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NBA Weekly Player Rankings: Week 5

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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 5: Nov. 23 - Nov. 29

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

Yellow indicates new to the rankings.

Point Guards

RankPlayerTeamPos. EligibleGamesNotes
1 John Wall PG 4
2 Kemba Walker PG 4 Averaging 19.2 points, 5.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 2.0 threes over last five games.
3 Chris Paul PG 4
4 Rajon Rondo PG 4
5 Eric Bledsoe PG, SG 4
6 Isaiah Thomas PG 4 Averaging 20.6 points, 7.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 3.2 threes over last five games.
7 Reggie Jackson PG 4
8 Stephen Curry PG, SG 3 Averaging 36.8 points, 5.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 5.4 threes over last five games.
9 Russell Westbrook PG 3 Averaging 33.0 points, 9.0 assists, 8.2 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 2.2 threes over last five games.
10 Kyle Lowry PG 3 Averaging 23.0 points, 5.2 assists, 4.4 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 4.0 threes over last five games.
11 Mike Conley PG 4
12 Ricky Rubio PG 4
13 Elfrid Payton PG 4
14 Tony Parker PG 4 Averaging 15.8 points, 5.4 assists and 1.2 steals over last five games.
15 Darren Collison PG 4 Back in action.
16 Jeff Teague PG 4 Day-to-day (ankle).
17 Dennis Schroder PG 4
18 Jarrett Jack PG, SG 3 Averaging 18.0 points, 8.6 assists and 1.8 threes over last five games.
19 Emmanuel Mudiay PG 3
20 Deron Williams PG 3 Averaging 15.0 points, 6.4 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.6 threes in 35 minutes over last five games.
21 Damian Lillard PG 2
22 Zach Lavine PG, SG 4 Averaging 19.2 points and 2.8 threes over last five games but production could decrease with Ricky Rubio back.
23 Michael Carter-Williams PG 4
24 Mo Williams PG, SG 4 Day-to-day (ankle).
25 Ish Smith PG 3 Averaging 16.0 points and 9.0 assists in 34 minutes over last three games.
26 Goran Dragic PG, SG 3
27 Jordan Clarkson PG 3
28 D'Angelo Russell PG 3 Averaging 15.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.0 blocks, 1.0 steals and 2.0 threes in 31 minutes over last two games.
29 Trey Burke PG 3
30 George Hill PG, SG 3 Day-to-day (illness).
31 T.J. McConnell PG 4
32 Jeremy Lin PG, SG 4
33 Derrick Rose PG 2 Day-to-day (ankle).
34 Jrue Holiday PG 3 Will likely only play twice this week since Pelicans have a back-to-back.
35 Isaiah Canaan PG 4

Shooting Guards

RankPlayerTeamPos. EligibleGamesNotes
1 Brandon Knight PG, SG 4 Averaging 27.6 points, 5.8 assists, 5.4 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 3.4 threes over last five games.
2 James Harden SG, SF 3
3 Victor Oladipo SG 4
4 Khris Middleton SG, SF 4
5 Bradley Beal SG 4
6 Avery Bradley PG, SG 4 Averaging 18.5 points, 2.0 steals and 2.4 threes in 26 minutes over last four games.
7 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SG 4
8 DeMar DeRozan SG, SF 3
9 Klay Thompson SG, SF 3
10 Dwyane Wade SG 3
11 Monta Ellis PG, SG 3
12 Eric Gordon SG 3
13 J.R. Smith SG, SF 4 Averaging 14.5 points and 3.3 threes over last four games.
14 Kyle Korver SG, SF 4
15 J.J. Redick SG 4 Back in action (back).
16 Jamal Crawford PG, SG 4 Averaging 20.2 points and 2.2 threes in 32 minutes over last five games but minutes could decrease with J.J. Redick back.
17 Danny Green SG, SF 4
18 Arron Afflalo SG, SF 4
19 Marco Belinelli SG 4 Averaging 18.0 points and 3.5 threes in 26 minutes over last two games.
20 Will Barton SG 3
21 Kobe Bryant SG 3
22 Jeremy Lamb SG 4
23 Langston Galloway PG, SG 4
24 Kevin Martin SG 4
25 Alec Burks SG 3
26 Rodney Hood SG 3
27 Jimmy Butler SG, SF 2
28 C.J. McCollum PG, SG 2
29 Mario Chalmers PG, SG 4
30 Jerryd Bayless PG, SG 4
31 Wesley Matthews SG, SF 3
32 Joe Johnson SG, SF 3
33 Dion Waiters SG 3
34 Louis Williams SG 3
35 Marcus Smart PG, SG 4 Day-to-day (leg).

