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WNBA fantasy and betting tips for Sunday

After being suspended for conduct detrimental to the team in Atlanta last season, guard Chennedy Carter gets a fresh start in Los Angeles. Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images

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 today's slate:


Phoenix Mercury at Atlanta Dream
12:00 p.m. ET, Gateway Center Arena, Atlanta


Line: Mercury (-1)
Total: 163.5 points

Ruled Out: Sophie Cunningham, Shey Peddy, Kia Nurse

Fantasy need to know: Diamond DeShields (available in 23.3% of leagues) is somehow not universally rostered, but she should be. Over her last three games, she's averaging 19.3 PPG, 3.7 APG, 2.3 RPG, 1.0 3PG and 0.7 SPG. And, with three guards out on Sunday, she should have a larger playmaking role than usual, similar to her last game where she dished nine assists. Kristy Wallace (available in 97.4% of leagues) has been starting at guard all season, but has picked it up of late to the tune of 9.7 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.7 SPG and 1.0 3PG in her last three outings. Aari McDonald (available in 87.1% of leagues) has settled into her role as a spark plug scorer off the bench, averaging 11.4 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.8 3PG and 1.2 SPG in her last five games.

Best bet: Dream +1. Both the Dream and the Mercury have struggled in two games against the leaders in their respective conferences, with the Dream losing two games to the Mystics by a combined 25 points and the Mercury losing twice to the Aces by a combined 32. However, outside of those games, the Dream are 4-1 with a +2.8 PPG scoring margin, while the Mercury are 2-3 with a -1.6 PPG scoring margin. The Dream are young, looking for a bounce-back game from elite rookie Rhyne Howard, and playing at home against a vulnerable Mercury team that's lost four straight games.


New York Liberty at Seattle Storm
6:00 p.m. ET, Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle


Line: Storm (-8.5)
Total: 154 points

Ruled Out: Betnijah Laney, Sue Bird, Ezi Magbegor, Stephanie Talbot

Fantasy need to know: Rebecca Allen (available in 81.5% of leagues) has started the last two games with Laney out, and responded with 16.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.5 APG, 2.5 3PG, 2.0 BPG and 1.5 SPG in 36.5 MPG in those two outings. Sami Whitcomb (available in 78.2% of leagues) has also stepped her playmaking way up with Laney out, averaging 8.5 APG, 5.5 RPG, 5.0 PPG and 1.0 3PG in the last two games. The Storm have been hit hard with COVID-19 absences. Jantel Lavendar (available in 98.0% of leagues) moved into the starting lineup last game in place of Ezi Magbegor, and flirted with a double-double with eight points and nine boards in 29 minutes against the Liberty. Gabby WIlliams (available in 76.6% of leagues) turned in a defensive masterpiece against the Liberty on Friday, with a line of 9 rebounds, 6 steals, 4 points, 3 blocks and 1 assist in 36 minutes. Briann January (available in 95.8% of leagues) also joined the starting lineup Friday, producing a line of 11 points, 3 3-pointers, 2 assists and a steal in 32 minutes.

Best bet: Under 154 points. These two teams played on Friday, and combined for 150 points. But that was after overtime. In regulation, they combined for only 134 points in a tight, defensive battle. Both teams are in the bottom half of the league in both pace and offensive rating, with the Liberty ranking last in the WNBA in the latter. With so many key players injured and out, points could be hard to come by in this matchup.


Los Angeles Sparks at Minnesota Lynx
7:00 p.m. ET, Target Center, Minneapolis


Line: Lynx (-1)
Total: 168 points

Questionable: Jordin Canada (hamstring), Lexi Brown (calf)

Ruled Out: None

Fantasy need to know: With both Jordin Canada and Lexi Brown questionable, the Sparks could need more from Chenedy Carter (available in 29.3% of leagues) and Brittney Sykes (available in 27.0% of leagues). Carter has been very productive in limited minutes off the bench, averaging 12.7 PPG, 3.3 APG and 1.7 RPG in only 16.7 MPG over her last three outings. Sykes began the season as a starter, but had come off the bench in the last two games. In her first six games of the season, as a starter, she averaging 9.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 3.2 APG, 3.0 SPG, 1.3 3PG and 1.0 BPG in 30.7 MPG. Moriah Jefferson (available in 74.1% of leagues), continues to fly under the radar when she should be universally rostered and starting in fantasy leagues, In her five games since joining the Lynx, she's averaged 14.8 PPG, 5.2 APG, 2.2 RPG, 1.6 3PG and 1.8 SPG in 30.8 MPG.

Best bet: Lynx -1 The Sparks have lost six of their last seven games with an average scoring margin of -7.6 PPG, including a three-point home loss to these Lynx. The Lynx haven't set the world on fire, but they have played better since Jefferson joined the team. They've gone 2-2 in their last four games, with their two losses on the road against the top two teams out west in the Aces and the Wings.