Draftkings Best WNBA Showdown Picks: Mercury vs. Wings 6/9/24


The WNBA presents a matchup between the Phoenix Mercury and Dallas Wings. Let’s take a look at this game from a Draftkings perspective.

Before we dive into the Phoenix Mercury and the Dallas Wings game let’s review the rules for the Draftkings single game showdown contest.

Draftkings Single Game Showdown Contest Rules

You have $50,000 to utilize on five players from either team. However, one of those players will be designated as your team captain. The captain accumulates 1.5 times the standard fantasy points. Additionally, the captain is 1.5 times the standard cost of the flex position.

The remaining four players in your lineup will receive the standard fantasy points. Having stated that, it is highly important for you to identify the correct player for your captain position if you hope to win a large field DFS GPP (guaranteed prize pool) showdown contest.

If you have additional questions regarding the rules for the single game showdown contest, I recommend that you check out the Draftkings website for more details.

*I recommend that all readers review the starting lineups for both teams prior to setting your DFS lineup for this one game slate. Remember, once Draftkings lineups have locked you cannot swap players.

Here are my Draftkings picks for this afternoon’s Phoenix Mercury vs. Dallas Wings matchup.

Captain-Arike Ogunbowale, Guard, Dallas Wings $9,800

Dallas guard Arike Ogunbowale has been the leader in the backcourt that the Dallas Wings have needed to win games this season. Having stated that, how has Wilson been playing from an offensive standpoint? Let’s review Arike Ogunbowale’s recent game data to answer that question.

In nine games played for the Dallas Wings in the 2024 WNBA regular season, Arike Ogunbowale averaged 26.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 3.1 steals a game.

More recently, in the Dallas Wings 91-85 win over the Las Vegas Aces three days ago, Dallas guard Arike Ogunbowale played exceptionally well from a statistical perspective. Ogunbowale accumulated a respectable 22 points, 1 rebound, 4 assists, and 4 steals in the Dallas Wings win over the Aces.

Looking closer at the data just noted, in the Dallas Wings win over the Las Vegas Aces earlier in the week, Dallas guard Arike Ogunbowale accumulated 68.5 Draftkings points.

From a general matchup perspective, I like Arike Ogunbowale’s matchup in this game. Ogunbowale will face a Phoenix Mercury defense that has clearly struggled on the defensive side of the basketball all season. Let me be more specific. Through nine games played in the 2024 WNBA regular season, the Dallas Wings are currently ranked a dreadful 11th in total defensive rating (103.6) and ninth in total opponent second chance points allowed a game (12.7).

As I noted in the rules section above, selecting the correct player for your captain position is absolutely vital if you hope to win a large field GPP (guaranteed prize pool) Draftkings contest. Keep that in mind as you determine which player to select as your captain for this one game DFS contest. For me, the obvious choice at the captain position for this WNBA Draftkings contest is Dallas Wings guard Arika Ogunbowale.

Flex Plays

Kahleah Copper, Guard, Phoenix Mercury $9,000

Phoenix guard Kahleah Copper has been one of the few bright spots for a Phoenix Mercury team that has struggled to start the 2024 campaign.

In the 11 games that the Phoenix Mercury have played in the 2024 WNBA regular season, Phoenix guard Kahleah Copper has averaged a robust 23.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1.1 steals a game.

Additional flex plays I like (Draftkings price noted): Natasha Cloud, Guard, (Phoenix) $8,600: Monique Billings, Forward (Dallas) $8,200: Sevgi Uzun, Guard (Dallas) $6,000.

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