Backup Plans: Depth Chart Analysis

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Looking for a place to get updated NBA depth charts this season? Look no further than here at RotoExperts, where as a regular feature we will examine the latest lineup trends around the league and present the most accurate depth chart information possible. We’ll also add analysis and predictions to help you build your Fantasy team.

All depth charts and statistics are based on information through Wednesday, Nov. 3.

ATLANTA HAWKS
PG – Mike Bibby, Jeff Teague
SG – Joe Johnson, Jamal Crawford
SF – Marvin Williams, Maurice Evans
PF – Josh Smith, Josh Powell
C – Al Horford, Zaza Pachulia
Many people around the league believe Teague will overtake Bibby at some point this season, but thus far Teague is only averaging 15 minutes per contest. Bibby (30.0 MPG) loses more court time to Crawford, who can also play the ‘1’, along with Johnson. Roles are pretty set in stone here at this point of the season.

BOSTON CELTICS
PG – Rajon Rondo, Nate Robinson
SG – Ray Allen, Von Wafer, Delonte West (suspended)
SF – Paul Pierce, Marquis Daniels
PF – Kevin Garnett, Glen Davis
C – Jermaine O’Neal, Shaquille O’Neal, Semih Erden, Kendrick Perkins (injured)
The Celtics will trot out a crunch-time lineup of both Garnett and Davis up front against most clubs. Davis is blossoming this season in this role, which allows him to approach 30 minutes a game nightly. With both O’Neals nightly injury risks, Davis is worth owning in most Fantasy formats.

CHARLOTTE BOBCATS
PG – D.J. Augustin, Shaun Livingston, Sherron Collins
SG – Stephen Jackson, Gerald Henderson
SF – Gerald Wallace, Derrick Brown, Dominic McGuire
PF – Boris Diaw, Tyrus Thomas
C – Nazr Mohammed, DeSagana Diop
No Bobcat center is an enticing Fantasy option. Thomas is slowly becoming a reliable Fantasy player and is the preferred option over the underwhelming Diaw. Augustin was locked in a preseason battle with Livingston. No more, as Augustin is playing over 40 minutes per game and outperforming expectations. The job is his.

CHICAGO BULLS
PG – Derrick Rose, C.J. Watson
SG – Keith Bogans, Ronnie Brewer
SF – Luol Deng, Kyle Korver, James Johnson
PF – Taj Gibson, Brian Scalabrine, Carlos Boozer (injured)
C – Joakim Noah, Omer Asik, Kurt Thomas
Boozer should be back by the end of the month, effectively ending Gibson’s Fantasy value. Boozer has started his rehab from a fractured hand and is on schedule. Gibson is averaging 13.0 points, 4.7 boards and has yet to block a shot this season in 24.3 minutes per game – a huge disappointment in that category.

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
PG – Ramon Sessions, Mo Williams
SG – Anthony Parker, Daniel Gibson
SF – Jamario Moon, Jawad Williams
PF – J.J. Hickson, Leon Powe, Joey Graham
C – Anderson Varejao, Ryan Hollins
Williams won’t be a backup for long, but head coach Byron Scott brought him off the bench Tuesday. Williams is making his way back from a groin injury and a supposed lack of conditioning. Scott likes Sessions and Gibson, so it is looking like Williams’ preseason Fantasy value was exaggerated. It might take him a while to get going.

DALLAS MAVERICKS
PG – Jason Kidd, Jose Juan Barea, Rodrigue Beaubois (injured)
SG – Jason Terry, Dominique Jones
SF – Caron Butler, Shawn Marion
PF – Dirk Nowitzki, Brian Cardinal
C – Tyson Chandler, Brendan Haywood
Chandler overtook Haywood as the starting center, but that doesn’t mean anything as they are pretty much splitting time down the middle. Chandler’s an injury risk, so I recommend stashing Haywood just in case. He’ll be a premier shot-blocker if he plays 30-35 minutes. Beaubois (foot) looks a month away from playing at least. Enjoy Terry’s production in the meantime.

DENVER NUGGETS
PG – Chauncey Billups, Ty Lawson
SG – Arron Afflalo, J.R. Smith
SF – Carmelo Anthony, Gary Forbes
PF – Shelden Williams, Al Harrington, Kenyon Martin (injured)
C – Nene Hilario, Melvin Ely, Chris Andersen (injured)
The Nuggets lineup was a mess on Wednesday night as Nene sat with a groin injury. Forbes started at power forward and Williams at center. Harrington continues to provide relief at all frontcourt positions off the bench and is a George Karl favorite. Consider Nene day to day and hope for the best. Starting Williams and/or Harrington in the short term isn’t a bad idea.

