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Daily Fantasy, Jan. 7: Five players to watch on Thursday

A four-game night will force you to be creative

POSTED: Jan 7, 2016 12:42 PM ET

By Jon Hartzell,


DeMarcus Cousins looks poised for a big game against the Lakers tonight on TNT.

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Players To Watch: Jan. 7

DeMarcus Cousins, C ($10,400)

The Kings center is the only player priced above $10,000 tonight and he should be worth every penny as he matches up against the lowly Los Angeles Lakers (10:30 ET, TNT). The Lakers have the worst defensive rating in the league (107.4), second worst rebound percentage (47.7 percent) and third worst opponent shooting percentage within five feet of the hoop (60.8 percent). This is a recipe for disaster against Cousins, who has scored 30-plus points in three straight games and tallied 60-plus FanDuel points in two straight. Look for this hot streak to continue tonight in what should be a high-scoring, fast-paced contest.

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Evan Turner, SF ($5,700)

Turner has seen a significant increase in minutes over the past four games with Avery Bradley (hip) is sidelined. Over this four-game span, Turner is averaging 15.3 points on 12.8 attempts, 7.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists for 27.7 FanDuel points in 34.0 minutes. He faces a tough matchup against Jimmy Butler and the Chicago Bulls tonight (8 ET, TNT). But on a four-game night this matchup could cause people to stay away from Turner, which makes him a solid option for tournament play. Turner is always capable for a 30-plus FanDuel point night when his minutes are in the mid-30s.

Darren Collison, PG ($5,600)

Rajon Rondo ($8,200) is questionable tonight. If he plays, play him. If he doesn't, play Collison. Simple, right? Rondo missed the Kings' double-overtime loss to the Mavericks on Tuesday, which allowed Collison to tally 14 points on 14 attempts, 12 assists, four rebounds and two steals for 37.8 FanDuel points in 47 minutes. Even with Rondo active, Collison has tallied 30-plus FanDuel points in four of his last six games. The matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers (10:30 ET, TNT) will give every player on the Kings' roster opportunity to produce.

Marco Belinelli, SG ($4,300)

Speaking of players on the Kings' roster, say hi to Belinelli. The sharpshooter has tallied 30-plus FanDuel points twice in his last four games with averages of 20.5 points on 14.5 attempts, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.5 steals for 29.1 FanDuel points in 33.0 minutes over that span. He should have plenty of opportunities to score against the Lakers tonight (10:30 ET, TNT), who allow the fourth most points in the league (105.8). At $4,300, it's hard to find a better low-priced two-guard option on a light, four-game night.

Larry Nance, Jr., PF ($4,300)

If you haven't noticed already, this Lakers vs. Kings game (10:30 ET, TNT) will likely be filled with big performances. Both teams have bottom-10 defenses and the Kings play at the fastest pace in the league (102.1). That should allow Nance Jr., now the Lakers' starting power forward, to continue to produce. Over his last three games, Nance Jr. is averaging 10.7 points on 8.3 attempts, 11.7 rebounds and 1.0 steals for 26.0 FanDuel points in 25.7 minutes. A fast-paced game is exactly what the high-flying rookie needs to produce a huge stat line and he definitely deserves consideration for your lineups tonight.

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