Category Archives: Weekly Lineup Rankings

Week 6 Lineup Rankings

The frustrating and completely unpredictable 2011-12 season continues, and here I am with another stab at weekly-league lineup rankings for Week 6. There are plenty of players who are bringing injury issues into the week, but at least we saw several return on Sunday. It looks safe to play Ray Allen, Dirk Nowitzki, Ryan Anderson and MarShon Brooks this week (although Brooks didn’t step back into the starting lineup Sunday). Meanwhile, fantasy owners still have to be concerned about the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Ty Lawson, Kevin Martin and Luol Deng. There’s also been some rough injury news for many players fantasy owners have been counting on, such as Andrea Bargnani, Rajon Rondo and Andrew Bogut. It’s rough seas out there. Hopefully these rankings (compiled Sunday night) can help you make some decisions. Stay glued to Damn Lies & Statistics throughout the day on Monday as we live-blog the latest news throughout the day. Best of luck in Week 6!

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.

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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.

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Week 4 Lineup Rankings

Here are the Week 4 lineup rankings, posted before Sunday’s games finish for folks setting their weekly-league lineups early. Remember, on MLK Day the NBA schedules games throughout the day. Don’t forget!

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.

Good luck!

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Week 3 Lineup Rankings

I figure I should make myself useful around here, so every Sunday night I’ll present weekly lineup rankings by position. With the following charts, broken down by PG, SG, SF, PF and C, fantasy owners can check out the upcoming schedules for every meaningful fantasy player. Within each list, I rank the players I feel are worthy of starting in a weekly 9-category H2H league consisting of 12 teams. Players listed but not ranked are for consideration in deeper leagues and not ideal starts in shallow ones.

With teams playing such a condensed 66-game schedule, I’ve coded games that are the second of back-to-back nights (bold) and third of back-to-back-to-back nights (bold italics). A player with five games played but two back-to-backs might not be as enticing an option as it appears on the surface, especially early in the season when coaches are resting starters more, players are still rounding into game shape, and where there is a greater potential for a game to turn into a blowout, limiting everyone’s minutes.

The weekly lineup format is my favorite fantasy format. It levels the playing field and kills streaming and daily transactions, which help owners who have no life and are on line all the time rather than owners who have skill and savor making tough choices. Weekly leagues can be frustrating, but gathering as much info on Sundays and Mondays as you can only helps. Good luck, and let me know if you think this is useful stuff! Continue reading


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