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Moriah Jefferson    San Antonio Stars    Out    Knee
Jefferson underwent successful knee surgery Wednesday and a timeline for a return will be determined at a later date.

RotoWire Analysis

Jefferson played just 21 games while dealing with the injury, posting 9.1 points and 4.4 assists per game.
Lindsay Whalen    Minnesota Lynx
Whalen finished with 14 points (6-12 FG, 2-3 FT), three rebounds and three assists across 28 minutes during Tuesday's 70-68 victory over the Sparks.

RotoWire Analysis

Tuesday marked Whalen's best scoring game of the postseason, eclipsing her previous high of nine points. She's been a quality passer, however, posting 4.6 assists per game during these playoffs.
Sylvia Fowles    Minnesota Lynx
Fowles finished with 13 points (5-9 FG, 3-4 FT), 17 rebounds, four steals and two blocks across 36 minutes during Tuesday's 70-68 victory over the Sparks.

RotoWire Analysis

Fowles has been dominant on the glass over the past three games, totaling a combined 44 boards. She's also been a defensive force all throughout the playoffs, posting 1.8 blocks and 1.8 steals per contest. Though Wednesday's 13 points were the fewest she's scored in these playoffs, she still shot over 50 percent from the field.
Candace Parker    Los Angeles Sparks
Parker provided 17 points (6-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-5 FT), six assists, five rebounds and one block across 33 minutes during Tuesday's 70-68 loss to the Lynx.

RotoWire Analysis

Though Parker led the team in scoring and did it efficiently, the effort wasn't enough to secure a victory in Game 2. Her defense was somewhat below par, however, as she recorded a combined one steal and block for the first time since the team's postseason opener.
Nneka Ogwumike    Los Angeles Sparks
Ogwumike finished with 11 points (3-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 13 rebounds, two assists and two steals across 35 minutes during Tuesday's 70-68 victory over the Sparks.

RotoWire Analysis

Though she secured a double-double, Ogwumike's struggles from the field certainly took a toll on the team, as she was just one of two starters to shoot less than 50 percent. She had been relatively efficient in the postseason up to Tuesday, though her scoring is down significantly compared to the regular season. In these playoffs, she's posting just 13.6 points per game compared to her regular season total of 18.8 points per game.
Sylvia Fowles    Minnesota Lynx
Fowles finished with 22 points (10-15 FG, 2-3 FT), 13 rebounds, three blocks, one assist and one steal across 36 minutes during Sunday's 85-84 loss to the Sparks.

RotoWire Analysis

Fowles' dominant regular season is spilling over into the postseason, as she's now posting 20.5 points, 10.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.2 steals per game in the playoffs. She has yet to record less than 17 points and seven rebounds in any playoff game this year, giving her one of the higher floors of any fantasy option at this point in the year.
Maya Moore    Minnesota Lynx
Moore finished with 27 points (10-16 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 5-6 FT), four rebounds, three assists and two steals across 38 minutes during Sunday's 85-84 loss to the Sparks.

RotoWire Analysis

Moore has now accumulated three 20-point efforts in a row, going a combined 25-for-50 from the field. She's also chipping in 4.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals during the postseason.
Chelsea Gray    Los Angeles Sparks
Gray finished with 27 points (10-16 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 3-5 FT), six assists, three rebounds and one steal across 36 minutes during Sunday's 85-84 victory over the Lynx.

RotoWire Analysis

The Sparks fed the hot hand with less than 10 seconds remaining in the game, letting Gray take the reigns of the offense with the team down one. She delivered, hitting a pull-up jumper from the left elbow, securing a victory for Los Angeles during Game 1 of the Finals. She's been putting together an excellent postseason overall, averaging 17.3 points, 6.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals across 35.7 minutes per contest.
Candace Parker    Los Angeles Sparks
Parker provided 15 points (5-14 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 12 rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block across 33 minutes during Sunday's 85-84 victory over the Lynx.

RotoWire Analysis

While she struggled from the field, Parker was still a force on both sides of the rock Sunday. She's been her usual impressive self during the 2017 playoffs, posting 18.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.7 blocks per contest. With just two teams left at this point in the season, DFS players may find it tough to avoid slotting Parker into a lineup, as her consistency and upside is undeniable.
Nneka Ogwumike    Los Angeles Sparks
Ogwumike finished with nine points (3-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 12 rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block across 31 minutes during Sunday's 89-87 victory over the Mercury.

RotoWire Analysis

Ogwumike's five shot attempts were her lowest of the season, though slipping into single-digits in that category is nothing new for her. Overall, she's still been producing well in the postseason, averaging 15.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.7 blocks per contest.
Rebekkah Brunson    Minnesota Lynx
Brunson finished with five points (1-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds and one steal across 30 minutes during Sunday's 81-70 victory over the Mystics.

RotoWire Analysis

Brunson has been her usual self throughout the team's three playoff games, averaging 8.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per contest. With Sunday's victory, the Lynx advance to the Finals and will face off against the Sparks.
Elena Delle Donne    Washington Mystics
Delle Donne finished with 15 points (6-13 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, three assists and one block across 34 minutes during Sunday's 81-70 elimination loss to the Lynx.

RotoWire Analysis

With Sunday's loss, the Mystics' season has come to a close. Delle Donne did what she could to pull her team to a Finals berth, averaging 20.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists across 34.8 minutes per game in the postseason.
Alana Beard    Los Angeles Sparks
Heading into the WNBA Finals, Beard is averaging 7.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.

