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NBA Weekly Player Rankings: NBA Value Meter-Week 1

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

THE VALUE METER


NBA VALUE METER - WEEK 1

Article first appeared on 10/25/09

NBA VALUE METER WEEK 1

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

 

Point Guards
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Rajon Rondo [PG] BOS 4  
2 Baron Davis [PG] LAC 4  
3 Chris Paul [PG] NO 3  
4 Maurice Williams [PG,SG] CLE 4  
5 Steve Nash [PG] PHO 3  
6 Devin Harris * [PG,SG] NJ 3 Day-to-day (groin) but expects to play in season opener.
7 Jason Kidd [PG] DAL 3  
8 Chauncey Billups [PG] DEN 3  
9 Jose Calderon [PG] TOR 3  
10 Gilbert Arenas [PG] WAS 3  
11 Russell Westbrook [PG,SG] OKC 3  
12 Tony Parker [PG] SAS 3 Averaged career high 22.0 pts last year, but scoring could take a hit with Jefferson and a healthy Ginobili in the mix.
13 Jameer Nelson [PG,SG] ORL 3  
14 Derrick Rose * [PG] CHI 3 Day-to-day (ankle) but expects to play in season opener.
15 Deron Williams [PG] UTA 2  
16 Louis Williams [PG,SG] PHI 3 Minutes and opportunities for production should be plentiful -new coach Eddie Jordan expects Williams to play around 38.0 mpg.
17 Rodney Stuckey [PG,SG] DET 3  
18 Chris Duhon [PG,SG] NYK 3  
19 Nate Robinson [PG,SG] NYK 3  
20 Raymond Felton [PG,SG] CHA 3  
21 Mike Conley, Jr. * [PG,SG] MEM 3 Day-to-day (ankle) but expects to play in season opener.
22 Monta Ellis [PG,SG] GSW 2 Will play some point guard, but might start season as shooting guard.
23 Andre Miller [PG] POR 4 Will start season as backup point guard to Steve Blake. Unclear as how minutes distribution will play out.
24 Steve Blake [PG,SG] POR 4 Starter at point guard but looking at timeshare situation with Miller.
25 Mike Bibby [PG] ATL 3  
26 Jonny Flynn [PG] MIN 3  
27 Tyreke Evans [PG] SAC 3  
28 D.J. Augustin [PG] CHA 3 Value just went up with Bell contemplating wrist surgery. Should start and be decent source for points, threes and assists this year.
29 Mario Chalmers [PG] MIA 3  
30 Aaron Brooks [PG,SG] HOU 3  
31 T.J. Ford [PG] IND 2  
32 Kirk Hinrich [PG,SG] CHI 3  
33 Jarrett Jack [PG,SG] TOR 3  
34 Rafer Alston [PG] NJ 3  
35 Allen Iverson * [PG,SG] MEM 3 Missed all of preseason and hopes to play sometime this week (hamstring).

 

