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NBA Value Meter: The Black Mamba Strikes Again

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.


NBA VALUE METER - WEEK 15

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 15: February 4th - February 10th

 
Four Games: BKN, CHA, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIN, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHO, POR, UTA
Three Games: ATL, BOS, CHI, CLE, DAL, MIL, NO, PHI, SAC, SAS, TOR, WAS
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Point Guards
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Russell Westbrook [PG] OKC 4
2 Stephen Curry * [PG] GSW 4 Back in action (ankle).
3 Kemba Walker [PG] CHA 4 Averaging 18.8 points, 5.2 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.8 threes over last five games.
4 Deron Williams [PG] BKN 4
5 Damian Lillard [PG] POR 4
6 Goran Dragic [PG] PHO 4
7 Mike Conley [PG] MEM 4
8 Ty Lawson [PG] DEN 4
9 Jeremy Lin [PG] HOU 4
10 Steve Nash [PG] LAL 4 Assists are going down with Kobe Bryant as the primary playmaker. Averaging 4.2 assists over last five games.
11 Raymond Felton [PG,SG] NYK 4
12 Jose Calderon [PG] DET 4 Value goes up with trade to Detroit. No more timeshare with Kyle Lowry and should start for the Pistons with Brandon Knight moving to shooting guard.
13 Kyrie Ivring [PG] CLE 3
14 Jrue Holiday [PG] PHI 3
15 Brandon Jennings [PG] MIL 3
16 Kyle Lowry [PG] TOR 3 Value goes way up with Jose Calderon traded to Detroit. Averaging 15.1 points, 5.8 assists, 5.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.6 threes as a starter this year.
17 Tony Parker [PG] SAS 3
18 Greivis Vasquez [PG,SG] NO 3
19 John Wall [PG] WAS 3
20 Nate Robinson [PG,SG] CHI 3 Solid play with Kirk Hinrich out for the week. Averaging 18.0 points, 6.2 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.0 threes in 32 minutes over last five games.
21 Brandon Knight [PG,SG] DET 4 Value goes down with Jose Calderon in town. Might slide over to shooting guard.
22 Jerryd Bayless [PG,SG] MEM 4 Averaging 16.0 points, 6.0 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 37 minutes over last five games.
23 Jarrett Jack [PG,SG] GSW 4
24 Eric Bledsoe [PG,SG] LAC 4
25 Ramon Sessions [PG,SG] CHA 4 Averaging 19.4 points, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals in 31 minutes over last five games.
26 Ricky Rubio [PG] MIN 4 Minutes restriction has been lifted. Averaging 9.0 points, 6.4 assists and 2.2 steals in 28 minutes over last five games.
27 Jeff Teague [PG] ATL 3
28 Darren Collison [PG] DAL 3
29 Mario Chalmers [PG] MIA 4
30 Luke Ridnour [PG,SG] MIN 4 Value goes down with Alexey Shved back from injury. Averaging 6.3 points in 25 minutes over last three games.
31 J.J. Barea  [PG] MIN 4
32 Isaiah Thomas [PG] SAC 3
33 Jameer Nelson  * [PG] ORL 4 Day-to-day (shoulder).
34 George Hill * [PG,SG] IND 4 Day-to-day (shoulder).
35 Chris Paul * [PG] LAC 4 Day-to-day (knee).

 
 
