Week 5 Lineup Rankings

Doing rankings this weekend was nearly impossible; there are many stars questionable to play because of injury. Among the top players ranked lower than usual because of injury concerns are Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo and Gerald Wallace. Miami is scheduled for four games, and Wade could return this week but probably not right away. I’d be surprised if Paul doesn’t play Wednesday vs. the Lakers, but the Clips only have three games. Rose’s status remains day-to-day, and it is hard to know when he’ll return. Rondo’s wrist injury kept him out again on Sunday, and we’d be surprised if he played Monday night vs. Orlando. Wallace (sprained finger) should be back but he could be limited.

We know Dirk Nowitzki (knee/conditioning) will miss at least three games this week. Spencer Hawes, Luol Deng and Joakim Noah are all day-to-day and should be used with caution.

I ranked each of these guys based on who I would or wouldn’t start over them on Sunday night. Be sure to check updates on Monday for these and all players. Here at Damn Lies, we’ll have a running live blog throughout the day, answering your lineup questions and providing analysis on the latest news.

The format for these rankings: Standard 9-cat leagues of 12 teams or less. Players ranked are solid weekly starts, while players unranked are not ideal, and should only be monitored.

Games in bold are the second of back-to-backs, while games in bold and italics are the third of back-to-back-t0-backs.

Rankings take into account schedule strength and injury issues.

WEEK 5 POINT GUARD RANKINGS

RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 5 SCHEDULE
1 Kyle Lowry HOU @MIN, MIL, WAS, NYK
2 John Wall WAS @PHI, CHA, @HOU, @CHA
3 Deron Williams NJN @CHI, @PHI, @CLE, TOR
4 Russell Westbrook OKC DET, NOR, @GSW
5 Jeff Teague ATL @MIL, @SAS, @DET, @NOR
6 Ricky Rubio MIN HOU, @DAL, SAS, LAL
7 Steve Nash PHO @DAL, TOR, @POR, MEM
8 Ty Lawson DEN @SAC, TOR, LAC
9 Derrick Rose CHI NJN, IND, MIL, @MIA
10 Chris Paul LAC @LAL, MEM, @DEN
11 Jrue Holiday PHI WAS, NJN, CHA, DET
12 Tony Parker SAS @NOR, ATL, @MIN, @DAL
13 Mike Conley MEM @GSW, @POR, @LAC, @PHO
14 Kyrie Irving CLE @MIA, NYK, NJN, @BOS
15 Brandon Jennings MIL ATL, @HOU, @CHI, LAL
16 Tyreke Evans SAC @POR, @DEN, UTA
17 Jose Calderon TOR @PHO, @UTA, @DEN, @NJN
18 Jarrett Jack NOR SAS, @OKC, ORL, ATL
20 Stephen Curry GSW MEM, POR, OKC
21 Raymond Felton POR SAC, MEM, @GSW, PHO
22 Jameer Nelson ORL @BOS, @IND, BOS, @NOR, IND
23 Chauncey Billups LAC @LAL, MEM, @DEN
24 Mario Chalmers MIA CLE, @DET, NYK, CHI
25 Rajon Rondo BOS ORL, @ORL, IND, CLE
26 Iman Shumpert NYK @CHA, @CLE, @MIA, @HOU
27 Brandon Knight DET @OKC, MIA, ATL, @PHI
28 DJ Augustin CHA NYK, @WAS, @PHI, WAS
29 Andre Miller DEN @SAC, TOR, LAC
30 Rodney Stuckey DET @OKC, MIA, ATL, @PHI
Jason Kidd DAL PHO, MIN, UTA, SAS
Kemba Walker CHA NYK, @WAS, @PHI, WAS
Darren Collison IND ORL, @CHI, @BOS, @ORL
Luke Ridnour MIN HOU, @DAL, SAS, LAL
Devin Harris UTA TOR, @DAL, SAC
Delonte West DAL PHO, MIN, UTA, SAS

