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NBA Weekly Player Rankings: NBA Value Meter-Week 2

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

THE VALUE METER
By Eric Johnson
RotoWire Staff Writer

NBA VALUE METER - WEEK 2

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

 

Point Guards        
         
Rank Player Team Games Comment
1 Steve Nash PHO 4  
2 Chauncey Billups DET 4  
3 Jason Kidd DAL 4  
4 Chris Paul NO 3  
5 Derrick Rose CHI 4 Averaging 18.3 points, 4.3 rebound and 1.3 steals over first three games.
6 Jose Calderon TOR 3  
7 Allen Iverson DEN 3  
8 Maurice Williams CLE 4  
9 Tony Parker SAS 3 Picking up scoring slack with Ginobili (ankle) out. Averaging 28.0 points over first two games.
10 Beno Udrih SAC 4 Early season struggles could be blamed on inactivity in preseason due to hip flexor injury.
11 Kirk Hinrich CHI 4  
12 Raymond Felton CHA 4 Struggling over first three with Augustin in the rear view mirror.
13 Rajon Rondo BOS 4 FT% has been "Dwight-Howard" like over first three games. Shooting 50% (12-24 ) from the line this season.
14 Andre Miller PHI 3  
15 T.J. Ford IND 3  
16 Mike Bibby ATL 3  
17 Devin Harris NJ 3  
18 Randy Foye MIN 3  
19 Rafer Alston HOU 4  
20 Rodney Stuckey DET 4  
21 Chris Duhon NYK 3  
22 Anthony Carter DEN 3  
23 Earl Watson OKC 3  
24 Deron Williams* UTA 3 Should make season debut on Wednesday (ankle).
25 Jameer Nelson ORL 3  
26 Mario Chalmers MIA 3 Has lock on starting point guard job for now. Averaging 8.7 points, 6.0 assists and 2.0 steals in 33.7 minutes per game over first three.
27 Steve Blake POR 3  
28 Nate Robinson NYK 3  
29 Baron Davis * LAC 4 Could miss the entire week (hip and finger).
30 Mike Conley, Jr. MEM 4 Only averaging 8.0 points and 3.0 assists over first three games.
31 Antonio Daniels WAS 3  
32 Luke Ridnour * MIL 3 Day-to-day (back)
33 Kyle Lowry MEM 4  
34 D.J. Augustin CHA 4  
35 Ramon Sessions MIL 3 After two DNP's, put up 12 points and 9 assists in last game. Decent short-term play if Ridnour (back) misses time this week.

 

Shooting Guards        
Rank Player Team Games  
1 Rudy Gay MEM 4  
2 Tracy McGrady HOU 4  
3 Kevin Martin SAC 4 Back on track after slow start? (31 points in last game after scoring total of 26 points in first two).
4 O.J. Mayo MEM 4  
5 Richard Hamilton DET 4  
6 Dwyane Wade MIA 3  
7 Joe Johnson ATL 3  
8 Ray Allen BOS 4  
9 Vince Carter NJ 3  
10 Brandon Roy POR 3  
11 Michael Redd MIL 3  
12 Jamal Crawford NYK 3  
13 Kobe Bryant LAL 2  
14 Jason Terry DAL 4  
15 Cuttino Mobley LAC 4  
16 Kelenna Azubuike GSW 4 First guard off the bench has value in Nelson's run-and-gun offense. Averaging 13.7 points over first three games.
17 Delonte West CLE 4  
18 Ben Gordon CHI 4  
19 Leandro Barbosa PHO 4  
20 Raja Bell PHO 4  
21 Daniel Gibson CLE 4  
22 Grant Hill PHO 4  
23 Anthony Parker TOR 3  
24 Rudy Fernandez POR 3  
25 J.R. Smith DEN 3  
26 Tony Allen BOS 4  
27 Ricky Davis LAC 4  
28 Peja Stojakovic * NO 3 Day-to-day (ankle)
29 Marquis Daniels IND 3 Decent short-term play with Dunleavy (knee) out.
30 Jarrett Jack IND 3  
31 Morris Peterson NO 3  
32 Louis Williams PHI 3  
33 Rashad McCants MIN 3  
34 DeShawn Stevenson WAS 3  
35 Rasual Butler NO 3 Good short-term play if Stojakovic (ankle) misses time.

 

