Commentary

Iguodala falls out of top 25

Updated: February 1, 2010, 11:55 AM ET
By Brian McKitish | Special to ESPN.com

Another month is in the books, and that means it's time to take another look through the list of movers and shakers in our rankings of the top 130 players. Remember, players are ranked based on their expected performance from this point forward, not on the stats that have already been accrued.

The Top 130

Note: Brian McKitish's top 130 are ranked for their expected performance in ESPN standard leagues from this point on, not on the statistics that have already been accrued. Last week's ranking is indicated in parentheses.

RK. Name, POS (RK)
1. LeBron James, SF, CLE (1)
2. Kevin Durant, SG/SF, OKC (3)
3. Dwyane Wade, SG, MIA (4)
4. Kobe Bryant, SG, LAL (6)
5. Danny Granger, SF, IND (5)
6. Dirk Nowitzki, PF, DAL (7)
7. Steve Nash, PG, PHO (8)
8. Dwight Howard, C, ORL (10)
9. Carmelo Anthony, SF, DEN (9)
10. Chris Bosh, PF/C, TOR (11)
11. Pau Gasol, PF/C, LAL (13)
12. Brook Lopez, C, NJ (15)
13. Monta Ellis, PG/SG, GS (14)
14. Deron Williams, PG, UTA (12)
15. Gerald Wallace, SF/PF, CHA (18)
16. Brandon Roy, SG, POR (19)
17. Jason Kidd, PG, DAL (17)
18. Amar'e Stoudemire, C/PF, PHO (16)
19. Paul Pierce, SF/SG, BOS (20)
20. Joe Johnson, SG/SF, ATL (22)
21. Chauncey Billups, PG, DEN (24)
22. Rajon Rondo, PG, BOS (25)
23. David Lee, PF/C, NY (27)
24. Josh Smith, PF/SF, ATL (28)
25. Tim Duncan, C/PF, SA (26)
26. Al Jefferson, C, MIN (23)
27. Andre Iguodala, SG/SF, PHI (21)
28. Andrea Bargnani, PF/C, TOR (29)
29. Zach Randolph, PF, MEM (31)
30. Baron Davis, PG, LAC (30)
31. Marcus Camby, C/PF, LAC (33)
32. Stephen Jackson, SG/SF, CHA (38)
33. Antawn Jamison, PF, WAS (34)
34. Tyreke Evans, PG/SG, SAC (35)
35. Stephen Curry, PG/SG, GS (46)
36. Danilo Gallinari, SF/PF, NY (41)
37. Chris Kaman, C, LAC (43)
38. Joakim Noah, C/PF, CHI (49)
39. Al Horford, C/PF, ATL (39)
40. Russell Westbrook, PG, OKC (36)
41. Luol Deng, SF, CHI (42)
42. Rudy Gay, SF, MEM (40)
43. Kevin Martin, SG, SAC (48)
44. Nene, C/PF, DEN (37)
45. Carlos Boozer, PF, UTA (32)
46. Chris Paul, PG, NO (2)
47. Marc Gasol, C, MEM (50)
48. Kevin Love, PF, MIN (44)
49. Andrew Bogut, C, MIL (52)
50. Corey Maggette, SF, GS (53)
51. Troy Murphy, PF/C, IND (47)
52. Jeff Green, SF/PF, OKC (51)
53. David West, PF, NO (54)
54. Derrick Rose, PG, CHI (56)
55. Caron Butler, SF, WAS (45)
56. O.J. Mayo, SG, MEM (55)
57. Rashard Lewis, SF/PF, ORL (57)
58. Aaron Brooks, PG, HOU (58)
59. Brandon Jennings, PG, MIL (60)
60. Raymond Felton, PG, CHA (62)
61. Rodney Stuckey, PG, DET (67)
62. Eric Gordon, SG, LAC (66)
63. Samuel Dalembert, C, PHI (65)
64. Vince Carter, SG/SF, ORL (61)
65. Michael Beasley, PF/SF, MIA (64)
66. Devin Harris, PG, NJ (63)
67. LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, POR (68)
68. Trevor Ariza, SF/SG, HOU (69)
69. Kevin Garnett, PF, BOS (59)
70. Luis Scola, PF/C, HOU (70)
71. Andre Miller, PG, POR (74)
72. Emeka Okafor, C, NO (73)
73. Ben Gordon, SG, DET (71)
74. Mo Williams, PG, CLE (72)
75. Carl Landry, PF, HOU (75)
76. Randy Foye, SG/PG, WAS (76)
77. Hedo Turkoglu, SF, TOR (84)
78. Andrew Bynum, C, LAL (81)
79. Jamal Crawford, SG/PG, ATL (87)
80. Tony Parker, PG, SA (77)
81. Jason Richardson, SG/SF, PHO (79)
82. Yi Jianlian, PF/SF, NJ (80)
83. Manu Ginobili, SG, SA (86)
84. Andris Biedrins, C, GS (82)
85. Mehmet Okur, C, UTA (83)
86. Wilson Chandler, SF, NY (85)
87. Al Harrington, PF, NY (88)
88. Elton Brand, PF, PHI (98)
89. Brendan Haywood, C, WAS (89)
90. Jason Terry, SG/PG, DAL (91)
91. Jameer Nelson, PG, ORL (90)
92. Jason Thompson, PF, SAC (96)
93. Lamar Odom, PF/SF, LAL (94)
94. Thaddeus Young, SF, PHI (93)
95. Jose Calderon, PG, TOR (95)
96. J.R. Smith, SG, DEN (99)
97. Kenyon Martin, PF, DEN (103)
98. Lou Williams, PG/SG, PHI (78)
99. Ray Allen, SG, BOS (97)
100. Roy Hibbert, C, IND (92)
101. Allen Iverson, SG/PG, PHI (100)
102. Richard Hamilton, SG, DET (102)
103. Kirk Hinrich, SG/PG, CHI (108)
104. Andrei Kirilenko, SF/PF, UTA (114)
105. C. Villanueva, PF/SF, DET (101)
106. Jonny Flynn, PG, MIN (104)
107. Shawn Marion, SF/PF, DAL (105)
108. Mike Conley, PG, MEM (112)
109. Kendrick Perkins, C, BOS (106)
110. Channing Frye, PF/C, PHO (121)
111. Tyrus Thomas, PF, CHI (111)
112. Paul Millsap, PF, UTA (NR)
113. Corey Brewer, SF/SG, MIN (118)
114. Chris Duhon, PG, NY (116)
115. Josh Howard, SG/SF, DAL (113)
116. Ben Wallace, C/PF, DET (115)
117. Ron Artest, SF, LAL (109)
118. Boris Diaw, PF/SF, CHA (117)
119. Mike Miller, SG/SF, WAS (126)
120. John Salmons, SG/SF, CHI (110)
121. Courtney Lee, SG, NJ (120)
122. Martell Webster, SF, POR (107)
123. Rasheed Wallace, C/PF, BOS (122)
124. Marcus Thornton, SG, NO (NR)
125. Nate Robinson, PG/SG, NY (125)
126. Carlos Delfino, SF/SG, MIL (130)
127. Brandon Rush, SG, IND (NR)
128. Shane Battier, SF, HOU (129)
129. Robin Lopez, C, PHO (127)
130. Goran Dragic, PG, PHO (NR)

