WNBA DFS Picks and Lineup Tips for Wednesday, August 3

WNBA DFS Picks and Lineup Tips for Wednesday, August 3

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  • Los Angeles Sparks at New York Liberty
  • Minnesota Lynx at Seattle Storm
  • Indiana Fever at Atlanta Dream

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Kristy WallaceGATLIND-390159.5-984.25450017.473.9
Naz HillmonFATLIND-390159.5-984.25780029.63.8
Katie Lou SamuelsonGLA@NY220163.56.578.5700024.943.6
Erica WheelerGATLIND-390159.5-984.25830029.513.6
Destanni HendersonGIND@ATL301159.5975.25600021.513.6

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Erica WheelerGATLIND-390159.5-984.25500029.235.8
Naz HillmonFATLIND-390159.5-984.25510029.465.8
Katie Lou SamuelsonGLA@NY220163.56.578.5450024.725.5
Destanni HendersonGIND@ATL301159.5975.25390020.855.3
Danielle RobinsonGIND@ATL301159.5975.25440021.965

Los Angeles Sparks at New York Liberty (-6.5)

Injury Report - Sparks vs. Liberty

Note: All return dates are just estimates

Los Angeles

Chiney OgwumikeFFaceOUT8/5/2022
Kristi ToliverGCalfOUT8/5/2022
Rae BurrellGKneeOUT8/16/2022
Amanda Zahui B.CUndisclosedOFS4/1/2023

New York

Betnijah LaneyGKneeOUT8/6/2022
Nyara SaballyFUndisclosedOFS4/1/2023
Kylee ShookFPersonalOFS5/1/2023
Sika KoneFNot Injury RelatedOFS5/1/2023

2022 WNBA Stats - Sparks vs. Liberty

Los Angeles

Nneka OgwumikeF2931.718.
Liz CambageC2523.4136.
Brittney SykesG2627.710.73.33.820.70.4
Katie Lou SamuelsonG2629.3102.9210.21.8
Jordin CanadaG2626.
Lexie BrownG2826.
Chennedy CarterG2215.
Chiney OgwumikeF2518.
Olivia Nelson-OdodaF2411.
Kristi ToliverG1119.
Jasmine WalkerF267.
Kianna SmithG59.2110.60.600.2
Rae BurrellG314.71.710.30.700.3
Amy AtwellF480.80.50.5000.3

New York

Sabrina IonescuG3032.417.
Natasha HowardF3030.
Stefanie DolsonC3022.
Han XuC26189.33.910.60.70.6
Sami WhitcombG2923.
Marine JohannesG1827.
Rebecca AllenF1921.
Michaela OnyenwereF2814.
Crystal DangerfieldG2422.
Betnijah LaneyG43413.
DiDi RichardsG1311.
Jocelyn WilloughbyG813.
Asia DurrG1071.
Lorela CubajF1180.72.10.400.20

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The Sparks and Liberty are one of two contests to open the night and will run it back following a dominating 29-point win by New York on Tuesday. The Liberty seem to have come into their own of late, winning three of their last four contests, including one over the Chicago Sky. On the flip side, Los Angeles has dropped four straight games to even up the record between the two clubs at 12-18 with just a couple of weeks remaining in the regular season.

Los Angeles was down Kristi Toliver on Tuesday and lost Chiney Ogwumike mid-game due to a facial injury and it's unclear if either of the two will be able to make the quick turnaround for Wednesday's rematch. If not, that could put the Sparks in a tough spot in terms of rotational depth. The Sparks would presumably turn to Jordin Canada for additional work again if Toliver sits, while Lexie Brown and Olivia Nelson-Ododa would presumably be the two factors to grab some extra minutes, along with Nneka Oguwmike, should Chiney sit. Sykes missed the first game against the Liberty but took advantage of her opportunities Tuesday, collecting 19 points, six rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals while matching a season high of 17 shot attempts. Nneka Ogwumike hasn't been particularly effective from a fantasy perspective in her two games against New York, though she may be counted on for heavy minutes in this one. Lexie Brown is one who didn't have a great showing last night but posted one of her better efforts of the season against New York in the only other previous matchup, compiling eight points, four assists, four steals, three rebounds and a block, so there's some potential fantasy value there.

