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Need Steals? Look to Tony Allen—Need Points? Pass the Mayo

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 15:  (L-R) Marc Gasol #33, Zach Randolph #50, O.J. Mayo #32 and Tony Allen #9 of the Memphis Grizzlies before play against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 15, 2011 at Oklahoma City Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Ryan LesterSenior Writer IJanuary 14, 2012

Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Tony Allen is up to his old tricks. On Thursday, he picked up a ridiculous five steals to give him 20 steals on the year through 10 games.

Allen averaged 1.8 steals per game so the thievery should not come as a surprise to anybody who plays fantasy basketball. Neither should his 49.3 shooting percentage.

Those are two categories that you have been able to bank on for a few years. Allen shot 51.0 percent last year for the Grizzlies and a matching 51.0 percent the prior year for the Celtics.

Allen has never been a big at hitting the glass, but is averaging a career-high 3.4 on the young season. Nor is he adept at collecting assists, blocks, three-pointers or points in general.

Allen, however, has picked up some of the scoring slack in his past six games, twice hitting the 20-point plateau for an average of 12.5 points. He’s averaging 3.8 rebounds during that stretch as well. He could see more points and rebounds while Zach Randolph is out.

That’s not why you should think about adding him though. It’s the steals. In the 10 games he’s played this year, he has had multiple steals in seven games.

If you need help in that category, Allen is owned in 66.0 percent of Yahoo! and 34.3 percent of ESPN leagues.

If you are looking for some some scoring help, fellow Grizzlies shooting guard O.J. Mayo could be an answer. He’s owned in 39.0 percent of Yahoo! and 19.3 percent of ESPN leagues.

Mayo is averaging just 10.9 ppg on the season, but he’s kicked it up to 12.8 in his past five games. Without Randolph’s scoring, the Grizzlies are going to need someone to help shoulder the load. Mayo averaged 18.5 and 17.5 ppg in his first two seasons in the league.

Depending on what your needs are, either of these two guards could help your fantasy squad.


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