I try not to overreact to injuries for DFS but when a fringe MVP candidate and the best passer in WNBA history are both out, it is going to make waves in the WNBA DFS Slate. That is certainly the case Friday. With all three games tipping off at 8:00 p.m. ET it may be challenging to watch all of the action, but setting our WNBA DFS lineups will be much easier. We should get all of the starting lineups, and any last-minute injury news, at roughly the same time. Instead of following the news all evening, we can shift our attention to our World Cup DFS lineups after tip-off. Let's now take a look at top WNBA DFS picks on DraftKings and FanDuel for Friday, July 28th. 


WNBA DFS Picks July 28

Marine JohannesNYMIN490014.22500013.44
Johannes has averaged 26.0 fantasy points and 29.9 minutes in her two starts this season. With Courtney Vandersloot out, Johannes is a must-play.
Natasha CloudWASDAL910028.75680028.26
Brittney Sykes has been better for longer, but Cloud is much cheaper, and she is averaging 40.2 fantasy points in the four games Ariel Atkins has missed.
Diamond MillerMINNY810024.66640024.74
Miller has averaged 33.3 minutes and 34.75 fantasy points in her last three games. With Napheesa Collier out for the first time this season, Miller's minutes and usage are virtually assured.
Sabrina IonescuNYMIN1090035.46810033.01
I wish we were getting her at a discount, but at the very least, her floor should be higher with Courtney Vandersloot out. Only Seattle has allowed more fantasy points to guards than Minnesota this season, and Ionescu has been better at home as well.
Betnijah LaneyNYMIN700020.11630019.37
Laney is averaging 25.3 fantasy points in her last three games. She'll never be the focal point of the offense but with Courtney Vandersloot out, Laney should get 11+ shots for the fourth consecutive game.
Tiffany MitchellMINNY580015.98420015.24
I'm surprised it has taken Mitchell this long to return to the starting lineup, and I think they'll need her offense more with Napheesa Collier out. This is a bit of a dart throw, though she'll be in all of my lineups if she starts.
Myisha Hines-AllenWASDAL640012.86520012.75
With three starters out, Washington's only chance to tread water is for Allen to bump her minutes and production to her 2020-2021 levels. She played a season-high 23 minutes Wednesday and finished with 27.25 fantasy points. She looks like a nice mid-priced forward, even if her ceiling is capped by her limited minutes.
Dorka JuhaszMINNY830018.53550018.90
I don't know how much Napheesa Collier's injury will help Dorka Juhasz, but it probably won't hurt. Juhasz is averaging 27.3 minutes and 28.1 fantasy points in her last four games, and she certainly looks like a better value than Jessica Shepard.
Teaira McCowanDALWAS940028.42720028.58
Washington's overall numbers against forwards aren't bad but they have struggled at times with size inside. McCowan had 33.3 fantasy points in 23.2 minutes in her only game against Washington this season, and she scored 44.75 fantasy points in 35 minutes against Connecticut on Thursday. I don't really trust any of the cheaper forwards, so I'll pay a little bit more for McCowan.
Breanna StewartNYMIN1170046.76920046.44
Like Sabrina Ionescu, Breanna Stewart should be quite safe with Courtney Vandersloot out. You can pivot to one of the Dallas forwards if you need to but I'm going to try to spend up for Stewart.
Mercedes RussellSEACHI350011.6430011.55
Russell played 22 minutes off the bench Tuesday, her highest total in a month. That didn't translate into fantasy points, and she has a lot of competition for minutes, but she is dirt cheap on DraftKings. Russell is a reasonable punt play on both sites, especially with Chicago allowing the second-most fantasy points to forwards.

WNBA DFS Core Plays

DraftKings Core Plays
Top Tier  
Mid TierDiamond Miller$8,100
Teaira McCowan$9,400
Value TierMarine Johannes$4,900
Mercedes Russell$3,500
FanDuel Core Plays
Top TierSabrina Ionescu$8,100
Mid TierDiamond Miller$6,400
Dorka Juhasz$5,500
Value TierMarine Johannes$5,000
Mercedes Russell$4,300

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