DFS NBA Optimal Lineups:  November 22 Cover Image
DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: November 22
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Blake Griffin Headshot

Griffin recorded his first triple-double of the year on Wednesday, as he collected 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 116-103 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

The Clippers had lost nine-straight prior to this victory, as it was clear Griffin was sick of that nonsense. The playmaking should come as no surprise though, as Griffin's five assists per game this season marks a career-high. That sort of production should only continue from here, as the Clippers will now be without Patrick Beverley (knee) for the remainder of the year. The only gripe fantasy owners can have are his rebounds (7.9) and field goal percentage (41.7%), which both mark career-lows. While the rebounds may remain the same, his field goal percentage is more than 75 points below his second-lowest total, as he's due for some positive regression there.
5:18 am (EST)
Wesley Johnson Headshot

Johnson scored 24 points (8-10 FG, 6-7 3PT) in a 116-103 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday,.

Johnson has been sneaky good since Danilo Gallinari went down, as he's taken the starting small forward role by the ears. Over his last four games, Johnson is averaging 15.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.8 steals per game. The most important stat is the fact that he's playing nearly 34 minutes per game in that four-game span. If he's going to play that much, Johnson will remain fantasy relevant with his defensive statistics alone.
5:13 am (EST)
DeAndre Jordan Headshot

Jordan totaled 14 points (6-6 FG, 2-2 FT), 16 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in a 116-103 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.

Jordan had a perfect night on Wednesday, as he was perfect from both the field and from the free-throw line. The free-throw shooting has been a nice development for Jordan this year, as his 61 percent mark from the line is the best of his career. While it's nothing special, it adds so much to his fantasy value, as this was a guy who couldn't even crack 44 percent for his career. If he can remain above 60 percent, Jordan is one of the values of fantasy drafts
5:08 am (EST)
Lou Williams Headshot

Williams started on Wednesday and amassed 20 points (7-15 FG, 3-6 3PT) and eight assists in a 116-103 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Williams has been coming off the bench all season, but it's clear Doc Rivers wanted to switch things up for this struggling Clippers team. Not to mention, the fact that Patrick Beverley is out for the year due to a knee injury obviously played in that decision as well, as this is one of the thinnest backcourts in the NBA. Whether he comes off the bench or not, Williams will play 30 minutes a game and run this offense as one of the only playmakers on this roster.
5:04 am (EST)
John Collins Headshot

Collins got a rare start on Wednesday, as he totaled 14 points (7-9 FG), 10 rebounds, three assists and four steals across a career-high 38 minutes of action in a 116-103 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

It's about time that Collins got the start, as he's been one of the best players on this team in his rookie season. He has now scored in double figures in five-straight games, as he's played at least 36 minutes in back-to-back games as well. That's an extremely promising sign, as those two games both marked career-highs. As long as he's playing this much, Collins will remain a threat for a double-double every single night.
4:59 am (EST)
Marco Belinelli Headshot

Belinelli led Atlanta with 20 points (7-11 FG, 5-5 FT), three rebounds, two assists and two steals off the bench in a 116-103 defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

Belinelli had at least 19 points in three of his first five games, as this is only the second time he's reached that threshold since. With that said, Belinelli has turned into one of the best scorers off the bench in the league, as he's averaging 12.1 points per game. That's pretty much all he'll provide for fantasy though, as his upside is limited with his lack of peripheral statistics.
4:54 am (EST)
John Wall Headshot

Wall led the Wizards with 31 points (13-26 FG, 5-6 FT) and 11 assists in a 129-124 overtime defeat to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday.

Wall collected just 23 points and 13 assists on 8-of-25 shooting across his two previous games, as he appears to be out of that minor slump. What has fallen off recently is the rebounding though, as he has just 11 rebounds over his last five games. That's quite the fall off, considering he's currently setting a career-low with 3.4 rebounds per game. His steals are also down, as he's setting a career-low in that category as well with just 1.1 thefts per game. That's something that will surely change, as Wall regularly finishes top-10 in that statistic every season.
4:49 am (EST)
Dwight Howard Headshot

Howard amassed 26 points (10-13 FG, 6-10 FT), 13 rebounds and three assists in a 129-124 overtime win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.

Howard has been a beast in his last three games, as he's collected 67 points and 49 rebounds on 25-of-33 from the field. It comes at a strange time too, as he was averaging just 8.3 points and 8.3 rebounds across his previous three games. That's just the nature of owning Howard though, as it's all a matter of motivation with the volatile center. In any case, his 15.2 points and 12.9 rebounds per game make for a nice bounce-back season, as he remains a great fantasy option at center.
4:44 am (EST)
Jeremy Lamb Headshot

Jeremy Lamb totaled 24 points (9-17 FG, 3-8 3PT), seven rebounds, five assists and three blocks off the bench in a 129-124 overtime win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.

Lamb was recently moved to the bench with Nicolas Batum returning from injury, as this was his best game since that move. It could continue too, as Batum reportedly re-aggravated that injury in this win, thus moving Lamb back into the starting small forward role. That immediately makes Lamb relevant again in all formats, as he'll be one of the biggest pickups of the week depending on the Batum news that should be coming shortly. It's not like he's completely irrelevant as a bench player either, with Lamb averaging 19 points across his last three games.
4:38 am (EST)
Kemba Walker Headshot

Kemba Walker collected 24 points, (8-22 FG, 3-8 3PT, 5-6 FT), five rebounds and five assists in a 129-124 overtime win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.

After a 14-point dud in his most recent outing, Walker went back to his old form here. He now has at least 20 points in six of his last seven games, as he continues to run this offense, What makes Walker all the more intriguing is the status of Nicolas Batum, as he appeared to re-aggravate his elbow injury in this win. When Batum misses games, Walker becomes a usage monster, with his fantasy value rising exponentially.
4:34 am (EST)
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