WNBA fantasy and betting tips for Friday

Each day of the WNBA season, our team of fantasy and betting experts breaks down every game on the slate, making note of everything from injuries and lineup changes to recent trends and more.

All odds are provided by Caesars Sportsbook.

Here’s what to look for during Friday’s slate:

New York Liberty at Washington Mystics
7:00 p.m., Entertainment & Sports Arena, Washington, D.C.

Line: Mystics (-12)
Money line: Liberty (+550), Mystics (-800)
Total: 154 points

Ruled out: Alysha Clark (COVID-19 protocols), DiDi Richards (hamstring), Betnijah Laney (knee)

Fantasy need to know: On Wednesday, Crystal Dangerfield (available in 96.4% of leagues) moved into the starting lineup for the Liberty for the first time this season. Her numbers weren’t overwhelming, but she did contribute 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 points in 34 minutes. As long as she’s getting that type of run, she’s worth keeping an eye on as having the potential to pop on a given day. Elizabeth Williams (available in 77.5% of leagues) has come alive in her last two games, both still off the bench behind rookie Shakira Austin. She’s scored double-digits in both games, but in their win over the Fever this week she grabbed 15 boards and scored 10 points for the double-double, and also blocked a whopping six shots in only 23 minutes. She’s played her way into game form after missing the start of the season due to overseas obligations, and is now a fantasy threat whether starting or not. — André Snellings

Best bet: Under 154 points. The Mystics are an elite defense that allows only 94.1 points per 100 possessions (third-best in WNBA), while the liberty struggle on offense with an 88.4 points per 100 possessions offensive rating that ranks last in the WNBA by more than 5 points per 100. Both teams play slow, ranking last and third-from-last in pace. This just shapes up as a low-scoring effort. Snellings

Chicago Sky at Atlanta Dream
7:30 p.m. ET, Gateway Center Arena, Atlanta

Line: Sky (-4.5)
Money line: Sky (-190), Dream (+160)
Total: 155.5 points

Questionable: Azura Stevens (illness)

Ruled out: Li Yueru (personal reasons), Tiffany Hayes (knee)

Fantasy need to know: Allie Quigley (available in 34.0% of leagues) is off to a slightly slower start this season since returning from injury, but is still a threat to score double-digits each game even if her shot isn’t quite up to typical standards. In her last four starts, she’s averaged 9.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 1.8 APG and 0.8 combined blocks/steals per game despite only making 0.3 3PG. Quigley has averaged more than two made 3-pointers per game for five straight seasons, so eventually she’ll find her shot. Kristy Wallace is available in 93.4% of leagues, but she’s playing like she should be a fantasy starter. In her last two games, she’s averaged 17.5 PPG, 3.0 3PG, 3.0 RPG, 1.5 SPG, 1.0 APG and 0.5 BPG in 27.5 MPG. The Dream are looking to her as an impact scorer, and if she holds that role she accrues strong fantasy value. — Snellings

Best bet: Dream +4.5 points. The young Dream have shown the ability to beat every team this season except for the conference leaders. They are 0-3 with a -16.0 PPG scoring margin in three games against the Mystics and Aces, but 6-0 with a +12.0 PPG margin against everyone else. Playing at home, I like the Dream’s chances with the points, even against the defending champion Sky. — Snellings

Connecticut Sun at Phoenix Mercury
10:00 p.m. ET, Footprint Center, Phoenix

Line: Sun (-4.5)
Money line: Sun (-200), Mercury (+170)
Total: 162 points

Questionable: Joyner Holmes (COVID-19 protocols)

Fantasy need to know: Despite reaching the WNBA Finals last year, Phoenix (2-7) has lost six games in a row and has one of the worst records in the league. Even with Skylar Diggins-Smith, Tina Charles and Diana Taurasi on the court, the Mercury are struggling on offense this year. Phoenix ranks 10th in offensive rating. The Mercury are also struggling defensively. Phoenix ranks 10th in defensive rating. The Sun, on the other hand, have thrived offensively ranking second with an offensive rating of 108.8. With a rebounding percentage of 55.1%, the Sun lead the league.

Fantasy managers should start Charles (29), Diggins-Smith (30.6), Taurasi (23.3) and Diamond DeShields (25.6), especially when you consider their average fantasy points per game. Shey Peddy remains a viable streamer. She played only 14 minutes against the Chicago Sky on Tuesday, but has averaged 25 MPG in her previous six games. Peddy is available in 94% of leagues. Jonquel Jones, Alyssa Thomas, DeWanna Bonner, Brionna Jones and Courtney Williams are all must-start players for fantasy managers for the Sun. Thomas, in particular, has been outstanding this season. In her last three games, she has had a double-double. As Bonner continues to make WNBA history by passing Becky Hammon to move into 14th place on the league’s all-time scoring list. If you are looking for a streamer, consider Natisha Hiedeman, who is seeing more minutes with Jasmine Thomas out for the season. — Eric Moody

Best bet: Over 162 total points. The matchup between the Mercury and Sun has the potential to be high scoring. The totals have gone over in three of Phoenix’s last three games at home. While the totals have gone over in four of the Sun’s last five games. I recommend the over. — Moody

Dallas Wings at Seattle Storm
10:00 p.m. ET, Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle

Line: Storm (-6)
Money line: Wings (+220), Storm (-270)
Total: 160.5 points

Ruled out: Sue Bird (COVID-19 protocols), Ezi Magbegor (COVID-19 protocols)

Fantasy need to know: As the Storm host the Wings tonight, they will aim for their fifth consecutive win. Seattle are now 5-3 and will likely be without Sue Bird and Ezi Magbegor for the third straight game who is in the league COVID-19 protocols. Reserve Stephanie Talbot, who missed time with COVID as well, cleared the protocols on Thursday. Over the last four games the Storm has averaged 82 PPG, 36.3 RPG and lead the league over that time frame with 23.3 APG. The Wings are 5-4 and have lost two of their last four games. This season Dallas ranks third in offensive rating (103.7) and eighth in defensive rating (104.1).

All season, Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd have been must-start options for the Storm. Stewart has been especially dominant over the last three games, scoring 40 or more fantasy points in each. Meanwhile, Loyd has averaged 18.4 PPG. If she can maintain that number throughout the season, it will be a career best. The Storm have a number of viable streamers with Bird and Magbegor out. The first is Gabby Williams who is available in 76% of leagues. The ability to create full stat lines has allowed her to average 21.7 fantasy points over her last four games. The second one is Jantel Lavender, who can be found in 97% of leagues. She has averaged 21.5 fantasy points and 28 MPG in her last two games. The third is Briann January, who is available in 95.5% leagues. Over the last two games, she has averaged 20.5 fantasy points per game for the Storm. For the Wings, Arike Ogunbowale, Allisha Gray, Marina Mabrey, Satou Sabally and Isabelle Harrison, who is still available in 50% of leagues, are must-start players. Dallas doesn’t currently have many streaming options. — Moody

Best bet: Wings +6. It is possible for the Wings to keep this game close against the Storm with their offensive playmakers. Dallas is 4-2 against the spread this season as an underdog. The Wings will cover. — Moody

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