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Daily Buckets - Monday

Editor's Note: Daniel Dobish, an award-winning writer and veteran in the Fantasy industry, has joined the team. Be sure to check out his Daily Fantasy Analysis throughout the entire NBA season!


Monday, March 3, 2014

7:00 p.m. - Memphis Grizzlies at Washington Wizards
7:30 p.m. - Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets (NBATV)
7:30 p.m. - New York Knicks at Detroit Pistons
7:30 p.m. - Charlotte Bobcats at Miami Heat
8:00 p.m. - Utah Jazz at Milwaukee Bucks
9:00 p.m. - Minnesota Timberwolves at Denver Nuggets
10:00 p.m. - Los Angeles Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers
10:30 p.m. - New Orleans Pelicans at Sacramento Kings (NBATV)

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

Damian Lillard, PG, Portland (vs LAL): Lillard will get a crack at the porous Los Angeles Lakers defense, which allows 106.5 points per game. In the first matchup against the Lakers this season, Lillard posted 26 points, nine assists, five rebounds and a steal in 38 minutes. This will be a high-scoring game with the line set at 220, and Lillard will account for a good chunk of Portland's offensive output.

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:

Jimmy Butler, SG, Chicago (at BRK): Butler has been giant since returning from his ribs injury, averaging 18.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 2.0 SPG and even 1.3 BPG. The latter two categories are especially significant since most daily Fantasy providers reward each blocked shot and steal with two points. In his last meeting with the Nets Feb. 13, Butler posted 14 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocked shots in 46 minutes.

Andre Drummond, C, Detroit (vs NY): Drummond was huge in the team's recent Texas two-step, posting 16 points with 17 rebounds and two blocked shots in each game in Houston and San Antonio. He has six double-doubles over his past 10 games, and double-digit totals with nine rebounds in two other games during the span. He will swat at least one or two shots, grab a steal or two and give you a double-double. That's great value at this price level.

Jordan Farmar, PG, L.A. Lakers (at POR): The Blazers are one of the best teams in the Western Conference, but they allow 102.9 points on defense. Farmar has been red hot at the offensive end lately, averaging 23.0 PPG with 5.0 APG and 1.5 SPG over the past two outings. He is also good for a handful of assists and a steal or two, but the points have been really nice. If he can score 10-15 points, he is a bargain for what he does in the other categories.

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

Alexis Ajinca, C, New Orleans (at SAC): Ajinca has been solid lately, averaging 11.4 PPG, 8.2 RPG and 1.4 BPG over the past five games, and that includes a stinker where in Phoenix where he was in foul trouble early and often. He could have some difficulties working against C DeMarcus Cousins, but his upside and ultra-low daily Fantasy salary make him worth a roll of the dice. Plus, this game figures to be a high-scoring game, as the over has cashed in 10 of the past 11 games for the Pelicans against a team with a losing straight-up record, and the over is a perfect 7-0 in the past seven for the Kings against a team with a losing straight-up mark.

Kent Bazemore, SG, L.A. Lakers (at POR): Bazemore continues to impress, posting double-digit point totals over his past five outings. He isn't a one-trick pony, though, as he also is averaging 3.0 RPG, 2.6 APG and 2.0 APG during the impressive five-game span. The Blazers aren't a good defensive club, so there is a good chance Bazemore will post another solid stat line. At this price level, he remains a good value.

Wesley Johnson, SF, L.A. Lakers (at POR): Williams has stepped up his play over the past two games, averaging 15.0 PPG with 7.5 RPG and 3.5 BPG. He comes with a super low price tag, and very little risk. Portland's defense will make him look a lot better than he is.

Ray McCallum, PG, Sacramento (vs NO): The Kings cleared out PG Jimmer Fredette to give McCallum more of a role. He got off to a bit of a shaky start, but lately he has been effective for Fantasy owners. He is averaging 7.3 PPG with 4.7 APG and 2.3 RPG, which isn't huge production, but pretty solid since his daily Fantasy salary is near the minimum. Using guys like McCallum can give you some small return, while also freeing you up to add several high-priced studs to your roster.

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