Shooting Guards
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Kobe Bryant  [SG] LAL 4 Averaging 16.6 points, 11.2 assists, 8.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals over last five games.
2 James Harden [SG,SF] HOU 4
3 Paul George [SG,SF] IND 4
4 Klay Thompson [SG,SF] GSW 4 Averaging 22.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.4 threes and 1.2 steals over last five games.
5 Dwyane Wade [PG,SG] MIA 4
6 J.R. Smith  [SG,SF] NYK 4 Averaging 21.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.0 threes over last two games.
7 J.J. Redick [SG] ORL 4
8 Andre Iguodala [SG,SF] DEN 4
9 Joe Johnson [SG,SF] BKN 4
10 Kevin Martin [SG] OKC 4
11 Randy Foye [PG,SG] UTA 4 Averaging 15.4 points, 2.8 threes and 1.0 steals in 33 minutes over last five games.
12 Monta Ellis [PG,SG] MIL 3
13 Tyreke Evans [SG,SF] SAC 3
14 O.J. Mayo [SG] DAL 3
15 DeMar DeRozan [SG,SF] TOR 3 Shot attempts could decrease with Rudy Gay as the new #1 option.
16 Nick Young [SG,SF] PHI 3 Solid play while Jason Richardson (knee) is out. Averaging 18.2 points, 2.2 threes and 1.0 steals in 35 minutes over last five games.
17 Eric Gordon [SG] NO 3 No back-to-backs this week so Gordon should play in all three games.
18 Kyle Singler [SG,SF] DET 4 Should see as many minutes as he can handle with Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye traded to Memphis.
19 Alexey Shved [PG,SG] MIN 4 Averaging 14.0 points, 5.7 assists and 2.3 threes in 24 minutes over last three games.
20 Ben Gordon [SG] CHA 4
21 Lance Stephenson [SG] IND 4
22 Gerald Henderson [SG,SF] CHA 4
23 Ray Allen  [SG] MIA 4
24 Rodney Stuckey [PG,SG] DET 4
25 Wesley Matthews * [SG,SF] POR 4 Day-to-day (ankle).
26 Aaron Afflalo * [SG,SF] ORL 4 Day-to-day (calf).
27 Jamal Crawford  * [PG,SG] LAC 4 Day-to-day (nose).
28 Vince Carter [SG] DAL 3 Averaging 16.0 points, 2.0 threes and 1.8 steals in 27 minutes over last five games.
29 Courtney Lee [SG,SF] BOS 3 Starting at shooting guard with Rajon Rondo out for the year.
30 Dion Waiters [SG] CLE 3
31 Marcus Thornton [SG] SAC 3
32 CJ Miles [SG,SF] CLE 3
33 Jason Terry [PG,SG] BOS 3
34 Jeffery Taylor [SG,SF] CHA 4 Could be decent short-term play for points and threes is Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (concussion) misses time this week.
35 Manu Ginobili  * [SG,SF] SAS 3 Day-to-day (hamstring).

 
 
Small Forwards
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Kevin Durant [SF] OKC 4
2 LeBron James [SF,PF] MIA 4
3 Carmelo Anthony [SF,PF] NYK 4
4 Danilo Gallinari [SF] DEN 4 Averaging 20.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 threes, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 steals over last five games.
5 Nicolas Batum * [SG,SF] POR 4 Day-to-day (wrist).
6 Chandler Parsons [SF,PF] HOU 4
7 Michael Beasley [SF,PF] PHO 4 Averaging 18.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 28 minutes over last five games.
8 Paul Pierce [SF] BOS 3 Flashing all-around game with Rajon Rondo out. Averaging 15.7 points, 7.0 assists and 11.3 rebounds over last three games.
9 Rudy Gay [SF,PF] TOR 3 Value goes up with trade to Toronto. Should be #1 scoring option for the Raptors.
10 Luol Deng  [SF] CHI 3
11 Jared Dudley [SG,SF] PHO 4
12 Andrei Kirilenko [SF,PF] MIN 4
13 Metta World Peace [SF,PF] LAL 4
14 Evan Turner [SG,SF] PHI 3
15 Shawn Marion [SF,PF] DAL 3 Averaging 12.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals in 30 minutes over last five games.
16 Jimmy Butler [SG,SF] CHI 3 Averaging 14.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 38 minutes over last five games.
17 Kyle Korver [SG,SF] ATL 3
18 Tayshaun Prince [SF,PF] MEM 4 Value should stay about the same in Memphis if he gets 30+ minutes a night.
19 Tony Allen [SG,SF] MEM 4
20 Gerald Wallace [SF,PF] BKN 4
21 Harrison Barnes [SF] GSW 4
22 Corey Brewer [SG,SF] DEN 4
23 Marvin Williams [SF] UTA 4
24 Matt Barnes [SF] LAC 4
25 Caron Butler [SF] LAC 4
26 Kawhi Leonard [SG,SF] SAS 3
27 Mike Dunleavy [SG,SF] MIL 3
28 Al-Farouq Aminu [SF] NO 3
29 Jeff Green [SF,PF] BOS 3 Value goes up with Jared Sullinger (back) out for the year.
30 Martell Webster [SG,SF] WAS 3
31 John Salmons [SG,SF] SAC 3
32 Alonzo Gee [SG,SF] CLE 3
33 Alan Anderson [SG,SF] TOR 3
34 Carlos Delfino * [SG,SF] HOU 4 Day-to-day (wrist).
35 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist * [SF] CHA 4 Day-to-day (concussion).

