DFS NBA Optimal Lineups:  October 19 Cover Image
DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: October 19
Jon Impemba
Zach Collins Headshot

Collins (illness) is listed as probable for Friday's game against the Pacers, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.

Collins' regular season debut was delayed after the rookie woke up feeling ill Wednesday morning. It looks like he has now put the illness behind him now and should be a full go for Friday's matchup in Indiana. Collins is expected to serve as Jusuf Nurkic's primary backup at center this season.
5:00 pm (EST)
Spencer Dinwiddie Headshot

Dinwiddie logged two points (1-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt), four assists and three rebounds across 17 minutes during Wednesday's game against the Pacers.

Dinwiddie averaged 17.0 minutes last season but his playing time this season will likely have a slight increase since Jeremy Lin (knee) is now out for the rest of the season. However, D'Angelo Russell will still likely lead the backcourt as the Nets' main offensive threat.
3:56 pm (EST)
Marcus Smart Headshot

Smart tallied 12 points (4-13 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-6 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and three steals across 32 minutes during Wednesday's home opener against Milwaukee.

Smart got the nod along side Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown on Wednesday since Gordon Hayward (ankle) is out for the season. For the time being, the 23-year-old will likely remain in the starting lineup as a defensive-minded player, considering he averaged 1.6 steals last season.
3:35 pm (EST)
Richard Jefferson Headshot

Head coach Michael Malone said Thursday that Jefferson won't start the season in the Nuggets' rotation, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.

With Jefferson's late arrival to the team, it's not much of a surprise that he'll have to earn his way into Malone's rotation, especially considering that the 37-year-old is a veteran among a very young roster. Even if Jefferson does ultimately crack the team's rotation, he's not expected to play much of a role this season and will have very limited fantasy value.
3:26 pm (EST)
Jarell Martin Headshot

Head coach Dave Fizdale said Thursday that he'll likely start Martin at power forward in JaMychal Green's (ankle) absence, Michael Wallace of Grizzlies.com reports.

Green was ruled out for 3-to-4 weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain in Wednesday's season opener against the Pelicans, so Martin will fill that void in the starting lineup over that time. Martin is coming off an impressive preseason and has a very similar skill set as Green, so the move shouldn't change the Grizzlies' game plan that much. Chandler Parsons will likely see an extended role off the bench in Green's absence when Memphis decides to go with a smaller lineup.
3:10 pm (EST)
Andre Drummond Headshot

Drummond collected eight points (3-9 FG, 2-2 FT), 13 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal through 22 minutes during Wednesday's game against the Hornets.

Drummond had a great defensive performance Wednesday, like he typically does, considering he averaged 13.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.1 blocks during the 2016-17 season. He and the Pistons will go up against the Wizards on Friday, whom he struggled against last season, averaging only 8.7 points and 9.7 rebounds over their three meetings.
3:00 pm (EST)
Myles Turner Headshot

Turner is dealing with a sore neck and is considered questionable for Friday's game against the Trail Blazers.

The injury likely occurred during Wednesday's opener against the Nets, though it didn't appear to faze the 6-foot-11 big man, as he still tallied an impressive 21 points, 14 rebounds, four block and two assists over 34 minutes. That being said, the Pacers are heading into a back-to-back set to start the weekend, so they could opt to play it safe and limit his workload a bit. Look for another update on Turner's status following Friday's morning shootaround, but for now, he'll be considered questionable. Al Jefferson and Domantas Sabonis would likely benefit the most if Turner has to sit out.
2:53 pm (EST)
Draymond Green Headshot

Green (knee) is listed as doubtful for Friday's matchup with the Pelicans, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

After suffering a knee strain during the regular-season opener, Green had an MRI performed on Wednesday, which came back negative. He's avoided anything serious, but the Warriors are heading into a back-to-back set to start the weekend and coach Steve Kerr wants to avoid having Green take on too big of a workload too soon after his injury. That being said, Green did travel with the team, so there's still at least some hope that he could be back for Saturday's tilt with the Grizzlies. Look for final confirmation that Green is sitting out following Friday's morning shootaround.
2:41 pm (EST)
Josh Hart Headshot

Hart (Achilles) has been ruled out for Friday's season opener against the Clippers, Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet reports.

Hart left Monday's practice with what was ultimately diagnosed as Achilles bursitis and has been unable to log a practice since, so his absence Thursday doesn't come as much of a surprise. Hart was not expected to be featured in the team's rotation to start the season, however, so his absence shouldn't have much of an impact.
2:35 pm (EST)
Wesley Matthews Headshot

Matthews gathered 15 points (5-12 FG, 5-9 3Pt), eight rebounds, five assists and one steal across 37 minutes during Wednesday's matchup against the Hawks.

Matthews is considered to be a three-point specialist and defensive-minded player. Over the last five seasons, he has averaged over six three-point attempts per game. Therefore, his five threes Wednesday come as no surprise for the 31-year-old. Matthews will try to stay hot from behind the arc in their next matchup Friday against the Kings.
2:34 pm (EST)
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