WNBA DFS Breakdown: Thursday
WNBA DFS Breakdown: Thursday

DraftKings and FanDuel Price Differences

Top 5 FanDuel

PlayerPOSTEAMFanDuel Price% of BudgetDraftKings Price% of BudgetDifference
Marie GulichFATL39009.8%800016.00%-6.3%
Chelsea GrayGLA630015.8%930018.60%-2.9%
DeWanna BonnerGPHO850021.3%1200024.00%-2.8%
Brittney GrinerFPHO820020.5%1160023.20%-2.7%
Kayla McBrideGLVA710017.8%990019.80%-2.1%

Top 5 DraftKings

PlayerPOSTEAMFanDuel Price% of BudgetDraftKings Price% of BudgetDifference
Lexie BrownGMIN510012.8%45009.00%3.8%
Nia CoffeyFATL490012.3%43008.60%3.7%
Layshia ClarendonGCON460011.5%40008.00%3.5%
Maite CazorlaGATL670016.8%670013.40%3.4%
Brittney SykesGATL660016.5%660013.20%3.3%

2019 Team Stats

2019 Advanced Team Offense Stats

TEAMOFFRTGDEFRTGAST%REB%EFG%TS%PACE
CHICAGO SKY94.8106.767.344.75153.6101.2
LOS ANGELES SPARKS89.39056.646.640.745.2100.6
LAS VEGAS ACES96.894.465.253.245.149.999.8
NEW YORK LIBERTY92.7100.859.350.74247.599.4
CONNECTICUT SUN100.392.857.453.943.247.696.15
INDIANA FEVER104.6102.156.146.251.254.595.8
WASHINGTON MYSTICS112.110366.752.753.655.695.2
SEATTLE STORM97.593.158.650.34751.394.32
ATLANTA DREAM92.3105.949.447.142.846.594.2
MINNESOTA LYNX98.49166.15549.654.193.6
PHOENIX MERCURY100.7104.562.744.45457.292.1
DALLAS WINGS91.496.760.451.140.843.890.9

2019 Advanced Team Defense Stats

TEAMDEF RTGDREBDREB%STLBLKOPP PTS
OFF TOV
OPP PTS
2ND CHANCE
OPP PTS
FB
OPP PTS
PAINT
CHICAGO SKY106.72559.78.7321.718.79.741.3
ATLANTA DREAM105.923.36256.71914.38.334.7
PHOENIX MERCURY104.52760.28.552015.51532
WASHINGTON MYSTICS10323.763.27.75.315.3157.338
INDIANA FEVER102.12457.77.3414158.732
NEW YORK LIBERTY100.826.765.47.34.719118.730.7
DALLAS WINGS96.72363.49.56.516.512836
LAS VEGAS ACES94.430.774.884.718.39.312.331.3
SEATTLE STORM93.122.871.39.84177.2932.8
CONNECTICUT SUN92.828.871.37.35.510.89.85.338.5
MINNESOTA LYNX912571.710.33.316.37.88.333
LOS ANGELES SPARKS902964.6867.710.7732.7

2019 Opponent Scoring

TEAMOPP
FGM
OPP
FGA
OPP
FG%
OPP
3PA
OPP
3P%
OPP
FTA
OPP
FT%
OPP
REB
OPP
AST
OPP
TOV
OPP
STL
OPP
BLK
OPP
PTS
CHICAGO SKY34.777.744.627.330.517.771.738.72115.312.73.790.3
WASHINGTON MYSTICS32.371.745.120.327.91573.333.315.714.36.3381.3
ATLANTA DREAM31.37044.82133.316.78239.322.714.385.783.3
NEW YORK LIBERTY3070.742.516.336.723.375.736.316.3138.75.383.7
CONNECTICUT SUN29.57042.116.525.813.88035.31914.55.34.574.3
PHOENIX MERCURY2971.540.617.54021.572.1371713.593.580.5
INDIANA FEVER28.771.7402036.723.372.938.71714.76.33.381.7
LAS VEGAS ACES28.772.339.620.737.117.378.83818.312.710.37.778.7
SEATTLE STORM28.664.444.419.234.41185.532.619.4188.63.673.2
MINNESOTA LYNX27.865.542.415.527.414.575.928.315.515.89.34.570.8
LOS ANGELES SPARKS27.373.337.317.328.821.772.345.314.71676.375.3
DALLAS WINGS26.56441.416.527.32367.434.5171677.573

