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NBA Value Meter: The Buck Stops Here

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.


NBA VALUE METER - WEEK 18

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 18: April 23rd - April 26th

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



Point Guards
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Brandon Jennings [PG] MIL 3 Averaging 23.6 points, 6.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 threes over last five games.
2 Tony Parker [PG] SAS 3
3 John Wall [PG] WAS 3
4 Jrue Holiday [PG] PHI 3
5 Kyrie Ivring * [PG] CLE 3 Back in action (shoulder).
6 Chris Paul [PG] LAC 2
7 Russell Westbrook [PG] OKC 2 Could play major minutes this week if OKC is still fighting for best record in the West.
8 Steve Nash [PG] PHO 2
9 Kemba Walker [PG,SG] CHA 3 Averaging 12.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.0 threes in 31 minutes over last five games.
10 Derrick Rose * [PG] CHI 2 Back in action (foot/ankle).
11 Mike Conley, Jr. [PG] MEM 2
12 Jameer Nelson [PG] ORL 2
13 Ty Lawson [PG] DEN 2
14 George Hill [PG,SG] IND 2 Starter at point guard despite the return of Darren Collison. Averaging 13.6 points, 5.4 assists and 1.4 threes over last five games.
15 Brandon Knight [PG] DET 2
16 Greivis Vasquez [PG,SG] NO 2
17 Isaiah Thomas [PG] SAC 2
18 Devin Harris [PG] UTA 2
19 Jeff Teague [PG] ATL 2
20 Rajon Rondo [PG] BOS 2 Could get rested this week.
21 Andre Miller [PG] DEN 2
22 Mario Chalmers [PG] MIA 2
23 Sundiata Gaines [PG] NJ 2 Averaging 13.3 points, 5.3 assists, 2.0 threes and 1.6 steals over last three games.
24 Charles Jenkins [PG] GSW 2
25 Donald Sloan [PG] CLE 3
26 Darren Collison [PG] IND 2
27 Rodney Stuckey [PG,SG] DET 2
28 Goran Dragic [PG,SG] HOU 1
29 Jose Juan Barea [PG,SG] MIN 1
30 Maurice Williams [PG,SG] LAC 2
31 Baron Davis [PG] NYK 2
32 C.J. Watson [PG] CHI 2
33 Ben Uzoh [PG] TOR 2 Decent play for boards and assists with Jose Calderon out this week. Averaging 5.0 assists and 7.5 rebounds in 33.5 minutes over last two games.
34 Nolan Smith [PG] POR 2 Averaging 12.6 points and 3.7 assists in 36 minutes over last three games.
35 Deron Williams * [PG] NJ 2 Probably won't play this week (calf).

Shooting Guards
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Monta Ellis [PG,SG] MIL 3
2 Jordan Crawford [SG] WAS 3 Averaging 16.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists over last five games.
3 Gerald Henderson [SG,SF] CHA 3 Averaging 21.6 points over last five games.
4 Manu Ginobili [SG] SAS 3 Could play all three games this week if Spurs are fighting for best record in the West.
5 Klay Thompson [SG,SF] GSW 2 Averaging 24.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 2.4 threes over last five games.
6 Eric Gordon [SG] NO 2
7 James Harden [SG] OKC 2
8 Joe Johnson [SG] ATL 2
9 Avery Bradley [PG,SG] BOS 2 Averaging 21.6 points, 2.4 threes and 1.2 steals in 37 minutes over last five games.
10 Louis Williams [PG,SG] PHI 3
11 Tyreke Evans [PG,SG] SAC 2
12 Wesley Matthews [SG,SF] POR 2
13 DeMar DeRozan [SG,SF] TOR 2
14 Marshon Brooks [SG] NJ 2 Averaging 16.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists over last five games.
15 J.R. Smith [SG] NYK 2
16 Aaron Afflalo [SG] DEN 2
17 Paul George [SG] IND 2
18 Gary Neal [SG] SAS 3
19 Anthony Parker [SG] CLE 3
20 Manny Harris [SG] CLE 3 Averaging 12.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 threes in 25 minutes over last five games.
21 Randy Foye [PG,SG] LAC 2
22 Richard Hamilton [SG,SF] CHI 2 Averaging 16.4 points and 1.4 threes in 27 minutes over last five games.
23 Jason Richardson [SG,SF] ORL 2
24 J.J. Redick [SG] ORL 2
25 O.J. Mayo [SG] MEM 2
26 Kobe Bryant [SG] LAL 1
27 Danny Green [SG] SAS 3
28 Jodie Meeks [SG] PHI 3
29 Shannon Brown [SG] PHO 2
30 Iman Shumpert [PG,SG] NYK 2
31 Jared Dudley [SG,SF] PHO 2
32 Jamal Crawford [PG,SG] POR 2
33 Ben Gordon [SG] DET 2
34 Steve Novak [SG] NYK 2
35 Dwyane Wade * [SG] MIA 2 Day-to-day (finger).

