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NBA Weekly Player Rankings: Week 1

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 weekly player rankings are written up following Saturday's games. We will try to update the meter with any breaking news that happens on 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 1:October 27th-September 2nd
Four Games:LAL


1Stephen Curry[PG,SG]GSW3Multi-category contributor averaged 24.0 points, 8.5 assists, 1.6 steals and 3.5 threes last year with great %'s (47% from field and 89% from line).
2Chris Paul[PG]LAC3
3Russell Westbrook[PG]OKC3Should see production go up with Kevin Durant out.
4John Wall[PG]WAS3
5Kyle Lowry[PG]TOR3
6Damian Lillard[PG]POR3Points (20.7 LY) and 3's (2.7 3pg LY) are great but will have to increase assists (5.6 apg. LY) and steals (0.8 spg. LY) to be considered elite.
7Mike Conley[PG]MEM3
8Derrick Rose[PG]CHI3
9Goran Dragic[PG,SG]PHO3
10Brandon Jennings[PG]DET3
11Ricky Rubio[PG]MIN3
12Jeremy Lin[PG]LAL4Value goes up with Steve Nash (back) out for the year.
13Kemba Walker *[PG]CHA3Day-to-day (foot).
14Trey Burke[PG]UTA3Looked good in preseason (averaged 15.6 points, 5.4 assists and 2.4 threes in only 29 minutes in last five preseason games).
15Darren Collison[PG]SAC3Averaged 14.8 points, 5.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.4 threes in 35 starts for the Clippers last year.
16Kyrie Ivring[PG]CLE2
17Jeff Teague[PG]ATL2Averaged 17.9 points, 5.8 assists and 1.4 threes on 48% shooting from the field after the All-Star break last year.
18Deron Williams[PG]BKN2Ankle issues are still a concern but averaged 15.5 points, 5.6 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.7 threes after All-Star break last year.
19Jrue Holiday[PG]NO2Averaged 14.3 points, 7.9 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 34 games before getting hurt last season.
20Tony Parker[PG]SAS2
21Ty Lawson *[PG]DEN2Day-to-day (hamstring).
22George Hill[PG,SG]IND3Will be asked to do more with Paul George out and Lance Stephenson in Charlotte. Averaged 10.3 points, 3.5 assists, 1,0 steals and 1.3 threes last year.
23Reggie Jackson[PG]OKC3Solid play while Kevin Durant is out. Averaged 14.1 points, 5.1 assists, 1.4 steals and 1,1 threes in 36 starts last year.
24Jameer Nelson[PG]DAL3
25Isaiah Thomas[PG]PHO3
26Tony Wroten[PG,SG]PHI3Could be solid short-time play while Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) is out. Averaged 17.8 points, 5.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.1 threes in 16 starts last season.
27Patrick Beverley[PG]HOU3Should see as many minutes as he can handle at point guard with Jeremy Lin gone. Averaged 10.2 points, 1.4 steals and 1.6 threes in 31 minutes last season.
28Jose Calderon[PG]NYK3
29Elfrid Payton[PG]ORL3
30Norris Cole[PG]MIA3Looks to have won starting PG job over Mario Chalmers.
31D.J. Augustin[PG]DET3
32Mo Williams[PG,SG]MIN3
33Jarrett Jack[PG,SG]BKN2
34Marcus Smart[PG,SG]BOS2Could start at PG this week if Rajon Rondo (hand) is out this week.
35Rajon Rondo *[PG]BOS2Day-to-day (hand). Could return this week.


