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NBA Weekly Player Rankings: Week 8

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 8:
December 16th - December 22nd
Four Games: BOS, CHA, CHI, DET, IND, LAC, LAL, MIN, OKC, SAC, SAS, UTA
Three Games: ATL, BKN, CLE, DAL, DEN, GSW, HOU, MEM, MIA, MIL, NO, NYK, ORL, PHI, PHO, POR, TOR, WAS
Two Games:
NONE

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POINT GUARDS
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Chris Paul [PG] LAC 4  
2 Russell Westbrook [PG] OKC 4  
3 Isaiah Thomas [PG] SAC 4 Value goes way up with Greivis Vasquez traded to Toronto. Averaging 22.6 points, 7.6 assists and 2.2 threes over last five games.
4 Brandon Jennings [PG] DET 4 Averaging 21.0 points, 5.2 assists, 2.2 steals and 2.4 threes over last five games.
5 Kemba Walker [PG] CHA 4  
6 Tony Parker [PG] SAS 4  
7 Ricky Rubio [PG] MIN 4  
8 Trey Burke [PG] UTA 4 Averaging 15.0 points, 7.2 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.2 threes over last five games.
9 Jordan Crawford [PG,SG] BOS 4 Averaging 16.4 points, 6.8 assists and 2.2 threes over last five games.
10 Stephen Curry [PG,SG] GSW 3 Averaging 28.0 points, 9.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 3.0 threes over last five games.
11 John Wall [PG] WAS 3  
12 Jrue Holiday [PG] NO 3 Averaging 20.0 points, 9.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.8 threes over last five games.
13 Kyrie Ivring [PG] CLE 3  
14 Damian Lillard [PG] POR 3  
15 Mike Conley [PG] MEM 3  
16 Kyle Lowry [PG] TOR 3  
17 Eric Bledsoe [PG,SG] PHO 3 Averaging 18.2 points, 7.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.6 threes over last five games.
18 Jeff Teague [PG] ATL 3  
19 Deron Williams * [PG] BKN 3 Back in action (ankle). Averaging 20.7 points, 6.7 assists and 1.7 threes in 35 minutes over last three games.
20 Ty Lawson [PG] DEN 3  
21 Tony Wroten [PG,SG] PHI 3  
22 Reggie Jackson [PG] OKC 4 Averaging 15.8 points, 1.2 threes and 1.0 steals in 27 minutes over last five games.
23 George Hill [PG,SG] IND 4  
24 Jameer Nelson [PG] ORL 3  
25 Jose Calderon [PG] DAL 3  
26 Mario Chalmers [PG] MIA 3  
27 Jarrett Jack [PG,SG] CLE 3  
28 Brandon Knight [PG,SG] MIL 3  
29 Pablo Prigioni [PG] NYK 3 Averaging 8.0 points, 7.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.0 threes in 35 minutes over last two games.
30 Patrick Beverley [PG] HOU 3  
31 Jeremy Lin * [PG] HOU 3 Back in action (knee).
32 Nate Robinson [PG,SG] DEN 3  
33 Mo Williams [PG,SG] POR 3  
34 Kirk Hinrich * [PG,SG] CHI 4 Day-to-day (back).
35
Michael Carter-Williams *
[PG]
PHI
3
Day-to-day (knee).


