WNBA DFS Breakdown: Saturday

WNBA DFS Breakdown: Saturday

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Top 5 FanDuel

NAMEPOSTEAMSALFPTSVAL
Tina CharlesFWAS$850057.826.8
Brionna JonesFCON$700034.705.0
Damiris DantasFMIN$380021.995.8
Ariel AtkinsGWAS$710043.196.1
Natasha CloudGWAS$570032.735.7

Top 5 DraftKings

NAMEPOSTEAMSALFPTSVAL
Ariel AtkinsGWAS$1020043.474.3
Tina CharlesFWAS$1100059.095.4
Candace ParkerFCHI$960038.254.0
Damiris DantasFMIN$660022.933.5
Natisha HiedemanGCON$610025.824.2

Connecticut Sun at Chicago Sky

Injuries

Note: All return dates are just estimates

Connecticut

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Jonquel JonesFNot Injury RelatedOUT6/27/2021
Alyssa ThomasFAchillesOUT9/7/2021

Chicago

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Astou Ndour-FallCNot Injury RelatedOUT6/22/2021
Maria CondeFPersonalOUT5/1/2022
Leonie FiebichFPersonalOUT5/1/2022

2021 Player Stats

Connecticut

PlayerPTSREBASTSTLBLK3PM3PAFGMFGAFTMFTA
Jonquel Jones21,610,431,51,22,34,77,913,93,54,3
DeWanna Bonner15,86,83,31,31,11,74,3513,14,24,9
Brionna Jones12,36,321,10,800,14,99,82,42,9
Natisha Hiedeman9,72,42,21,40,31,853,48,11,11,7
Jasmine Thomas11,53,54,60,80,21,33,34,210,91,82,3
Briann January5,91,43,10,400,72,92,16,311,3
Kaila Charles3,73,30,80,20,30,41,21,33,80,70,7
DiJonai Carrington2,92,20,60,60,10,211,23,50,40,7
Beatrice Mompremier1,72,40,20,30,3000,81,800,3
Stephanie Jones2,71,70,200,200,21,3300
Emma Cannon6,520,500,51,522,5500
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough01001000000
Alyssa Thomas00000000000
Aleah Goodman00100000000

Chicago

PlayerPTSREBASTSTLBLK3PM3PAFGMFGAFTMFTA
Kahleah Copper14,64,51,61,40,20,92,75,112,23,54,1
Diamond DeShields12,54,231,50,20,92,74,211,23,23,9
Courtney Vandersloot11,63,68,32,10,81,33,64,410,81,51,6
Ruthy Hebard8,86,50,90,81,100,23,56,71,82,3
Astou Ndour-Fall10,17,60,30,410,72,83,48,82,62,8
Allie Quigley11,922,10,90,41,63,13,78,72,93,1
Azura Stevens6,24,70,80,80,30,71,72,15,41,31,5
Candace Parker13,28,44111,44,24,2103,44,2
Stefanie Dolson8,73,70,90,3112,13,77,40,30,3
Dana Evans3,50,510,200,51,80,731,71,7
Stephanie Watts2,53,70,50,50,30,21,70,73,211,3
Shyla Heal20,80,80000,80,321,51,5
Natasha Mack21,3000000,710,70,7
Brittany Boyd-Jones212100,510,520,51
Lexie Brown0,7120001,70,32,300


The Skinny

The Sun sit at the top of the Eastern Conference standings and are the only team with a winning record in that group, but it's not a secret that they've been moving in the wrong direction of late since they enter Saturday's action on a two-game losing streak. Even if their recent results have not been very good, Connecticut has quite a few fantasy alternatives worth analyzing for today's three-game slate. Jonquel Jones is one of the few players in the league averaging a double-double (including a league-leading 10.4 rebounds per game) and DeWanna Bonner is in the midst of another stellar year, averaging 15.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks per tilt. Connecticut has also gone 3-3 on the road thus far.

