NBA Fantasy: Week 5 Player Rankings
Justin Fensterman breaks down the top 20 players at each position for Week 5 of the NBA season.
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|1) Stephen Curry||GSW||3||It does not matter who Curry is matched up against as he always finds success.|
|2) Russell Westbrook||OKC||3||Westbrook will still be very productive when Kevin Durant comes back.|
|3) Chris Paul||LAC||4||Despite the Clippers looking out of sync, Paul is still an incredible game manager with an awesome shot selection.|
|4) Eric Bledsoe||PHX||4||The Suns backcourt continues to be their primary weapon and Bledsoe can absolutely be considered as a No. 1 option.|
|5) Kyle Lowry||TOR||3||The excellent shooting, passing and quickness from Lowry will make him a prime All-Star candidate.|
|6) Rajon Rondo||SAC||4||Darren Collison being back in the mix will hit Rondo’s playing time a bit, but he can still be productive in volume.|
|7) Mike Conley||MEM||4||Conley has been moving a lot better on the court and it is resulting in more lane-driving opportunities for him.|
|8) Isaiah Thomas||BOS||4||Definitely the most reliable option on the Celtics from a scoring standpoint. He is one of the most aggressive guards in the league.|
|9) Kemba Walker||CHA||4||Walker’s shooting has improved and has been scoring more in games.|
|10) Jeff Teague||ATL||4||Teague is fully healthy and should not be on any kind of minute’s restriction moving forward. Teague’s scoring may take a bit of a hit.|
|11) John Wall||WSH||4||Bradley Beal is back in the mix and will take a few games to re-adjust. Wall still fills up the stat sheet when the Wizards are at full strength.|
|12) Reggie Jackson||DET||4||Jackson has been able to be a very productive combo guard for the Pistons as he has been hitting Drummond in the post without any issues. That will help him rack up more assists.|
|13) Michael Carter-Williams||MIL||4||Carter-Williams has been able to spread the floor and hit the Bucks wing players very well. He is most effective when shooting in the 43 percent area.|
|14) Damian Lillard||POR||2||We all know how lethal Lillard’s shot is, but, has only two games to show it this week.|
|15) Jarrett Jack||BKN||3||Jack has been an effective scorer all season and has even had high rebounding and assist games. Generally, the more he scores, the lower the other categories.|
|16) Elfrid Payton||ORL||4||Filled in nicely while Victor Oladipo was recovering from a concussion. Payton can also hit the open trey.|
|17) Mo Williams||CLE||4||LeBron James’ complimentary weapon who is often open in the corner and knocks down clutch jumpers.|
|18) Deron Williams||DAL||3||We have seen spurts of Williams looking like he is 100 percent healthy and is still very involved from a scoring standpoint.|
|19) T.J. McConnell||PHI||4||McConnell has taken advantage of an opportunity to produce on a very poor team. He’s quick, can knock down the open jumper and good at setting the bigs up in the post.|
|20) Derrick Rose||CHI||2||INJURY RISK: ALWAYS!|
|1) James Harden||HOU||3||Don’t let anyone else fool you, James Harden is not only the No. 1 scoring option, but is also the Coach of the Rockets.|
|2) Brandon Knight||PHX||4||Knight has been producing all over the court and his up-tempo style of play gives him a lot more open looks at the basket.|
|3) Klay Thompson||GSW||3||His consistent shooting that we are used to seeing is just not their yet, but he looks a lot more comfortable when on the court.|
|4) Bradley Beal||WSH||4||Beal is back in the mix and will have a ton of opportunities to get back in rhythm and will certainly be relied on.|
|5) Kobe Bryant||LAL||3||As expected, when Bryant is in, he is the primary scoring and driving option. When he is out, we may not even know that until a few minutes before game time.|
|6) Dwyane Wade||MIA||3||Wade’s playing time is certainly being watched, but is still very effective and has been able to stay healthy.|
|7) DeMar DeRozan||TOR||3||When I watch DeRozan and he makes some of the stupid decisions he makes on offense, it makes me never want to own this guy on my fantasy team. He dribbles into traffic and gets stuffed a good amount. At the end of the day, he does put up good numbers on both sides of the ball.|
|8) Eric Gordon||NO||3||Gordon’s knee has not acted up and has absolutely burned opponents from downtown. He has been seeing a lot of playing time.|
