WNBA DFS Breakdown: Thursday

WNBA DFS Breakdown: Thursday

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Top 5 FanDuel

PLAYERPOSTEAMOPPSALFPTSVAL
Nia CoffeyFLAIND520032.416.2
Kia NurseGPHOCHI480029.716.2
Amanda Zahui BFLAIND580035.316.1
Sami WhitcombGNYLVA490028.845.9
Megan WalkerFPHOCHI320018.395.8

Top 5 DraftKings

PLAYERPOSTEAMOPPSALFPTSVAL
Amanda Zahui BFLAIND780035.074.5
Kelsey PlumGLVA@NY610026.394.3
Kia NurseGPHOCHI770031.894.1
Danielle RobinsonGIND@LA650026.454.1
Skylar Diggins-SmithGPHOCHI1000039.694

Las Vegas Aces at New York Liberty

Injuries

Note: All return dates are just estimates

Las Vegas

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Angel McCoughtryFKneeOUT5/1/2022
Iliana RupertCNot Injury RelatedOUT5/1/2022

New York

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Leaonna OdomFAchillesGTD6/3/2021
Jazmine JonesGElbowGTD6/3/2021
Natasha HowardCKneeOUT7/5/2021
Nayo Raincock-EkunweFNot Injury RelatedOUT5/1/2022
Asia DurrGIllnessOUT5/1/2022
Han XuCNot Injury RelatedOUT5/1/2022
Marine JohannesGNot Injury RelatedOUT5/1/2022
Jocelyn WilloughbyFAchillesOUT5/1/2022

2021 Player Stats

Las Vegas

PlayerPTSREBASTSTLBLK3PM3PAFGMFGAFTMFTA
A'ja Wilson17.66.53.50.41.30.10.16.512.64.54.9
Liz Cambage14.88.11.10.62.600.45.89.43.34.6
Jackie Young13.64.52.41.40.40.10.95113.53.8
Dearica Hamby135.62.410.30.31.84.99.134.1
Chelsea Gray12.53.16.41.80.61.12.85.310.60.91.3
Riquna Williams8.92.52.41.30.5252.97.61.11.3
Kelsey Plum10.51.53.5101.5449.511
Ji-Su Park21.80.40.10.8000.62.10.80.8
Destiny Slocum2.21.71.20.30.20.31.30.720.50.8
Joyner Holmes80100223400
Emma Cannon21.70.300.300.70.71.70.70.7

New York

PlayerPTSREBASTSTLBLK3PM3PAFGMFGAFTMFTA
Betnijah Laney22.3450.70.11.73.67.915.14.95.9
Sabrina Ionescu16.16.67.10.40.72.96.34.611.74.14.7
Michaela Onyenwere12.13.30.60.40.32.14.94.4101.11.3
Sami Whitcomb10.35.42.11.40.72.96.13.67.60.30.4
Kylee Shook6.44.32.10.40.70.71.62.96.400
Rebecca Allen6.23.311.210.83.827.81.31.7
Natasha Howard14.56.520011.5593.54
Jazmine Jones3.92.31.10.60.60.411.43.60.60.9
DiDi Richards21.3110.10.10.30.91.60.10.3
Reshanda Gray3.52.500.50001.52.50.51
Kiah Stokes13.80.30.30.3000.50.800
Joyner Holmes00100000000
Layshia Clarendon00000000000

The Skinny

Vegas starts the night out tipping the scales as both the biggest favorite (-8.0) over the Liberty and also the highest expected scoring squad (88.75) despite facing a New York team that has topped the league charts in defensive efficiency to date. The Liberty and Aces both check in among the top five in pace, so the Liberty's 80.75 expected score still ranks fourth on the list despite being a sizable underdog. The Aces are aiming to bounce back from their second loss to the Sun in just over a week, though sandwiched between them were three straight wins. Liz Cambage topped 30 minutes for just the second time all season in Tuesday's loss to the Sun, which could mark a point at which she's able to contribute on a more consistent basis. On the same token, the fact that she played 35 minutes Tuesday could suggest she will take a bit more of a break Thursday, especially if the Aces can take control. The Liberty are expected to see the season debut of Leaonna Odom on Thursday, though it could be in limited minutes considering the injury she's coming off of. She could absorb most of Jazmine Jones' minutes if she is forced to miss due to an elbow injury. Betnijah Laney has taken the leading role for the Liberty, tallying at least 20 in every game and turning in a season-high 11 assists against the Dream. Sabrina Ionescu had her worst effort of the season in that contest, while Michaela Onyenwere broke out for 29, the most in her young career.

Chicago Sky at Phoenix Mercury

Injuries

Note: All return dates are just estimates

Chicago

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Allie QuigleyGHamstringGTD6/3/2021
Candace ParkerCAnkleOUT6/5/2021
Maria CondeFPersonalOUT5/1/2022
Leonie FiebichFPersonalOUT5/1/2022

Phoenix

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Diana TaurasiGChestOUT6/26/2021
Bria HartleyGKneeOUT7/11/2021

2021 Player Stats

Chicago

PlayerPTSREBASTSTLBLK3PM3PAFGMFGAFTMFTA
Diamond DeShields153.93.11.60.31.12.74.612.44.75.3
Kahleah Copper14.641.71.400.72.45.412.933.3
Courtney Vandersloot12.93.98.11.90.61.63.64.711.41.91.9
Ruthy Hebard117.41.40.91.600.14.48.62.12.7
Astou Ndour-Fall10.98.10.40.310.62.63.99.12.62.7
Azura Stevens7.65.60.81.20.60.81.62.46.422.2
Candace Parker1684133451034
Stephanie Watts2.53.70.50.50.30.21.70.73.211.3
Shyla Heal20.80.80000.80.321.51.5
Allie Quigley72300132922
Stefanie Dolson44000001822
Brittany Boyd-Jones212100.510.520.51
Natasha Mack12000000.5100
Lexie Brown21400031500

