2018-2019 Fantasy Basketball Rankings: Power 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 Format Punt
1 Anthony Davis NO
2 Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL
3 Kevin Durant GSW
4 LeBron James LAL
5 Kevin Love CLE
6 Tobias Harris LAC Roto
7 Draymond Green GSW
8 LaMarcus Aldridge SAS
9 Aaron Gordon ORL
10 Blake Griffin DET Points FG% (borderline)
11 John Collins ATL
12 Luka Doncic DAL
13 Jonathan Isaac ORL
14 Paul Millsap DEN
15 Serge Ibaka TOR
16 Nikola Mirotic NOP
17 Jayson Tatum BOS Roto
18 Julius Randle NOP
19 Marvin Bagley SAC FT%
20 Dario Saric PHI
21 Kyle Kuzma LAL Roto
22 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson BKN FG%
23 Jordan Bell GSW
24 Lauri Markannen CHI
25 Thaddeus Young IND FT%
26 Jaren Jackson MEM
27 Jerami Grant OKC
28 Larry Nance CLE
29 Derrick Favors UTA FT%
30 Carmelo Anthony HOU

Others to Consider: Bobby Portis, James Johnson, Wendell Carter (ranked at Center)

Players Worth Reaching for

John Isaac has the upside to win steals and blocks in H2H leagues on a weekly basis, making him someone with upside to target.

Marvin Bagley has defensive limitations but could come in and prove to be the best scorer on the Kings’ roster in his rookie season.

Players to Avoid

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson got very little preseason work in and may be slow to get going to start the season. That’s enough to downgrade him a bit, creating risk he is never truly able to get healthy this season.

Carmelo Anthony still has name brand appeal, but he didn’t fit in well with OKC last season. He won’t be the focal point of the Rockets’ offense this season either, and his best asset is his ability to score.

Sleepers

Carmelo Anthony’s departure will allow Jerami Grant the chance to play big minutes for the first time in his career. It’s unknown exactly what that will look like, but it’s worth a late-round pick to find out.

Jordan Bell should get plenty of minutes while Demarcus Cousins is out, and if he continues to show the flash he did in his rookie campaign, it’s possible that he’ll earn minutes even after Cousins makes it back to the floor.

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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