|9) Kevin Martin||MIN||4||As Ricky Rubio continues to gain strength back in his legs, Martin’s corner three-pointer has been a good bail-out option for the Timberwolves.|
|10) Monta Ellis||IND||3||The Pacers guards have been battling injuries, and Ellis has needed to play a lot at point guard and has certainly risen to the occasion.|
|11) Victor Oladipo||ORL||4||Healthy physically but not mentally as he has been at odds with management. Scott Skiles is not afraid to take him out of games thus making him ineffective. He has been a solid guard all year.|
|12) Goran Dragic||MIA||3||He plays better at the point guard spot rather than at shooting guard. Dragic is a creator, not a spot-up shooter. He is agile, draws contact and is good at driving the lane. The Heat have to stop trying to make him something that he is not.|
|13) Trevor Ariza||HOU||3||Good defense keeps Ariza in games and his jumper has been hot. He is keeping up his rebounding and steals numbers.|
|14) Jimmy Butler||CHI||2||Butler has scored at least 20 points in three of his last four games and has had to carry the aging Bulls virtually himself.|
|15) Gordon Hayward||UTAH||3||Excellent at running the floor and getting himself open. Once the Jazz go into isolation mode, though, he is not as effective.|
|16) Joe Johnson||BKN||3||Johnson’s stats don’t “WOW” me, but he consistently produces on offense for a team that does not even look interested in being on the court.|
|17) C.J. McCollum||POR||2||Only two games this week, but definitely a reliable option on offense and gets a lot of scoring opportunities.|
|18) Nicolas Batum||CHA||4||Batum’s scoring and rebounding numbers were a little lower than anticipated last week. He turned the ball over a lot last week.|
|19) Jamal Crawford||LAC||4||As the Clippers are still getting healthy, Crawford’s scoring and ball-handling will absolutely keep him in games.|
|20) Kyle Korver||ATL||4||Korver has been having trouble getting open and drawing contact. He is an excellent free-throw shooter but has not been getting to the line. He seems back to relying on his three-ball rather than trying to work his way inside.|
|1) LeBron James||CLE||4||Still LeBron! Still a top option!|
|2) Paul George||IND||3||Once again, George is playing like a top-10 player in the league and plays multiple positions.|
|3) Carmelo Anthony||NYK||4||Shooting a ton better and taking better shots from the elbow. Anthony is making an effort to set his teammates up.|
|4) DeMarre Carroll||TOR||3||Five weeks ago, I would have told him to shoot less, but he often finds himself open and needs to shoot more. He is more than just a third scoring option.|
|5) Kawhi Leonard||SAS||4||Leonard looks lost when on the court. LaMarcus Aldridge’s placement on the court and plays called for him are definitely impacting Leonard. He may lose more shot opportunities. Playing time will still be there.|
|6) Rudy Gay||SAC||4||MINOR INJURY RISK (Shoulder): Should be good to play for all four games this week, but the question remains whether or not he will need to alter his shooting motion because of shoulder pain.|
|7) Andrew Wiggins||MIN||4||Wiggins has been heavily relying on his shot but apparently he needs work when it comes to getting open. Wiggins has mainly been a scorer, not an assist guy.|
|8) Tobias Harris||ORL||4||Everything about the way Harris plays should make you want to trade for him. Harris can do it all and waits before leaving the paint so he can attempt to provide the Magic with second chance scoring opportunities.|
|9) Giannis Antetokounmpo||MIL||4||Playing time will be on his side because he can play multiple positions.|
|10) Jeff Green||MEM||4||Green has been shooting a lot better and the Memphis guards have realized it. They are constantly looking to set up Green on the wing. He is an incredible penetrator.|
|11) Thaddeus Young||BKN||3||Young’s offensive and defensive game have been on point. Young has been posting up with confidence and is excellent at reading screens.|
|12) Danilo Gallinari||DEN||3||Each week, Gallinari proves more and more why he is the Nuggets’ No. 1 scoring option.|
|13) Jae Crowder||BOS||4||Crowder’s defense has certainly been giving him more minutes. Crowder’s shot selection is very disciplined from mid-range.|
|14) Khris Middleton||MIL||4||Middleton is excellent at running the floor and causing traffic on defense on transition. He has good moves to the basket as well on offense.|
