NFL DFS Optimal Lineups: Mon-Thurs (Week 11/12) Cover Image
NFL DFS Optimal Lineups: Mon-Thurs (Week 11/12)
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Channing Frye Headshot

Frye supplied 10 points (4-7 FG, 2-3 3Pt), two rebounds, and two assists in 22 minutes during Monday's 116-88 win over the Pistons.

Frye knows his role and he knows it well. With Tristan Thompson (calf) out until at least early December, Frye has been seeing more playing time of late, earning 20-plus minutes in three of the last four games. However, Frye should not be on the radar in most fantasy leagues, as he is merely a three-point specialist operating in a modest role and contributing sporadically in most categories.
1:14 am (EST)
Cedi Osman Headshot

Osman offered seven points (2-3 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, one assist, and one block in 14 minutes during Monday's 116-88 win over the Pistons.

Osman was able to get his feet wet a little bit in the blowout, enjoying his best performance through eight games. This was just the second time he saw double-digit minutes, so it's no surprise that Osman was able to achieve career highs in most categories. The Cavaliers have no shortage of depth along the wing, but the occasional rout could help the rookie see some more opportunities going forward. However, the looming return of Iman Shumpert (knee) may result in Osman being buried on the bench.
1:07 am (EST)
Wilson Chandler Headshot

Chandler (back) said he expects to return to action Wednesday against Houston, Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports reports.

Chandler was held out of Monday's win over the Kings due to soreness in his lower back, but when speaking to reporters after the game, he sounded confident that he'd be able to play Wednesday. If that is, indeed, the case, Will Barton would likely move back to the bench. Barton started Monday and played 37 minutes -- one off of his season-high -- and finished with 25 points, six rebounds and five assists while hitting 5-of-6 three-point attempts.
1:06 am (EST)
Jamal Crawford Headshot

Crawford contributed 19 points (6-12 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT), two rebounds, and two assists in 18 minutes during Monday's 118-102 loss to the Hornets.

Crawford was healthy enough to play despite exiting Sunday's matchup with the Pistons after only seven minutes of action due to a migraine. The 37-year-old veteran finished with a season high in scoring while matching his season highs in made field goals and free throws. Crawford has only earned 20-plus minutes in five of 17 appearances. However, he can still fill it up on occasion, as evidenced by his eight double-digit scoring efforts.
12:53 am (EST)
Doug Baldwin Headshot

Baldwin caught two of six targets for 40 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 34-31 loss to the Falcons.

Baldwin was uncharacteristically quiet prior to scoring a 29-yard touchdown on Seattle's second-last offensive drive. While that salvaged his performance Monday, it also gave Baldwin a score in three of his last five games. With three 90-plus-yard outings over that span as well, Baldwin has considerable momentum going into a fantastic Week 12 matchup versus the 49ers.
12:49 am (EST)
Marvin Williams Headshot

Williams went for two points (0-5 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three assists, and two rebounds in 25 minutes during Monday's 118-102 win over the Timberwolves.

Williams was listed as probable due to a sore left quad, and he couldn't get much of anything going. The 31-year-old forward has seen 30 minutes or more just once through 16 games despite starting every contest, and his modest value over the previous few seasons was largely tied to the fact that he was regularly receiving 30-plus minutes. At this stage of his career, Williams is best reserved for use in deeper leagues.
12:44 am (EST)
James van Riemsdyk Headshot

Van Riemsdyk scored his team's only marker in a 4-1 Monday loss to Arizona.

Van Riemsdyk remained hot, as he's now scored six goals in seven games. His teammates, however, did not, as the Leafs had a rare off-night against the league's weakest team. JVR is much more likely to keep producing than Toronto is to have many more one-goal games.
12:41 am (EST)
Jimmy Graham Headshot

Graham caught seven of 11 targets for 58 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 34-31 loss to the Falcons. He also hauled in a successful two-point conversion.

Graham opened the scoring for Seattle with a four-yard touchdown during the first quarter. That end-zone trip not only gave Graham a seventh touchdown in the last six games, but also a new season-high mark since joining the Seahawks. Although he's topped 65 yards just once through 10 outings this season, Graham's torrid touchdown pace is reminiscent of his days in New Orleans, when he first surfaced as a fantasy star.
12:39 am (EST)
Frederik Andersen Headshot

Andersen gave up two goals on 29 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Coyotes on Monday.

Amazingly, no goals were scored 5-on-5, as the first three goals came on the power play and the Coyotes added two empty-net goals. Andersen couldn't have done much more to try to win this game for the Leafs, but he got a rare lack of help from his offense. Nights like that won't happen often for Toronto, and Andersen remains a top option in goal.
12:37 am (EST)
Jeremy Lamb Headshot

Lamb collected 16 points (6-9 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 21 minutes during Monday's 118-102 win over the Timberwolves.

Lamb had been listed as questionable due to hamstring soreness, but ultimately he gave it a go. After averaging 30.2 minutes per game through the first 12 contests of 2017-18, Lamb has seen just 22.3 minutes per in the four games following the return of Nicolas Batum, who missed those first 12 tilts with an elbow injury. Nevertheless, Lamb has somehow still managed to score in double figures in each of the last four contests, maintaining solid averages of 14.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.5 steals over that span. Whether Lamb can keep this up or not remains to be seen, but he is certainly doing all he can to prove he deserves ample time.
12:34 am (EST)
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