Daily fantasy basketball players should hire a Butler

Daily fantasy basketball players should hire a Butler

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(Jerry Lai, USA TODAY Sports)
(Jerry Lai, USA TODAY Sports)

The NBA playoffs continue Monday with a three-game slate.

Before finalizing lineups, check on the status of Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams. He is questionable to face the Atlanta Hawks after exiting Game 3 with a back injury.

If he sits, guard Jarrett Jack ($3,200 salary, 6.4% of cap) becomes an excellent value play in FantasyScore. Jack is averaging 28.00 fantasy points in the last two games of the series as a reserve, and if he draws the start, his production should only improve.

Meanwhile, Williams should probably be avoided even if he suits up. He is averaging just 6.0 points on 26.9% shooting through the first three games of the series.

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Featured stud

C LaMarcus Aldridge, Trail Blazers vs. Grizzlies
$7,700 salary | 15.4% of cap

While he hasn't shot a great percentage in this series, Aldridge has still been a force on both ends of the court. He is averaging 25.7 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocks, and he has topped 40.00 fantasy points in each of the first three games. With Portland facing elimination, expect another big performance.

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Start

F Jimmy Butler, Bulls vs. Bucks
$6,800 salary | 13.6% of cap

The Bulls failed to close out the Bucks in Game 4, but don't blame Butler. He scored 33 points and is now averaging 28.3 per game on 54.3% shooting for the series. Butler is also averaging 43.69 fantasy points, and Milwaukee has shown no signs of being able to slow him down.

C Marc Gasol, Grizzlies at Trail Blazers
$6,800 salary | 13.6% of cap

Although he hasn't been dominant on the offensive end, Gasol's versatile skill set has been on full display in this series. He has delivered at least 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks in all three games, and he hasn't scored fewer than 39.25 fantasy points in any contest.

G Beno Udrih, Grizzlies at Trail Blazers
$2,700 salary | 5.4% of cap

With Mike Conley (face) out of action, Udrih becomes the premier source of cap relief available. He finished with 39.25 fantasy points off the bench in Game 1. Although he did miss part of Game 2 and all of Game 3 with an ankle injury, Udrih practiced Sunday and is expected to be ready for Game 4. He should be a steal in an expanded role.

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F Nicolas Batum, Trail Blazers vs. Grizzlies
$4,900 salary | 9.8% of cap

Batum struggled for much of the regular season, but he has been playing well in this series. He has scored at least 28.25 fantasy points in all three games, and he netted 40.50 in Game 3. He offers a solid floor and decent upside for the price.

F Thaddeus Young, Nets vs. Hawks
$4,400 salary | 8.8% of cap

He delivered his second double-double of the series in Game 3, finishing with 36.25 fantasy points. Young has now topped 30.00 in three of his last four meetings with Atlanta dating back to the regular season. In five April contests against the Hawks, he is averaging 29.05 fantasy points.

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Bench

C Al Horford, Hawks at Nets
$6,100 salary | 12.2% of cap

Give him credit for playing through a finger injury, but Horford is averaging just 10.3 points on 35.9% shooting against in this series after going 53.8% during the regular season. With several strong options available at the center spot, take a pass on the injured Horford.

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