WNBA DFS Breakdown: Tuesday

WNBA DFS Breakdown: Tuesday

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Top 5 FanDuel

PLAYERPOSTEAMOPPSALFPTSVAL
Diamond DeShieldsGCHIATL510033.366.5
Courtney VanderslootGCHIATL670039.715.9
Tiffany MitchellGINDWAS380022.525.9
Breanna StewartFSEACON890051.85.8
Astou Ndour-FallFCHIATL550031.935.8

Top 5 DraftKings

PLAYERPOSTEAMOPPSALFPTSVAL
Breanna StewartFSEACON1150051.784.5
Diamond DeShieldsGCHIATL790034.114.3
Kelsey MitchellGINDWAS800033.54.2
Astou Ndour-FallFCHIATL780031.94.1
Jessica BrelandFINDWAS760031.174.1

Washington Mystics at Indiana Fever

Injuries

Note: All return dates are just estimates

Washington

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Natasha CloudGAnkleGTD5/25/2021
Elena Delle DonneFBackOUT5/28/2021
Alysha ClarkFFootOUT5/1/2022
Klara LundquistGSuspensionOUT5/1/2022

Indiana

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Jantel LavenderCFootGTD5/25/2021
Bernadett HatarCAnkleOUT5/28/2021
Aaliyah WilsonGFootOUT5/30/2021
Florencia ChagasGPersonalOUT10/1/2021
Julie AllemandGNot Injury RelatedOUT5/1/2022
Temi FagbenleFPersonalOUT5/1/2022

2021 Player Stats

Washington

PlayerPTSREBASTSTLBLKTO3PA3P%FGAFTA
Tina Charles25.391.30.50.51.853519.87.8
Ariel Atkins14.53.32.80.811.56.542.3122.3
Natasha Cloud9.33.83.81.802.54.329.49.81.5
Erica McCall8.58.810.50.51.80.306.33.3
Sydney Wiese4.81.510.500.52.836.43.51.3
Theresa Plaisance4.55.50.8111.33.315.46.80.5
Shavonte Zellous4.52.30.50.3000.866.73.81
Kiara Leslie2.70.700.300.70.3021.3
Leilani Mitchell1.51.53.81.501.54.511.15.80
Stella Johnson2.50.50.500.50.52253.50
Myisha Hines-Allen0331122060
Jillian Alleyne0200.5000010

Indiana

PlayerPTSREBASTSTLBLK3PA3P%FGAFTA
Kelsey Mitchell173.21.810.46.428.115.22
Teaira McCowan1191.40.41.600103.6
Danielle Robinson10.22.43.82.40.21.833.3101.6
Jessica Breland8.87.42.20.41.20.21008.41.2
Tiffany Mitchell8.632.20.201.407.83.8
Jantel Lavender6.572000.55060.5
Victoria Vivians5.22.210.203.218.852
Kysre Gondrezick4.21.61.60.602.441.74.40
Bernadett Hatar6.72.70.300.70051.3
Lindsay Allen30.61.8001.612.53.21
Chelsey Perry0.50.500.500011
Lauren Cox031000010

The Skinny

The Mystics still have some moving pieces in terms of getting the rotation settled. Myisha Hines-Allen logged just 15 minutes in her season debut Sunday but averaged 30 per contest last season and performed well, so there's a chance her workload will expand a bit in the near future. Natasha Cloud's status will be one to monitor for Washington heading into the contest. She's averaging north of 30 minutes per game thus far, so her absence would presumably open extra minutes for Hines-Allen to go along with Leilani Mitchell, Sydney Weise, Ariel Atkins and possibly Savonte Zellous or Kiara Leslie. Even with Cloud's injury, the Mystics sit as two-point favorites matching up against a Fever squad that ranks ninth in defensive efficiency. Thre-point shots have been particularly big in attacking the Fever thus far, so Tina Charles, Ariel Atkins and Leilani Mitchell could benefit, especially if Cloud is out.

Indiana sports an expected score of just 80.25 on Tuesday, good for fifth out of the six teams playing. The Fever have some potential depth problems in the frontcourt with Bernadett Hatar already ruled out and Jantel Lavender deemed questionable. Whether or not Lavender sits, Jessica Breland and Teaira McCowan should be in line for big minutes again Tuesday as the two primary healthy bigs. Look for Victoria Vivians and Tiffany Mitchell to see their minutes jump if Lavender sits s well, with Lauren Cox also standing to gain some added minutes. Because of the potential for added minutes, there are a number of Fever players who fit into the value section for either DraftKings or FanDuel, despite the team being underdogs.

Atlanta Dream at Chicago Sky

Injuries

Note: All return dates are just estimates

Atlanta

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Shekinna StricklenFKneeGTD5/25/2021
Cheyenne ParkerFNot Injury RelatedOUT5/27/2021
Maite CazorlaGPersonalOUT5/1/2022
Raquel CarreraCNot Injury RelatedOUT5/1/2022

Chicago

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Allie QuigleyGHamstringOUT5/28/2021
Candace ParkerCAnkleOUT5/28/2021
Stefanie DolsonCSuspensionOUT6/1/2021
Maria CondeFPersonalOUT5/1/2022
Leonie FiebichFPersonalOUT5/1/2022

2021 Player Stats

Atlanta

PlayerPTSREBASTSTLBLK3PA3P%FGAFTA
Courtney Williams185.73.31.70.74.757.115.72.3
Chennedy Carter182410.3133.314.74.3
Odyssey Sims7.72.71.7101.7207.72
Crystal Bradford7.74220.72.7505.71.3
Tiffany Hayes9.51.522.50.52.54095
Monique Billings5.36.711.72.7005.34
Elizabeth Williams4.34.70.31.710042
Tianna Hawkins4.31.721.313.307.30.3
Shekinna Stricklen4.500003.542.93.50
Kalani Brown210000030
Aari McDonald0.511.5101.503.51