Phoenix

PlayerPTSREBASTSTLBLK3PM3PAFGMFGAFTMFTA
Skylar Diggins-Smith18.13.65.70.70.61.64.45.412.95.77.1
Brittney Griner17.19.320.32.400.1712.43.13.7
Kia Nurse11.43.41.70.602.45.93.99.41.32.1
Diana Taurasi15.83.53.800.82.36.54.811.545
Brianna Turner7.48.72.30.42.7003.460.60.9
Megan Walker7.21.310.30.30.73.52.77.21.21.8
Shey Peddy4.62.43.30.900.721.94.10.10.1
Sophie Cunningham3.31.50.50.500.31.71.23.20.70.8
Kia Vaughn642.300.3003500.7
Alanna Smith12.20.50.50.20.21.30.32.50.20.3
Cierra Burdick11.80.80.30.3000.5100
Haley Gorecki00000000000

The Skinny

The Sky eagerly await the return of Candace Parker but will have to make it through at least another game before her services are available. On the plus side, the Sky do return Stefanie Dolson and likely Allie Quigley, which should bolster a rotation that has been lacking some depth of late. Dolson's return will likely impact the workloads of Ruthy Hebard and Astou Ndour-Fall the most, while Quigley's return likely strips a lot of playing time away from Lexie Brown, who supplied just two points, four assists and a board over 20 minutes Tuesday. The Sky are listed as 1.5-point underdogs in the contest, likely due to Phoenix's offensive efficiency and the lack thereof so far for Chicago. The Mercury remain without star point guard Diana Taurasi, which has opened additional playing time for Kia Nurse, Kia Vaughn and Megan Walker. Skylar Diggins-Smith has taken lead on the point with Taurasi out, supplying 7.7 assists to go along with her 20.3 points per game over the last three. She figures to be key to extending the Mercury's winning streak to three, while Chicago is looking to bust out of a five-game losing skid.

Indiana Fever at Los Angeles Sparks

Injuries

Note: All return dates are just estimates

Indiana

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Bernadett HatarCAnkleGTD6/3/2021
Aaliyah WilsonGFootOUT6/9/2021
Florencia ChagasGPersonalOUT10/1/2021
Julie AllemandGNot Injury RelatedOUT5/1/2022
Temi FagbenleFPersonalOUT5/1/2022

Los Angeles

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Chiney OgwumikeFKneeOUT6/10/2021
Nneka OgwumikeFKneeOUT7/2/2021
Maria VadeevaCSuspensionOUT8/1/2021
Ivana RacaFNot Injury RelatedOUT5/1/2022
Jasmine WalkerFKneeOUT5/1/2022
Aina AyusoGNot Injury RelatedOUT5/1/2022
Gabby WilliamsFSuspensionOUT5/1/2022

2021 Player Stats

Indiana

PlayerPTSREBASTSTLBLK3PM3PAFGMFGAFTMFTA
Kelsey Mitchell142.220.90.31.25.65.314.12.12.6
Teaira McCowan11.29.41.30.61.3004.38.62.63.9
Tiffany Mitchell9.932.20.600.31.83.492.73
Danielle Robinson9.32.93.61.90.10.41.43.68.71.81.8
Jessica Breland8.46.32.20.210.10.33.98.60.60.8
Victoria Vivians7.92.10.90.701.14.42.77.11.41.6
Jantel Lavender5.65.3200.10.10.52.56.50.50.8
Lindsay Allen3.90.82.30.100.31.31.43.30.71
Kysre Gondrezick3.61.71.40.400.92.11.33.600
Bernadett Hatar6.72.70.300.7002.751.31.3
Lauren Cox0.82.80.60.40.4000.42.200
Chelsey Perry0.50.500.5000010.51

Los Angeles

PlayerPTSREBASTSTLBLK3PM3PAFGMFGAFTMFTA
Nneka Ogwumike16.471.20.60.20.41.26.811.62.43
Nia Coffey104.40.81.62.22.243.880.20.8
Erica Wheeler91.43.21.800.42.23.210.22.22.6
Kristi Toliver7.80.830.601.42.82.64.41.21.4
Amanda Zahui B.11.74.30.71.31.7244.77.30.30.3
Brittney Sykes6.23.22.21.60.80.62.627.41.62
Te'a Cooper5.81.81.4100.62.41.88.41.62
Chiney Ogwumike95.720.70.30.713.39.71.72.3
Arella Guirantes4.5210.500.51.81.85.80.50.5
Bria Holmes2.21.61.60.60.40.21.80.65.20.81.2
Jasmine Walker00.5110.50202.501

The Skinny

The Fever have predictably fallen to the bottom of the heap in the standings, sporting a 1-8 record and losing four straight games. Those four games haven't been particularly close either, with the smallest margin being 16 against the Mystics back on May 25. The team is relatively healthy as well, so it's not a case where Indiana is missing a bunch of contributors who should help the cause at a later date. They are just 6.5-point underdogs despite the poor play of late but sport a slate-low 76.75 expected score. Some of that is likely due to the Ogwumike sisters both being sidelined for the foreseeable future. In their absence, look for Amanda Zahui B to log as many minutes as she can handle moving forward. Nia Coffey Brittney, Sykes and Bria Holmes also could see minute boosts as a result of the multiple frontcourt absences. The absences in the Sparks' frontcourt could open up some production for Teaira McCowan on Thursday, especially considering the Sparks have been limping to just a 40.2 percent rebound rate to date. Jessica Breland and Jantel Lavender are the other two primary contributors for Indiana in that department.

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