The Sky might enter Saturday's slate with a losing record but are the hottest team in the Eastern Conference by a wide margin, as they arrive at this matchup on a four-game winning run and could reach a .500 record with another victory here. That might be easier said than done, though, as Chicago has gone just 2-5 at home this season. The Sky has six players that are currently averaging double-digit points, but a few names are worth mentioning out of that bunch. Candace Parker is averaging 13.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per contest, while Kahleah Cooper is averaging a team-best 14.6 points per tilt as well. Courtney Vandersloot might be a bit inconsistent when it comes to her scoring figures, but she's been getting the job done as a playmaker and averages a league-high 8.3 dimes per contest.

Indiana Fever at Washington Mystics

Injuries

Note: All return dates are just estimates

Indiana

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Bernadett HatarCAnkleGTD6/19/2021
Florencia ChagasGPersonalOUT10/1/2021
Temi FagbenleFPersonalOUT5/1/2022
Julie AllemandGNot Injury RelatedOUT5/1/2022

Washington

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Erica McCallFKneeOUT6/22/2021
Myisha Hines-AllenFKneeOUT6/22/2021
Kiara LeslieGNeckOUT6/22/2021
Elena Delle DonneFBackOUT7/15/2021
Klara LundquistGSuspensionOUT5/1/2022
Alysha ClarkFFootOUT5/1/2022

2021 Player Stats

Indiana

PlayerPTSREBASTSTLBLK3PM3PAFGMFGAFTMFTA
Kelsey Mitchell15,622,510,31,96,45,814,22,22,7
Teaira McCowan11,191,10,61,3004,48,52,23,6
Tiffany Mitchell10,93,120,400,21,73,89,43,13,6
Danielle Robinson83,13,21,70,10,31,12,97,81,92,1
Jessica Breland7,97,12,40,61,70,30,63,68,20,50,9
Jantel Lavender6,84,51,800,20,10,83,17,60,60,8
Victoria Vivians5,91,60,80,50,10,93,42,15,90,91
Lindsay Allen3,51,52,40,20,10,21,11,32,90,71
Kysre Gondrezick2,61,21,20,500,61,70,930,10,3
Bernadett Hatar6,72,70,300,7002,751,31,3
Lauren Cox1,31,80,30,40,30,10,20,51,70,20,2
Chelsey Perry0,50,500,5000010,51

Washington

PlayerPTSREBASTSTLBLK3PM3PAFGMFGAFTMFTA
Tina Charles248,41,80,60,81,85,48,719,44,85,5
Ariel Atkins19,32,92,71,40,836,56,413,43,54,1
Myisha Hines-Allen147,12,31,10,50,625,4132,63,4
Natasha Cloud7,13,861,50,20,93,52,36,91,61,9
Theresa Plaisance63,60,90,80,81,132,25,60,50,5
Leilani Mitchell4,31,82,60,80,11,24,11,45,10,40,4
Sydney Wiese6,31,61,60,401,63,91,94,711,1
Erica McCall4,250,60,20,200,11,63,311,7
Shavonte Zellous3,3210,30,10,21,213,51,11,1
Kiara Leslie3,12,10,30,400,30,812,80,91
Stella Johnson1,80,60,400,20,20,80,41,40,80,8
Jillian Alleyne0200,50000100


The Skinny

The Fever have been the worst team in the league by a wide margin and sport a woeful 1-13 record while riding a nine-game losing streak prior to this matchup. Making things even more complicated is the fact that Indiana is yet to win on the road during the current campaign and, as such, it's hard to rely on them to deliver results, cover the spread or even deliver a few individual fantasy performances that can be serviceable. There are a few names worth following in Saturday's three-game slate, though. Kelsey Mitchell is the team's main scorer with 15.6 points and 1.9 threes made per game, but she doesn't offer a lot of value in other categories. Teaira McCowan is only putting up 11.1 points per game, but she's making an impact on the glass with 9.0 rebounds per tilt. Aside from those two, though, there aren't many other viable fantasy alternatives for Indiana.

Washington sits in fourth place of the Eastern Conference standings and is just one game below the .500 threshold, though the Mystics can also be defined as a team that is dependent on their home/away splits to analyze their performances properly. Indeed, Washington has gone 4-3 at home but just 1-3 on the road, and as such, they should be confident about their chances of winning here since they'll be in front of their home crowd and facing the worst team in the competition. With that in mind, it makes sense to stack on the Mystics for this game, but two players are particularly worth targeting as must-start alternatives: Tina Charles and Ariel Atkins. While Charles is averaging a league-high 24.0 points per game while also pulling down 8.4 rebounds per contest, Atkins is scoring a healthy 19.3 points per appearance. The absence of Myisha Hines-Allen (knee) could also result in an expanded role – and thus, bigger upside – for Natasha Cloud as well.

