WNBA DFS picks and lineup tips for Sunday, July 31

WNBA DFS picks and lineup tips for Sunday, July 31

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Chicago Sky at Connecticut Phoenix Mercury at New York Liberty Las Vegas Aces at Indiana Fever Seattle Storm at Washington Mystic Minnesota Lynx at Los Angeles Sparks

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Chicago sky Connecticut Sun (-5.5)

Injury Report – Sky vs. the sun

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Connecticut

2022 WNBA Stats – Sky vs. the sun

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Connecticut

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The match between the Sky and the Sun will feature two of the top three teams in attacking efficiency, but the Sun will be favorites to win at home.

Sky will not make a significant contribution as Candace Parker misses a second straight game with a non-Covid illness. Azura Stevens took over the starting role as Emma Miseman played Friday game time against Liberty. Stevens scored in double figures for the second straight game despite shooting just 35.7 percent from the floor. Courtney Vandersloot has been productive since returning to the court, posting her second-highest of the season with 23 points and chipping in with one assist for a double-double Friday. Kahleh Copper has averaged 17.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game in 29.4 minutes over that span, posting double-doubles in two of her last five regular season games.

The Suns come into Sunday’s match having won six of their last seven games and Alyssa Thomas has been a big reason for their success. Thomas averaged 16.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists in 36.3 minutes and posted four consecutive double-doubles. Briana Jones returned to a reserve role with the Hurricanes on Thursday, but remained productive as she shot 4-for-7 from the floor. She has scored in double figures in eight straight games, averaging 15.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in 26.9 minutes over that span. Jonkel Jones regained her starting role Thursday but was somewhat limited, totaling nine points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals in 25 minutes. DeWanna Bonner has been a little inconsistent on the scoreboard lately, but he’s coming off a double-double Thursday against Seattle. She averaged 13.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in 30.6 minutes per game, averaging 10 points in five of her last eight games.

Phoenix Mercury (-1.5) New York Liberty

Damage Report – Mercury and Liberty

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Phoenix

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The Mercury have won their last two games while competing for the finals, while the Liberty have dropped six of their last seven matches.

Phoenix will be without Diamond DeShields for the fourth straight game as she continues to deal with a hip injury. In her absence, Brianna Turner, Sophie Cunningham and Jenny Sims took the extra run. Turner’s impact is somewhat limited given her higher DFS salary, while Cunningham’s point-to-rebound ratio is slightly up. However, she had eight points, two rebounds, two assists and three steals in 35 minutes against the Sparks on Thursday. The group’s recent success was led by Skylar Diggins-Smith and Diana Taurasi. Diggins-Smith has been a consistent contributor and averaged 24.0 points, 6.5 assists and 5.4 rebounds in 34.9 minutes. Taurasi has averaged 25.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 35.7 minutes, averaging 20 points in five of her last six games.

New York made a modest run in late June, but the team cooled off in July as its playoff chances dwindled. Sabrina Ionescu has been the team’s top performer this year, but has been held without a double-double in her past six games. She also averaged 16.2 points, 5.7 assists and 5.2 rebounds in 30.5 minutes per game. Natasha Howard has matched Ionescu’s production for most of the year and has been especially productive lately, posting three straight double-doubles heading into Sunday’s match. Production outside of Ionescu and Howard has been difficult to predict on a game-by-game basis, but Marin Johannes and Stephanie Dolson have shown flashes of promise on the scoreboard. Han Shu has come off the bench, but has scored at least nine points in the last two games while making at least six rebounds.

Las Vegas Aces (-17.5) in Indiana fever

Injury Report – Aces vs. Fever

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Las Vegas

Aces report no damage.

Indiana

2022 WNBA Stats – Aces vs. Fever

Las Vegas

Indiana

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The match between the Aces and the Fever will show one of the worst teams in the league, but the teams have the fastest top two rankings in the league.

The Aces have been one of the most productive teams in the WNBA this season, and were recently awarded the Commissioner’s Cup title. They had an ugly loss at Atlanta on July 19, but have won six of their last seven games. Aja Wilson has scored at least 20 points in her last eight regular-season games, averaging 23.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 27.3 minutes over that span. Sunday has the highest salary in both arenas and has been a reliable source of production, but the team prefers to lighten her load if the results get out of hand at the Heat. Kelsey Plum has also been a standout scorer for Las Vegas, averaging 21.0 points and 3.6 assists in 29.3 minutes per game, averaging 20 points in five of her last seven games over that stretch. Jackie Young has slowed down a bit since his start to the season, but is still averaging 14.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 31.2 minutes over his last 5 games. Chelsea Gray has been a less than incredible contributor, but was recently named the Commissioner’s Cup MVP and averaged 13.1 points, 6.4 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 27.4 minutes over the past seven regular season games.

