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Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

NBA VALUE METER - WEEK 11

This is our weekly cheat sheet based on our player's projected output and number of games. It assumes an eight-category 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 11: January 7th - January 13th

Four Games: ATL, CHI, CLE, DAL, HOU, IND, LAL, MEM, MIL, MIN, NO, NYK, OKC, PHO, POR, SAS, UTA
Three Games: BKN, BOS, CHA, DEN, GSW, MIA, ORL, PHI, SAC, TOR
Two Games: DET, LAC, WAS
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Point Guards
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Russell Westbrook [PG] OKC 4 Averaging 24.2 points, 8.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.6 threes over last five games.
2 Kyrie Ivring [PG] CLE 4
3 Greivis Vasquez [PG,SG] NO 4 Averaging 18.6 points,11.0 assists, 6.4 rebounds, 1.6 threes and 1.0 steals over last five games.
4 Brandon Jennings [PG] MIL 4
5 Goran Dragic [PG] PHO 4 Averaging 17.3 points, 8.0 assists, 1.3 blocks, 1.0 steals and 1.0 threes over last five games.
6 Damian Lillard [PG] POR 4
7 Tony Parker [PG] SAS 4
8 Steve Nash [PG] LAL 4
9 Jeremy Lin [PG] HOU 4
10 George Hill [PG,SG] IND 4
11 Mike Conley [PG] MEM 4 Averaging 11.0 points on 31% shooting from the field over last five games.
12 Darren Collison [PG] DAL 4
13 Jameer Nelson [PG] ORL 3 Averaging 30.5 points, 6.0 assists and 5.5 threes over last two games.
14 Stephen Curry [PG] GSW 3
15 Jrue Holiday [PG] PHI 3
16 Deron Williams [PG] BKN 3 Still struggling with his shot but playing better under P.J. Carlesimo. Averaging 16.2 points, 7.6 assists, 4.4 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.6 threes over last five games.
17 Rajon Rondo [PG] BOS 3
18 Jeff Teague [PG] ATL 4
19 Kyle Lowry [PG] TOR 3 Splitting minutes with Jose Calderon but still producing. Averaging 14.3 points, 6.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.8 threes in 25 minutes over last four games.
20 Chris Paul [PG] LAC 2
21 Kemba Walker [PG] CHA 3
22 Ty Lawson [PG] DEN 3
23 Jarrett Jack [PG,SG] GSW 3
24 Jose Calderon [PG] TOR 3 Timeshare with Kyle Lowry is hurting value. Averaging 7.4 points, 8.4 assists and 1.2 threes in 26 minutes over last five games.
25 Jason Kidd [PG,SG] NYK 4
26 J.J. Barea� [PG] MIN 4 Averaging 15.5 points, 6.0 assists and 2.0 threes over last two games, but minutes could decrease with Ricky Rubio back.
27 Ricky Rubio [PG] MIN 4 Back in action (back spasms) but still on minutes restriction.
28 Kirk Hinrich [PG,SG] CHI 4 Averaging 8.5 points, 8.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.5 threes in 30 minutes over last two games.
29 Luke Ridnour [PG,SG] MIN 4
30 Jamaal Tinsley [PG] UTA 4 Decent play for assists with Mo Williams (thumb) out indefinitely. Averaging 5.8 assists and 1.2 steals in 24 minutes over last five games.
31 Andre Miller [PG,SG] DEN 3
32 Mario Chalmers [PG] MIA 3
33 Ramon Sessions [PG,SG] CHA 3
34 Isaiah Thomas [PG] SAC 3
35 Aaron Brooks [PG] SAC 3