Shooting Guards
Rank Player Eligible Team Games
1 Brandon Roy [SG] POR 4  
2 Dwyane Wade [SG] MIA 3  
3 Kobe Bryant [SG] LAL 3  
4 Ray Allen [SG] BOS 4  
5 Eric Gordon [SG] LAC 4  
6 Joe Johnson [SG] ATL 3  
7 Kevin Martin [SG] SAC 3  
8 Vince Carter [SG] ORL 3  
9 O.J. Mayo [SG] MEM 3  
10 Ben Gordon [SG] DET 3  
11 John Salmons [SG,SF] CHI 3  
12 Jason Terry [PG,SG] DAL 3  
13 Leandro Barbosa [PG,SG] PHO 3 Should be in line for big minutes this week with Richardson out for first two games (suspension).
14 Manu Ginobili [SG] SAS 3  
15 Anthony Parker [SG] CLE 4 Looks to be starter at shooting guard while West (personal) works his way back into rotation.
16 Richard Hamilton [SG] DET 3  
17 Michael Redd [SG,SF] MIL 2  
18 Courtney Lee [SG] NJ 3  
19 Jamal Crawford [PG,SG] ATL 3  
20 Stephen Jackson [SG,SF] GSW 2 Publicly demands trade, suspended in preseason and then gives up captain status? S-Jax should play but proceed with caution.
21 Corey Brewer [SG,SF] MIN 3  
22 Rasual Butler [SG,SF] LAC 4 Strong preseason could lead to extra minutes at small forward at Al Thornton's expense.
23 Marquis Daniels [SG,SF] BOS 4  
24 Randy Foye [PG,SG] WAS 3  
25 Peja Stojakovic [SG,SF] NO 3 Move to sixth man role could hurt minutes and production.
26 Chris Douglas-Roberts [SG,SF] NJ 3  
27 Rudy Fernandez [PG,SG] POR 4 Day-to-day (back).
28 Ramon Sessions [PG,SG] MIN 3  
29 Mickael Pietrus [SG,SF] ORL 3 Could start at SF with Lewis (suspension) out.
30 Stephen Curry [PG,SG] GSW 2 Looks to have won starting shooting guard job but minutes could be inconsistent with Warriors depth in backcourt.
31 Eddie House [PG,SG] BOS 4  
32 Aaron Afflalo [SG] DEN 3 Decent short-term play with J.R. Smith out for seven games (suspension).
33 Anthony Morrow [SG,SF] GSW 2  
34 Brandon Rush [SG] IND 2  
35 Ronnie Brewer * [SG,SF] UTA 2 Day-to-day (back spasms).

 

Small Forwards
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 LeBron James [SF] CLE 4  
2 Paul Pierce [SG,SF] BOS 4  
3 Kevin Durant [SG,SF] OKC 3  
4 Carmelo Anthony [SF] DEN 3  
5 Andre Iguodala [SG,SF] PHI 3  
6 Caron Butler [SF] WAS 3 Will be asked to do more with Jamison (shoulder) out 3-5 weeks.
7 Gerald Wallace [SF,PF] CHA 3  
8 Rudy Gay [SG,SF] MEM 3  
10 Danny Granger [SF] IND 2  
11 Shawn Marion [SF,PF] DAL 3  
12 Hedo Turkoglu * [SF,PF] TOR 3 Day-to-day (ankle).
12 Thaddeus Young [SF,PF] PHI 3  
13 Luol Deng [SG,SF] CHI 3  
14 Wilson Chandler [SF,PF] NYK 3  
15 Ron Artest [SF] LAL 3  
16 Trevor Ariza [SF] HOU 3 Should be decent source for points and steals but FG% could be an issue.
17 Richard Jefferson [SF] SAS 3  
18 Marvin Williams [SF] ATL 3  
19 Al Thornton [SF,PF] LAC 4 Could start season in a timeshare with Rasual Butler.
20 Tayshaun Prince [SF] DET 3  
21 Grant Hill [SG,SF] PHO 3  
22 Andres Nocioni [SF,PF] SAC 3 Might not start, but should see plenty of minutes with Garcia (fractured forearm) out.
23 Mike Miller [SF] WAS 3  
24 Julian Wright [SF] NO 3 Starter at small forward, but likely time-share with Stojakovic.
25 Shane Battier [SF] HOU 3  
26 Jamario Moon [SF] CLE 4  
27 Michael Beasley * [SF,PF] MIA 3 Day-to-day (shoulder, thumb).
28 Corey Maggette [SF] GSW 2 Could see increased minutes this week at power forward if Randolph (back/knee) misses games.
29 Andrei Kirilenko [SG,SF] UTA 2  
30 Jared Jeffries [SF,PF] NYK 3  
31 Desmond Mason [SF] SAC 3  
32 Danilo Gallinari [SF] NYK 3  
33 Matt Barnes [SF,PF] ORL 3  
34 Carlos Delfino [SG,SF] MIL 2 Starter at small forward for Bucks.
35 Josh Howard * [SF] DAL 3 Could miss start of season (ankle)

 