RotoWire Analysis

The Sparks swept the Mercury in the Western Conference Semifinals, setting up a matchup with the Lynx, with Game 1 set for Sunday afternoon. Beard, the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year, is shooting nearly 60 percent from the floor over her last three contests.
Chelsea Gray    Los Angeles Sparks
Gray finished with 14 points (6-14 FG, 2-7 3Pt), eight assists and five rebounds across 34 minutes during Sunday's 89-87 victory over the Mercury.

RotoWire Analysis

Gray has been a staple for the Sparks during these playoffs, never scoring less than 13 points or handing out less than six assists. With the Sparks securing the victory, they'll advance to face off against the Lynx in a rematch of the 2016 Finals. Gray played well against Minnesota during the teams' three regular season matchups, averaging 18.3 points, 3.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals across 37.0 minutes per game. She also shot 47.6 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from beyond the arc.
Odyssey Sims    Los Angeles Sparks
Sims supplied 22 points (9-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two assists and one rebound across 34 minutes during Sunday's 89-87 victory over the Mercury.

RotoWire Analysis

Sims has scored a combined 43 points over the last two playoff games, exploiting the weaknesses in the Mercury's defense. With the victory, the Sparks will now move on to face the Lynx in a rematch of the 2016 Finals. During the regular season, Sims posted 11.0 points, 3.0 assists and 1.3 rebounds across 26.0 minutes per game while shooting 37.8 percent from the field against Minnesota.
Candace Parker    Los Angeles Sparks
Parker provided 21 points (7-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 11 assists, seven rebounds, four steals and three blocks across 33 minutes during Sunday's 89-87 victory over the Mercury.

RotoWire Analysis

Parker is no stranger to the big stage, stepping up to secure an elimination victory Sunday. During the 2017 playoffs, she's currently posting 20.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.0 blocks across 33.2 minutes per contest. With the win, the Sparks are now slated to face off against the Lynx in a rematch of the 2016 Finals. During that series, Parker averaged 17.2 points, 7.4 boards, 2.2 assists, 2.2 steals and 2.0 blocks per contest while shooting 44.3 percent from the field.
Seimone Augustus    Minnesota Lynx
Augustus accumulated 18 points (8-12 FG, 2-2 3Pt), five rebounds, four assists and one block across 31 minutes during Sunday's 81-70 win over the Mystics.

RotoWire Analysis

Augustus has been impressive throughout the playoffs, posting 19.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists across 30.3 minutes per game. She's also committed just three total turnovers over the team's three postseason games. With Sunday's victory, the Lynx will advance to the Finals, slated to face off against the Sparks in a rematch of last year's event. During 2016's Finals, she posted 11.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists across 27.6 minutes per game while shooting 42.6 percent from the field and 25.0 percent from deep.
Sylvia Fowles    Minnesota Lynx
Fowles finished with 17 points (7-12 FG, 3-7 FT), 14 rebounds, two steals and one assist across 34 minutes during Sunday's 81-70 victory over the Mystics.

RotoWire Analysis

Fowles, who averaged 18.9 points and 10.4 rebounds in the regular season, collected her first double-double of the 2017 playoffs Sunday. Her fantasy impact was dampened by her five turnovers, however, though that's not usually an issue for the veteran. With the victory, the Lynx advance to the Finals and will face off against the Sparks. She played well against Los Angeles during the regular season, averaging 18.0 points, 13.3 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.7 assists across 38.0 minutes per game while shooting 58.1 percent from the field.
Maya Moore    Minnesota Lynx
Moore finished with 21 points (8-18 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-3 FT), five assists, three rebounds and one steal across 32 minutes during Sunday's 81-70 victory over the Mystics.

RotoWire Analysis

Moore's team-high 21 points were enough to fuel the Lynx to a victory over the Mystics, propelling them into the Finals against the Sparks. She struggled against the Sparks during the regular season, averaging just 10.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.0 steals across 33.3 minutes per game while shooting 38.7 percent from the field.
Odyssey Sims    Los Angeles Sparks
Sims supplied 21 points (8-20 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, three assists and one steal across 37 minutes during Thursday's 86-72 win over the Mercury.

RotoWire Analysis

Maybe the most impressive part of Sims' effort Thursday was her zero turnovers, often a sore spot for high-usage guards' fantasy value. She also took 20 shots, surpassing any volume she had in the regular season -- a good sign considering she attempted just 12 shots during Game 1. She's also seen a massive jump in workload during the postseason, averaging 36.2 minutes per game compared to the 24.3 minutes per contest she posted during the regular season. With all that in mind, Sims could be someone to target in DFS heading into Game 3 on the Mercury's home floor.
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Players Likely To Return Soon
Player Injury Est. Return
Jamierra Faulkner Knee 11/1/2017
Clarissa Dos Santos Undisclosed 11/1/2017
Moriah Jefferson Knee 1/1/2018
Brittany Boyd Achilles 3/6/2018
Tiffany Mitchell Knee 3/18/2018
Shoni Schimmel Personal 4/1/2018
Erika de Souza Lower Leg 5/1/2018
Tanisha Wright Rest 5/1/2018
Eugeniya Belyakova Undisclosed 5/1/2018
Shenise Johnson Knee 5/1/2018
Players Out or on IR
Player Team Est. Return