RotoWire Partners

NBA Weekly Player Rankings: Week 5

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 5:
November 25th - December 1st
Four Games: ATL, BKN, BOS, CHA, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAL, MIA, MIL, MIN, NO, NYK, PHO, SAS, WAS
Three Games: CHI, CLE, LAC, MEM, OKC, ORL, PHI, POR, TOR, UTA
Two Games:
SAC

= new to Weekly Rankings


POINT GUARDS
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 John Wall [PG] WAS 4 Averaging 34.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.5 threes over last two games.
2 Stephen Curry [PG,SG] GSW 4  
3 Ty Lawson [PG] DEN 4  
4 Jeff Teague [PG] ATL 4  
5 Goran Dragic [PG] PHO 4 Averaging 17.6 points, 6.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 threes over last five games.
6 Jrue Holiday [PG] NO 4  
7 Tony Parker [PG] SAS 4  
8 Kemba Walker [PG] CHA 4  
9 Ricky Rubio [PG] MIN 4  
10 Brandon Jennings [PG] DET 4 Averaging 13.0 points on 36% shooting from the field over last five games.
11 Steve Blake [PG,SG] LAL 4 Solid play while Steve Nash is out. Averaging 10.4 points, 10.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.4 threes in 32 minutes over last five games.
12 Eric Bledsoe * [PG,SG] PHO 4 Day-to-day (shin).
13 Chris Paul [PG] LAC 3  
14 Russell Westbrook [PG] OKC 3 Averaging 23.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.6 threes over last five games.
15 Kyrie Ivring [PG] CLE 3  
16 Kyle Lowry [PG] TOR 3 Averaging 12.4 points, 8.6 assists, 4.4 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 1.8 threes over last five games.
17 Michael Carter-Williams [PG] PHI 3 Averaging 17.0 points, 6.7 assists, 6.7 rebounds and 4.0 steals over last three games.
18 Damian Lillard [PG] POR 3  
19 Mike Conley [PG] MEM 3  
20 George Hill [PG,SG] IND 4  
21 Mario Chalmers [PG] MIA 4  
22 Jeremy Lin [PG] HOU 4 Minutes and production could increase if James Harden (knee) misses time this week.
23 Patrick Beverley [PG] HOU 4  
24 Jordan Crawford [PG,SG] BOS 4 Averaging 12.8 points, 5.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 threes in 30 minutes over last five games.
25 Jose Calderon [PG] DAL 4  
26 Shaun Livingston [PG] BKN 4 Decent play while Deron Williams (ankle) is out. Averaging 11.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.4 steals in 30 minutes over last five games.
27 Ramon Sessions [PG,SG] CHA 4  
28 Jameer Nelson [PG] ORL 3  
29 Kirk Hinrich [PG,SG] CHI 3 Should start while Derrick Rose (knee) is out. Averaging 9.4 points, 5.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 33 minutes over last five games.
30 Mo Williams [PG,SG] POR 3  
31 Jarrett Jack [PG,SG] CLE 3  
32 Isaiah Thomas [PG] SAC 2 Averaging 19.4 points, 4.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.8 threes in 29 minutes over last five games.
33 Beno Udrih [PG] NYK 4 Starting at point guard while Raymond Felton (hip) is out. Averaging 10.5 points, 4.5 assists and 1.5 threes in 32 minutes over last two games.
34 Raymond Felton * [PG,SG] NYK 4 Day-to-day (hip).
35
Deron Williams *
[PG]
BKN
4
Day-to-day (ankle).


SHOOTING GUARDS
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Paul George [SG,SF] IND 4  
2 Monta Ellis [PG,SG] DAL 4  
3 Bradley Beal [SG] WAS 4 Averaging 22.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 3.0 threes over last five games.
4 Klay Thompson [SG,SF] GSW 4 Averaging 22.4 points and 3.2 threes on 48% shooting from the field over last five games.
5 Kevin Martin [SG] MIN 4  
6 Dwyane Wade * [PG,SG] MIA 4 Day-to-day (knee). No back-to-backs this week so Wade could play in all four games.
7 Lance Stephenson [SG] IND 4  
8 O.J. Mayo [SG] MIL 4  
9 Tyreke Evans [SG,SF] NO 4 Signs of life? Averaging 15.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.6 steals in 28 minutes over last five games.
10 Eric Gordon [SG] NO 4  
11 J.R. Smith [SG,SF] NYK 4  
12 Avery Bradley [PG,SG] BOS 4  
13 Rodney Stuckey [PG,SG] DET 4 Averaging 17.6 points in 30 minutes over last five games.
14 Danny Green [SG,SF] SAS 4  
15 Gerald Henderson [SG,SF] CHA 4  
16 James Harden * [SG,SF] HOU 4 Day-to-day (foot). Expected to miss at least one game this week.
17 Aaron Afflalo [SG,SF] ORL 3  
18 Wesley Matthews [SG,SF] POR 3 Averaging 21.4 points and 4.2 threes over last five games.
19 DeMar DeRozan [SG,SF] TOR 3  
20 Victor Oladipo [SG] ORL 3 Value goes up if promotion to starting lineup is permanent. Averaging 14.8 points, 1.8 steals and 1.2 threes in 28 minutes over last five games.
21 Ray Allen [SG] MIA 4  
22 Joe Johnson [SG,SF] BKN 4  
23 Vince Carter [SG] DAL 4  
24 J.J. Barea [PG,SG] MIN 4  
25 Manu Ginobili [SG,SF] SAS 4  
26 Randy Foye [PG,SG] DEN 4  
27 Iman Shumpert [PG,SG] NYK 4  
28 Jodie Meeks [SG] LAL 4  
29 Alan Anderson [SG,SF] BKN 4 Averaging 13.2 points and 2.5 threes in 27 minutes over last four games.
30 J.J. Redick [SG] LAC 3  
31 Jamal Crawford [PG,SG] LAC 3  
32 James Anderson [SG,SF] PHI 3  
33 Dion Waiters [SG] CLE 3  
34 CJ Miles [SG,SF] CLE 3  
35
Terrence Ross
[SG]
TOR
3
Averaging 14.0 points, 5.0 rebound and 2.0 threes in 29 minutes over last two games.