SHOOTING GUARDS
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Paul George [SG,SF] IND 4  
2 Kobe Bryant * [SG] LAL 4 Back in action (Achilles). Might have to play point guard with Steve Blake and Steve Nash out. Averaging 13.5 points, 7.0 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 28 minutes over last four games.
3 Kevin Martin [SG] MIN 4 Averaging 16.0 points, 2.6 steals and 2.0 threes over last five games.
4 James Harden [SG,SF] HOU 3  
5 Monta Ellis [PG,SG] DAL 3  
6 Victor Oladipo [SG] ORL 3  
7 Goran Dragic [PG,SG] PHO 3 Averaging 21.8 points, 3.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.0 threes over last five games.
8 Klay Thompson [SG,SF] GSW 3  
9 Aaron Afflalo [SG,SF] ORL 3  
10 Dwyane Wade [PG,SG] MIA 3  
11 DeMar DeRozan [SG,SF] TOR 3  
12 Jamal Crawford [PG,SG] LAC 4 Values goes up if move to starting lineup is permanent.
13 Lance Stephenson [SG] IND 4  
14 Manu Ginobili [SG,SF] SAS 4  
15 Gerald Henderson [SG,SF] CHA 4  
16 Alec Burks [PG,SG] UTA 4  
17 Rodney Stuckey [PG,SG] DET 4  
18 Avery Bradley [PG,SG] BOS 4  
19 Marco Belinelli [SG] SAS 4  
20 Danny Green [SG,SF] SAS 4  
21 Ben McLemore [SG] SAC 4  
22 Eric Gordon [SG] NO 3 Averaging 18.6 points, 1.0 steals and 2.0 threes over last five games.
23 Wesley Matthews [SG,SF] POR 3  
24 Joe Johnson [SG,SF] BKN 3  
25 Terrence Ross [SG] TOR 3 Starting at small forward with Rudy Gay traded to Sacramento. Averaging 14.5 points and 2.5 threes in 31 minutes over last four games.
26 Jodie Meeks [SG] LAL 4  
27 Ramon Sessions [PG,SG] CHA 4  
28 Dion Waiters [SG] CLE 3  
29 Randy Foye [PG,SG] DEN 3  
30 O.J. Mayo [SG] MIL 3  
31 J.R. Smith [SG,SF] NYK 3 Averaging 5.6 points on 25% shooting from the field over last five games.
32 Louis Williams [PG,SG] ATL 3 Averaging 11.2 points, 2.4 threes and 1.2 steals in 23 minutes over last five games.
33 Vince Carter [SG] DAL 3  
34 Jeremy Lamb [SG] OKC 4 Averaging 14.5 points and 2.0 threes in 28 minutes over last two games.
35
Tyreke Evans *
[SG,SF]
NO
3
Day-to-day (ankle).


SMALL FORWARDS
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Kevin Durant [SF] OKC 4  
2 Josh Smith [SF,PF] DET 4  
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, 6.2 rebounds and 1.0 steals over last five games.
6 Luol Deng * [SF] CHI 4 Back in action (calf).
7 Kawhi Leonard [SG,SF] SAS 4 Averaging 14.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.4 threes in 31 minutes over last five games.
8 Jeff Green [SF,PF] BOS 4  
9 Rudy Gay [SF,PF] SAC 4  
10 Nicolas Batum [SG,SF] POR 3  
11 Evan Turner [SG,SF] PHI 3  
12 Jimmy Butler * [SG,SF] CHI 4 Back in action (toe). Averaging 13.5 points, 2.0 steals and 1.5 threes in 34 minutes over last two games.
13 Corey Brewer [SG,SF] MIN 4  
14 Chandler Parsons [SF,PF] HOU 3  
15 Trevor Ariza [SF] WAS 3  
16 Harrison Barnes [SF] GSW 3 Averaging 14.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 39 minutes over last five games.
17 Wilson Chandler [SG,SF] DEN 3 Averaging 17.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 2.5 threes in 34 minutes over last two games.
18 Al-Farouq Aminu [SF] NO 3 Averaging 11.6 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks in 37 minutes over last five games.
19 Derrick Williams [SF,PF] SAC 4  
20 Wesley Johnson [SG,SF] LAL 4 Averaging 8.4 points, 1.0 blocks, 2.0 steals and 1.6 threes in 29 minutes over last five games.
21 Nick Young [SG,SF] LAL 4  
22 Marvin Williams [SF] UTA 4  
23 Jared Dudley [SG,SF] LAC 4  
24 Kyle Korver [SG,SF] ATL 3  
25 P.J. Tucker [SF,PF] PHO 3 Averaging 11.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.0 threes in 33 minutes over last five games.
26 Shawn Marion [SF,PF] DAL 3  
27 Martell Webster [SG,SF] WAS 3  
28 Mike Dunleavy [SG,SF] CHI 4  
29 Richard Jefferson [SF] UTA 4  
30 Jeffery Taylor [SG,SF] CHA 4  
31 Paul Pierce * [SF] BKN 3 Back in action (wrist).
32 Tony Allen [SG,SF] MEM 3  
33 Tobias Harris * [SF,PF] ORL 3 Back in action (ankle).
34 Hollis Thompson [SF] PHI 3 Averaging 8.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 threes in 31 minutes over last five games.
35
Khris Middleton
[SF]
MIL
3