The Liberty are eagerly awaiting the return of Betnijah Laney for the stretch run, but she's still not quite ready to make her debut Wednesday. That being said, her return doesn't seem to be too far off. The Liberty's big guns showed up in the contest, with Sabrina Ionescu dropping 31 points over 24 minutes and Natasha Howard compiling a 24-point, 11-rebound double-double in just 23. It will likely be difficult for the Sparks to stop the pair again Wednesday, though there may be a more concerted effort to prevent the two from beating them. Marine Johannes has shown well in her two games against the Sparks, but she's notably moved to a bench role since the first time the two clubs squared off in early July, when she tallied 17 points. She should still log over 20 minutes, so there's still potential for some fantasy value from her. Han Xu is another player who has fared well against Los Angeles, averaging 11.5 points, 5.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds.

Indiana Fever at Atlanta Dream (-9.0)

Injury Report - Fever vs. Dream

Note: All return dates are just estimates


Kelsey MitchellGFootOFS10/1/2022
Bernadett HatarCKneeOFS2/1/2023
Chelsey PerryFPersonalOFS2/1/2023
Florencia ChagasGPersonalOFS5/1/2023


Tiffany HayesGAnkleOUT8/5/2022
Nia CoffeyFKneeOUT8/5/2022
Monique BillingsFAnkleOUT8/5/2022
Asia DurrGHipOFS5/1/2023
Maite CazorlaGPersonalOFS5/1/2023

2022 WNBA Stats - Fever vs. Dream


Kelsey MitchellG3132.618.
NaLyssa SmithF283113.
Victoria ViviansG3126.910.
Queen EgboC3022.
Danielle RobinsonG2923.
Tiffany MitchellG3115.55.91.310.80.10.3
Destanni HendersonG3215.
Emily EngstlerF3217.
Emma CannonF1911.
Lexie HullG229.
Alanna SmithF912.
Alaina CoatesC89.43.520.30.30.40
Bria HartleyG108.72.5110.100.3
Crystal DangerfieldG316.3613.300.70.7
Khayla PointerG74.720.60.10.300.1
Rennia DavisG4611.500.300


Rhyne HowardG283115.
Cheyenne ParkerF3025.411.
Aari McDonaldG3024.
Erica WheelerG2425.58.134100.8
Tiffany HayesG1127.516.
Kristy WallaceG2720.
Asia DurrG1519.910.
Monique BillingsF2117.
Naz HillmonF281844.
Nia CoffeyF16216.
Kia VaughnC2313.
Beatrice MompremierF188.
Megan WalkerF129.
Maya CaldwellG320.78.712.30.701.7
Destiny SlocumG313.
Yvonne TurnerG280.510.50.500

WNBA DFS Showdown Picks and Lineup Building Strategy

The Fever and Dream are two clubs that have been on a downward spiral of late. Indiana has dropped 14 straight and haven't managed to keep many of them particularly close, losing each of the last four and six of the last seven by double digits. Atlanta has dropped two straight on its home floor and four in a row overall. The Dream did keep two of the four losses within single digits but couldn't get much going offensively against the Wings on Saturday. Despite that, the Dream remain the heaviest favorite on the night and sports one of the higher ex[ected totals (83.8) as a result.

Atlanta will be down some firepower for this contest with Tiffany Hayes and Monique Billings set to join Nia Coffey on the sidelines due to injury. Hayes had been a key contributor for Atlanta since making her season debut in late June, averaging 17.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per contest. Rhyne Howard should be the primary focus to pick up the scoring slack in her absence. After a tough stretch from the field, Howard took a pair of games off in the middle of the month to rest a shoulder injury and she's returned rejuvenated. In the four games since returning from the injury, Howard has compiled 19.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks per contest. She's averaged 18.8 shot attempts per game in that span, including a 30-attempt effort against the Storm on July 24. Two other players who stand to gain additional playing time from Hayes' absence are Kristy Wallace and Aari McDonald, who both saw increased run following Hayes'early departure Sunday. Naz Hillmon should continue to log big minutes in lieu of Monique Billings. Howard has fared particularly well in her previous three showings against Indiana, averaging 22.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 2.0 steals per contest. Two of Erica Wheeler's better fantasy outputs this season also came against Indiana.