SMALL FORWARDS
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 LeBron James [SF,PF] MIA 4  
2 Carmelo Anthony [SF,PF] NYK 4  
3 Kevin Durant [SF] OKC 3  
4 Chandler Parsons [SF,PF] HOU 4  
5 Josh Smith [SF,PF] DET 4  
6 Harrison Barnes [SF] GSW 4 Solid play this week with Andre Iguodala (hamstring) out indefinitely. Averaging 15.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 39 minutes over last five games.
7 Martell Webster [SG,SF] WAS 4 Averaging 14.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.0 threes in 41 minutes over last five games but minutes could decrease with Trevor Ariza expected back soon.
8 Jeff Green [SF,PF] BOS 4  
9 Kawhi Leonard [SG,SF] SAS 4 Still underperforming but averaging 11.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.4 steals in only 26 minutes over last five games.
10 Wilson Chandler [SG,SF] DEN 4  
11 Corey Brewer [SG,SF] MIN 4  
12 Kyle Korver [SG,SF] ATL 4  
13 Shawn Marion [SF,PF] DAL 4  
14 Nicolas Batum [SG,SF] POR 3  
15 Evan Turner [SG,SF] PHI 3  
16 Rudy Gay [SF,PF] TOR 3 Shooting career-low 38% from the field this season.
17 Luol Deng [SF] CHI 3 Will have to do more with Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler out. Averaging 16.8 points and 10.2 rebounds over last five games.
18 Gordon Hayward [SG,SF] UTA 3 Averaging 13.2 points on 28% shooting from the field over last five games.
19 Gerald Green [SG,SF] PHO 4 Averaging 17.0 points and 2.6 threes in 30 minutes over last five games but production will most likely decrease with Eric Bledsoe (shin) due back this week.
20 Caron Butler * [SF] MIL 4 Back in action (shoulder).
21 Nick Young [SG,SF] LAL 4 Averaging 17.2 points and 2.0 threes in 28 minutes over last five games.
22 Paul Pierce [SF] BKN 4  
23 P.J. Tucker [SF,PF] PHO 4 Averaging 11.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.8 threes in 30 minutes over last five games.
24 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist [SF] CHA 4  
25 Francisco Garcia [SG,SF] HOU 4  
26 Omri Casspi [SF] HOU 4  
27 DeMarre Carroll [SF,PF] ATL 4  
28 Mike Dunleavy [SG,SF] CHI 3 Should see bump in minutes and production with Jimmy Butler (toe) out. Averaging 13.0 points and 2.0 threes in 32 minutes over last two games.
29 Richard Jefferson [SF] UTA 3 Averaging 10.2 points and 2.0 threes in 36 minutes over last five games.
30 Tayshaun Prince [SF,PF] MEM 3  
31 Tony Allen [SG,SF] MEM 3  
32 Moe Harkless [SF] ORL 3  
33 Thabo Sefolosha [SG,SF] OKC 3  
34 Jared Dudley [SG,SF] LAC 3  
35
Khris Middleton
[SF]
MIL
4



