NFL DFS Optimal Lineups: Mon-Thurs (Week 3/4) Cover Image
NFL DFS Optimal Lineups: Mon-Thurs (Week 3/4)
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Terrance Mitchell Headshot

Mitchell recorded a team-high nine tackles (all solo) and two interceptions Sunday against the Chargers.

Mitchell started opposite superstar Marcus Peters -- who intercepted a pass as well -- so it shouldn't come as a surprise that Phillip Rivers looked his way quite often. Mitchell held his own Sunday and will likely be tasked with doing the same moving forward.
8:09 pm (EST)
Preston Brown Headshot

Brown made 10 tackles (four solo) in Sunday's victory over the Broncos.

Brown played all 70 defensive snaps and added a few more snaps on special teams. The 24-year-old doubled his tackling output for the season on Sunday, and has looked better with each passing week in Sean McDermott's defense.
8:08 pm (EST)
Justin Houston Headshot

Houston collected a sack, 1.5 tackles for loss, two passes defensed and six tackles (four solo) Sunday against the Chargers.

Houston has gotten to the quarterback at least once in each of the team's first three contests and played fine despite dealing with an illness during the week. After a couple of disappointing campaigns due to injury, the 28-year-old outside linebacker appears to be back to his old self.
8:06 pm (EST)
Charlie Coyle Headshot

Coyle was held off of the scoresheet in Sunday's 5-1 preseason loss to Colorado.

Although Coyle didn't register any points Sunday, he still logged three hits and had one shot on goal. After recording a career high 56 points in the 2016-17 season, Coyle is one of the more promising young forwards in Minnesota. If the 25-year-old can eliminate the cold streaks that plagued him in the 2016-17 season, he has a great chance of eclipsing the 60-point mark for the first time in his career.
8:05 pm (EST)
Semyon Varlamov Headshot

Varlamov quieted Minnesota's offense Sunday, stopping 28 of 29 shots in the 5-1 preseason win.

Only a power-play goal by Marcus Foligno solved Varlamov, as he looked sharp in his second game of the preseason. However, Colorado signed Jonathan Bernier in the offseason, and Varlamov could very well start less than the 55 to 60 game workload he's been given in previous seasons.
8:04 pm (EST)
Lorenzo Alexander Headshot

Alexander had two tackles (both solo) and a sack in Sunday's win over the Broncos.

Alexander recorded his second sack of the season and continued his hot start as the Bills defense frustrated Trevor Siemian on Sunday afternoon. The 34-year-old and the Buffalo defense will try to contain Matt Ryan and the Falcons in Week 4.
8:03 pm (EST)
Steve Michalek Headshot

Michalek stopped 17 of 22 shots Sunday, leading to a 5-1 preseason loss to Colorado.

Sunday just wasn't Michalek's day, giving up two goals in the first four minutes on the ice. The outing was even more discouraging when you take into account Michalek is battling Niklas Svedberg -- who made 17 of 17 saves before Michalek entered the game -- and Alex Stalock for the backup goaltending spot under Devan Dubnyk. Michalek played 31 games for AHL Iowa last year, and it's seeming likely he'll have a similar job for the 2017-18 season.
8:03 pm (EST)
Cairo Santos Headshot

Santos knocked home a 34-yard field goal and added three extra-points during Sunday's win over the Chargers.

Santos has attempted just three field goals through three weeks, but he's made all of them along with each of his 12 extra-point attempts. Kansas City's offense appears to be clicking on a weekly basis, so Santos should numerous opportunities as the season rolls along.
8:03 pm (EST)
T.J. Warren Headshot

Warren and the Suns have agreed on a four-year, $50M contract extension, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Warren has seen a significant increase statistically in each of his first three seasons. While the addition of rookie small forward Josh Jackson, the No. 4 overall pick, put Warren's role with the club going forward in question, Monday's contract extension is cause for optimism. However, it is hard to envision him seeing much more than the 31.0 minutes per game he saw last season, so it remains to be seen if he can build on the 14.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.2. steals, and 0.6 blocks he averaged. Still, the 24-year-old looks to be part of the Suns' plans for the future.
8:03 pm (EST)
Niklas Svedberg Headshot

Svedberg made saves on all 17 shots he faced in a 5-1 preseason loss Sunday against Colorado.

The Swede played perfectly until he was taken out in the middle of the second period, and even made seven power-play saves. This is Svedberg's first season in North America since 2014-15 when he started 21 games for Boston, and he's battling Steve Michalek and Alex Stalock for the backup goaltending job behind Devan Dubnyk.
8:01 pm (EST)
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