NFL DFS Optimal Lineups: Mon-Thurs (Week 11/12) Cover Image
NFL DFS Optimal Lineups: Mon-Thurs (Week 11/12)
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Mikko Koivu Headshot

Koivu recorded two power-play assists during Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to New Jersey.

The 34-year-old veteran now has four assists during an active three-game point streak and might be finally finding his footing. After all, Koivu recorded just four goals and eight points through the first 17 games of the season. The Wild dealt with numerous injuries early this season, so Koivu's fortunes could be trending up now that the lineup is almost back to full strength.
11:06 pm (EST)
Mikael Granlund Headshot

Granlund scored two goals and added an assist during Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to New Jersey.

One of the goals and the assist came with the man advantage, and Granlund now has two tallies and five helpers during an active four-game point streak. The 25-year-old Finn was a little slow out of the gate and missed time with a groin injury, but this recent heater has Granlund back on track. Remember, he collected 26 goals and 69 points during last season's breakout campaign.
11:05 pm (EST)
Ben Chiarot Headshot

Chiarot logged 17:31 of ice time in his second appearance of the season.

With Toby Enstrom (lower body) out long-term, Chiarot could get a shot a a regular role in the lineup. The Ontario native will need to stave off challenges from highly touted prospect Tucker Poolman in order to continue playing on the Jets' blue line. The 26-year-old Chiarot's ceiling for the year is likely around 10 points, even if he serves as the primary replacement for Enstrom.
11:05 pm (EST)
Dan Slania (R) Headshot

Slania cleared waivers Monday, Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Slania pitched just a single inning in the majors last season, as most of his time was split between Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Sacramento. Slania posted a modest 3.59 ERA and 1.36 WHIP with Richmond, but struggled to deliver with Sacramento, where he owned brutal 7.82 ERA and 1.79 WHIP after making 12 starts (61 innings).
10:59 pm (EST)
Marko Dano Headshot

Dano has cracked the lineup in just one of the Jets' previous 14 outings.

With a glut of forward talent, Dano was always going to be on the outside looking in barring a significant number of injuries. In his career, the 22-year-old has yet to play in even half a season's worth of games, with his career high coming last year (38). If the Austrian can't secure some ice time soon, you have to figure coach Paul Maurice will send him down to AHL Manitoba, if only to give him some minutes.
10:56 pm (EST)
Martin Flores Headshot

Flores finished in a tie for 28th at the RSM Classic, following a one-under 69 in his final round at Sea Island on Sunday.

Flores was in line for a top-25 finish, but three bogeys in five holes to start the back nine proved to be to much to overcome. Flores really excelled on the green, as although he finished in a tie for 53rd in greens hit in regulation he ranked sixth in SG: Putting and tied for the 10th most birdies potted over the tournament. This was the Texan's best performance thus far in 2017-18, but he'll get this week off as there isn't a Tour event scheduled.
10:55 pm (EST)
Orlando Calixte (R) Headshot

Calixte was designated for assignment Monday, Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Calixte didn't impress during limited action with the Giants last season. Over 29 games he posted a dismal .143 batting average and .348 OPS. While his performance was better at Triple-A Sacramento, it didn't stand out. Over 97 games with Sacramento he slashed .243/.283/.421.
10:55 pm (EST)
Tom Kuhnhackl Headshot

Kuhnhackl could find himself bounced from the lineup against Vancouver on Wednesday based on Monday's practice lines.

Kuhnhackl has appeared in all 22 games for Pittsburgh this season in which he has averaged 10:43 of ice time and tallied three helpers, 52 hits and 21 shots on goal. The potential move has less to do with the winger's struggles and more with giving Josh Archibald -- who has played in one lone game this year -- a look in a bottom-six role and on the penalty kill. Practice lines are fluid, so fantasy owners will want to check back, but it doesn't bode well for Kuhnhackl's participation versus the Canucks.
10:52 pm (EST)
Micah Johnson (L) Headshot

Johnson was designated for assignment Monday, Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

In an effort to create more space on the 40-man roster, the Giants opted to designate Johnson for assignment. Johnson spent most of the 2017 season at Triple-A Gwinnett, where he hit .289 with a .777 OPS over 40 games. Johnson does have some experience in the majors, but it hasn't gone too well. Over 61 games in his career, Johnson has slashed .224/.291/.259.
10:52 pm (EST)
Mike Davis Headshot

Davis will not return to Monday night's game against the Falcons with a groin injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Davis was putting together a strong debut with 59 yards from scrimmage before sustaining the injury. Eddie Lacy and J.D. McKissic are the only other running backs available Monday, with Thomas Rawls a healthy scratch.
10:51 pm (EST)
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