WNBA DFS Breakdown: Sunday

WNBA DFS Breakdown: Sunday

DraftKings and FanDuel Price Differences

Top 5 FanDuel Favor

NameDK Price% of budgetFD Price% of budgetDifference
Dearica Hamby920018.4%550013.8%4.7%
Arike Ogunbowale1150023.0%740018.5%4.5%
Diamond DeShields1060021.2%670016.8%4.5%
Brittany Brewer630012.6%33008.3%4.4%
Courtney Vandersloot1100022.0%720018.0%4.0%

Top 5 DraftKings Favor

NameDK Price% of budgetFD Price% of budgetDifference
Angel McCoughtry500010.0%640016.0%-6.0%
Satou Sabally41008.2%510012.8%-4.6%
Marina Mabrey31006.2%35008.8%-2.6%
Crystal Dangerfield37007.4%38009.5%-2.1%
Ruthy Hebard43008.6%420010.5%-1.9%

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Connecticut Sun vs Minnesota Lynx

Injuries/Illnesses

Note: All return dates are just estimates

Connecticut

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Theresa PlaisanceFBackGTD7/26/2020
Briann JanuaryGIllnessGTD7/26/2020
Natisha HiedemanGIllnessGTD7/26/2020
Jonquel JonesFPersonalOUT2/1/2021

Minnesota

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Odyssey SimsGPersonalOUT7/30/2020
Maya MooreFPersonalOUT1/1/2021
Cecilia ZandalasiniGPersonalOUT6/1/2021
Jessica ShepardCKneeSUSP6/1/2021

Vegas Odds: TBD  Over/Under: TBD

2020 Player Stats

Connecticut

NONE

Minnesota

NONE

The Skinny

The big story here is Connecticut's frontcourt, which figures to be without both Jonquel Jones (sitting out 2020) and Theresa Plaisance (back) for the opener. This likely leaves Brionna Jones or Alyssa Thomas as the primary option to body up Lynx star Sylvia Fowles, who averaged 17.3 points and 10.7 boards over three games against the Sun last season.  Either option will likely have a tough time sticking with her and neither is a particularly great rim protector, so it could spell trouble. Without Jones in the mix, look for the Sun to turn to Bonner as the team's primary scoring threat on the offensive end of the floor. She's coming off of two straight seasons averaging north of 17 points per game and posted two 25-plus point games against the Lynx last season, and the Sun play more uptempo than the Phoenix did last season, which could benefit her fantasy line. Jasmine Thomas should resume her duties on the ball after posting a career-high assist rate last season and should resume her duties as the primary distributor. Shenise Johnson has proven a significant scoring threat in her past and is finally healthy again, so she could prove to be a surprise contributor in the opener as well.

Chicago Sky vs Las Vegas Aces

Injuries/Illnesses

Note: All return dates are just estimates

Chicago

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Sydney ColsonGIllnessGTD7/26/2020
Kiah GillespieFNot Injury RelatedOUT1/1/2021
Jamierra FaulknerGKneeOUT5/1/2021
Jantel LavenderCFootOUT5/1/2021

Las Vegas

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Sugar RodgersGUndisclosedGTD7/26/2020
Liz CambageCPersonalOUT2/1/2021
Ji-Su ParkCPersonalOUT5/1/2021
Kelsey PlumGAchillesOUT5/1/2021

Vegas Odds: TBD    Over/Under: TBD

2020 Player Stats

Chicago

NONE

Las Vegas

NONE

The Skinny

Both of these teams feature major absences in the frontcourt this season, with Jantel Lavender (foot) out for the year and Liz Cambage (personal) electing to sit. What's left for the Aces is A'ja Wilson in a much more prominent role. She figures to return to her natural role as the team's primary center and should be the primary option in the team's offense. In the absence of Lavender, Stefanie Dolson and Cheyenne Parker will likely be tasked with slowing her down. Look for Angel McCoughtry and Jackie Young to see plenty of action in the frontcourt in 2020, with Dearica Hamby presumably weighing in in a big way off the bench. As the first overall pick in 2019, the presumably increased role could lead to a blossoming for Young, who has the all-around game to warrant DFS consideration at the right price. The Sky should play uptempo yet again this season, which should serve as a benefit to the opposition as well. These two teams, in fact, finished the season 1-2 last season in terms of pace and allowed 80-plus points per game each, so this contest could feature plenty of scoring. From the Sky's end, Parker and Azura Stevens are in line for hefty roles alongside Dolson and Diamond DeShields, who led the team with 16.2 points per game last season. Allie Quigley and Courtney Vandersloot are the only others returning who averaged double digits per contest with Lavender sitting out, though Dolson was in the neighborhood at 9.3 per contest.

Dallas Wings vs Atlanta Dream

Injuries/Illnesses

Note: All return dates are just estimates

Dallas

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Marina MabreyGQuadricepsGTD7/26/2020
Luisa GeiselsoderCPersonalOUT5/1/2021
Imani McGee-StaffordCPersonalSUSP5/1/2022

Atlanta

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Courtney WilliamsGUndisclosedOUT7/29/2020
Glory JohnsonFIllnessOUT7/29/2020
Kalani BrownCIllnessOUT8/4/2020
Mikayla PivecGNot Injury RelatedOUT1/1/2021
Tiffany HayesGPersonalOUT2/1/2021
Renee MontgomeryGPersonalOUT2/1/2021
Maite CazorlaGPersonalOUT4/1/2021

Vegas Odds: TBD     Over/Under: TBD

2020 Player Stats

Dallas

NONE

Atlanta

NONE

The Skinny

Dallas has the majority of its roster intact heading into 2020, albeit one that finished last in the league in 2019. The major change revolves around the backcourt shift, with Arike Ogunbowale set to move off the ball this season to enhance her abilities as a scoring threat. That shift could result in Alisha Gray's playing time seeing a slight downturn again, while Moriah Jefferson, who signed a multi-year extension with the Wings this offseason, could be headed for primary point guard duties. With the team still young and rebuilding, look for No. 2 overall pick Satou Sabally to see plenty of run during the 22-game regular season. On the opposing side, absences abound for the Dream, who will be without all of their three primary scorers from last season after Tiffany Hayes and Renee Montgomery opted out and the team dealt Brittney Sykes to the Sparks. Look for Elizabeth Williams to step into major minutes with Kalani Brown and Glory Johnson out. She should also be featured on the offensive end of the floor versus a Wings squad that struggled to guard opposing forwards last season. The Wings were the slowest team in the league last season in terms of pace and figure to be in the same boat this year, which will likely detract from fantasy values on both sides.

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Chris Benzine plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: Crispy272001, DraftKings: Crispy27.
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