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NBA Weekly Player Rankings: Week 18

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 18:
February 24th - March 2nd
Four Games: CHI, CLE, DAL, GSW, IND, NO, NYK, ORL, PHI, PHO, UTA
Three Games: ATL, BKN, BOS, DEN, DET, HOU, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIL, OKC, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR, WAS
Two Games:
CHA, MIA, MIN

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POINT GUARDS
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Stephen Curry [PG,SG] GSW 4  
2 Goran Dragic [PG,SG] PHO 4  
3 Kyrie Ivring [PG] CLE 4  
4 Michael Carter-Williams [PG] PHI 4  
5 Trey Burke [PG] UTA 4 Averaging 17.0 points, 7.7 assists and 2.3 threes over last three games.
6 D.J. Augustin [PG] CHI 4 Averaging 15.4 points, 4.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.2 threes in 29 minutes over last five games.
7 Kyle Lowry [PG] TOR 3  
8 Damian Lillard [PG] POR 3 Looking to score more with LaMarcus Aldridge out. Averaging 29.5 points and 6.5 assists over last two games.
9 Chris Paul [PG] LAC 3 Day-to-day (thumb).
10 John Wall [PG] WAS 3  
11 Isaiah Thomas [PG] SAC 3  
12 Rajon Rondo [PG] BOS 3 No back-to backs this week so should play in all three games. Averaging 13.3 points, 8.3 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.7 threes over last three games.
13 Brandon Jennings [PG] DET 3  
14 Mike Conley [PG] MEM 3  
15 Brandon Knight [PG,SG] MIL 3  
16 Kendall Marshall [PG] LAL 3 Averaging 11.8 points, 11.8 assists, 2.0 threes and 1.6 steals in 36 minutes over last five games.
17 Deron Williams [PG] BKN 3  
18 Jeff Teague [PG] ATL 3  
19 Russell Westbrook [PG] OKC 3 Back in action but could be on minutes restriction this week.
20 Jameer Nelson [PG] ORL 4  
21 Jose Calderon [PG] DAL 4  
22 Raymond Felton [PG] NYK 4  
23 George Hill [PG,SG] IND 4  
24 Brian Roberts [PG] NO 4  
25 Ty Lawson * [PG] DEN 3 Day-to-day (back).
26 Patty Mills [PG] SAS 3 Averaging 16.0 points, 1.2 threes and 1.0 steals in 23 minutes over last five games.
27 Tony Wroten [PG,SG] PHI 4  
28 Kirk Hinrich [PG,SG] CHI 4  
29 Reggie Jackson [PG] OKC 3  
30 Kemba Walker [PG] CHA 2  
31 Ricky Rubio [PG] MIN 2  
32 Jeremy Lin [PG] HOU 3  
33 Patrick Beverley [PG] HOU 3 Averaging 10.3 points, 1.8 steals and 2.3 threes in 31 minutes over last five games.
34 Nate Wolters [PG] MIL 3 Averaging 9.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.0 steals in 34 minutes over last five games.
35
Tony Parker *
[PG]
SAS
3
Day-to-day (multiple injuries).


SHOOTING GUARDS
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Lance Stephenson [SG] IND 4  
2 Monta Ellis [PG,SG] DAL 4  
3 Gerald Green [SG,SF] PHO 4 Averaging 23.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.0 threes over last five games.
4 Victor Oladipo [SG] ORL 4  
5 Klay Thompson [SG,SF] GSW 4  
6 James Harden * [SG,SF] HOU 3 Day-to-day (elbow). Averaging 26.0 points, 6.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 3.2 threes over last five games.
7 DeMar DeRozan [SG,SF] TOR 3  
8 J.R. Smith [SG,SF] NYK 4  
9 Tyreke Evans [SG,SF] NO 4  
10 Eric Gordon [SG] NO 4  
11 Alec Burks [PG,SG] UTA 4 Averaging 20.0 points, 8.2 free throws made (79% shooting from the line) and 1.0 steals in 28 minutes over last five games.
12 Vince Carter [SG] DAL 4 Averaging 11.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.6 threes in only 24 minutes over last five games.
13 Tim Hardaway Jr. [SG] NYK 4 Should see bump in minutes with Iman Shumpert (knee) out. Averaging 13.6 points and 2.4 threes in 35 minutes over last five games.
14 Arron Afflalo * [SG,SF] ORL 4 Day-to-day (ankle).
15 Jarrett Jack [PG,SG] CLE 4 Could see bump in minutes this week if Dion Waiters and C.J. Miles are out. Averaging 9.5 points, 5.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 threes in 38 minutes over last two games.
16 Bradley Beal [SG] WAS 3  
17 Randy Foye [PG,SG] DEN 3  
18 Jamal Crawford [PG,SG] LAC 3  
19 Wesley Matthews [SG,SF] POR 3  
20 James Anderson [SG,SF] PHI 4  
21 Marco Belinelli [SG] SAS 3 Averaging 17.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.6 threes in 31 minutes over last five games.
22 Joe Johnson [SG,SF] BKN 3  
23 Jodie Meeks [SG] LAL 3 Back in action.
24 Lou Williams [PG,SG] ATL 3 Averaging 13.2 points, 4.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.8 threes in 30 minutes over last five games.
25 Dwyane Wade [PG,SG] MIA 2  
26 Danny Green [SG,SF] SAS 3  
27 Terrence Ross [SG] TOR 3  
28 Rodney Stuckey [PG,SG] DET 3  
29 Courtney Lee [SG,SF] MEM 3  
30 Manu Ginobili [SG,SF] SAS 3  
31 Ben McLemore [SG] SAC 3  
32 Steve Blake [PG,SG] GSW 4  
33 Elliott Williams [SG] PHI 4 Averaging 10.0 points, 2.0 steals and 1.0 threes in 25 minutes over last two games.
34 Tony Allen [SG,SF] MEM 3 Back in action.
35
Kevin Martin *
[SG]
MIN
2
Could make return this week.


