She’s scored in double-digit regular points and 20 or more DKFP in each of her last 10 games, which is consistency tough to find for under $10k. Having played 32+ minutes in each of her last six games, Dupree feels like a very solid mid-level option at forward.
Other Options – Sylvia Fowles $11,800, Stefanie Dolson $7,200
I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is jedlow) and may sometimes play on my personal account in the games that I offer advice on. Although I have expressed my personal view on the games and strategies above, they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of DraftKings and I may also deploy different players and strategies than what I recommend above.