Data from WNBA.com

Los Angeles Sparks at Connecticut Sun

Injuries

Note: All return dates are just estimates

Los Angeles

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Alana BeardGLegOUT6/14/2019
Candace ParkerFHamstringOUT6/14/2019
Maria VadeevaCNot Injury RelatedOUT6/14/2019

Connecticut

None

Vegas Odds: Connecticut -7 (Open: Connecticut -6)   Over/Under: 157.5 (Open: 159)

2019 Player Stats

Los Angeles

PLAYERGGSMPGPPGOREBDREBRPGAPGSPGBPGFG%3P%FT%TOPF

Maria Vadeeva

1124.024.01.04.05.01.02.03.055.050.00.03.03.0

Chelsea Gray

3329.717.70.72.33.04.00.70.740.940.092.92.00.7

Nneka Ogwumike

3328.315.03.78.011.71.31.00.334.733.375.01.04.7

Chiney Ogwumike

3229.312.33.04.77.71.31.71.038.20.091.71.04.0

Alana Beard

1120.05.00.03.03.04.00.00.050.00.050.01.02.0

Alexis Jones

3115.74.00.01.71.73.30.00.329.414.31000.31.3

Riquna Williams

3017.33.70.32.02.30.31.00.017.622.275.01.31.7

Sydney Wiese

3219.73.70.01.71.70.00.30.330.837.50.01.00.3

Kalani Brown

3012.73.31.03.04.00.30.71.044.40.050.01.02.3

Marina Mabrey

3012.03.00.31.01.30.30.70.030.050.00.01.01.3

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt

3220.72.71.32.33.73.01.31.330.050.00.02.01.7

Candace Parker

000.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0

Ashley Walker

000.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0

Connecticut

PLAYERGGSMPGPPGOREBDREBRPGAPGSPGBPGFG%3P%FT%TOPF

Jonquel Jones

4430.016.84.89.514.30.51.32.345.330.092.92.52.5

Courtney Williams

4429.513.01.34.35.53.81.01.042.033.380.01.01.0

Jasmine Thomas

4429.012.00.32.32.55.01.30.334.842.976.91.82.0

Alyssa Thomas

4429.811.02.34.87.02.81.30.351.40.054.51.82.8

Shekinna Stricklen

4421.87.80.31.82.01.50.80.328.127.683.30.52.5

Layshia Clarendon

4016.87.01.31.52.81.80.50.037.510090.01.01.3

Rachel Banham

4010.05.80.01.01.00.50.30.333.338.580.00.01.5

Bria Holmes

408.83.00.51.01.50.00.50.544.40.057.10.00.5

Brionna Jones

4013.32.31.81.53.30.50.30.823.10.050.01.51.8

Morgan Tuck

4010.52.00.81.01.80.30.30.020.033.30.01.01.5

Kristine Anigwe

102.00.00.01.01.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.01.0

Bridget Carleton

000.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0

The Skinny

Jonquel Jones is a force on the boards in the early going and should be able to take advantage of a Sparks club that owns just a 46.6 rebound percentage. In fact, Jones put up 16 points and 22 boards just a pair of games back against Los Angeles. The Sparks' pace checks in second in the league, which should be to the benefit of all of the Sun players. It's worth noting, however, that the Sparks also sport the best defensive rating in the league, so scoring may not be off the charts despite the elevated pace.

After a slow opener Chiney Ogwumike has hit her stride in the last two contests, averaging 17.5 points, 8.5 boards, two assists 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks. She notched a season-high 20 points in the first contest versus the Sun and will likely remain heavily involved in the game plan now that she's settled in with her new club. Connecticut's opponents have not shot particularly well from the field in the early going, so there's a good reason the over/under has dropped 1.5 points since the line opened. The contest also sports the biggest line (in favor of Connecticut), so it may have the largest potential to become a blowout of the three.

