DFS NBA Optimal Lineups:  November 20 Cover Image
DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: November 20
Ben Scherr
Dirk Nowitzki Headshot

Nowitzki scored 14 points (7-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt) to go along with 12 rebounds, two assists ans a blocked shot in 32 minutes during Monday's 110-102 loss to the Celtics.

Nowitzki had one of his better games this season due in large part to a slight increase in minutes. He recorded his first double-double of the season in a close overtime loss. He still remains the Mevericks' number-one option inside despite seeing limited minutes in the twilight of his career. While he isn't an elte option at center any longer, he could serve some purpose as a second or third option, as he has dual eligibility at forward in most leagues.
3:15 am (EST)
Jayson Tatum Headshot

Tatum posted 15 points (6-11 FG, 0-2 3 Pt, 3-4 FT), nine rebounds, one assist, a steal and a blocked shot across 38 minutes in Monday's 110-102 win over the Mavericks.

Along with Jaylen Broen, the rookie has stepped in effectively to fill the gap left by Gordon Hayward, and though he's one of the less-heralded rookies entering the season, he's outdoing most of them in terms of usage and production. The former Duke standout ranks at least sixth among rookies in scoring average, rebounds per game, field-goal percentage, 3-point percentage, free-throw percentage, blocks per game and minutes per game. HIs output should only increase as he acclimates further to the league's faster pace.
3:06 am (EST)
Jaylen Brown Headshot

Brown recorded 22 points (8-13 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-6 FT), nine rebounds and one steal across 37 minutes in Monday's 110-102 win over the Marvericks.

Brown has emerged as Boston's second-best scoring option due in laege part to the huge hole left by Gordon Hayward. Brown and Jayson Tatum have both performed well after that loss, with Brown emerging as the more prolific option of the two. You were fortunate if you neat the rush to the waiver wire immediately after the Hayward injury, as he was left undrafted in most leagues to begin the season. He'll play a key role in extedning the Celtics' 16-game streak intact, and has value in all fantasy formats.
2:55 am (EST)
Kyrie Irving Headshot

Irving scored 47 points (16-22 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 10-11 FT) while adding six assists, three rebounds and a steal in 39 minutes during Monday's 110-102 win over the Mavericks.

Dallas had no answer for Irving Monday as he man-handled the Mavs backcourt . Depite Irving's monster stat line Dallas managed to get the game to ovettime, but Irving scored 10 points in the bonus period to put the game out of reach. Irving has succeeded almost all point guards as one of the league's most reliable sources of production, and is a must-start in all formats.
2:34 am (EST)
Terrence Ross Headshot

Ross supplied seven points (3-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt), three rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 24 minutes during Monday's 105-97 loss to the Pacers.

Ross continues to draw the starting nods, but the last time he saw 30 minutes or more was back on Oct. 30. He is still averaging more minutes than backup wing Jonathon Simmons, but Simmons has been superior in essentially every way thus far. It's unclear whether Magic coach Frank Vogel will consider a lineup change at some point in the near future, but regardless it does not appear as though Ross will be much of a factor in standard leagues.
2:31 am (EST)
Nikola Vucevic Headshot

Vucevic had 25 points (11-19 FG, 3-6 3Pt), 13 rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block in 29 minutes during Monday's 105-97 loss to the Pacers.

Vucevic bounced back following Saturday's letdown effort in a blowout loss to the Jazz, recording his sixth double-double of the campaign while pouring in 20 points or more for the sixth time as well. With 31 made threes thus far in 2017-18, Vucevic has already made more treys through 17 appearances this season than he had in his previous six seasons (30 in 399 games) combined.
2:21 am (EST)
John Henson Headshot

Henson scored 10 points (5-8 FG) while adding 10 rebounds, two assist and two blocked shots in 26 minutes during Monday's 99-88 loss to the Wizards.

Since Greg Monroe's departure to Phoenix, Henson was averaging 9.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks coming into Monday's game. While the Bucks had initally foseen a center-by-committee approach with Henson and Thon Maker, Henson has been the clear prerence, logging eight more minutes per game than Maker since November 7.
2:15 am (EST)
Victor Oladipo Headshot

Oladipo exploded for 29 points (8-19 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 12-14 FT), nine rebounds, seven steals, five assists, and two blocks in 34 minutes during Monday's 105-97 win over the Magic.

Oladipo finished with a career high in steals, this just days after he recorded a career high in rebounding (15 versus Pistons last Friday). His breakout campaign continues, and he has been the leading force of the Pacers' hot start. Oladipo and company now have a few days to rest before Friday's matchup with the Raptors.
2:09 am (EST)
Khris Middleton Headshot

Middleton scored 15 points (5-13 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT) while adding six rebounds, three assists and a steal in 39 minutes during Monday's 99-88 loss to the Wizards.

As anticpated, Middleton has seen a sharp increase in production this year after appearing in only 29 games in 2016 due to injury. With Jabari Parker out indefinitely, Middleton's role has shifted away from assist production to more of a rebounding wing player as well as excelling as a low-post threat. He can best be described as consistent, as he's only scored single-digits twice in 2017 and has contributed efficiently in most offensive categories. He's an every-day starter in seasonal leagues moving forward.
2:06 am (EST)
Thaddeus Young Headshot

Young recorded 17 points (8-15 FG, 1-3 3Pt), five rebounds, three steals, and two assists in 37 minutes during Monday's 105-97 win over the Magic.

Young continues to be a pretty consistent contributor, albeit with a couple duds thrown in recently against the Rockets and Grizzlies. He is providing well-rounded production, with decent numbers in every area except blocks and free-throw percentage (while averaging less than one attempt for the first time in his career). As long as the Pacers remain relevant in the playoff race, Young seems poised to continue playing a major role.
1:59 am (EST)
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