NBA Weekly Player Rankings: Week 8

NBA Weekly Player Rankings: Week 8

This article is part of our NBA Weekly Player Rankings series.

This is our weekly cheat sheet based on our 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 rankings take into account games played Monday through Saturday. We will try to update the meter with any breaking news that happens Sunday, but in most cases, any injuries, lineup changes, etc. that happen on Sunday won't be accounted for in the rankings until the following week.

Week 8: Dec. 14 - Dec. 20

Four Games ATL, BKN, CHI, DEN, HOU, IND, LAC, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NO, ORL, PHI, PHO, POR, TOR
Three Games BOS, CHA, CLE, DAL, DET, LAL, NYC, OKC, SAC, SAS, UTA, WAS
Two Games GSW

Yellow indicates new to the rankings.

Point Guards

RankPlayerTeamPos. EligibleGamesNotes
1 Kyle Lowry [PG] 4 Averaging 23.0 points, 6.8 assists, 5.6 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 3.4 threes over last five games.
2 Damian Lillard [PG] 4
3 Eric Bledsoe [PG,SG] 4
4 Chris Paul [PG] 4
5 Jeff Teague [PG] 4
6 Ricky Rubio [PG] 4
7 Elfrid Payton [PG] 4 Averaging
This is our weekly cheat sheet based on our 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 rankings take into account games played Monday through Saturday. We will try to update the meter with any breaking news that happens Sunday, but in most cases, any injuries, lineup changes, etc. that happen on Sunday won't be accounted for in the rankings until the following week.

Week 8: Dec. 14 - Dec. 20

Four Games ATL, BKN, CHI, DEN, HOU, IND, LAC, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NO, ORL, PHI, PHO, POR, TOR
Three Games BOS, CHA, CLE, DAL, DET, LAL, NYC, OKC, SAC, SAS, UTA, WAS
Two Games GSW

Yellow indicates new to the rankings.

Point Guards

RankPlayerTeamPos. EligibleGamesNotes
1 Kyle Lowry [PG] 4 Averaging 23.0 points, 6.8 assists, 5.6 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 3.4 threes over last five games.
2 Damian Lillard [PG] 4
3 Eric Bledsoe [PG,SG] 4
4 Chris Paul [PG] 4
5 Jeff Teague [PG] 4
6 Ricky Rubio [PG] 4
7 Elfrid Payton [PG] 4 Averaging 14.8 points, 6.2 assists and 2.6 steals over last five games.
8 Russell Westbrook [PG] 3
9 John Wall [PG] 3
10 Isaiah Thomas [PG] 3
11 Rajon Rondo [PG] 3 Averaging 11.6 points, 12.4 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 2.6 steals over last five games.
12 Kemba Walker [PG] 3
13 Reggie Jackson [PG] 3
14 Stephen Curry [PG,SG] 2
15 Mike Conley [PG] 4
16 George Hill [PG,SG] 4
17 Jarrett Jack [PG,SG] 4
18 Goran Dragic [PG,SG] 4
19 Derrick Rose [PG] 4
20 Patrick Beverley [PG] 4 Averaging 11.8 points, 1.6 steals and 2.8 threes in 29 minutes over last five games.
21 Michael Carter-Williams [PG] 4
22 D'Angelo Russell [PG] 3 Averaging 16.0 points, 3.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.2 threes in 30 minutes over last five games.
23 Deron Williams [PG] 3 Day-to-day (illness).
24 Trey Burke [PG] 3 Averaging 15.0 points, 5.0 assists and 2.6 threes in 28 minutes over last five games.
25 Jose Calderon [PG] 3
26 Darren Collison [PG] 3
27 Tony Parker [PG] 3
28 Jordan Clarkson [PG] 3 Day-to-day (ankle).
29 Jameer Nelson [PG] 4 Decent short-term play if Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) misses time this week. Averaging 13.0 points, 6.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 3.0 threes in 32 minutes over last two games.
30 Zach LaVine [PG,SG] 4
31 Emmanuel Mudiay [PG] 4 Day-to-day (ankle).
32 Jrue Holiday [PG] 4
33 Cory Joseph [PG] 4
34 Shane Larkin [PG] 4
35 Jeremy Lin [PG,SG] 3 Averaging 11.4 points 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks in 26 minutes over last five games.

