Latest NBA Depth Charts Analysis (11/18)

via RotoExperts

Every other week during the NBA season, we’ll do a thorough update of the league’s depth charts, and add notes and analysis to help you build your Fantasy team.

All depth charts and statistics are based on information through Wednesday, Nov. 17.

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, Jason Collins
The Hawks’ depth chart is one of the least fluid in the entire league. Teague isn’t showing signs of overtaking Bibby any time soon.

BOSTON CELTICS
PG – Rajon Rondo, Nate Robinson
SG – Ray Allen, Delonte West, Von Wafer
SF – Paul Pierce, Marquis Daniels
PF – Kevin Garnett, Glen Davis
C – Shaquille O’Neal, Jermaine O’Neal (injured), Semi Erden, Kendrick Perkins (injured)
Shaq is starting to jell with Boston’s starting unit, and with Jermaine O’Neal nicked up (what else is new?), Shaq is reclaiming some Fantasy value in deeper leagues. West has returned from a suspension but won’t make much of a Fantasy impact unless Rondo or Allen get hurt.

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, Kwame Brown
Thomas broke 30 minutes for just the second time this year on Monday, and he went for 20 points, 10 boards and four blocks. Fantasy owners are licking their chops at the possibility of him carving out that much playing time regularly, but he is hard to count on. Thomas is having a nice season (12.1 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.9 BPG, 1.2 SPG in just 21.4 minutes) and all his owners can do is hope he continues to earn more minutes.

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 is targeting an early-December return from a hand injury. At that point Gibson loses most of his value and another role is set in stone here. Avoid the mess at shooting guard for now. Bogans is starting but not separating himself from Brewer or Korver.

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
PG – Ramon Sessions, Mo Williams (injured)
SG – Anthony Parker, Daniel Gibson, Manny Harris
SF – Jamario Moon, Joey Graham, Jawad Williams
PF – J.J. Hickson, Antawn Jamison, Leon Powe
C – Anderson Varejao, Ryan Hollins
Mo Williams is suffering from a groin injury and the team will be cautious. Hickson is struggling lately and being benched more often for Jamison. This is basically a Fantasy wasteland but in the deepest of leagues as long as Williams is out. Hickson, Jamison, Sessions, Gibson and Varejao should be owned in deep leagues but not relied on outside of that.

DALLAS MAVERICKS
PG – Jason Kidd, Jose Juan Barea, Rodrigue Beaubois (injured)
SG – DeShawn Stevenson, Jason Terry, Dominique Jones
SF – Caron Butler, Shawn Marion
PF – Dirk Nowitzki, Brian Cardinal
C – Tyson Chandler, Brendan Haywood
Chandler is now out-performing Haywood regularly and solidifying himself as the Dallas center. Stevenson is the starting shooting guard in name only; Terry is having a fine season for himself. When Beaubois returns (hopefully in early December), he could slide into the starting lineup.

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)
Eyebrows were raised on Tuesday when Forbes had 19 points and nine boards against the Knicks. It was a 120-118 game and he played just 23 minutes, so don’t expect this to happen every night. He should be on your radar, however, in case Anthony gets dealt. Another shocking development: J.R. Smith appears to be in George Karl’s doghouse again (sarcasm alert).

DETROIT PISTONS
PG – Rodney Stuckey, Will Bynum
SG – Richard Hamilton, Ben Gordon
SF – Tayshaun Prince, Tracy McGrady
PF – Austin Daye, Charlie Villanueva, Jason Maxiell
C – Ben Wallace, Greg Monroe
Hamilton is back in the lineup and has pushed Gordon back to his Sixth Man role. The values of both are muted. To anyone relying on Pistons this year in their Fantasy lineups: good luck.

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
PG – Stephen Curry, Jeremy Lin
SG – Monta Ellis, Reggie Williams, Charlie Bell
SF – Dorell Wright, Rodney Carney
PF – David Lee (injured), Vladimir Radmanovic, Jeff Adrien, Brandan Wright
C – Andris Biedrins, Dan Gadzuric
Lee (elbow infection) is likely out for a few more weeks. Radmanovic started the last game, and Gadzuric the game before that. It wouldn’t be shocking to see Adrien gain some playing time as he brings needed toughness underneath.

HOUSTON ROCKETS
PG – Kyle Lowry, Ishmael Smith, Aaron Brooks (injured)
SG – Kevin Martin, Courtney Lee, Jermaine Taylor
SF – Shane Battier, Chase Budinger
PF – Luis Scola, Jordan Hill
C – Brad Miller, Chuck Hayes, Yao Ming (injured)
Having Yao (leg) sidelined ends the Fantasy headache of having to predict when he’ll play. Unfortunately, Miller isn’t an exciting option, but you could do worse if you need a backup center. Lowry is going to be pretty good for another couple of weeks as Brooks recovers from an ankle injury.

