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There was no shortage of excitement in Monday's four-game NBA slate. Every contest went down to the wire and several players put up monstrous stat lines. One player worth mentioning is Zach LaVine, who returned to the hardwood after taking five games off to recover from a knee injury and amassed 23 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. We'll go over some other notable performances and disappointments here before identifying a DFS target you shouldn't miss out on in Tuesday's nine-game selection.

Who's hot

Chris Paul
PHO • PG • 3
PPG14.4
APG10.2
SPG1.96
3P/G1
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Paul has rattled off four consecutive double-doubles and was one rebound shy of a triple-double against the Pacers on Monday. The Suns' point guard racked up 27 points, nine rebounds, and 14 assists against Indiana and leads all players with 470 dimes this year. The 36-year-old appears poised to finish as a top-six fantasy point guard for a third consecutive season. 

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
OKC • SG • 2
PPG23
APG5.5
SPG1.12
3P/G1.595
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SGA posted 29 points, nine rebounds, and six assists on Sunday and kicked off Week 15 with a masterclass performance against the Bulls. The Thunder combo guard racked up 31 points, three rebounds, and 10 assists in a narrow defeat. SGA has averaged 29.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 7.3 assists over his previous three outings. 

R.J. Barrett
NY • SF • 9
PPG17.4
RPG5.9
BPG.32
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Barrett has been New York's leading scorer in three straight contests and seems likely to finish off his impressive January on a high note. He followed up his 28-point performance against the Clippers on Sunday with 24 points, five rebounds, four assists, and a pair of steals against the Cavs on Monday. He's averaging 23 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game this month.

Who's not

Josh Giddey
OKC • PG • 3
PPG11.5
APG6.2
SPG.98
3P/G1.071
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Giddey isn't necessarily elite in any area but has consistently been a mid-tier play on DraftKings and FanDuel because of his well-rounded game. His season averages of 11.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 6.2 assists are nothing to scoff at. However, subpar shooting has hurt Giddey as of late. He's averaged 8.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists on 30.4 percent shooting over his last two outings. The rookie could bounce back with upcoming matchups against the Pacers and Trail Blazers around the corner. Starting him in season-long leagues and playing him as a variance option in DFS could be a good idea on Friday.

DFS target

Jakob Poeltl
SA • C • 25
PPG12.8
RPG9.1
BPG1.64
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Poeltl has been on a tear over his last four games. The Spurs big man has averaged 19 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 3.3 blocks per game since returning from a one-game hiatus last week. While Christian Wood can provide solid rim protection, Houston is giving up the league's second-most points in the paint per game (50.1). Poeltl makes his living around the basket and has a great shot at returning superb value as a mid-tier play.