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Daily Buckets - Saturday

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

7:30 p.m. - Detroit Pistons at Philadelphia 76ers
8:00 p.m. - Los Angeles Clippers at Houston Rockets (NBATV)
8:00 p.m. - Atlanta Hawks at Washington Wizards
8:30 p.m. - Sacramento Kings at Dallas Mavericks
8:30 p.m. - Miami Heat at Milwaukee Bucks
8:30 p.m. - New Orleans Pelicans at San Antonio Spurs

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

James Harden, SG, Houston (vs LAC): The bearded one should be your high-priced target on Saturday, as he has been absolutely on fire over the past four games. He is averaging 30.5 PPG, 8.3 APG and 5.3 RPG during the impressive span, and he is even averaging 1.8 SPG during the stretch. It doesn't really matter who he is facing lately, he will be productive. However, the Clippers yield 100.4 points per game, so he will have a decent matchup.

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:

Trevor Ariza, SF, Washington (vs ATL): Ariza has been exceeding his daily Fantasy salary expectations for the past two weeks, averaging 13.7 PPG, 6.3 RPG and 2.9 APG with 1.5 SPG over the past six outings. He'll be working against an Atlanta Hawks scoring defense that averages 102.3 points per game. There will be plenty of open looks for Ariza and his teammates.

Greg Monroe, PF, Detroit (at PHI): Monroe and his Pistons teammates will face the 76ers on the road. Philly allows an NBA-worst 110.2 points per game. Monroe has at least eight rebounds in five straight games, and nine of the past 10. He also has 12 or more points in eight straight starts. Add in the fact Monroe has 10 blocked shots and 13 steals over the past eight games, and he is a Fantasy stud in several different categories. The latter, blocks and steals, will earn Fantasy owners two points in games hosted by most providers.

Ramon Sessions, PG, Milwaukee (vs MIA): Sessions has been a great buy lately at a very reasonable salary. He has managed 13 or more points in seven straight games, and he is averaging 25.0 PPG, 6.0 APG and 4.5 RPG over the past two outings. He should have a solid game against Miami, win or lose. Most likely, lose.

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

Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, New Orleans (at SA): Aminu was impressive in Friday's game against Utah, filling in admirably after Anthony Davis (ankle) rolled his left ankle in the first quarter and was unable to return. It's hard to see A.D. playing in this game, especially since he has had past trouble with that ankle. Over the past two games, Aminu is averaging 11.5 PPG with 9.0 RPG and 3.5 APG, so he is a good buy even if Davis is able to suit up. However, he is highly questionable to play Saturday in San Antonio, so look for Aminu to really step up his production.

Jonas Jerebko, PF, Detroit (at PHI): On a rather light night, there is no shame in picking on the 76ers and their awful defense, so start several low-end Pistons who have a little upside. Over the past four games, Jerebko is averaging 9.8 PPG with 7.8 RPG and 1.3 APG.

Kyle Singler, SF, Detroit (at PHI): Singler has been a solid, low-priced contributor with a little bit of upside when the matchup is right. Against Philly, the matchup is definitely right. He is averaging 14.5 PPG with 2.0 APG and 2.0 RPG over the past two games, and he has gotten 25 or more minutes of run in nine of the past 10 games. He might not produce elite-type numbers, but that's not what you're paying for. He has a little upside at a low price, and his salary will allow more spending flexibility up top.

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