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DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: November 20
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Matt Prater Headshot

Prater converted both of his field-goal attempts and all three PATs during Sunday's 27-24 victory over the Bears.

Prater has been the definition of clutch during his tenure in Detroit, as he's now 10 for 10 on kicks within the final four minutes of regulation and the Lions within three points of winning. His 52-yard game-winner Sunday might have been his most impressive of the lot, though, considering it came in 30-degree weather accompanied by Chicago's characteristically strong winds. Sitting top ten in the league in both field-goal attempts and PATs, Prater should remain busy in a Week 12 matchup against a Vikings defense that prevented the Lions offense from reaching the end zone in their previous meeting this season.
5:47 pm (EST)
Darren Fells Headshot

Fells secured his only target for nine yards during Sunday's 27-24 victory over Chicago.

Fells' involvement in the passing game has diminished in recent weeks while teammate Eric Ebron's has increased. By measure, Fells has seen just 1.5 targets per game over his past four appearances while Ebron has seen five per tilt over the same stretch. Ebron is the more natural receiver anyway, while Fells' bread and butter is blocking, so it makes sense for each to specialize in one particular facet of the game. Moving forward, that means Fells could be in store for lesser production the rest of the season compared to his heightened involvement in Weeks 4 through 6.
5:34 pm (EST)
Tom Hoge Headshot

Hoge shot a final round three-under 67 to move into a tie for 25th place at the RSM Classic.

Hoge carded six birdies to a bogey and a double, and in the process moved up 18 spots on the leaderboard. This was his second top-25 of the new season. He only had three such results all of last season. Hoge ranked 22nd in SG: Approach and 29th in SG: Putting. He will look for some better results when the season resumes in January.
5:26 pm (EST)
Ryan Grant Headshot

Grant (calf) is listed as a limited participant on Monday's injury report for Thursday's game against the Giants.

Grant returned from a concussion to catch all three of his targets for 59 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Saints. He apparently picked up a calf injury along the way, but the Redskins' decision to list him as limited suggests he's on track to take the field on Thanksgiving. Grant, Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson have been operating as Washington's regular trio in three-wide formations.
5:25 pm (EST)
Samaje Perine Headshot

Perine (finger) is listed as a limited participant on Monday's injury report for Thursday's game against the Giants.

There's little reason to think the finger issue will jeopardize his gameday availability, especially considering that the Redskins tend to list every little ailment on their injury report. Perine rumbled for 117 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries in Sunday's 34-31 overtime loss to the Saints, and he may get more involved in the passing game with Chris Thompson potentially out for the season due to a fractured fibula. Byron Marshall is the only other healthy running back on the roster, though the Redskins likely will address that situation before Thanksgiving. Perine has quickly jumped from the No. 3 spot on the depth chart to the unquestioned lead role.
5:24 pm (EST)
Richaun Holmes Headshot

Holmes (illness) will play in Monday's game against the Jazz, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Holmes missed the team's shootaround this morning with an illness, but after receiving treatment throughout the day, he's now feeling good enough to take the court. Coach Brett Brown could certainly keep a close eye on Holmes' workload, though if Joel Embiid (knee) can't play, Holmes could be forced into a bigger role than expected. Amir Johnson would also likely help cover the extra minutes if Embiid is held out.
5:23 pm (EST)
Rob Refsnyder (R) Headshot

Refsnyder was claimed off waivers by the Indians on Monday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

Refsnyder is now on to his third organization in the span of four months, having spent time with the Yankees and Blue Jays during the 2017 season. He had a bit of a name as a prospect, but Refsnyder's stock has plummeted in light of his struggles at the highest level (.233/.306/.311). Look for him to compete for a utility role in spring training.
5:19 pm (EST)
Jordan Reed Headshot

Reed (hamstring) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's injury report for Thursday's game against the Giants.

Reed didn't come all that close to playing in Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Saints, getting ruled out Friday on the final injury report of the week. With the Redskins playing on Thanksgiving, another absence seems likely for the fifth-year pro. Vernon Davis has averaged 5.3 catches for 68.3 yards on 7.8 targets in the four games Reed's missed this season.
5:19 pm (EST)
Eric Ebron Headshot

Ebron caught four of seven targets for 49 yards during Sunday's 27-24 victory over the Bears.

Ebron looks to be reasserting himself as a legitimate weapon down the field, as he's now averaging five targets and 45.3 receiving yards per game across his past four appearances. Meanwhile, Darren Fells has only seen 1.5 targets and 7.8 receiving yards per game during that same stretch. Although Fells actually garnered more playing time Sunday, it nonetheless seems that this tight end corps is settling in as we expected in the preseason with Fells the blocking specialist and Ebron the more capable receiver.
5:18 pm (EST)
Kyle Crockett (L) Headshot

Crockett was designated for assignment by the Indians on Monday.

Crockett was dropped from the 40-man roster in order to open up a spot for the Indians to protect another player from the Rule 5 draft. The 25-year-old spent most of his 2017 season with Triple-A Columbus, compiling a 3.38 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 49:11 K:BB across 48 innings of work. He did appear in four games for the Indians, but wound up allowing two runs in just 1.2 innings (10.80 ERA). He'll take a spin through waivers to determine where he lands for next season.
5:14 pm (EST)
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