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NBA Value Meter: Start Your Blazers

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

NBA VALUE METER - WEEK 2
by Eric Johnson, RotoWire Writer

This is our weekly cheat sheet based on our player's projected output and number of games. It assumes an eight-category roto style league with the following categories: points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, three-pointers made, free-throw percentage and field-goal percentage.

These are my rankings. They do not necessarily correspond with the RotoWire cheat sheet or our projections for the season. I use both as a rough guide, but I primarily factor in number of games played for the week, current player trends and pertinent information about the team (injuries, time share situations, etc). The Value Meter takes into account games played Monday through Saturday. We will try to update the meter with any breaking news that happens on Sunday, but in most cases, any injuries, lineup changes, etc. that happen on Sunday won't be accounted for on the Value Meter until the following week.

Five Games: POR
Four Games: ATL, BOS, DET, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIL, MIN, NYK, ORL, PHI, TOR
Three Games: CHA, CHI, CLE, DEN, GSW, HOU, MIA, NJ, NO, OKC, PHO, SAS, SAC, UTA, WAS
Two Games: DAL, IND
One Game: NONE
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Point Guards
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Rajon Rondo [PG] BOS 4 Averaging 10.7 points, 16.7 assists and 2.0 steals over first three games.
2 Andre Miller [PG] POR 5
3 Brandon Jennings [PG] MIL 4
4 Raymond Felton [PG,SG] NYK 4 Strong start to regular season after shaky pre-season. Averaging 16.0 points, 5.7 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.3 threes.
5 Baron Davis [PG] LAC 4
6 Derrick Rose [PG] CHI 3 Averaging 33.5 points, 6.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 1.0 steals and 1.5 threes over first two games.
7 Mike Conley, Jr. [PG,SG] MEM 4
8 Rodney Stuckey [PG,SG] DET 4
9 Jameer Nelson [PG,SG] ORL 4
10 Chris Paul [PG] NO 3
11 Russell Westbrook [PG,SG] OKC 3
12 Steve Nash [PG] PHO 3 It's early, but assists are down (6.7 apg over first three vs. 11.0 apg last season).
13 Tyreke Evans [PG,SG] SAC 3
14 John Wall [PG] WAS 3
15 Deron Williams [PG] UTA 3 Only averaging 15.0 points (27.3% shooting from the field) and 6.0 assists over first two games.
16 Aaron Brooks [PG,SG] HOU 3
17 Jarrett Jack [PG,SG] TOR 4
18 Chauncey Billups [PG] DEN 3
19 Devin Harris [PG,SG] NJ 3
20 Louis Williams [PG,SG] PHI 4 Outperforming Jrue Holiday over first three games. Averaging 16.3 points and 4.7 assists (Holiday at 8.7 and 3.0).
21 Luke Ridnour [PG] MIN 4
22 Jrue Holiday [PG] PHI 4 Struggling after strong pre-season. Only averaging 8.7 points and 3.0 assists on 32.4% shooting from the field.
23 Mike Bibby [PG] ATL 4
24 D.J. Augustin [PG] CHA 3 Averaging 17.0 points, 5.3 assists and 2.7 threes over first three games.
25 Tony Parker [PG] SAS 3
26 Beno Udrih [PG,SG] SAC 3
27 Maurice Williams * [PG,SG] CLE 3 Day-to-day (groin). Expected to make season debut on Tuesday.
28 Stephen Curry * [PG,SG] GSW 3 Day-to-day (ankle). Will miss Sunday's game.
29 Jose Calderon [PG] TOR 4
30 Jason Kidd [PG] DAL 2
31 Kirk Hinrich [PG,SG] WAS 3
32 Daniel Gibson [PG,SG] CLE 3 Averaging 15.0 points, 6.0 assists and 2.0 threes but production could slow down with Maurice Williams (groin) due back this week.
33 Darren Collison [PG] IND 2 Is T.J Ford a threat for minutes? Averaging 13.7 points and 5.7 assists in only 27 minutes per game. (Ford averaging 21 minutes per game).
34 George Hill [PG,SG] SAS 3
35 Jordan Farmar [PG,SG] NJ 3


