DFS NBA Optimal Lineups:  January 23 Cover Image
DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: January 23
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Marcus Smart Headshot

Smart produced 22 points (7-13 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 4-4 FT), eight assists, two rebounds and a steal in 22 minutes during Tuesday'a 108-107 loss to the Lakers.

Smart's 22 points outdid any of the recent contests where we replaced Kyrie Irving in the lineup and Tuesday's effort ended up as Smart's second-highest scoring output this season. He pieced together minutes spelling Irving, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum to manufacture this excellent stat line, and it will be interesting to see how he's utilized going forward. If Brown struggles, or if Irving misses more time, Smart would be a must -add in seasonal leagues.
1:50 am (EST)
Al Horford Headshot

Horford put up 13 points (5-11 FG, 3-5 3Pt), 12 rebounds, six assists and two blocked shots in 32 minutes during Tuesday's 108-107 loss to the Lakers.

Horford ended up being grossly under-owned in DFS formats on Tuesday and those who went his way were rewarded with a nice effort despite the loss. This was Horford's best performance since late December, as he's been plagued with single-digit output in either points or rebounds over his past six contests. When he can get the two categories going in tandem he's as good of a value as any elite center in the league, but unfortunately, it hasn't happened often enough for him to achieve top-tier potential.
1:42 am (EST)
Kyrie Irving Headshot

Irving contributed 33 points (13-24 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four assists and three rebounds in 38 minutes during Tuesday;'s 108-107 loss to the Lakers.

The Celtics dropped their fourth straight game on Tuesday, but you can't blame Kyrie Irving for their troubles, as he's averaged 27 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists over his last three games, and this was despite missing a game due to a shoulder problem on the 18th. The Celtics are lacking the same cohesiveness they had earlier in the season, and Jayson Tatum has fallen off the radar a bit in their offensive attack. The Celtics should have had this game in the bag and they let it slip away in the fourth quarter. They'll stay in LA to face the Clippers on Wednesday, and Irving is expected to lead the team in production once again.
1:28 am (EST)
Jordan Clarkson Headshot

Clarkson produced 22 points (8-17 FG, 0-4 3Pt. 6-7 FT), five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 34 minutes during Tuesday's 108-107 win over the Celtics.

In what has become a recurring theme while Lonzo Ball (knee) has been sidelined, Tyler Ennis and Josh Hart gave way to Clarkson early in the second quarter and hardly saw the floor after that. To say that Clarkson has been the offensive linchpin for the Lakers during their encouraging run wouldn't be an overstatement, as he's shown his superior play time and time again when Ball has been out. Clarkson has played so well of late that trade conversation has shifted from him to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as the more expendable option. Clarkson could be a great commodity to fantasy owners if he does move elsewhere, but he'll remain stuck behind Ball when he returns.
1:19 am (EST)
Julius Randle Headshot

Randle posted 14 points (6-12 FG, 2-3 FT), 14 rebounds, an assist and a steal in 26 minutes during Tuesday's 108-107 win over the Celtics.

Randle became part of a larger starting five to match up against the Celtics and excelled in the opportunity, as he recorded his 11th double-double of the season with 14 boards. He did all this in 26 minutes of work, which has become a big selling point for Randle - many of his double-doubles have occurred with less than 30 minutes of floor time. The 22-year-old has shown up in a big way while players like Kyle Kuzma have faltered.
1:12 am (EST)
Kyle Kuzma Headshot

Kuzma posted 28 points (10-16 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 3-5 FT), four rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes during Tuesday's 108-107 win over the Celtics.

In a game that came down to the wire, Kuzma provided a nice spark off the bench, which was a welcome sign for Kuzma owners who have seen his output trail off in the past few games. He drained five threes out of seven attempts which will surely boost his 37.2 percent success rate from long range. Kuzma looks to be sent to the bench whenever coach Luke Walton elects to go with a taller trio in the backcourt, but when the matchup is right he is more likely to see extended time.
1:04 am (EST)
LeBron James Headshot

James scored 28 points (10-23 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 6-10 FT) to go along with nine rebounds, seven assists and one block across 38 minutes during Tuesday's 114-102 loss to the Spurs.

James reached 30,000 career points with a bucket over Danny Green early on in this one, but the milestone was tarnished as the Cavs lost for the sixth time in the last seven to a seemingly undermanned Spurs team. Typically quite efficient from the field, James has struggled to the tune of 45 percent shooting over his last three games. His defensive contributions are also down a bit -- he has just two blocks and one steal total in those games -- and James will seemingly need to rediscover his best form if his team is to get off the schneid anytime soon.
12:24 am (EST)
Isaiah Thomas Headshot

Thomas scored 14 points (3-9 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 8-9 FT) while adding two assists, one rebound and one steal across 28 minutes during Tuesday's 114-102 loss to the Spurs.

Thomas struggled to get his shot to fall against a larger, more athletic backcourt matchup and went without a made three-point attempt for the second time this season. He was coming off his best scoring output since recovering from a hip injury, but excluding that performance, he's shot 31 percent from the field over his last five games. Thomas still has a way to go before he's back at the top of his game, but with the Cavs dropping six of their last seven overall, the pressure is mounting for him to rediscover himself sooner rather than later.
12:17 am (EST)
Kyle Anderson Headshot

Anderson posted 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting to go along with 12 reounds, five assists, one steal and one block across 34 minutes during Tuesday's 114-102 win over the Cavaliers.

Anderson led the team in rebounding and finished second only to Tony Parker in assists. He surpassed 30 minutes of playing time for the fourth time in five games and is averaging 9.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, three assists, 2.8 steals and 1.8 blocks in those contests. With Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps) out indefinitely, Anderson looks set to shoulder a large burden at both ends for the foreseeable future.
12:07 am (EST)
LaMarcus Aldridge Headshot

Aldridge scored 30 points (12-18 FT, 0-1 3Pt, 6-7 FT) to go along with eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block across 41 minutes during Tuesday's 114-102 win over the Cavs.

Aldridge shot just 28 percent from the field combined over his last two games, but he shot the ball efficiently in this one and reached the 30-point mark for the fourth time in the last nine games. He failed to extend his streak to three straight games with double-digit rebounds, but he chipped in across the board for a well-rounded performance. A newly-minted All-Star selection, Aldridge has returned to the form from season's past that made him such a valuable fantasy asset.
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