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Week 8 Fantasy Basketball Player Rankings

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 8:December 15th-December 21st
Two Games:GSW

Point Guards

1Russell Westbrook[PG]OKC4Averaging 27.4 points, 7.0 assists, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals over last five games.
2Chris Paul[PG]LAC4
3Kyle Lowry[PG]TOR4
4Jrue Holiday[PG]NO4Averaging 17.8 points, 7.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.8 threes over last five games.
5Kyrie Ivring[PG]CLE4
6Damian Lillard[PG]POR4
7Mike Conley[PG]MEM4
8Goran Dragic[PG,SG]PHO4Averaging 18.4 points, 7.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.8 threes over last five games.
9Rajon Rondo[PG]BOS4
10Kemba Walker[PG]CHA4
11Deron Williams[PG]BKN4
12John Wall[PG]WAS3Averaging career highs in assists (10.5), steals (2.1) and rebounds (4.7),
13Michael Carter-Williams[PG]PHI3
14Ty Lawson[PG]DEN3
15Derrick Rose[PG]CHI3Averaging 27.0 points, 4.5 assists and 1.5 threes over last two games.
16Jeff Teague[PG]ATL3
17Darren Collison[PG]SAC3Averaging career highs in points (16.0), assists (6.3) and steals (1.6).
18Stephen Curry[PG,SG]GSW2
19Tony Parker *[PG]SAS4Day-to-day (hamstring).
20Trey Burke[PG]UTA4Only averaging 11.2 points on 31% shooting from the field over last five games.
21C.J. Watson[PG,SG]IND4Averaging 18.0 points, 4.5 assists and 3.0 threes in 32 minutes over last two games.
22Rodney Stuckey[PG,SG]IND4
23Reggie Jackson[PG]OKC4
24Isaiah Thomas[PG]PHO4Back in action.
25Patrick Beverley[PG]HOU3
26Zach Levine[PG]MIN3Decent short-term play while Mo Williams is out. Averaging 13.8 points, 5.6 assists and 1.2 steals in 37 minutes over last five games.
27Brandon Jennings[PG]DET4
28Greivis Vasquez[PG,SG]TOR4
29Jose Calderon[PG]NYK4
30Elfrid Payton[PG]ORL4
31Jarrett Jack[PG,SG]BKN4
32Norris Cole[PG]MIA4
33Jeremy Lin[PG]LAL3
34Devin Harris[PG,SG]DAL3
35Jason Terry[PG,SG]HOU3

Shooting Guards

1Eric Bledsoe[PG,SG]PHO4Averaging 17.8 points, 7.2 assists, 5.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 1.6 blocks and 1.4 threes over last five games.
2Dwyane Wade[PG,SG]MIA4
3Brandon Knight[PG,SG]MIL4
4James Harden[SG,SF]HOU3
5Kobe Bryant[SG]LAL3
6Monta Ellis[PG,SG]DAL3
7Victor Oladipo[SG]ORL4
8Danny Green[SG,SF]SAS4Averaging 14.4 points, 1.6 steals and 2.2 threes in 30 minutes over last five games.
9Wesley Matthews[SG,SF]POR4
10Jamal Crawford[PG,SG]LAC4
11Joe Johnson[SG,SF]BKN4Averaging 17.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 threes over last two games.
12J.J. Redick[SG]LAC4
13Alec Burks[SG]UTA4Back in action. Averaging 15.3 points, 1.0 steals and 1.0 threes over last three games.
14Lance Stephenson[SG]CHA4
15Manu Ginobili[SG,SF]SAS4Missed two of last five games (rest) but averaging 15.0 points, 6.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 3.0 threes in last three games played.
16Evan Fournier[SG]ORL4Averaging 18.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 threes in 37 minutes over last two games.
17Lou Williams[PG,SG]TOR4Averaging 16.0 points and 2.2 threes in 24 minute over last five games.
18Tim Hardaway Jr.[SG]NYK4Could see bump in minutes with Iman Shumpert (shoulder) out. Averaging 19.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 threes in 31 minutes over last two games.
19Jimmy Butler[SG,SF]CHI3
20Bradley Beal[SG]WAS3
21Corey Brewer[SG,SF]MIN3Multi-category contributor averaging 11.4 points, 5.2 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 3.4 steals over last five games.
22Kyle Korver[SG,SF]ATL3
23Gerald Green[SG,SF]PHO4Averaging 13.6 points, 1.2 steals and 2.6 threes in 25 minutes over last five games but minutes and production could decrease with Isaiah Thomas back.
24Jeremy Lamb[SG]OKC4
25Terrence Ross[SG]TOR4
26Arron Afflalo[SG,SF]DEN3
27Tony Wroten[PG,SG]PHI3Back in action.
28Klay Thompson[SG,SF]GSW2
29Marcus Thornton[SG]BOS4Averaging 14.5 points and 2.5 threes in 21 minutes over last two games.
30Marco Belinelli[SG]SAS4Averaging 14.0 points and 2.2 threes in 23 minutes over last five games.
31Mario Chalmers[PG,SG]MIA4
32Kentavious Caldwell-Pope[SG]DET4Minutes and production could go down with Jodie Meeks back.
33Gerald Henderson[SG,SF]CHA4
34Bojan Bogdanovic[SG,SF]BKN4
35Ben McLemore[SG]SAC3