The Heat have struggled all season and recently received bad news when they learned that Kelsey Mitchell will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury. Mitchell She was the team’s top contributor in 2022, and her absence should create more opportunities for backcourt contributors like Tiffany Mitchell and Destanie Henderson. Henderson was effective off the bench in Friday’s loss to the Aces, totaling 12 points, four assists, three rebounds and a steal in 23 minutes. Rookie Nalisa Smith should have a chance to play a bigger role in the playoffs, and is averaging 15.6 points and 6.8 rebounds in 31.4 minutes. Queen Igbo has scored in double figures in three of her last five contests, averaging 9.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in 20.4 minutes per game during that span.

Seattle Storm Washington Mystics (-2.5)

Damage Report – Storm vs. Mystics

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Washington

2022 WNBA Stats – Tide vs. Mystics

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Washington

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The Hurricanes and Mercury are expected to have one of the most competitive games on the field, but the matchup features the top defenses in the league and the teams are two of the bottom-ranked clubs in the league.

Breanna Stewart once again led the way as the Tide won Saturday’s meeting against Washington. She has played at least 30 minutes in five straight games and is averaging 20.8 points and 7.0 rebounds in 31.6 minutes over that stretch. She recently got help in the frontcourt from Tina Charles, who took over the starting role the last four games as Izzy Magbegor retreated to the bench. Charles has been a consistent threat for a double-double since claiming a spot in the starting rotation, averaging 17.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 29.8 minutes per game. Jewell Lloyd has had solid production on the scoreboard, posting double-digit scoring totals in eight of his past nine games while averaging 15.4 points, 3.2 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 29.2 minutes per game during that span. Sue Bird has recorded at least five assists in seven of her last eight games, but has been a fairly unreliable DF contributor in her final WNBA season.

The Mystics had won five before Saturday’s loss in Seattle, but Washington got a big boost as Elena Delle Donne returned to the court on Saturday. Delle Donne scored 22 points against Seattle and has now scored 20 points in five of her last six games. During that time, she averaged 23.2 points and 6.7 rebounds in 29.0 minutes per game. Dele Don returned to the bench with Maisha Hines-Allen retreating to the bench, but Hines-Allen still had eight points and 10 rebounds in 16 minutes against the Storm. Arielle Atkins has been a consistent contributor on the scoreboard, averaging 13.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in 31.2 minutes over the last six games. Natasha Cloud posted her first double-double of the month in Saturday’s loss and averaged 11.0 points, 6.9 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 34.8 minutes over eight games in July. Shakira Austin has had inconsistent production most of the month, but posted a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double during Saturday’s loss.

Minnesota Lynx (-2.5) at Los Angeles Sparks

Injury Report – Lynx vs. Sparks

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Minnesota

Angels

2022 WNBA Stats – Lynx vs. Sparks

Minnesota

Angels

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The Lynx and Sparks match will feature two teams in the bottom half of the league in terms of defensive efficiency, and both clubs are expected to score 80 points.

The Lynx have lost three of their last four games but got Sylvia Foles back in Thursday’s win over Atlanta. Foles has posted double-doubles in four of her last six games and is averaging 14.8 points and 12.2 rebounds in 26.7 minutes over that stretch. She has gotten plenty of help on the scoreboard from Ariel Powers, averaging 16.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in 30.8 minutes over the past four games. In the backcourt, Kayla McBride has scored in double figures in four of her last five games, averaging 14.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 28.4 minutes per game. Moriah Jefferson has been a limited contributor for most of July, but he shot 75 percent from the floor Thursday with 14 points, seven assists, three rebounds and a steal in 25 minutes.

The Sparks have dropped five of their seven games before Sunday’s matchup. The team agreed to part ways with Liz Cambage this week, allowing Chiny Ogwmik to reclaim his starting role. Ogumumike has been effective in her last five games as a starter, averaging 10.2 points and 8.6 rebounds in 27.4 minutes per game. Neka Ogumumike has been one of the team’s top contributors this year and posted a double-double in Thursday’s loss to Phoenix. In the last five games, she averaged 19.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in 31.8 minutes. It is not yet clear if Lexi Brown will be available on Sunday as she is doubtful with an ankle injury. Jordyn Canada and Chendy Carter have added Brown at running back due to her injury. Carter has scored at least 15 points in each of the last two games, and Canada is averaging 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 27.5 minutes per game during that span. Brittany Sykes and Christy Tolliver have proven to be effective players this year, but both have had inconsistent results recently.

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I’ve been debating whether to stick my lineups with Fowles or Aja Wilson, but Fowles has a slightly more reasonable salary and should be more competitive with the Sparks, who recently parted ways with center Liz Cambage.

Stevens has seen increased production with Candace Parker, who was eliminated on Friday, and may have a chance to resume her original role on Sunday.

In Friday’s loss to the Aces, Henderson saw a significant change in pitching, and Kelsey Mitchell is out for the season, so he should run again on Sunday.

The author(s) of this article may play daily fantasy tournaments, including – but not limited to – the games for which they have provided advice or recommendations in this article. In the course of playing these games using their personal account, players may line up or use other strategies that differ from the recommendations above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Jason Shebilske plays daily fantasy tournaments using the following accounts: DraftKings: FavreFanatic, FanDuel: Favre_Fanatic.

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