Okay so we have the last slate of WNBA of the year, and of course they put against NFL opening bunch of marketing geniuses these WNBA folks. Just a warning very few teams have anything to play for so the starting lineups are going to be of extreme performance and we should expect some weird stuff.
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It is shorter for me to list the teams that have something to play for: Vegas, Chicago, Minnesota, Seattle
If Chicago wins and Vegas loses Chicago will get the 4 seed and Vegas will have to play a first round game so that is a fairly big deal. One other point about this Elizabeth Cambage left last game early with a foot injury and did not return we received no update as well. There not many plays that I think are safe today but some are safer than others.
New York Liberty
If Tina Charles gets 30 minutes this is a great matchup, draft position will be unaffected if the Liberty win so there is no reason for them to limit her. Every other Liberty is a roulette spin maybe Kia Nurse will score 60 again only to be stat corrected to 20 but at least we know she has that in her game. Han Xu is not nuts.
If Breland is out again Elizabeth Williams and Marie Gulch make some sense. All the Dream guards are in good spots here this seems to be a game for Alex “Black Hole” Bentley to shoot 40 times. Renee Montgomery and Brittany Sykes are also strong plays.
Washington has everything clinched ard are a smart team I doubt their primary players get much run. Makes Myshia Hines-Allen a very intriguing GPP play as well as Shea Peddy.
Chicago is one of the few teams to have something to play for if they win and Vegas loses they can get the bye. So I expected their main players to get lots of run which means I like Courtney VanderSloot, Diamond DeShields, Stefanie Dolson, Cheyenne Parker and Astou Ndour, stack them up anyway you want.
Minnesota clinches a home playoff game with a win, so I expect them to play their main players so Napheesa Collier is probably my favorite but Sylvia Fowles and Odyssey Sims are also strong plays here.
Sparks have nothing to play for an are an older team, as well as the matchup being less than ideal. That being said if they announce resting players really like Kalani Brown, Marie Vadeeva and Marina Mabrey here.
Well we have the ultimate Arike Ogbunwale spot last home game of the year she may shoot 70 times, the only reason to not go all is Seattle does have something to play for. Other than that Isabelle Harrison is in a nice spot as well.
If Natasha Howard is getting full run I would like her a lot. I do worry about them backing off if they see the Sparks playing their scrubs. Again love Jordin Canada if she gets full run Arike is a turnover machine, also Jewel Lloyd in a nice spot as well.
Las Vegas Aces
If Elizabeth Cambage is out stack Vegas: also if she is out Aja Wilson should be in 80% of your lineups. Tamara Young hurt herself last game, that would be huge for Kelsey Plum, Kayla McBride, and Jackie Young. Do not forget about Deraica Hamby as well, just stack Vegas.
Really not on them they are an old team so will rest their players. Their young players are not good.
These team is the one I must confident about resting their players so for this I love Natasha Hiedman, Rachel BanhamR, Morgan Tuck and Briona Jones, load them up. I would be suprised if Sun starters player more than 10 minutes.
Not touching their guards on this slate, but man this is such a smash spot for Teira McCowan she might be the best stud on the slate, I hate that Achowa is back but she is a strong play.
Conclusion: Do not play if you are going to be distracted by NFL news will come in from 3:30-4, also its stars and scrubs, no reason to go mid range.