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

Gibson made 26 of 30 saves in Sunday's 4-2 preseason loss against Las Vegas.

Sunday was the first full game Gibson played during 2017-18 preseason, and it got off to a rough start as he allowed Las Vegas to score two first period goals. After recording a .924 save percentage last season, the All Star likely just needs a couple more preseason starts to get into midseason form. Even though Anaheim acquired Ryan Miller in the offseason, Gibson is still a near lock to start upwards of 50 games.
7:59 pm (EST)
Albert Wilson Headshot

Wilson caught three of his four targets for 18 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Chargers.

Although he wasn't heavily utilized, Wilson did manage to sneak into the end zone on an inside shovel pass from Alex Smith. He's still third among Chiefs receivers for weekly snaps and is further down than that on the totem pole for targets, keeping him off the fantasy radar in the vast majority of leagues.
7:58 pm (EST)
Marc-Andre Fleury Headshot

Fleury effectively minimized Anaheim's offense Sunday, making 26 of 28 saves in a 4-2 preseason victory.

Fleury got the start between the pipes for the Golden Knights, and was only beaten by a no-look backhander along with a goal in the last 30 seconds of the game. Las Vegas selected Fleury to be a workhorse while they develop younger goaltending talent, and he looked up for the task in his first preseason action. The 2016-17 season was the first time in 11 years Fleury had a GAA above 3.00, and we'll see if having a consistent workload will spark him to a bounceback season.
7:58 pm (EST)
Nick Foligno Headshot

Foligno didn't register a shot on goal against Nashville in Sunday's 5-3 preseason loss.

Foligno was all over the ice Sunday, collecting 3:01 of power-play time, 3:14 spent with the penalty kill and 14:15 of even-strength play. With the addition of Artemi Panarin in the offseason, the captain will likely be demoted to a second-line role, centered by Brandon Dubinsky. Still, a 50-point season would be very much in play for the 29-year-old.
7:56 pm (EST)
Willie Snead Headshot

Snead's suspension was lifted Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Snead was originally handed a three-game suspension on Sep. 1 for a violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. Now back in the fold, the Ball State product figures to immediately supplant Brandon Coleman in the slot and should be ready to take aim at a vulnerable Dolphins secondary Sunday in London.
7:56 pm (EST)
E.J. Gaines Headshot

Gaines made seven tackles (six solo) and had an interception in Sunday's victory over the Broncos.

Gaines also had three pass breakups as the Bills defense held Trevor Siemian in check throughout the afternoon. The Buffalo defense faces a tall task in Week 4 as they take on reigning MVP Matt Ryan and the Falcons.
7:55 pm (EST)
Craig Smith Headshot

Smith put three shots on goal for Nashville in their 5-3 preseason victory over Columbus on Sunday.

The Wisconsin native was held off of the scoreboard but still had a strong night, throwing three shots on goal while winning 50 percent of his faceoffs. Smith skated on the second line with Kevin Fiala and Nick Bonino, and was on the second power play unit as well. After having a career low 29 points last season, Smith has the tools to bounce back to the 40-point range -- a consistent role on the second power play would go a long way towards helping his cause.
7:55 pm (EST)
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