WEEK 5 SHOOTING GUARD RANKINGS

RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 5 SCHEDULE
1 Kobe Bryant LAL LAC, @MIL, @MIN
2 Joe Johnson ATL @MIL, @SAS, @DET, @NOR
3 Kevin Martin HOU @MIN, MIL, WAS, NYK
4 Monta Ellis GSW MEM, POR, OKC
5 Marcus Thornton SAC @POR, @DEN, UTA
6 James Harden OKC DET, NOR, @GSW
7 DeMar DeRozan TOR @PHO, @UTA, @DEN, @NJN
8 Gerald Henderson CHA NYK, @WAS, @PHI, WAS
9 Wesley Matthews POR SAC, MEM, @GSW, PHO
10 Jason Terry DAL PHO, MIN, UTA, SAS
11 Dwyane Wade MIA CLE, @DET, NYK, CHI
12 Paul George IND ORL, @CHI, @BOS, @ORL
13 Nick Young WAS @PHI, CHA, @HOU, @CHA
14 MarShon Brooks NJN @CHI, @PHI, @CLE, TOR
15 J.J. Redick ORL @BOS, @IND, BOS, @NOR, IND
16 Louis Williams PHI WAS, NJN, CHA, DET
17 Ray Allen BOS ORL, @ORL, IND, CLE
18 Stephen Jackson MIL ATL, @HOU, @CHI, LAL
19 Tony Allen MEM @GSW, @POR, @LAC, @PHO
Richard Hamilton CHI NJN, IND, MIL, @MIA
Ben Gordon DET @OKC, MIA, ATL, @PHI
Jordan Crawford WAS @PHI, CHA, @HOU, @CHA
Anthony Morrow NJN @CHI, @PHI, @CLE, TOR
Arron Afflalo DEN @SAC, TOR, LAC
Marco Belinelli NOR SAS, @OKC, ORL, ATL
Jared Dudley PHO @DAL, TOR, @POR, MEM
Jamal Crawford POR SAC, MEM, @GSW, PHO
Landry Fields NYK @CHA, @CLE, @MIA, @HOU

WEEK 5 SMALL FORWARD RANKINGS

RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 5 SCHEDULE
1 LeBron James MIA CLE, @DET, NYK, CHI
2 Kevin Durant OKC DET, NOR, @GSW
3 Carmelo Anthony NYK @CHA, @CLE, @MIA, @HOU
4 Rudy Gay MEM @GSW, @POR, @LAC, @PHO
5 Paul Pierce BOS ORL, @ORL, IND, CLE
6 Andre Iguodala PHI WAS, NJN, CHA, DET
7 Danilo Gallinari DEN @SAC, TOR, LAC
8 Luol Deng CHI NJN, IND, MIL, @MIA
9 Danny Granger IND ORL, @CHI, @BOS, @ORL
10 Hedo Turkoglu ORL @BOS, @IND, BOS, @NOR, IND
11 Nicolas Batum POR SAC, MEM, @GSW, PHO
12 Gerald Wallace POR SAC, MEM, @GSW, PHO
13 Trevor Ariza NOR SAS, @OKC, ORL, ATL
14 Tayshaun Prince DET @OKC, MIA, ATL, @PHI
15 Shawn Marion DAL PHO, MIN, UTA, SAS
16 James Johnson TOR @PHO, @UTA, @DEN, @NJN
Caron Butler LAC @LAL, MEM, @DEN
Carlos Delfino MIL ATL, @HOU, @CHI, LAL
Kawhi Leonard SAS @NOR, ATL, @MIN, @DAL
Thaddeus Young PHI WAS, NJN, CHA, DET
Dorell Wright GSW MEM, POR, OKC
Derrick Williams MIN HOU, @DAL, SAS, LAL
Marvin Williams ATL @MIL, @SAS, @DET, @NOR
Chandler Parsons HOU @MIN, MIL, WAS, NYK
Richard Jefferson SAS @NOR, ATL, @MIN, @DAL
John Salmons SAC @POR, @DEN, UTA

