Top 25 Small Forwards for Fantasy Basketball 2013-2014

Ok, ok, thus far we’ve covered the rankings and projections for the Top 25 Point GuardsTop 25 Shooting Guards and the Top 25 Power Forwards for 2013-2014 fantasy basketball. Today we’re going small, small forwards that is! I look at this group and I don’t think it aint so bad. Double negative! There are a bunch of guys middle to late who I wouldn’t mind taking a flyer on and neither should you. Let’s get to it, shall we?

1. Kevin Durant – He may not be able to beat Lebron for real but he kicks his booty in fantasy and we all know that’s what really counts!
Projections: 28.5 ppg/7.8 rpg/4.4 apg/.495/.880/1.3 spg/135 3s/100 blk/3.5 tov

2. Lebron James – If I have only one small complaint it’s the FT. Yes, I’m quibling but I’m bored!
Projections: 27 ppg/7.8 rpg/7.1 apg/.530/.755/1.6 spg/105 3s/60 blk/3.2 tov

3. James Harden – Went over him in the Top 25 Shooting Guards for Fantasy Basketball.

4. Paul George – Went over him in the Top 25 Shooting Guards for Fantasy Basketball

5. Carmelo Anthony – Doubt he averages 28+ ppg again but, hey, 26.5 aint bad! The threes have rocketed the last few years so  don’t be surprised if his FG is lower than I project.
Projections: 26.5 ppg/6.5 rpg/3 apg/.450/.825/1 spg/140 3s/35 blk/2.6 tov

6. Nicolas Batum – Great first half last season, meh second half. Put it all together and you still had a pretty wonderful season. If he doesn’t hit the wall this year, you’re looking at some serious, serious fantasy damage. To your opponents!
Projections: 15 ppg/6 rpg/4.8 apg/.440/.840/1.2 spg/170 3s/90 blk/2.5 tov

7. Rudy Gay – Rudy isn’t flashy. In fact, he’s kind of boring to own, not sure why. He can bore me to death anytime!
Projections: 18.5 ppg/6 rpg/2.7 apg/.440/.830/1.1 spg/115 3s/30 blk/2.6 tov

8. Josh Smith – Went over him in the Top 25 Power Forwards for Fantasy Basketball.

9. Klay Thompson –  Went over him in the Top 25 Shooting Guards for Fantasy Basketball.

10. Andre Iguodala – Went over him in the Top 25 Shooting Guards for Fantasy Basketball

11. Paul Pierce – I look at the Nyets roster and see it’s loaded. There’s only one ball! The good times should keep rolling for Paul though but, most likely, a little dip in his ppg. Just a hunch! Calculated.
Projections: 17 ppg/5.5 rpg/4.5 apg/.450/.830/1.1 spg/115 3s/30 blk/2.6 tov

12. Ersan Ilyasova – Went over him in the Top 25 Power Forwards for Fantasy Basketball.

13. Jeff Green – I just can’t wait to draft Jeff Green this year. All the hype is making everyone reach though. Like the Eric Bledsoe hype, that leaves little upside if you draft him too high. Just a thought! That’s what I do, I think. Sometimes.
Projections: 19 ppg/6 rpg/3 apg/.445/.790/1 spg/120 3s/75 blk/2.2 tov

14. Kawhi Leonard – I just looove Kawhi. Look at those percents! He’ll steal the ball, he’ll hit the 3 ball. He’ll even block the ball a bit. He best stay injury free now. Jinx!
Projections: 13 ppg/6.5 rpg/2 apg/.485/.820/1.8 spg/100 3s/50 blk/1.5 tov

15. Thaddeus Young – I was tempted to throw Tobias Harris here but decided to go with the veteran leadership that Thad brings. Every fantasy team needs a veteran leader for those pep talks during the hard times!
Projections: 15.5 ppg/7.5 rpg/1.8 apg/.510/.695/1.7 spg/5 3s/55 blk/1.5 tov

16. Tobias Harris – Went over him in the Top 25 Power Forwards for Fantasy Basketball.

17. Luol Deng – Tons of minutes and he needs every second to get to his stats. If his minutes slip even a little, you’ll be hating on him. If you aren’t already that is. Don’t hate!
Projections: 15.5 ppg/6.3 rpg/2.9/.430/.780/1 spg/85 3s/35 blk/1.8 tov

