So we now have a game 5 for the WNBA finals, one last showdown slate. So instead of breaking down these teams for the 500th time this year, I am basically going to focus on how much I hate EMac. Just kidding. This is do-or-die, so we can expect both teams to run short benches with the players they trust most getting the time. First, lets go back to last game. Here were the ending lineups that each coach went with for the last five minutes:
Elena Delle Donne, Emma Meesseman, Natasha Cloud, Kristi Toliver, Aerial Powers
Jonquel Jones, Alyssa Thomas, Shekinna Stricklen, Jasmine Thomas, Courtney Williams
Now, I think there is a chance the Mystics could change their closing lineup, whereas the Sun’s lineup is set in stone. If there is a change, it could be Ariel Atkins for Aerial Powers, although I think that is highly dependent on who is playing better during the game. If on DraftKings those 10 players above were your entire player pool, I would not object to it.
So the big question is what to do with Elena Delle Donne? She is clearly hobbled by the back injury and is not the same player. She is missing free throws, going into the post and her rebounding has regressed. One of the reasons for the Sun’s rebounding advantage is Delle Donne’s ineffectiveness. All that being said, Delle Donne played 30 minutes last game and she was only 20% on FanDuel. At that ownership, I want to take a shot on her having a huge, legend-making game, especially with her price down.
Shatori Kimborough is only 4.5 on FanDuel and is getting about 15 minutes in the last two games. I like her is a value play there. Natisha Hiedeman got nine minutes last game and was able to get nine fantasy points, so she might gain some traction. I also think the odds are decent she might not play in this game. Tianna Hawkins is fine as a value play on FanDuel if you are dumpster diving. A sneaky value play could be Briona Jones at $4,000 on FanDuel, as she got four minutes last game. She could get a couple rebounds and put you ahead of Hiedeman people. LaToya Sanders is not crazy, but she is only getting 16 minutes and I worry about that going lower in this do-or-die game.
As far as the nine players in the game who are not Delle Donne(cause I just feel she is odd), I rank them like this, price per dollar.
Toliver>A Thomas>C Williams>Messeman>Cloud>Stricklen>J Thomas>J Jones