Power Forwards
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Kevin Garnett [PF] BOS 4  
2 LaMarcus Aldridge [PF,C] POR 4  
3 Dirk Nowitzki [PF] DAL 3  
4 Chris Bosh [PF] TOR 3  
5 Tim Duncan [PF,C] SAS 3  
6 Josh Smith [SF,PF] ATL 3  
7 David West [PF] NO 3  
8 Blake Griffin [PF] LAC 4 Could be opening night start with Camby (ankle) injured.
9 Elton Brand [PF] PHI 3  
10 David Lee [PF] NYK 3  
11 Rasheed Wallace [PF,C] BOS 4  
12 Jeff Green [SF,PF] OKC 3  
13 Al Harrington [SF,PF] NYK 3  
14 Boris Diaw [SF,PF] CHA 3  
15 Zach Randolph [PF] MEM 3  
16 Tyrus Thomas [SF,PF] CHI 3  
17 Jason Thompson [PF] SAC 3  
18 Luis Scola [SF,PF] HOU 3  
19 Pau Gasol * [PF,C] LAL 3 Could miss season opener (hamstring).
20 Charlie Villanueva [PF] DET 3 Not guaranteed a starting spot as Pistons might rotate starters at PF and C depending on matchups.
21 Lamar Odom [PF] LAL 3  
22 Travis Outlaw [SF,PF] POR 4  
23 Troy Murphy [PF,C] IND 2  
24 Kenyon Martin [PF] DEN 3  
25 Carlos Boozer [PF] UTA 2 Potential timeshare with Millsap could hurt production.
26 Ryan Gomes [SF,PF] MIN 3 Should be opening night starter at small forward with Love (fractured hand) out.
27 Antonio McDyess [PF] SAS 3  
28 Udonis Haslem [PF] MIA 3  
29 Glen Davis [PF] BOS 4  
30 Yi Jianlian [PF] NJ 3  
31 Paul Millsap [SF,PF] UTA 2  
32 Andray Blatche [PF,C] WAS 3 Could be decent source for boards and blocks with Jamison (shoulder) out 3-5 weeks.
33 Brandon Bass [SF,PF] ORL 3  
34 Hakim Warrick [PF] MIL 2  
35 Anthony Randolph * [PF] GSW 2 Could miss the start of the regular season (back).

 

Centers
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Dwight Howard [C] ORL 3  
2 Amar'e Stoudemire [C] PHO 3  
3 Al Jefferson * [PF,C] MIN 3 Day-to-day (Achilles/illness) but should be good to go for opener.
4 Shaquille O'Neal [C] CLE 4  
5 Greg Oden [C] POR 4 Finally entering a season healthy - could be double-double machine if he can stay healthy and out of foul trouble.
6 Brook Lopez [C] NJ 3  
7 Chris Kaman [C] LAC 4  
8 Nene [PF,C] DEN 3  
9 Andrea Bargnani [PF,C] TOR 3  
10 Al Horford [PF,C] ATL 3  
11 Kendrick Perkins [C] BOS 4  
12 Andrew Bynum * [C] LAL 3 Day-to-day (shoulder).
13 Brendan Haywood [C] WAS 3  
14 Jermaine O'Neal [PF,C] MIA 3  
15 Joakim Noah [C] CHI 3  
16 Channing Frye [PF,C] PHO 3 Could be decent source for points, boards and threes with Lopez out.
17 Marc Gasol [C] MEM 3  
18 Tyson Chandler [C] CHA 3  
19 Marcus Camby * [C] LAC 4 Could miss start of regular season (ankle).
20 Zydrunas Ilgauskas [C] CLE 4 Production will take a hit with Shaq starting at center.
21 Anderson Varejao [PF,C] CLE 4  
22 Spencer Hawes [C] SAC 3 Will most likely start season on the bench to anchor second unit.
23 Joel Przybilla [C] POR 4  
24 Drew Gooden [PF,C] SAS 3  
25 Samuel Dalembert [C] PHI 3 Being pushed for minutes by Speights. Could start season in timeshare.
26 Andris Biedrins [C] GSW 2  
27 Mehmet Okur [C] UTA 2  
28 Brad Miller [C] CHI 3  
29 Andrew Bogut [C] MIL 2  
30 Emeka Okafor * [PF,C] NO 3 Missed all of preseason (toe) and could miss some regular season games.
31 Nenad Krstic [C] OKC 3  
32 Chris Anderson [C] DEN 3  
33 Chuck Hayes [PF,C] HOU 3  
34 Marreese Speights [C] PHI 3  
35 Roy Hibbert [C] IND 2  

Article first appeared on 10/25/09