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Daily Fantasy, Jan. 25: Five players to watch on Monday

A nine-game night offers plenty of interesting players to consider

POSTED: Jan 25, 2016 3:12 PM ET

By Jon Hartzell, NBA.com

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James Harden looks to keep cooking against the Pelicans tonight.

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. 25

James Harden, SG ($10,000)

"The Beard" is starting to find his groove over his last three games with averages of 28.7 points on 45.5 percent from the field, 44.0 percent from 3-point, 12.3 rebounds, 10.7 assists and 1.0 steals for 59.5 FanDuel points in 35.3 minutes. He appears rejuvenated by the return of Josh Smith (see below) and should have plenty of opportunities to produce tonight against the New Orleans Pelicans (8 ET, NBA League Pass), who have the second-worst defensive rating in the NBA (108.4). There are more players to consider from this game below.

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Marcin Gortat, C ($7,200)

The Wizards big man has been on a tear over his last three games with averages of 16.3 points on 63.9 percent shooting, 9.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 blocks for 35.6 FanDuel points in 31.8 minutes. He matches up against the Boston Celtics tonight (7 ET, NBA League Pass), who have the second best defense in the league but rank sixth-worst in defensive rebounding (74.1 percent). In a matchup with Boston last Saturday, Gortat tallied 18 points on 9-for-14 shooting, 11 rebounds and two blocks for 37.7 FanDuel points in 36 minutes. Look for a similar performance tonight.

Tony Parker, PG ($5,800)

It's hard to know what to expect from the highly anticipated Spurs-Warriors matchup tonight (10:30 ET, NBA TV). Both teams have top three offenses and defenses, so there aren't clear advantages on either side of the ball. The main difference between the two squads is pace, with the Warriors ranking second fastest (101.75) and the Spurs ranking sixth slowest (95.91). This increased pace impacts point guards the most, which makes Tony Parker an interesting option. He should see a rise in value due to this faster pace and he has been known to step up his play for big games. At $5,800, Parker is a worth a look if you want a mid-level salary at point guard.

Josh Smith, PF ($3,900)

Back to the Rockets-Pelicans game (8 ET, NBA League Pass) for the last two options. Smith has stormed onto the scene in Houston after being traded back by the Clippers on Friday. In his first two games back with Houston, Smith is averaging 9.0 points on 12.0 attempts, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.5 blocks and 2.0 steals for 27.3 FanDuel points in 22.2 minutes. His minutes should continue to rise and he will have plenty of opportunities to produce against the Pelicans. Smith will be a popular play tonight at just $3,900.

Alonzo Gee, SF ($3,900)

Gee continues to receive consistent minutes with the Pelicans. Over his last three games, the veteran is averaging 8.7 points on 66.7 percent from the field, 6.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals for 21.8 FanDuel points in 31.4 minutes. He likely won't have a huge game, but he should come close to at least 20 FanDuel points, which is solid value at just $3,900. The Rockets enter with the eighth worst defensive rating in the NBA (105.5) and fourth-most turnovers committed (16.4 per game).

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