For the Dream, Tiffany Hayes left Saturday’s game with an ankle injury and is listed as out for today’s game. With AD Durr out for the season as well, the Dream backcourt will be down two of their primary scoring threats. Erica Wheeler (available in 29.1% of leagues) and Aari McDonald (available in 69.4%) are the two most likely guards to step up. Wheeler had been more of a scoring threat earlier this season, before Hayes joined the team at the end of June, as typified by a six-game stretch before her own June injury in which she averaged 13.3 PPG, 4.7 APG, 2.8 RPG, 1.7 3PG and 1.3 SPG in 27.8 MPG. McDonald posted elite numbers during her only starting stretch this season, averaging 16.0 PPG, 4.7 APG, 2.0 RPG, 1.7 SPG and 1.3 3PG in 35.0 MPG in six games.
Questionable: Chiney Ogwumike (face)
Ruled out: Kristi Toliver (calf)
Fantasy Need to Know: These two teams are playing in the same venue for the second night in a row. On Tuesday, the Sparks got 19 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals from Brittney Sykes (available in 39.3% of leagues) to lead the way. Nneka Ogwumike scored 15 points but only notched two rebounds. Chiney Ogwumike left the game early after bumping heads with an opponent, and is questionable to play today. Olivia Nelson-Ododa (available in 98.9%) stepped up with a good game off the bench on Tuesday, and if Chiney is unable to go on Wednesday could have the opportunity to produce again. Toliver’s absence opens up opportunities for players like Sykes, Chennedy Carter (available in 40.8%) and Jordin Canada (available in 70.1%).
On Tuesday, usual suspects Sabrina Ionescu and Natasha Howard dominated with a combined 55 points and 17 rebounds. Their main support came from two teammates off the bench, with Han Xu (available in 87.2% of leagues) scoring 13 points with 8 assists, 7 rebounds, a block and a 3-pointer in 27 minutes and Marine Johannes (available in 89.7%) contributing 12 points, 4 steals, 3 rebounds, a 3-pointer and an assist in 22 minutes. Both of these two, along with Stefanie Dolson (available in 73.8%) and Rebeca Allen (available in 87.5%) are decent streaming options on Wednesday.
Best bet: Liberty -6.0
The Sparks have lost four straight games by an average of 16.0 PPG, are still dealing with the loss of Liz Cambage in the middle, and with both Chiney Ogwumike and Kristi Toliver dealing with injuries, are shorthanded in both the front and backcourt. The Liberty have won two straight blowouts, including their 29-point win over the Sparks on Tuesday.
Minnesota Lynx at Seattle Storm
10:00 p.m., Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle, WA
Ruled out: Damiris Dantas
Fantasy Need to Know: The Lynx have won two straight games after losing four of their previous five. It probably isn’t a coincidence that the wins correspond to big bounce-back games for Moriah Jefferson (available in 59.9% of leagues) who averaged 18.0 PPG, 5.5 APG and 2.0 3PG in those two wins after posting only 5.6 PPG, 2.8 APG and 0.4 3PG in the previous five. Jessica Shepard (available in 30%) has started the last four games in Dantas’ absence, and has two double-digit rebound games in her last five outings. Rachel Banham (available in 96.9% of leagues) is a third potential Lynx streamer. Banham is instant offense off the bench. She has scored double figures in three of her last four games, and has three games with at least 24 points in her last 11.
For the Storm, Tina Charles inevitably took over as the starting center five games ago, and has averaged a 16-point/10-rebound double-double since then. She displaced Ezi Magbegor, whose production has dipped to 5.6 PPG and 3.2 RPG in 17.4 MPG in those five games off the bench. Gabby Williams (available in 58.0% of leagues) remains in the starting frontcourt, and though her production is typically modest, she does have lottery ticket streamer upside in any given night, such as her 16 point, 9 rebound, 4 assist, 3 steal, 1 block performance against the Sun last week.
Best bet: Lynx +6.5 points
The Lynx got off to an incredibly slow start this season, winning only three of their first 16 games. They lost to the Storm twice during that stretch, by 20 points in the season opener but by only two poijnts in mid-June. The Lynx have been much more competitive since then, winning nine of their last 15 games including victories over the Aces and Sky, the two teams with the best record in the WNBA. The Storm are playing well, and deserve to be favored, but I think the Lynx can keep it competitive. I’ll take them with the points.
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