DFS NBA Optimal Lineups:  January 15 Cover Image
DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: January 15
James Grande


Stephen Curry Headshot

Curry poured in 23 points (8-15 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT) and added eight assists, four rebounds and two steals across 33 minutes in Monday's 118-108 win over the Cavaliers.

Curry played second fiddle to star teammate Kevin Durant on the night, but he still produced his seventh straight game with at least 50.0 percent shooting. The nine-year veteran bounced back from long range following a rough 28.6 percent night from distance against the Raptors on Saturday, draining 50.0 percent of his three-point attempts for the third time in the last four contests. Curry even put a punctuation night on his solid night with a rare two-handed dunk in the third quarter, one of several highlights in what was the Warriors' 13th consecutive road victory. Factoring in Monday's production, the perennial All-Star is averaging 30.8 points, 7.0 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals across 34.0 minutes in six January games.
7:51 am (EST)
Jonathan Drouin Headshot

Drouin had a goal, four shots on net, and three hits in Monday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Islanders.

The goal was a huge monkey off Drouin's back. The 22-year-old forward had gone 13 straight games, dating back to Nov. 29, without scoring and had just three in the last 32. He's registered points in three straight contests, which may quell some of creeping buyer's remorse feeling in Montreal. His painful transition to center has been a running theme of late, and there's no sign that head coach Claude Julien will be moving him to wing anytime soon. Montreal is without Andrew Shaw (lower body, IR) and Phillip Danault (head) for the time being and needs Drouin to continue in the pivot.
7:48 am (EST)
Lou Williams Headshot

Williams scored 31 points (12-19 FG, 4-8 3PT, 3-4 FT) to go with three rebounds, nine assists and one block in 40 minutes during Monday's 113-102 win against Houston.

Since returning to the starting lineup, Williams has been scoring in bunches. In his last five games, the guard is averaging an impressive 34.2 points in 37.2 minutes per game. In addition, Williams is shooting well as of late, sinking 49.1 percent of his 23.2 shots per game over this span. In particular, he is shooting the lights out from beyond the arc, making 46.2 percent of his 10.8 three-pointers per game since January 8. With Austin Rivers expected to be out until at least Saturday, Williams has at least one more start against Denver on Wednesday to continue his current scoring run. Whether he is starting or contributing from the bench, Williams has been the Clippers' most valuable offensive option this season.
7:44 am (EST)
Kevin Durant Headshot

Durant posted 32 points (9-16 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 10-10 FT), eight assists, five rebounds, three steals and one block across 35 minutes in Monday's 118-108 win over the Cavaliers.

Durant and the Warriors got the better of the Cavaliers once again, extending their road winning streak to 13 in the process. The perennial All-Star generated half of his point total in a stellar third quarter on his way to his fourth consecutive game with at least 55.6 percent shooting. Durant has been particularly sharp from three-point range during that stretch, draining 62.5 percent of his 25 attempts from distance. Factoring in Monday's production, Durant is averaging 29.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.8 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals across 35.4 minutes in the five January contests he's participated in.
7:44 am (EST)
Alex Galchenyuk Headshot

Galchenyuk registered two assists (one on the power play), five shots and minus-3 rating during Monday's 5-4 loss to the Islanders.

While the talented winger has now marked the scoresheet in four of his past five games for two goals, three assists and four power-play points, he's also saddled fantasy owners with a minus-5 rating during that stretch. In settings excluding the category, the recent uptick in production is encouraging for a strong second half. However, his minus-20 rating for the campaign has been crippling, and it's likely not sitting well with old-school head coach Claude Julien.
7:34 am (EST)
Nicolas Deslauriers Headshot

Deslauriers notched a goal and had six hits over 11:42 of ice time in Monday's 5-4 loss to the Islanders.

Deslauriers' goal, his second in as many games, was his sixth in 24 contests this season, matching the career high he set in 70 games with the Sabres in 2015. He also earned some third-period shifts with talented top-six forwards Alex Galchenyuk and Jonathan Drouin. Despite that third-period promotion, Deslauriers will remain a fourth-line staple going forward.
7:33 am (EST)
Jakub Jerabek Headshot

Jerabek collected two assists, three shots and two blocked shots through 19:10 of ice time during Monday's 5-4 loss to the Islanders.

After going without a point through his first 17 career contests, Jerabek's two-assist showing was a pleasant surprise. He's received a slight boost in ice time (19:35 per game) of late while recording 11 shots and 10 blocked shots through his past six outings, so his fantasy stock could be on the rise. It's likely still best to leave Jerabek to the waiver wire outside of cavernous settings for the time being, though.
7:30 am (EST)
Jordan Eberle Headshot

Eberle recorded a pair of assists and a plus-2 rating during Monday's 5-4 win over Montreal.

The veteran winger has now collected seven helpers through his past three games and is up to a rock-solid 14 goals and 36 points over 45 contests for the campaign. With Josh Bailey (lower body) currently out, it's been Eberle sliding out with the No. 1 power-play unit, which provides a fleeting boost in value for the duration of Bailey's absence. However, it's been Eberle's even-strength chemistry with Mathew Barzal that's driven his fantasy success, as the duo has combined for 4.16 goals per 60 minutes at five-on-five this season.
7:25 am (EST)
Paul Byron Headshot

Byron scored a goal and picked up a two-minute minor penalty in Monday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Islanders.

Byron was asked to play out of position, centering a line between Max Pacioretty and Charles Hudon, as the Canadiens were without Andrew Shaw (lower body) and Phillip Danault (head). He was eventually moved off the dot in favor of Hudon. The 28-year-old forward now has 12 goals over 44 games, putting him on pace to meet last season's career-high 22 goals in 81 games.
7:24 am (EST)
John Tavares Headshot

Tavares scored twice and registered five shots through 23:37 of ice time (1:36 with the man advantage) during Monday's 5-4 win over Montreal.

While Tavares' future with the Islanders continues to garner frequent headlines, his numbers are fueling fantasy teams. The 27-year-old star is up to 24 goals and 54 points through 45 games this season, and he's well on his way to his best season since the 2014-15 campaign.
7:20 am (EST)
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