Small Forwards        
Rank Player Team Games  
1 LeBron James CLE 4  
2 Paul Pierce BOS 4  
3 Ron Artest HOU 4  
4 Stephen Jackson GSW 4 Playing a lot at point guard with Ellis (ankle) out and averaging 6.0 assists over first three games.
5 Corey Maggette GSW 4  
6 Jason Richardson CHA 4  
7 Gerald Wallace CHA 4  
8 Josh Howard DAL 4  
9 Josh Smith ATL 3 Averaging 15.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 3.5 blocks over first two games.
10 John Salmons SAC 4  
11 Luol Deng CHI 4  
12 Danny Granger IND 3  
13 Caron Butler WAS 3  
14 Carmelo Anthony DEN 3  
15 Rashard Lewis ORL 3  
16 Hedo Turkoglu ORL 3  
17 Kevin Durant OKC 3  
18 Andre Iguodala PHI 3 Off to slow start offensively. Averaging 12.7 points on 38% shooting from the field over first three games.
19 Al Thornton LAC 4  
20 Mike Miller MIN 3  
21 Tayshaun Prince DET 4  
22 Tim Thomas LAC 4  
23 Matt Barnes PHO 4  
24 Richard Jefferson MIL 3  
25 Andrei Kirilenko UTA 3 Coming off the bench but showing flashes of AK47 of old. Averaging 13.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks over first two games.
26 Thabo Sefolosha CHI 4  
27 Andres Nocioni CHI 4  
28 Ryan Gomes MIN 3  
29 Mickael Pietrus ORL 3  
30 Marvin Williams ATL 3  
31 Jamario Moon TOR 3  
32 James Posey NO 3  
33 Corey Brewer MIN 3  
34 Quentin Richardson NYK 3  
35 Wilson Chandler NYK 3  

 

Power Forwards        
         
Rank Player Team Games Comment
1 Dirk Nowitzki DAL 4  
2 Kevin Garnett BOS 4  
3 Emeka Okafor CHA 4  
4 Rasheed Wallace DET 4  
5 Al Harrington GSW 4 Averaging 17.7 points/7.0 rebounds and made 11 three-pointers over first three games.
6 Shawn Marion MIA 3  
7 Elton Brand PHI 3  
8 Chris Bosh TOR 3 Jermaine O'Neal not affecting numbers at all. Averaging 26.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists over first three games.
9 David West NO 3  
10 Tim Duncan SAS 3  
11 Carlos Boozer UTA 3  
12 Drew Gooden CHI 4 Averaging 9.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks over first three games.
13 Antawn Jamison WAS 3  
14 Zach Randolph NYK 3  
15 Michael Beasley MIA 3  
16 David Lee NYK 3  
17 Jermaine O'Neal TOR 3  
18 Al Horford ATL 3  
19 Tyrus Thomas CHI 4  
20 Luis Scola HOU 4  
21 Udonis Haslem MIA 3 Starting at center and thriving. Averaging 17.7 points and 7.7 rebounds over first three games.
22 Charlie Villanueva MIL 3  
23 Travis Outlaw POR 3  
24 Thaddeus Young PHI 3  
25 Nene DEN 3  
26 Boris Diaw PHO 4  
27 Hakim Warrick MEM 4  
28 Jason Maxiell DET 4  
29 Darrell Arthur MEM 4 Starting at power forward but still in a timeshare with Warrick.
30 Brandon Bass DAL 4  
31 Amir Johnson DET 4  
32 Kenyon Martin * DEN 3 Day to day (hamstring).
33 Darko Milicic MEM 4  
34 Andrea Bargnani TOR 3  
35 Lamar Odom LAL 2 Sixth man role hurting fantasy numbers. Averaging 8.3 points and 5.7 rebounds in 25 minutes per game over first three.

 

Centers        
Rank Player Team Games Comment
1 Yao Ming HOU 4  
2 Amare Stoudemire PHO 4  
3 Andris Biedrins GSW 4 Averaging 18.0 points and 12.0 rebounds over first three games.
4 Chris Kaman LAC 4  
5 Zydrunas Ilgauskas CLE 4  
6 Dwight Howard ORL 3  
7 Al Jefferson MIN 3  
8 Shaquille O'Neal PHO 4  
9 Marcus Camby * LAC 4 Day-to-day (heel). Hopes to make debut on Monday.
10 Andrew Bogut MIL 3  
11 LaMarcus Aldridge POR 3  
12 Samuel Dalembert PHI 3  
13 Mehmet Okur UTA 3  
14 Troy Murphy IND 3  
15 Spencer Hawes SAC 4 Averaging 11.7 points, 9.7 boards and 1.7 blocks over first three. Miller (suspension) returns last this week.
16 Marc Gasol MEM 4  
17 Kendrick Perkins BOS 4  
18 Joakim Noah CHI 4  
19 Pau Gasol LAL 2  
20 Tyson Chandler* NO 3 Day-to-day (ankle)
21 Jason Thompson SAC 4 Averaging 13.3 points and 7.7 rebounds in only 21 minutes.
22 Josh Boone NJ 3  
23 Ben Wallace CLE 4  
24 Anderson Varejeo CLE 4  
25 Johan Petro OKC 3  
26 Joel Przybilla POR 3 Could be decent source for boards and blocks while Oden (foot) is out.
27 Brooke Lopez NJ 3 Averaging 9.0 points, 8.0 boards, 1.5 steals and 2.0 blocks over first two games.
28 Kevin Love MIN 3  
29 Nick Collison OKC 3  
30 Erick Dampier DAL 4  
31 DeSagana Diop DAL 4  
32 Andrew Bynum LAL 2  
33 Etan Thomas WAS 3  
34 Brad Miller* SAC 2 Eligible to play two games this week after suspension ends.
35 Rasho Nesterovic * IND 3 Day-to-day (ankle)

Article first appeared on 11/2/08