(Derick E. Hingle, USA TODAY Sports)
By: Ryan Dodson, USA TODAY Fantasy Sports
The guard pool is pretty thick with midrange options Tuesday.
Look to work in this trio:
— Reggie Jackson ($5,400; 10.8% of your FantasyScore cap) has a superb matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers. He's averaging better than 39 FantasyScore points the last three, highlighted by a 45.3-point showing Sunday against Charlotte.
— DeMar DeRozan ($6,600; 13.2%) has posted consecutive performances of 40 fantasy points or more, but he faces the San Antonio Spurs. He's averaging 28.5 points per game over the last four, so if he can contribute in other categories, he'll be worth the price.
— Elfrid Payton ($3,900; 7.8%) has broken out with 38.5 fantasy points per contest over his last three. He's a great mid- to low-range player to target, but the matchup isn't great. There are also better options on his own team, so you must gauge how comfortable you are playing two or three players from the Magic at once.
F Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans at Brooklyn Nets
$9,400 salary | 18.8% of cap
Only Russell Westbrook is hotter than Davis in fantasy. Davis is averaging 62.6 fantasy points over the last four games. Brooklyn is in the lower third of the league at defending the four the last 10 games. Davis can do what he wants on the court right now, and Tyreke Evans (ankle) is gimpy with an ankle injury. The Brow could erupt again Tuesday.
Make it rain buckets in your pockets.
C Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons at Los Angeles Lakers
$7,000 salary | 14.0% of cap
Monroe is the safest, steadiest option in the center pool Tuesday. He's a top-10 player on FantasyScore the last week with 40.5 fantasy points per game through three games. The Lakers are among the worst at defending bigs the last 10 games. He may not put up a monster game of 50, but he hovers around 40 fantasy points most nights.
G Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic at Indiana Pacers
$5,300 salary | 10.0% of cap
The former Hoosier is on a scoring binge and among the top 5 players on FantasyScore over the last week. The matchup isn't great, but he is averaging north of 50 fantasy points the last three games. Over the last six games, his low mark was 30.8 fantasy points. Owners can live with that at this salary.
Norris Cole, New Orleans Pelicans at Brooklyn Nets
$2,600 salary | 5.2% of cap
With Evans' status up in the air due to an ankle injury, Cole has upside at this basement price. He has posted at least 20 points on FantasyScore the last two games. You look for at least 20 with this type of buy, so there is potential for more. Brooklyn is about the middle of the pack in defending the point the last 10.
C Dewayne Dedmon, Orlando Magic at Indiana Pacers
$2,200 salary | 4.4% of cap
Today's speculative flyer has Dedmon's name on it. Nikola Vucevic (ankle) is banged up, and Dedmon is coming off a 34.5-point breakthrough on FantasyScore. His high mark was 22 fantasy points in the other nine of the last 10, so this one is definitely a gamble.
G Jarrett Jack, Brooklyn Nets vs. New Orleans Pelicans
$5,400 salary | 10.8% of cap
After playing some of the best basketball of his career midway through the season, Jack has fallen back into obscurity. He has lost playing time to Deron Williams, as the team seems recommitted to their once franchise player. Jack has a recent 10-game high of just 22.5 on FantasyScore, and that's not enough at this price.
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