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NBA Weekly Player Rankings: Week 3

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

This is our weekly cheat sheet based on each 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 Weekly Rankings take into account all the NBA action through Saturday night's games. We will try to update the rankings with any breaking news that happens on Sunday in the comments below, but in most cases, any injuries, lineup changes, etc. that happen on Sunday won't be accounted for on the Weekly Rankings until the following week.

Week 3:
November 11th - November 17th
Four Games: ATL, BOS, CHA, CLE, DEN, DET, HOU, LAL, MEM, MIL, MIN, PHI, POR, TOR, UTA
Three Games: BKN, CHI, DAL, GSW, IND, LAC, MIA, NO, NYK, OKC, ORL, SAC, SAS, WAS
Two Games:
PHO

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POINT GUARDS
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Damian Lillard [PG] POR 4
2 Kyrie Ivring [PG] CLE 4
3 Mike Conley [PG] MEM 4
4 Ty Lawson [PG] DEN 4 Averaging 22.6 points, 6.8 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 2.0 threes this season.
5 Kemba Walker [PG] CHA 4
6 Michael Carter-Williams [PG] PHI 4
7 Jeff Teague [PG] ATL 4 Averaging 16.4 points, 10.0 assists and 1.0 steals over last five games.
8 Brandon Jennings [PG] DET 4 Averaging 17.7 points, 7.0 assists and 3.3 steals but shooting 37% from the field.
9 Ricky Rubio [PG] MIN 4 Averaging 7.8 points on 26% shooting from the field over last five games.
10 Kyle Lowry * [PG] TOR 4 Day-to-day (ankle).
11 Chris Paul [PG] LAC 3
12 Stephen Curry [PG,SG] GSW 3
13 John Wall [PG] WAS 3 Expanded range is a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners. Already made nine 3's this year after making twelve 3's all of last season.
14 Russell Westbrook [PG] OKC 3
15 Tony Parker [PG] SAS 3
16 Jrue Holiday [PG] NO 3 Struggling form the field (37%) but still averaging 13.7 points, 7.2 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.2 threes.
17 Deron Williams [PG] BKN 3
18 Derrick Rose [PG] CHI 3 Only averaging 14.4 points and 4.0 assists on 32% shooting from the field.
19 Jose Calderon [PG] DAL 3 Averaging 13.2 points, 4.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 3.4 threes over last five games.
20 Raymond Felton [PG,SG] NYK 3
21 Patrick Beverley [PG] HOU 4 Back in action (ribs) and starting over Jeremy Lin. Averaging 11.3 points, 1.7 steals and 1.7 threes in 34 minutes over last three games.
22 Avery Bradley [PG,SG] BOS 4
23 Jarrett Jack [PG,SG] CLE 4
24 Jeremy Lin [PG] HOU 4
25 Jameer Nelson [PG] ORL 3
26 Isaiah Thomas [PG] SAC 3
27 Eric Bledsoe [PG,SG] PHO 2 Averaging 20.3 points, 7.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.2 threes this year.
28 Mario Chalmers [PG] MIA 3
29 George Hill * [PG,SG] IND 3 Day-to-day (hip).
30 Jordan Farmar [PG] LAL 4
31 Steve Nash [PG] LAL 4
32 Ramon Sessions [PG,SG] CHA 4
33 Brandon Knight * [PG,SG] MIL 4 Back in action (hamstring). Played 15 minutes as a reserve on Saturday but should be in starting lineup soon.
34 Greivis Vasquez [PG,SG] SAC 3
35
Goran Dragic *
[PG]
PHO
2
Day-to-day (ankle).


