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

Jones saved 28 of 30 shots and five shootout attempts during Monday's 3-2 loss to Anaheim.

Despite allowing just two goals in each of his past two starts, Jones has lost both outings. It's a little disappointing because he boasts an impressive .926 save percentage and 2.11 GAA but has won just eight of 14 starts. With a little more offensive support, the 27-year-old netminder could easily have double-digit wins already. Still, Jones is playing well, and after posting a discouraging .912 save percentage last year, his strong start is encouraging for his year-long outlook.
8:11 am (EST)
Reto Berra Headshot

Berra saved 40 of 42 shots and six shootout attempts during Monday's 3-2 win over San Jose.

This was an impressive showing from the journeyman backup, and especially since it was also just his second start of the season. With Ryan Miller nursing a lower-body injury, Berra projects to remain John Gibson's understudy until Miller is healthy enough to take the net. Additionally, following Monday's strong outing, Berra would be worth considering as a streaming option or low-priced flier in daily contests when receiving the starting nod. Anaheim has an upcoming back-to-back set beginning Nov. 24 at home against Winnipeg followed by a road game against Los Angeles on Nov. 25. It's unlikely Gibson makes both starts.
8:04 am (EST)
Joonas Donskoi Headshot

Donskoi scored two goals -- one with the man advantage -- during Monday's 3-2 shootout loss to Anaheim.

The two tallies snapped a four-game point drought and improved Donskoi to a respectable seven goals and three assists through 19 games for the campaign. He skated on the second line and No. 2 power-play unit Monday, and as long as he's receiving consistent offensive minutes, the 25-year-old Finn has the potential to provide serviceable fantasy numbers in deep settings. Additionally, now in his third NHL season, it wouldn't be shocking if Donskoi translated this solid start into a career year.
7:43 am (EST)
Markus Nutivaara Headshot

Nutivaara had the primary assist on his team's first two goals in a 3-2 win over Buffalo on Monday.

The Finn doesn't have multi-point games very often, but when he has, they've come when the Jackets have needed them most. He's up to eight assists on the year, which beats his point total from last year, but just three have come in November. His production is far too inconsistent to warrant a spot on most rosters.
3:46 am (EST)
Sergei Bobrovsky Headshot

Bobrovsky stopped 30 of 32 shots in a 3-2 win over Buffalo on Monday.

Holding your opponents to below their season average is an achievement, even when the opponent entered with the poorest goals per game in the league. Bobrovsky did what he needed to do to hold off Buffalo's comeback attempt and picked up his fourth straight win. With a 2.02 GAA this season, he's been about as reliable a goaltender as you can have.
3:33 am (EST)
Robin Lehner Headshot

Lehner made 26 saves on 29 shots in Monday's 3-2 loss to Columbus.

The problem isn't just that Lehner was thrice beaten and put up an .897 save percentage, it's also the fact that he conceded the first three goals of the game and left his team scrambling in the third to try to salvage something. The combination of Lehner and a weak Buffalo defense hasn't produced quality results, and he's tough to trust.
3:19 am (EST)
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)
Braden Holtby Headshot

Holtby stopped 35 of 39 shots in a 4-1 loss to Calgary on Monday.

That didn't go as planned, and five power play chances and 39 shots on goal are the reason. Holtby needed to be better than an .897 save percentage, but in his defense, he didn't get much help from his offense or his defense in this defeat.
3:04 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)
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