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Daily Fantasy, Jan. 21: Five players to watch on Thursday

A five-game night offers plenty of players to consider

POSTED: Jan 21, 2016 1:24 PM ET

By Jon Hartzell,


Chris Paul sets his sights on a big game against the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight.

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Players To Watch: Jan. 21

Chris Paul, PG ($9,800)

The veteran point guard should be extremely motivated for a big game tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers (8 ET, TNT). The Cavs are strong defensively, but their one weak spot is against point guards. Paul dominated for 28 points, 12 assists, six steals and six rebounds for 62.2 FanDuel points against the Rockets on Monday. Over his last six games, Paul is averaging 21.5 points, 11.3 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.8 steals for 48.6 FanDuel points in 34.5 minutes. Expect similar numbers tonight in what should be a close, high-intensity game in Cleveland.

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Ersan Ilyasova, PF ($5,800)

There are few players streakier than Ilyasova and he looks to be in the middle of a hot stretch for Detroit. Over his last four games, Ilyasova is averaging 16.0 points on 49.0 percent from the field and 52.6 percent from 3-point, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks for 32.5 FanDuel points in 31.2 minutes. He matches up against the New Orleans Pelicans tonight (8 ET, NBA League Pass), who enter with the second worst defensive rating in the NBA (106.4). At $5,800, Ilyasova should have no problem reaching five times his value against New Orleans tonight.

Marcus Morris, SF ($5,200)

Let's stick for the Pistons for our small forward pick. As mentioned above, the Pelicans aren't good at defense, which should help Morris build off his averages over the last three games: 18.7 points on 50.0 percent shooting, 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 blocks for 30.1 FanDuel points in 38.4 minutes. There doesn't look to be a better mid-level option at small forward tonight (8 ET, NBA League Pass).

Kent Bazemore, SG ($5,000)

Bazemore has been up-and-down for the Hawks over the last four games, tallying 25-plus FanDuel points in two games and less than 10 FanDuel points in the other two. So, he's a risk in tournament play. But he should have his way tonight against the Sacramento Kings (10 ET, NBA League Pass), who allow the most points in the league (107.9) play at the fastest pace (101.9) and commit the third most turnovers (16.6 per game). Bazemore should at least hit 20 FanDuel points tonight with the possibility for a lot more.

Boban Marjanovic, C ($3,500)

It feels like a Boban kind of night! The Spurs rookie big man has posted big games when given minutes and he should see plenty of action tonight against the Phoenix Suns (10:30 ET, TNT). The Suns have the worst defense in the league over the last two weeks and enter on a league-worst five-game losing streak. In his last matchup with Phoenix, Marjanovic tallied seven points, 12 rebounds, a steal and a block for 24.4 FanDuel points in just 15 minutes of action. At the $3,500 minimum, Marjanovic is certainly worth a look if you want to punt the center position.


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