POWER FORWARDS
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Kevin Love [PF,C] MIN 4 Averaging 27.5 points, 14.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 4.0 threes over last five games.
2 Serge Ibaka [PF,C] OKC 4  
3 Blake Griffin [PF,C] LAC 4  
4 Greg Monroe [PF,C] DET 4  
5 Pau Gasol [PF,C] LAL 4  
6 Tim Duncan [PF,C] SAS 4  
7 Brandon Bass [PF,C] BOS 4 Averaging 14.0 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 steals in 34 minutes over last five games.
8 Derrick Favors [PF,C] UTA 4  
9 Carlos Boozer [PF,C] CHI 4  
10 David West [PF] IND 4  
11 LaMarcus Aldridge [PF,C] POR 3 Averaging 22.8 points, 15.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals over last five games.
12 David Lee [PF,C] GSW 3  
13 Dirk Nowitzki [PF] DAL 3  
14 Amir Johnson [PF,C] TOR 3 Averaging 20.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 33 minutes over last five games.
15 Paul Millsap [PF] ATL 3  
16 Thaddeus Young [SF,PF] PHI 3  
17 Ryan Anderson [PF,C] NO 3  
18 Zach Randolph [PF,C] MEM 3  
19 Andrea Bargnani [PF,C] NYK 3  
20 Tristan Thompson [PF,C] CLE 3  
21 Channing Frye [PF] PHO 3  
22 Glen Davis [PF,C] ORL 3  
23 Terrence Jones [SF,PF] HOU 3  
24 Jared Sullinger [PF] BOS 4  
25 Taj Gibson [PF] CHI 4  
26 Josh McRoberts [PF,C] CHA 4  
27 Trevor Booker [PF] WAS 3 Decent plug and play if Nene misses time this week. Averaging 16.0 points and 11.0 rebounds in 35 minutes over last three games.
28 Marcus Morris [PF] PHO 3  
29 Kenneth Faried [PF] DEN 3  
30 Markieff Morris [PF] PHO 3  
31 Ersan Ilyasova [PF] MIL 3  
32 Jason Thompson [PF,C] SAC 4  
33 DeJuan Blair [PF,C] DAL 3  
34 Andrew Nicholson [PF] ORL 3  
35
Nene *
[PF,C]
WAS
3
Day-to-day (foot).

CENTERS
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 DeMarcus Cousins [PF,C] SAC 4 Averaging 23.2 points, 12.8 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 1.2 blocks over last five games.
2 Joakim Noah [PF,C] CHI 4 Averaging 14.3 points, 13.7 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 1.3 steals over last three games
3 Roy Hibbert [C] IND 4  
4 DeAndre Jordan [C] LAC 4  
5 Al Jefferson [PF,C] CHA 4  
6 Andre Drummond [PF,C] DET 4  
7 Nikola Pekovic [C] MIN 4 Averaging 19.2 points and 9.6 rebounds over last five games.
8 Al Horford [PF,C] ATL 3  
9 Nikola Vucevic [PF,C] ORL 3  
10 Spencer Hawes [C] PHI 3  
11 Dwight Howard [C] HOU 3  
12/TD> John Henson [PF,C] MIL 3  
13 Chris Bosh [PF,C] MIA 3  
14 Marcin Gortat [C] WAS 3  
15 Jonas Valanciunas [C] TOR 3  
16 Andrew Bogut [C] GSW 3 Averaging 7.2 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 26 minutes over last five games.
17 Jason Smith [PF,C] NO 3 Averaging 11.4 points and 11.2 rebounds in 36 minutes over last five games.
18 Jon Leuer [PF,C] MEM 3 Averaging 14.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 29 minutes over last five games.
19 Anderson Varejao [PF,C] CLE 3  
20 Robin Lopez [C] POR 3  
21 J.J. Hickson [PF,C] DEN 3  
22 Andrew Bynum [C] CLE 3  
23 Miles Plumlee [PF,C] PHO 3  
24 Amar'e Stoudemire [PF,C] NYK 3 Averaging 14.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 25 minutes over last five games.
25 Brook Lopez * [C] BKN 3 Day-to-day (ankle).
26 Jordan Hill [PF,C] LAL 4  
27 Enes Kanter [C] UTA 4  
28 Bismack Biyombo [PF,C] CHA 4  
29 Kosta Koufos [PF,C] MEM 3  
30 Andray Blatche [PF,C] BKN 3  
31 Timofey Mozgov [C] DEN 3  
32 Brandan Wright * [PF,C] DAL 3 Back in action (shoulder).
33 Ed Davis [PF,C] MEM 3  
34 Kelly Olynyk * [C] BOS 4 Back in action (ankle).
35 Tiago Splitter * [C] SAS 4 Day-to-day (calf).