INDIANA PACERS
PG – Darren Collison, T.J. Ford, A.J. Price
SG – Mike Dunleavy, Brandon Rush, Dahntay Jones
SF – Danny Granger, James Posey, Paul George
PF – Josh McRoberts, Tyler Hansbrough
C – Roy Hibbert, Solomon Jones
With both McRoberts and Hansbrough struggling, Posey has been slowly getting around 25 minutes a game recently. He’s still not Fantasy-worthy. Collison is nursing a sprained ankle and sat Tuesday. He’s day-to-day.

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
PG – Eric Bledsoe, Willie Warren, Baron Davis (injured)
SG – Eric Gordon, Rasual Butler, Randy Foye (injured)
SF – Al-Farouq Aminu, Ryan Gomes
PF – Blake Griffin, Craig Smith
C – Chris Kaman (injured), DeAndre Jordan, Jarron Collins
Kaman (ankle) is out until early December. Jordan has been starting at center to mixed results, with Griffin often shifting over from his power forward spot during large chunks of the game. Aminu is the real story here. He’s now starting and has averaged 13.4 points and 1.8 threes over his last five. Make a move for him. Davis will likely miss another couple of weeks, while Foye is due back soon to take some pressure off of Bledsoe at point guard.

LOS ANGELES LAKERS
PG – Derek Fisher, Steve Blake
SG – Kobe Bryant, Shannon Brown
SF – Ron Artest, Matt Barnes
PF – Lamar Odom, Luke Walton
C – Pau Gasol, Derrick Caracter, Andrew Bynum (Injured), Theo Ratliff (injured)
Bynum remains out until early December and now Ratliff is hurt (knee surgery). The Lakers are a bit thin up front but that just means big minutes for Gasol and Odom.

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES
PG – Mike Conley, Greivis Vasquez
SG – O.J. Mayo, Tony Allen, Xavier Henry
SF – Rudy Gay, Sam Young
PF – Zach Randolph, Darrell Arthur
C – Marc Gasol, Hasheem Thabeet
When this team is healthy, as it is right now, the starting five is set in stone for 30-40 minutes a night.

MIAMI HEAT
PG – Carlos Arroyo, Mario Chalmers
SG – Dwyane Wade, Eddie House, Jerry Stackhouse, Mike Miller (injured)
SF – LeBron James, James Jones
PF – Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem, Juwan Howard
C – Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Joel Anthony
The roles on the Heat are clear. Night’s like Bosh’s on Wednesday (35 points, 12-17 FG, 11-11 FT) are frustrating because you never know when they are coming.

MILWAUKEE BUCKS
PG – Brandon Jennings, Keyon Dooling, Earl Boykins
SG – John Salmons, Chris Douglas-Roberts
SF – Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Corey Maggette, Carlos Delfino (injured)
PF – Drew Gooden, Ersan Ilyasova
C – Andrew Bogut, Jon Brockman
Delfino’s status remains up in the air as he could have either a concussion or a neck injury. Either way, he’s out for at least another week. Salmons and Maggette conceivably benefit, but both have been wildly inconsistent. This probably just means more shots for Jennings.

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
PG – Sebastian Telfair, Luke Ridnour, Jonny Flynn (injured)
SG – Wesley Johnson, Corey Brewer, Wayne Ellington
SF – Michael Beasley, Martell Webster (injured)
PF – Kevin Love, Anthony Tolliver
C – Darko Milicic, Kosta Koufas, Nikola Pekovic
The Timberwolves rotation remains a curiosity and minor Fantasy headache. But recently, Beasley and Love have been putting up huge numbers that even their own head coach, the stingy Kurt Rambis, can’t ignore. Johnson has earned the start at shooting guard with Webster (back) out but his production has left Fantasy owners wanting. Despite coming off the bench, Brewer has been more productive.

NEW JERSEY NETS
PG – Devin Harris, Jordan Farmar
SG – Anthony Morrow, Terrence Williams
SF – Travis Outlaw, Stephen Graham
PF – Kris Humphries, Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy
C – Brook Lopez, Johan Petro
Murphy is looking like a total bust as he can’t stay on the floor. Humphries has exploded on the glass in recent games and is keeping the starting PF job for now. Outlaw and Morrow seems to be trading off hot shooting nights every other game.

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
Not much to worry about here as long as the Hornets keep winning with this lineup.

NEW YORK KNICKS
PG – Raymond Felton, Toney Douglas
SG – Landry Fields, Wilson Chandler, Roger Mason
SF – Danilo Gallinari, Bill Walker, Kelenna Azubuike (injured)
PF – Amar’e Stoudemire, Anthony Randolph
C – Timofey Mozgov, Ronny Turiaf
Chandler gets as many minutes as the starters as Mozgov or Turiaf are minor factors, although Turiaf might have supplanted Mozgov and couuld be worth a look in deep leagues. Fields had a huge game on Tuesday (21 points, 17 rebounds) but followed that up with just 22 minutes and 10 points on Wednesday. If Douglas can get hot again, Landry’s value will suffer.

