Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Fantasy Front: Power Forwards

By Anthony Peretore

Provided are the fantasy rankings of the Top 10 Power Forwards based upon their play thus far in the 2004-05 season. Also included is a second-tier Top 10 due to the abundance of solid 4’s in the league. These players are guys that could have significant impact in the near future or may be 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. Player 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'

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1st TIER TOP 10

1. Kevin Garnett #21, Minnesota Timberwolves
Stats: 39.8 mins, 23.1 PPG (2), 15.3 RPG (1), 6.3 APG (1), 1.8 SPG (1), 2.0 BPG (2)
Total Ranking: 7
Status: Not moving...Perenial MVP, don't even think about trading him

2. Dirk Nowitzki #41, Dallas Mavericks
Stats: 38.2 mins, 27.4 PPG (1) 11.0 RPG (t-4) 2.7 APG (t-5) 1.5 SPG (3) 1.4 BPG (5)
Total Ranking: 18
Status: Falling slightly...Career-highs in pts, rebs, stls and blks...

3. Tim Duncan #21, San Antonio Spurs
Stats: 34.6 mins, 22.3 PPG (3), 12.7 RPG (2), 2.3 APG (8), 0.7 SPG (t-8), 3.0 BPG (1)
Total Ranking: 22
Status: Rising...When Dirk comes down to earth, it will be KG, TD 1 and 2

4. Shawn Marion #31, Phoenix Suns
Stats: 39.3 mins, 19.5 PPG (t-7), 12.4 RPG (3), 2.2 APG (9), 1.7 SPG (2), 1.9 BPG (3)
Total Ranking: 24
Status: Staying put...Matrix thriving off Amare's great season

5. Chris Webber #4, Sacramento Kings
Stats: 35.1 mins, 19.8 PPG (6), 10.3 RPG (6), 5.2 APG (2), 1.2 SPG (t-4), 0.8 BPG (7)
Total Ranking: 25
Status: Steady...Should be Top 5 until he gets hurt (inevitable). Trade him now

6. Antoine Walker #8, Atlanta Hawks
Stats: 41.0 mins, 21.9 PPG (4) 8.8 RPG (9) 3.7 APG (3) 1.2 SPG (t-4) 0.5 BPG (9)
Total Ranking: 29
Status: Staying put...Will get 40+ mins all year on this awful Hawks team

7. Elton Brand #42, Los Angeles Clippers
Stats: 37.5 mins, 18.7 PPG (10), 8.1 RPG (10), 3.3 APG (4), 0.8 SPG (t-6), 1.8 BPG (4)
Total Ranking: 34
Status: Falling...Just isn't the same player he used to be...

8. Zach Randolph #50, Portland Trailblazers
Stats: 37.9 mins, 21.3 PPG (5), 11.0 RPG (t-4), 2.1 APG (10), 0.8 SPG (t-6), 0.6 BPG (8)
Total Ranking: 33
Status: Rising? Can't fill anything but pts and rebs...Too bad

9. Pau Gasol #16, Memphis Grizzlies
Stats: 32.5 mins, 18.9 PPG (9), 9.5 RPG (t-7), 2.4 APG (7), 0.7 SPG (t-8) 1.3 BPG (6)
Total Ranking: 37
Status: Steady...Only Grizzly averaging 30+ mins a night

10. Carlos Boozer #5, Utah Jazz
Stats: 35.8 mins, 19.5 PPG (t-7), 9.5 RPG (t-7), 2.7 APG (t-5), 0.7 SPG (t-8), 0.3 BPG (10)
Total Ranking: 37
Status: Rising...Will be better when Kirilenko returns


Napping (Back in mid-January)...

  • Jermaine O’Neal #7, Indiana Pacers
    Stats: 8 gp, 33.1 mins, 22.6 PPG 9.6 RPG 1.4 APG 0.6 SPG 2.3 BPG
    Status: Look to trade for him at the end of the month...

2nd TIER TOP 10

1. Kenyon Martin #6, Denver Nuggets
Stats: 33.5 mins, 13.9 PPG (t-2), 8.1 RPG (7), 3.6 APG (1), 1.5 SPG (1), 1.0 BPG (t-6)
Total Ranking: 17
Status: Staying in Top 3...Points should rise... Okafor threatening top spot

2. Emeka Okafor #50, Charlotte Bobcats
Stats: 36.1 mins, 13.8 PPG (4), 10.9 RPG (1), 1.2 APG (9), 0.8 SPG (t-8), 1.6 BPG (2)
Total Ranking: 24
Status: Rising...Rookie of the Year thus far, may crack 1st Tier

3. Drew Gooden #90, Cleveland Cavaliers
Stats: 30.5 mins, 12.4 PPG (t-6), 10.2 RPG (4), 1.4 APG (8), 1.1 SPG (t-3), 1.2 BPG (5)
Total Ranking: 26
Status: Steady...Up and down all season, Cavs hope he doesn't get lazy

4. Dwight Howard #12, Orlando Magic
Stats: 32.0 mins, 10.5 PPG (10), 10.4 RPG (t-2), 1.6 APG (4), 1.0 SPG (t-6), 1.9 BPG (1)
Total Ranking: 23
Status: Rising...Will get in his groove eventually

5. Kurt Thomas #40, New York Knicks
Stats: 35.3 mins, 11.4 PPG (8), 10.1 RPG (5), 1.5 APG (t-5), 1.1 SPG (t-3), 1.0 BPG (t-6)
Total Ranking: 27
Status: Slipping...Michael Sweetney challenging him for minutes

6. Austin Croshere #44, Indiana Pacers
Stats: 36.4 mins, 13.9 PPG (t-2), 7.8 RPG (9), 2.3 APG (2), 1.1 SPG (t-3), 0.4 BPG (t-10)
Total Rankings: 26
Status: Steady...Should remain a starter even when J. O'Neal returns

7. Troy Murphy #1, Golden State Warriors
Stats: 34.6 mins, 16.3 PPG (1), 10.4 RPG (t-2), 1.5 APG (t-5), 0.4 SPG (11), 0.4 BPG (t-10)
Total Ranking: 29
Status: Rising...Second option on bad Warrior team...25 and 17 against KG

8. Rasheed Wallace #36, Detroit Pistons
Stats: 33.5 mins, 12.4 PPG (t-6), 6.9 RPG (11), 1.9 APG (3), 0.8 SPG (t-8), 1.5 BPG (3)
Total Ranking: 31
Status: Falling...Playing more for his team then for individual stats

9. Chris Bosh #4, Toronto Raptors
Stats: 34.7 mins, 13.2 PPG (5), 7.2 RPG (10), 1.5 APG (t-5), 1.0 SPG (t-6), 1.0 BPG (t-6)
Total Ranking: 32
Status: Steady...Will eventually be a stud, don't know when though

t-10. Tyson Chandler #3, Chicago Bulls
Stats: 27.1 mins, 8.7 PPG (11), 9.6 RPG (6), 1.1 APG (t-10), 1.3 SPG (t-2), 0.9 BPG (9)
Total Ranking: 38
Status: Who knows...Underachieving yet again. Maybe trade will help

t-10. Raef LaFrentz #45, Boston Celtics
Stats: 27.5 mins, 11.2 PPG (9), 8.0 RPG (8), 1.1 APG (t-10), 0.8 SPG (t-8), 1.4 BPG (4)
Total Ranking: 39
Status: Playing well as of late...Al Jefferson pushing him though...


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