18. Gordon Hayward – If Marvin Fucking Williams cock blocks his minutes again, I’m going to hit the next Mormon I see! He better not block those minutes!
Projections: 15.5 ppg/4.5 rpg/3.5 apg/.445/.825/.9 spg/115 3s/40 blk/1.9 tov

19. J.R. Smith – Went over him in the Top 25 Shooting Guards for Fantasy Basketball.

20. Chandler Parsons – I told you to grab him week 1 last year and he never looked back. That’s what I do, I tell you who to grab every week. Hell, every day!
Projections: 15 ppg/5 rpg/3.3 apg/.475/.700/1 spg/150 3s/30 blk/2 tov

21. Tyreke Evans – Went over his ass in the Top 25 Shooting Guards for Fantasy Basketball

22. Kyle Korver – Went over him in the Top 25 Shooting Guards for Fantasy Basketball

23. DeMar DeRozan – Went over him in the Top 25 Shooting Guards for Fantasy Basketball.

24. Wilson Chandler – Short term I like him higher than this ranking so if you like to front load then go ahead and bump him up.
Projections: 16 ppg/5.6 rpg/2 apg/.455/.795/1.2 spg/100 3s/70 blk/2 tov

26. Evan Turner – Went over him in the Top 25 Shooting Guards for Fantasy Basketball


26. Corey Brewer – Very, very underrated. Sleeper! I see value all over this pick. Like Target!
Projections: 13 ppg/3.3 rpg/2 apg/.425/.690/1.5 spg/100 3s/30 blk/1.5 tov

27. Shawn Marion
28. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

29. Earl Clark – Well I did his projections so I may as well throw them at you. This is assuming he gets the majority of minutes of the wondrous Alonzo Gee.
Projections: 9 ppg/6 rpg/1 apg/.440/.690/.7 spg/55 3s/60 blk/1.5 tov

29a. Metta World Peace
30. Danilo Gallinari – I always, always spell his name wrong and I’m half Italian. How embarrassing! Anyway, he’s out until at least December, most likely January so go ahead and stash him if you’d like. Or don’t. Your call.
31. Danny Granger – Only if he slides. Only if he slides.
32. Martell Webster – Threes! Plus I don’t love Trevor Ariza. I don’t even like him!
32. Vince Carter - Keeps on chuggin’!
33. Al-Farouq Aminu – Boards. Lots of ‘em if he gets minutes. Will he get minutes? Sometimes!
34. Tayshaun Prince – There is some value in getting minutes. It’s more valuable than no minutes!
35. Andrei Kirilenko
36. Nick Young
37. Moe Harkless – My auto-correct changed his last name to harmless. True story!
38. John Salmons
39. Jared Dudley
40. Matt Barnes
41. Steve Novak
42. Mike Dunleavy
43. Trevor Ariza
44. Gerald Wallace
45. Dorrell Wright
46. Otto Porter
47. Harrison Barnes
48. P.J. Tucker
49. Shane Battier
50. Francisco Garcia
51. Alonzo Gee
52. Kyle Singler
53. DeMarre Carroll
54. James Johnson

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  1. Thanks for all these lists, Hec! I joined another draft last night, and your Top 25 lists were open on different tabs for reference (except for Cs, which aren’t there yet, hehe.)

    This time it’s for a 10-team 9-cat H2H Categories Snake Draft.

    7- Chris Paul
    14 – Anthony Davis
    27 – Deron Williams
    34 – Dirk Nowitzki
    47 – Brook Lopez
    54 – Jeff Green
    67 – Thaddeus Young
    74 – Goran Dragic
    87 – Wesley Matthews
    94 – JaVale McGee
    107 – Danny Green
    114 – Cody Zeller
    127 – Michael-Carter Williams

    As you can see, CP3 miraculously fell to me at 7! Bonkers! Anyway, since this was H2H Categories, some managers deviated from the usual fantasy lists out there, so some unusual stuff happened like Dwight Howard going in the 1st round (10th). This enabled me to have a few more steals imo: Deron and Dirk.

    But after that, the PF/C quality supply ran out quick, and I also had to fill up the SF and SG slots before I missed out on the good ones left. I see this team losing to REB pretty much every week (unless Brook Lopez suddenly becomes a true C).

    Just hoping to get your take on this line-up.


