DFS NBA Optimal Lineups:  January 17 Cover Image
DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: January 17
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CJ Miles Headshot

Miles scored a team-high 21 points (7-16 FG, 5-12 3Pt, 2-4 FT) while adding four rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in 26 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's 96-91 win over the Pistons.

For once, it wasn't DeMar DeRozan or Kyle Lowry leading the charge for the Raptors, as Miles helped the team pull away with eight points, plus all four of his boards and his block, in the fourth quarter. The veteran gunner has now drained multiple three-pointers in five straight games, shooting 40 percent (16-for-40) from beyond the arc over that stretch, but his usually minimal contributions in other categories make him a tough player to roster in most fantasy formats.
2:48 am (EST)
Andre Drummond Headshot

Drummond scored 25 points (12-15 FG, 1-3 FT) while adding 17 rebounds, four steals and two assists in 38 minutes during Wednesday's 96-91 loss to the Raptors.

He and Jonas Valanciunas had a spirited battle in the paint all night, but Drummond didn't get as much help from his teammates as the Toronto center did. The 24-year-old now has 29 double-doubles in 41 games on the season, putting him fourth in the league in that category behind Karl-Anthony Towns (38), DeMarcus Cousins (33) and Russell Westbrook (32).
2:40 am (EST)
DeMarre Carroll Headshot

Carroll scored 11 points (3-9 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT) while adding 10 rebounds and an assist in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 100-95 loss to the Spurs.

It's his sixth double-double of the season and third in his last seven games, and Carroll is now averaging 13.1 points, 7.6 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.7 three-pointers and 1.1 steals over that stretch. The veteran wing doesn't have tremendous upside, but his ability to contribute in multiple categories gives him plenty of utility in deeper fantasy formats.
2:34 am (EST)
Allen Crabbe Headshot

Crabbe scored 20 points (7-12 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 2-3 FT) while adding eight rebounds and three assists in 31 minutes during Wednesday's 100-95 loss to the Spurs.

It's the third time in the last six games that Crabbe has struck for 20 points, and he's averaging a solid 14.8 points, 4.8 boards, 3.2 three-pointers and 2.7 assists over that stretch while shooting 44.2 percent (19-for-43) from beyond the arc. The Nets don't have much in the way of reliable scoring options, so expect the 25-year-old to continue seeing a lot of the ball as long as he stays hot from the outside.
2:30 am (EST)
Patty Mills Headshot

Mills scored 25 points (7-10 FG, 7-8 3Pt, 4-6 FT) while adding three steals, two rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's 100-95 win over the Nets.

Only three Spurs scored in double digits on the night, making Mills' impressive showing from three-point range all the more important. The seven threes were not only a season high for the 29-year-old, they were the most by any San Antonio player so far in 2017-18. With Kawhi Leonard (quad) back on the shelf, look for Mills' minutes and usage to creep back up again, but his inconsistency as a scorer makes him little more than a DFS matchup option from a fantasy perspective.
2:25 am (EST)
Pau Gasol Headshot

Gasol scored 13 points (5-8 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT) while adding 12 rebounds and seven assists in 30 minutes during Wednesday's 100-95 win over the Nets.

It's his ninth double-double of the season, but Gasol's first since he reeled off four straight -- and six straight games with double-digit boards -- at the end of December. A lingering wrist issue has cut into the veteran's minutes and production, but Wednesday's performance is a sign that he seems to be feeling healthy again.
2:20 am (EST)
LaMarcus Aldridge Headshot

Aldridge scored 34 points (13-24 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 8-8 FT) while adding eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 38 minutes during Wednesday's 100-95 win over the Nets.

No Kawhi Leonard (quad), no problem for the Spurs, as Aldridge scored at least 20 points for the seventh time in his last eight games. The 32-year-old is averaging 26.0 points, 9.3 boards and 1.0 blocks over that stretch, and he should continue to see heavy usage while Leonard remains on the shelf indefinitely.
2:17 am (EST)
Brandon Ingram Headshot

Ingram tweaked his left ankle during Wednesday's game against the Thunder, though he apparently could have returned if the game were closer, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.

Ingram returned to action Wednesday after missing the team's last game with a sprained ankle. He played 26 minutes -- recording eight points (3-7 FG), three assists and one rebound -- but sat out the final 15 minutes of the contest after aggravating the injury. Luckily, the issue doesn't appear to be anything serious, and it sounds like Ingram would have played were the game closer. Consider him questionable for Friday's game against the Pacers, though at this point, it would be surprising if he were held out. His status should clear up following Thursday's practice.
12:52 am (EST)
Kris Dunn Headshot

Dunn was cleared of concussion symptoms following Wednesday's loss to the Warriors.

Dunn fell hard on his face following a dunk attempt late in the fourth quarter Wednesday, and while he appears to have avoided a concussion, the guard wound up dislocating his two front teeth. Though he showed no concussion symptoms following the game, he'll be reevaluated Thursday to make sure he's still symptom free.
12:38 am (EST)
Julius Randle Headshot

Randle scored 16 points (8-11 FG, 0-2 3 Pt) to go along with three assists, one rebound and one block across 23 minutes during Wednesday's 114-90 loss to the Thunder.

Randle was the lone bright spot on what was a poor offensive night for the Lakers, converting on 73 percent of his field-goal attempts. He curiously pulled down exactly one rebound for the third time this season, though he played more minutes in this one than he did on either of the previous two occasions. Randle should continue to see plenty of run due to the mounting injuries across the team, and he should make more of an impact on the box score most nights.
12:34 am (EST)
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