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Daily Fantasy, Jan. 4: Five players to watch on Monday

A ten-game night offers plenty of players to consider

POSTED: Jan 4, 2016 3:39 PM ET

By Jon Hartzell, NBA.com

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Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young must step up for Brooklyn with Jarrett Jack out for the year.

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Players To Watch: Jan. 4

Brook Lopez, C ($8,700)

The usage will crank up for Brook Lopez now that Jarrett Jack (torn ACL) is out for the season. Jack was averaging 11.2 field goal attempts per game for the Nets with a usage of 21.3 percent. Most of this lost production will now fall on Lopez, who is averaging 26.7 points on 22.0 attempts, 13.3 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.3 blocks for 50.7 FanDuel points in 37.5 minutes over his last three games. This incredible production should continue tonight against the Boston Celtics (7:30 ET, NBA League Pass), who Lopez dominated against on Saturday for 30 points on 11-for-24 shooting and 13 rebounds. Thaddeus Young ($6,700) and Shane Larkin ($4,500) should also see upticks in production going forward.

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Ricky Rubio, PG ($7,700)

The dynamic point guard was dominating before a tough two-game stretch against the Bucks and Pistons. But he should see his production rise back tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers (7:30 ET, NBA League Pass), who lead the league in turnovers at 18.4 per game. Rubio ranks second in the league in steals (2.3 per game) and is averaging 11 points, 11 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 steals for 36.8 FanDuel points in 34.0 minutes over his last five games. On a night filled with high-end point guard options, Rubio could end the night as the top performer if he's able to pick Philly's pockets enough.

Rodney Hood, SG ($5,300)

The Jazz guard is fresh off a career-high, 32-point night against the Grizzlies on Saturday that saw him also tally eight rebounds, a steal and a block for 43.6 FanDuel points in 44 minutes. Over his last two games, Hood is averaging 25.0 points on 18.0 attempts, 7.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks for 41.5 FanDuel points in 36.5 minutes. He matches up against the Houston Rockets tonight (9 ET, NBA League Pass), who have the sixth worst defensive rating in the league (105.5) and allow 14.3 fast break points per game.

Cody Zeller, PF ($4,600)

Zeller continues to produce for the Hornets with averages of 11.6 points on 64.7 percent shooting, 7.0 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 steals for 25.4 FanDuel points in 28.4 minutes over his last five games. Charlotte matches up with the Golden State Warriors tonight (10:30 ET, NBA League Pass), who play at the second fastest pace in the league (101.58) and have allowed 100-plus points in four straight games. At $4,600, Zeller should be able to reach five times the value of his salary in what should be a fast-paced, high-scoring game.

Shabazz Muhammad, SF ($3,700)

Muhammad has quietly received increased playing time over the last two games with averages of 13.5 points on 9.0 attempts, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals for 21.2 FanDuel points in 24.6 minutes. The Timberwolves matchup against the Sixers (7:30 ET, NBA League Pass) could help this streak continue for Muhammad, who looks to be the most intriguing low-priced small forward option on this ten-game night. It's a definite risk. But as we say, risks need to be taken if you want to win big in tournament play.

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