Las Vegas Aces at Atlanta Dream

Injuries

Note: All return dates are just estimates

Las Vegas

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Lindsay AllenGKneeOUT5/1/2020

Atlanta

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Angel McCoughtryFKneeOUT6/30/2019
Kristy WallaceGKneeOUT5/1/2020

Vegas Odds: Las Vegas -4.5 (Open: Las Vegas -3)    Over/Under: 161.5 (Open: 159)

2019 Player Stats

Las Vegas

PLAYERGGSMPGPPGOREBDREBRPGAPGSPGBPGFG%3P%FT%TOPF

A'ja Wilson

3332.017.02.77.09.72.70.31.745.70.064.32.31.7

Kayla McBride

3328.716.00.75.05.71.31.00.048.757.185.72.31.7

Liz Cambage

2014.013.51.03.54.51.00.00.547.133.383.31.50.5

Dearica Hamby

3019.310.71.76.78.31.71.31.347.80.090.92.02.3

Kelsey Plum

3322.37.00.30.30.73.71.00.032.027.31001.71.7

Sugar Rodgers

3014.35.30.32.02.32.00.30.333.345.550.01.32.3

Jackie Young

3319.35.31.02.73.71.30.30.343.81000.01.01.7

Sydney Colson

3017.04.00.30.00.33.72.30.350.00.01002.72.0

Tamera Young

3018.32.71.01.72.71.31.00.020.00.057.11.02.7

Carolyn Swords

3313.72.71.02.03.00.70.00.327.30.01000.72.0

Ji-Su Park

208.01.00.51.52.00.50.50.025.00.00.00.02.0

Atlanta

PLAYERGGSMPGPPGOREBDREBRPGAPGSPGBPGFG%3P%FT%TOPF

Brittney Sykes

3326.710.30.72.73.32.00.71.337.512.575.01.01.0

Jessica Breland

3321.09.71.06.07.01.31.01.337.90.077.81.02.3

Renee Montgomery

3322.38.70.01.71.72.30.30.045.038.550.02.72.3

Tiffany Hayes

3322.78.30.71.01.71.30.70.347.425.055.61.02.7

Nia Coffey

3018.38.01.32.74.01.00.70.752.633.340.01.01.3

Alex Bentley

3023.37.30.70.71.33.00.30.025.025.01001.71.3

Monique Billings

3016.36.02.02.04.00.70.30.353.80.01002.72.0

Elizabeth Williams

3324.75.71.34.76.00.70.32.033.30.055.61.01.7

Marie Gülich

3014.05.71.71.73.30.00.00.743.80.075.01.01.0

Maite Cazorla

209.03.00.50.51.01.01.00.033.333.350.00.51.0

Haley Peters

206.51.00.00.00.00.50.00.00.00.01001.00.5

Angel McCoughtry

000.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0

The Skinny

This contest checks in atop the board in terms of over/under, with the line having already jumped 2.5 points from the open. Liz Cambage has been limited to just 14 minutes in each her first two contests with Las Vegas due to an Achilles injury, so there's a chance she may be ready for additional run Thursday. Should that be the case, Carolyn Swords would presumably be most affected in terms of minutes. The Aces like to play up tempo and sport four double-digit scorers (including Cambage), with A'Ja Wilson serving as the primary piece from a fantasy standpoint. Kayla McBride ranks fifth among the top-five price discrepancies between the two sites, which may make her worthy of consideration on FanDuel.

The Dream have gotten off to a really rough start this season, including two blowout losses that have resulted in a drop in minutes for a few of the team's starters. The two sites have struggled to determine pricing for Atlanta as a result. Among the 10 players highlighted in the budget differential section, four of them play for Atlanta. Nia Coffey and Brittney Sykes are of particular note when looking at potential DraftKings plays from this game. The sites aren't falling for Tiffany Hayes' slow start however, keeping her price tag at a higher rate ($6000 FD, $7800 DK) than what she her numbers would suggest it should be.

