FANTASY BASKETBALL RANKINGS- FORWARDS (Feb-Mar)

FANTASY BASKETBALL RANKINGS- FORWARDS (Febraury-March)

By: Muntradamus

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Every month I re-evaluate each position and update the player rankings.  The number indicated in the “(#)” is the players previous rankings.  All rankings are grouped into tiers.

Feel free to debate on any player you feel should be ranked higher.  Community feel free to respond.

(Center Rankings)
(Guard Rankings)

NOTE: All Player Analysis is analysis from the beginning of the seasonNone of it was edited.

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Injured- Fell out of rankings

#19. Al Horford ( C)- Horford is another young stud, though his problem is finding shot attempts.  With Josh Smith vowing to take less 3’s maybe that means he will pass it to Horford instead.  His center eligibility helps him in the forward position, but 15-10 with 2 blocks a game and good FT% does not hurt.

 

Tier 1- Elite Options

#1 (1). LeBron James- Superstar, who will get you Blocks, Steals, 3PTs, Rebs, Assts, Points every night.  He needs to shoot 80 % from the free throw line this year.  He will be hungry for a big season after being labeled as a choke artist in the finals.

#2 (2). Kevin Durant- Superstar who averages 30 a game with everything else.  He’s only getting better and is possibly the #1 scorer in the NBA.  Ton of 3’s and the block to go with it as well, nice 7 rebounds.

#3 (3). Kevin Love- K Love is a threat for a 20-20 night with 3’s.  He’s solid he makes FTs, could eventually qualify at center this year as well.

#4 (13). LaMarcus Aldridge ( C)- Aldridge has been working on his post game with Kareem this offseason.  He should be ready to take his game to the next level as he is almost unguardable.  His heart problem does worry me, but the reports are there are no setbacks.  A person to monitor closely though as the season begins.  Will get you 20-10 with a block when healthy.  Potential for more.

#5 (4). Blake Griffin- Blake will absolutely dominate with CP3.  25+ PTs a night, 10+ rebounds, the only problem is he doesn’t offer much more than that, and will in fact hurt you in FT%.

#6 (5). Carmelo Anthony- A superstar, if he played harder he could be #1 on this list.  Should still have a huge season of plenty of everything.  He is the Kobe Bryant of the Forward position.

#7 (15). Paul Pierce- Pierce makes scoring look easy.  He should get 20 points a game and give you decent rebound and FT numbers.  The key is the amount of 3PM’s you get.  This guy can go off, and will have to more often this season with Jeff Green out for the year.  KG and Ray Allen aren’t getting any younger either.

#8 (8). Josh Smith- This is a must have guy in fantasy basketball this year.  Josh is a difference maker in the blocks category, and he also could get you the next best assist numbers at the forward position next to Lebron.  Great rebounder as well.  Get him.

#9 (12). Pau Gasol ( C)- He should average 18-10 easily with no Odom.  The shots will be there, the question is will he play strong.  He is aging, but he is out to prove he is still relevant.  Take your shot with Gasol as he qualifies at center as well.  80+% FT shooter, and 1+ block per game to go along with 10+ rebounds.

Tier 2- Solid Production on the Reg.

#10 (7). Danny Granger- Granger may lose some production with West being another solid option who needs the ball.  Granger still gets you a ton of 3’s, and good rebound, block, and steal numbers.  Should be another great year for Danny.

#11 (9). David Lee- If there’s a guy on the court who can get 20 rebounds a game; you have to grab that guy.  David Lee could be this year’s Kevin Love and that makes Lee very valuable, he was injured last year.  He’s ready to go.  This guy plays his heart out and can fill up fantasy stat sheets.

#12 (10). Rudy Gay- Gay was playing like a 1st round value before getting hurt last year.  When he did the Grizzles became a better team, but they will be ready to go to the next level with Rudy healthy.  He will give you all the numbers you can ask for from a forward.  He flies out of the gym, he plays great defense, and is a pure shooter.

#13 (21). Andre Iguodala- Iggy is on the downside of his 76er career and is not looked upon as a consistent scoring option with it now being the Holiday and Turner show.  Still a chance for 14-5-5 and some steals.  Not bad numbers, not worth drafting for before other studs.

#14 (25). DeMarcus Cousins ( C)- Cousins is a player that can outperform his draft value easily.  The potential is there as there isn’t many other post players that can put up points like him.  20-10 is easily in reach, he will hurt you at the free throw line.

