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Daily Fantasy, Jan. 28: Five players to watch on Thursday

A six-game night offers plenty of players to consider

POSTED: Jan 28, 2016 10:35 AM ET

By Jon Hartzell,


John Wall looks poised for a big game at home against the Denver Nuggets tonight.

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Players To Watch: Jan. 28

John Wall, PG ($9,600)

The dynamic point guard continues to carry a heavy load for Washington. Over his last six games, Wall is averaging 19.5 points on 17.5 field goal attempts, 10.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 35.2 minutes. He matches up tonight against the Denver Nuggets (7 ET, NBA League Pass), who have the fourth worst defensive rating and struggle defending point guards. Wall hasn't had a huge game since he dropped 73.9 FanDuel points on the Celtics in mid-January. So hopefully he's due for another giant performance tonight.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF ($7,500)

"The Greek Freak" dominated the Orlando Magic for 25 points (12-for-16 shooting), nine rebounds, two assists, two steals, eight dunks and a block on Tuesday to total 42.8 FanDuel points in 38 minutes. He has shot 50 percent or better in four straight games as he continues to do most of his damage at the rim. A matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies (8 ET, NBA League Pass) isn't ideal. But Antetokounmpo has proven capable of big performances against solid defenses, like when he scored 33 points on 12-for-15 shooting in a win over the Cavaliers in November.

Jonas Valanciunas, C ($6,400)

The Raptors' big man has tallied 30-plus FanDuel points in five of his last seven games with averages of 13.9 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks for 31.7 FanDuel points in 27.4 minutes over that span. Valanciunas and the Raptors matchup with the New York Knicks tonight (8 ET, TNT), who are below average at defending centers and rank 24th in defensive rebounding percentage (74.4). This should be one of the closest games of the night, so Valanciunas should have plenty of opportunities to produce as long as he doesn't get into foul trouble. He's a good alternative to DeMarcus Cousins ($) at center tonight.

Derrick Williams, PF ($4,900)

The Knicks forward has been a strong play over his last four games with averages of 16.3 points on 13.3 attempts, 9.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists for 31.2 FanDuel points in 31.9 minutes. The Knicks matchup with the Toronto Raptors tonight (8 ET, TNT) and Williams will likely receive plenty of usage, especially if Carmelo Anthony (knee soreness) is out again. At $4,900, Williams is one of the best value options available on Thursday.

Alonzo Gee, SG ($4,000)

The Pelicans' guard continues to receive heavy minutes in New Orleans with Eric Gordon out for the next four to six weeks. Over his last four games, Gee is averaging 7.8 points on 5.5 attempts, 7.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals for 21.95 FanDuel points in 31.8 minutes. He matches up against the Sacramento Kings tonight (8 ET, NBA League Pass), who allow the most points per game in the NBA (107.8). This should be an extremely high-scoring game, so be sure to have a few players from the Pelicans and Kings in your lineups tonight.

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