Phoenix Mercury at Minnesota Lynx

Injuries

Note: All return dates are just estimates

Phoenix

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Camille LittleFAnkleGTD6/6/2019
Diana TaurasiGBackOUT7/17/2019

Minnesota

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Kelsey GriffinFToeSUSP6/12/2019
Temi FagbenleFSuspensionSUSP-DNR6/14/2019
Seimone AugustusGKneeOUT6/15/2019
Maya MooreFPersonalOUT2/1/2020

Vegas Odds: Minnesota -2 (Open: Minnesota -1)     Over/Under: 156.5 (Open: Same)

2019 Player Stats

Phoenix

PLAYERGGSMPGPPGOREBDREBRPGAPGSPGBPGFG%3P%FT%TOPF

DeWanna Bonner

2234.521.50.59.510.04.01.51.541.725.01000.52.5

Brittney Griner

2237.018.02.05.07.02.51.01.556.70.040.04.53.5

Essence Carson

2229.513.50.52.53.01.51.01.050.057.11001.01.5

Yvonne Turner

2232.011.50.02.02.07.01.00.053.333.31003.51.0

Briann January

2234.510.00.50.51.03.03.50.077.810050.02.54.0

Sancho Lyttle

1012.02.00.05.05.00.01.01.025.00.00.00.02.0

Alanna Smith

2010.01.51.01.02.00.50.00.025.050.00.01.02.0

Diana Taurasi

000.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0

Camille Little

000.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0

Leilani Mitchell

000.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0

Sophie Cunningham

209.50.00.03.03.00.00.00.50.00.00.01.01.5

Brianna Turner

203.00.00.51.01.50.00.00.00.00.00.00.01.0

Minnesota

PLAYERGGSMPGPPGOREBDREBRPGAPGSPGBPGFG%3P%FT%TOPF

Sylvia Fowles

4431.314.52.37.810.00.31.00.364.10.072.73.02.8

Napheesa Collier

4430.814.50.54.04.51.51.31.354.550.081.01.53.5

Damiris Dantas

4428.012.01.53.55.03.02.00.554.561.550.02.02.8

Odyssey Sims

4431.010.81.31.83.05.31.50.334.820.090.03.31.8

Danielle Robinson

4426.510.31.32.03.32.52.50.837.520.081.83.32.3

Lexie Brown

4019.08.50.30.81.01.81.30.040.743.883.31.31.5

Jessica Shepard

4017.84.01.54.56.03.30.30.031.30.075.02.31.8

Karima Christmas-Kelly

1012.03.00.00.00.02.00.00.01001000.00.00.0

Alaina Coates

203.51.52.00.02.00.00.00.033.30.050.00.00.0

Stephanie Talbot

409.51.00.30.50.80.50.50.320.00.00.00.81.3

Seimone Augustus

000.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0

Kelsey Griffin

000.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0

Maya Moore

000.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0

Temi Fagbenle

000.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0

Shao Ting

202.00.01.00.51.50.00.00.00.00.00.00.01.0

The Skinny

The latest game on the slate is also expected to be the slowest in terms of pace. The Lynx and Mercury own the two slowest of the six teams playing Thursday, so you'll need to pick your spots with utilizing players from the contest. Sancho Lyttle could provide some value on both sites if she sees her minutes expand beyond the 12 she saw in her debut, but it could be a gradual increase for her. FanDuel seems to have accounted more for the pace change, which resulted in two of the Mercury's top players (Brittney Griner and DeWanna Bonner) ranking among the top five for budget percentage difference between the two sites.

Napheesa Collier, has gotten off to a phenomenal start to 2019, turning in 14.5 points per contest in the early going. The 6-foot-1 forward has benefited from extended action due to a glut of injuries to regulars in the rotation, but none of the injured players is expected to return Thursday. She's considered a strong value play on FanDuel as a result.

Camille Little is considered the only potential returnee for Thursday's action. Should she make her way into the lineup, Lyttle, Griner and Essence Carson could all see a little more rest time after either coming off injury or extended minutes in the early going. Little was a partial participant in practice Monday and is officially listed as questionable, though she would likely be limited in her debut if cleared to play.

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