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NBA Weekly Player Rankings: Week 9

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 9:
December 23rd - December 29th
Five Games: HOU
Four Games: ATL, BKN, CLE, GSW, LAL, MIA, NYK, SAS
Three Games: CHA, DAL, DEN, DET, LAC, MEM, MIL, NO, OKC, ORL, PHO, SAC, TOR, UTA
Two Games:
CHI, IND, MIN, PHI, POR, WAS
One Game: BOS

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POINT GUARDS
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Stephen Curry [PG,SG] GSW 4  
2 Kyrie Ivring [PG] CLE 4  
3 Deron Williams [PG] BKN 4 Averaging 16.4 points, 10.6 assists and 1.8 threes over last five games.
4 Tony Parker [PG] SAS 4  
5 Jeff Teague [PG] ATL 4  
6 Chris Paul [PG] LAC 3  
7 Russell Westbrook [PG] OKC 3  
8 Kemba Walker [PG] CHA 3 Averaging 26.2 points, 4.2 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.4 threes on 62% shooting from the field over last five games.
9 Jrue Holiday [PG] NO 3  
10 Isaiah Thomas [PG] SAC 3  
11 Eric Bledsoe [PG,SG] PHO 3  
12 Brandon Jennings [PG] DET 3  
13 Kyle Lowry [PG] TOR 3  
14 Ty Lawson [PG] DEN 3  
15 Mike Conley [PG] MEM 3  
16 Brandon Knight [PG,SG] MIL 3 Averaging 20.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists 1.0 steals and 2.0 threes over last five games.
17 Trey Burke [PG] UTA 3  
18 Aaron Brooks [PG] HOU 5 Default starter with Patrick Beverley and Jeremy Lin out.
19 Damian Lillard [PG] POR 2 Averaging 33.7 points, 7.0 assists and 6.3 threes over last three games.
20 John Wall [PG] WAS 2  
21 Michael Carter-Williams [PG] PHI 2 Back in action (knee).
22 Mario Chalmers [PG] MIA 4  
23 Jarrett Jack [PG,SG] CLE 4  
24 Jameer Nelson [PG] ORL 3  
25 Jose Calderon [PG] DAL 3  
26 Reggie Jackson [PG] OKC 3  
27 Ricky Rubio [PG] MIN 2  
28 Greivis Vasquez [PG,SG] TOR 3 Averaging 10.5 points, 4.0 assists and 1.0 threes in 20 minutes over last four games.
29 Beno Udrih [PG] NYK 4 Averaging 12.3 points, 5.3 assists and 2.0 threes in 34 minutes over last five games but minutes should go down with Raymond Felton (hamstring) expected back this week.
30 Nate Robinson [PG,SG] DEN 3  
31 George Hill [PG,SG] IND 2  
32 D.J. Augustin [PG] CHI 2 Decent short-term play while Kirk Hinrich is out. Averaging 16.5 points, 7.5 assists and 3.5 threes in 41 minutes over last two games.
33 Jeremy Lin * [PG] HOU 5 Day-to-day (back).
34 Raymond Felton * [PG,SG] NYK 4 Could make return this week (hamstring).
35
Jordan Farmar *
[PG]
LAL
4
Could make return this week (hamstring).