Small Forwards

RankPlayerTeamPos. EligibleGamesNotes
1 LeBron James SF, PF 4
2 Kawhi Leonard SG, SF 4
3 Giannis Antetokounmpo SF 4
4 Carmelo Anthony SF, PF 4
5 Nicolas Batum SG, SF 4 Averaging 20.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.4 threes over last five games.
6 Evan Fournier SG, SF 4
7 Andrew Wiggins SF 4
8 Paul George SG, SF 3
9 Jae Crowder SF 4
10 Tobias Harris SF, PF 4
11 Otto Porter SG, SF 4
12 Marcus Morris SF, PF 4
13 Rudy Gay SF, PF 4 Day-to-day (shoulder).
14 DeMarre Carroll SF 3
15 Trevor Ariza SF 3
16 Danilo Gallinari SF 3
17 Gordon Hayward SG, SF 3
18 Kevin Durant SF 3 Day-to-day (hamstring).
19 Omri Casspi SF 4 Decent short-term play if Rudy Gay (shoulder) misses time this week. Averaging 13.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.5 threes in 36 minutes over last two games.
20 Robert Covington SF 4 Back in action. Averaging 11.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 25 minutes over last four games.
21 Manu Ginobili SG, SF 4
22 Jeff Green SF, PF 4 Averaging 13.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 31 minutes over last five games.
23 Jerami Grant SF 4
24 P.J. Tucker SF 4
25 Harrison Barnes SF 3
26 Andre Iguodala SG, SF 3
27 C.J. Miles SG, SF 3
28 Luol Deng SF 3
29 Al-Farouq Aminu SF 2
30 Evan Turner SG, SF 4
31 T.J. Warren SF 4
32 Courtney Lee SG, SF 4
33 Stanley Johnson SF 4
34 Nick Young SG, SF 3
35 Chandler Parsons SF, PF 3 Minutes limit has increased to twenty-three a game.

Power Forwards

RankPlayerTeamPos. EligibleGamesNotes
1 Paul Millsap PF 4
2 Karl-Anthony Towns PF, C 4
3 Kevin Love PF, C 4
4 Greg Monroe PF, C 4
5 Blake Griffin PF, C 4
6 Kristaps Porzingis PF 4 Averaging 16.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.4 threes in 29 minutes over last five games.
7 Anthony Davis PF 3
8 Draymond Green SF, PF 3
9 Tim Duncan PF, C 4
10 Nerlens Noel PF, C 4
11 Dirk Nowitzki PF 3 Averaging 21.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 1.0 steals and 2.3 threes over last three games.
12 Ryan Anderson PF, C 3 Averaging 28.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.7 threes in 37 minutes over last three games.
13 Chris Bosh PF, C 3
14 Thaddeus Young SF, PF 3 Averaging 19.8 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.6 steals over last five games.
15 Serge Ibaka PF, C 3
16 Derrick Favors PF, C 3
17 Jared Sullinger PF, C 4
18 Tristan Thompson PF, C 4 Could see bump in minutes and production with Timofey Mozgov out.
19 Marvin Williams SF, PF 4
20 Ersan Ilyasova PF 4
21 Markieff Morris PF 4
22 Amir Johnson PF, C 4
23 Zach Randolph PF, C 4 Day-to-day (knee).
24 Luis Scola PF, C 3 Averaging 16.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 threes in 28 minutes over last two games.
25 Terrence Jones SF, PF 3
26 Kenneth Faried PF 3
27 Mirza Teletovic PF 4 Averaging 10.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.8 threes in 23 minutes over last four games.
28 Jabari Parker PF 4
29 Kris Humphries PF 4
30 Nemanja Bjelica PF 4
31 Dwight Powell PF 3 Averaging 9.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks in 24 minutes over last five games.
32 Julius Randle PF 3
33 Patrick Patterson PF 3
34 Nikola Mirotic PF 2
35 Mason Plumlee PF, C 2

Centers

RankPlayerTeamPos. EligibleGamesNotes
1 Andre Drummond C 4
2 DeMarcus Cousins PF, C 4
3 Al Horford PF, C 4
4 Nikola Vucevic PF, C 4
5 Marc Gasol C 4
6 DeAndre Jordan C 4
7 Jahlil Okafor C 4
8 Al Jefferson C 4
9 Hassan Whiteside C 3 Averaging 15.0 points, 11.4 rebounds and 6.0 blocks over last five games.
10 Brook Lopez C 3
11 Dwight Howard C 3 No back-to-backs this week so should play in all three games. Averaging 13.8 points, 13.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks this season.
12 Rudy Gobert C 3
13 LaMarcus Aldridge PF, C 4 Day-to-day (ankle).
14 Marcin Gortat C 4
15 Tyson Chandler C 4
16 Kelly Olynyk C 4
17 Robin Lopez C 4
18 Zaza Pachulia C 3 Averaging 14.5 points and 12.0 rebounds over last two games.
19 Roy Hibbert C 3
20 Pau Gasol PF, C 2
21 Andrew Bogut C 3
22 Festus Ezeli C 3
23 Enes Kanter C 3
24 Nikola Jokic C 3 Could see bump in minutes if Joffrey Lauvergne misses time this week. Averaging 14.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals in 25 minutes over last two games.
25 Ian Mahinmi C 3
26 Alexis Ajinca C 3
27 Jordan Hill PF, C 3 Averaging 10.4 points and 9.0 rebounds in 23 minutes over last five games.
28 Gorgui Dieng C 4
29 Alex Len C 4
30 Kosta Koufos C 4
31 Willie Cauley-Stein C 4
32 Steven Adams C 3
33 Bismack Biyombo PF, C 3 Could see bump in minutes with Jonas Valanciunas (leg) out.
34 Omer Asik C 3
35 Joakim Noah C 2

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