Daily Buckets - Tuesday
February 18, 2014
By Daniel Dobish
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Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
7:00 p.m. - Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers
7:00 p.m. - Cleveland Cavaliers at Philadelphia 76ers
7:00 p.m. - Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards
7:30 p.m. - Charlotte Bobcats at Detroit Pistons
8:00 p.m. - New York Knicks at Memphis Grizzlies (NBATV)
8:00 p.m. - Orlando Magic at Milwaukee Bucks
8:30 p.m. - Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks
9:00 p.m. - Phoenix Suns at Denver Nuggets
10:30 p.m. - San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Clippers (NBATV)
BIG-TICKET ITEM (Salaries $8,000 and Above)
Goran Dragic, PG, Phoenix (at DEN): Dragic has been unbelievable over the past 10 games, and he should have another strong game after a week of rest. He is averaging 23.3 PPG with 7.0 APG, 4.3 RPG and 1.8 SPG over the impressive 10-game stretch. If you drop down eight to 10 percent of your daily Fantasy salary, you want some guarantees. Dragic is good for at least 20 points, seven to nine dimes and a handful of boards.
MID-LEVEL VALUES (Salaries between $5,100 and $7,999)
If you spend big up top, you’re going to need some fillers to bring down your average per player salary. Check out these steals from the bargain bin:
Jamal Crawford, SG, L.A. Clippers (vs SA): Crawford will carry a heavy load with SG J.J. Redick (hip) ruled OUT for Tuesday's game against the Spurs. Redick hasn't played since Feb. 5, and Crawford has picked up the scoring slack. He has 21 or more points in four straight games during Redick's absence, averaging 24.5 PPG during the impressive span.
Randy Foye, SG, Denver (vs PHO): PG Ty Lawson (ribs) is not expected to play, and is believed to be a few days from a return. Foye is expected to get the starting nod at the point, with SG Evan Fournier also possibly seeing more playing time and added value.
John Henson, PF, Milwaukee (vs ORL): Henson should post a huge stat line Tuesday, as C Larry Sanders (eye surgery) is OUT, and PF Ekpe Udoh (knee) is a question mark. Henson should shoulder a very heavy load, and a double-double and a couple of swats wouldn't be shocking. He is a great value at a mid-level salary.
Tristan Thompson, PF, Cleveland (at PHI): C Anderson Varejao (back, wrist) did not travel to Philadelphia for Tuesday's game, so Thompson will be the main scoring threat down low against a poor 76ers team defense which ranks dead-last in the NBA. In the two games before the All-Star break, Thompson averaged 20.5 PPG with 14.0 RPG. Look for T-Squared to pick up where he left off.
THE BARGAIN BIN (Salaries less than $5,000)
Patty Mills, PG, San Antonio (at LAC): PG Tony Parker (back, hand) is questionable to play in Tuesday's game, so Mills could see a huge bump in minutes and production if Parker is sidelined. Check back on Twitter during the course of the afternoon. If Parker is ruled out, Mills would be a tremendous addition to any daily Fantasy lineup.
Nate Wolters, PG, Milwaukee (vs ORL): Wolters was hot in three games right before the All-Star break, averaging 13.3 PPG with 6.3 RPG and 4.3 APG. At a low salary, it won't take much for Wolters to exceed expectations. In his last meeting with Orlando Jan. 31, he posted eight points, seven rebounds and nine assists. Look for another strong game.