Small Forwards
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Kevin Durant [SG,SF] OKC 2 Could play major minutes this week if OKC is still fighting for best record in the West.
2 Andre Iguodala [SG,SF] PHI 3
3 Danny Granger [SF] IND 2 Averaging 19.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.2 threes over last five games.
4 Carmelo Anthony [SF] NYK 2
5 LeBron James [SF] MIA 2
6 Rudy Gay [SG,SF] MEM 2
7 Luol Deng [SG,SF] CHI 2
8 Gordon Hayward [SG,SF] UTA 2
9 Gerald Wallace [SF,PF] NJ 2 Averaging 19.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.0 threes over last two games.
10 Luke Babbitt [SG,SF] POR 2 Averaging 14.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.6 threes in 38 minutes over last three games.
11 Danilo Gallinari [SF] DEN 2
12 Paul Pierce [SG,SF] BOS 2
13 Mike Dunleavy [SG,SF] MIL 3
14 Carlos Delfino [SG,SF] MIL 3
15 Thaddeus Young [SF,PF] PHI 3
16 Derrick Brown [SF,PF] CHA 3 Averaging 13.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 35 minutes over last five games.
17 Kawhi Leonard [SG,SF] SAS 3
18 Stephen Jackson [SG,SF] SAS 3
19 Evan Turner [SG,SF] PHI 3
20 Cartier Martin [SG,SF] WAS 3 Put up 22 points (four 3's) in last game (38 minutes off the bench).
21 Dorell Wright [SG,SF] GSW 2
22 Brandon Rush [SG,SF] GSW 2
23 Caron Butler [SF] LAC 2
24 Al-Farouq Aminu [SF] NO 2 Averaging 10.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.2 steals over last five games.
25 Tayshaun Prince [SF] DET 2
26 Mike Miller [SG,SF] MIA 2 Could get extra minutes if LeBron is rested this week.
27 Richard Jefferson [SF] GSW 2
28 Gerald Green [SG,SF] NJ 2
29 Linus Kleiza [SG,SF] TOR 2
30 Anthony Morrow [SG,SF] NJ 2
31 Terrence Williams [SF] SAC 2
32 Marvin Williams [SF] ATL 2
33 CJ Miles [SG,SF] UTA 2
34 Alan Anderson [SF] TOR 2 Averaging 13.6 points and 1.8 threes in 34 minutes over last five games.
35 Omri Casspi [SG,SF] CLE 3

