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NBA Value Meter: Fear the Durantula

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.


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.

Week 2: January 2nd - January 8th


Six Games: NONE
Five Games: ATL, MIL, OKC, SAS
Four Games: CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIN, NJ, NO, NYK, ORL, PHO, POR, SAC, TOR, UTA, WAS
Three Games: BOS, PHI
Two Games: LAC
One Game: NONE
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Point Guards
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Russell Westbrook [PG] OKC 5
2 Kyle Lowry [PG] HOU 4 Stuffing the stat sheet on a nightly basis. Averaging 13.3 points, 11.5 assists, 6.3 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.0 threes.
3 Derrick Rose [PG] CHI 4
4 Stephen Curry * [PG,SG] GSW 4 Day-to-day (ankle)
5 Deron Williams [PG] NJ 4 Forced to shoot more due to lack of talent on Nets. Averaging 16.5 points on 35% shooting from the field.
6 Brandon Jennings [PG] MIL 5 Averaging 22.7 points, 5.3 assists and 1.7 threes over first three games.
7 Tony Parker [PG] SAS 5
8 Jeff Teague [PG] ATL 5 Averaging 15.3 points, 4.7 assists, 1.3 threes and 1.3 steals.
9 Ty Lawson [PG] DEN 4
10 D.J. Augustin * [PG] CHA 4 Day-to-day (ankle). Averaging 17.7 points, 6.0 assists and 2.0 threes.
11 Steve Nash [PG] PHO 4
12 Jose Calderon [PG] TOR 4 Could see bump in minutes if Jerryd Bayless (ankle) misses time this week. Averaging 11.0 points, 8.0 assists, 1.7 threes and 1.3 steals.
13 Jarrett Jack [PG,SG] NO 4
14 Raymond Felton [PG] POR 4
15 John Wall [PG] WAS 4 Shooting 27% from the field over first three games.
16 Rajon Rondo [PG] BOS 3
17 Tyreke Evans [PG,SG] SAC 4 Shooting a dismal 43% from the field and 48% from the line.
18 Rodney Stuckey [PG,SG] DET 4
19 Andre Miller [PG] DEN 4 Productive despite coming off bench behind Ty Lawson. Averaging 12.8 points, 7.3 assists and 1.8 steals.
20 Darren Collison [PG] IND 4
21 Kyrie Ivring [PG] CLE 4
22 Ricky Rubio [PG] MIN 4 Could see bump in minutes if J.J. Barea (hamstring) misses time this week. Averaging 8.0 points, 7.3 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 28 minutes.
23 Jason Kidd [PG] DAL 4 Assists are down (4.0 apg.) but still averaging 2.5 threes and 1.8 steals.
24 Devin Harris [PG] UTA 4
25 Ramon Sessions [PG,SG] CLE 4 Newly found 3-point range increases value. Averaging 13.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.3 threes and 1.0 steals in only 23 minutes.
26 Toney Douglas [PG,SG] NYK 4
27 Chris Paul  [PG] LAC 2
28 Jrue Holiday [PG] PHI 3
29 Mike Conley, Jr. * [PG] MEM 4 Day-to-day (ankle)
30 Jameer Nelson  * [PG] ORL 4 Day-to-day (neck)
31 Luke Ridnour [PG] MIN 4
32 Mario Chalmers [PG] MIA 4
33 Norris Cole [PG] MIA 4 Decent source for points (11.0 ppg.) and steals (1.5 spg.) but could be in time-share with Mario Chalmers.
34 Brandon Knight [PG] DET 4
35 Jeremy Pargo [PG] MEM 4 Decent short-term play if Mike Conley (ankle) misses time this week.



