DFS NBA Optimal Lineups:  January 15 Cover Image
DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: January 15
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Ryan Succop Headshot

Succop didn't attempt a field goal but made a pair of extra points in Saturday's 35-14, divisional round loss to New England.

Succop didn't get to show off his accurate leg in this lopsided defeat. The 31-year-old pending free agent's near-automatic performance from inside 50 yards should net him a strong salary for his position, as Succop set an NFL record this season with 56 consecutive makes on field-goal attempts under 50 yards.
1:15 am (EST)
Taywan Taylor Headshot

Taylor caught one of three targets for five yards in Saturday's 35-14, divisional round loss to the Patriots.

Taylor's unremarkable performance in his final appearance of the season was par for the course in an underwhelming rookie campaign. He lost a battle for the slot receiver job to pending free agent Eric Decker this past offseason but shouldn't have much competition for that role next year with Tennessee unlikely to invest more draft capital into the wide receiver position after selecting Corey Davis and Taylor in the first and third rounds, respectively, of the 2017 NFL Draft.
1:02 am (EST)
Jordan Poyer Headshot

Poyer posted career highs across the board in 2017, his first season in Buffalo, with 95 tackles, two sacks, 13 passes defensed, five interceptions and a fumble recovery.

Now that's some serious production the Bills (and IDP owners) received after signing Poyer as a free agent following three seasons from Cleveland. His numbers put him second among all safeties in IDP production, and with Poyer locked into a starting spot with the same defense and same coaching staff next season, he'll be a high pick when defensive players start getting selected.
12:48 am (EST)
Rishard Matthews Headshot

Matthews came away with just three catches for 27 yards on eight targets in Saturday's 35-14, divisional round loss to the Patriots.

Matthews faded badly down the stretch, totaling just seven catches for 97 yards in his final four appearances after averaging more than four receptions and 60 yards per contest in his first 12 games played. With tight end Delanie Walker still playing a major role in this passing game and rookie first rounder Corey Davis establishing himself as quarterback Marcus Mariota's go-to wide receiver late in the year, it wouldn't be surprising to see Matthews' recent decline carry over into next season.
12:35 am (EST)
Mathew Barzal Headshot

Barzal scored a goal and added two assists through 17:12 of ice time (1:36 with the man advantage) during Monday's 5-4 win over Montreal.

The rookie has now collected three goals and seven assists through his past three games to improve to 47 points over 45 games for the campaign. Barzal's an elite skater with tremendous offensive vision, and sometimes, high-end talent translates to offensive success best when a scorer reaches the highest level and is skating with equally skilled players. After registering 79 points through 41 games in the WHL last season, there was obviously no questioning his long-term upside, but Brazal's immediate impact this season showcases just how important skating ability and hockey IQ have become in the modern NHL.
12:34 am (EST)
Thomas Greiss Headshot

Greiss saved 52 of 56 shots during Monday's 5-4 win over Montreal.

It's rare for a goalie to allow four goals and the outing still qualify as an excellent showing. Additionally, Greiss significantly outplayed Carey Price, who's representing the Atlantic Division in the All-Star game. Still, these standout performances have been few and far between from Greiss, as he owns an .886 save percentage and 3.89 GAA for the campaign. The German is still a respectable option to stream or chase a win with when he faces a favorable opponent, but it's become pretty clear that expectations should probably be kept in check.
12:23 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.
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