#15 (34). Paul Millsap- Paul is dealing with a sore quad, and Favors looking like the “favorite” to be the guy in the PF spot.  Millsap has been working on his outside game however and could be a force at the Small Forward position.  The bite is worth the chew, as some say…15-10 is not out of the question with this guy, he gets you blocks and FT% as well.

#16 (11). Zach Randolph- Randolph is known as the black hole in the NBA.  The ball goes in, and it doesn’t come back.  He is a great player and can easily get you those 30 point nights, and sometimes 20 rebounds.  Great player to have on your team, 80%+ from free throw line.

#17 (29). Greg Monroe ( C)- A guy who has grown by leaps and bounds looks to be the man for Detroit.  There are game where he could get lose offensively, but a solid bet for 10 rebounds and 2 blocks a night.  Center eligibility helps.

#18 (14). Chris Bosh- Bosh had a disappointing season with Miami.  But he did get more comfortable as the season continued.  In fantasy it is important to have a short term memory with a player of his caliber, a 20-10 season is possible.  He gets blocks and rebounds.  There is also the small chance he ends up qualifying at center.

Tier 3- Inconsistent good players.

#19 (6). Dirk Nowitzki- 20 Points with the chance for the explosion 30’s.  Difference maker in FT% and gets enough rebounds.  Doesn’t hit enough 3’s anymore, but Dallas should be a high scoring team every game.

#20 (16). Gerald Wallace- Wallace is a completely different player with Portland than he was with Charlotte.  The team will look for him to be a defensive leader, but there will be times this guy disappears in the stat sheet.  Hopefully he can get 15-9 with a block and a steal.  He will be rotating all season with Wesley Matthews, Nicholas Batum, Marcus Camby, and Aldridge for playing time.  Doesn’t seem like there’s a lot of room for error this season with Wallace.

#21 (18). Danilo Gallinari- He’s only getting better every year, and with his 3PT shot he can be a huge impact player.  The Nuggets need a go-to-guy and they are going to look for Galinari to be that man to start the season.  He could truly breakout with over 20 points a game with solid numbers everywhere else.

#22 (23). Carlos Boozer- I’m going to bet on a comeback season for a more in shape Boozer.  He’s on a team where he can thrive and after battling injuries all season I think he will be ready.  20-10 is definitely in reach with 80% at the free throw line.  He won’t do much more than that.

#23 (43). Kris Humphries- The Play, Playa of the year is now in a great position to succeed with Lopez out for an extended time.  Humphries is a solid bet to get his numbers with no other big guy on the team.  12-10 with a  block should easily be in reach after averaging a double-double last season.

#24 (NR). Ryan Anderson

#25 (22). Dorrell Wright- 3’s, 3’s, 3’s and more.  He is their guy in the corner and they will need him to be big all year.  He could easily lead the league this season as long as he doesn’t start missing and losing playing time.

#26 (20). Antwan Jamison- You know what you’re getting with this veteran.  18 points 8 rebounds 3’s and the whole package.  A draft day steal as the Cavs will depend on this guy nightly with no other true starter on any NBA squad.  He also will throw you the block.

#27 (37). Kevin Garnett- If you’re desperate for a 10-10 guy late who can get a block, then you can do much worse than KG.  With Jeff Green out for the season, they will depend on KG for a lot of minutes.  On the flip side he is getting older and he will rack up the DNP’s.

#28 (26). Caron Butler– Caron looks to be healthy, and someone who can average 15 points with a mixture of everything else.  He will be a true steal on draft day as people are too worried about the knee.

#29 (30). Serge Ibaka ( C)- Ibaka is a block specialist, and at times can be a 10+ rebound type of guy.  Take him with upside as he is very young and only getting more comfortable in the NBA.  A star in his home country.

#30 (28). David West– Hopefully he will return to his 20-10 ways.  The Pacers could use  it, but coming off knee surgery he hasn’t done much to show he is near 100%.  It’s a long season and with a shortened schedule with less time in between games, West could be a risk.

#31 (31). Tim Duncan– Duncan is getting older and the schedule with less rest in between games means he will rack up the DNP’s.  18-10 should be expected, with the block.  He will hurt you with his free throw shot.

#32 (27). Luis Scola– Is a good hustle player, but all he does is the same thing as Boozer in score and rebound.  Consistent double-double guy. With the chance of the occasional 20.

#33 (32). Luol Deng– The guy doesn’t do enough to make a difference, but he is solid and you know that he will be consistent.  17-6 with some good hustle stats and a 3.  He may lose some shot attempts to Rip Hamilton this year.

