NFL DFS Optimal Lineups: Mon-Thurs (Week 11/12) Cover Image
NFL DFS Optimal Lineups: Mon-Thurs (Week 11/12)
Howard Bender
Nic Dowd Headshot

Dowd has served as a healthy scratch in nine of the Kings' 21 outings this season.

In addition to watching from the press box periodically, Dowd is also struggling to get on the ice, as he is averaging a paltry 7:58 of ice time. Not surprisingly, the Alabama native has notched just one helper, four blocks and 20 hits in his limited minutes. The center's absence from the lineup could be further compounded once Jeff Carter (ankle) is cleared to play.
11:10 pm (EST)
Adam Henrique Headshot

Henrique registered a goal and two assists during Monday's 4-3 overtime win against Minnesota.

This was the veteran center's first multi-point showing since Oct. 11, and he also had just one assist through his previous nine contests, so this was a welcomed outburst. While Henrique now has a respectable four goals and 12 points through 20 games for the season, he's also been skating on the fourth line of late. As a result, it's probably best to leave him to deep fantasy settings until he's promoted up the depth chart.
11:08 pm (EST)
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)
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