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DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: January 15
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Cory Joseph Headshot

Joseph recorded 15 points (5-7 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), three assists, two rebounds and two steals in 29 minutes during Monday's 109-94 win over the Jazz.

Joseph outscored and played more minutes than Darren Collison on Monday, so while it doesn't seem Collison is in danger of his starting job, Joseph is averaging 27 minutes of action so far this month, and while he's not exactly lighting it up, he's managing to hinder Collison's value somewhat. He's only worth consideration in deeper formats at this point but is one injury away from getting a huge boost to his value.
3:40 am (EST)
Kevin Kisner Headshot

Kisner fired a three-under 67 on Sunday at the Sony Open to finish 10-under and tied for 25th.

Kisner posted his fifth consecutive top-25 finish, extending a streak that dates back to the TOUR Championship in late September. The 33-year-old remained hot with his putter this week at Waialae Country Club, finishing 10th among the field in SG: Putting. He's up to sixth on Tour in SG: Putting and seventh in putting from inside 10 feet this season. He'll look for continued success with the flat stick at this week's CareerBuilder Challenge, where he finished 25th in 2017.
3:33 am (EST)
Rodney Hood Headshot

Hood provided 15 points (6-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), and two rebounds in 21 minutes during Monday's 109-94 loss to the Pacers.

With Ricky Rubio looking ice-cold with this shot on Monday, Hood saw extended action off the bench at the one and made the most of it. The 24-year old remains stuck in the second unit behind Rubio and the surprising Donovan Mitchell, and finds himself on a squad where he's unable to have the kind of breakout campaign he could have on another team. As a result, he only has fantasy value in deeper leagues or as a flier in DFS tournaments.
3:32 am (EST)
Donovan Mitchell Headshot

Mitchell recorded 23 points (8-16 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 5-5 FT), two assists, two rebounds and two steals in 33 minutes durn Mondays, 109-94 loss to the Pacers.

The high-flying rookie has definitely launched himself into the Rookie of the Year conversation as the linchpin of Utah's offense, and that will probably remain to be the case even after Rudy Gobert (knee) returns from injury. Monday was a down night for the Jazz defense and Mitchell's output wasn't enough to dig them out of the hole they were in after a 15-2 run in the second quarter shut the door on the game. They'll look to turn things around in a much easier matchup against the Kings on Wednesday.
3:24 am (EST)
Thaddeus Young Headshot

Young recorded 17 points (7-10 FG, 3-4 3Pt), four rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots in 36 minutes during Monday's 109-94 win over the Jazz.

Young is surging back into relevance after struggling through a dreadful last two weeks of 2017, where he averaged a paltry 7.1 points and 4.5 rebounds over the last eight games of the year. Monday's effort was his best scoring output in over a month. It's an encouraging sign for Young, who still hasn't lost his starting gig despite this slump, so the minutes are there for the 10-year vet if he can right the ship.
3:14 am (EST)
Victor Oladipo Headshot

Oladipo posted 28 points (9-16 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 5-6 FT), six assists, six rebounds and two steals in 35 minutes during Monday's 109-94 win over the Jazz.

Oldaipo sparked a 15-2 run late in the second quarter to begin the ultimate dismantling of the Jazz, who didn't bring their second-ranked defense to the court on Monday. Oladipo drained five threes in eight attempts and otherwise filled up an excellent stat line while leading the hot-shooting Pacers to victory. The 25-year old shooting guard is a must-start in every format.
3:07 am (EST)
Chez Reavie Headshot

Reavie closed with a three-under 67 on Sunday at the Sony Open to finish 11-under and tied for 18th.

Reavie played his last two rounds at Waialae Country Club in a combined eight-under-par to notch his seventh consecutive top-25 result. The 36-year-old's ball striking was on point as he led the field in SG: Approach and SG: Tee-to-Green, but he ranked a dismal 76th in terms of SG: Putting. He'll be in the field again this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, where he's finished top-20 in each of the past two seasons.
3:02 am (EST)
Jordan Spieth Headshot

Spieth carded a four-under 66 during Sunday's final round at the Sony Open to finish 11-under and T18.

Spieth played his final two rounds in a combined eight-under-par to jump inside the top-20, but his streak of seven consecutive top-10s finally came to an end. The second-ranked player was even in danger of missing the cut early on, mostly due to a quadruple bogey on the par-four eighth hole during his first round. Spieth paced the field in GIR percentage with 61 of 72 greens hit in regulation, while he also ranked fifth in driving distance and sixth in SG: Off-the-Tee. The Official World Golf Ranking's No. 2 player will likely tee it up next at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in early February, where he owns a pair of top-10s in two tries at the event.
2:56 am (EST)
Jason Dufner Headshot

Dufner fired a four-under 66 on Sunday at the Sony Open to finish 11-under and tied for 18th.

Dufner got off to a rough start Sunday as he played his first seven holes in two-over-par, but he used six birdies in his last 11 holes to climb inside the top-20. He could've finished even higher if it weren't for a triple bogey on the par-four sixth during his third round. The 40-year-old ranks 13th on Tour in SG: Putting through eight measured rounds this season, while he hasn't missed a cut since the 2017 U.S. Open. Dufner will look to make improvements with his short game around the greens at this week's CareerBuilder Challenge, an event he won in 2016.
2:46 am (EST)
Ryan Succop Headshot

Succop didn't attempt a field goal but made a pair of extra points in Saturday's 35-14, divisional round loss to New England.

Succop didn't get to show off his accurate leg in this lopsided defeat. The 31-year-old pending free agent's near-automatic performance from inside 50 yards should net him a strong salary for his position, as Succop set an NFL record this season with 56 consecutive makes on field-goal attempts under 50 yards.
1:15 am (EST)
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