|15) Luol Deng||MIA||3||Deng continues to be left open but does not really play inside. Deng will have a tough time dealing with teams who put the double on the elbow rather than the paint.|
|16) Harrison Barnes||GSW||3||Good secondary scoring option who will call for the ball inside, pass off and then find himself open at the other side of the court.|
|17) Kevin Durant||OKC||3||INJURY RISK (Hamstring): You know how effective Durant is WHEN HE IS IN! Right now he is questionable to come back next game.|
|18) Ersan Ilyasova||DET||4||Has been scoring a lot in every other game as of late. Expect him to score 15-20 points in two of his four games this week.|
|19) Wesley Matthews||DAL||3||Has certainly been driving the lane more but needs to call for the ball more. Matthews will only be productive if he gets a consistent amount of shot opportunities.|
|20) Chandler Parsons||DAL||3||Still getting back in rhythm and is on a minutes restriction. He has shot 50 percent or better from the field in each of his last four games.|
|1) Anthony Davis||NO||3||When the BROW is 100 percent healthy, he should always be considered a top option.|
|2) Paul Millsap||ATL||4||Making a great case for himself as to why he should be the guy with the ball in the closing seconds of games. Drives the lane with aggressiveness and excellent at drawing contact.|
|3) Blake Griffin||LAC||4||If Griffin continues to play the post and work from there rather than relying on his jumper, he will be a lot more successful on offense.|
|4) Kevin Love||CLE||4||Love has been shooting the ball well and is seeing success when dribbling inside.|
|5) Tim Duncan||SAS||4||Duncan can still play the low-post very effectively and does not even need to call for the ball. He is good at crashing the boards.|
|6) Greg Monroe||MIL||4||Monroe tries to do a bit too much when working his way inside. If he starts deeper in the post, he will be able to back his way to the basket.|
|7) LaMarcus Aldridge||SAS||4||Fits into the Spurs’ offensive scheme very well and has still been getting his chances to create from the outside.|
|8) Chris Bosh||MIA||3||Bosh has been great in the post and it is hard to stop him once he is facing the basket. He has also been very valuable from downtown.|
|9) Dirk Nowitzki||DAL||3||Can still shoot lights out and his jumper is very hard to guard because he releases when he is on his way down from his jump.|
|10) Draymond Green||GSW||3||Green has absolutely been coming through for the Warriors on both sides of the ball. He does not shoot too much and makes sure that he has a great look. He also finds his way inside the paint when the ball is in the air.|
|11) Serge Ibaka||OKC||3||His shooting is starting to catch fire again and has good matchups this week. A little worried about his rebounding and block statistics.|
|12) Derrick Favors||UTAH||3||Favors’ rebounds and steals numbers have absolutely improved and with Rudy Gobert playing specifically in the post, his post play is absolutely required.|
|13) Markieff Morris||PHX||4||Morris continues to be the dominant big man on the Suns and has been playing the post very well this season.|
|14) Jared Sullinger||BOS||4||Fantasy owners love Sullinger for his rebounding and that should not change as long as his back stays healthy.|
|15) Zach Randolph||MEM||4||MINOR INJURY RISK (Knee): If Randolph is in, you can absolutely expect 12-15 points per game and 7-10 rebounds.|
|16) Kenneth Faried||DEN||3||Any scoring from Faried will come from right under the hoop or second chance put backs. Faried’s focuses are rebounding and blocks.|
|17) Pau Gasol||CHI||2||Gasol has been showing his shooting touch from the elbow and that seems to be working better for him than his post moves.|
|18) Kristaps Porzingis||NYK||4||When facing teams with multiple skilled big men, he will have trouble but Porzingis’ aggressiveness on the boards and his confidence in his shot, shows that he wants to speed up the learning process.|
|19) Marcus Morris||DET||4||Even when Morris is not shooting well, his playing time still has not taken a hit and he has been a big rebounding help in his last few games.|
|20) Nikola Mirotic||CHI||2||Playing time has been a bit inconsistent and his shooting has been off, but he certainly can be relied on for rebounding and is coming off of an 18-point scoring effort.|