WEEK 5 POWER FORWARD RANKINGS

RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 5 SCHEDULE
1 Kevin Love MIN HOU, @DAL, SAS, LAL
2 LaMarcus Aldridge POR SAC, MEM, @GSW, PHO
3 Josh Smith ATL @MIL, @SAS, @DET, @NOR
4 Ryan Anderson ORL @BOS, @IND, BOS, @NOR, IND
5 Chris Bosh MIA CLE, @DET, NYK, CHI
6 Pau Gasol LAL LAC, @MIL, @MIN
7 Blake Griffin LAC @LAL, MEM, @DEN
8 Amar’e Stoudemire NYK @CHA, @CLE, @MIA, @HOU
9 Kris Humphries NJN @CHI, @PHI, @CLE, TOR
10 Carlos Boozer CHI NJN, IND, MIL, @MIA
11 Paul Millsap UTA TOR, @DAL, SAC
12 David Lee GSW MEM, POR, OKC
13 DeMarcus Cousins SAC @POR, @DEN, UTA
14 Tim Duncan SAS @NOR, ATL, @MIN, @DAL
15 Elton Brand PHI WAS, NJN, CHA, DET
16 Serge Ibaka OKC DET, NOR, @GSW
17 Kevin Garnett BOS ORL, @ORL, IND, CLE
18 Luis Scola HOU @MIN, MIL, WAS, NYK
19 Andray Blatche WAS @PHI, CHA, @HOU, @CHA
20 Lamar Odom DAL PHO, MIN, UTA, SAS
Al Harrington DEN @SAC, TOR, LAC
Antawn Jamison CLE @MIA, NYK, NJN, @BOS
David West IND ORL, @CHI, @BOS, @ORL
Dirk Nowitzki DAL PHO, MIN, UTA, SAS
Boris Diaw CHA NYK, @WAS, @PHI, WAS
Amir Johnson TOR @PHO, @UTA, @DEN, @NJN
Channing Frye PHO @DAL, TOR, @POR, MEM
Ed Davis TOR @PHO, @UTA, @DEN, @NJN
Markieff Morris PHO @DAL, TOR, @POR, MEM

WEEK 5 CENTER RANKINGS

RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 5 SCHEDULE
1 Dwight Howard ORL @BOS, @IND, BOS, @NOR, IND
2 Marc Gasol MEM @GSW, @POR, @LAC, @PHO
3 Marcin Gortat PHO @DAL, TOR, @POR, MEM
4 Greg Monroe DET @OKC, MIA, ATL, @PHI
5 JaVale McGee WAS @PHI, CHA, @HOU, @CHA
6 Andrew Bogut MIL ATL, @HOU, @CHI, LAL
7 Andrew Bynum LAL LAC, @MIL, @MIN
8 Al Jefferson UTA TOR, @DAL, SAC
9 DeAndre Jordan LAC @LAL, MEM, @DEN
10 Nene Hilario DEN @SAC, TOR, LAC
11 Roy Hibbert IND ORL, @CHI, @BOS, @ORL
12 Tyson Chandler NYK @CHA, @CLE, @MIA, @HOU
13 Sam Dalembert HOU @MIN, MIL, WAS, NYK
14 Anderson Varejao CLE @MIA, NYK, NJN, @BOS
15 Joakim Noah CHI NJN, IND, MIL, @MIA
16 Emeka Okafor NOR SAS, @OKC, ORL, ATL
Andrea Bargnani TOR @PHO, @UTA, @DEN, @NJN
Spencer Hawes PHI WAS, NJN, CHA, DET
Byron Mullens CHA NYK, @WAS, @PHI, WAS
Chris Kaman NOR SAS, @OKC, ORL, ATL
DeJuan Blair SAS @NOR, ATL, @MIN, @DAL
Mehmet Okur NJN @CHI, @PHI, @CLE, TOR
Tiago Splitter SAS @NOR, ATL, @MIN, @DAL


KEY:

Bold = Second night of a back-to-back
Bold & Italics = Third night of a back-to-back-to-back

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