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Daily Fantasy, Jan. 15: Five players to watch on Friday

A nine-game night offers some interesting choices

POSTED: Jan 15, 2016 3:04 PM ET

By Jeff Case,


In January, Danilo Gallinari has shown flashes of his familiar, basket-attacking ways.

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Players To Watch: Jan. 15

Devin Booker, SG ($4,200)

The season-ending loss of guard Eric Bledsoe has more or less put an end to Phoenix's playoff hopes. It has also allowed the Suns to see what their younger players can do and no youngster has benefited more than Booker. Since Jan. 29 (when Bledsoe went out), Booker ranks second on the team in scoring (14.9 points), field-goal attempts and 3-point attempts and is third in minutes. A matchup tonight with the Boston Celtics (7:30 ET, NBA League Pass) puts him up against a top-flight perimeter defender in Avery Bradley. Still, you should put Booker in your lineup tonight as he's sure to get plenty of looks on offense and add to his budding FanDuel average of late (26.3 over his last five games).

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Jared Sullinger, PF ($5,200)

A favorable matchup tonight with the Phoenix Suns (7:30 ET, NBA League Pass) and their thin frontline is one reason we're tabbing Sullinger at the power forward spot. Throw in the fact he's amassed just two double-doubles in his last six games (keep in mind Sullinger averages 9.7 points and 8.7 rebounds this season) has us thinking he's due for a comeback performance. He recently got his starting job back and that there are some strong names -- Pau Gasol, Anthony Davis, Paul Millsap and more -- in the power forward crop tonight. Tabbing Sullinger might be your chance to differentiate your lineup and grab an edge.

George Hill, PG ($5,700)

Stability at point guard has not been an issue for the Indiana Pacers this season with Hill at the controls. Although the Pacers rank 23rd in assists this season, Hill's steady play has allowed Indiana to rank in the upper crust in Offensive Rating. Hill has turned his game around the last few weeks, going for double-digit points in five of his six January games and five or more assists in two of his last three games. It's all very George Hill-like, really. But the recent news that his backup, Rodney Stuckey, will be out two weeks (bone bruise) has us recommending you get him in the lineup tonight. A matchup with the Washington (7 ET, NBA League Pass) -- who allow a robust 29.9 points a game to starting guards -- may play into Hill's favor as the Wizards try to keep track of scorers C.J. Miles and Paul George.

Danilo Gallinari, SF ($7,300)

Since we moved into 2016, only five players (DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, LeBron James and Stephen Curry) have a higher scoring average than Denver's versatile small forward. At 26.2 points per game, Gallinari is having his best month in the scoring department this season. He's scored 20 or more points in six straight games and 24 or more points in five of those six games. He was simply spectacular against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, notching 28 points (on 17-for-19 free throw shooting), five rebounds, two assists and a steal to seal a thrilling victory. Gallinari is averaging 38.4 FanDuel points over his last five games and has regained much of the aggressiveness that marked his game a few seasons ago (he's among the NBA leaders in drives this month). He has the advantage of putting a rookie defender (Miami's Justise Winslow) though the Mile-High paces tonight (9 ET, NBA League Pass), so get him in your lineup tonight.

Brook Lopez, C ($8.600)

Fresh off a solid outing (20 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block) against his twin brother, Robin Lopez, Brook Lopez is definitely playing well even as the Nets' season is falling apart. Over his last eight games, Lopez is averaging 21.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and shooting 48.9 percent. He has also fared pretty well against Western Conference foes this season -- 18.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.4 blocks in 14 games -- which he faces tonight as Brooklyn welcomes Portland to town (7:30 ET, NBA League Pass). Lopez has a big matchup advantage tonight against Ed Davis, Mason Plumlee, Chris Kaman or any other big man Portland throws at him.

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