|1) Andre Drummond||DET||4||Scored over 20 in two of his last three games and has grabbed at least 11 rebounds in every game that he has played this season.|
|2) DeMarcus Cousins||SAC||4||It can be argued that from a statistical standpoint, Cousins is the most dominant center in the league and he can even run the floor with the ball.|
|3) Al Horford||ATL||4||Still the primary scoring weapon from the elbow-inside and has great post moves and can create inside with one hand.|
|4) Marc Gasol||MEM||4||Very consistent shooter inside and outside and logged a triple-double last week.|
|5) DeAndre Jordan||LAC||4||Jordan continues to be a dominant touch and shoot player inside and is very hard to keep out of the low post.|
|6) Nikola Vucevic||ORL||4||Vucevic is healthy again and back to creating from the high post and is seeing a lot of success because he has a quick first step to the basket.|
|7) Hassan Whiteside||MIA||3||Whiteside has been one of the most dominant rebounders this season and has even shown his skills on offense in the low post.|
|8) Karl-Anthony Towns||MIN||4||Towns has picked up the big-man culture in the league quick. He has great shooting range and post moves inside. He is disciplined in the post and knows when to go up with the ball.|
|9) Nerlens Noel||PHI||4||Noel has been a scoring threat every other game as he has not seen as much success working his way inside from the top of the key. There is talk of making Noel the low-block player with Jahlil Okafor on the high-side at power forward.|
|10) Al Jefferson||CHA||4||Jefferson is ineffective when it comes to on the ball defense, but he has certainly shown his strength inside and it is very difficult to keep him out of the paint.|
|11) Brook Lopez||BKN||3||Lopez does not play in the paint. He is a reliable scoring option but plays like he’s afraid to cut inside. Very strange.|
|12) Rudy Gobert||UTAH||3||Do not expect much from the offensive end outside of put backs. He can always be relied on for rebounds and blocks.|
|13) Jahlil Okafor||PHI||4||The Sixers are thinking about letting Okafor do more with the ball from the outside. He has a shot but will need to go in a routine and read the screens from the elbow in order to get open.|
|14) Zaza Pachulia||DAL||3||Pachulia has recorded three straight double-doubles and has been shooting very well from the field. He has also shown that he can provide minor help in assists.|
|15) Andrew Bogut||GSW||3||Very dominant inside player when his feet or ankles do not swell up and makes rebounding look easy.|
|16) Tyson Chandler||PHX||4||Chandler has been keeping plays alive for the Suns and does have an effective baby jumper but barely uses it.|
|17) Enes Kanter||OKC||3||For a bit, it seemed like Steven Adams was going to take over Kanter’s playing time, but since has responded well. He has had high-scoring nights and recently high rebounding nights.|
|18) Timofey Mozgov||CLE||4||Once a volume play, always a volume play.|
|19) Mason Plumlee||POR||2||Portland is just not healthy and Plumlee has a lot of playing time at his disposal. He is coming off back to back double-double’s.|
|20) Joakim Noah||CHI||2||Noah provides ZERO offense and has been in the double digits in rebounding every other game. He is effective but playing time is not on his side.|
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M. Beasley - SG
Malik Beasley is facing fifth-degree drug possession and threat of violence charges after his September 27 arrest at his Plymouth, Minnesota residence according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
At the time of his arrest Beasley was originally facing charges of marijuana possession and both the receiving and concealing of stolen property (weapons). Based upon Charania's report it appears that the weapons issue no longer remains, but Beasley still has the drug possession and threat of violence charges to deal with. Attorneys Steve Haney and Ryan Pacyga released a statement to The Athletic, stating that they "are cooperating with the law enforcement investigation and will carefully review the discovery and charges in the coming days."
Added Oct 29 11:29 am (EST)
Added Oct 29 11:29 am (EST)
V. Oladipo - SG
According to Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer, the Pacers have spoken with the Bucks regarding a possible trade involving Victor Oladipo.