DETROIT PISTONS
PG – Rodney Stuckey, Will Bynum (injured)
SG – Ben Gordon, Richard Hamilton (injured)
SF – Tayshaun Prince, Tracy McGrady
PF – Austin Daye, Charlie Villanueva, DaJuan Summers
C – Ben Wallace, Greg Monroe
Strange times in Motown as Stuckey played just 14 minutes Wednesday because of a supposed tiff with head coach John Kuester, Hamilton (foot) and Bynum (hamstring) remain out and Villanueva awoke the NBA media beast with his tweeting. Watch Monroe here. The rookie had seven points, eight boards and three assists in a season-high 27 minutes on Wednesday.

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
PG – Stephen Curry, Jeremy Lin
SG – Monta Ellis, Reggie Williams
SF – Dorell Wright, Rodney Carney
PF – David Lee, Brandan Wright
C – Andris Biedrins, Dan Gadzuric
Curry’s ankle injury is a slight concern, but he should return soon. Ellis is manning the point in the meantime with Carney at the ‘2’. Williams picks up value if and when Curry or Ellis is out, but the real revelation here is Wright, who has scored in double figures and hit at least two threes in every game this year. He’s looking like the Fantasy steal of drafts right now.

HOUSTON ROCKETS
PG – Aaron Brooks, Kyle Lowry
SG – Kevin Martin, Courtney Lee
SF – Shane Battier, Chase Budinger
PF – Luis Scola, Chuck Hayes, Jordan Hill
C – Yao Ming, Brad Miller
Yao is going to be a major headache, and if you own him or plan on streaming Miller or Hayes in deep leagues you have to pay special attention to the schedule. Yao is on a minutes limit and is sitting out the second of back-to-back games. I’m not sure it is worth it to own him. Not only that, but Erick Dampier is close to agreeing on a deal with the Rockets.

INDIANA PACERS
PG – Darren Collison, T.J. Ford
SG – Mike Dunleavy, Dahntay Jones, Brandon Rush (suspended)
SF – Danny Granger, Paul George
PF – Josh McRoberts, Tyler Hansbrough
C – Roy Hibbert, Solomon Jones, Jeff Foster
Rush will return from a five-game suspension on Nov. 9 but faces an uphill climb for minutes in this rotation. Hansbrough is playing just well enough to mute McRoberts, who is off to a solid start but not likely to play more than 25 minutes a game.

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
PG – Baron Davis (injured), Eric Bledsoe
SG – Eric Gordon, Randy Foye (injured)
SF – Ryan Gomes, Rasual Butler, Al-Farouq Aminu
PF – Blake Griffin, Craig Smith
C – Chris Kaman, DeAndre Jordan, Jarron Collins
Davis didn’t play Wednesday night and Bledsoe got the start. This is a horrific scenario unfolding for Davis owners and the Clippers. Davis is out of shape and already nursing a sore knee. Foye is missing out on a chance to capitalize, as he is battling a hamstring issue. Bledsoe could be worth a short-term add as it looks like Davis could miss the Clips’ upcoming four-game road trip.

LOS ANGELES LAKERS
PG – Derek Fisher, Steve Blake
SG – Kobe Bryant, Shannon Brown
SF – Ron Artest, Matt Barnes
PF – Lamar Odom, Derrick Caracter
C – Pau Gasol, Theo Ratliff, Andrew Bynum (Injured)
Even without Bynum, this is a well-oiled machine with obvious Fantasy studs, particularly Odom until Bynum returns (likely early December). Odom becomes an excellent sell-high candidate right around Thanksgiving.

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES
PG – Mike Conley, Acie Law, Greivis Vasquez
SG – O.J. Mayo, Tony Allen, Xavier Henry
SF – Rudy Gay, Sam Young
PF – Zach Randolph (injured), Darrell Arthur
C – Marc Gasol, Hasheem Thabeet, Hamed Haddadi
Arthur has been filling in for Randolph, who is day-to-day with a bruised tailbone. Randolph will start again and Memphis will be back to having a solid starting five with defined roles. Not much to see here until an injury strikes.

