Blande’s Bland Take: WNBA DFS Rundown and Picks 8/19/2018

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Let’s take a moment to honor Lindsay Whalen as she makes her bow out of the WNBA!

It’s the final day of the regular season and we have a huge five game main slate to usher us out. As we mve slowly towards the end of the WNBA DFS season, I’ll like to thank everyone for being a wonderful audience and pushing me to provide better content. Back to this slate, there is a lot going on today. The playoff teams have been decided already, but some games today have massive playoff seeding implications. With some games having major implications while others do not, there is going to be a lot of late breaking news to watch out for. We are expecting some studs to play limited minutes or sit all together, opening up a lot of value today. Navigating these waters will be treacherous, so let’s get started!

  • Atlanta Dream @ Las Vegas Aces

Game Info: The Dream need a win here to safely lock up the #2 seed. A loss here opens the door for the Mystics to get the 2nd seed. The Aces are playing their last game of the season and they are at home. Everyone on both teams will be playing hard. Some might point out that the Aces could have it in for the Mystics because of the forfeit game incident and as such will make it easy for the Dream, but I don’t buy into that kind of narrative.

The top play for the Dream is Jessica Breland, who has been fantastic since Angel McCoughtry went down. Elizabeth Williams is also in a fantastic spot as well and is playable in all formats. I love Brittney Sykes today! After being unceremoniously ejected last game, she’ll be back with a vengeance tonight in an excellent matchup. Tiffany Hayes and Renee McCoughtry make for solid GPP plays as well. Alex Bentley makes for an interesting GPP play off the bench here.

A’ja Wilson is the top play for the Aces tonight, and she’ll be hard to stop. It’s been center-by-committee for the Aces recently, making it difficult to justify playing any of them. Tamera Young on the other hand has a good matchup here and makes for a nice GPP play. I have little interest in Kayla McBride who gets the tough matchup against Hayes. Kelsey Plum on the other hand makes for a sneaky GPP play tonight.

  • New York Liberty @ Phoenix Mercury

Game Info: A win for the Mercury means they get to face the Wings rather than the defending champions Lynx in a one and done first round matchup. That tells you all you need to know of their mind set tonight. The Liberty on the other hand have nothing to play for.

Tina Charles leads the way for the Liberty here. I have no interest in Charles due to her high level of inconsistency. I have zero interest in any Liberty center as well due to the poor matchup. Sugar Rodgers and Kia Nurse are in playable spots here, they make for solid GPP plays. Rebecca Allen is the only other Liberty player I have any interest in.

Diana Taurasi is an all format play and is the top guard on the slate. DeWanna Bonner will be guarded by Charles, making things a little difficult. She’s too expensive for the matchup, but one can’t completely discount her recent form. She is a contrarian GPP play. Stephanie Talbot remains a value play, although she is highly priced. Briann January is in a good spot, but she is so inconsistent it’s tough to recommend her with any degree of confidence. She’s a GPP flyer if you decide to go there.

  • Indiana Fever @ Chicago Sky

Game Info: A replay of the game yesterday which went into double OT. Both teams are out of the playoff, and as the last game of the season, we can expect them to come to play today even with tired legs. This is a great avenue for fantasy goodness.

Candice Dupree, Natalie Achonwa, and Victoria Vivians each played 44+ minutes yesterday. Achonwa and Vivians are young, so I have no problem going back to them. Dupree on the other hand is a fade for me here. I’ll let others chase Dupree’s great game. Erica Wheeler and Tiffany Mitchell played 38 minutes each yesterday. Today is most likely the turn for Kelsey Mitchell and Cappie Pondexter to see the bulk of the minutes. Tiffany Mitchell is still a good play today in GPPs.

There are no real tired legs concerns with the Sky, since only Courtney Vandersloot played 40 minutes. I love Allie Quigley here today, she is well rested after not playing much yesterday, and the matchup is good for her. Vandersloot is also in play but is a little expensive for me. I’m back of the Stefanie Dolson train here. She did nothing yesterday and will like this chance to rectify that. Gabby Williams has a great matchup at PF tonight, but Cheyenne Parker could end up being the true beneficiary there as she was yesterday. Finally Diamond DeShields will get her regular minutes here, and while I’m not a big fan of her today, she is in play in all formats.

  • Dallas Wings @ Seattle Storm

Game Info: There’s nothing for either team to play for here. The Storm are locked into the #1 seed and the Wings into the #8. As such, we can expect the stars to play just a handful of minutes in this game if at all.

For the Wings, fade Liz Cambage, Skylar Diggins-Smith, and Glory Johnson. They’ll all play around 20 minutes or less. Tayler Hill and Leticia Romero will figure heavily today, as they soak up the minutes. Kayla Thornton would see a nice workload, while Azura Stevens and Cayla George will see increased minutes. Theresa Plaisance could see a bump as well, but there are questions about her fitness, so be cautious there.

For the Storm, fade Breanna Stewart, Natasha Howard, Jewell Loyd, and Sue Bird. I won’t be surprised if Bird doesn’t even play at all. Alysha Clark will also see reduced minutes. Crystal Langhorne and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis will see nice bumps in minutes today, making them good punts. Even Courtney Paris and Mercedes Russel could be considered as GPP punts, but I personally won’t go that far. On the guard front, Jordin Canada and Sami Whitcomb offer the most value, as they will see increased minutes. Noelle Quinn is a deep GPP flyer.

  • Washington Mystics @ Minnesota Lynx

Game Info: The Mystics need a win and a Dream loss to get the 2nd seed. This game starts one hour after the Dream game, so at some point in the 2nd half, the Mystics will know whether they need this win. The Lynx on the other hand have nothing to play for. They are locked into the 7th seed and really need to rest their players who are generally older.

For the Mystics, Elena Delle Donne makes for an excellent play today. It’ll be hard for Cecilia Zandalasini or even Maya Moore to stop her. She is capable of doing a lot of damage in three quarters and it gets even better if she sees more. Kristi Toliver is in a great spot here, as is Natasha Cloud. The Lynx are one of the worst against guards, putting both in play. Monique Currie and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt will get around 20 minutes each, relegating them to GPP punt status. I will only play Mystics players in GPPs due to the situation they are in. LaToya sanders is also playable in GPPs here.

For the Lynx, I expect Sylvia Fowles, Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus, and Lindsay Whalen to play very limited minutes if at all they play. I have no interest in any of them. Rather, Tanisha Wright, Alexis Jones, Sydney Colson, Cecilia Zandalasini, Erlana Larkins, and Temi Fagbenle are the plays to target. Of this group, Tanisha Wright and Cecilia Zandalasini are the top plays. They are the most consistent of the bunch and should garner the most minutes of the bunch.

TOP PLAYS

Guards

Elite: Diana Taurasi, Courtney Vandersloot, Tiffany Hayes, Kelsey Plum, DeWanna Bonner, Kristi Toliver, Allie Quigley, Brittney Sykes

Value: Tiffany Mitchell, Kelsey Mitchell, Sugar Rodgers, Cappie Pondexter, Kia Nurse, Jordin Canada, Tanisha Wright

Forwards

Elite: A’ja Wilson, Britney Griner, Elena Delle Donne, Jessica Breland, Elizabeth Williams, Azura Stevens, Natalie Achonwa

Value: Cheyenne Parker, Stefanie Dolson, Kayla Thornton, Carolyn Swords, Kiah Stokes, Dearica Hamby, Cayla George, Cecilia Zandalasini, Temi Fagbenle, Crystal Langhorne