SMALL FORWARDS
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Carmelo Anthony [SF,PF] NYK 4 Averaging 35.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.2 threes and 1.2 steals over last five games.
2 Paul George [SG,SF] IND 4 Averaging 31.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 4.0 threes over last five games.
3 Kevin Durant [SF] OKC 3  
4 Luol Deng [SF] CLE 4  
5 Gordon Hayward [SG,SF] UTA 4  
6 Tobias Harris [SF,PF] ORL 4  
7 Jimmy Butler * [SG,SF] CHI 4 Day-to-day (ribs).
8 Josh Smith [SF,PF] DET 3  
9 Chandler Parsons [SF,PF] HOU 3  
10 Jeff Green [SF,PF] BOS 3  
11 Rudy Gay [SF,PF] SAC 3  
12 Nicolas Batum [SG,SF] POR 3  
13 Trevor Ariza [SF] WAS 3  
14 Wilson Chandler [SG,SF] DEN 3  
15 LeBron James * [SF,PF] MIA 2 Day-to-day (nose).
16 P.J. Tucker [SF,PF] PHO 4 Averaging 11.4 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 35 minutes over last five games.
17 Mike Dunleavy [SG,SF] CHI 4 Averaging 10.0 points, 6.4 assists, 1.2 threes, 1.2 blocks and 1.4 steals in 35 minutes over last five games.
18 Shawn Marion [SF,PF] DAL 4  
19 Andre Iguodala [SG,SF] GSW 4  
20 Paul Pierce [SF] BKN 3  
21 DeMarre Carroll [SF,PF] ATL 3  
22 Kyle Korver [SG,SF] ATL 3  
23 Kyle Singler [SG,SF] DET 3 Averaging 12.4 points, 1.6 steals and 2.0 threes in 36 minutes over last five games.
24 Marvin Williams [SF] UTA 4  
25 Al-Farouq Aminu [SF] NO 4  
26 Evan Turner [SG,SF] IND 4  
27 Richard Jefferson [SF] UTA 4  
28 Harrison Barnes [SF] GSW 4  
29 Nick Young [SG,SF] LAL 3 Expected back this week (knee).
30 Matt Barnes [SF] LAC 3  
31 Wesley Johnson [SG,SF] LAL 3  
32 Khris Middleton [SF] MIL 3  
33 Gerald Wallace [SF,PF] BOS 3  
34 Giannis Antetokoumpo [SF] MIL 3  
35
Caron Butler *
[SF]
MIL
3
Day-to-day (ankle). Averaging 19.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 threes in 30 minutes over last two games.


