Thursday’s WNBA DFS slate features a lot of players who were great in their first game back from the All-Star break and now have to turn around and do it all over again following just one day of rest. I will be especially interested to see how Phoenix and Minnesota respond after their double-overtime game Tuesday. Four Phoenix starters played at least 43 minutes, and now they get to face the second-best defense in the league. Washington is the only team in the top four of defensive rating in Thursday’s slate, so the other teams should have more favorable matchups

WNBA DFS Top Guards

Kahleah CopperCHILA680024.58###23.02
Copper has topped 30 fantasy points in two of her last three games, and nobody at her price has that kind of upside. Los Angeles has struggled to defend guards all season and Copper looks like the best bet to take advantage. 
Katie Lou SamuelsonLACHI660019.78###19.07
She has quietly been quite consistent of late, playing at least 32 minutes in seven consecutive games and scoring at least 20 fantasy points in five of those. 
Skylar Diggins-SmithPHOWAS####37.66###37.92
I do not understand her price on DraftKings. Maybe it is accounting for the matchup, in which case I would say they are overcompensating. Diggins-Smith appears to be matchup-proof, having scored at least 35 fantasy points in five straight games and 11 of her last 13, including both games against Washington. I would be tempted to pay for her in FD cash games, and I am definitely getting her in my DK lineups.
Sophie CunninghamPHOWAS790022.37###21.77
I think this is probably the game where Sophie Cunningham turns into a pumpkin. Washington has the best defense in the league and they have six forwards who have been starters in this league and should be able to bully her inside. That being said, she is averaging 32.3 fantasy points in her last seven games. Among the guards on the slate, only Skylar Diggins-Smith is averaging more for the season. I still don't think her price has caught up to her production so I'm going to take a shot, even in a tough matchup.
Arike OgunbowaleDALMIN####31.26###29.96
Ogunbowale's production has dipped of late, but there is no reason to believe it will continue much longer. Minnesota has allowed the most fantasy points to guards this season and while Ogunbowale has been just okay against them through two games, I am willing to take a shot on her upside, especially on FD. 
Rachel BanhamMINDAL520013.99###12.85
To be clear, I don't expect Rachel Banham to repeat the 31 minutes or 41.25 fantasy points from Tuesday, which was aided by double-overtime. That being said, her price on DK didn't budge after that game, and she is averaging 27.4 fantasy points in her last four games. She is your best bet if you really need to save some money on a guard, especially on DK.
Ariel AtkinsWASPHO860026.19###25.77
Atkins isn't as consistent as I would like, but she is still safer than the guards priced immediately below her. Phoenix is ninth in fantasy points allowed to guards, and Atkins has averaged 25.8 fantasy points in two games against them this season. 



WNBA DFS Top Forwards

Awak KuierDALMIN49009.42###10.21
Kuier played at least 22 minutes and scored at least 15.5 fantasy points in three straight games before Satou Sabally returned on July 1. With Sabally doubtful Thursday, Kuier should return to a bigger role off the bench. Kuier is averaging 0.76 fantasy points per minute in her career. 
Sylvia FowlesMINDAL840032.18###32.32
Fowles played 37 minutes Tuesday coming off the All-Star break, and it remains to be seen if she will return to playing 22ish minutes as she had for about a month prior to the break. Fowles has averaged 29.8 fantasy points in 23.4 minutes in two games against Dallas, and that is enough to make her a solid cash play. If she plays 30+ minutes, she could be a great tournament play as well. No team on the slate has allowed more fantasy points to forwards than Dallas.
Shakira AustinWASPHO710019.78###20.23
Austin has scored 20+ fantasy points in three of her last four games. Phoenix is ninth out of 12 teams in fantasy points allowed to forwards, and Austin appears to be best positioned to take advantage. Austin has averaged 27 fantasy points in two games against Phoenix this season.
Candace ParkerCHILA####36.74###35.30
I don't believe it is a coincidence Parker is averaging 48.5 fantasy points in two games against her former team. The Sparks are 10th in fantasy points allowed to forwards this season.
Aerial PowersMINDAL900028.23###27.37
Her streak of games with 40+ fantasy points will probably end at three, but I don't trust most of the forwards who cost more, so I'll take a shot on Powers, especially in tournaments.
Damiris DantasMINDAL590014.46###13.34
Dantas's three-point shooting is finally coming around; She is shooting 35.7 percent on threes in July after shooting 25 percent in June. Perhaps most importantly, she scored 26 fantasy points in 22 minutes against Dallas two weeks ago. She would be a must-play if I knew she would play 20+ minutes but given that uncertainty, I'm mostly playing her on FD where I think she is underpriced. 

WNBA DFS Core Plays

Draftkings Core Plays
Top TierSkylar Diggins-Smith$10,500
Candace Parker$10,600
Mid TierKahleah Copper$6,800
Sylvia Fowles$8,400
Value TierAwak Kuier$4,900
Rachel Banham$5,200
Fanduel Core Plays
Top TierArike Ogunbowale$7,800
Candace Parker$8,800
Mid TierKatie Lou Samuelson$5,300
Sophie Cunningham$6,200
Value TierDamiris Dantas$4,100

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