2018-2019 Fantasy Basketball Rankings: Small Forward

Welcome to the 2018-2019 Fantasy Basketball preseason rankings. These rankings are mostly based on category scoring systems. To try to account for that, the “Better Format” column identifies if a player is better suited for the points or category leagues. To accommodate for optimal roster construction, the “Punt” column identifies categories that it will be difficult to win when drafting that player.

Finally, there are brief write ups below the rankings identifying some players to reach for, avoid, and some sleepers to target in later rounds.

Rank Player Team Better Format Punt
1 Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL
2 Kevin Durant GSW
3 LeBron James LAL
4 Paul George OKC FG% (borderline)
5 Kawhi Leonard TOR
6 Khris Middleton MIL
7 Otto Porter WAS Roto
8 Jimmy Butler MIN
9 DeMar DeRozan TOR
10 Will Barton DEN
11 Gordon Hayward BOS
12 Josh Richardson MIA Roto
13 Joe Ingles UTA Roto
14 Nikola Mirotic NOP Points
15 Brandon Ingram LAL Points FT%
16 Taurean Prince ATL FG%
17 Robert Covington PHI Roto FG%
18 Jonathan Isaac ORL FG%
19 Kyle Anderson MEM Roto Points
20 Tim Hardaway NYK
21 Mario Hezonja NYK
22 Harrison Barnes DAL Points
23 Andrew Wiggins MIN Percentages
24 Jayson Tatum BOS Roto
25 Rudy Gay SAS
26 Cedi Osman CLE FT%
27 Kelly Oubre WAS FG%
28 T.J.Warren PHO Points
29 Stanley Johnson DET FG%
30 Trevor Ariza PHO FG%

Players Worth Reaching for

There are a number of middle-tier options at he position that are exciting, even though they carry significant risk. Joanthan Isaac could be a significant detriment in FG% and points, but could average a three, block, and steal per game. Kyle Anderson could be a poor man’s version of Isaac, without being foced to point FG%.

Those options pale in comparison to Brandon Ingram, however. LeBron James will take the ball out of Ingram’s hands, but Ingram proved that he can score efficiently and took a big step forward in his second season. The Lakers don’t have an obvious second scoring option, which gives confidence that Ingram will fill it up this season.

Players to Avoid

Danilo Galinari is a notable omission from the top-30, but his injury history makes him a headache. His per-game production will be fine, but a contingency plan will always be necessary.

Jayson Tatum had a notable rookie campaign but doesn’t stand out in any category. If his efficiency slips at all, he won’t be worth his current fourth-round price tag.

Trevor Ariza is a nice real-life player, but that doesn’t mean he is an asset in fantasy leagues. He joins the Suns, who will be working with a crowded wing rotation. At this point, Ariza is a streaming option for steals.

sleepers

Cedi Osman will fill the minutes for LeBron James and when the Cavs need scoring. He’s a cheap flier late in drafts to keep an eye on.

Stanley Johnson was perpetually in Stan Van Gundy’s dog house, but he now receives a new opportunity in Detroit. He should come at no cost, and could even be a waiver wire option depending on depth of your league.

2018-2019 Basketball Rankings
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Dan Marcus

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Dan recently moved to Columbus, Ohio but is a lifelong Pittsburgh sports fan. Fantasy baseball was and always will be his favorite fantasy sport, but he also enjoys football and basketball as well.

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