Shooting Guards
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Brandon Roy [SG] POR 5 Averaging 25.0 points, 6.3 rebounds. 2.7 threes and 1.7 steals over first three games.
2 Kobe Bryant [SG] LAL 4
3 Joe Johnson [SG] ATL 4
4 O.J. Mayo [SG] MEM 4
5 Eric Gordon [SG] LAC 4
6 Dwyane Wade [SG] MIA 3
7 Monta Ellis [PG,SG] GSW 3
8 Kevin Martin [SG] HOU 3 Averaging 25.0 points and shooting 100% from the free throw line (30-for-30) over first three games.
9 Manu Ginobili [SG] SAS 3
10 Ray Allen [SG] BOS 4
11 Jamal Crawford [PG,SG] ATL 4
12 Ben Gordon [SG] DET 4 Averaging 21.7 points on 66% shooing from the field in only 27 minutes per game.
13 John Salmons [SG,SF] MIL 4 Off to slow start after missing all of pre-season (knee). Averaging 8.7 points on 33.3% shooting from the field over first three games.
14 Rudy Fernandez [PG,SG] POR 5
15 Vince Carter * [SG] ORL 4 Day-to-day (back).
16 Richard Hamilton [SG] DET 4
17 Jason Richardson [SG,SF] PHO 3
18 Wesley Matthews [SG,SF] POR 5
19 Landry Fields [SG] NYK 4 Averaging 11.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 threes in 29.4 minutes as Knicks starting shooting guard.
20 Leandro Barbosa [PG,SG] TOR 4
21 Evan Turner [SG,SF] PHI 4
22 Aaron Afflalo [SG] DEN 3
23 Gilbert Arenas * [PG,SG] WAS 3 Day-to-day (hamstring). Could make season debut this week.
24 Ramon Sessions [PG,SG] CLE 3 Minutes and production could decrease with Mo Williams expected back this week.
25 Anthony Parker [SG] CLE 3
26 Rasual Butler [SG,SF] LAC 4 Decent source for 3's (2.5 threes per game) but looks to be in time share with Ryan Gomes.
27 Wayne Ellington [SG] MIN 4
28 DeMar DeRozan [SG,SF] TOR 4
29 Anthony Morrow [SG,SF] NJ 3
30 Marcus Thornton [SG] NO 3
31 Marco Belinelli [PG,SG] NO 3
32 Jason Terry [PG,SG] DAL 2
33 J.R. Smith [SG] DEN 3
34 Raja Bell [SG] UTA 3
35 James Harden [SG] OKC 3
Small Forwards
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Andre Iguodala [SG,SF] PHI 4
2 Rudy Gay [SG,SF] MEM 4
3 Paul Pierce [SG,SF] BOS 4
4 Kevin Durant [SG,SF] OKC 3
5 LeBron James [SF] MIA 3
6 Carmelo Anthony [SF] DEN 3
7 Nicolas Batum [SF] POR 5 Averaging 14.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.3 threes and 1.0 steals in only 28.3 minutes over first three games.
8 Gerald Wallace [SF,PF] CHA 3
9 Stephen Jackson [SG,SF] CHA 3
10 Wilson Chandler * [SF,PF] NYK 4 Playing well as Knicks sixth man. Averaging 21.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in 33.3 minutes.
11 Carlos Delfino [SG,SF] MIL 4 Averaging 16.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.0 threes in 36.0 minutes.
12 Michael Beasley [SF,PF] MIN 4
13 Corey Maggette [SF] MIL 4
14 Danilo Gallinari [SF] NYK 4 Only averaging 6.0 points on 21% shooting from the field in 20.0 minutes.
15 Rashard Lewis [SF] ORL 4
16 Linus Kleiza [SF,PF] TOR 4
17 Ron Artest [SF] LAL 4
18 Tayshaun Prince [SF] DET 4
19 Marvin Williams [SF] ATL 4
20 Danny Granger [SF] IND 2
21 Dorell Wright [SG,SF] GSW 3 Averaging 19.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 threes in 37.0 minutes over first two games.
22 Trevor Ariza [SF] NO 3
23 Andrei Kirilenko [SG,SF] UTA 3
24 Hedo Turkoglu [SF,PF] PHO 3
25 Luol Deng [SG,SF] CHI 3
26 Al Thornton [SF,PF] WAS 3 Averaging 16.7 points and 7.0 rebounds in 33.5 minutes over first two games.
27 Richard Jefferson [SF] SAS 3
28 James Jones [SF] MIA 3 Averaging 3.7 threes over first three games.
29 Thaddeus Young [SF,PF] PHI 4
30 Jamario Moon [SF] CLE 3
31 Travis Outlaw [SF,PF] NJ 3
32 Grant Hill [SG,SF] PHO 3
33 Caron Butler [SF] DAL 2
34 Reggie Williams [SF] GSW 3 Could see bump in minutes (expected to start) while Stephen Curry (ankle) is out.
35 Terrence Williams* [SF] NJ 3 Day-to-day (hand).