Minnesota Lynx at Dallas Wings

Injuries

Note: All return dates are just estimates

Minnesota

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Jessica ShepardCGroinOUT6/23/2021
Natalie AchonwaCKneeOUT6/25/2021
Aerial PowersFThumbOUT8/15/2021
Maya MooreFPersonalOUT3/1/2022
Rennia DavisGFootOUT5/1/2022

Dallas

Imani McGee-StaffordCPersonalSUSP5/1/2022

2021 Player Stats

Minnesota

PlayerPTSREBASTSTLBLK3PM3PA3P%FGMFGAFTMFTA
Sylvia Fowles16,391,62,51,30006,610,434,5
Kayla McBride12,93,52,10,90,225,536,13,89,73,33,4
Napheesa Collier17,86,431,11,313,826,76,514,13,84,3
Crystal Dangerfield10,5340,601,2339,43,79,81,92,4
Damiris Dantas6,33,820,30,41,13,928,22,26,90,81
Layshia Clarendon8,634,60,600,30,933,33,371,72,1
Rachel Banham4,81,91,40,40,11,32,5501,740,10,2
Bridget Carleton4,83,11,10,80,10,51,8251,84,50,71,1
Aerial Powers104,83,50,510,31,814,33,3103,33,8
Natalie Achonwa3,82,10,80,50,300,101,131,51,8
Jessica Shepard2,321,400,10,10,916,70,72,10,70,7
Cierra Burdick30,500000011,511,5
Linnae Harper010000000000

Dallas

PlayerPTSREBASTSTLBLK3PM3PAFGMFGAFTMFTA
Arike Ogunbowale20,83,53,2102,57,16,817,34,85,6
Marina Mabrey15,55,32,91,50,42,46,55,913,51,31,5
Kayla Thornton9,56,51,80,60,10,71,53,56,61,72,2
Isabelle Harrison8,36,61,10,80,600,13,37,91,72,1
Satou Sabally13,76,32,30,30,3134,310,745
Tyasha Harris6,31,83,50,90,40,82,72,15,91,31,4
Allisha Gray10421,30,40,63,33,611,12,32,7
Moriah Jefferson51,72,20,90,10,8225,40,20,3
Charli Collier4,14,30,30,20,3001,83,40,40,8
Bella Alarie2,23,40,50,40,700,20,91,80,40,4
Kristine Anigwe2,3200,3000120,30,7
Dana Evans0,800,5000,20,50,210,30,3
Awak Kuier0,81,80,500,300,8010,81
Chelsea Dungee0,40,10000,10,40,10,600


The Skinny

The Lynx are just one game below the .500 threshold and secured a win in their previous contest, but the fact that they'll be playing on the road complicates the scenario for them – Minnesota owns a below-average 1-3 record when playing away from home this season. The Lynx don't have many reliable fantasy assets in their roster, but the names of Sylvia Fowles and Napheesa Collier are worth monitoring. While Fowles is averaging close to a double-double thanks to her 16.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, Collier is putting up a team-best 17.8 points per contest while also contributing on the glass (6.4 rebounds per game) and on defense, with a combined 2.4 steals and blocks per contest.

Fortunately for Minnesota, the Wings are a team that is also riding their fair share of struggles on both ends of the court and while they sit just 0.5 games behind the Lynx in the standings, it's fair to mention they are in the last place of the Conference while also winning just once at home throughout the entire campaign (1-3). To make things even more complicated for the Wings, they also enter this matchup on a two-game losing streak. As one would have guessed it, the Wings are a bit short in terms of reliable fantasy contributors, but fantasy managers can always turn to Arike Ogunbowale, who's averaging a team-high 20.8 points per game. She is one of five players in the entire league that is averaging at least 20 points per game. One sneaky value play might be Satou Sabally, who's averaging 13.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per tilt while also averaging one three-pointer made per game.

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