#34 (58). Hedo Turkologu– Hedo is comfortable playing a position where he does not do much besides take the occasional 3PT or make the assist.  His upside isn’t great, but he will be 10-5-4 almost every night.

#35 (44). Michael Beasley– Beasley is a beastly type of player.  He can score with the best of them and will get you some rebounds and 3’s.  For some reason people think he should get moved from Minnesota, but he is one of their best offensive options as he has 20 point potential.

#36 (40). Austin Daye– This guy does it all and wants to get better.  He’s on a team that will give him his shot to shine.  17-5-5 could happen and he gets blocks and 3’s as well. A true potential fantasy star.

#37 (33). Stephen Jackson (G)- Jackson is the veteran for the Bucks’  Though he complained about his contract, has a bad back, an ailing hamstring, and doesn’t appear to be motivated to take his team to the next level.  He is a great player with a lot of risk.  If healthy, expect a little bit of everything and a lot of 3PT’s.

#38 (NR). Al Harrington-

Tier 4. Question Marks but players you want.

#39 (35). Tyrus Thomas– STL,BLK,REB potential is too high to let this guy slip.  He’s got to put it together one year right?

#40 (17). Andre Blatche– Blatche has the potential to be a great player in this league.  Two years ago he was putting up 30-18 games like it was nothing.  He started to get his head straight towards the end of last year, and will be looking for m ore success as the true go-to-guy in the Wizards offense.  This guy is an offensive juggernaut and will give great scoring numbers with the best of them.

#41 (70). Shawn Marion– The guy has no offensive game and he doesn’t play enough guaranteed minutes to count on his BLK, STL and rebounds.  His fantasy days are behind him.

#42 (69). James Johnson- The starting SF on Toronto has serious steal and block potential.  He could be the next Gerald Wallace and nobody would see it coming.

#43 (69). Tayshaun Prince– This guy does nothing.  I would never own him in fantasy.  He will have the big games every now and then to start the season, but will disappear quickly before you can remember it.

#44 (24). Elton Brand– Brand looks healthy again, if he gets 15-10 with 2 blocks then you are looking at a great steal on draft day.  He has the potential for more as the true veteran scorer on that team.

#45 (64). Amir Johnson– Amir has potential, but should not be counted on for much success.  10-10 would be great, but he should be left for deeper leagues.

#46 (59). Trevor Ariza– Trevor is not the best fantasy player.  He will get you the steals and most likely a 3 per game, but there are times where he disappears.  Those times are more often than they should be to be comfortable using him.

#47 (39). Wesley Matthews (G)- Good 3 PT shooter, FT%, and a steal is what you want out of Matthews.  He is good, but his ceiling appears to be Ray Allen.  He will be fighting Nicholas Batum, Jamal Crawford, and Gerald Wallace for minutes.  Not a good situation.

#48 (NR). Jason Thompson-

#49 (41). Channing Frye ( C) – With Gortat playing injured, this will result into Frye getting more playing time, and more 3 PT shot attempts.  As a forward he is good because he does get the occasional block to go along with the 3’s and points.  But his true value is at the Center position.

#50 (42). Ed Davis ( C)- The Dennis Rodman of fantasy basketball.  If you need a rebound stud that could get the block, look no further.  Center eligible as well.

#51 (49). Thaddeus Young– Great player and still very young.  His talent has breakout written all over him, playing time might be a problem to start the season.

#52 (36). Corey Maggette– He’s old yes.  But he’s the best scorer on his team and can get you 20 points a game and some rebounds.  Difference maker at the Free throw line as well.

#53 (45). Lamar Odom– The guy is a proven veteran and can put up great numbers.  Problem is he’s on a team that is stacked and will be fighting for minutes all season.  Lakers will miss him, and fantasy owners need to hope for injuries elsewhere for solid consistent production from Odom.  Without injuries 11-6-4 and some 3’s is what you can expect.

#54 (46). Rashard Lewis– He can shoot the lights out, problem is he has consistency problems.  The Wizards are now feeling more comfortable with Crawford, which could mean Nick Young will start to eat into his minutes at the SF position.

#55 (48). Nicholas Batum– Batum has amazing talent but is buried on a deep squad.  Playing time will be scarce and his games will be in the 10-4-2 range with a block, instead of the 15-6-4 range he is capable with everything else to go along with it.  Great potential.

