FREE: WNBA IS HERE!
What’s up mafia, it’s your boy Tommy G. As you guys know the Mafia fuckin dominates every sport.....and WNBA will be no different! We didn’t even think we had a WNBA guy until my main man, Thad Houston (@Rad_Thad1 on Twitter), text me and said “you know I study WNBA and am goin hard at it this season right?” To which I responded “LET’S FUCKING DO THIS!”
CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO OF THAD INTRODUCING YOU TO WNBA!
We put together an WNBA package, article, cheat sheet, pricing, have an algorithm being built and currently are working on all the back end promos which should be up by early next week in 24 hours. Due to the short notice you can assume this is all going to get WAY better as we move forward and have a second to breathe! Thad threw together an article and cheat sheet real quick for you guys just so you can start to get a feel and hop in some games, but by early next week we will have this shit ON FUCKIN LOCK!
Due to the fact that this was all thrown together in hours, we are offering it for FREE for the time being (only for a few days). Here is a preview of what the early bird pricing will look like.
All Thad content for every slate (articles, chat & pods): $9.99/Month or $29.99/season
All Thad Content PLUS Proprietary Algo & Optimizer: $14.99/Month or $44.99/season
*PACKAGES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT GURUELITE.COM/SUBSCRIBE NEXT WEEK*
Thad wants to blow this thing up and thinks DK will be offering WNBA within weeks and these contests will grow in size rapidly throughout the season. He will focus on not only giving you picks in the articles, but also TEACHING YOU about the WNBA through the pods and chat. The fields should be SUPER SOFT since most ppl “claim” to know WNBA, but none of them know it like Thad, and the ones who do don’t have the resume and GPP mind of this DFS legend!
We look forward to crushing this season with you, and PLEASE send @Rad_Thad1 and @GuruEliteDFS feedback on things you would like us to add or improve!
Kelsey Plum $6600 (San Antonio Stars): Let's just start things off with someone who's expected to take the title of 2017 WNBA Rookie of the Year. Plum was selected with the first overall pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft by the San Antonio Stars and currently holds the NCAA Division I women's basketball all-time scoring record (3,397 points) and NCAA record for points in a single season (1,080). She's got the skills to pay the bills, no doubt. She joins a San Antonio team that has a combined record of 15- 53 over the last two seasons so she'll certainly get an opportunity to put those skills on display. I'm sure that she'll become a cash game staple for many years to come, however, there are a few cheaper guards (with a bit more experience) that help me roster some expensive forward options that I have my eye on. To top it off, the Stars’ backcourt is a little crowded. She's the most expensive guard on the slate at $6.6K so I'm putting her on my GPP wish list.
Sugar Rodgers $5100 (New York Liberty): Man, the name alone suggest a "sweet" game. As a member of the team to beat in the Eastern Conference, Rodgers doesn't disappoint. She's a part of one of the best "one-two" punches in the WNBA (along with her teammate Tina Charles $8400). At $5.1K she should make for a fine cash game option on the opening slate.
Jewell Loyd $5600 (Seattle Storm): Loyd was the WNBA Rookie of the Year in 2015 so there's no shortage of skills here either. She's part of a very potent "big three" in my opinion, if you include forward Breanna Stewart $8000 and fellow guard Sue Bird $5500. In GPPs you'll definitely want to include at least two of them.
As far as my GPP headliner a guard, I'm going to roll with Tiffany Hayes $5300 (Atlanta Dream). Between the WNBA and playing overseas, the Dream's best player (Angel McCoughty $6700) has been playing for nearly six years without a break. She's decided to take this season off for some well deserved rest so Atlanta will need someone to step up. While I think there are a few players that will up their game, I think Hayes ($5.3K) is someone who can take the reins right out of the gate. The uncertainty of the situation puts her in GPP territory for me, however, she's certainly someone you'll want to target before the rest of your competitors.
Value plays at the guard position will depend heavily on the availability of several players from the defending 2016 WNBA Champion LA Sparks. Candace Parker $6900 (forward), Jantel Lavender $3700 (forward) and Essence Carson $3100 (guard/ started 34 games for the Sparks last season) are currently playing for playoff teams in the Turkish league so they may not be available tomorrow. If they're out you can look for Riquna Williams $5000 ($5.0K) and Odyssey Sims $4800 ($4.8K) to pick up some of the available usage. Other potential value plays include Layshia Clarendon $4200 (Atlanta Dream) at $4.2K and Courtney Williams $3500 (Connecticut Suns) at $3.5K
Tina Charles $8400 (New York Liberty): You'll be looking to spend at forward on Saturday so we might as well start with the most expensive forward on the slate. Charles is listed at $4.8K and is worth every single penny. Her name is synonymous with the term "double-double" and she's as consistent as they come. Many, including myself, have her pegged to be this year's league MVP. Pairing her with teammate Sugar Rodgers $5100 (guard) would be smart, very smart.
Next on the list is the reigning WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike $8000 (LA Sparks). She'll be out to prove that capturing last year's MVP award was no fluke. Only one player has ever won the award two years in a row (Cynthia Cooper in '97 and '98) so she'll have her work cut out for her. Remember when I said that some of the Sparks may not make it back in time for Saturdays matchup? Well, if they don't, I'll be "all in" when it comes to rostering Ogwumike in GPPs.
Breanna Stewart $8000 (Seattle Storm) is another star forward that I have my eye on. You may remember her from such snippets as a member of the "big three" mentioned in an earlier segment of this article. If you're a fan of the WNBA, you'll also remember her as last season's 2016 WNBA Rookie of The Year, or as a member of the University of Connecticut's NCAA Women's Basketball Championship team, or as a member of the US Women's NBA gold medal 2016 Summer Olympics squad. Yeah, she's good.
As far as GPP forwards go, I'm looking at Liz Williams $5900 (Atlanta Dream). (Technically she's a center but I'm sure you know what I mean.) She was last year's WNBA Most Improved Player and also stands to gain an increase in usage with Angel McCoughty out. While you're at it, you should take a look at Brianna Jones $5100 (Connecticut Suns) and her teammate Danielle Adams $4000 (Connecticut Suns). The Sun is yet another team that lost one of their best players for the season (Chiney Ogwumike). As a result there will be lots of blocks and rebounds to be inherited in the frontcourt. On a side note, Danielle Adams has one of the sweetest long range jump shots I've seen in a long time.
Value plays at forward might be a little bit tough to identify until we can see how things pan out. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe $3000 (NY Liberty) might not get a ton of usage but she does have a super cool name and is minimum priced. I loved Carolyn Swords $3100 (Seattle Storm) when she played for the NY Liberty. She won't be relied on to score for Seattle, however, but her defensive skills should keep her on the court long enough to pay off her $3.1K salary.