For the Fever, things can't get much worse at the moment. The club will be without cornerstone Kelsey Mitchell for the remainder of the season, which has resulted in Tiffany Mitchell, Lexie Hull and Destanni Henderson seeing added playing time. Henderson, in particular, has thrived off the bench in the last two games, recording double-digit scoring efforts in both contests. Nalyssa Smith played a season-low 22 minutes the last time the two clubs met, turning the ball over a season-high five times. That being said, she recorded 18 points and six boards the previous contest and is coming off of an 18-point, 13-rebound double-double against the Aces last time out. Emily Engstler played two of her better games of the season against the Dream, while Lexie Hull finished with double digits in the fantasy points column despite playing just 10 minutes in an earlier meeting.

Minnesota Lynx at Seattle Storm (-6.5)

Injury Report - Lynx vs. Storm

Note: All return dates are just estimates


Damiris DantasCPersonalOUT8/7/2022
Napheesa CollierFPersonalOUT8/7/2022


Mercedes RussellFHeadOFS8/16/2022

2022 WNBA Stats - Lynx vs. Storm


Aerial PowersF3127.214.34.731.20.30.9
Sylvia FowlesC2527.814.
Kayla McBrideG2630.413.62.9210.11.5
Moriah JeffersonG252811.
Jessica ShepardF3126.
Rachel BanhamG3117.
Nikolina MilicC2911.
Bridget CarletonG3117.44.32.310.40.20.8
Natalie AchonwaF1715.
Damiris DantasC1517.
Evina WestbrookG1412.
Yvonne TurnerG4226.
Odyssey SimsG2279.
Lindsay AllenG412.54.52.34000
Angel McCoughtryF2106310.510
Kamiah SmallsG311.31.31.721.300
Elissa CunaneC33.30.71.70000
Rennia DavisG13200000
Hannah SjervenC3300000.30


Breanna StewartF2930.621.
Jewell LoydG3130.
Ezi MagbegorC2826.310.35.91.5120.3
Gabby WilliamsF3124.
Sue BirdG2626.
Tina CharlesC1324.
Stephanie TalbotG2917.
Epiphanny PrinceG2812.841.
Briann JanuaryG3117.53.512.
Jantel LavenderC2512.543.
Reshanda GrayF117.
Kaela DavisG1181120202
Mercedes RussellC510.821.80.2000
Kiana WilliamsG391.70.71.7000.3
Raina PerezG12001000

WNBA DFS Showdown Picks and Lineup Building Strategy

The nightcap features a powerhouse Storm club versus a Lynx squad that picked up a pair of wins to move past a previous three-game losing streak. Minnesota is fighting for one of the final playoff spots but faces a tough road to get there, taking on the Storm twice over the last five games. Neither team is facing any new injuries or absences to plan around, so there shouldn't be many rotational surprises barring an unexpected scratch Wednesday.

Sylvia Fowles logged 22 minutes in her only showing against the Storm to open up 2022 and posted 16 points, four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block. However, Jessica Sheppard has averaged a near double-double (10.5 points, 9.0 rebounds), suggesting there is a spot here for Fowles to make her mark down low as well. Kayla McBride is a player who thrived in her lone showing against the Strom, compiling 20 points, four boards, three assists and a steal to give her one of her better fantasy outings of the season. McBride may need to put up sizable totals again for the Lynx to keep pace with the high-powered Seattle squad.

On Seattle's side, there's also nothing much new to expect. With health intact for the most part, the rotation has sorted itself out since the acquisition of Tina Charles, with Charles moving into a starting role and Ezi Magbegor moving to the bench. Magbegor's play has fallen off considerably of late and she hasn't posted the best showings against the Lynx anyway. Breanna Stewart neared a season-high total with 29 points the last time these two clubs met, falling a pair of boards shy of a double-double. Sue Bird also performed well in her lone appearance against the Lynx in the season opener, totaling a still season-high nine assists to go along with 11 points, two rebounds, two steals and a block over 22 minutes. She's also coming off of a pair of solid showings against Washington. Gabby Williams posted eight assists and 10 rebounds in Bird's absence last time against Minnesota, but she seems unlikely to repeat that effort with Bird available.

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Howard has picked up the pace again since returning from her shoulder injury and the absence of Tiffany Hayes likely means more reliance on the rookie to put up big numbers.

Bird posted a season-high nine assists in the first go around versus the Lynx and Gabby Williams racked them up in her absence last time out. I anticipate a similarly large assist total, which should boost Bird's fantasy output again.

Howard is a force down low the Sparks aren't prepared to deal with. This is especially true with Liz Cambage out of the picture and Chiney Ogwumike unavailable due to a facial injury.

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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