Shooting Guards
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Kobe Bryant [SG] LAL 4
2 James Harden [SG,SF] HOU 4
3 Paul George [SG,SF] IND 4
4 Monta Ellis [PG,SG] MIL 4 Averaging 19.0 points, 7.2 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.4 threes over last five games.
5 Lou Williams [PG,SG] ATL 4 Averaging 19.2 points, 6.0 assists, 3.4 threes and 1.0 steals over last five games.
6 J.R. Smith [SG,SF] NYK 4
7 Wesley Matthews [SG,SF] POR 4 Averaging 23.5 points and 5.0 threes over last two games.
8 O.J. Mayo [SG] DAL 4 Shot attempts could go down with Dirk Nowitzki back in the starting lineup.
9 Dwyane Wade [PG,SG] MIA 3
10 Andre Iguodala [SG,SF] DEN 3
11 Joe Johnson [SG,SF] BKN 3
12 Eric Gordon [SG] NO 4 No back-to-back games this week so Gordon might play in all four games. Averaging 16.3 points, 1.3 steals and 1.0 threes in last three games.
13 Alexey Shved [PG,SG] MIN 4
14 Manu Ginobili [SG,SF] SAS 4
15 Vince Carter [SG] DAL 4 Averaging 15.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.6 threes and 1.0 steals in 30 minutes over last five games.
16 CJ Miles [SG,SF] CLE 4 Averaging 16.4 points and 3.2 threes in 30 minutes over last five games.
17 Kevin Martin [SG] OKC 4
18 DeMar DeRozan [SG,SF] TOR 3 Averaging career highs in points (18.3), rebounds (4.0), steals (1.2) and free throw percentage (82%).
19 Aaron Afflalo [SG,SF] ORL 3
20 Klay Thompson [SG,SF] GSW 3
21 Gerald Henderson [SG,SF] CHA 3 Averaging 17.3 points and 2.3 threes in 33 minutes over last three games.
22 J.J. Redick [SG] ORL 3
23 Dion Waiters [SG] CLE 4 Move to reserve role lowers value a bit. Averaging 13.0 points (36% shooting from the field) in 29 minutes over last five games.
24 Danny Green [SG,SF] SAS 4
25 Randy Foye [PG,SG] UTA 4
26 Gary Neal [PG,SG] SAS 4 Averaging 10.3 points, 1.3 steals and 1.3 threes over last three games.
27 Jodie Meeks [SG] LAL 4
28 Ben Gordon [SG] CHA 3 Averaging 16.5 points and 1.0 steals in only 23 minutes over last four games.
29 Jason Richardson [SG,SF] PHI 3
30 Jason Terry [PG,SG] BOS 3
31 Jordan Crawford [PG,SG] WAS 2
32 Bradley Beal [SG] WAS 2 Averaging 17.0 points, 1.6 threes and 1.0 steals in 35 minutes over last five games.
33 Ray Allen [SG] MIA 3 Averaging 12.3 points and 2.3 threes over last three games.
34 Terrence Ross [SG] TOR 3 Averaging 15.0 points and 3.7 threes in 22 minutes over last three games.
35 Tyreke Evans * [SG,SF] SAC 3 Day-to-day (knee). Expected to return this week.



Small Forwards
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Kevin Durant [SF] OKC 4
2 Carmelo Anthony [SF,PF] NYK 4
3 Nicolas Batum [SG,SF] POR 4
4 Rudy Gay [SF,PF] MEM 4
5 LeBron James * [SF,PF] MIA 3 Day-to-day (knee).
6 Luol Deng [SF] CHI 4
7 Andrei Kirilenko [SF,PF] MIN 4
8 Chandler Parsons [SF,PF] HOU 4
9 Paul Pierce [SF] BOS 3
10 Danilo Gallinari [SF] DEN 3 Averaging 20.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.0 threes over last five games.
11 Evan Turner [SG,SF] PHI 3
12 Gerald Wallace [SF,PF] BKN 3
13 Metta World Peace [SF,PF] LAL 4
14 Shawn Marion [SF,PF] DAL 4
15 Jared Dudley [SG,SF] PHO 4
16 Kawhi Leonard [SG,SF] SAS 4
17 Kyle Korver [SG,SF] ATL 4
18 Mike Dunleavy [SG,SF] MIL 4
19 Gordon Hayward [SG,SF] UTA 4
20 Carlos Delfino [SG,SF] HOU 4
21 Alonzo Gee [SG,SF] CLE 4
22 Al-Farouq Aminu [SF] NO 4 Back in starting lineup and producing. Averaging 9.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 35 minutes over last two games.
23 Marvin Williams [SF] UTA 4
24 John Salmons [SG,SF] SAC 3 Averaging 14.6 points and 1.8 threes in 32 minutes over last five games but minutes could take a hit with Tyreke Evans (knee) expected back this week.
25 Corey Brewer [SG,SF] DEN 3
26 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist [SF] CHA 3
27 Alan Anderson [SG,SF] TOR 3 Averaging 12.6 points, 1.4 steals and 1.8 threes in 24 minutes over last five games.
28 Nick Young [SG,SF] PHI 3 Averaging 12.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 33 minutes over last five games.
29 Harrison Barnes [SF] GSW 3 Averaging 11.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.0 threes in only 21 minutes over last five games.
30 Jeff Green [SF,PF] BOS 3
31 Dorell Wright [SG,SF] PHI 3
32 Steve Novak [SF,PF] NYK 4
33 Luc Mbah a Moute [SF,PF] MIL 4
34 James Johnson [SF,PF] SAC 3 Averaging 6.8 points, 2.4 blocks and 1.0 steals in 22 minutes over last five games.
35 Hedo Turkoglu [SF,PF] ORL 3



