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Daily Fantasy, Jan. 8: Five players to watch on Friday

A 10-game night offers some intriguing choices

POSTED: Jan 8, 2016 2:25 PM ET

By Jeff Case,


Can Damian Lillard get his FanDuel scoring average back on track tonight against Golden State?

Every day with FanDuel, you're the GM. Use your NBA knowledge to create the best nine-man team with a salary of $60,000. Once your roster is set, enter a contest, sit back and enjoy the games.

Players To Watch: Jan. 8

Damian Lillard, PG ($8,900)

The two highest-priced FanDuel point guards (Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry) are going to suit up tonight, which means you can save a little bit here by going with an elite point guard that some may be sleeping on. While Lillard hasn't totally regained his scoring touch after missing seven games in late December due to plantar fasciitis, he's getting there bit by bit. In his first game back -- a 91-78 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies -- Lillard finished with 17 points (on 4-for-14 shooting), three rebounds, seven assists, seven turnovers and a steal. He followed that up with a more Lillard-like 20 points (although it was on 7-for-25 shooting), seven rebounds, nine assists, two steals, one block and three turnovers in a home loss to the Clippers. A home matchup with Curry and Co. (10 p.m. ET, NBA League Pass) may be just what Lillard needs to get fully back on track and reach (or exceed) his FanDuel average of 38.7 points.

• Tonight on NBA TV: FanDuel Tip-Off Show (6:30 ET) •

Khris Middleton, SG ($6,900)

The Milwaukee Bucks are 2-5 since Christmas, not exactly something to write home about. But don't blame too much of that mark on Middleton, who has vastly picked up his scoring since the holiday. He's averaging 23.1 points in that seven-game stretch, good for 14th in the league, and is among the league leaders in that span in field goal attempts and makes and 3-point attempts, too. In short, he's become a go-to guy for Milwaukee and that's a good thing as it tries to figure out what the future looks like. Middleton struggled in his last matchup with tonight's opponent, the Dallas Mavericks (8 ET, NBA League Pass), posting a mere 18.7 FanDuel points. Based on his recent play, though, he should be more than capable of atoning for that effort.

Andrew Wiggins, SF ($6,300)

The former No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft remembers when Cleveland called his name. He also remembers being dealt to the Minnesota Timberwolves shortly thereafter, too. Wiggins didn't shy from the spotlight of squaring off with LeBron James last season, averaging an absurd 38.1 FanDuel points last season against the Cavs. He had 27 points (on 9-for-16 shooting and 3-for-3 on 3-pointers) in his first matchup with LeBron and Co. on Dec. 23, 2014 (a loss) and was even hotter in his second game against Cleveland (33 points on 14-for-25 shooting in a loss on Jan. 31, 2015). Wiggins' game has progressed nicely in Year 2 and tonight's national TV showdown (8 ET, ESPN) makes this one of the easier picks of the evening.

Kenneth Faried, PF ($6,300)

The Denver Nuggets have lost nine of their last 11 games and overall are out of the chase out West. Yet the energetic Faried keeps plugging along and over the last six games, ranks among the upper crust in rebounding (9.6 per game). "The Manimal" is at his best when he's crashing the boards and scoring in transition (and he's been getting a lot of shots close to the rim lately, too). A matchup tonight with the Memphis Grizzlies (8 ET, NBA League Pass) and their so-so frontline may give Faried a breakout game on offense as well on the glass.

Robin Lopez, C ($4,400)

Don't look now, but the Knicks are just a few games off the playoff pace thanks to their three-game win streak. The play of Lopez and his fellow frontcourt mate, Kristaps Porzingis, have been key in getting New York on track. The Knicks rank fifth in the league in blocks this month (yes, we know it's early) and from rebounding to blocking shots to scoring, Lopez has upped virtually all of his stats over his last four games. Over his last five games, Lopez's FanDuel average is up to 28.1, well beyond his 18.9 season average. A trip to San Antonio tonight (8:30 ET, NBA League Pass) may scare some off, but we are recommending him for his price point and that Lopez is rarely worth taking this season. Grab him while you can.

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