  2. Hec!

    I was just offered a trade, (early I know), but the trade goes as follows:

    I trade away:

    Damian Lillard & Dirk Nowitzki

    I will receive:

    Dwayne Wade & Brook Lopez

    I’m a little hesitant because towards the end of the season, I anticipate these players to make playoffs & will likely sit out some games. What do you think?

  3. Hec –
    Looking forward to 2013 hoops with you. You’re a great source for fantasy hoop info, so keep up the solid work. A few quick questions.

    LEAGUE – 14 team, 15 man rosters, H2H weekly redraft. Big $$, so everyone knows their shit.

    SCORING – H2H (11 categories; standard + FGM, FTM)

    G (3) – OJ. Mayo, G. Hill, B. Knight
    F (3) – J. Green, D. Cousins, C. Brewer
    C (2) – D. Howard, A. Drummond
    UTIL (3) – R. Jackson, I. Thomas, M. Kidd-Gilchrist
    BNCH (4) – D. Gallinari, A. Burks, J. Lamb, E. Davis

    QUESTION # 1 – thoughts on the roster?
    I tend to think I’m light on PG studs, but drafted some decent depth at G to help offset. Think I’m pretty solid at Bigs, but FT% will be a problem. Not too detrimental with these settings (11 categories). I think I should be pretty competitive considering the depth, plus I’m youthful outside of Dwight, the back ailing turkey. Your thoughts are appreciated.

    QUESTION #2 – Here are the “best” waiver options (slim pickings):
    Courtney Lee – Bos (starting?)
    Demarre Carroll – Atl (starting?)
    Jordan Crawford – Bos (starting?)
    Tyler Zeller – Cle
    * My initial lean is to stay pat with J. Lamb and E. Davis to start, but curious your take here?

    Thanks for the input and much appreciated.
    – EL BURRO

  4. Hi idol Hec, my first ever live draft for 12 team standard roto was last night. Can you give your thoughts on my team below? Thanks!

    Mike Conley
    George Hill
    Reggie Jackson
    Pat Beverley

    Eric Bledsoe
    Evan Turner
    James Anderson

    Lebron James
    Caron Butler

    Derrick Favors
    Cody Zeller
    Demarcus Cousins

    Enes Kanter
    Spencer Hawes
    Kelly Olynyk

  5. Hey Hec! Welcome back! I love your fantasy basketball analyses. I think I am addicted to them. haha. I have a quick question. Should I accept this trade offer? Receiving Kawhi Leonard for Nikola Vucevic? I am getting Kawhi.

    Thanks buddy!

  6. Hey Hecman,
    looking forward to following you again to another successful season. Hoping you could help me. I just finished drafting in a 10team, H2H league, 7cat (no %s or TOs). Are any of the guys below worth owning over DION WAITERS and CODY ZELLER?


    Thanks for the advice,
    Best Regards!

  7. Fantasy NBA is back! Thanks for your help last year Hec. Won my 18 teamer and placed 3rd in my 12 teamer. I should’ve prepared this year before the draft but…I did not. The 18 team was an auction style draft, and I’m really not happy with it. Here’s how both squads turned out. Obviously there will need be some tweaking as I unknowingly drafted some injured players. Your thoughts please on my teams and where I should look first to improve them.

    18 team, h2h, 13 roster spots, auction style draft:
    Jason Thompson
    C. Budinger (inj)
    Devin Harris (inj)

    12 team, h2h, 14 roster spots, standard draft:
    A. Bynum
    G. Wallace

    Thank you!

  8. @El Burro: Thanks! You’re definitely a bit light in PG but the team should play. Considering there’s not much special on the wire, I’d hold and drop Lamb or ED for the first hot free agent that pops up. GL!

  9. @Nick: Happy to help! On the 18 teamer, your core 4 are solid but then it does seem to fall off a bit. In general, I’d wait to see how you’re doing after 3 or 4 weeks and if you’re not competing then you’ll probably have to consider moving a stud for depth since most likely not much on wire. In the 12 teamer, guards look fine but you may be a little light on bigs. Let it play and adjust after a few weeks if you’re not doing well in the big man cats. GL!

  10. @Adrian: I’d hold Waiters but consider losing Zeller for Reggie Jackson if you want instant gratification. Otherwise, I like MCW since he should get a bunch of minutes if he can keep his TOVs down. Keep your eye on Burks.

  11. @Boleros: Congrats! Team looks pretty nice, Lebron solves a lot of problems. You could probably use some guard depth after Westbrook comes back so just keep your eye on the wire.

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