NFL DFS Optimal Lineups: Mon-Thurs (Week 7/8) Cover Image
NFL DFS Optimal Lineups: Mon-Thurs (Week 7/8)
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Kyle Lowry Headshot

Lowry tallied eight points (3-11 FG, 2-8 3Pt), three assists and two rebounds across 35 minutes during a 101-97 loss to the Spurs on Monday.

Lowry turned in what could end up being one of his worst performances of the season in the loss, as he failed to reach double figures in scoring, struggled from the field and didn't have success distributing the ball. The tough matchup against the Spurs was likely at least partly to blame for his struggles. The matchup against the Warriors in the next game could be a tough one as well, but expect him to bounce back from this subpar performance.
11:39 pm (EST)
Jakob Poeltl Headshot

Poetl provided 10 points (4-5 FG, 2-3 FT), 12 rebounds, three blocks and one steal across 26 minutes during a 101-97 loss to the Spurs on Monday.

Poetl saw an increased workload in the absence of Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) and made the most of it by tallying his first double-double of the season. He also blocked three shots for the second straight game. Poetl played more minutes than starter Lucas Nogueira, and was also more productive. If Valanciunas is forced to miss more time, Poetl has the potential for another performance like this.
11:37 pm (EST)
Khris Middleton Headshot

Middleton collected 20 points (8-19 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block across 35 minutes during Monday's 103-94 win over the Hornets.

Middleton has been struggling from beyond the arc this season through four games, going a combined 2-for-16. It seems highly unlikely that will continue, however, considering he shot 43.3 percent from long range during 2016-17.
11:36 pm (EST)
Pau Gasol Headshot

Gasol contributed one point (0-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks across 22 minutes during a 101-97 win over the Raptors on Monday.

Gasol managed a single point as he missed on all his field goal attempts in the victory, but he was still productive in other areas. His scoring abilities look to be suffering in a big way early in the season, as he is averaging just 6.0 points per game on 27.3 percent shooting. But he is still finding a way to help out the team, as he has had seven boards and four dimes in each of the team's first three games.
11:35 pm (EST)
Dejounte Murray Headshot

Murray recorded 16 points (6-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 15 rebounds and six assists across 28 minutes during a 101-97 win over the Raptors on Monday.

Murray was sensational in Monday's victory as he obtained his first double-double of the season. It marked the second consecutive game in which Murray has reached double figures in rebounds, and he has also had six assists in each of those games. Murray looks like a solid all-around contributor from the point guard position for this season. He may see a small drop in minutes when Tony Parker (quad) returns to the floor, however.
11:34 pm (EST)
Griff Whalen Headshot

Whalen made his 2017 debut Sunday, catching four of six targets for 23 yards in a loss to the Vikings.

Recently signed for depth, Whalen saw plenty of action Sunday with Mike Wallace exiting the game with a concussion and Breshad Perriman and Jeremy Maclin sitting due to injury. He played 58 of a possible 65 snaps and was efficient in catching the ball. Whalen's four catches for 23 yards in one game are just shy of Perriman's four catches for 26 yards on 18 targets through six games. If Baltimore's receiving corps is still banged up Thursday, Whalen could find himself playing plenty of snaps once again.
11:31 pm (EST)
Chris Thompson Headshot

Thompson sustained a toe injury against the Eagles on Monday and is questionable to return.

Thompson had six carries for 23 yards and four receptions for 29 yards and a touchdown prior to exiting in the 2nd half. The severity of the issue is not known at this time, but any absence is a sizable blow to the Redskins' offense.
11:31 pm (EST)
Michal Kempny Headshot

Kempny didn't play in the previous two games, after participating in the first seven to start the season.

Last year Kempny bounced around from being a healthy scratch and the third pairing often, and it looks like he's just taking another trip to the bench. In spite of Chicago losing Trevor van Riemsdyk, they're still carrying a loaded eight defensemen on the roster currently. Even though Kempny played 50 games during the 2016-17 season while contributing eight points, if he's unable to stick on the every day lineup it might be harder for him to find playing time this season.
11:31 pm (EST)
Johnny O'Bryant III Headshot

O'Bryant collected 14 points (4-7 FG, 6-6 FT), four rebounds and one block across 14 minutes during Monday's 103-94 loss to the Bucks.

O'Bryant has been seeing backup center minutes behind Dwight Howard with Cody Zeller (knee) out. He's been playing relatively well in limited minutes as well, totaling 20 points and 10 rebounds across 28 minutes over the past two games. He still makes for a risky play in every fantasy format, however, considering his lack of workload.
11:29 pm (EST)
Frank Kaminsky Headshot

Kaminsky accumulated 18 points (6-8 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five rebounds and two assists across 34 minutes during Monday's 103-94 loss to the Bucks.

With Cody Zeller (knee) still sidelined, Kaminsky has gotten extended run, playing 67 total minutes over the past two games. He's performed well, too, combining for 39 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Once Zeller comes back, Kaminsky may lose playing time. But, while Zeller remains out, Kaminsky has been making for a quality DFS play.
11:26 pm (EST)
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