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NBA Weekly Player Rankings: The Black Mamba Strikes Again

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.


NBA VALUE METER - WEEK 4

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 4: January 16th - January 22nd

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


Point Guards
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Kyle Lowry [PG] HOU 4 Averaging 21.5 points, 8.3 assists, 8.0 rebounds, 2.3 threes and 2.0 steals over last five games.
2 Derrick Rose [PG] CHI 4  
3 Rajon Rondo [PG] BOS 4  
4 Deron Williams [PG] NJ 4  
5 Chris Paul  * [PG] LAC 5 Day-to-day (hamstring). Could miss some time this week.
6 Ricky Rubio [PG] MIN 4 Move to starting lineup increases value. Averaging 13.2 points, 10.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 steals over last five games.
7 Tyreke Evans [PG,SG] SAC 4  
8 Ty Lawson [PG] DEN 4  
9 Kyrie Ivring [PG] CLE 4 Averaging 20.4 points, 4.8 assists, 1.2 threes and 1.0 steals in only 28 minutes over last five games.
10 Brandon Jennings [PG] MIL 4 Averaging 18.7 points, 5.3 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.8 threes for the season.
11 Tony Parker [PG] SAS 4 Averaging 23.3 points and 8.3 assists on 54% shooting from the field over last three games.
12 Jarrett Jack [PG,SG] NO 4  
13 John Wall [PG] WAS 4  
14 Jose Calderon [PG] TOR 4  
15 Mike Conley, Jr. [PG] MEM 4  
16 D.J. Augustin [PG] CHA 4  
17 Jrue Holiday [PG] PHI 4  
18 Raymond Felton [PG] POR 4  
19 Jeff Teague [PG] ATL 4  
20 Brandon Knight [PG] DET 4 Could stay in starting lineup even with Rodney Stuckey back. Averaging 15.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.8 threes in 37 minutes over last five games.
21 Russell Westbrook [PG] OKC 3  
22 Steve Nash * [PG] PHO 3 Day-to-day (back).
23 Stephen Curry * [PG,SG] GSW 3 Day-to-day (ankle) . Expected to return this week.
24 Mario Chalmers [PG] MIA 4 No longer in a time-share with Norris Cole. Averaging 13.3 points, 2.7 threes and 1.6 steals in 35 minutes over last three games.
25 Jameer Nelson  [PG] ORL 4  
26 Maurice Williams [PG,SG] LAC 5 Day-to-day (foot).
27 Derek Fisher [PG,SG] LAL 4  
28 Andre Miller [PG] DEN 4  
29 Jason Kidd * [PG] DAL 4 Back in action (back).
30 Luke Ridnour [PG] MIN 4 Could retain some value even with Ricky Rubio starting at point guard. Averaging 13.6 points, 1.4 threes and 1.2 steals in 35 minutes over last five games.
31 Rodney Stuckey [PG,SG] DET 4  
32 Darren Collison [PG] IND 3 .
33 Ramon Sessions [PG,SG] CLE 4  
34 Devin Harris [PG] UTA 3 Averaging 5.6 points and 5.2 assists on 26% shooting from the field over last five games.
35 Nate Robinson [PG,SG] GSW 3 Averaging 16.6 points and 2.3 steals in 33 minutes over last three games but production will most likely decrease with Stephen Curry due back this week.


