Las Vegas Aces Pace: (ranked #10 of 12) Offensive Rating: (ranked #12 of 12) Defensive Rating: (ranked #8 of 12) Vegas: CON -13.5, over/under
What’s up y’all? This year’s WNBA season is finally upon us! How many of you are excited? (sound of crickets chirping) Okay, you may not be excited right now, but you will be once the season is in full swing. Those of you who follow the WNBA can confirm that the league is far from boring.
If this is your first time trying WNBA DFS, you will find out that the learning curve is rather steep. While it’s very similar to NBA DFS, WNBA DFS is also unique in many ways. It’s the definition of of “same-same but different”. The same important statistics that are used in NBA DFS will be applied to WNBA DFS (i.e., minutes, pace, offensive rating, defensive rating, etc.), however, positional scarcity and small slate sizes will force you to be a bit more creative. Unlike NBA DFS, WNBA DFS has players that start the season late due to overseas commitments, players leaving in the middle of the season to play overseas, players on maternity leave, returning players that sat out last season and, of course, the always unpredictable WNBA trade deadline.
- Pace: 77.9 (ranked #9 of 12)
- Offensive Rating: 104.1 (ranked #5 of 12)
- Defensive Rating: 102.6 (ranked #6 of 12)
- Vegas: MIN -10.5, over/under 163.5
Kristi Toliver @ $5.9K on FD/$7.6K on DK (29.2 minutes per game – 19.3 fantasy points per game – 18.0% usage rate): Like most guards, Toliver ran into a brick wall when she faced Minnesota (14.2 fantasy points in 23 minutes). She managed to come up with 22.7 fantasy points against them earlier this month (in 24 minutes), but that was at the end of the regular season. I expect the Lynx to keep their foot on the pedal throughout the remainder of the playoffs. That makes any Washington Mystics player a tournament option, by default.
- Pace: 78.7 (ranked #11-T of 12)
- Offensive Rating: 104.4 (ranked #5 of 12)
- Defensive Rating: 105.9 (ranked #10 of 12)
- Vegas: SEA -1.0, over/under 160.5
Jewell Loyd @ $6.2K on FD/$9.6K on DK (31.3 minutes per game – 27.1 fantasy points per game – 28.3% usage rate): Loyd had her best fantasy outing of the season with 44.3 fantasy points against Phoenix (in 35 minutes). A season high 33 points was a nice bounce back from the eight points she had against Atlanta in her last game. Don’t let the 7.4 fantasy point outing she had against Washington earlier this season (in 24 minutes) stop you from targeting her in all formats.
- Pace: 81.5 (ranked #2 of 12)
- Offensive Rating: 107.0 (ranked #2 of 12)
- Defensive Rating: 100.2 (ranked #4 of 12)
- Vegas: CON -2.0, o/u 169.5
Jasmine Thomas @ $5.5K on FD/$8.3K on DK (28.4 minutes per game – 25.2 fantasy points per game – 23.6% usage rate): Thomas scored in double figures for the fifth consecutive game (11 points against Chicago), but came away with only 13.5 fantasy points. Tonight’s matchup against Washington should be competitive, so expect numbers closer to the 27.2 fantasy points she had against them earlier this season.
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- Pace: 77.9 (ranked #11-T of 12)
- Offensive Rating: 98.6 (ranked #10 of 12)
- Defensive Rating: 106.9 (ranked #11 of 12)
- Vegas: ATL -10.0, over/under 160.5
Erica Wheeler @ $4.6K on FD/$7.7K on DK (25.7 minutes per game – 20.1 fantasy points per game – 23.9% usage rate): Wheeler and the rest of her teammates are limping to the finish line. With the Fever scoring only 50 points in their last matchup, it’s hard to find any bright spots on the team. Wheeler had a respectable 24.1 fantasy points in 26 minutes against New York, so it’s not all bad. She had 34.1 and 22.6 fantasy points against Atlanta earlier this season, so there’s hope that she ends the season on a strong note.
- Pace: 80.7 (ranked #4 of 12)
- Offensive Rating: 99.2 (ranked #9 of 12)
- Defensive Rating: 104.4 (ranked #9 of 12)
- Vegas: CON -9.0, over/under 172.5
Courtney Vandersloot @ $7.6K on FD/$10.8K on DK (30.4 minutes per game – 27.9 fantasy points per game – 17.6% usage rate): Vandersloot saw her fantasy production hit a brick wall against Seattle with 13.0 fantasy points (in 23 minutes). Given her recent run of "beast mode" outings, I'm willing to forgive and forget. She hasn't performed well against Connecticut this season (9.9 fantasy points in 27 minutes in their last meeting), so think of her more as a tournament option.
- Pace: 77.8 (ranked #8-T of 12)
- Offensive Rating: 107.1 (ranked #3 of 12)
- Defensive Rating: 97.7 (ranked #2 of 12)
- Vegas: LA -3.5, over/under 162.5
Chelsea Gray @ $6.2K on FD/$9.3K on DK (32.9 minutes per game – 26.1 fantasy points per game – 20.3% usage rate): After scoring 49.0 fantasy points against Chicago, the 26.1 fantasy points Gray had against San Antonio might seem like a letdown. She scored 17 points in 34 minutes and had 20.2 and 20.1 fantasy points in the two games prior to her matchup with Chicago, so the reality is there's nothing disappointing about this outing. Continue to view her as a trustworthy option in cash games and tournaments.
- Pace: 81.1 (ranked #1 of 12)
- Offensive Rating: 103.2 (ranked #5 of 12)
- Defensive Rating: 107.7 (ranked #12 of 12)
- Vegas: CON -12.0, over/under 177.5
Skylar Diggins-Smith @ $7.6K on FD/$12.1K on DK (33.5 minutes per game- 32.4 fantasy points per game – 23.5% usage rate): Diggins-Smith had one of her best outings of the season with 42.9 fantasy points against Atlanta in 34 minutes. She's the best guard option on the slate. It will be hard to get her in your cash game lineup if your priority is focused on the elite forwards, however, she's an excellent way to pay up to be contrarian in tournaments.