1Kobe Bryant[SG]LAL4
2James Harden[SG,SF]HOU3
3Eric Bledsoe[PG,SG]PHO3
4Klay Thompson[SG,SF]GSW3
5Monta Ellis[PG,SG]DAL3
6DeMar DeRozan[SG,SF]TOR3Put up career highs in points (22.7), assists (4.0), rebounds (4.3) and steals (1.1) last year.
7Dwyane Wade[PG,SG]MIA3Will be asked to do more with LeBron gone but only averaging 57 games played over last three years.
8Lance Stephenson[SG]CHA3
9Wesley Matthews[SG,SF]POR3
10Brandon Knight[PG,SG]MIL3
11Kevin Martin[SG]MIN3
12Alec Burks[PG,SG]UTA3Projected to start at shooting guard for Utah - averaged 15.1 points and 1.0 steals after the All-Star break last year.
13J.J. Redick[SG]LAC3Only played 35 games last year due to injury but averaged 15.2 points and 2.1 threes.
14Jamal Crawford[PG,SG]LAC3
15Terrence Ross[SG]TOR3
16CJ Miles[SG,SF]IND3Looks to be opening day starter at small forward. Could be decent source for points and 3's.
17J.R. Smith[SG,SF]NYK3
18Iman Shumpert[PG,SG]NYK3
19Jimmy Butler *[SG,SF]CHI3Day-to-day (thumb). Could miss some time this week.
20Kyle Korver[SG,SF]ATL2
21Tyreke Evans[SG,SF]NO2
22Joe Johnson[SG,SF]BKN2
23Avery Bradley[PG,SG]BOS2Averaged 14.9 points, 1.3 threes and 1.1 steals in 31 minutes last year.
24Eric Gordon[SG]NO2Played in more games last year (64) than previous to years combined.
25Arron Afflalo[SG,SF]DEN2
26Gerald Green[SG,SF]PHO3Averaged 15.8 points and 2.5 threes last year but minutes could be hard to come by behind Bledsoe, Dragic and Thomas.
27Otto Porter[SG,SF]WAS3Has looked good in preseason and could be opening day starter with Bradley Beal out.
28Mario Chalmers[PG,SG]MIA3
29Vince Carter[SG]MEM3
30Quincy Pondexter[SG]MEM3
31Evan Fournier[SG]ORL3Projected starter at shooting guard with Victor Oladipo out indefinitely (facial fracture). Averaged 10.8 points and 1.5 threes after the All-Star break last year for Denver.
32O.J. Mayo[SG]MIL3
33Kentavious Caldwell-Pope *[SG]DET3Day-tot-day (knee). Should start at shooting guard with Jodie Meeks (back) out for a few months.
34Manu Ginobili[SG,SF]SAS2
35Danny Green[SG,SF]SAS2


1Carmelo Anthony[SF,PF]NYK3Averaged career highs in rebounds (8.7) and free throw percentage (85%) last year.
2Nicolas Batum[SG,SF]POR3
3Gordon Hayward[SG,SF]UTA3
4Chandler Parsons[SF,PF]DAL3
5LeBron James[SF,PF]CLE2
6Rudy Gay[SF,PF]SAC3
7Trevor Ariza[SF]HOU3Coming off career year (14.4 ppg., 6.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 2.3 threes) but can he put up similar numbers next to Harden and Howard?
8Josh Smith[SF,PF]DET3
9Wesley Johnson[SG,SF]LAL4Averaged over one steal, one block and one three last year (9.1 points, 1.1 steals, 1.0 blocks, 1.3 threes).
10Luol Deng[SF]MIA3
11Matt Barnes[SF]LAC3Averaged 13.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 2.2 threes in 27 games after the All-Star break last year.
12Tobias Harris[SF,PF]ORL3Could see bump in minutes this week with Channing Frye (knee) questionable.
13Paul Pierce[SF]WAS3Could be asked to score more with Bradley Beal out but how many minutes can he handle at age 37?
14Kawhi Leonard[SG,SF]SAS2Exploded in the playoffs but only averaged 12.8 points and 6.2 rebounds in the regular season last year.
15Andrew Wiggins[SF]MIN3
16Mike Dunleavy[SG,SF]CHI3
17Harrison Barnes[SF]GSW3Starter over Andre Iguodala but could be in timeshare.
18Giannis Antetokoumpo[SF]MIL3
19Andre Iguodala[SG,SF]GSW3
20Jeff Green[SF,PF]BOS2
21Wilson Chandler[SG,SF]DEN2
22DeMarre Carroll[SF]ATL2
23Marvin Williams[SF]CHA3
24Corey Brewer[SG,SF]MIN3
25K.J. McDaniels[SG,SF]PHI3Averaged 7.4 points, 2.0 blocks and 1.0 steals in only 22 minutes a game in preseason.
26Caron Butler[SF]DET3
27Michael Kidd-Gilchrist[SF]CHA3
28Maurice Harkless[SF]ORL3Could see extra minutes this week with Victor Oladipo (facial fracture) out indefinitely.
29Kyle Singler[SG,SF]DET3
30Perry Jones[SF]OKC3Projected starter at SF with Kevin Durant and Anthony Morrow out. Averaged 20.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 threes in last two preseason games.
31Courtney Lee[SG,SF]MEM3
32Chris Copeland[SF]IND3
33Hollis Thompson[SF]PHI3
34Evan Turner[SG,SF]BOS2
35Danilo Gallinari[SF]DEN2Back in action after missing last season (ACL) will most likely start the season as a backup to Wilson Chandler.