Power Forwards
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Tim Duncan [PF,C] SAS 3 Could play all three games this week if Spurs are fighting for best record in the West. Averaging 18.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 24 minutes over last five games.
2 Antawn Jamison [PF] CLE 3
3 Elton Brand [PF] PHI 3
4 Ersan Ilyasova [SF,PF] MIL 3
5 Drew Gooden [PF,C] MIL 3
6 Paul Millsap [SF,PF] UTA 2
7 David West [PF] IND 2 Averaging 19.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.0 steals over last five games.
8 Greg Monroe [PF,C] DET 2
9 Kris Humphries [PF] NJ 2
10 Glen Davis [PF,C] ORL 2
11 Blake Griffin [PF] LAC 2
12 Josh Smith [SF,PF] ATL 2
13 Ryan Anderson PF ORL 2
14 Kenneth Faried [PF] DEN 2 Averaging 10.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 steals in 24 minutes over last five games.
15 Carlos Boozer [PF] CHI 2
16 Kevin Garnett [PF] BOS 2
17 Chris Bosh [PF,C] MIA 2
18 Jan Vesely [SF,PF] WAS 3 Averaging 6.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals in 26 minutes over last five games.
19 Zach Randolph [PF] MEM 2
20 Brandon Bass [PF] BOS 2
21 Dirk Nowitzki [PF] DAL 1
22 Pau Gasol [PF,C] LAL 1
23 Kevin Love * [PF] MIN 1 Could play this week (concussion).
24 Derrick Favors [PF] UTA 2
25 Jason Thompson [PF,C] SAC 2
26 Matt Bonner [PF,C] SAS 3
27 Luc Mbah a Moute [SF,PF] MIL 3
28 Boris Diaw [PF,C] SAS 3
29 James Singleton [PF] WAS 3 Averaging 7.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steals in 19 minutes over last five games.
30 Carl Landry [SF,PF] NO 2 Averaging 14.2 points and 7.4 rebounds in 26 minutes over last five games.
31 Markieff Morris [PF] PHO 2 Could see bump in production if Channing Frye misses time this week.
32 Udonis Haslem [PF] MIA 2
33 Al Harrington [SF,PF] DEN 2
34 Marreese Speights [PF,C] MEM 2
35 Charlie Villanueva [PF] DET 2 Averaging 10.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.5 threes in 21 minutes over last five games.
Centers
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Al Jefferson [PF,C] UTA 2
2 DeMarcus Cousins [C] SAC 2 Averaging 19.8 points, 11.4 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 steals over last five games.
3 Serge Ibaka [PF,C] OKC 2
4 Marcin Gortat [C] PHO 2
5 Kevin Seraphin [C] WAS 3 Averaging 15.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks over last five games.
6 Bismack Biyombo [PF,C] CHA 3 Averaging 7.6 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks over last five games.
7 Tristan Thompson [PF,C] CLE 3
8 Marc Gasol [C] MEM 2
9 Roy Hibbert [C] IND 2
10 Amare Stoudemire * [C] NYK 2 Back in action (knee).
11 Tyson Chandler [C] NYK 2
12 Joakim Noah [C] CHI 2
13 J.J. Hickson [PF,C] POR 2
14 Byron Mullens [PF,C] CHA 3
15 Spencer Hawes [C] PHI 3
16 DeJuan Blair [PF,C] SAS 3
17 Tiago Splitter [PF,C] SAS 3
18 Nene [PF,C] WAS 3 Expected to play limited minutes backing up Kevin Seraphin. Averaging 12.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 19.5 minutes over last two games.
19 DeAndre Jordan [C] LAC 2
20 Andrew Bynum [C] LAL 1
21 Ivan Johnson [PF,C] ATL 2 Averaging 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 29 minutes over last five games.
22 Jeremy Tyler [C] GSW 2 Averaging 10.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 28 minutes over last five games.
23 Kendrick Perkins [C] OKC 2
24 Ekpe Udoh [PF,C] MIL 3
25 Nikola Vucevic C PHI 3
26 Greg Stiemsma [C] BOS 2
27 Jason Maxiell [PF,C] DET 2
28 Amir Johnson [PF,C] TOR 2
29 Ed Davis [PF] TOR 2
30 JaVale McGee [PF,C] DEN 2
31 Kosta Koufos [C] DEN 2
32 Jordan Williams [PF,C] NJ 2
33 Aaron Gray [C] TOR 2
34 Nikola Pekovic [C] MIN 1
35 Marcus Camby [C] HOU 1