POWER FORWARDS
1 Kevin Love [PF,C] MIN 4  
2 Anthony Davis [PF] NO 4  
3 Dirk Nowitzki [PF] DAL 4 Averaging 23.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.6 threes over last five games.
4 Pau Gasol [PF,C] LAL 4  
5 David Lee [PF,C] GSW 4  
6 Nene [PF,C] WAS 4 Averaging 17.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 36 minutes over last five games/
7 Terrence Jones [SF,PF] HOU 4 Averaging 16.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 threes in 32 minutes over last five games.
8 Greg Monroe [PF,C] DET 4  
9 Paul Millsap [PF] ATL 4  
10 J.J. Hickson [PF,C] DEN 4 Averaging 12.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.0 steals over last five games.
11 Ryan Anderson [PF,C] NO 4 Averaging 19.3 points and 4.3 threes over last three games.
12 Tim Duncan [PF,C] SAS 4 Spurs have a back-to-back this week so Duncan might only play three games.
13 Ersan Ilyasova * [PF] MIL 4 Back in action (ankle).
14 David West [PF] IND 4  
15 Jared Sullinger [PF] BOS 4 Averaging 15.7 points and 10.3 rebounds in 32 minutes over last three games.
16 Kenneth Faried [PF] DEN 4  
17 LaMarcus Aldridge [PF,C] POR 3  
18 Serge Ibaka [PF,C] OKC 3  
19 Blake Griffin [PF,C] LAC 3  
20 Zach Randolph [PF,C] MEM 3 Averaging 22.6 points and 11.6 rebounds over last five games.
21 Carlos Boozer [PF,C] CHI 3  
22 Derrick Favors [PF,C] UTA 3  
23 Andrea Bargnani [PF,C] NYK 4  
24 Josh McRoberts [PF,C] CHA 4  
25 Marcus Morris [PF] PHO 4 Averaging 11.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 threes in 24 minutes over last five games.
26 Channing Frye [PF] PHO 4 Averaging 10.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.0 threes and 1.0 blocks in 26 minutes over last five games.
27 Kevin Garnett [PF,C] BKN 4  
28 John Henson [PF,C] MIL 4  
29 Markieff Morris [PF] PHO 4  
30 Brandon Bass [PF,C] BOS 4 Could see bump in minutes and production with Kelly Olynyk (ankle) out.
31 Amir Johnson [PF,C] TOR 3  
32 Tristan Thompson [PF,C] CLE 3  
33 Glen Davis [PF,C] ORL 3 Back in action (foot).
34 DeJuan Blair [PF,C] DAL 4  
35
Thaddeus Young *
[SF,PF]
PHI
3
Day-to-day (personal).

CENTERS
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Roy Hibbert [C] IND 4 Averaging 15.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.2 blocks over last five games.
2 Al Horford [PF,C] ATL 4  
3 Andre Drummond [PF,C] DET 4 Averaging 13.4 points, 14.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.4 blocks in 36 minutes over last five games.
4 Dwight Howard [C] HOU 4  
5 Marcin Gortat [C] WAS 4  
6 Chris Bosh [PF,C] MIA 4  
7 Andrew Bogut [C] GSW 4 Averaging 9.6 points, 12.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks over last five games.
8 Jordan Hill [PF,C] LAL 4 Averaging 17.0 points, 11.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 31 minutes over last five games.
9 Al Jefferson * [PF,C] CHA 4 Day-to-day (ankle).
10 Nikola Pekovic [C] MIN 4  
11 Andray Blatche [PF,C] BKN 4 Decent play while Brook Lopez (ankle) is out. Averaging 15.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 25 minutes over last five games.
12 Miles Plumlee [PF,C] PHO 4  
13 Samuel Dalembert [C] DAL 4 Averaging 8.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 27 minutes over last five games.
14 Nikola Vucevic [PF,C] ORL 3  
15 DeAndre Jordan [C] LAC 3  
16 Joakim Noah [PF,C] CHI 3  
17 DeMarcus Cousins [PF,C] SAC 2  
18 Spencer Hawes * [C] PHI 3 Day-to-day (knee).
19 Bismack Biyombo [PF,C] CHA 4  
20 Zaza Pachulia [C] MIL 4  
21 Tiago Splitter [C] SAS 4  
22 Robin Lopez [C] POR 3 Averaging 8.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks over last five games.
23 Andrew Bynum [C] CLE 3  
24 Jonas Valanciunas [C] TOR 3  
25 Enes Kanter [C] UTA 3 Only averaging 9.8 points on 42% shooting from the field over last five games.
26 Anderson Varejao [PF,C] CLE 3  
27 Kosta Koufos [PF,C] MEM 3 Could be decent for boards and blocks while Marc Gasol (knee) is out.
28 Timofey Mozgov [C] DEN 4  
29 Vitor Faverani [C] BOS 4 Could see bump in minutes if Kelly Olynyk (ankle) misses time this week.
30 Cody Zeller [PF,C] CHA 4  
31 Jason Smith [PF,C] NO 4  
32 Chris Kaman [PF,C] LAL 4  
33 Ekpe Udoh [PF,C] MIL 4  
34 Ed Davis [PF,C] MEM 3 Could see bump in minutes with Marc Gasol out indefinitely.
35 Brook Lopez * [C] BKN 4 Day-to-day (ankle).