If you haven’t noticed by now, WNBA has arrived on DraftKings! With five games on tonight’s slate, this is about as action-packed as it gets. 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 breakdown 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 surface — 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!
Notable injuries: Brittney Griner is out.
As usual, I’ll be around to try and help you best I can, so don’t be shy: @julianedlow.
Skylar Diggins-Smith – DAL vs. IND – $11,600: Diggins-Smith is simply the best guard in the league, and averages about five more DKFP than any other guard on this slate. Her floor is higher than any, and her consistency as a scorer is unmatched. Don’t be fooled when you look at her game log, that last game was the ASG (same goes for many of these targets). SDS has scored 34+ DKFP in five straight games and has close to 50 DKFP upside.
Courtney Vandersloot – CHI @ CON – $11,200: It took me a while to warm up to Vandersloot because she can be so inconsistent. It’s difficult to pay up this much for someone that doesn’t even average 10 PPG, but her minutes and assists have recently helped her fantasy value become elite. Here’s the damage she’s contributed over her last six games: 35.8 minutes, 10.7 assists and 12.7 points. That’s an average of just under 40 DKFP and includes a two-point stinker in which she totaled just 18.25 DKFP. Her ceiling is as high as any guard on the slate.
Shavonte Zellous – NY @ MIN – $7,600: The idea here is simple — use the matchup against Minnesota’s backcourt. Go through all the top guards’ game logs and you’ll notice a trend … they all torch Minnesota. Zellous has been New York’s most productive guard lately and will be in the best spot to produce tonight. She’s much cheaper than the other top options, which allows you more flexibility with your roster.
Other Options: Diana Taurasi $7,900, Sue Bird $7,300
Breanna Stewart – SEA @ LA – $13,200: Stewart is my favorite forward play on the slate. She’s scored 35+ DKFP in seven consecutive contests, including 42.75 DKFP against Los Angeles (she scored 41+ DKFP in six of her previous seven outings). Basically, this is as close to “automatic” points as you can get. I think it’s worth the price tag to take them.
Jonquel Jones – CON vs. CHI – $10,700: Jones doesn’t quite have the 40+ DKFP upside that the $12K+ forwards have, but she has topped the mark twice in her last nine games, so it is there. That said, she averages 36 DKFP this season, and always seems to be in that neighborhood. For $2,700 less than the top forward option, that’s not that much sacrifice.
Elizabeth Williams – ATL vs. PHO – $9,900: There’s a lot to like about Williams, but let’s start with her consistency. She’s now topped 30 DKFP in seven consecutive games, which includes a game against Phoenix. Griner played in that game, though, so this time around Williams may be able to take advantage for even a better game without such a dominating front court presence opposite her. She did just last game when Washington was without its stud, scoring 34.5 DKFP.
Camille Little – PHO @ ATL – $6,700: The other side of the Griner news means Phoenix’s bigs are going to get a bump in value just based on opportunity alone. Little hasn’t exactly impressed without Griner on the court, but she scored 18 DKFP in her last full game that the star forward was sidelined. Perhaps this is the game Little breaks out. She’ll be up against a soft Atlanta front court that she scored 36 DKFP against earlier this month, and that was in a game Griner played and was productive in.
Other Options: Nneka Ogwumike $13,400, Glory Johnson $9,300
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