Shooting Guards
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Joe Johnson [SG] ATL 5
2 Kobe Bryant  * [SG] LAL 4 Day-to-day (wrist).
3 Dwyane Wade * [SG] MIA 4 Day-to-day (foot).
4 James Harden [SG] OKC 5 Averaging 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.2 threes.
5 Manu Ginobili  [SG] SAS 5
6 Kevin Martin  [SG] HOU 4
7 Monta Ellis [PG,SG] GSW 4
8 Stephen Jackson [SG,SF] MIL 5 Shooting 30% from the field over first four games.
9 Marcus Thornton [SG] SAC 4
10 Wesley Matthews [SG,SF] POR 4
11 Gerald Henderson [SG,SF] CHA 4 Averaging 15.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 38 minutes per game.
12 Ben Gordon [SG] DET 4
13 DeMar DeRozan [SG,SF] TOR 4
14 Jason Terry [PG,SG] DAL 4
15 Jason Richardson [SG,SF] ORL 4
16 Jared Dudley [SG,SF] PHO 4
17 Aaron Afflalo [SG] DEN 4
18 Ray Allen  [SG] BOS 3 Averaging 20.0 points, 3.5 threes and 1.3 steals.
19 Jamal Crawford [PG,SG] POR 4
20 Mike Dunleavy [SG] MIL 5 Will most likely move to reserve role with Carlos Delfino back.
21 Tracy McGrady [SG] ATL 5
22 Richard Hamilton [SG,SF] CHI 4
23 Marco Belinelli [PG,SG] NO 4 Could see bump in minutes if Eric Gordon (knee) misses time this week. Averaging 10.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.5 threes over last two games.
24 Nick Young [SG] WAS 4 Back in the starting lineup for Wiz but could be in time-share with Jordan Crawford.
25 J.J. Redick [SG] ORL 4
26 Paul George [SG] IND 4
27 Jimmer Fredette [PG,SG] SAC 4
28 Jordan Crawford [SG] WAS 4
29 Eric Gordon * [SG] NO 4 Day-to-day (knee). Likely to miss at least one game this week.
30 Marshon Brooks [SG] NJ 4 Instant offense off of the Nets bench and could be starting soon. Averaging 18.3 points and 1.0 threes in 26 minutes over last three games.
31 Daequan Cook [SG] OKC 5 Averaging 2.4 threes per game.
32 Louis Williams [PG,SG] PHI 3 Averaging 20.3 points and 2.3 threes.
33 Leandro Barbosa [PG,SG] TOR 4 Could see bump in minutes and production if Jerryd Bayless (ankle) misses time. Averaging 14.3 points and 1.0 steals.
34 Landry Fields [SG] NYK 4
35 George Hill [PG,SG] IND 4



Small Forwards
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Kevin Durant [SG,SF] OKC 5 Averaging 27.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.2 threes, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks.
2 LeBron James [SF] MIA 4 Averaging 33.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.8 steals and 1.5 blocks.
3 Carmelo Anthony [SF] NYK 4
4 Gerald Wallace [SF,PF] POR 4
5 Rudy Gay [SG,SF] MEM 4 Averaging 10.0 rebounds over first four games.
6 Luol Deng  [SG,SF] CHI 4
7 Danny Granger [SF] IND 4
8 Marvin Williams [SF] ATL 5 Averaging 12.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.5 threes and 1.3 steals.
9 Carlos Delfino * [SG,SF] MIL 5 Back in action (wrist). Should move into starting lineup soon bumping Mike Dunleavy to the bench.
10 Hedo Turkoglu [SF,PF] ORL 4
11 Danilo Gallinari [SF] DEN 4
12 Michael Beasley [SF,PF] MIN 4
13 Corey Maggette [SF] CHA 4
14 Andre Iguodala [SG,SF] PHI 3
15 Paul Pierce * [SG,SF] BOS 3 Back in action (heel).
16 Richard Jefferson [SF] SAS 5
17 Dorell Wright [SG,SF] GSW 4 Only averaging 9.7 points and 1.0 threes.
18 Nicolas Batum [SF] POR 4
19 Trevor Ariza  [SF] NO 4
20 John Salmons [SG,SF] SAC 4
21 James Johnson [SF,PF] TOR 4 Coming off the bench behind Rasual Butler, but averaging 6.0 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 1.7 blocks in 27 minutes.
22 Rashard Lewis  [SF] WAS 4
23 Tayshaun Prince [SF] DET 4
24 Shawn Marion [SF,PF] DAL 4
25 Grant Hill   [SG,SF] PHO 4
26 Gordon Hayward [SG,SF] UTA 4
27 Chase Budinger [SG,SF] HOU 4
28 Brandon Rush [SG] GSW 4 Averaging 10.0 points, 1.3 threes, 1.8 blocks and 1.3 steals in 28 minutes.
29 Damion James [SF] NJ 4
30 CJ Miles [SG,SF] UTA 4
31 Matt Barnes [SF] LAL 4  
32 Metta World Peace [SF] LAL 4
33 Thaddeus Young [SF,PF] PHI 3
34 Caron Butler [SF] LAC 2
35 Derrick Williams [SF,PF] MIN 4