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
PG – Russell Westbrook, Eric Maynor
SG – Thabo Sefolosha, James Harden
SF – Kevin Durant
PF – Jeff Green (injured), Nick Collison, D.J. White
C – Nenad Krstic, Serge Ibaka
Ibaka has been starting for the injured Green (ankle), and will likely go back to the bench upon Green’s return. We just don’t know when that is going to be, so roll Ibaka out there with confidence. He’ll retain value even when Oklahoma City is at full health.

ORLANDO MAGIC
PG – Jameer Nelson, Chris Duhon
SG – Vince Carter, J.J. Redick
SF – Quentin Richardson, Mickael Pietrus
PF – Rashard Lewis, Brandon Bass, Ryan Anderson
C – Dwight Howard, Marcin Gortat
Bass is inching towards deep-league value with averages of 10.4 points and 4.6 boards in his last five, but the Magic rotation is simply too crowded to bank on anyone outside of Howard, Nelson and Carter. Although we can also bank on Lewis to be rather awful.

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
PG – Jrue Holiday, Louis Williams
SG – Andre Iguodala (injured), Evan Turner, Jason Kapono
SF – Andres Nocioni, Jason Kapono
PF – Elton Brand, Thaddeus Young
C – Spencer Hawes, Marreese Speights, Tony Battie
With Iguodala (achilles) still sidelined, Turner and Young are getting more run, with Hawes an afterthought and Brand taking the meaningful center minutes. Things will get more muddled when Iguodala returns, probably next week. With Turner playing well, logic says Nocioni’s minutes will suffer and Iguodala will slot in at small forward.

PHOENIX SUNS
PG – Steve Nash, Goran Dragic
SG – Jason Richardson, Josh Childress
SF – Grant Hill, Jared Dudley
PF – Hedo Turkoglu, Hakim Warrick
C – Channing Frye, Earl Barron, Robin Lopez (injured)
Lopez is out a month with a knee injury, so Frye should probably be picked up in most formats. He’s a very limited Fantasy player, however. The Suns signed Barron to give them someone underneath who can get a rebound.

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
PG – Andre Miller, Armon Johnson
SG – Brandon Roy (injured), Wesley Matthews, Rudy Fernandez
SF – Nicolas Batum
PF – LaMarcus Aldridge, Dante Cunningham
C – Marcus Camby, Sean Marks
Poor Roy. His knees are giving way and this will be a problem all season, if not all career for him. He’s out a few more games at least, meaning Matthews (30 points, five threes on Tuesday) is due for some major minutes. Look for Miller and Batum to score a little more as well as long as Roy is out. Greg Oden (knee) is out for the year. Sad.

SAN ANTONIO SPURS
PG – Tony Parker, George Hill
SG – Manu Ginobili, Gary Neal, James Anderson
SF – Richard Jefferson, Danny Green
PF – Tim Duncan, Matt Bonner, Antonio McDyess
C – DeJuan Blair, Tiago Splitter
Blair is averaging 8.4 boards over his last five but it is hard to label him anything other than a disappointment right now. Everyone else is set in the starting lineup.

SACRAMENTO KINGS
PG – Tyreke Evans, Beno Udrih
SG – Luther Head, Francisco Garcia
SF – Carl Landry, Omri Casspi, Donte Greene
PF – Jason Thompson, Darnell Jackson
C – Samuel Dalembert, DeMarcus Cousins
Paul Westphal tinkered on Wednesday and came up with a lineup of Evans at point guard, Head at the ‘2’, Landry at small forward and Thompson at power forward. Of course, Cousins throws a wrench into this by having one of his better recent games (15 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks), and we are scratching our heads at the Udrih benching. Udrih still had 18 points in 26 minutes, but this situation is pretty troubling all around, although Landry (21 points, 9 boards) performed well. Westphal was clearly looking for a spark, but the Kings lost to the Knicks at home. Expect more changes.

TORONTO RAPTORS
PG – Jarrett Jack, Jose Calderon
SG – DeMar DeRozan, Leandro Barbosa
SF – Sonny Weems, Linas Kleiza
PF – Reggie Evans, Amir Johnson
C – Andrea Bargnani, David Andersen
With 25 points on 10-18 shooting Wednesday, Weems will be a waiver wire wonder. Weally. He was almost there before this game, scoring in double digits in his previous five. Kleiza might not regain his starting spot for a while. Jack and Calderon are still cancelling each other out.

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 play a tight rotation, with Miles usually better than Bell, but not good enough to be counted on in Fantasy leagues.

WASHINGTON WIZARDS
PG – John Wall, Kirk Hinrich
SG – Gilbert Arenas, Nick Young
SF – Al Thornton, Cartier Martin, Josh Howard (injured)
PF – Andray Blatche, Yi Jianlian, Trevor Booker
C – JaVale McGee, Hilton Armstrong
Wall’s ankle injury shouldn’t keep him out much longer. He’s day-to-day, as is Yi, who is nursing a knee bruise. Arenas is starting to get it going but probably won’t see heavy minutes yet, especially with Hinrich in the mix.

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

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