Shooting Guards

RankPlayerTeamPos. EligibleGamesNotes
1 James Harden [SG,SF] 4
2 Jimmy Butler [SG,SF] 4
3 C.J. McCollum [PG,SG] 4
4 Brandon Knight [PG,SG] 4
5 DeMar DeRozan [SG,SF] 4 Averaging 27.5 points, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.0 blocks and 9.5 free throws made over last two games.
6 Victor Oladipo [SG] 4
7 Khris Middleton [SG,SF] 4
8 O.J. Mayo [SG] 4 Averaging 14.6 points, 4.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.8 threes in 34 minutes over last five games.
9 Dwyane Wade [SG] 4
10 Monta Ellis [PG,SG] 4
11 Will Barton [SG] 4
12 Kevin Martin [SG] 4 Averaging 19.6 points and 4.0 threes in 41 minutes over last two games.
13 Eric Gordon [SG] 4
14 J.J. Redick [SG] 4
15 Bojan Bogdanovic [SG,SF] 4 Starting at shooting guard with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson out. Averaging 14.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 threes in 37 minutes over last three games.
16 Kyle Korver [SG,SF] 4
17 Evan Fournier [SG,SF] 4
18 Joe Johnson [SG,SF] 4
19 Avery Bradley [PG,SG] 3
20 Wesley Matthews [SG,SF] 3
21 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope [SG] 3 Averaging 15.6 points, 3.4 steals and 1.4 threes over last five games.
22 Lou Williams [SG] 3 Averaging 17.8 points, 1.0 steals and 2.2 threes in 32 minutes over last five games.
23 Kobe Bryant [SG] 3
24 Klay Thompson [SG,SF] 2
25 Marcus Thornton [SG] 4 Averaging 19.7 points, 1.3 threes and 3.3 threes in 21 minutes over last three games.
26 Courtney Lee [SG,SF] 4
27 Jamal Crawford [PG,SG] 4
28 Rodney Stuckey [PG,SG] 4
29 Mario Chalmers [PG,SG] 4
30 Ramon Sessions [PG,SG] 3 Could see bump in minutes and production with Bradley Beal out. Averaging 15.5 points and 4.0 assists in 28 minutes over last two games.
31 J.R. Smith [SG,SF] 3 Day-to-day (illness).
32 Alec Burks [SG] 3
33 Arron Afflalo [SG,SF] 3
34 Danny Green [SG,SF] 3
35 Jeremy Lamb [SG] 3

Small Forwards

RankPlayerTeamPos. EligibleGamesNotes
1 Paul George [SG,SF] 4
2 Kevin Durant [SF] 3
3 LeBron James [SF,PF] 3
4 Tyreke Evans [SG,SF] 4 Averaging 24.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 3.5 threes in 35 minutes over last two games.
5 Robert Covington [SF] 4
6 Giannis Antetokounmpo [SF] 4
7 Danilo Gallinari [SF] 4
8 Kawhi Leonard [SG,SF] 3
9 Gordon Hayward [SG,SF] 3 Averaging 21.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 2.0 steals and 3.6 threes over last five games.
10 Nicolas Batum [SG,SF] 3 Stepping up his game with Al Jefferson out. Averaging 17.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.8 threes over last five games.
11 Carmelo Anthony [SF,PF] 3
12 Trevor Ariza [SF] 4
13 Al-Farouq Aminu [SF] 4
14 Tobias Harris [SF,PF] 4
15 Kent Bazemore [SG,SF] 4
16 C.J. Miles [SG,SF] 4
17 Andrew Wiggins [SF] 4
18 Otto Porter [SG,SF] 3 Averaging 16.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.6 threes over last five games.
19 Jae Crowder [SF] 3
20 Rudy Gay [SF,PF] 3
21 Jerami Grant [SF] 4
22 Corey Brewer [SG,SF] 4 Averaging 14.7 points, 2.3 threes and 2.7 steals in 26 minutes over last three games.
23 Matt Barnes [SF] 4 Averaging 9.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.5 threes in 28 minutes over last two games.
24 Allen Crabbe [SF] 4
25 Terrence Ross [SG,SF] 4 Starting at small forward with DeMarre Carroll out. Averaging 11.7 points and 1.7 threes in 32 minutes over last three games.
26 P.J. Tucker [SF] 4
27 Gerald Green [SG,SF] 4 Minutes will likely decrease with Luol Deng back. Averaging 12.0 points, 1.5 blocks, 1.0 steals and 2.0 threes in 26 minutes over last two games.
28 Thabo Sefolosha [SG,SF] 4
29 Marcus Morris [SF,PF] 3
30 Omri Casspi [SF] 3
31 Manu Ginobili [SG,SF] 3
32 Jeff Green [SF,PF] 4
33 Luol Deng [SF] 4 Back in action.
34 Shabazz Muhammad [SF] 4 Averaging 11.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in 19 minutes over last three games.
35 Evan Turner [SG,SF] 3