Power Forwards
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Josh Smith [SF,PF] ATL 4 Averaging 18.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.3 blocks, 2.0 steals and 1.3 threes over last five games.
2 Tim Duncan [PF,C] SAS 4
3 Serge Ibaka [PF,C] OKC 4
4 Carlos Boozer [PF,C] CHI 4 Averaging 23.0 points and 12.2 rebounds over last four games.
5 LaMarcus Aldridge [PF,C] POR 4
6 Luis Scola [PF,C] PHO 4 Averaging 21.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steals in 36 minutes over last five games.
7 Dirk Nowitzki [PF] DAL 4 Back in starting lineup. Averaging 19.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 threes over last two games.
8 Zach Randolph * [PF,C] MEM 4 Day-to-day (flu).
9 Paul Millsap [PF] UTA 4
10 Anthony Davis [PF] NO 4
11 Ryan Anderson [PF,C] NO 4
12 David West [PF] IND 4
13 Tristan Thompson [PF,C] CLE 4 Averaging 13.4 points and 13.0 rebounds over last five games but production could go down with Anderson Varejao expected back this week.
14 Pau Gasol [PF,C] LAL 4 Averaging 6.5 points on 17% shooting from the field over last two games.
15 David Lee [PF,C] GSW 3
16 Thaddeus Young [SF,PF] PHI 3
17 Kenneth Faried [PF] DEN 3
18 Kevin Garnett [PF,C] BOS 3
19 Ed Davis [PF,C] TOR 3 Solid short-term play while Andrea Bargnani and Jonas Valanciunas are out. Averaging 13.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 32 minutes over last five games.
20 Blake Griffin [PF,C] LAC 2
21 John Henson [PF] MIL 4 Averaging 12.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 25 minutes over last three games.
22 Derrick Favors [PF,C] UTA 4
23 Dante Cunningham [PF] MIN 4 Should see bump in minutes with Kevin Love (finger) out indefinitely. Put up double-double (10 points, 12 boards) in 42 minutes on Saturday.
24 Patrick Patterson [PF,C] HOU 4
25 Marcus Morris [PF] HOU 4
26 Derrick Williams [SF,PF] MIN 4 Could see increased minutes with Kevin Love (finger) out indefinitely.
27 Ersan Ilyasova * [PF] MIL 4 Day-to-day (ankle).
28 Jordan Hill [PF,C] LAL 4 Averaging 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in 19 minutes over last two games. Could see bump in minutes in Dwight Howard (back) misses time this week.
29 Boris Diaw [PF,C] SAS 4
30 Tyler Hansbrough [PF] IND 4
31 Carl Landry [SF,PF] GSW 3
32 Hakim Warrick [PF] CHA 3
33 Reggie Evans [PF] BKN 3
34 Brandon Bass [PF,C] BOS 3
35 Jared Sullinger [PF] BOS 3



Centers
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Joakim Noah [PF,C] CHI 4
2 Al Jefferson [PF,C] UTA 4
3 Al Horford [PF,C] ATL 4
4 Marc Gasol [C] MEM 4
5 Marcin Gortat [C] PHO 4 Averaging 13.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals over last five games.
6 Larry Sanders [PF,C] MIL 4
7 Nikola Pekovic [C] MIN 4 Day-to-day (hip). Value goes up with Kevin Love (finger) out.
8 Dwight Howard * [C] LAL 4 Day-to-day (back).
9 DeMarcus Cousins [PF,C] SAC 3
10 Nikola Vucevic [PF,C] ORL 3 Averaging 13.4 points, 15.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and� 1.2 blocks over last five games.
11 Tyson Chandler [C] NYK 4
12 J.J. Hickson [PF,C] POR 4
13 Roy Hibbert [C] IND 4
14 Omer Asik [C] HOU 4
15 Robin Lopez [C] NO 4
16 Chris Kaman [PF,C] DAL 4
17 Brook Lopez [C] BKN 3
18 Chris Bosh [PF,C] MIA 3
19 Jason Thompson [PF,C] SAC 3
20 Kosta Koufos [PF,C] DEN 3
21 JaVale McGee [C] DEN 3
22 Tyler Zeller [PF,C] CLE 4 Will likely return to bench if Anderson Varejao comes back this week. Averaging 10.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 33 minutes over last five games.
23 Tiago Splitter [C] SAS 4
24 Spencer Hawes [C] PHI 3 Averaging 11.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 27 minutes over last five games.
25 Andray Blatche [PF,C] BKN 3 Averaging 14.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 23 minutes over last two games.
26 Greg Monroe [C] DET 2
27 Nene [PF,C] WAS 2 Averaging 15.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 28 minutes over last five games.
28 Zaza Pachulia [C] ATL 4
29 Kendrick Perkins [C] OKC 4
30 Amar'e Stoudemire [PF,C] NYK 4 Will likely miss a game this week since he has not been cleared to play back-to-backs.
31 Bismack Biyombo [PF,C] CHA 3
32 Amir Johnson [PF,C] TOR 3
33 DeAndre Jordan [C] LAC 2
34 Emeka Okafor [C] WAS 2
35 Anderson Varejao * [PF,C] CLE 4 Day-to-day (knee). Could return this week.

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