SHOOTING GUARDS
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 James Harden * [SG,SF] HOU 5 Day-to-day (ankle).
2 Dwyane Wade [PG,SG] MIA 4 Averaging 24.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals over last five games.
3 Klay Thompson [SG,SF] GSW 4  
4 J.R. Smith [SG,SF] NYK 4 Averaging 17.6 points, 6.3 assists and 4.0 threes over last three games.
5 Monta Ellis [PG,SG] DAL 3  
6 Goran Dragic [PG,SG] PHO 3  
7 Aaron Afflalo [SG,SF] ORL 3  
8 DeMar DeRozan [SG,SF] TOR 3 Averaging career-highs in points (21.5), rebounds (4.0), steals (1.1) and threes (1.2).
9 Jamal Crawford [PG,SG] LAC 3 Averaging 19.4 points, 1.4 steals and 2.6 threes in 34 minutes over last five games.
10 Tyreke Evans [SG,SF] NO 3 Averaging 16.0 points, 8.0 assists and 9.5 rebounds in 30 minutes over last two games.
11 Paul George [SG,SF] IND 2  
12 Marco Belinelli [SG] SAS 4 Averaging 22.5 points and 4.5 threes in 33 minutes over last two games.
13 Xavier Henry [SG] LAL 4 Averaging 17.0 points and 2.5 steals in 39 minutes over last two games.
14 Dion Waiters [SG] CLE 4  
15 Manu Ginobili [SG,SF] SAS 4  
16 Louis Williams [PG,SG] ATL 4 Averaging 12.8 points, 1.8 steals and 2.8 threes in 24 minutes over last five games.
17 Jodie Meeks [SG] LAL 4  
18 Danny Green [SG,SF] SAS 4  
19 Joe Johnson * [SG,SF] BKN 4 Day-to-day (personal).
20 Victor Oladipo [SG] ORL 3  
21 Eric Gordon [SG] NO 3  
22 Gerald Henderson [SG,SF] CHA 3  
23 Alec Burks [PG,SG] UTA 3  
24 Bradley Beal * [SG] WAS 2 Back in action (leg).
25 Wesley Matthews [SG,SF] POR 2  
26 Lance Stephenson [SG] IND 2  
27 Kevin Martin [SG] MIN 2  
28 Ray Allen [SG] MIA 4 Averaging 9.0 points, 1.0 steals and 1.4 threes in 26 minutes over last five games.
29 Terrence Ross [SG] TOR 3 Averaging 13.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.4 threes in 30 minutes over last five games.
30 Ben McLemore [SG] SAC 3  
31 O.J. Mayo [SG] MIL 3  
32 Rodney Stuckey [PG,SG] DET 3  
33 Vince Carter [SG] DAL 3  
34 Randy Foye [PG,SG] DEN 3  
35
Ramon Sessions
[PG,SG]
CHA
3



SMALL FORWARDS
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 LeBron James [SF,PF] MIA 4  
2 Chandler Parsons [SF,PF] HOU 5  
3 Carmelo Anthony [SF,PF] NYK 4  
4 Paul Pierce [SF] BKN 4 Averaging 17.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.8 threes in 33 minutes over last five games.
5 Kevin Durant [SF] OKC 3  
6 Kyle Korver [SG,SF] ATL 4 Averaging 14.8 points, 4.2 threes and 1.0 steals over last five games.
7 Kawhi Leonard [SG,SF] SAS 4  
8 Josh Smith [SF,PF] DET 3  
9 Gordon Hayward [SG,SF] UTA 3  
10 Rudy Gay [SF,PF] SAC 3  
11 Tony Allen [SG,SF] MEM 3 Averaging 17.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals over last three games.
12 Nick Young [SG,SF] LAL 4 Averaging 19.8 points and 2.8 threes in 32 minutes over last five games.
13 Andre Iguodala * [SG,SF] GSW 4 Back in action (hamstring).
14 Francisco Garcia [SG,SF] HOU 5  
15 Omri Casspi [SF] HOU 5  
16 Wesley Johnson [SG,SF] LAL 4  
17 Wilson Chandler [SG,SF] DEN 3  
18 Tobias Harris [SF,PF] ORL 3 Value goes up if move to starting lineup is permanent. Averaging 17.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 threes in 33 minutes over last two games.
19 Shawn Marion [SF,PF] DAL 3  
20 Caron Butler * [SF] MIL 3 Back in action.
21 Al-Farouq Aminu [SF] NO 3  
22 Khris Middleton [SF] MIL 3 Averaging 16.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 threes over last five games but production could go down with Caron Butler back.
23 Nicolas Batum [SG,SF] POR 2  
24 Evan Turner [SG,SF] PHI 2  
25 Trevor Ariza [SF] WAS 2  
26 DeMarre Carroll [SF,PF] ATL 4  
27 Gerald Green [SG,SF] PHO 3 Averaging 20.5 points and 5.0 threes in 28 minutes over last two games.
28 Marvin Williams [SF] UTA 3  
29 Jared Dudley [SG,SF] LAC 3  
30 Richard Jefferson [SF] UTA 3  
31 P.J. Tucker [SF,PF] PHO 3  
32 Giannis Antetokoumpo [SF] MIL 3 Averaging 9.8 points and 6.4 rebounds in 32 minutes over last five games.
33 Harrison Barnes [SF] GSW 4 Value goes way down with Andre Igoudala back. Averaging 5.3 points in 23.0 minutes over last three games.
34 Derrick Williams [SF,PF] SAC 3  
35
Luol Deng *
[SF]
CHI
2
Day-to-day (Achilles).