 
 
Power Forwards
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 David Lee [PF,C] GSW 4
2 LaMarcus Aldridge [PF,C] POR 4
3 Blake Griffin [PF,C] LAC 4
4 Pau Gasol  [PF,C] LAL 4 Production should go up this week if Dwight Howard (shoulder) misses time. Averaging 18.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 37 minutes over last two games.
5 David West [PF] IND 4
6 Paul Millsap [PF] UTA 4
7 Serge Ibaka [PF,C] OKC 4
8 Zach Randolph [PF,C] MEM 4 Averaging 10.4 points on 38% shooting from the field over last five games.
9 Kenneth Faried [PF] DEN 4
10 Luis Scola [PF,C] PHO 4
11 Josh Smith  [SF,PF] ATL 3
12 Tristan Thompson [PF,C] CLE 3
13 Ersan Ilyasova [PF] MIL 3
14 Kevin Garnett [PF,C] BOS 3
15 Thaddeus Young [SF,PF] PHI 3
16 Taj Gibson [PF] CHI 3 Solid play if Joakim Noah (plantar fasciitis) and Carlos Boozer (hamstring) miss time this week. Averaging 16.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks over last three games.
17 Ryan Anderson [PF,C] NO 3
18 Anthony Davis [PF] NO 3
19 Carlos Boozer  * [PF,C] CHI 3 Day-to-day (hamstring).
20 Dirk Nowitzki  * [PF] DAL 3 Day-to-day (thigh).
21 Tim Duncan * [PF,C] SAS 3 Day-to-day (ankle, knee).
22 Earl Clark [SF,PF] LAL 4
23 Carl Landry [SF,PF] GSW 4
24 Patrick Patterson [PF,C] HOU 4
25 Derrick Williams [SF,PF] MIN 4
26 Derrick Favors [PF,C] UTA 4
27 Lamar Odom   [SF,PF] LAC 4
28 Brandon Bass [PF,C] BOS 3 Value goes up with Jared Sullinger (back) out for the year.
29 Elton Brand  [PF,C] DAL 3
30 Marreese Speights [PF,C] CLE 3
31 Antawn Jamison [PF] LAL 4
32 Dante Cunningham [PF] MIN 4
33 Reggie Evans [PF] BKN 4
34 Byron Mullens [PF,C] CHA 4 Could make return this week (ankle).
35 Andrea Bargnani  * [PF,C] TOR 3 Expected to make return this week (elbow).

 
 
Centers
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Greg Monroe [C] DET 4 Averaging 19.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 steals over last five games.
2 Marc Gasol [C] MEM 4
3 Al Jefferson  [PF,C] UTA 4
4 Omer Asik [C] HOU 4 Averaging 13.2 points and 17.0 rebounds over last four games.
5 Tyson Chandler [C] NYK 4 Averaging 10.0 points and 20.0 rebounds over last tow games.
6 Nikola Vucevic [PF,C] ORL 4
7 Brook Lopez [C] BKN 4
8 Chris Bosh  [PF,C] MIA 4
9 Marcin Gortat [C] PHO 4
10 J.J. Hickson [PF,C] POR 4
11 Roy Hibbert [C] IND 4
12 Nikola Pekovic * [C] MIN 4 Back in action (quad).
13 Amar'e Stoudemire [PF,C] NYK 4
14 Andre Drummond [PF,C] DET 4
15 Dwight Howard * [C] LAL 4 Day-to-day (shoulder).
16 DeMarcus Cousins [PF,C] SAC 3
17 Amir Johnson [PF,C] TOR 3 Value goes up with Ed Davis in Memphis and Andrea Bargnani likely to be traded. Averaging 14.6 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 35 minutes over last five games.
18 Larry Sanders [PF,C] MIL 3
19 Emeka Okafor [C] WAS 3 Averaging 12.6 points, 13.4 rebounds and 1.0 steals over last five games.
20 Al Horford [PF,C] ATL 3
21 Nene [PF,C] WAS 3
22 Joakim Noah * [PF,C] CHI 3 Day-to-day (plantar fasciitis).
23 Kosta Koufos [PF,C] DEN 4
24 DeAndre Jordan [C] LAC 4
25 Andray Blatche [PF,C] BKN 4
26 Kendrick Perkins [C] OKC 4
27 Tiago Splitter [C] SAS 3 Solid play this week if Tim Duncan (knee, ankle) misses time this week. Averaging 15.6 points and 7.6 rebounds in 30 minutes over last five games.
28 Spencer Hawes [C] PHI 3 Averaging 11.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 33 minutes over last five games.
29 Robin Lopez [C] NO 3
30 Aaron Gray [C] TOR 3 Averaging 12.3 points and 11.0 rebounds over last three games but production will most likely go down with Andrea Bargnani and Jonas Valanciunas back this week.
31 Tyler Zeller [PF,C] CLE 3
32 Jason Thompson [PF,C] SAC 3
33 Bismack Biyombo [PF,C] CHA 4
34 Andrew Bogut * [C] GSW 4 Back in action (ankle) but will only play in two games this week (not playing in back-to-backs until after the All-Star break).
35 JaVale McGee * [C] DEN 4 Day-to-day (leg).