SHOOTING GUARDS
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 James Harden * [SG,SF] HOU 4 Day-to-day (foot).
2 Paul George [SG,SF] IND 3
3 Kevin Martin [SG] MIN 4 Averaging 27.0 points and 3.8 threes over last four games.
4 Monta Ellis [PG,SG] DAL 3
5 Dwyane Wade [PG,SG] MIA 3
6 Dion Waiters [SG] CLE 4 Averaging 17.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.8 threes in 31 minutes over last five games.
7 O.J. Mayo [SG] MIL 4
8 Wesley Matthews [SG,SF] POR 4
9 Gerald Henderson [SG,SF] CHA 4 Averaging 19.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals over last three games but production could go down when Al Jefferson comes back.
10 DeMar DeRozan [SG,SF] TOR 4
11 Aaron Afflalo [SG,SF] ORL 3 Averaging 20.2 points, 5.0 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 2.4 threes over last five games.
12 Klay Thompson [SG,SF] GSW 3
13 J.J. Redick [SG] LAC 3 Averaging 18.6 points, 1.4 steals and 2.0 threes in 31 minutes over last five games.
14 Bradley Beal [SG] WAS 3 Struggling from the field (38%) and the line (63%) but still averaging 18.4 points and 2.8 threes per games.
15 Eric Gordon [SG] NO 3
16 Lance Stephenson [SG] IND 3
17 Steve Blake [PG,SG] LAL 4 Solid play this week with Steve Nash likely to miss one game (not playing back-to-backs). Averaging 13.5 points, 5.0 assists and 3.0 threes in 35 minutes over last two games.
18 Jordan Crawford [PG,SG] BOS 4 Averaging 12.0 points, 1.4 steals and 1.4 threes in 27 minutes over last five games.
19 Rodney Stuckey * [PG,SG] DET 4 Back in action (thumb). Averaging 13.8 points, 1.3 steals and 1.0 threes in only 23 minutes this season.
20 CJ Miles [SG,SF] CLE 4
21 Randy Foye [PG,SG] DEN 4
22 Alec Burks [PG,SG] UTA 4
23 Joe Johnson [SG,SF] BKN 3
24 Ray Allen [SG] MIA 3
25 Jamal Crawford [PG,SG] LAC 3
26 Manu Ginobili [SG,SF] SAS 3
27 Victor Oladipo [SG] ORL 3 Only averaging 10.8 points in 24 minutes over last five games.
28 Danny Green [SG,SF] SAS 3
29 Tyreke Evans [SG,SF] NO 3 Averaging 9.4 points on 35% shooting from the field over last five games.
30 Iman Shumpert [PG,SG] NYK 3 Minutes and production could go down with J.R. Smith back.
31 J.R. Smith * [SG,SF] NYK 3 Back in action (suspension).
32 Gary Neal [PG,SG] MIL 4 Averaging 13.6 points and 2.0 threes in 27 minutes over last five games but production could decrease with Brandon Knight back.
33 Jodie Meeks [SG] LAL 4 Started last game and played 42 minutes. Averaging 11.8 points and 2.2 threes over last five games.
34 Marcus Thornton [SG] SAC 3
35
Ben McLemore
[SG]
SAC
3



SMALL FORWARDS
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Nicolas Batum [SG,SF] POR 4
2 Kevin Durant [SF] OKC 3
3 LeBron James [SF,PF] MIA 3
4 Carmelo Anthony [SF,PF] NYK 3
5 Gordon Hayward [SG,SF] UTA 4 Averaging 20.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.0 steals over last five games.
6 Jeff Green [SF,PF] BOS 4
7 Rudy Gay [SF,PF] TOR 4
8 Evan Turner [SG,SF] PHI 4 Averaging 23.0 points 7.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals on 51% shooting from the field over last five games.
9 Chandler Parsons [SF,PF] HOU 4 Averaging 17.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.2 threes over last five games.
10 Kyle Korver [SG,SF] ATL 4
11 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist [SF] CHA 4 Signs of life? Averaging 12.4 points, 5.8 rebound and 1.8 blocks over last five games.
12 Caron Butler [SF] MIL 4
13 Corey Brewer [SG,SF] MIN 4 Averaging 13.8 points and 1.7 steals in 32 minutes this season.
14 Andre Iguodala [SG,SF] GSW 3
15 Shawn Marion [SF,PF] DAL 3 Averaging 14.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 1.2 steals and 1.0 threes over last five games.
16 Kawhi Leonard [SG,SF] SAS 3 Hasnít' broken out yet, but still averaging 11.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals over last five games.
17 Trevor Ariza [SF] WAS 3
18 Paul Pierce [SF] BKN 3
19 Luol Deng [SF] CHI 3
20 DeMarre Carroll [SF,PF] ATL 4
21 Tony Allen [SG,SF] MEM 4
22 Gerald Wallace [SF,PF] BOS 4
23 Francisco Garcia [SG,SF] HOU 4
24 Nick Young [SG,SF] LAL 4
25 Tayshaun Prince [SF,PF] MEM 4
26 Omri Casspi [SF] HOU 4
27 Jimmy Butler [SG,SF] CHI 3 Averaging 7.0 points and only 5.6 shot attempts in last three games.
28 Metta World Peace [SF,PF] NYK 3
29 Moe Harkless [SF] ORL 3
30 Jordan Hamilton [SF] DEN 4 Started last game (19 points, nine boards, three 3's) but could return to reserve role if Wilson Chandler (hamstring) comes back this week.
31 Wilson Chandler * [SG,SF] DEN 4 Could make return this week (hamstring).
32 Martell Webster [SG,SF] WAS 3
33 Harrison Barnes [SF] GSW 3 Back in action
34 Jared Dudley [SG,SF] LAC 3
35
Gerald Green
[SG,SF]
PHO
2
Averaging 16.5 points and 3.8 threes in 32 minutes over last four games but minutes and production should go down with Goran Dragic (ankle) expected back this week.


