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NFL DFS Optimal Lineups: Week 7
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J.J. Barea Headshot

Barea scored 19 points (7-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT) while adding five rebounds and three assists across 22 minutes in Saturday's 107-91 loss to the Rockets.

Barea came off the bench Saturday even with a depleted backcourt, but dropped 19 points in 22 minutes, which tied him for the team-high in points with Yogi Ferrell with 19 less minutes. Barea's sharpshooting will likely be limited as the Mavs get healthier in the backcourt, but he has shown flashes of scoring prowess when presented capped minutes.
1:02 pm (EST)
Jimmy Howard Headshot

Howard will start in goal Sunday versus the visiting Canucks, Ansar Khan of reports.

The veteran backstop needs to shrug off his dud of an outing from this past Wednesday, when he yielded three goals on four shots from the Maple Leafs at their venue. Howard had a 3-1-0 record, 1.97 GAA and .942 save percentage heading into that game, though, so that's been an outlier to an otherwise strong start to the season for Detroit's top netminder. Howie's about to face a Vancouver team that currently sits in fifth place within the Pacific Division.
1:01 pm (EST)
Joel Edmundson Headshot

Edmundson blocked two shots Saturday against Vegas and now leads the league with 30 blocked shots.

More is being asked of Edmundson since Jay Bouwmeester continues to nurse a fractured ankle, and he's stepping up to the plate. Edmundson has just one goal this season, but his total of 13 hits, 30 blocked shots and 14 shots on goal through nine games proves the 24-year-old is instrumental to the St. Louis blue line.
12:58 pm (EST)
Yogi Ferrell Headshot

Ferrell tallied 19 points (6-15 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six assists, three rebounds and one steal across 41 minutes in Saturday's 107-91 loss to the Rockets.

With most of the Mav's backcourt not in action Saturday, Ferrell drew the start and received a team-high 41 minutes of playing time. He showed an ability to score, albeit not in the most efficient way possible. Ferrell will likely head back to the bench when first-round rookie Dennis Smith Jr. and other members of the backcourt come back into the mix.
12:57 pm (EST)
Frank Ntilikina Headshot

Ntilikina (ankle) didn't practice Sunday, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports.

Ntilikina had to be carried off the practice court late last week with a sprained left ankle and was subsequently held out of Saturday's contest. The fact that he wasn't able to practice Sunday doesn't bode well for his chances of suiting up for Tuesday's matchup with the Celtics, though for now, Ntilikina can still be considered questionable for that contest.
12:56 pm (EST)
Teddy Bridgewater Headshot

Bridgewater (knee) isn't expected to be activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list until the Vikings' Week 10 matchup with the Redskins, Ian Rapaport of NFL Network reports.

After sustaining a gruesome knee injury in training camp of last year, Bridgewater spent the last 13-plus months rehabbing before being cleared by doctors to return to practice last week. Though early reports of Bridgewater's performance during practice have been encouraging, due to the lengthiness of his absence, the quarterback will require at least two more weeks of practice to build up his conditioning and comfort with the club's receivers. If Bridgewater continue to impress in his subsequent practices, he could force the Vikings to make a tough decision behind center. Case Keenum has performed respectably in his five appearances this season while the team's primary 2016 starter, Sam Bradford (knee), has been sidelined for all but two games. Bradford is on the mend and could also approach full health by the time Week 10 arrives.
12:54 pm (EST)
Justin Verlander (R) Headshot

Verlander will start Wednesday in Game 2 of the Astros' World Series matchup with the Dodgers, Matt Kelly of reports.

Fresh off being named the American League Championship Series MVP following the Astros' seven-game triumph over the Yankees, Verlander will have a short turnaround to try and keep a powerful Dodgers offense at bay. During the ALCS, Verlander followed up a complete-game, 13-strikeout effort in Game 2 with seven shutout innings in a Game 6 victory.
12:46 pm (EST)
Eric Gordon Headshot

Gordon scored 18 points (5-11 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 7-8 FT) while adding two assists and one rebound across 24 minutes in Saturday's 107-91 victory over the Mavericks.

Gordon did not post 20 points or more for the first time this season because of his poor shooting from behind the arc, but he still had 18 points and trailed only James Harden in scoring Saturday. Gordon is known for being a scorer, and his start to the season is certainly proving that statement and his role on this Rockets squad.
12:43 pm (EST)
Nick Leddy Headshot

Leddy provided an even-strength assist, plus-1 rating and two blocked shots in Saturday's 5-3 home win over the Sharks.

The Isles are counting on Leddy quite a bit, as he's banking a cool $5.5 million per season on a contract that runs through 2021-22. He has just two assists counting as his only points through eight games, but then again, he's a defenseman who does much more than factor into scoring plays -- Leddy's also averaging more than one block and hit per contest.
12:43 pm (EST)
Dallas Keuchel (L) Headshot

Keuchel will start in Game 1 of the Astros' World Series matchup with the Dodgers on Tuesday, Matt Kelly of reports.

The 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner has been stellar throughout the playoffs and owns a 2.59 ERA over his five career postseason starts, so it was a no-brainer for Astros manager A.J. Hinch to turn to their ace for Game 1. Keuchel will oppose Clayton Kershaw in the contest, with Justin Verlander following the lefty in the rotation start Game 2.
12:42 pm (EST)
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