#56 (50). Derrick Favors– Favors has a lot of potential to make noise as a 15-10 guy.  The Jazz are already talking about starting him over Millsap and the season has not even started.  That means he has some serious potential and should be looked at closely before your draft.

#57 (61). John Salmons– Salmons has too many weapons around him to be the player he wants to be.  His shot attempts won’t be consistent, and there will be times he’s nonexistent.  Donte Greene is on the bench behind him (Donte is suppose to be a lot better this season).  I would avoid Salmons this season.

#58 (65). Landry Fields– Fields is a role player who is better left for the bench.  Does a little bit of everything, not a lot of anything.

#59 (51). Carl Landry– Another solid player who will be rotating with Kaman and Okafor all year.  He is always solid for 6 rebounds and can explode for the occasional 20+ points.  A nice player to have on your bench if you can.

Tier 5. Guys Who should be on every waiver wire.

#60 (47). Jordan Hill ( C)- Hill has potential to be a 20-10 guy in this league.  He has shown it in the pre-season and he showed it collegiately at Arizona.  He is the next guy off the bench for Dalembert or Scola and would make a great play if anything happened to either of those guys.  Center eligibility helps.

#61 (52). Derrick Williams– A high flyer and a truly gifted player.  D-Will is going to have major value when a Beasley trade occurs at some point this season.  Hopefully you will have him.

#62 (60). Richard Jefferson– Jefferson has the talent, but he is on a team that allows him to be a role player at best.  Could do something if injuries fall to players  around him.

#63 (55). Boris Diaw– If you really have to get him late, I guess you can do worse.  A little bit of everything type of guy.  Nice that he is going to qualify at center, at least that’s the plan for now.

#64 (62). Josh Howard– He has solid potential and now being a starter in Utah he has the chance for some good numbers.  Problem is, Millsap is trying to be the SF in Utah which will limit Howard’s minutes.  That being the case, especially with Raja Bell and CJ Miles in the competition for playing time.

#65 (53). JJ Hickson ( C)- Is buried with Cousins and Thompson, but he is looking like the guy who may be most consistent of the bunch.  Take Hickson with the chance of getting a solid 15-10 guy who also qualifies at center.

#66 (54). Klay Thompson– A pure scorer and the first guy to come off the bench for the high scoring Warriors.  Curry is already battling an ankle injury, Monta looks to get traded and Dorrell Wright is not proven yet.  Klay will get plenty of chances.

#67 (56). Tyler Hansbrough– The Pacers will need his energy and there will be a few games where Tyler gets 20 boards.  If something happens to Hibbert or David West, which is possible, Hansbrough would be a great start.

#68 (57). Carlos Delfino– 3 PT’s and steals.  That’s what you are getting with Delfino as he now has Stephen Jackson on his team to take looks away.  Delfino should still get his as he looks to be over injury concerns.

#69 (63). Glenn Davis– Big Baby will get his playing time this year, he doesn’t have much talent but he could be a consistent 8-8 every night.  Maybe more if Dwight Howard is moved for no size.

#70 (66). Luc Richard-Mbah Moute– If you are depending on this guy for production, either your team is doing lousy or a key player got hurt on the Bucs.  This guy is a stat plug to help you if there is an injury.

#71 (67). Wesley Johnson– He can knock down 3’s and get blocks and steals.  Question is will he find playing time behind Derrick Williams, Wayne Ellington, and Michael Beasley.

#72 (68). Terrance Williams– His potential is great, and he is a better player than Chase Budinger.  If his head is straight, which it looks to be this season.  Terrance could be a great fantasy sleeper who does it all.  Especially great assist numbers.

#73 (71). Tristain Thompson– A young player with great upside, but he will be looked to be a backup for Antwan Jamison this season.  The car is not ready for Thompson to drive.

#74 (72). Ron Artest– Artest is the only proven scorer on the Lakers who can take the ball to the hole besides Kobe.  If Kobe ever has to miss time, Artest will be looked to pick up the slack.  The question is, are you ready Metta P?  Because he does not look to be in game shape.

#75 (73). Marvin Williams– The guy is not useable unless there are injuries around him.  One day he will put it together and show why he is was the #2 overall pick.  One day.

Ask any questions and debate with me who you think should be ranked higher.  Good luck in Fantasy Basketball and stay tuned to MaddeArena as it is a long season..We got your back.

