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. Times are ET.
Here's what to look for during today's slate:
Line: Sky (-3.5)
Money line: Sky (-170), Sun (+143)
Total: 166.5 points
BPI Win%: Sky (51.5%)
Fantasy need to know: In spite of being 8-2 since the All-Star break, the Sun have failed to beat the Sky this season, most recently losing in overtime last Sunday. Can their fortunes change today? Despite leading the Sky in fantasy points per game this season with 31.5, Candace Parker has averaged only 17 in the last two games since missing the previous three games with an illness. The only other team with a higher offensive rating than the Sky (105.4) is the Aces (108.6). Chicago ranks fifth in defensive rating (98.6). Parker belongs in your lineups along with Emma Meesseman, Courtney Vandersloot, Kahleah Copper, Allie Quigley and Azura Stevens. If you need a streamer, consider Rebekah Gardner (available in 92.4% of leagues), who has averaged 20.6 fantasy points per game over the last five.
For the Sun, Jonquel Jones has been the top fantasy player. So far this season, she has nine double doubles, tied for fifth most in the league. The Sun rank third in offensive rating (104.9) and defensive rating (96.3). Jones, Alyssa Thomas, DeWanna Bonner, Brionna Jones and Courtney Williams should be in your lineups. Natisha Hiedeman (available in 86% of leagues) is your most reliable streamer. This season, she has averaged 18.8 fantasy points per game.
Best bet: Sky -3.5. The Sky are favored for a reason. Dating back to the playoffs last season Chicago has defeated the Sun five straight times. The Sky should cover. -- Eric Moody
Line: Mystics (-10)
Money line: Mystics (-550), Sparks (+400)
Total: 159 points
BPI Win%: Mystics (79.3%)
Questionable: Chiney Ogwumike (face)
Ruled out: Kristi Toliver (calf)
Fantasy need to know: To stay in the playoff race, the Sparks must beat the Mystics. Having lost their last two games by a combined five points, Los Angeles is on the verge of missing the postseason for the second straight season. With an average of 31.9 fantasy points per game, Nneka Ogwumike is the top option for the Sparks. Ogwumike, Brittney Sykes, Chennedy Carter (available in 41.2% of leagues), Katie Lou Samuelson (available in 65.8% of leagues), Lexie Brown (available in 93.5%) and Jordin Canada (available in 67.5% of leagues) belong in lineups.
The season has seen Elena Delle Donne take occasional rest days, but she has been phenomenal on the court, averaging 30.2 fantasy points per contest. Delle Donne will play against the Sparks today. She belongs in lineups along with Ariel Atkins, Natasha Cloud, Myisha Hines-Allen, Shakira Austin (available in 51% of leagues) and Alysha Clark (available in 60% of leagues). Despite ranking eighth in offensive rating (100.4), the Mystics are among the best defensive teams in the league.
Best bet: Sparks +10. Despite having their backs against the wall, I believe the Sparks will rise to the challenge. As an underdog this season, Los Angeles has gone 8-3 against the spread. -- Moody
Line: Storm (-2.5)
Money line: Storm (-145), Aces (+122)
Total: 166.5 points
BPI Win%: Storm (55.8%)
Probable: Stephanie Talbot (ankle)
Fantasy need to know: The Aces' production is so concentrated in their starting five that it makes streaming from them extremely difficult. In their last two games, they've gotten a total of seven points from all non-starters. While players like Theresa Plaisance or Riquna Williams have the occasional fantasy-worthy game, the likelihood of this happening on any given day is too low to utilize them as streamers outside of desperation times. Meanwhile, the five Aces starters are close to universally rostered, and each has major upside on a daily basis. Even Dearica Hamby (rostered in 85.7% of leagues), the least statistically productive player on the Aces, has a 19-rebound double-double on the books this season... against Sunday's opponents, the Storm, no less.
The Storm have one of the best frontlines in the NBA, now that they've paired up former MVP Tina Charles next to former MVP Breanna Stewart. But, they're also getting strong frontline production of late from Gabby Williams (available in 60.8% of leagues), who is more likely to be available as a stream option. Williams has at least 13 points and six assists in two of her last four games, and over that stretch is averaging a respectable 10.8 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.5 SPG and 0.8 3PG in 25.8 MPG.
Best bet: Aces +2.5. The Aces enter Sunday's game having lost two consecutive games. They've only lost two straight games twice all season, and they have not lost three in a row at any point. The Storm are only three games behind the Aces in the West, and if the Aces were to lose they'd be in danger of losing the top seed out West. While the game is in Seattle, the Aces' road record (12-4) and the Storm's home record (12-4) are identical, so there isn't much location advantage conveyed in either direction. The Aces also enter the game as the hotter team of late. Despite their two straight losses, they've actually won four of their last six games. The Storm have lost four of their last six. Feels like a game the Aces should win. -- André Snellings
Line: Lynx -4.5
Money line: Dream (+158), Lynx (-190)
Total: 163.5 points
BPI Win%: Lynx (70.4%)
Probable: Aerial Powers (knee)
Fantasy need to know: The Dream are dealing with injuries to five rotation players, with two of them out for the season. Tiffany Hayes has been their best offensive threat from the backcourt, and in her absence Aari McDonald (available in 66.8% of leagues) has contributed a total of 25 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds in the last two games. Maya Caldwell (available in 96.9% of leagues) has also stepped up with back-to-back double-digit scoring efforts, and two-game totals of 22 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 3-pointers and 3 combined steals/blocks. Both make good streaming options on Sunday.
The Lynx are without Damiris Dantas for personal reasons, but Aerial Powers is listed as probable and thus likely to play on Sunday. Powers is playing through left knee soreness, but it may be affecting her game, as she's averaged only 7.5 PPG and 3.5 RPG in her last two outings after averaging 19.2 PPG and 5.4 RPG in the nine games prior. The lane is open for a Lynx player to step into that scoring gap. Moriah Jefferson (available in 66.3% of leagues) has the game to do it, with a total of 36 points and 11 assists in her last two games in July, but she only managed 6 points and 5 assists in her most recent game. Jefferson makes a high-risk, high-reward streaming option for Sunday.
Best bet: Over 163.5. Both teams have been putting points on the board of late. The Dream have averaged 83.0 PPG in their last four outings, with three of those games at 85 points or higher. The Lynx have averaged 84.8 PPG in their last four, with likewise three of those games at 84 or more points. The Dream play at the third-fastest pace in the league, and while the Lynx rank seventh, they've been playing more uptempo of late. This shapes up as a high-scoring game. -- Snellings