Shooting Guards
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Kobe Bryant  [SG] LAL 4 Averaging 39.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.6 threes on 50% shooting from the field over last five games.
2 Chauncey Billups [PG] LAC 5  
3 Joe Johnson [SG] ATL 4 Scoring could increase with Al Horford (shoulder) out for the year. Averaging 24.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.5 threes over last two games.
4 Kevin Martin  [SG] HOU 4  
5 Monta Ellis [PG,SG] GSW 3  
6 Dwyane Wade * [SG] MIA 4 Day-to-day (ankle). Could miss some time this week.
7 Ray Allen  [SG] BOS 4  
8 Wesley Matthews [SG,SF] POR 4  
9 Jason Terry [PG,SG] DAL 4  
10 Gerald Henderson [SG,SF] CHA 4  
11 Anthony Morrow  [SG,SF] NJ 4 Averaging 16.4 points and 3.6 threes over last five games.
12 Kemba Walker [PG,SG] CHA 4 Move to starting lineup increases value. Put up 23 points, five assists, two steals and two threes in 39 minutes in first start.
13 Ben Gordon [SG] DET 4  
14 DeMar DeRozan [SG,SF] TOR 4  
15 Marcus Thornton * [SG] SAC 4 Back in action (thigh).
16 Louis Williams [PG,SG] PHI 4 Averaging 14.6 points and 1.6 threes in 24 minutes over last five games.
17 Marshon Brooks [SG] NJ 4  
18 Nick Young [SG] WAS 4  
19 Leandro Barbosa [PG,SG] TOR 4 Averaging 16.8 points and 1.2 threes in 26 minutes over last five games.
20 Aaron Afflalo [SG] DEN 4  
21 J.J. Redick [SG] ORL 4 Could see bump in minute and production if Jason Richardson (knee) misses time this week. Averaging 12.2 points and 1.3 threes in 26 minutes this season.
22 Rudy Fernandez [SG,SF] DEN 4 Averaging 13.8 points, 2.2 threes and 1.8 steals in 28 minutes over last four games.
23 Kawhi Leonard [SG,SF] SAS 4 Started last two games at shooing guard over Gary Neal. Averaging 12.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals over last five games.
24 James Harden [SG] OKC 3  
25 Jason Richardson * [SG,SF] ORL 4 Day-to-day (knee).
26 Tony Allen [SG] MEM 4  
27 Iman Shumpert [PG,SG] NYK 4  
28 Jamal Crawford  [PG,SG] POR 4  
29 Marco Belinelli [PG,SG] NO 4  
30 Paul George [SG] IND 3  
31 Jared Dudley [SG,SF] PHO 3  
32 Landry Fields [SG] NYK 4 Value goes down if move to reserve role is permanent.
33 Jodie Meeks [SG] PHI 4  
34 George Hill [PG,SG] IND 3  
35 Evan Turner * [SG,SF] PHI 4 Day-to-day (quad).


Small Forwards
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 LeBron James [SF] MIA 4  
2 Andre Iguodala [SG,SF] PHI 4  
3 Luol Deng  [SG,SF] CHI 4  
4 Danilo Gallinari [SF] DEN 4 Averaging 21.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.6 threes over last five games.
5 Stephen Jackson [SG,SF] MIL 4 Averaging 22.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.3 threes and 1.7 steals over last three games.
6 Kevin Durant [SG,SF] OKC 3  
7 Caron Butler [SF] LAC 5  
8 Rudy Gay [SG,SF] MEM 4  
9 Gerald Wallace [SF,PF] POR 4  
10 Paul Pierce [SG,SF] BOS 4  
11 Hedo Turkoglu [SF,PF] ORL 4  
12 Nicolas Batum [SF] POR 4 Could be biggest beneficiary of injury to Marcus Camby. Played 41 minutes on Saturday and scored 29 points (six 3's).
13 Richard Jefferson [SF] SAS 4 Tied for the league lead in 3's made. Averaging 12.6 points and 3.0 threes this season.
14 Carlos Delfino [SG,SF] MIL 4  
15 Danny Granger [SF] IND 3  
16 Carmelo Anthony * [SF] NYK 4 Day-to-day (ankle).
17 Matt Barnes [SF] LAL 4  
18 John Salmons [SG,SF] SAC 4  
19 Thaddeus Young [SF,PF] PHI 4  
20 Dorell Wright [SG,SF] GSW 3 Averaging 16.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 threes over last two games.
21 Derrick Williams [SF,PF] MIN 4  
22 Shawn Marion [SF,PF] DAL 4  
23 Kyle Korver [SG,SF] CHI 4  
24 Chandler Parsons [SF] HOU 4  
25 Tayshaun Prince [SF] DET 4  
26 Marvin Williams * [SF] ATL 4 Back in action (ankle).
27 Rashard Lewis  [SF] WAS 4  
28 Wesley Johnson [SG,SF] MIN 4  
29 Josh Howard [SF] UTA 3 Averaging 13.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals over last three games.
30 Brandon Rush [SG] GSW 3  
31 Gordon Hayward [SG,SF] UTA 3  
32 Grant Hill   [SG,SF] PHO 3  
33 CJ Miles [SG,SF] UTA 3  
34 James Johnson * [SF,PF] TOR 4 Day-to-day (ankle).
35 Bill Walker [SG,SF] NYK 4 Could get some spot starts this week if Carmelo Anthony (ankle) misses time.