Small Forwards

1LeBron James[SF,PF]CLE4
2Carmelo Anthony[SF,PF]NYK4
3Kevin Durant[SF]OKC4
4Tyreke Evans[SG,SF]NO4
5Gordon Hayward[SG,SF]UTA4
6Nicolas Batum[SG,SF]POR4
7Jeff Green[SF,PF]BOS4Averaging 23.2 points and 1.6 threes on 49% shooting from the field over last five games.
8Josh Smith[SF,PF]DET4Percentages aren't great (45% from the field, 52% from the line) but averaging 15.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 1.0 steals over last five games.
9Tobias Harris[SF,PF]ORL4
10Kawhi Leonard *[SG,SF]SAS4Day-to-day (hand).
11Rudy Gay[SF,PF]SAC3
12Trevor Ariza[SF]HOU3
13Wilson Chandler[SG,SF]DEN3
14DeMarre Carroll[SF]ATL3
15Andrew Wiggins[SF]MIN3Averaging 20.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 42 minutes over last three games.
16Paul Pierce[SF]WAS3Averaging 14.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.0 threes in 29 minutes over last five games.
17Chandler Parsons *[SF,PF]DAL3Day-to-day (back).
18Giannis Antetokoumpo[SF]MIL4Averaging 14.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 27 minutes over last five games.
19Courtney Lee[SG,SF]MEM4Averaging 16.0 points, 1.5 steals and 2.5 threes in 34 minutes over last two games.
20Luol Deng[SF]MIA4
21Marcus Morris[SF,PF]PHO4
22Matt Barnes[SF]LAC4
23P.J. Tucker[SF,PF]PHO4
24Tony Allen[SG,SF]MEM4
25Anthony Morrow[SG,SF]OKC4Averaging 12.5 points, 2.5 threes and 1.5 steals in 24 minutes over last two games.
26Khris Middleton[SF]MIL4Averaging 11.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.0 threes in 23 minutes over last five games.
27Robert Covington[SF]PHI3Averaging 19.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 3.4 threes in 32 minutes over last five games.
28Nick Young[SG,SF]LAL3
29K.J. McDaniels *[SG,SF]PHI3Day-to-day (ankle).
30Solomon Hill[SG,SF]IND4
31James Johnson[SF,PF]TOR4
32Evan Turner[SG,SF]BOS4
33Kyle Singler[SG,SF]DET4
34Mike Dunleavy[SG,SF]CHI3
35Shabazz Muhammed[SF]MIN3

