WNBA Plays and Cheat Sheet - 5/14
For more info on our WNBA package, check out Tommy's intro to the May 13th article.
Well ladies and gents, the very first WNBA DFS slate has come and gone and let me be the first to say, "Thank goodness!" I'm sure someone out there took home "all the monies" but I can assure you that it wasn't me. If anyone took even a shred of advice from yesterday's write up they probably didn't either. I'm not sure if "Post WNBA DFS Stress Disorder" is a "thing" but it should be. Numerous hours of research went up in flames as multiple players got scratched right before lineup lock and a number of players I was high on didn't even make it on the court. A lack of starting lineups and depth charts didn't make things any easier. You know things aren't going well when people are calling for late swap and the first game on the slate hasn't even reached halftime. Oh, and by "people" I'm referring to myself. At any rate, while the WNBA DFS learning curve will be steep, I believe that it will be worth it over the long haul. If anyone thinks NBA, MLB, NFL or any other DFS sport went off without a hitch, you either haven't been playing DFS for very long or you have what my wife likes to call "selective memory." On the flip side, we can all agree that the WNBA buzz is at an all time high and that's definitely a good thing. As long as we continue to show interest, "the sky's the limit."
As far as today's WNBA write up goes, I'm going to do things a little differently. Instead of tossing around a bunch of stats for players that might not even make it on the court, I'm going to list the players I like, give a little blurb about why I like them and keep it moving. Feel free to refer to the cheat sheet when trying to determine if you want to use any players in cash games or GPPs. If you notice any errors or have any constructive criticism please don't hesitate to give me a holler. If you could not be a dick about it I would appreciate it even more. I'll post any updated information (in red) at the top of the article prior to lineup lock, followed by an announcement on Twitter. With any luck, the Sunday slate will go by much smoother and people can get a better handle on WNBA DFS. (FYI, the 3PM EST matchup between the San Antonio Stars and Washington Mystics is not included in the FanDuel contests.)
Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) @ $5.7K: The loss of Candice Dupree (free agency), DeWanna Bonner (maternity leave/she's actually married to Dupree but I'll save that narrative for another time) and Penny Taylor (retired) will leave a huge usage void. This former UConn Husky will be asked to be the team's "top dog." (See what I did there? Ok, back to work.)
Jewell Loyd (Seattle Storm) @ $5.6K: Loyd put up 30.8 fantasy points in 33 minutes with no Sue Bird (knee) or Breanna Stewart (knee) in the lineup. She would have had an even better performance if it weren't for 9 turnovers. Expect more of the same if Bird and Stewart remain out.
Skylar Diggins-Smith (Dallas Wings) @ $5.2K: The Wings no longer have the services of leading scorer Odyssey Sims who took her services to Los Angeles (via trade). They have a lot of young talent waiting in the "wings" (heh), however, Diggins-Smith is one of the leading candidates to make an immediate impact.
Cappie Pondexter (Chicago Sky) @ $4.9K: Chicago traded away Elena Delle Donne (their best player) and the expected "heir apparent" Alaina Coates will be out until further notice with an ankle injury. This will provide Pondexter and her teammates with a great opportunity to step it up.
Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx) @ $4.7K: Starting guard for the most potent team in the league. Playing time (due to rest) may be an issue as the season progresses, however, at this rate I'll be happy if she makes it on the court. (Yes, I'm still very much tilted.)
Tiffany Mitchell (Indiana Fever) @ $3.3K: New Fever coach Dana Chatman (formerly of the Chicago Sky) is known for her preferred up tempo style of play. Mitchell is in her second year and should be able to take her game to the next level.
Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx) @ $7.1K: Moore is the 2014 WNBA MVP and is a candidate to recapture the award this season. She's the team's best player and will be the focal point of the offense. Playing time/rest may be an issue down the road but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.
Sylvia Fowles (Minnesota Lynx) @ $6.5K: Same situation as Lindsay Whalen and Maya Moore, however, I expect her to be the lowest owned of the group.
Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury) @ $6.4K: Griner is known for "rattling the rim," so if bonus points were handed out for dunks she would be racking them up. She's not known for being a high usage player but given the situation in Phoenix, I expect that to change (see Diana Taurasi).
Glory Johnson (Dallas Wings) @ $5.6K: Johnson missed the 2015 season due to maternity leave and was forced to sit out the first month of last season following her suspension after a domestic violence incident with then partner Brittney Griner. She had a "Barbara Walters" game last season (23 points, 22 rebounds) so she could be a phenomenal play if she can return to form.
Candice Dupree (Indiana Fever) @ $4.9K: Dupree was traded from Phoenix and should benefit from high-usage in an up tempo offense (i.e., Tiffany Mitchell).
Crystal Langhorne/ Ramu Tokashiki (Seattle Storm) @ $4.2K /$3.2K: Both forwards logged over 30 minutes with Breanna Storm (knee) out. Alysha Clark ($3.5K) also logged 30 minutes, however, Langhorne and Tokashiki made the most out of their playing time.
Stefanie Dolson/Jessica Breland (Chicago Sky) @ $4.3K/$3.7K: Today's WNBA DFS math lesson is as follows: Chicago Sky - Elena Delle Donne - Alaina Coates = lots of opportunity (see the above snippet on Cappie Pondexter).