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Daily Fantasy, Jan. 18: Five players to watch on Monday

A 10-game MLK Day provides plenty of players to consider

POSTED: Jan 18, 2016 2:56 PM ET

By Jon Hartzell, NBA.com

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Who will win the matchup between John Wall and Damian Lillard this afternoon?

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. 18

John Wall, PG ($10,500)

Wall was unbelievable in his last outing as he posted 36 points, 13 assists, seven rebounds and seven steals for 73.9 FanDuel points in 44 minutes against Boston. You shouldn't expect another 70-plus FanDuel point game today against the Portland Trail Blazers (2 ET, NBA League Pass). But he could get close as Damian Lillard ($9,100) and the Blazers struggle defending point guards and have the seventh worst defensive rating in the league (105.6). On a day filled with great point guard options, Wall has a good chance to top them all.

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Gordon Hayward, SF ($7,600)

The Jazz small forward has been solid over the last couple weeks with averages of 22.6 points on 17.4 attempts, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.0 steals for 35.2 FanDuel points in 34.0 minutes. He has a great matchup today against the Charlotte Hornets (2 ET, NBA League Pass), who have lost nine of their last 10 games and enter with the fourth worst defensive rating since the beginning of 2016. Hayward will see a lot of matchups against stout defender Nicolas Batum ($7,000). But that shouldn't hurt his numbers too much. Celtics' small forward Jae Crowder ($6,800) is another good option on Monday as he matches up with his former team, the Dallas Mavericks (8:30 ET, NBA League Pass).

Zaza Pachulia, C ($6,800)

The Mavericks' center may look to be in a rough patch over his last couple games, but that's more due to a matchup with the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday and a day of rest against the Thunder on Wednesday. Before this stretch, Pachulia tallied 30-plus FanDuel points in nine straight games and he should be able to get back to that level today against the Boston Celtics (8:30 ET, NBA League Pass), who play at the third fastest pace in the league (101.12) and have the sixth worst defensive rebounding percentage (74.3).

Tristan Thompson, PF ($4,800)

Thompson should see plenty of action against the Golden State Warriors tonight (8 ET, TNT), especially if they break out their small-ball lineup. In the Cavs matchup with the Warriors on Christmas Day, Thompson tallied eight points and 10 rebounds for 23.5 FanDuel points in 27 minutes. That type of output is expected tonight and he should have plenty of opportunity to reach at least 30 FanDuel points if the minutes are there. At $4,800, Thompson is one of the more secure, low-level power forward options on Monday.

Jamal Crawford, SG ($4,200)

The veteran guard has carved out a steady role with the Clippers since Blake Griffin (quad) went down with injury. Crawford has tallied 20-plus FanDuel points in four straight games with averages of 18.8 points on 17.0 attempts, 2.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists for 22.6 FanDuel points in 29.8 minutes. He and the Clippers matchup tonight against the Houston Rockets (10:30 ET, TNT), who struggle defending shooting guards and allow the sixth most points per game (104.4). Crawford should have no problem reaching five times the value of his $4,200 salary tonight.

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