Power Forwards

RankPlayerTeamPos. EligibleGamesNotes
1 Anthony Davis [PF] 4
2 Paul Millsap [PF] 4
3 Greg Monroe [PF,C] 4
4 Blake Griffin [PF,C] 4
5 Chris Bosh [PF,C] 4
6 Karl-Anthony Towns [PF,C] 4
7 Ryan Anderson [PF,C] 4
8 Thaddeus Young [SF,PF] 4
9 Nerlens Noel [PF,C] 4
10 Derrick Favors [PF,C] 3
11 Serge Ibaka [PF,C] 3
12 Kristaps Porzingis [PF] 3
13 Dirk Nowitzki [PF] 3
14 Kevin Love [PF,C] 3 Averaging 10.8 points and 0.2 threes on 32% shooting from the field over last five games.
15 Draymond Green [SF,PF] 2
16 Mirza Teletovic [PF] 4 Averaging 13.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.0 threes in 23 minutes over last five games.
17 Kenneth Faried [PF] 4
18 Zach Randolph [PF,C] 4
19 Jon Leuer [PF] 4 Averaging 12.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 30 minutes over last five games.
20 Jabari Parker [PF] 4 Averaging 13.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 30 minutes over last five games.
21 Jared Sullinger [PF,C] 3
22 Marvin Williams [SF,PF] 3
23 Tim Duncan [PF,C] 3
24 Andrew Nicholson [PF] 4
25 Nikola Mirotic [PF] 4
26 Terrence Jones [SF,PF] 4
27 Ed Davis [PF,C] 4
28 Luis Scola [PF,C] 4
29 Mason Plumlee [PF,C] 4
30 Andrea Bargnani [PF,C] 4 Averaging 16.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in 19 minutes over last two games.
31 Taj Gibson [PF] 4
32 Julius Randle [PF] 3
33 Ersan Ilyasova [PF] 3
34 Amir Johnson [PF,C] 3
35 Trevor Booker [PF] 3

Centers

RankPlayerTeamPos. EligibleGamesNotes
1 Marc Gasol [C] 4
2 Pau Gasol [PF,C] 4
3 Brook Lopez [C] 4
4 DeAndre Jordan [C] 4
5 Al Horford [PF,C] 4
6 Nikola Vucevic [PF,C] 4
7 Dwight Howard [C] 4 Averaging 13.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.8 steals over last four games.
8 Hassan Whiteside [C] 4
9 Jahlil Okafor [C] 4
10 Andre Drummond [C] 3
11 DeMarcus Cousins [PF,C] 3
12 LaMarcus Aldridge [PF,C] 3
13 Alex Len [C] 4 Averaging 15.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 30 minutes over last four games.
14 Gorgui Dieng [C] 4
15 Bismack Biyombo [PF,C] 4
16 Ian Mahinmi [C] 4
17 Joakim Noah [C] 4
18 Jordan Hill [PF,C] 4
19 Clint Capela [C] 4
20 Zaza Pachulia [C] 3
21 Marcin Gortat [C] 3 Averaging 14.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks over last three games.
22 Kelly Olynyk [C] 3 Averaging 15.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.0 blocks, 1.2 steals and 1.4 threes in 24 minutes over last five games.
23 Roy Hibbert [C] 3
24 Kosta Koufos [C] 3
25 Robin Lopez [C] 3
26 Enes Kanter [C] 3
27 Steven Adams [C] 3
28 Cody Zeller [PF,C] 3
29 Spencer Hawes [PF,C] 3
30 Meyers Leonard [C] 4
31 John Henson [PF,C] 4
32 Nikola Jokic [C] 4
33 Timofey Mozgov [C] 3
34 Andrew Bogut [C] 2
35 Tyson Chandler [C] 4 Day-to-day (hamstring)
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