Moving up

Stephen Jackson, SG/SF, Charlotte Bobcats (32): Jackson is moving up only five spots in the rankings, but he still gets a mention here because he hasn't received nearly enough pub for what he's done since joining the Bobcats earlier in the season. In 37 games with Charlotte, Jackson has produced borderline-elite swingman numbers in fantasy leagues. With 21.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.5 3-pointers as a Bobcat, Captain Jack is just a step away from joining the elites like Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce (with percentages being the main difference). We've seen enough of S-Jax in Charlotte to know this is for real, and those looking for trades should target a guy like Jackson, who will deliver almost as much punch but will come at a much lower asking price than JJ or Pierce.

Stephen Curry, PG/SG, Golden State Warriors (35): I've spoken enough about Curry this year, so I'll keep this short and sweet. With 19.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 2.1 steals and 2.4 3-pointers while shooting 48 percent from the floor and 88 percent from the line in the month of January, he is dangerously close to taking over the top fantasy rookie spot from my boy Tyreke Evans. And if you've read me at all this season, you'd know how hard that would be for me.

Joakim Noah, C/PF, Chicago Bulls (38): Has anyone else noticed that Noah hit 52 of his 59 free throws (88.1 percent) in January? That's a percentage he probably can't sustain, but it should be noted that Noah's free-throw shooting is much improved this season (77.4 percent). His splits for January are slightly less impressive than his body of work as a whole, but that's only because he's been dealing with plantar fasciitis. And if his 13-point, 18-rebound, 3-block effort Friday is any indication, Noah might just be back to full strength. He'll have some extra time to rest up during the All Star break as well, and it wouldn't be surprising to see a big second half out of the 24-year-old.

Jamal Crawford, SG/PG, Atlanta Hawks (79): Crawford can be inconsistent at times, but with Mike Bibby's minutes continuing to trend downward, he could see even more playing time as the sixth man in Atlanta. His recent hot streak (22.6 points and 2.6 3-pointers while shooting 49.4 percent from the floor in his past five games) doesn't hurt his chances, either, and an increase in minutes would stabilize his value.