MIAMI HEAT
PG – Carlos Arroyo, Mario Chalmers
SG – Dwyane Wade, Eddie House, Mike Miller (injured)
SF – LeBron James, James Jones
PF – Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem
C – Joel Anthony, Zydrunas Ilgauskas
Need threes? James Jones. Other than that, not much I can say about this squad other than you just have to hope, for Fantasy purposes, it doesn’t blow teams out every night.

MILWAUKEE BUCKS
PG – Brandon Jennings, Keyon Dooling
SG – John Salmons, Chris Douglas-Roberts (injured)
SF – Carlos Delfino, Corey Maggette
PF – Drew Gooden, Ersan Ilyasova
C – Andrew Bogut, Jon Brockman
Delfino has secured the starting small forward spot and a major role. He should be owned in all leagues right now, especially with Salmons struggling. It is great to see Bogut playing so well so soon after his gruesome elbow injury last year.

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
PG – Luke Ridnour, Jonny Flynn (injured), Sebastian Telfair
SG – Martell Webster, Corey Brewer, Wayne Ellington
SF – Michael Beasley, Wesley Johnson
PF – Kevin Love, Anthony Tolliver
C – Darko Milicic, Nikola Pekovic
Kurt Rambis has been holding back Love to the consternation of Fantasy owners everywhere, not to anyone who follows basketball even leisurely. Signs point to Love’s minutes increasing. This team is a mess in general, however. Beasley is day-to-day with a hip injury. Flynn should be back by late November.

NEW JERSEY NETS
PG – Devin Harris, Jordan Farmar
SG – Anthony Morrow, Terrence Williams
SF – Travis Outlaw, Damion James
PF – Troy Murphy, Derrick Favors, Kris Humphries
C – Brook Lopez, Johan Petro
Murphy (back) returned to the lineup on Wednesday and played just 18 minutes (2 points, 2 rebounds). He might be limited for a while, and we should see a time share with Favors, who will be given every opportunity to grow this season.

NEW ORLEANS HORNETS
PG – Chris Paul, Jerryd Bayless
SG – Marco Belinelli, Marcus Thornton, Willie Green
SF – Trevor Ariza, Peja Stojakovic
PF – David West, Jason Smith
C – Emeka Okafor, D.J. Mbenga
Just when it seemed that Thornton was turning a corner on the way back to respectability (30 minutes at San Antonio, 17 points on Oct. 30), he plays just 14 minutes Wednesday vs. Houston. Belinelli is an inconsistent play right now as Green is vulturing minutes.

NEW YORK KNICKS
PG – Raymond Felton, Toney Douglas
SG – Landry Fields, Wilson Chandler
SF – Danilo Gallinari, Bill Walker, Kelenna Azubuike (injured)
PF – Amar’e Stoudemire, Anthony Randolph
C – Timofey Mozgov, Ronny Turiaf
Keep an eye on Randolph, who is returning from an ankle injury. He’ll be eased into the rotation slowly but has a chance to be a factor when the Knicks want to put their most athletic lineup on the floor. Fields is a nice story as the new starting two guard, and the fantasy numbers should be there in time. Chandler is on fire and taking minutes from the struggling Gallinari. Everything’s fluid here.

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
PG – Russell Westbrook, Eric Maynor
SG – Thabo Sefolosha, James Harden
SF – Kevin Durant
PF – Jeff Green, Nick Collison
C – Nenad Krstic, Serge Ibaka
Ibaka is the clear Fantasy option over Krstic. Sefolosha plays excellent defense so he won’t be ceding his minutes to Harden most nights.

ORLANDO MAGIC
PG – Jameer Nelson, Chris Duhon
SG – Vince Carter, J.J. Redick
SF – Rashard Lewis, Quentin Richardson, Mickael Pietrus
PF – Ryan Anderson, Brandon Bass
C – Dwight Howard, Marcin Gortat
The Magic experimented with Anderson at the starting power forward on Wednesday and dominated Minnesota so thoroughly that it is hard to know what to make of this lineup. If Anderson’s a starter he’s worth a pickup for his three-point shooting, but this team is so deep that the idea of anyone other than Howard going off regularly is hard to imagine.