Chicago

PlayerPTSREBASTSTLBLK3PA3P%FGAFTA
Kahleah Copper174.31201.720144.7
Diamond DeShields13.33.34.30.7025012.34
Astou Ndour-Fall13.37.30.301.32.328.68.73.7
Ruthy Hebard127.71.30.72.30.3010.33.7
Courtney Vandersloot9.74.79.3202.737.59.72
Candace Parker168413475104
Allie Quigley72300333.392
Azura Stevens65010110052
Stephanie Watts1.73.70.3101.702.32
Brittany Boyd-Jones2121015021
Stefanie Dolson440000082
Natasha Mack240000020
Shyla Heal000000010

The Skinny

The Dream continue to await the return of Cheyenne Parker, who is apparently still in the league's health and safety protocols. Other than her absence, Atlanta should be pretty healthy heading into Tuesday's tilt. Shekinna Stricklen holds a probable designation due to her knee, so it's possible she will see limited minutes again even if she takes the floor. After playing 37 minutes each in the first two games, Courtney Williams saw her workload dip a bit to 31 against the Fever. Chennedy Carter added a chunk of those, playing a season-high 32 in the contest and turning in her second straight 20-point performance. While Odyssey Sims remained on the bench for Friday's contest, she did see a bump back to 27 minutes in the contest. Even so, she produced a relatively empty box score for the second straight game. The Dream are the largest underdog on the slate at +6.5, so this is probably a team that's worth glossing over for most of your fantasy consideration.

The Sky, on the other hand, have the highest expected score (88.0) on the slate.  The primary danger for utilizing Chicago's players in fantasy is the team's potential for a blowout scenario, which would limit the minutes for the starters. Chicago's frontcourt is still relatively thin with Candace Parker out and Stefanie Dolson at Olympic qualifying, so Astou Ndour-Fall, Diamond DeShields and Ruthy Hebard should all be in line for big minutes again. Azura Stevens made her season debut against the Liberty and finished with six points and five boards over 13 minutes. She's still working her way back from a major knee issue and is expected to see limited minutes early in the season. The Dream send their opponents to the line at a rapid pace and struggle with rebounding, which should work in the favor of Ndour-Fall, Hebard and Kahleah Copper, who are all proficient in both areas.

Connecticut Sun at Seattle Storm

Injuries

Note: All return dates are just estimates

Connecticut

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Briann JanuaryGAnkleOUT5/28/2021
Alyssa ThomasFAchillesOUT9/7/2021

Seattle

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Katie Lou SamuelsonGSuspensionOUT6/1/2021

2021 Player Stats

Connecticut

PlayerPTSREBASTSTLBLK3PA3P%FGAFTA
DeWanna Bonner19.46.63.610.8556135.6
Jonquel Jones18.410.83.21.60.84.450132.4
Natisha Hiedeman12.44.22.820.26.633.3112.4
Brionna Jones125.82.40.80.20.2011.21.6
Jasmine Thomas104.33.710433.310.71
Briann January71.74.70.30333.36.32.3
Beatrice Mompremier3.630.20.60.4003.20.8
Stephanie Jones42.30000.3040
DiJonai Carrington1.621.20.800.602.60.4
Kaila Charles1.63.81.20.20.61.428.63.40
Aleah Goodman001000000
Alyssa Thomas000000000

Seattle

PlayerPTSREBASTSTLBLK3PA3P%FGAFTA
Breanna Stewart25.810.51.80.82629.220.56.8
Jewell Loyd21.84.84.82.30.57.337.917.53
Jordin Canada101.53.80.800.8065.8
Sue Bird9.53.56.50.50.35456.31
Candice Dupree84.51.30.50.80.308.80.5
Ezi Magbegor5.84.80.80.511505.30.5
Katie Lou Samuelson94.51.510.5366.750
Stephanie Talbot3.331.30.81237.530
Kennedy Burke2.70.70.710.31.7402.70
Mercedes Russell1.55.51.50.50001.51
Epiphanny Prince201201012
Mikiah Herbert Harrigan000000000
Kiana Williams0000.500.500.50

The Skinny

The Sun could be a favorite against any other team on the slate, but they enter the night underdogs by 3.5 points to the defending champs. As has been the case in the close games early this season, look for the Sun's starting five to play huge minutes again Tuesday if the game remains within shouting distance. With Briann January out again, that means Natisha Hiedeman and Jasmine Thomas should lock down the backcourt, while DeWanna Bonner, Brionna Jones and Jonquel Jones should see minutes up front. Kaila Charles, Beatrice Mompremier and Dijonai Carrington are the primary candidates to see minutes off the bench but are unlikely to find a ton in what figures to be a tough matchup.

Seattle has shifted minutes around here ad there, with Mercedes Russell being the biggest gainer recently, playing 20 minutes Saturday after just eight in her season debut last Thursday. Eziyoda Magbegor was the one to lose minutes as a result, playing a season-low six and producing little in her limited action. It seems likely Russell will keep an active so in the rotation moving forward, though it may continue to be in a bench role. Jordin Canda saw her minutes skyrocket against the Wings after turning in 16 in 20 minutes against he Lynx the game before, and she posted a mother 14 to go along with five assists, which likely keeps her expected workload high with Katie Lou Samuelson away from the team at Olympic qualifying. The Sun have been particularly stingy on the glass this season, allowing opponents to grab a slate-low 39.4 percent of rebound chances, so that likely serves as a downgrade to players like Russell and Candice Dupree, who typically rely on rebounds as a big part of their fantasy lines. Breanna Stewart could also get a knock because of it, though the RotoWire optimizer still likes her as a value play on both sites.

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