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DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: January 15
James Grande
 Published Jan 12 4:35 pm (EST)
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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)
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)
Vince Carter Headshot

Carter's role will be reduced for the remainder of the season to allow younger players more time on the court to develop, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Carter has only been averaging 15.4 minutes on the court this season, but he, and other veterans, will be asked to take entire games off moving forward to free up more reps for younger players. With him out of the picture on certain nights, players like Malachi Richardson, Justin Jackson and JaKarr Sampson could start finding their way into the back end of the rotation.
12:22 am (EST)
Zach Randolph Headshot

Randolph's role will be reduced for the remainder of the season to allow younger players more time on the court to develop, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

This announcement spells bad news for Randolph's fantasy value since coach Dave Joerger has decided to have his veterans occasionally sit out entire games in the remainder of the season ahead. Randolph will still have viability in formats with daily lineup options, but rostering Randolph in weekly formats will be frustrating to say the least. Skal Labissiere and JaKarr Sampson seem like the top options to see more playing time when Randolph is asked to take the night off.
12:15 am (EST)
George Hill Headshot

Hill's role will be reduced for the remainder of the season to allow younger players more time on the court to develop, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

This is disastrous news for Hill's fantasy value, as it seems that coach Dave Joerger will occasionally have Hill sit out entire games so that younger players like De'Aaron Fox, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Buddy Hield and Malachi Richardson can see more time on the court. Hill will still retain some value in formats with daily lineup options if the Kings announce his availability with enough lead time, but he'll be a very risky option to deploy in weekly formats. Fellow veterans Vince Carter and Zach Randolph will also see similar treatment as well.
12:00 am (EST)
Zach LaVine Headshot

LaVine scored 18 points (7-12 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT) while adding five rebounds, five assists and two steals in only 20 minutes during Monday's 119-111 win over the Heat.

It was an impressive stat line in only his second game of the season after recovering from an ACL tear suffered nearly a year ago. LaVine's minutes will gradually begin to increase once he builds up more stamina, but it looks like he's got more than enough juice already to make an impact even with a restricted workload.
Yesterday 11:53 pm (EST)
Nikola Mirotic Headshot

Mirotic scored 18 points (4-11 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 7-7 FT) while adding five rebounds, an assist and a block in 24 minutes off the bench during Monday's 119-111 win over the Heat.

Incredibly, all 18 of his points came in the fourth quarter, as Mirotic flipped the switch and helped the Bulls survive a late rally by the home squad. The 26-year-old appears to be healthy after missing a couple of games last week with an illness, but as long as Lauri Markkanen is in the starting lineup ahead of him, Mirotic's minutes and fantasy value will have a fairly firm ceiling.
Yesterday 11:50 pm (EST)
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