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Daily Buckets - Sunday

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

1:00 p.m. - New York Knicks at Chicago Bulls (ABC)
4:00 p.m. - Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors
6:00 p.m. - Utah Jazz at Indiana Pacers
6:00 p.m. - Philadelphia 76ers at Orlando Magic
7:00 p.m. - Charlotte Bobcats at Oklahoma City Thunder
7:00 p.m. - Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs (NBATV)
8:00 p.m. - Atlanta Hawks at Phoenix Suns

BIG-TICKET ITEM (Salaries $8,000 and Above)

Thaddeus Young, PF, Philadelphia (at ORL): Young is well worth the money, averaging 23.5 PPG with 6.0 RPG and 5.3 APG over the past four games. But his real value to daily Fantasy players has been his steals totals lately, as he is averaging 4.5 SPG over the past four outings. That's Fantasy gold in leagues where the daily provider rewards two points per swipe. In his last game against Orlando Wednesday, Young went for 19 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals with just one turnover. Look for a similar performance, or even slightly better.

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:

Elton Brand, PF, Atlanta (at PHO): The Hawks ruled PF Paul Millsap (knee) OUT for this one a couple of days ago, so Brand will get another chance to show what he can do. Over the past two games, that has been quite a bit. He is averaging 8.5 PPG with 10.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 3.5 BPG and 1.5 SPG during the impressive span. You can't expect a lot of scoring, but he is a beast on the defensive end lately.

Derrick Favors, PF, Utah (at IND): Favors has managed to average 14.3 PPG with 4.7 RPG, 2.3 BPG, 2.0 APG and 1.0 SPG while turning the ball over a total of just two times in the past three games. He hasn't shown any ill-effects of his hip injury, and while the Pacers defense will face some challenges, he should still post a strong stat line.

Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Antonio (vs DAL): Leonard (finger) has returned from a finger injury, and been a one-man wrecking crew in his two games back. He is averaging 13.5 PPG with 7.0 RPG, 2.5 SPG, 2.0 BPG and 2.5 APG during the impressive span. He faces another favorable matchup against a Mavericks team defense which allows 102.0 points per game, so use the mid-level option and enjoy.

Nikola Vucevic, C, Orlando (vs PHI): Vucevic is working on a string of three straight double-doubles in a row, and that includes his last meeting with the 76ers Wednesday in Philadelphia. In that game, Vucevic posted 21 points, 13 rebopunds and three blocked shots. Over the past three games, he is averaging 19.3 PPG with 12.3 RPG, 1.3 BPG and 1.3 SPG. Picking on Philadelphia might seem a bit too easy, but they allow 111.1 points per game, worst in the NBA, and they are showing no signs of improvement. Take advantage.

THE BARGAIN BIN (Salaries less than $5,000)

Maurice Harkless, SF, Orlando (vs PHI): Harkless has been doing a nice job in place of the injured swingman Arron Afflalo (knee), averaging 16.3 PPG, 4.0 RPG and 1.0 SPG over his past three outings. Afflalo has not 'officially' been ruled out, so double-check tomorrow that he is out before finalizing your lineup. Harkless is a nice value if Afflalo is on the Injured List, but he has less appeal if Afflalo can play. Still, it's just conjecture, but if he didn't travel for Saturday's game, it is hard to believe he'll magically be ready to go the next day.

C.J. Watson, PG, Indiana (vs UTA): Watson made the start at point guard in place of the injured G George Hill (shoulder) Saturday, and he played 28 minutes. He didn't do a whole lot in Boston, scoring seven points with two rebounds and two assists, but at least the opportunity was there to do so. If Watson gets the chance to start again Sunday, he faces a much more favorable situation at home.

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