Moving down

Andre Iguodala, SG/SF, Philadelphia 76ers (27): AI2's diminished role in the offense is becoming more evident by the day, and while he's still a great all-around contributor for his boards, assists, steals and 3-pointers, he can no longer be considered a top-25 player when he's getting just 11.2 shots and scoring 13.6 points per game in January. His production has dipped in part because of the arrival of Allen Iverson, but also because of the emergence of Elton Brand and Samuel Dalembert in the Sixers' frontcourt. The way things are going now, it seems that Iguodala is going to need either a trade (which could happen) or an injury to move back up in the ranks.

Carlos Boozer, PF, Utah Jazz (45): I typically don't discuss injury-based drops in the rankings because they are fairly obvious, but Boozer's calf problem is slightly more concerning thanks to his lengthy injury history. By most accounts, Boozer is supposed to be back on the court within a week or so, but those who owned him in previous seasons are probably already having flashbacks of multiple missed games and drawn-out recovery times. To make matters worse, Paul Millsap has predictably blown up in Boozer's absence, prompting head coach Jerry Sloan to proclaim that he needs more playing time. And just like that, Boozer has gone from being a rock in fantasy lineups to a high-risk/high-reward player. He could very well return and go back to his 19-and-10 ways, but he could also be slowed by this injury and hampered by the emergence of Millsap. That said, Boozer should be treated differently depending on your situation. If you need to take a risk to move up in the standings, he looks like a tremendous gamble because of the reward he can bring. But if you own Boozer and don't need the added risk, you might want to seek out some buyers to hedge your bets.

Caron Butler, SF, Washington Wizards (55): I had held off on dropping Butler in the rankings before this week because it seemed almost unfathomable that he could continue to play this poorly with Gilbert Arenas out of the lineup. But the slump has continued, and Butler hasn't exactly inspired confidence in those who thought he was a solid buy-low candidate. Averaging just 15.5 points and 6.3 rebounds while registering only 1.1 steals per game and shooting 40.6 percent from the floor this month, Butler might be affected by the multiple trade rumors that have surfaced lately. He should still be considered a moderate buy-low candidate in fantasy leagues, but I'm a lot less optimistic than I was a few weeks ago.

Kevin Garnett, PF, Boston Celtics (69): KG hasn't looked like his old self since returning from a knee injury Jan. 22, and for most players we'd call it ordinary rust, but with Garnett we need to tread a little more carefully. Since the injury is clearly still affecting him (as anyone who saw the Celts-Magic game Thursday can attest), one has to wonder whether Doc Rivers will limit KG's minutes from time to time in order to keep him fresh for the stretch run. In five games since his return, Garnett has averaged 12.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks in 31.6 minutes. He should get better from here, but not by much if his minutes are cut.

Holding steady

Tim Duncan, C/PF, San Antonio Spurs (25): With the All-Star break right around the corner, it's about that time of year when we start getting worried about elite players on good teams resting up for the stretch run. The "rest" could be as subtle as a decrease in playing time by five minutes, but those five minutes mean the world in the fantasy game. In years past, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has shown he's willing to rest his stars, notably Duncan and Manu Ginobili. This year, however, he might not have that luxury. In fact, with teams like the Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder in the playoff picture, Pop might have to keep Duncan on the floor as much as possible just to make the playoffs this year.

Corey Maggette, SF, Warriors (50); Samuel Dalembert, 76ers (63): I'm lumping these two together because both are top-15 players during the past month (according to our Player Rater) and I've taken the same stance on both of them with my rankings, resisting the urge to move them up higher. Of course I've taken some heat for it, but I'm not changing my tune. These two players obviously have major talent but have been wildly inconsistent -- particularly Dalembert. He can go on a tear, as he is doing now (9.6 points, 12.4 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 2.5 blocks), then fall back to mediocrity at a moment's notice. It's happened in the past, and we shouldn't be fooled into thinking that this time is the real deal.

Maggette is less concerning, but there are some warning signs. With Anthony Morrow scheduled to return to action soon and the Warriors well out of playoff contention, I doubt they will continue to give the 30-year-old Maggette 36.6 minutes per game when they could plan for the future with younger options. It's also important to note that Maggette's current value is being fueled mostly by his percentages and scoring rather than across-the-board production. And that's fine if you need help in those categories, but it's hard to rank him much higher than when he's helping in only a few categories.

Brian McKitish is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com. He can be reached at bmckitish@yahoo.com.

Brian McKitish is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com and is a two-time Fantasy Basketball Writer of the Year, as named by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

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