Power Forwards
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Blake Griffin [PF] LAC 5  
2 Kevin Love [PF] MIN 4  
3 Josh Smith  [SF,PF] ATL 4 Will have to do more with Al Horford out for the year. Averaging 21.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 2.0 steals over last five games.
4 LaMarcus Aldridge  [PF,C] POR 4  
5 Greg Monroe [PF,C] DET 4 Averaging 25.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steals over last two games.
6 Pau Gasol  [PF,C] LAL 4  
7 Ryan Anderson [PF] ORL 4  
8 Chris Bosh  [PF,C] MIA 4 Could see bump in scoring this week if Dwyane Wade (ankle) misses time.
9 Dirk Nowitzki  [PF] DAL 4 Only averaging 13.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in 28 minutes over last five games.
10 Antawn Jamison [PF] CLE 4  
11 Kris Humphries [PF] NJ 4  
12 Elton Brand  [PF] PHI 4  
13 Carlos Boozer  [PF] CHI 4  
14 Luis Scola [SF,PF] HOU 4  
15 Kevin Garnett [PF] BOS 4  
16 Tim Duncan [PF,C] SAS 4  
17 David Lee [PF] GSW 3 Averaging 19.6 points, 13.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals on 57% shooting from the field over last five games.
18 Paul Millsap [SF,PF] UTA 3  
19 Channing Frye [PF,C] PHO 3 Averaging 15.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.8 threes over last four games.
20 Tyrus Thomas  * [SF,PF] CHA 4 Day-to-day (ankle).
21 Boris Diaw [PF,C] CHA 4 Value goes down if move to reserve role is permanent.
22 Jonas Jerebko [PF] DET 4  
23 Udonis Haslem [PF] MIA 4 Averaging 10.6 points and 10.4 rebounds over last five games.
24 Al Harrington  [SF,PF] DEN 4  
25 Amir Johnson [PF,C] TOR 4  
26 David West [PF] IND 3  
27 J.J. Hickson [PF] SAC 4  
28 Marreese Speights [PF,C] MEM 4  
29 Brandon Bass [PF] BOS 4  
30 Trevor Booker [PF] WAS 4 Decent source for rebounds with Andray Blatche out indefinitely. Averaging 8.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steals in 27 minutes over last five games.
31 Carl Landry [SF,PF] NO 4 Only averaging 11.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in 27 minutes over last five games.
32 Tyler Hansbrough [PF] IND 3  
33 Derrick Favors [PF] UTA 3  
34 Markieff Morris [PF] PHO 3 Averaging 8.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.6 threes and 1.2 steals in 24 minutes over last five games.
35 Reggie Evans [PF] LAC 5 Rebounding machine averaging 7.2 rebounds in only 19 minutes over last four games.

Centers
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Dwight Howard [C] ORL 4 Averaging 23.8 points, 15.0 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.2 steals over last five games.
2 Marc Gasol [C] MEM 4 Averaging 14.6 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 3.8 blocks and 1.0 steals over last five games.
3 JaVale McGee [PF,C] WAS 4 Averaging 12.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.2 blocks this season.
4 Andrew Bynum  [C] LAL 4 Shooting 53% from the line this season.
5 DeMarcus Cousins [C] SAC 4 Averaging 14.0 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in only 28 minutes over last five games.
6 Amare Stoudemire [C] NYK 4  
7 DeAndre Jordan [C] LAC 5  
8 Marcin Gortat [C] PHO 4  
9 Nene [PF,C] DEN 4  
10 Samuel Dalembert  [C] HOU 4 Move to starting lineup increases value. Averaging 13.5 points, 14.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks over last two games.
11 Tyson Chandler [C] NYK 4  
12 Anderson Varejeo [PF,C] CLE 4  
13 Spencer Hawes [C] PHI 4  
14 Joakim Noah [C] CHI 4  
15 Byron Mullens [PF,C] CHA 4 Starting at center for the Bobcats. Averaging 18.5 points and 7.0 rebounds over last four games.
16 Andrew Bogut * [C] MIL 4 Day-to-day (concussion). Expected to play on Monday.
17 Al Jefferson  [PF,C] UTA 3  
18 Roy Hibbert [C] IND 3  
19 Andrea Bargnani  * [PF,C] TOR 4 Day-to-day (calf).
20 Chris Kaman [C] NO 4  
21 Emeka Okafor [PF,C] NO 4  
22 Timofey Mozgov [C] DEN 5  
23 Mehmet Okur [C] NJ 4  
24 Zaza Pachulia  [C] ATL 4 Starting at center for the Hawks with Al Horford out for the year.
25 Serge Ibaka [PF,C] OKC 3 Minutes are down (24 mpg) but still averaging 5.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks this season.
26 Brendan Haywood  [C] DAL 4  
27 DeJuan Blair [PF,C] SAS 4  
28 Tiago Splitter [PF,C] SAS 4  
29 Jermaine O'Neal [PF,C] BOS 4  
30 Darko Milicic [PF,C] MIN 4  
31 Ed Davis [PF] TOR 4 Could see bump in minutes and production if Andrea Bargnani (calf) misses time this week. Averaging 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks over last five games.
32 Jordan Hill [PF,C] HOU 4  
33 Kendrick Perkins [C] OKC 3  
34 Andris Biedrins [C] GSW 3  
35 Marcus Camby * [C] POR 4 Day-to-day (ankle).