WNBA fantasy and betting tips for Saturday – ESPN

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 Saturday’s slate:

Phoenix Mercury at Las Vegas Aces
3:00 p.m. ET, Michelob Ultra Arena, Las Vegas

Line: Aces (-7)
Money line: Mercury (+250), Aces (-320)
Total: 167 points

Questionable: Skylar Diggins-Smith (illness)

Ruled Out: Riquna Williams (foot)

Fantasy need to know: The Mercury have struggled thus far this season and their 2-3 record reflects that. Phoenix ranks fourth in the league with an offensive rating of 102.7. On the other hand, the Mercury have a defensive rating of 105.2, which is the 11th-worst in the league.

Skylar Diggins-Smith leads the way for Phoenix with 30.8 fantasy points per game. After coming down with a non-COVID illness, she did miss Thursday’s game against the Dallas Wings, and it’s unclear if she’ll be active tonight. In the event that Diggins-Smith is inactive, Shey Peddy, who’s available in 91% of leagues, becomes an excellent streamer. Tina Charles has averaged 15.0 PPG and 8.8 RPG this season, and she, along with Diana Taurasi, remain must-starts. Both Diamond DeShields and Brianna Turner remain strong options.

The Mercury will face an Aces team with a 5-1 record. Las Vegas ranks first in the league with an offensive rating of 108.6. The Aces rank fourth with 35 RPG and 21 APG. Las Vegas ranks fifth with a defensive rating of 98. The Aces have won three games in a row and, in each of the last three games, they have scored at least 86 points. Las Vegas is a fantasy bonanza and it starts with A’ja Wilson. She averages 15.5 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 2.5 APG and 3.0 BPG. Jackie Young leads the Aces with 19.2 PPG. Kelsey Plum (31.5), Dearica Hamby (28.7), and Chelsea Gray (23.3) are also must-starts based on their respective fantasy points per game averages. — Eric Moody

Best bet: Aces (-7)

This season, the Aces have won both games against the Mercury. Las Vegas is 3-1 ATS in their last four meetings. The Aces average 90.3 points per game and will attempt to run up the score against the Mercury. Take Las Vegas against the spread. — Moody

Minnesota Lynx at Dallas Wings
8:00 p.m. ET, College Park Center, Arlington, TX

Line: Wings (-5)
Money line: Lynx (+175), Wings (-210)
Total: 164 points

Ruled Out: Damiris Dantas (foot), Natalie Achonwa (hamstring)

Fantasy need to know: After one of their best offensive performances of the season against the Mercury on Thursday night, the Wings will look to carry that momentum into Saturday’s game against the Lynx. Dallas was led by Arike Ogunbowale, whose five 35-point games are already tied with Liz Cambage for the fourth-most in league history. Her consistency, especially at home, needs to improve. Thus far this season, the Wings are a middle-of-the-road team ranked sixth in net rating (1.3).

Both Ogunbowale and Gray average 31 fantasy points per game and are must-starts. If you are looking for streamers, then consider Kayla Thornton and Isabelle Harrison. Thornton, who is available in 77.1% of leagues, has scored 20 or more fantasy points in every game this game. Meanwhile, Harrison averages 12.2 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 2.0 APG and 0.8 SPG in 28.4 MPG. She’s available in 52.7% of leagues.

In the middle of a 1-5 start, the Lynx are still trying to find their way. Minnesota lost to the Aces on Thursday, despite Aerial Powers‘ 25 points and Sylvia Fowles‘ 20 points and 11 rebounds. Jessica Shepard scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, a career-high. The Lynx rank 11th in 78 PPG, but rank first with 37.7 RPG. Fowles has been superb so far this season, averaging 18.5 PPG and 10 RPG.

Shepard’s roster percentage is steadily rising. She averages 27 fantasy points per game and is still available in 27.3% of leagues. Powers and Kayla McBride are must-starts as well. Since joining the Lynx from the Wings, Moriah Jefferson has played very well. She is available in 87.6% of leagues, scores 24 fantasy points per game, and is a solid streamer. — Moody

Best bet: Under 164 total points

Six of the Wings’ last seven home games have gone under the total. When playing against Dallas on the road, the Lynx have gone under in five of their last seven games. Minnesota’s net rating is -8.9. They are ranked 11th in the league. — Moody

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