 

 

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11 comments

  • Joe February 4, 2012   Reply →

    Hey Muntra,

    Bismack Biyombo qualifies as a PF/C in my league. I know he’s not in your top 75 forwards, but how does he compare to guys like Hawes and Pekovic? And do you see Biyombo holding on to the starting spot for the rest of the season? I know he’ll experience inconsitency as a rookie. His offensive game is raw, but I see him scoring mostly on put backs for high %, solid rebounds and a a difference maker in blocks if given the minutes. I think he had a decent line in his first start today. What do you think? I’m in a 16 team league, so trying to catch lightning in a bottle :P

    Thanks,
    Joe

    • Muntradamus February 5, 2012   Reply →

      Check out the latest article.

      http://www.beastdome.com/fantasy-basketball-waiver-wire-week-7

      I would definitely add Biyombo if you are struggling at the position and you are looking for a Big. I do like Pekovic more because he is already trusted by his team, Biyombo only had one start, and if he continues to start he is a must add. I do think if he continues to produce they will have no choice but to start him consistently.

      Both players have higher upside than Spencer Hawes, though Hawes may be safer than Biyombo at the moment.

  • Harry February 4, 2012   Reply →

    Wassup M,
    Looks like tonight was the night for former warriors to break out haha.
    What do you think of Jeremy Lin? Has NY finally found their point guard? Or do you think Baron Davis will affect a lot of Lin’s minutes despite if he still does well?

    Also, Reggie Williams, DJ Augustin is out for a few more games, Henderson too, and Henderson has been inconsistent, do you see him still being able to get minutes in the future?

    • Muntradamus February 5, 2012   Reply →

      That’s a good observation.

      I like Jeremy Lin and Reggie Williams if you were building a bench on NBA 2K12.

      As fantasy players go, I would stay away from both of them at the moment.

      http://www.beastdome.com/fantasy-basketball-waiver-wire-week-7

      You can read the link for more about Lin. As far as Reggie Williams goes I would stay away as there are more proven scorers out there in the fantasy world. If he puts up big performances in the next two games he would be worth the risk, but as soon as the team gets healthier he will be demoted again.

      • Harry February 5, 2012   Reply →

        Yea I was just wondering because this week I’m playing the 2nd best team in my league this upcoming week (I’m 1st) and it’s gonna be close.
        My worst two players were Austin Daye(still not getting mins) and Jerryd Bayless, so I’m really desperate for any contributors this week. I did pick up Pekovic for Bayless tho, and still debating if I should pick up Lin/Williams for Daye

        • Muntradamus February 6, 2012   Reply →

          If your league is a daily league, then it does make sense to pick up a Williams or Lin. If you are a weekly league as tempting as it is, I would keep Daye as he has elite fantasy potential written all over him. Lin may start the Knicks next game, but I would find someone else to drop. I also like Jerryd Bayless as the season progresses.

          You will be happy with Pekovic aka the next Marcin Gortat.

  • Harry February 5, 2012   Reply →

    Sorry if it’s phrased weirdly but the question is about Reggie and whether he’ll be useable

  • Desmond February 5, 2012   Reply →

    Hey there again,

    I got Carlos boozer for Chris Bosh in a trade. Bosh has been really inconsistent with his playtime and I think he is in the decline with wade back. Do u think this is a good trade?? I could have got Andrew Bynum too but his FT% is crap and his TO’s are much more that Boozer. I do not require PTS because I know I cannot win that category..

    My team is as follows:

    Chris Paul
    Jose Calderon
    Jason Terry
    Monta Ellis
    Danny Granger
    Luol Deng
    Ryan Anderson
    Josh Smith
    Dirk Nowitzki
    Carlos Boozer
    Al Jefferson
    Roy Hibbert
    Marc Gasol

    I am leading my league in 3 ball, second in free throw %, first in TO ratio. I just got calderon to compliment Chris Paul. Any trade ideas that would help me make my team better??

    • Muntradamus February 6, 2012   Reply →

      I think you may have settled for a little less than what you could have gotten. But in the long run Boozer has the chance to be a lot more consistent than Bosh. Andrew Bynum definitely has more value than the the other two, but he is also injury prone.

      Your team looks good, if you ever wanted to sell high on Dirk and get some real value for him now would be the time. Or you can stick it out, I will update my thoughts on him in the Player Update that comes out Monday.

  • Garrett February 9, 2012   Reply →

    Where would you put Drew Gooden as a Forward on this list?

    • Muntradamus February 9, 2012   Reply →

      Long Term- In front of Hedo Turkolgu.
      Short Term- In front of David West.

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