Power Forwards
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Kevin Love [PF] MIN 4
2 Josh Smith  [SF,PF] ATL 5
3 Dirk Nowitzki  [PF] DAL 4
4 LaMarcus Aldridge  [PF,C] POR 4
5 Ryan Anderson [PF] ORL 4 Averaging 19.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 threes.
6 Boris Diaw [PF,C] CHA 4 Averaging 11.7 points, 11.0 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 1.3 threes and 1.0 blocks.
7 Zach Randolph [PF] MEM 4
8 Pau Gasol  [PF,C] LAL 4
9 David Lee [PF] GSW 4
10 Chris Bosh  [PF,C] MIA 4
11 Carlos Boozer  [PF] CHI 4
12 Kris Humphries [PF] NJ 4
13 Greg Monroe [PF,C] DET 4
14 Luis Scola [SF,PF] HOU 4
15 Tim Duncan [PF,C] SAS 5 Only averaging 9.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 22 minutes.
16 Carl Landry [SF,PF] NO 4
17 Paul Millsap [SF,PF] UTA 4 Back in starting lineup moving Derrick Favors to the bench.
18 David West [PF] IND 4 Averaging 12.3 points and 8.3 rebounds but only shooting 37% from the field.
19 Channing Frye [PF,C] PHO 4
20 Antawn Jamison [PF] CLE 4
21 Al Harrington  [SF,PF] DEN 4 Averaging 16.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.8 threes in only 24 minutes a game.
22 Andray Blatche [PF] WAS 4
23 Kevin Garnett [PF] BOS 3
24 Elton Brand  [PF] PHI 3
25 Blake Griffin [PF] LAC 2
26 Tyler Hansbrough [PF] IND 4 Averaging 12.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in only 28 minutes.
27 Jonas Jerebko [PF] DET 4 Minutes and production could decrease with Charlie Villanueva (suspension) back.
28 Ersan Ilyasova [SF,PF] MIL 5
29 Amir Johnson [PF,C] TOR 4
30 Chuck Hayes [PF,C] SAC 4
31 Derrick Favors [PF] UTA 4
32 Brandon Bass [PF] BOS 3
33 Udonis Haslem [PF] MIA 4
34 Lamar Odom   [PF] DAL 4 Struggling to find his groove in Dallas. Only averaging 4.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in 19 minutes.
35 Josh Harrellson [PF,C] NYK 4 Could be decent short-term play if Amare Stoudemire (ankle) misses time this week. Put up 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 threes in first start on Saturday.



Centers
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Dwight Howard [C] ORL 4 Averaging 17.0 points, 17.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks.
2 Al Horford [PF,C] ATL 5
3 Andrew Bogut [C] MIL 5
4 Serge Ibaka [PF,C] OKC 5
5 Andrew Bynum  [C] LAL 4
6 Marc Gasol [C] MEM 4 Averaging 16.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks.
7 Al Jefferson  [PF,C] UTA 4 Day-to-day (ankle).
8 Andrea Bargnani  [PF,C] TOR 4
9 Nene [PF,C] DEN 4
10 JaVale McGee [PF,C] WAS 4
11 Roy Hibbert [C] IND 4
12 Anderson Varejeo [PF,C] CLE 4 Averaging 12.7 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals.
13 Joakim Noah [C] CHI 4 Only averaging 0.8 blocks through first four games.
14 DeMarcus Cousins [C] SAC 4 Averaging 13.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks but only shooting 32% from the field.
15 Tyson Chandler [C] NYK 4
16 Amare Stoudemire * [C] NYK 4 Day-to-day (ankle).
17 DeJuan Blair [PF,C] SAS 5 Averaging 16.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in only 24 minutes a game.
18 Marcin Gortat * [C] PHO 4 Day-to-day (thumb).
19 Spencer Hawes [C] PHI 3 Averaging 12.0 points, 12.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.3 steals.
20 Timofey Mozgov [C] DEN 5
21 Kendrick Perkins [C] OKC 5
22 Marcus Camby [C] POR 4  Averaging 11.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks.
23 Mehmet Okur [C] NJ 4
24 Emeka Okafor [PF,C] NO 4
25 Tiago Splitter [PF,C] SAS 5
26 Nazr Mohammed [C] OKC 5
27 Chris Kaman [C] NO 4
28 Samuel Dalembert  [C] HOU 4 Averaging 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in only 20 minutes. Should be starting over Jordan Hill soon.
29 Brendan Haywood  [C] DAL 4
30 DeAndre Jordan [C] LAC 2
31 Darko Milicic [PF,C] MIN 4
32 Robin Lopez [C] PHO 4
33 Ed Davis [PF] TOR 4
34 Andris Biedrins [C] GSW 4
35 Jordan Hill [PF,C] HOU 4