It's worth noting that O'Connor followed up that report by saying that "at this point" a deal between the two teams appears unlikely. Oladipo has one season remaining on his current contract, and it was reported earlier this month that he is looking for a max contract this offseason. However he is still working his way back from the ruptured quad tendon that he suffered in January 2019, and Oladipo looked a bit rusty upon his return. Given his contract situation, this stands to be a busy offseason when it comes to Oladipo trade rumors.
Added Oct 29 10:50 am (EST)
Added Oct 29 10:50 am (EST)
R. Rondo - PG
The Clippers are interested in signing Rajon Rondo when free agency opens in November, Marc Stein of the New York Times reports.
Rondo is widely expected to decline his $2.7M player option to test the open market, and the Clippers are one of many teams expected to be in pursuit. The Lakers obviously would like to bring him back though and should be the favorites. The Clippers have made it no secret that they'd like to upgrade their PG position, and Rondo would be a significant upgrade over impending free agent guard Reggie Jackson. Current starter Patrick Beverley is under contract for the next two seasons and there's been no indication that he's on the trade block.
Added Oct 28 2:03 pm (EST)
Added Oct 28 2:03 pm (EST)
T. Davis - SG
Terence Davis was arrested on Tuesday night in New York City with charges of assaulting a woman and criminal mischief according to police.
According to Tim Bontemps of ESPN, "the Raptors said they were aware of reports about the incident and were in the process of gathering more information." These are serious allegations and Davis is likely to face discipline from the league on top of these criminal charges if convicted.
Added Oct 28 11:41 am (EST)
Added Oct 28 11:41 am (EST)
S. Nash - PG
Steve Nash confirmed the obvious on Tuesday, saying he wants his team to "play fast."
The Nets ranked No. 10 in pace last season, but there's a good chance they'll be in the top-3 with Nash at the helm, which means more fantasy goodness for all those involved. Nash also said that Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen have been developing at "an exciting rate," and he's looking forward to coaching them. Allen started for the Nets last year, but he may need to again beat out DeAndre Jordan for the starting spot at camp under his new coach; LeVert could also face some competition from Joe Harris for a starting role if Harris is retained as a free agent.
Added Oct 27 2:14 pm (EST)
Added Oct 27 2:14 pm (EST)
K. Leonard - SF
Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue said he expects Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to stay with the franchise long term.
Leonard and George can opt out of their contracts for the 2021-22 season as they both hold player options, but Lue expressed confidence that they will stay. “I think Kawhi and PG are here to stay for a long time,” he said. “I think in their situation and where they want to be, it’s here with the Clippers. We just have to make it a great environment and we have to win.” That last part about winning is the key here, because the Clippers are looking at another championship-or-bust season after mortgaging their future picks and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for George. Locker room and chemistry issues have been a widely reported problem for the team, so it will be fascinating to see how they tweak their roster around Leonard and George.
Added Oct 26 12:42 pm (EST)
Added Oct 26 12:42 pm (EST)
B. Adebayo - PF
Heat president Pat Riley referred to Bam Adebayo as a "cornerstone to our franchise," adding that Miami will "do what is in [Adebayo's] best interests."
Riley was blunt about his desire to maximize salary-cap space for the superstar-studded free agent class of 2021. "You all know our numbers," he told reporters. "You know what the situation is, the free agents in ‘20 and ‘21." Adebayo is assuredly seeking a max extension, and Riley also referenced Goran Dragic's unrestricted free agency, one of many challenges for Miami's front office this offseason.
Added Oct 25 6:37 pm (EST)
Added Oct 25 6:37 pm (EST)
A. Drummond - C
Cavs coach J.B. Bickerstaff said recent talks with Andre Drummond "have been about the future, what next year is going to look like, how he wants to be part of the team and how we can use him effectively."
Drummond is likely to opt into his $28.7 million player option for 2020-21, but beyond that there are plenty of unknowns. Beat writer Chris Fedor reported last week that Drummond and the Cavs were "far apart in ... preliminary discussions" about a contract extension. If they don't come to terms, he'll be a very popular name in trade rumors next season.
Added Oct 25 6:04 pm (EST)
Added Oct 25 6:04 pm (EST)