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WNBA fantasy and betting tips for Friday

After four seasons in Seattle, Jordin Canada is off to a great start with the Los Angeles Sparks. Meg Oliphant/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 Friday's slate:


Indiana Fever at Connecticut Sun
7 p.m. ET, Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT


Line: Sun (-15.5)
Money line: Sun (-1100), Fever (+700)
Total: 156.5 points

Fantasy need to know: The Fever rank 11th in offensive rating (93.9), ninth in defensive rating (101.2) and excel when it comes to rebounding. They grab 38.5 rebounds per game, the most in the WNBA. NaLyssa Smith and Kelsey Mitchell are must-starts, but monitor Smith's ankle injury after she sat out Tuesday night. Queen Egbo (58.4% available) is a quality option if you are looking for streamers. She has averaged 22.2 fantasy points per game.

The Sun have had a solid start to the season thus far, ranking in the top three in offensive and defensive rating. They are one of the top offensive rebounding teams in the league and rank third in PPG (82.7). Alyssa Thomas, Jonquel Jones and Brionna Jones are the fantasy options for the Sun on Friday night. Each has averaged 24 or more fantasy points per game, and DeWanna Bonner finished with 29 fantasy points in her season debut Tuesday night. While DiJonai Carrington's (94% available) minutes were reduced with Bonner and Courtney Williams back in the fold, she still finished with 15 fantasy points and is a solid streamer for those in deeper formats. -- Eric Moody

Best bet: Sun -13.5. The Fever's defense has been a concern this season, and the Sun's offense is strong. Connecticut should have no problem scoring in this game. The Sun will cover the spread. -- Moody


Washington Mystics at Atlanta Dream
7:30 p.m. ET, Gateway Center Arena, Atlanta


Line: Mystics (-1.5)
Money line: Mystics (-125), Dream (+105)
Total: 158.0 points

Fantasy need to know: The Mystics are off to their best start since 2019 with a 4-1 record. Washington ranks second in offensive rating and fourth in defensive rating. Elena Delle Donne, Natasha Cloud, Ariel Atkins and Myisha Hines-Allen have been the Mystics' top fantasy options thus far, but Delle Donne is out Friday night as Washington continues to manage her workload during the regular season. That makes Shakira Austin (84.4% available) a must-start option.

The Dream (4-1) are also off to a strong start. Rhyne Howard became the seventh player in WNBA history to score 100 points in their first five games. Aside from Howard, Cheyenne Parker and Erica Wheeler are must-starts with Nia Coffey (70% available) on the streaming radar.-- Moody

Best bet: Dream -1.0. Howard will be a key player for the Dream in this matchup, along with their strong defense. -- Moody


Los Angeles Sparks at Seattle Storm
10 p.m. ET, Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle


Line: Storm (-7.0)
Money line: Storm (-340), Sparks (+270)
Total: 160.5 points

Fantasy need to know: The Sparks haven't had the start to the 2022 season they envisioned at 2-3. Los Angeles is a middle-of-the-road team that struggles at rebounding. However, the Sparks rank second in steals per game (12.2) and third in blocks (5.0). Nneka Ogwumike and Liz Cambage are still the top fantasy options. Ogwumike has played at least 30 minutes in every game this season and has averaged 16.6 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 2.4 APG and 2.4 SPG. Jordin Canada (39.3% available) remains a very good streaming option, but her roster percentage is steadily increasing.

The Storm also have a 2-3 record. They have shot 39.4% from the field thus far but lead the WNBA in 3-pointers attempted and 3-pointers made. Breanna Stewart, Jewell Loyd, Ezi Magbegor and Sue Bird are the top fantasy options in Seattle, but Stephanie Talbot and Gabby Williams (75% available) are viable streaming options. Talbot had 21 fantasy points off the bench against the Chicago Sky on Wednesday night and is available in 86.5% of leagues. -- Moody

Best bet: Sparks +7. With Stewart back in the fold, I believe the Storm are the better team. But I don't think they will get a eight-point victory over the Sparks. Los Angeles has lost only once this season by three points or more. -- Moody