Monday, November 29, 2004

Fantasy Front: Small Forwards

Provided are the fantasy rankings of the Top 10 Small Forwards based upon their play thus far in the 2004-05 season. Also included are a handful of guys that could have significant impact in the near future and those you should depend on only as viable backups.

We will base our rankings on a five category head-to-head league, thus, only points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks will factor into this list. Players averages for each category will be listed, as well as their ranking in that particular category compared to the rest of the top ten, denoted in ( ).

Note: Ranking will not always be determined by 'Total Ranking'

1. LeBron James #23, Cleveland Cavaliers
Stats: 40.9 mins, 26.6 PPG(1), 7.9 RPG(4), 6.2 APG(1), 2.2 SPG(1), 1.2 BPG(t-2)
Total Ranking: 9
Status: Not Budging…King James has upped all his stats from a year ago…MVP?


2. Richard Jefferson #24, New Jersey Nets
Stats: 42.0 mins, 22.2 PPG(3), 8.9 RPG(3), 3.6 APG(3), 1.0 SPG(7), 0.5 BPG(5)
Total Ranking: 21
Status: Staying put…Being the only weapon in NJ may wear him down eventually


3. Grant Hill #33, Orlando Magic
Stats: 36.1 mins, 20.8 PPG(4), 5.5 RPG(8), 3.9 APG(2), 1.4 SPG(t-3), 0.3 BPG(t-8)
Total Ranking: 25
Status: Who knows?…It all depends on that ankle of his…

4. Andrei Kirilenko #47, Utah Jazz
Stats: 34.4 mins, 14.8 PPG(9), 7.2 RPG(5), 2.6 APG(6), 1.4 SPG(t-3), 4.4 BPG (1)
Total Ranking: 24
Status: Falling…Knee injury will keep him out 1-2 weeks


5. Antawn Jamison #4, Washington Wizards
Stats: 41.4 mins, 24.4 PPG(2), 9.4 RPG(2), 2.4 APG(8), 1.2 SPG(t-5), 0.4 BPG(t-6)
Total Ranking: 23
Status: Steady…Stats may fall off when Kwame returns (Late-Dec.?)


6. Carmelo Anthony #15, Denver Nuggets
Stats: 35.6 mins, 19.6 PPG(7), 6.2 RPG(6), 3.1 APG(5), 1.2 SPG(t-5), 0.4 BPG(t-6)
Total Ranking: 29
Status: Falling?…Needs help from his teammates; ankle injury doesn't help


7. Lamar Odom #7 Los Angeles Lakers
Stats: 34.7 mins, 14.2 PPG(10), 10.6 RPG(1), 2.5 APG(7), 0.9 SPG(t-8), 1.1 BPG(4)
Total Ranking: 30
Status: Rising…Points and Assists should increase as Lakers improve


8. Rashard Lewis #7, Seattle Supersonics
Stats: 38.6 mins, 20.7 PPG(5), 5.6 RPG(7), 1.2 APG(10), 0.9 SPG(t-8), 1.2 BPG(t-2)
Total Ranking: 32
Status: Steady…If Sonics can keep this up, RL will continue break out year


9. Peja Stojakovic #16, Sacramento Kings
Stats: 40.0 mins, 20.0 PPG(6), 3.9 RPG(10), 1.9 APG(9), 1.5 SPG(2), 0.3 BPG(t-8)
Total Ranking: 35
Status: Rising…Numbers are all down from a year ago…

10. Corey Maggette #50, Los Angeles Clippers
Stats: 35.2 min, 18.5 PPG(8), 5.0 RPG(9), 3.5 APG(4), 0.9 SPG(t-8), 0.0 BPG(10)
Total Ranking: 39
Status: Slipping?…Ankle injury may cause set back



Sleeper (Rookie leading his team)...
  • Luol Deng #9, Chicago Bulls
    Stats: 29.2 mins, 14.9 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.3 BPG
    Status: Numbers will jump when he’s awarded a starting spot

Waking Up? (May eventually emerge as legit threat)...

  • Al Harrington #3, Atlanta Hawks
    Stats: 39.0 mins, 16.9 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 3.2 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.2 BPG
    Status: One of only two legit scorers in the ATL

In a Coma (Use only as viable backups)...

  • Andre Iguodala (PHI), Keith Van Horn (MIL), Caron Butler (LAL), Mike Dunleavy (GS), Tim Thomas (NYK), Shareef Abdur-Rahim (POR), Wally Szczerbiak (MIN), Josh Howard (DAL), James Posey (MEM)

Practically Dead (Little chance of returning this season)

  • Ron Artest #91, Indiana Pacers
    Stat Line: 24.6 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.9 BPG
    Status: Would rank 3rd on Top 10 list…Keep promoting your CD moron…

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