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NBA Weekly Player Rankings: Rudy's on a Roll

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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: NONE
Four Games: ATL, CHA, GSW, MIN, NYK, ORL, SAS, TOR, UTA
Three Games: BOS, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, NJ, OKC, PHI, PHO, POR, SAC, WAS
Two Games: NO,
One Game: NONE

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POINT GUARD:

Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Deron Williams [PG] UTA 4
2 Stephen Curry * [PG,SG] GSW 4 Day-to-day (ankle).
3 Raymond Felton [PG,SG] NYK 4
4 Derrick Rose [PG] CHI 3 It's early ,but big jump in points (25.0 ppg. TY vs. 20.8 LY) and assists (9.8 apg. TY vs. 6.0 apg. LY).
5 Rajon Rondo [PG] BOS 3
6 Tony Parker [PG] SAS 4
7 Tyreke Evans [PG,SG] SAC 3
8 Russell Westbrook [PG,SG] OKC 3
9 John Wall [PG] WAS 3 Ranks fifth in the league in assists (9.6 apg.) and fourth in steals (2.6 spg.).
10 Steve Nash [PG] PHO 3
11 Jason Kidd [PG] DAL 3
12 Mike Conley, Jr. [PG,SG] MEM 3 Averaging 15.8 points, 8.3 assists and 3.3 steals over first seven games.
13 Chauncey Billups [PG] DEN 3
14 Jrue Holiday [PG] PHI 3
15 Maurice Williams [PG,SG] CLE 3 Back in action (groin).
16 Brandon Jennings [PG] MIL 3
17 Darren Collison [PG] IND 3
18 Devin Harris [PG,SG] NJ 3
19 Jarrett Jack [PG,SG] TOR 4
20 D.J. Augustin [PG] CHA 4
21 Andre Miller [PG] POR 3
22 Chris Paul [PG] NO 2
23 Jameer Nelson * [PG,SG] ORL 4 Day-to-day (ankle). Missed Saturday's game.
24 Eric Bledsoe [PG] LAC 3 Decent short-term pick while Baron Davis (knee) is out. Averaging 13.0 points, 7.0 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.0 threes in four starts this season.
25 Rodney Stuckey [PG,SG] DET 3 Benched on Wednesday and was a DNP CD on Friday after argument with his coach.
26 Aaron Brooks * [PG,SG] HOU 3 Day-to-day (ankle). Out for Sunday's game.
27 Mike Bibby [PG] ATL 4
28 Louis Williams [PG,SG] PHI 3
29 Jose Calderon [PG] TOR 4
30 Luke Ridnour [PG] MIN 4
31 Beno Udrih [PG,SG] SAC 3
32 Kirk Hinrich [PG,SG] WAS 3 Minutes and production will most likely decrease with Gilbert Arenas back.
33 Daniel Gibson [PG,SG] CLE 3
34 Chris Duhon [PG,SG] ORL 4 Decent short term pickup for assists if Jameer Nelson (ankle) misses time this week.
35 Ishmael Smith [PG] HOU 3 With Kyle Lowry (back spasms) out, Smith could be the guy to pick up if Aaron Brooks (ankle) misses time.

SHOOTING GUARD:

Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Monta Ellis [PG,SG] GSW 4
2 Joe Johnson [SG] ATL 4
3 Manu Ginobili [SG] SAS 4
4 Kobe Bryant [SG] LAL 3
5 Dwyane Wade [SG] MIA 3
6 Brandon Roy [SG] POR 3
7 Vince Carter * [SG] ORL 4 Day-to-day (hip).
8 O.J. Mayo [SG] MEM 3
9 Toney Douglas [PG,SG] NYK 4 Averaging 24.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 4.0 threes in 30.5 minutes over last two games.
10 Jamal Crawford [PG,SG] ATL 4
11 Jason Richardson [SG,SF] PHO 3
12 Ben Gordon [SG] DET 3 Value goes up with promotion to starting lineup. Averaging 20.2 points on 56% shooting from the field this season.
13 Gilbert Arenas * [PG,SG] WAS 3 Back in action (groin). Averaging 15.5 points and 3.5 threes made in 25.5 minutes per game.
14 John Salmons [SG,SF] MIL 3
15 Ray Allen [SG] BOS 3
16 Jason Terry [PG,SG] DAL 3
17 Kevin Martin * [SG] HOU 3 Day-to-day (shoulder). Questionable for Sunday's game.
18 Eric Gordon * [SG] LAC 3 Day-to-day (shoulder).
19 DeMar DeRozan [SG,SF] TOR 4
20 Leandro Barbosa [PG,SG] TOR 4
21 Evan Turner [SG,SF] PHI 3 Could see bump in minutes this week if Iguodala (Achilles) misses time.
22 Aaron Afflalo [SG] DEN 3
23 Anthony Morrow [SG,SF] NJ 3
24 Corey Brewer [SG,SF] MIN 4
25 CJ Miles [SG,SF] UTA 4
26 Raja Bell [SG] UTA 4
27 Quentin Richardson [SG,SF] ORL 4 Started last game - scored 14 points in 36 minutes.
28 Francisco Garcia [SG,SF] SAC 3 Averaging 19.0 points, and 3.0 threes in 31.0 minutes over last two games.
29 Wesley Matthews [SG,SF] POR 3
30 Anthony Parker [SG] CLE 3
31 Ramon Sessions [PG,SG] CLE 3
32 Mike Dunleavy [SG] IND 3
33 Courtney Lee [SG] HOU 3 Could see bump in minutes if Kevin Martin (shoulder) misses time this week.
34 Landry Fields [SG] NYK 4
35 J.R. Smith [SG] DEN 3


SMALL FORWARD:

Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Gerald Wallace [SF,PF] CHA 4
2 Rudy Gay [SG,SF] MEM 3 Averaging 29.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 2.6 threes over last five games.
3 Kevin Durant [SG,SF] OKC 3
4 LeBron James [SF] MIA 3
5 Carmelo Anthony [SF] DEN 3
6 Danny Granger [SF] IND 3
7 Stephen Jackson [SG,SF] CHA 4
8 Danilo Gallinari [SF] NYK 4 Finding his groove after slow start. Averaging 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 threes over last two games.
9 Dorell Wright [SG,SF] GSW 4 Averaging 17.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 1.4 blocks and 3.8 threes in 37 minutes this season.
10 Paul Pierce [SG,SF] BOS 3
11 Richard Jefferson [SF] SAS 4 Averaging 20.4 points and 2.4 threes in 31.6 minutes this season.
12 Michael Beasley [SF,PF] MIN 4
13 Wilson Chandler [SF,PF] NYK 4
14 Rashard Lewis [SF] ORL 4
15 Andrei Kirilenko [SG,SF] UTA 4
16 Andre Iguodala * [SG,SF] PHI 3 Day-to-day (Achilles).
17 Luol Deng [SG,SF] CHI 3
18 Linus Kleiza [SF,PF] TOR 4
19 Nicolas Batum [SF] POR 3
20 Caron Butler [SF] DAL 3
21 Hedo Turkoglu [SF,PF] PHO 3
22 Tayshaun Prince [SF] DET 3
23 Al Thornton [SF,PF] WAS 3 Should continue to be decent source for points (averaging 15.2 ppg.) until Josh Howard (knee) comes back
24 Carlos Delfino * [SG,SF] MIL 3 Day-to-day (neck). Left Saturday's game with a neck sprain and did not return.
25 Corey Maggette [SF] MIL 3
26 Terrence Williams [SF] NJ 3
27 Trevor Ariza [SF] NO 2
28 James Jones [SF] MIA 3
29 Jamario Moon [SF] CLE 3
30 Travis Outlaw [SF,PF] NJ 3
31 Grant Hill [SG,SF] PHO 3
32 Ron Artest [SF] LAL 3
33 Reggie Williams [SF] GSW 4
34 Ryan Gomes [SF,PF] LAC 3 Production hasn't been great (9.2 points and 4.8 rebounds), but averaging 37.6 minutes over last five games.
35 Shawn Marion [SF,PF] DAL 3


POWER FORWARD:

Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Josh Smith [SF,PF] ATL 4
2 Paul Millsap [SF,PF] UTA 4 Averaging 21.4 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.2 steals over last five games.
3 Kevin Love [PF,C] MIN 4
4 Tim Duncan [PF,C] SAS 4
5 David Lee [PF] GSW 4
6 Pau Gasol [PF,C] LAL 3
7 Dirk Nowitzki [PF] DAL 3
8 Blake Griffin [PF] LAC 3 Should easily average a double-double this season (averaging 18.1 points and 11.0 rebounds), but has only blocked one shot in first seven games.
9 Elton Brand [PF] PHI 3 Turn back the clock year for EB? Averaging 18.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks this season.
10 Kevin Garnett [PF] BOS 3
11 LaMarcus Aldridge [PF,C] POR 3
12 Luis Scola [SF,PF] HOU 3
13 Lamar Odom [PF] LAL 3
14 Andray Blatche [PF,C] WAS 3
15 Jeff Green [SF,PF] OKC 3
16 Chris Bosh [PF,C] MIA 3 Not adjusting well as 3rd option on the Heat. Only averaging 14.4 points and 5.4 rebounds this season.
17 David West [PF] NO 2
18 Zach Randolph * [PF] MEM 3 Back in action (back).
19 J.J. Hickson [PF,C] CLE 3
20 Boris Diaw [SF,PF] CHA 4
21 Reggie Evans [PF] TOR 4 Averaging 12.4 rebounds (5.4 offensive) and 1.0 steals over last five games.
22 Tyrus Thomas [SF,PF] CHA 4
23 Troy Murphy * [PF,C] NJ 3 Back in action (back).
24 Taj Gibson [PF] CHI 3
25 Carl Landry [SF,PF] SAC 3
26 Al Harrington [SF,PF] DEN 3
27 Hakim Warrick [PF] PHO 3
28 Charlie Villanueva [PF] DET 3
29 Glen Davis [PF] BOS 3
30 Austin Daye [SF,PF] DET 3
31 Udonis Haslem [PF] MIA 3
32 Drew Gooden [PF,C] MIL 3
33 Luc Mbah a Moute [SF,PF] MIL 3
34 Anthony Tolliver [PF] MIN 4
35 Antawn Jamison * [PF] CLE 3 Day-to-day (knee).

CENTER:

Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Dwight Howard [C] ORL 4 Averaging 22.4 points, 11.4 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 1.2 steals over last five games.
2 Amare Stoudemire [C] NYK 4
3 Al Jefferson [PF,C] UTA 4
4 Andrea Bargnani [PF,C] TOR 4
5 Al Horford [PF,C] ATL 4
6 Joakim Noah [C] CHI 3
7 Marc Gasol [C] MEM 3
8 Andrew Bogut [C] MIL 3
9 Brook Lopez [C] NJ 3
10 Roy Hibbert [C] IND 3
11 Marcus Camby [C] POR 3
12 Chris Kaman [C] LAC 3
13 Andris Biedrins [C] GSW 4
14 JaVale McGee [PF,C] WAS 3
15 Samuel Dalembert [C] SAC 3 Value goes up as starting center. Averaging 12.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks over last three games.
16 Yao Ming [C] HOU 3 Averaging 12.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in only 22.3 minutes. Could play in all three games this week since Rockets don't have any back-to-backs.
17 Anderson Varejeo [PF,C] CLE 3
18 Serge Ibaka [PF,C] OKC 3
19 Nene * [PF,C] DEN 3 Day-to-day (groin).
20 Emeka Okafor [PF,C] NO 2
21 Darko Milicic [PF,C] MIN 4 Averaging 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in only 20.5 minutes.
22 Ronny Turiaf [PF,C] NYK 4
23 DeJuan Blair [PF,C] SAS 4
24 Nazr Mohammed [C] CHA 4
25 Tyson Chandler [C] DAL 3
26 Robin Lopez [C] PHO 3
27 Ben Wallace [C] DET 3
28 Spencer Hawes [C] PHI 3
29 Amir Johnson [PF,C] TOR 4
30 Tiago Splitter [PF,C] SAS 4
31 Jermaine O'Neal * [PF,C] BOS 3 Could see slight bump in minutes if Shaquille O'Neal (knee) misses more time this week.
32 Brendan Haywood [C] DAL 3
33 DeMarcus Cousins [C] SAC 3 Value goes down now that Samuel Dalembert is starting at center.
34 Channing Frye [PF,C] PHO 3
35 Shelden Williams [PF,C] DEN 3