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

Smallwood rushed eight times for 25 yards and caught both of his targets for 14 yards in Monday's win over Washington.

He got the start and out-touched LeGarrette Blount 9-3 in the first half, but only saw one carry after that without any more targets once the Eagles established a solid lead. Despite missing a couple games with swelling in his knee, Smallwood slid right back into his regular role. He could be an interesting play in Week 8 against a 49ers team that struggles defending passes to running backs and just gave up 219 total yards to Ezekiel Elliott.
3:24 am (EST)
Jake Elliott Headshot

Elliott made two of three field-goal attempts in Monday's win over the Redskins and also added four extra points.

The Eagles had the game well in hand when his 45-yard attempt clanged off the right upright in the fourth quarter, ending his streak of consecutive attempts made at 12. Prior to the miss, he had made from 42 and 50 yards. The rookie continues to provide solid fantasy numbers from the kicker position as the Eagles head into a Week 8 matchup with the 49ers.
2:57 am (EST)
Frederik Andersen Headshot

Andersen made 36 saves on 38 Los Angeles shots in a 3-2 Monday victory.

This was a perfect bounce-back performance for the goaltender after conceding five to Ottawa on Saturday. This time, he was able to keep Los Angeles in check and allow the Leafs to pull out a win in a relatively low-scoring contest by their standards. That's a great sign moving forward.
2:10 am (EST)
Patrick Marleau Headshot

Marleau had the game-winning goal in Monday's 3-2 victory over Los Angeles.

The veteran has adjusted well to his new surroundings in Ontario, He's averaging just under a point per game and could be in line for his best season since 2014 if the Maple Leafs can keep the scoring up.
2:07 am (EST)
Mitchell Marner Headshot

Marner had a pair of assists in Monday's 3-2 win over Los Angeles.

This was a welcome sight for Marner, as he'd gone his past four games without posting anything on the score sheet for the Leafs. Getting him going will only serve to make Toronto's already potent attack even more dangerous.
2:03 am (EST)
Trevor Lewis Headshot

Lewis had a third-period unassisted shorthanded goal and an assist in Monday's 3-2 loss to Toronto.

Lewis was the Kings' most effective skater in the defeat, having a role in both of Los Angeles' goals. At three goals this season, he's already a quarter of the way to his career high of finding the twine through seven games. His start has been welcome, but probably isn't sustainable.
1:58 am (EST)
Adrian Kempe Headshot

Kempe got Los Angeles' first goal in a 3-2 Monday loss at Toronto.

Suddenly, Kempe is up to four goals this season after getting a hat trick less than a week ago against Montreal. He might be getting things figured out and preparing to make a big step forward.
1:45 am (EST)
Jonathan Quick Headshot

Quick made 30 stops on 33 shots and briefly exited the game following an elbow to the head in a 3-2 loss to Toronto on Monday.

The major concern for Quick is whether he's okay or suffered a concussion in the incident. He only missed one shift, so odds are that he's going to be fine moving forward, but this is a situation to monitor if the Kings find any lingering symptoms.
1:42 am (EST)
Jarell Martin Headshot

Martin supplied 11 points (5-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt), five rebounds, and one assist in 21 minutes during Monday's 98-90 win over the Rockets.

Martin is a big man who looks like a guard on offense. With JaMychal Green (ankle) set to miss several weeks, Martin is doing well in his effort to hold down the starting power forward spot in the short term, posting averages of 9.5 points (on 47.1 percent shooting), 5.0 rebounds, 1.0 steal, 0.5 assists, and 0.5 threes in 25.0 minutes in these last two tilts against elite opponents.
1:39 am (EST)
James Ennis III Headshot

Ennis ended up with 14 points (4-8 FG, 6-7 3Pt), 11 rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 37 minutes during Monday's 98-90 win over the Rockets.

Ennis matched career highs in defensive rebounds and free throws made and attempted while notching his third career double-double. He is now averaging 10.7 points (75.0 FG, 100.0 3Pt, 77.8 FT), 5.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.7 threes in 27.0 minutes per game, and Ennis seems to be validating Grizzlies coach David Fizdale's decision to start him at small forward.
1:27 am (EST)
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