WNBA fantasy and betting tips for Wednesday

Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird get a big lift with Tina Charles joining the mix. Erica Denhoff/Icon Sportswire

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 Wednesday's slate:

Connecticut Sun at Chicago Sky
12:00 p.m. ET, Wintrust Arena, Chicago

Line: Sky (-4)
Money line: Sun (+160), Sky (-190)
Total: 166.5 points
BPI Win%: Sky (51.4%)

Questionable: Kahleah Copper (back)

Fantasy need to know: In a matinee matchup against the Sun on their home court, the Sky seek to extend their winning streak to four games. The Sky defeated the Sun 83-79 in their last meeting on June 10. With 26 points and five rebounds, Emma Meesseman led the way. Meanwhile, Courtney Vandersloot was selected as the WNBA Player of the Week on Monday; she averaged 31.3 fantasy points per game over the last three games. The Sky rank third in offensive rating (104.5) and sixth in defensive rating (98.4).

With DeWanna Bonner, Jonquel Jones and Alyssa Thomas on the roster, the Sun have a plethora of playmakers at their disposal. Connecticut leads the WNBA with 36.6 RPG and ranks second in offensive rating (105.9). The Sun rank second in defensive rating (95.9). Today's matchup features the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, so let's take a look at their best fantasy options.

With their fantasy points per game averages this season, Candace Parker (31.1), Meesseman (28.4), Vandersloot (27.4) and Kahleah Copper (23.8) should all be started in fantasy leagues. Azura Stevens, who's available in 50.2% of leagues, is a solid streamer for the Sky. She has averaged 19.9 fantasy points per game this season. Alyssa Thomas, Jonquel Jones, Brionna Jones, and DeWanna Bonner all belong in fantasy starting lineups for the Sky. This season, all five have averaged over 21 fantasy points per game. Natisha Hiedeman, who is available in 88.4% of leagues, can continue to be relied on as a streamer. Over the last five games, she's averaged 24.8 MPG and 18 fantasy points per game.

Best bet: Over 166.5. This matchup between the Sun and Sky should be exciting to watch. In six of Connecticut's last eight road games, the total went over. And in five of Chicago's last six games, the total went over. In this matchup, the over is a good bet. -- Eric Moody

Las Vegas Aces at Seattle Storm
10:00 p.m. ET, Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle

Line: Storm (-2)
Money line: Aces (+115), Storm (-135)
Total: 166.5 points
BPI Win%: Storm (54.0%)

Questionable: Chelsea Gray (personal)

Ruled out: Mercedes Russell (head)

Fantasy need to know: Against the Aces (14-4), the Storm (11-7) continue their four game homestand. Against the Los Angeles Sparks last Saturday, Seattle lost 85-77 after winning six of its previous seven games. The Storm have been led by Breanna Stewart, who averages 40.6 fantasy points per game. However, Seattle only ranks ninth in offensive rating (98.3). While the Storm rank third with a defensive rating of 96. On Monday night, the Aces defeated the Sparks 79-73. Las Vegas' dynamic duo of A'ja Wilson and Kelsey Plum leads the way. This season, both average over 35 fantasy points per game. The Aces lead the league with 90.5 PPG and a three point percentage of 36.1%. Las Vegas ranks fifth in defensive rating (98.0).

There is no doubt that Stewart (40.6), Tina Charles (31.3), Ezi Magbegor (28.3), Jewell Loyd (27.9) and Sue Bird (22.2) can be confidently included in fantasy lineups. For a team in need of a spark on offense, I expect Charles to get off to a fast start in her first game with Seattle. In 73.5% of leagues, Gabby Williams is available as a streaming option with high upside. She has scored 22 or more fantasy points in three of her last five games. Wilson, Plum, Jackie Young, Dearica Hamby, and Chelsea Gray belong in fantasy lineups for the Aces. Gray missed Monday's game due to personal reasons.

Best bet: Over 166.5. Seattle's addition of Charles should make this a high scoring matchup between the Aces and Storm. In four of Las Vegas' five games, the total has gone over. -- Moody

Indiana Fever at Phoenix Mercury
10:00 p.m. ET, Footprint Center, Phoenix

Line: Mercury (-7.5)
Money line: Fever (+270), Mercury (-340)
Total: 165.5 points
BPI Win%: Mercury (77.3%)

Fantasy need to know: On Monday night, the Fever (5-15) lost their 15th game of the season, falling to the Mercury. Tonight, these two teams will meet again. Indiana's Kelsey Mitchell averages 29.4 fantasy points per game. Skylar Diggins-Smith leads Phoenix with 28.4 fantasy points per game. The Fever rank 10th in offensive rating (96.5) and 12th in defensive rating (107.0). While the Mercury rank sixth in offensive rating (101.0) and 10th in defensive rating (104.7).

The most reliable fantasy options from the Fever are Mitchell and NaLyssa Smith, Victoria Vivians, who is still available in 46.1% of leagues, and Queen Egbo, who is available in 40.9% of leagues. The four Indiana players I mentioned averaged 19 fantasy points per game. The Mercury's top fantasy options are Diggins-Smith, Diana Taurasi, Diamond DeShields and Brianna Turner as all of them average over 18 fantasy points per contest. Shey Peddy is surprisingly available in 90% of leagues and is a reliable streamer. She's scored 20 or more fantasy points in two of her last four games.

Best bet: Mercury -7.5. As a defensive team, the Fever are the worst in the league. Phoenix should have no problem scoring against them. The Mercury are 5-1 against the spread. -- Moody