Power Forwards

1Anthony Davis *[PF]NO4Day-to-day (chest).
2LaMarcus Aldridge[PF,C]POR4
3Blake Griffin[PF,C]LAC4
4Kevin Love[PF,C]CLE4
5Serge Ibaka[PF,C]OKC4
6Tim Duncan[PF,C]SAS4
7Markieff Morris[PF]PHO4
8Zach Randolph[PF,C]MEM4
9Greg Monroe[PF,C]DET4
10Pau Gasol[PF,C]CHI3Averaging 19.8 points, 15.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks over last five games.
11Paul Millsap[PF]ATL3
12Dirk Nowitzki[PF]DAL3
13Ryan Anderson[PF,C]NO4
14Jabari Parker[PF]MIL4
15Amar'e Stoudemire[PF,C]NYK4Averaging 15.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 28 minutes over last five games.
16Jared Sullinger[PF,C]BOS4Only averaging 7.4 points on 32% shooting from the field over last five games.
17David West[PF]IND4
18Derrick Favors *[PF,C]UTA4Day-to-day (ankle).
19Amir Johnson[PF,C]TOR4
20Channing Frye[PF]ORL4
21Patrick Patterson[PF]TOR4
22Boris Diaw[PF,C]SAS4
23Tristan Thompson[PF,C]CLE4
24Donates Motiejunas[PF]HOU3
25Kris Humphries[PF]WAS3Averaging 13.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 31 minutes over last five games.
26Carlos Boozer[PF,C]LAL3Numbers have improved since move to bench role. Averaging 13.7 points and 9.3 rebounds in 27 minutes over last three games.
27Taj Gibson[PF]CHI3Could see bump in production this week if Joakim Noah (ankle) is out. Averaging 11.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in 38 minutes over last two games.
28Thaddeus Young[SF,PF]MIN3Shooting career low 44% from the field this season.
29Nikola Mirotic[PF]CHI3Could see bump in minutes this week if Joakim Noah (ankle) is out. Averaging 12.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.0 threes and 1.0 blocks in 20 minutes over last two games.
30Luc Richard Mbah a Moute[PF]PHI3Averaging 11.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 1.2 threes in 32 minutes over last five games.
31Draymond Green[SF,PF]GSW2
33Ed Davis[PF,C]LAL3
34Nerlens Noel[PF,C]PHI3
35Kenneth Faried[PF]DEN3


1Marc Gasol[C]MEM4
2Chris Bosh[PF,C]MIA4
3DeAndre Jordan[C]LAC4Averaging 9.6 points, 14.8 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 1.2 steals over last five games.
4Al Jefferson[PF,C]CHA4
5Andre Drummond[PF,C]DET4
6Nikola Vucevic[PF,C]ORL4Back in action.
7Jonas Valanciunas[C]TOR4Averaging 15.3 points and 13.7 rebounds over last three games.
8Al Horford[PF,C]ATL3Averaging 16.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks over last five games.
9Marcin Gortat[C]WAS3
10Tyson Chandler[C]DAL3
11Dwight Howard[C]HOU3Back in action.
12DeMarcus Cousins *[PF,C]SAC3Day-to-day (illness).
13Joakim Noah *[PF,C]CHI3Day-to-day (ankle).
14Enes Kanter[C]UTA4Averaging 17.0 points and 8.6 rebounds in 32 minutes over last five games.
15Roy Hibbert[C]IND4
16Robin Lopez[C]POR4
17Larry Sanders[PF,C]MIL4
18Omer Asik[C]NO4
19Anderson Varejao[PF,C]CLE4
20Mason Plumlee[PF,C]BKN4Decent short-term play while Brook Lopez and Kevin Garnett are out. Averaging 14.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in 37 minutes over last two games.
21Steven Adams[C]OKC4
22Tyler Zeller[PF,C]BOS4Averaging 14.8 points and 8.2 rebounds in 26 minutes over last five games.
23Kelly Olynyk[C]BOS4
24Gorgui Dieng[C]MIN3
25Timofey Mozgov[C]DEN3
26Jordan Hill[PF,C]LAL3
27Chris Kaman[PF,C]POR4
28Miles Plumlee[PF,C]PHO4
29Samuel Dalembert[C]NYK4
30Rudy Gobert[C]UTA4Decent short-term play if Derrick Favors (ankle) misses time this week. Averaging 7.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 17 minutes over last five games.
31Cody Zeller[PF,C]CHA4
32Brandan Wright[PF,C]DAL3
33Jason Thompson[PF,C]SAC3
34Henry Sims[C]PHI3Averaging 13.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in 23 minutes over last two games.
35Brook Lopez *[C]BKN4Day-to-day (back).