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
PG – Jrue Holiday, Louis Williams
SG – Andre Iguodala, Evan Turner, Jason Kapono
SF – Andres Nocioni, Jason Kapono
PF – Elton Brand, Thaddeus Young
C – Spencer Hawes, Marreese Speights
A team searching for an identity and toying with different rotations. Nocioni at starting small forward is not likely to last, but he does bring toughness to their lineup. They have so many players who can play multiple positions. Regardless, Williams is putting up stats and is a nice play. Turner’s getting there but it will take some time before he’s a must-start in Fantasy.

PHOENIX SUNS
PG – Steve Nash, Goran Dragic
SG – Jason Richardson, Josh Childress
SF – Grant Hill, Jared Dudley
PF – Hedo Turkoglu, Hakim Warrick
C – Robin Lopez, Channing Frye
Only two Suns, Nash and Richardson, average better than 30 minutes a game. The swingmen on this roster are going to be very inconsistent Fantasy plays. Lopez is off to a stronger start than Frye but they are essentially in a time share.

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
PG – Andre Miller, Armon Johnson
SG – Brandon Roy, Rudy Fernandez
SF – Nicolas Batum, Wesley Matthews
PF – LaMarcus Aldridge, Dante Cunningham
C – Marcus Camby, Fabricio Oberto, Greg Oden (injured)
Count me among the Batum owners who are almost ready to cut bait. He is losing minutes to Matthews and Fernandez, and his stat lines lately haven’t been pretty, to put it kindly. There will be nights when he gets going, but he’s no longer a Fantasy starter until further notice.

SACRAMENTO KINGS
PG – Beno Udrih, Pooh Jeter
SG – Tyreke Evans, Francisco Garcia, Luther Head
SF – Omri Casspi, Donte Greene
PF – Carl Landry, Jason Thompson, Darnell Jackson
C – Samuel Dalembert, DeMarcus Cousins
The crowded frontcourt concerns us and stunts the Fantasy values of all involved. Casspi has been good since joining the starting lineup, but must deal with Garcia, who is a threat to have a nice game on any given night, as he did on Wednesday. I’m staying away from both in shallow leagues.

SAN ANTONIO SPURS
PG – Tony Parker, George Hill
SG – Manu Ginobili, James Anderson, Gary Neal
SF – Richard Jefferson, Alonzo Gee
PF – Tim Duncan, Matt Bonner, Antonio McDyess
C – DeJuan Blair, Tiago Splitter
Ginobili is starting and playing very well in that role, so the Spurs look set everywhere but at center. Blair has not come out of the gate like everyone thought he would, but it isn’t like anyone else has stepped up here. Patience is needed. With the rest of the Spurs, health is obviously the key.

TORONTO RAPTORS
PG – Jarrett Jack, Jose Calderon
SG – DeMar DeRozan, Leandro Barbosa
SF – Linas Kleiza, Sonny Weems
PF – Reggie Evans, Amir Johnson, Joey Dorsey
C – Andrea Bargnani, David Andersen
Johnson acolytes are subdued by Evans’ torrid start on the glass. DeRozan and Barbosa won’t be able to get separation from each other all year without an injury helping out. Kleiza has been inconsistent, and Weems scored 23 on Wednesday out of nowhere. Jack and Calderon are playing similar minutes; slight edge to Jack.

UTAH JAZZ
PG – Deron Williams, Ronnie Price, Earl Watson
SG – Raja Bell, Gordon Hayward
SF – Andrei Kirilenko, C.J. Miles
PF – Paul Millsap
C – Al Jefferson, Francisco Elson, Mehmet Okur (injured)
The Jazz seem to be coming around, and should stick with this starting lineup. Miles is showing signs of life off the bench (20.0 PPG in last two, eight 3s), so he might hurt Kirilenko a bit when he’s hot.

WASHINGTON WIZARDS
PG – John Wall
SG – Kirk Hinrich, Nick Young, Gilbert Arenas (injured)
SF – Al Thornton, Cartier Martin, Josh Howard (injured)
PF – Andray Blatche, Yi Jianlian
C – JaVale McGee, Hilton Armstrong
Do the Wizards even want Arenas (ankle) returning and even slightly disrupting the John Wall Show? Agent Zero-Games-Played is day-to-day and could be back as early as this weekend. Thornton’s a nice play while Howard remains out indefinitely with a knee injury.

Jeff Andriesse is a Fantasy NBA writer for RotoExperts.com. Email him at jeff@rotoexperts.com to discuss strategy and draft preparation, or just to talk some hoops. Follow him on Twitter at @JeffAndriesse.

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