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Matchups: Don't hold the (O.J.) Mayo

Memphis Grizzlies wing leads a list of guys primed for big statistical weeks

Updated: March 6, 2011, 5:44 PM ET
By Kevin Pelton | Basketball Prospectus
OJ MayoJoe Murphy/NBAE/Getty ImagesO.J. Mayo has favorable matchups on his schedule this coming week.

Using opponent data for each team on the following week's schedule, Basketball Prospectus can estimate how much a player's performance will vary because of the defenses he will face in the next week. (See here for more details on the process.) Each week, Kevin Pelton will take a look at five players to use, five to limit and an ideal pickup.

Must plays

O.J. Mayo, SG, Memphis Grizzlies (plus-9 percent)

The week ahead should be a good one for Memphis' wings. The biggest question concerns who will take advantage, given coach Lionel Hollins' multiple options at the positions. The most popular fantasy player of the group remains Mayo, who has the chance to score points in bunches against three teams that defend shooting guards and small forwards far worse than average.

DeJuan Blair, C, San Antonio Spurs (plus-8 percent)

How weak is the Detroit Pistons' frontcourt? It made Anthony Randolph look like an All-Star on Wednesday after months on the pine. Make sure you have Blair in your lineup for Wednesday's tilt against the Pistons. Despite the rest of his schedule being perfectly average, that game is enough to make Blair a strong play.


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