1LaMarcus Aldridge[PF,C]POR3Averaged career-highs in points (23.2), rebounds (11.1) and free throw percentage (82%) last year.
2Serge Ibaka[PF,C]OKC3
3Blake Griffin[PF,C]LAC3
4Dirk Nowitzki[PF]DAL3
5Thaddeus Young[SF,PF]MIN3
6Derrick Favors[PF,C]UTA3Averaged 14.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.1 steals after the All-Star break last year.
7Carlos Boozer[PF,C]LAL4
8Pau Gasol[PF,C]CHI3
9Anthony Davis[PF]NO2
10Kevin Love[PF,C]CLE2Production could decrease a little playing with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
11Paul Millsap[PF]ATL2
12Zach Randolph[PF,C]MEM3
13David Lee[PF,C]GSW3
14Jabari Parker[PF]MIL3
15Markieff Morris[PF]PHO3
16Taj Gibson[PF]CHI3Role shouldn't change much from last year with Boozer out and Gasol in. Averaged 13.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks last year.
17Terrence Jones[SF,PF]HOU3
18Tim Duncan[PF,C]SAS2Averaged 15.1 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in only 29 minutes last year.
19Kenneth Faried[PF]DEN2Averaged 19.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals over last 25 games last season.
20Jared Sullinger[PF,C]BOS2Averaged 13.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.0 threes after the All-Star break last year.
21Ryan Anderson[PF,C]NO2
22David West *[PF]IND3Day-to-day (ankle).
23Nerlens Noel[PF,C]PHI3
24Amir Johnson[PF,C]TOR3
25Marcus Morris[PF]PHO3Could be decent short-term play this week with P.J. Tucker suspended for three games.
26Amar'e Stoudemire[PF,C]NYK3Has a lot of mileage but averaged 14.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in 27 minutes after the All-Star break last year.
27Julius Randle[PF]LAL4Should see enough minutes behind Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill to be fantasy relevant this season.
28Ersan Ilyasova[PF]MIL3
29Nene[PF,C]WAS3Will not play in season opener (suspension).
30Tristan Thompson[PF,C]CLE2
31Mirza Teletovic[PF]BKN2Could be decent source for points and 3's if he can get the minutes. Averaged 11.9 points and 2.8 threes in eight games in April last year.
32Jason Smith[PF,C]NYK3
33Jason Thompson[PF,C]SAC3
34Josh McRoberts[PF,C]MIA3Missed all of preseason (toe). Quietly had a solid year in Charlotte (8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.3 threes) and could put similar numbers in Miami.
35Channing Frye *[PF]ORL3Day-to-day (knee). Status in question for this week.


1DeMarcus Cousins[PF,C]SAC3Career highs last year in points (22.7), rebounds (11.7), blocks (1.3) and FG% (50%).
2Andre Drummond[PF,C]DET3Averaged 13.5 points, 13.2 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.2 steals last year.
3Al Jefferson[PF,C]CHA3
4Chris Bosh[PF,C]MIA3Could be in for big year as #1 option on the Heat.
5Joakim Noah[PF,C]CHI3Set career highs in rebounds (11.3), points (12.6) and assists (5.4) but numbers could go down a bit with Derrick Rose healthy and Pau Gasol in the front court.
6Marc Gasol[C]MEM3
7Nikola Vucevic[PF,C]ORL3
8Dwight Howard[C]HOU3
9DeAndre Jordan[C]LAC3
10Marcin Gortat[C]WAS3
11Jonas Valanciunas[C]TOR3
12Jordan Hill[PF,C]LAL4Averaged 13.0 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 32 starts last year.
13Roy Hibbert[C]IND3
14Robin Lopez[C]POR3
15Andrew Bogut[C]GSW3
16Tyson Chandler[C]DAL3
17Samuel Dalembert[C]NYK3
18Al Horford[PF,C]ATL2
19Enes Kanter[C]UTA3Values goes up a bit if he starts to hit 3's (shot 15 in preseason).
20Larry Sanders[PF,C]MIL3Last season was a disaster but can he revert to 2012 form? (9.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.8 blocks).
21Nikola Pekovic[C]MIN3Reportedly on minutes restriction (27 mpg) in effort to stay injury free.
22Spencer Hawes[C]LAC3Had career year last year in Philly and Cleveland but might not see 25+ minutes in LA behind Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
23John Henson[PF,C]MIL3
24Henry Sims[C]PHI3Could be starter by default for the Sixers this year. Averaged 11.4 points and 6.9 rebounds in 26 minutes after the All-Star break last year.
25Miles Plumlee[PF,C]PHO3
26Brook Lopez *[C]BKN2Day-to-day (foot).
27Anderson Varejao[PF,C]CLE2Won starting center job over Tristan Thompson.
28Kelly Olynyk[C]BOS2
29Omer Asik[C]NO2
30Mason Plumlee[PF,C]BKN2Could be solid play for rebounds this week with Brook Lopez (foot) questionable.
31Tiago Splitter[C]SAS2
32Timofey Mozgov[C]DEN2
33Gorgui Dieng[C]MIN3Averaged 8.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks after the All-Star break last year but production could be inconsistent as backup to Nikola Pekovic.
34Steven Adams[C]OKC3
35Rudy Gobert[C]UTA3