POWER FORWARDS
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Kevin Love [PF,C] MIN 4 Averaging 27.2 points, 14.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 threes this season.
2 Josh Smith [SF,PF] DET 4 FG% isn't great (43%) but stuffing the stat sheet on a nightly basis. Averaging 18.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.4 steals and 2.0 threes+F188 this season.F134
3 LaMarcus Aldridge [PF,C] POR 4
4 Paul Millsap [PF] ATL 4
5 Anthony Davis [PF] NO 3 Averaging 23.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 4.3 blocks this season.
6 Thaddeus Young [SF,PF] PHI 4
7 Derrick Favors [PF,C] UTA 4
8 Pau Gasol [PF,C] LAL 4 Averaging 12.0 points, 10.7 rebounds and 0.7 blocks on 35% shooting from the field.
9 Tristan Thompson [PF,C] CLE 4
10 Zach Randolph [PF,C] MEM 4
11 Serge Ibaka [PF,C] OKC 3 Blocked six shots in last two games after only blocking two in first three games. Averaging 14.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks over last two games.
12 David Lee [PF,C] GSW 3
13 Blake Griffin [PF,C] LAC 3
14 Dirk Nowitzki [PF] DAL 3
15 Tim Duncan [PF,C] SAS 3 It's early, but only averaging 6.0 rebounds (9.9 rpg last year).
16 David West [PF] IND 3
17 Carlos Boozer [PF,C] CHI 3
18 Andrea Bargnani [PF,C] NYK 3 Should be in line for major minutes while Tyson Chandler is out. Put up 25 points, eight rebounds, five blocks and three 3's in 35 minutes in last game as starting center.
19 Nene [PF,C] WAS 3 Back in action (calf). Averaging 15.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 32 minutes over last two games.
20 Ersan Ilyasova * [PF] MIL 4 Day-to-day (ankle).
21 John Henson [PF,C] MIL 4 Averaging 10.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 27 minutes over last five games but minutes could take a hit with Larry Sanders and Ersan Ilyasova expected back this week.
22 Brandon Bass [PF,C] BOS 4
23 Josh McRoberts [PF,C] CHA 4
24 Jared Sullinger [PF] BOS 4
25 Kenneth Faried [PF] DEN 4 Averaging 3.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in 23 minutes over last two games. Stuck in timeshare with J.J. Hickson, Timofey Mozgov and JaVale McGee.
26 J.J. Hickson [PF,C] DEN 4
27 Tyler Hansbrough [PF] TOR 4
28 Kevin Garnett [PF,C] BKN 3 Averaging 5.6 points and 6.0 rebounds in 23 minutes over last five games.
29 Markieff Morris [PF] PHO 2 Averaging 22.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 31 minutes over last three games.
30 Jordan Hill [PF,C] LAL 4
31 Jason Thompson [PF,C] SAC 3
32 Andrew Nicholson [PF] ORL 3
33 Al Harrington [PF] WAS 3 Averaging 12.5 points and 3.0 threes in 21 minutes over last two games.
34 Patrick Patterson [PF] SAC 3
35
Taj Gibson
[PF]
CHI
3



CENTERS
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Al Horford [PF,C] ATL 4 Averaging 18.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 2.0 steals this season.
2 Greg Monroe [PF,C] DET 4 Presence of Drummond and Smith has not hurt production at all. Averaging 17.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.6 steals this season.
3 Spencer Hawes [C] PHI 4
4 Marc Gasol [C] MEM 4
5 Dwight Howard [C] HOU 4
6 Enes Kanter [C] UTA 4
7 Anderson Varejao [PF,C] CLE 4
8 Jonas Valanciunas [C] TOR 4
9 Andre Drummond [PF,C] DET 4
10 Amir Johnson [PF,C] TOR 4
11 Nikola Pekovic [C] MIN 4
12 Nikola Vucevic [PF,C] ORL 3
13 Roy Hibbert [C] IND 3 Averaging 10.9 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.3 blocks this season.
14 Brook Lopez [C] BKN 3
15 DeMarcus Cousins [PF,C] SAC 3 Too bad he can't play Portland every night Averaging 34.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals over last two games.
16 Chris Bosh [PF,C] MIA 3
17 DeAndre Jordan [C] LAC 3 Averaging 10.2 points, 13.6 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 1.2 steals over last five games.
18 Joakim Noah [PF,C] CHI 3
19 Marcin Gortat [C] WAS 3 Averaging 14.0 points and 10.2 rebounds this season.
20 Al Jefferson * [PF,C] CHA 4 Day-to-day (ankle).
21 Robin Lopez [C] POR 4
22 Zaza Pachulia [C] MIL 4 Averaging 11.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 31 minutes over last five games but minutes and production will most likely decrease when Larry Sanders returns.
23 Larry Sanders * [PF,C] MIL 4 Day-to-day (thumb).
24 Omer Asik [C] HOU 4
25 Chris Kaman [PF,C] LAL 4
26 Bismack Biyombo [PF,C] CHA 4
27 Kelly Olynyk [C] BOS 4 Started last game at center over Vitor Faverani.
28 Andrew Bogut [C] GSW 3
29 Samuel Dalembert [C] DAL 3
30 Tiago Splitter [C] SAS 3
31 Jason Smith [PF,C] NO 3 Averaging 10.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over last five games.
32 Steven Adams [C] OKC 3 Averaging 11.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 26 minutes over last two games.
33 JaVale McGee [C] DEN 4 Only averaging 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 16 minutes this season.
34 Andray Blatche [PF,C] BKN 3 Averaging 9.0 points and 7.0 rebounds over last three games.
35
Miles Plumlee
[PF,C]
PHO
2