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WNBA FULL COURT PRESS
The WNBA playoffs are here! It starts with the single-elimination first-round games tonight. The Phoenix Mercury take on the Chicago Sky, and the Minnesota Lynx travel to Seattle to play the Storm. As I mentioned earlier these are single elimination games, so it is win or go home. As a result, you can expect all these teams to rely heavily on their starters. It shouldn’t be surprising to see key players out on the court for virtually the entire game. With this in mind, let’s look at the games.
Phoenix Mercury @ Chicago Sky
The big news here for the Mercury is that Diana Taurasi is currently unlikely to play. From a DFS perspective, this is excellent news for us. Without Taurasi, the Mercury are a little easier to predict as we have a better understanding of their game plan. DeWanna Bonner gets a huge boost if Taurasi is out. For most of the season, Bonner has been a monster for the Mercury. However, in the six games Taurasi played, Bonner’s usage plummeted and so did her fantasy production. Without Taurasi, the entire Mercury offense will run through Bonner, making her an excellent option. Brittney Griner also gets an exploitable matchup here. She’ll need to dominate down low to give her team a chance at winning this one. It helps that Griner has been playing lights out recently. The final Mercury player that stands out is Leilani Mitchell, another player who should benefit greatly in terms of minutes and usage with Taurasi out. Mitchell has been excellent this season when given the chance, and the Mercury will need her here.
For the Sky, it all begins with their floor general: Courtney Vandersloot. Vandersloot is averaging just over 40 DKPPG in her three meetings against the Mercury this season. She is a walking double-double machine with her ability to create for her teammates and you can be sure she’ll come to play here. Diamond DeShields has been solid this season, fighting with Courtney Vandersloot for team MVP. In her last 12 games, DeShields has failed to cross the 30 DKPs line only once. She is a solid 30+ Fpts option. Allie Quigley has had an inconsistent season, occasionally flashing her massive upside. She is arguably the best shooter in the league, and when her shot is falling, watch out. On the forward side, Astou Ndour has been excellent since entering the starting lineup for the injured Lavender. In her two games against the Mercury in that time span, she has put up 33 and 28.5 DKPs. She is a solid option in this matchup tonight. Cheyenne Parker is the final key option here. Parker will come off the bench, but if history is any indication, she should get good minutes here and put up solid numbers. The starting center Dolson has struggled with foul trouble in this matchup this season, opening the door for Parker to step in and put up big numbers.
5-star play: DeWanna Bonner, Courtney Vandersloot
4-star play: Brittney Griner, Diamond DeShields, Astou Ndour, Leilani Mitchell
Deep Value: Cheyenne Parker
GPP Sleeper: Allie Quigley
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Minnesota Lynx @ Seattle Storm
The Lynx has a chance to play this game at home, but they blew it. Now they have to travel to Seattle to face the Storm. Napheesa Collier has been the best player overall for the Storm this season. She has been especially good over the last seven games, where she scored less than 36 DKPs only once. That said, she hasn’t been the best against the Storm this season, averaging just 23.3 DKPs in four games. This is mainly due to the tough matchup she gets against Alysha Clark. That said, she is a stud in fine form right now. Damiris Dantas gets an excellent matchup here. Unfortunately, it is not one she has exploited so far this season. That being set, it is one of the best matchups on the board and these are the playoffs, so we can expect her to be at her best, especially given her excellent recent form. Odyssey Sims was excellent for the Lynx this season and especially down the stretch. She also performed 6 DKPs better on the road than at home this season. She’ll be called upon to lead this Lynx team to victory here tonight in a good matchup. Sylvia Fowles has not been at her best this season; however, she is still a stud in this league and can go off at any time. There’s nothing like a win or go home scenario to energize a player to be at her best. Finally, Danielle Robinson has been solid against the Storm this season, averaging 28.9 DKPs across the four meetings. She makes for an excellent option in a good matchup here.
With the Storm it all begins up top with Natasha Howard. She has carried this team throughout the entire season and would look to do it again here. She has averaged 32.6 DKPs across four games against the Lynx this season. Not bad numbers, but subpar. It’s even worse when you take a deeper look into the numbers. Her average production is significantly boosted by a single game in which she put up 54 FDPs. All this is to say the matchup is a tough one for Howard, but she is a stud who carries immense upside. Sticking with forwards, Alysha Clark gets an intriguing matchup tonight. She gets to showcase her defensive abilities by taking on Collier while helping her team out on the offensive side too. On the season, she has averaged 22.6 DKPs in three games versus the Lynx, but she put up 27+ in the last two games. Clark is a player who could go overlooked here but carries good upside. On the guard side of things, Jordin Canada is the first name that comes to mind. Canada has been solid for the Storm this season, leading them alongside Howard. She is in fine form and has a good history against the Lynx here. The one knock against her is she doesn’t take enough three-pointers, which is the best way to attack the Lynx. That said her record here still puts her in play. Finally, Jewell Loyd is worth considering on this slate. She is cheap enough and has the ability to go off, although she has rarely shown it this season. That’s it for the slate!
5-star play: Natasha Howard, Odyssey Sims
4-star play: Damiris Dantas, Napheesa Collier, Jordin Canada, Sylvia Fowles, Alysha Clark
Deep Value: Danielle Robinson
GPP Sleeper: Jewell Loyd
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