Daily Buckets - Friday
March 21, 2014
By Daniel Dobish
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Editor's Note: Daniel Dobish, an award-winning writer and veteran in the Fantasy industry, has joined the VegasInsider.com team. Be sure to check out his Daily Fantasy Analysis throughout the entire NBA season! MID-LEVEL VALUES (Salaries between $5,100 and $7,999)
Friday, March 21, 2014
7:00 p.m. - Chicago Bulls at Indiana Pacers
7:30 p.m. - New York at Philadelphia 76ers
7:00 p.m. - Oklahoma City Thunder at Toronto Raptors
7:30 p.m. - New Orleans Pelicans at Atlanta Hawks
7:30 p.m. - Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets
7:30 p.m. - Memphis Grizzlies at Miami Heat
8:30 p.m. - Denver Nuggets at Dallas Mavericks
10:00 p.m. - Detroit Pistons at Phoenix Suns
10:00 p.m. - San Antonio Spurs at Sacramento Kings
10:30 p.m. - Washington Wizards at Los Angeles Lakers
BIG-TICKET ITEM (Salaries $8,000 and Above)
John Wall, PG, Washington (at LAL): Wall should explode for a huge stat line against the Lakers, who have the worst scoring defense in the Western Conference, and second-worst in the NBA. Wall is coming off a 24-point, 14-assist performance in Rip City Thursday against a similarly poor Trail Blazers defense. He is averaging 23.0 PPG, 9.9 APG, 3.5 RPG and 1.5 SPG over his past four games, so he is giving the people what they're paying for in terms of Daily Fantasy salary.
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:
Tyson Chandler, C, New York (at PHI): Chandler looked good Wednesday against Indiana, posting seven points with 14 rebounds, a blocked shot and a steal in 39 minutes. He was away from the team last week for a pair of games due to a personal issue, and he missed the last meeting with the defensively challenged 76ers. Look for him to make up for lost time and post a huge stat line.
DeMar DeRozan, SG, Toronto (vs OKC): DeRozan is at it again. He has had stretches this season where he has been one of the best players in the league, although you'd never know it since he toils in relative obscurity north of the border. Over his past three games, he is averaging 25.7 PPG with 5.7 APG, 5.7 RPG and 2.7 SPG. That's elite-level production at a mid-level price.
Raymond Felton, PG, New York (at PHI): It's a good idea to stack with some mid-level Knicks against the porous and tanking 76ers, although 'Melo is a little steep with his lofty price tag. Felton was large with 11 points, six boards, six dimes and a pair of swipes last time out against the Pacers. He should see plenty of open spaces against Philly. Last time he faced the 76ers March 10, he posted 13 points with two assists, two steals and a block. Expect more of the same.
Jeff Teague, PG, Atlanta (vs NO): If you're uncomfortable spending so much money up top on Wall at the point guard position, Teague is a nice alternative. He is averaging 20.5 PPG with 8.0 APG, 4.5 RPG and 1.3 SPG over the past four games, and he faces a Pelicans defense which has allowed an average of 112.7 points per game over their past three outings.
THE BARGAIN BIN (Salaries less than $5,000)
Drew Gooden, PF, Washington (at LAL): Gooden has been an unbelievable Daily Fantasy bargain over his past three games, as most providers have yet to adjust their salary structure to account for his recent huge stat lines. He is averaging 19.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG and 1.0 SPG over his past three games, going for at least 18 points in each outing. That's solid mid-level production for peanuts. Jump on Gooden in all leagues.
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