POWER FORWARDS
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Anthony Davis [PF] NO 4  
2 Thaddeus Young [SF,PF] PHI 4 #1 option on offense with Hawes and Turner traded.
3 Dirk Nowitzki [PF] DAL 4  
4 David Lee [PF,C] GSW 4  
5 Blake Griffin [PF,C] LAC 3  
6 Kevin Love [PF,C] MIN 2 Averaging 39.5 points, 14.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 5.5 threes and 1.0 steals over last two games.
7 Greg Monroe [PF,C] DET 3 Averaging 17.2 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks over last five games.
8 Serge Ibaka [PF,C] OKC 3  
9 Pau Gasol [PF,C] LAL 3  
10 Zach Randolph [PF,C] MEM 3  
11 Tim Duncan [PF,C] SAS 3  
12 Nene [PF,C] WAS 3  
13 Paul Millsap * [PF] ATL 3 Day-to-day (knee).
14 LaMarcus Aldridge * [PF,C] POR 3 Day-to-day (groin).
15 David West [PF] IND 4  
16 Tristan Thompson [PF,C] CLE 4  
17 Channing Frye [PF] PHO 4  
18 Carlos Boozer [PF,C] CHI 4  
19 Markieff Morris [PF] PHO 4 Averaging 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.8 steals in 32 minutes over last four games.
20 Taj Gibson [PF] CHI 4  
21 Mike Scott [PF] ATL 3 Averaging 25.0 points, 6.5 rebound and 4.0 threes in 30 minutes over last two games.
22 Kenneth Faried [PF] DEN 3  
23 Amir Johnson [PF,C] TOR 3  
24 Patrick Patterson [PF] TOR 3  
25 Brandon Bass [PF,C] BOS 3  
26 Elton Brand [PF,C] ATL 3 Averaging 8.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 30 minutes over last five games.
27 Ersan Ilyasova [PF] MIL 3  
28 Terrence Jones [SF,PF] HOU 3 Only averaging 6.8 points and 4.8 rebounds in 24 minutes over last five games.
29 Marcus Morris [PF] PHO 4  
30 Boris Diaw [PF,C] SAS 3  
31 Kris Humphries [PF] BOS 3  
32 Ryan Kelly [PF] LAL 3  
33 Dante Cunningham [PF] MIN 2 Could see bump in minutes and production with Ronny Turiaf out and Nikola Pekovic questionable.
34 Derrick Favors * [PF,C] UTA 4 Day-to-day (hip).
35
Jared Sullinger *
[PF]
BOS
3
Day-to-day (concussion).

CENTERS
Rank Player Eligible Team Games Comment
1 Joakim Noah [PF,C] CHI 4 Averaging 12.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 8.2 assists and 1.8 blocks over last five games.
2 Nikola Vucevic [PF,C] ORL 4  
3 Enes Kanter [C] UTA 4 Solid play this week if Derrick Favors (hip) can't go. Averaging 22.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 35 minutes over last three games.
4 Roy Hibbert [C] IND 4  
5 Tyson Chandler [C] NYK 4  
6 Andre Drummond [PF,C] DET 3  
7 Dwight Howard [C] HOU 3  
8 DeMarcus Cousins [PF,C] SAC 3  
9 Robin Lopez [C] POR 3 Averaging 11.8 points, 12.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks over last five games.
10 Marcin Gortat [C] WAS 3  
11 Marc Gasol [C] MEM 3  
12 DeAndre Jordan [C] LAC 3  
13 J.J. Hickson [PF,C] DEN 3  
14 Jonas Valanciunas [C] TOR 3  
15 Al Jefferson [PF,C] CHA 2  
16 Chris Bosh [PF,C] MIA 2  
17 Tyler Zeller [PF,C] CLE 4 Averaging 11.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 23 minutes over last five games but production could go down with Spencer Hawes in the mix for front-court minutes.
18 Jermaine O'Neal [C] GSW 4 Decent short-term play while Andrew Bogut is out. Averaging 12.5 points, 11.5 points and 1.0 blocks in 36 minutes over last two games.
19 Spencer Hawes [C] CLE 4  
20 Amar'e Stoudemire [PF,C] NYK 4  
21 Samuel Dalembert [C] DAL 4  
22 Miles Plumlee [PF,C] PHO 4  
23 Brandan Wright [PF,C] DAL 4  
24 Chris Kaman [PF,C] LAL 3 Averaging 19.2 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 30 minutes over last five games but minutes and production will most likely decrease with Pau Gasol back.
25 John Henson [PF,C] MIL 3  
26 Andray Blatche [PF,C] BKN 3  
27 Zaza Pachulia [C] MIL 3  
28 Kevin Garnett [PF,C] BKN 3  
29 Timofey Mozgov [C] DEN 3  
30 Arnett Moultrie [PF,C] PHI 4 Default starter at center with Hawes traded to Cleveland.
31 Steven Adams [C] OKC 3 Should start at center this week with Kendrick Perkins (groin) out.
32 Tiago Splitter [C] SAS 3  
33 Andrew Bogut * [C] GSW 4 Day-to-day (shoulder).
34 Anderson Varejao * [PF,C] CLE 4 Day-to-day (back).
35 Nikola Pekovic * [C] MIN 2 Could make return this week.