Power Forwards
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 LaMarcus Aldridge [PF,C] POR 5
2 Pau Gasol [PF,C] LAL 4
3 Josh Smith [SF,PF] ATL 4
4 Blake Griffin [PF] LAC 4 Free throw percentage could be an issue ( 54.5% over first two games) but averaging 17.0 points and 12.0 rebounds on 50% shooting from the field.
5 Lamar Odom [PF] LAL 4 Continues to be fantasy gold whenever Bynum or Gasol miss time. Averaging 16.0 points, 13.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 36.5 minutes.
6 Kevin Love [PF,C] MIN 4
7 Kevin Garnett [PF] BOS 4
8 Elton Brand [PF] PHI 4
9 Luis Scola [SF,PF] HOU 3 Averaging 27.3 points, 14.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks.
10 David Lee [PF] GSW 3
11 Tim Duncan [PF,C] SAS 3
12 David West [PF] NO 3
13 Jeff Green [SF,PF] OKC 3
14 Paul Millsap [SF,PF] UTA 3
15 Chris Bosh [PF,C] MIA 3
16 Dirk Nowitzki [PF] DAL 2
17 J.J. Hickson [PF,C] CLE 3
18 Carl Landry [SF,PF] SAC 3
19 Andray Blatche [PF,C] WAS 3
20 Glen Davis [PF] BOS 4 Averaging 14.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in 28.7 minutes per game.
21 Charlie Villanueva [PF] DET 4 In a timeshare with Austin Daye but still producing. Averaging 13.7 points and 3.0 threes in 26.0 minutes.
22 Zach Randolph * [PF] MEM 4 Day-to-day (back)
23 Al Harrington [SF,PF] DEN 3
24 Antawn Jamison [PF] CLE 3
25 Drew Gooden [PF,C] MIL 4
26 Taj Gibson [PF] CHI 3
27 Reggie Evans [PF] TOR 4 Decent pick up for rebounds. Averaging 15.0 rebounds in 30.0 minutes over first two games.
28 Boris Diaw [SF,PF] CHA 3
29 Tyrus Thomas [SF,PF] CHA 3
30 Hakim Warrick [PF] PHO 3
31 Troy Murphy * [PF,C] NJ 3 Expected to make season debut this week (back).
32 Austin Daye [SF,PF] DET 4 Struggling after great pre-season. Starting, but only averaging 5.0 points (24% shooting from the field) in 21 minutes per game.
33 Anthony Tolliver [PF] MIN 4
34 Darrell Arthur [PF] MEM 4 Decent short-term play if Randolph (back) misses time this week.
35 Udonis Haslem [PF] MIA 3
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Centers
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Marcus Camby [C] POR 5
2 Dwight Howard [C] ORL 4
3 Amare Stoudemire [C] NYK 4
4 Andrew Bogut [C] MIL 4
5 Andrea Bargnani [PF,C] TOR 4
6 Al Horford [PF,C] ATL 4
7 Marc Gasol [C] MEM 4
8 Chris Kaman [C] LAC 4
9 Joakim Noah [C] CHI 3 Averaging 16.5 points, 18.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks over first two games.
10 Brook Lopez [C] NJ 3
11 Al Jefferson [PF,C] UTA 3
12 Nene [PF,C] DEN 3
13 Darko Milicic [PF,C] MIN 4 Averaging 3.3 blocks in only 22.7 minutes per game.
14 Shaquille O'Neal [C] BOS 4
15 Ben Wallace [C] DET 4
16 Spencer Hawes [C] PHI 4
17 Serge Ibaka [PF,C] OKC 3 Not starting, but averaging 12.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in 30.0 minutes over first two games.
18 Robin Lopez [C] PHO 3
19 Emeka Okafor [PF,C] NO 3
20 JaVale McGee [PF,C] WAS 3
21 Anderson Varejeo [PF,C] CLE 3
22 DeMarcus Cousins [C] SAC 3 Value drops with Samuel Dalembert back from injury.
23 Roy Hibbert [C] IND 2 Averaging 18.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.7 blocks over first three games.
24 Andris Biedrins [C] GSW 3
25 Channing Frye [PF,C] PHO 3
26 DeJuan Blair [PF,C] SAS 3 Value could drop this week with Tiago Splitter back.
27 Yao Ming * [C] HOU 3 Rockets have a back-to-back this week so Yao might only play two games this week.
28 Nazr Mohammed [C] CHA 3
29 Shelden Williams [PF,C] DEN 3 Averaging 7.3 points and 12.3 rebounds in 28.0 minutes per game.
30 Brad Miller [C] HOU 3
31 Ronny Turiaf [PF,C] NYK 4 Averaging 2.7 blocks per game in only 23 minutes.
32 Samuel Dalembert * [C] SAC 3 Back in action (groin).
33 Tiago Splitter [PF,C] SAS 3 Expected to make season debut this week (calf).
34 Amir Johnson [PF,C] TOR 4
35 Jason Thompson [PF,C] SAC 3