POWER FORWARDS
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Paul Millsap [PF] ATL 4 Averaging 16.0 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.2 threes over last five games.
2 David Lee [PF,C] GSW 4  
3 Tim Duncan [PF,C] SAS 4  
4 Pau Gasol * [PF,C] LAL 4 Day-to-day (respiratory issues)
5 Anthony Davis * [PF] NO 3 Back in action (hand).
6 Kevin Love [PF,C] MIN 2  
7 Serge Ibaka [PF,C] OKC 3  
8 Blake Griffin [PF,C] LAC 3  
9 Dirk Nowitzki [PF] DAL 3  
10 Zach Randolph [PF,C] MEM 3  
11 Amir Johnson [PF,C] TOR 3 Averaging 15.0 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks over last five games.
12 Greg Monroe [PF,C] DET 3  
13 LaMarcus Aldridge [PF,C] POR 2  
14 Channing Frye [PF] PHO 3  
15 Ryan Anderson [PF,C] NO 3  
16 Derrick Favors [PF,C] UTA 3  
17 Terrence Jones [SF,PF] HOU 5 Only averaging 6.4 points and 5.0 rebounds in 25 minutes over last five games.
18 Tristan Thompson [PF,C] CLE 4  
19 Andrea Bargnani [PF,C] NYK 4 Value goes down a bit with Tyson Chandler back.
20 Glen Davis [PF,C] ORL 3  
21 Markieff Morris [PF] PHO 3  
22 Marcus Morris [PF] PHO 3  
23 Thaddeus Young [SF,PF] PHI 2  
24 David West [PF] IND 2  
25 Carlos Boozer [PF,C] CHI 2  
26 Mirza Teletovic [PF] BKN 4 Could see bump in minutes with Brook Lopez out. Averaging 10.0 points and 2.6 threes in 19 minutes over last five games.
27 Kevin Garnett [PF,C] BKN 4  
28 Boris Diaw [PF,C] SAS 4  
29 Elton Brand [PF,C] ATL 4  
30 Josh McRoberts [PF,C] CHA 3  
31 Jason Thompson [PF,C] SAC 3  
32 Nene [PF,C] WAS 2  
33 Taj Gibson [PF] CHI 2  
34 Kenneth Faried * [PF] DEN 3 Day-to-day (ankle).
35
Ersan Ilyasova *
[PF]
MIL
3
Day-to-day (ankle).

CENTERS
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Dwight Howard [C] HOU 5 Averaging 21.6 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks over last five games.
2 Al Horford [PF,C] ATL 4  
3 Chris Bosh [PF,C] MIA 4  
4 Andrew Bogut [C] GSW 4 Averaging 9.4 points, 14.6 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.2 steals over last five games.
5 DeMarcus Cousins [PF,C] SAC 3  
6 Andre Drummond [PF,C] DET 3  
7 Nikola Vucevic [PF,C] ORL 3  
8 DeAndre Jordan [C] LAC 3  
9 Al Jefferson [PF,C] CHA 3  
10 Jonas Valanciunas [C] TOR 3 Averaging 13.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 30 minutes over last five games.
11 Andray Blatche [PF,C] BKN 4 Value goes up with Brook Lopez out for the year .
12 Tyson Chandler * [C] NYK 4 Back in action.
13 Jordan Hill [PF,C] LAL 4  
14 Anderson Varejao [PF,C] CLE 4  
15 John Henson [PF,C] MIL 3 Day-to-day (knee).
16 Joakim Noah [PF,C] CHI 2 Averaging 12.6 points, 12.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals over last five games.
17 Roy Hibbert [C] IND 2  
18 Spencer Hawes [C] PHI 2  
19 Andrew Bynum [C] CLE 4  
20 Tiago Splitter [C] SAS 4  
21 J.J. Hickson [PF,C] DEN 3  
22 Brandan Wright [PF,C] DAL 3 Averaging 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in 27 minutes over last two games.
23 Miles Plumlee [PF,C] PHO 3 Averaging 8.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 29 minutes over last five games.
24 Marcin Gortat [C] WAS 2  
25 Nikola Pekovic [C] MIN 2  
26 Chris Kaman [PF,C] LAL 4  
27 Amar'e Stoudemire [PF,C] NYK 4  
28 Enes Kanter [C] UTA 3  
29 Timofey Mozgov [C] DEN 3 Could see bump in minutes if Kenneth Faried (ankle) misses time this week.
30 Jon Leuer [PF,C] MEM 3  
31 Bismack Biyombo [PF,C] CHA 3  
32 Ed Davis [PF,C] MEM 3  
33 Kosta Koufos [PF,C] MEM 3  
34 Robin Lopez [C] POR 2  
35 Jason Smith * [PF,C] NO 3 Day-to-day (knee).