WNBA DFS Picks and Lineup Tips for Sunday, August 13

WNBA DFS Picks and Lineup Tips for Sunday, August 13

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  • Chicago Sky at Washington Mystics 
  • New York Liberty at Indiana Fever 
  • Phoenix Mercury at Seattle Storm 
  • Atlanta Dream at Las Vegas Aces

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Chicago Sky at Washington Mystics

Line: 
O/U: 

Injury Report 

Note: All return dates are just estimates

Chicago

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Rebekah GardnerGFootOFS2/1/2024
Isabelle HarrisonFKneeOFS2/1/2024
Li YueruCLower BodyOFS2/1/2024

Washington

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Elena Delle DonneFAnkleGTD8/13/2023
Natasha CloudGAnkleGTD8/13/2023
Shakira AustinCHipGTD8/13/2023
Kristi ToliverGFootOUT8/18/2023
Ariel AtkinsGAnkleOUT8/18/2023

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The Sky continue to have a tough time on the defensive end, allowing opponents to shoot a league-high 45.7 percent from the field, and they also give up the league's second-most offensive rebounds per game. Meanwhile, the Mystics struggle guarding the perimeter, as they allow opponents to hit 35.5 percent from long range, which is the fourth-highest mark in the league. The Mystics also give up the league's third-most free-throw attempts per game. 

Kahleah Copper is coming off a muted effort in the Sky's last game, but she averaged 24.5 points on 49.7 percent shooting over the previous 10 outings. Marina Mabrey scored in double digits in five consecutive outings, including a 32-point performance early in the month, while Courtney Williams and Alanna Smith have also been solid contributors. The Mystics continue to be hampered by injury trouble, but Brittney Sykes, Natasha Cloud and Tianna Hawkins have been reliable producers throughout. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Queen Egbo and Myisha Hines-Allen also are capable of delivering solid value. 

New York Liberty at Indiana Fever

Line: Liberty -10.5
O/U: 164.5

Injury Report 

Note: All return dates are just estimates

New York

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Han XuCNot Injury RelatedSUSP8/18/2023

Indiana

None

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The Liberty are one of the league's best defensive units, holding opponents to the third-fewest points per game and a league-low 41.7 percent shooting from the field. On the other end, the Fever give up the league's second-most points per game and allow opponents to shoot a league-high 37.9 percent from long range. 

Breanna Stewart, Sabrina Ionescu and Jonquel Jones continue to lead the way for the Liberty, but Betnijah Laney and Courtney Vandersloot do a great job of filling in the gaps and contributing across the stat sheet. Meanwhile, Kelsey Mitchell and Aliyah Boston have been dominant on behalf of the Fever. Additionally, NaLyssa Smith has been back in the lineup for the last two games and is working her way back into rhythm, which will give the squad a major boost as she is the team's second-highest scorer (16.8 points per game). 

Phoenix Mercury at Seattle Storm

Line: Storm -1.5
O/U: 162.5

Injury Report 

Note: All return dates are just estimates

Phoenix

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Shey PeddyGConcussionOUT8/18/2023
Skylar Diggins-SmithGPersonalOUT8/23/2023

Seattle

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Gabby WilliamsFFootOUT9/10/2023

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The Mercury hold opponents to an average of just 42.8 percent shooting from the field, but they have trouble controlling the boards, as they give up a league-high 9.4 offensive rebounds per game. On the other side, the Storm allow opponents to shoot an average of 45.1 percent from the field, which is the third-highest mark in the league, including 36.6 percent from deep, which is the second highest. 

Diana Taurasi is on a roll for the Mercury, averaging 25.7 points on 53.4 percent shooting since returning from a three-game absence. Brittney Griner has topped 20 points in two of three games since returning from a three-game absence, while Sophie Cunningham, Megan Gustafson and Moriah Jefferson have each shown they can step up for the squad. Moreover, Jewell Loyd continues to lead the way for the Storm, averaging 23.8 points per game and topping 30 in two of the last four outings. Ezi Magbegor, Sami Whitcomb and Gabby Williams are the only others to score in double digits on a fairly regular basis, while Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu does a solid job on the glass. 

Atlanta Dream at Las Vegas Aces

Line: Aces -16.5
O/U: 175.5

Injury Report 

Note: All return dates are just estimates

Atlanta

None

Las Vegas

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Riquna WilliamsGSuspensionSUSP8/17/2023
Candace ParkerFAnkleOUT9/10/2023

WNBA DFS Showdown Picks and Lineup Building Strategy

The Dream give up the league's third-most points per game, but they hold opponents to 42.4 percent shooting, which is the second-lowest mark in the league. However, they also give up a league-high 22.8 free-throw attempts per game. Meanwhile, the Aces maintain one of the best defenses in the league, holding opponents to the second-fewest points per game. They also do a fantastic job limiting easy points by giving up a league-low 15.2 free throws per game. 

Rhyne Howard and Allisha Gray dominate the Dream's offense, but Cheyenne Parker has also been playing well lately, averaging 15.6 points and 6.6 rebounds over the last five outings. Nia Coffey and Aari McDonald can also step up as key contributors. On the other side, A'ja Wilson continues to excel, including a 40-point performance in the Aces' last outing. Kelsey Plum, Jackie Young and Chelsea Gray are also major contributors, while Alysha Clark and Kierstan Bell have been reliable off the bench. 

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DraftKings

Copper is coming off a quiet outing but should find a chance to pad her stats at the foul line against the Mystics. Plum averages 19.2 points per game and should also boost her totals at the foul line, as the Dream give up the most free-throw attempts per game. Griner should excel on the glass against the Storm, who give up a league-most 36.4 rebounds per game. 

Value Picks

Johannes has a favorable matchup against the Fever's lackluster defense. Bell has topped 15 DK points in three of the last four outings. 

Fanduel 

Taurasi should shine against the Storm, who struggle to guard the perimeter. Young is averaging 18.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals over the last four games. Ionescu topped 35 FD points in each of the last three outings and has a favorable matchup against the Fever's defense. 

Value Picks 

Hawkins has gone over 25 FD points in four of the last five games, including 42 FD points last time out. Walker-Kimbrough has a good opportunity to thrive versus the Sky's subpar defense. 

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. Dan Bruno plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: duelingdan.
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