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RotoExperts Draft Kit: Top 25 Power Forwards

Who's more slimmed down this year?

From the RotoExperts 2011-12 NBA Draft Kit

The following rankings are based on a nine-category, head-to-head league format (PTS, REB, AST, STL, BLK, 3FG, FG%, FT%, TO). We break down players into tiers as well to help you organize them within your overall cheat sheets. These rankings take into account not just stat projections, but injury risk, competition for minutes and other intangibles.

ROTOEXPERTS.COM POWER FORWARD RANKINGS

TIER 1

1. Kevin Love, MIN

Projected Stats: 20.9 PPG, 15.3 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.2 3FG, 0.7 SPG, 0.5 BPG, 2.0 TO, 46.7 FG%, 85.2 FT%

Yes, believe it or not, Love is the top power forward in the NBA. Not only will he most likely lead the league in rebounding, but he’ll score north of 20 points per game, hit over one 3-pointer and make 85 percent of his free throws. You’d like to see him put up better numbers on the defensive side of the ball, but if he were a big-time defender we’d be talking about him as the No. 1 overall pick, not just the top power forward. Continue reading

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Power Forward Rankings: Jeff’s Top 30

Time for the final set of player rankings as we careen towards our drafts. Someone called “Tom Lorenzo” has written up his Top 30 Power Forwards over at RotoExperts, and I thought I’d throw my two cents in. I’m basing mine on Yahoo!’s positions, so it will include all hybrids. We’re also basing this on an 8-category, head-to-head league that doesn’t count turnovers.

  1. Dirk Nowitzki
  2. Danny Granger
  3. Pau Gasol
  4. Josh Smith
  5. Amar’e Stoudemire
  6. Gerald Wallace
  7. Al Horford
  8. Al Jefferson
  9. David Lee
  10. Tim Duncan
  11. Chris Bosh
  12. Andrea Bargnani
  13. Zach Randolph
  14. Kevin Love
  15. Joakim Noah
  16. David West
  17. Blake Griffin
  18. Nene Hilario
  19. Paul Millsap
  20. Rudy Gay
  21. Marcus Camby
  22. Carlos Boozer
  23. Andray Blatche
  24. Troy Murphy
  25. Jeff Green
  26. Antawn Jamison
  27. Lamar Odom
  28. Rashard Lewis
  29. LaMarcus Aldridge
  30. Kevin Garnett

Lotsa centers on that list. There are still tons of regular PFs you should consider since a lot of these guys will be slotted in at center. Quite a few fantasy folk worry about “depth” at center and power forward, but I feel there are plenty of options. Here are some further PFs to think about: Luis Scola, Michael Beasley, DeMarcus Cousins, Andrei Kirilenko, Anthony Randolph, Carl Landry, Elton Brand, J.J. Hickson and Tyrus Thomas. Corey Maggette, Wilson Chandler are eligible at PF. Sleepers at the position include Josh McRoberts, Drew Gooden, Amir Johnson, Greg Monroe and DeJuan Blair. And don’t forget that Hedo Turkoglu is likely to earn PF eligibility quickly. Good luck!


2009-10 Power Forward rankings & analysis

By Tom Lorenzo and Jeff Andriesse

Ah, power forwards. While many fantasy players hold centers in high esteem, the truth is that in many leagues there are more center-eligible players than you think. And when in doubt, we’ll tend to put a guy like Tim Duncan or David Lee in our center spot. But you see what that does? It thins out the power forward position, which is always a little thin to begin with. We moved most of the PF/Cs to C for the purposes of our rankings, and here’s what we’re left with. Yes, some of these guys are center eligible, but most are the starting power forwards for their respective teams. Don’t neglect this position on draft day because you are trying to grab centers. Power forwards, especially the best ones, can be as valuable as any position out there. For this exercise, format is based on standard eight-category rotisserie style (FG%, FT%, PTS, REB, AST, STL, BLK, 3FG).

2009-10 Power Forward Rankings

Tom’s Top 25 Jeff’s Top 25
1. Dirk Nowitzki 1. Dirk Nowitzki
2. Chris Bosh 2. Chris Bosh
3. David West 3. Troy Murphy
4. Kevin Garnett 4. David West
5. Antawn Jamison 5. Antawn Jamison
6. Troy Murphy 6. Kevin Garnett
7. Josh Smith 7. Josh Smith
8. Shawn Marion 8. LaMarcus Aldridge
9. Carlos Boozer 9. Elton Brand
10. LaMarcus Aldridge 10. Shawn Marion
11. Charlie Villanueva 11. Boris Diaw
12. Zach Randolph 12. Carlos Boozer
13. Elton Brand 13. Anthony Randolph
14. Tyrus Thomas 14. Zach Randolph
15. Boris Diaw 15. Charlie Villanueva
16. Anthony Randolph 16. Blake Griffin
17. Blake Griffin 17. Jeff Green
18. Michael Beasley 18. Jason Thompson
19. Jason Thompson 19. Kevin Love
20. Jeff Green 20. Paul Millsap
21. Ryan Gomes 21. Tyrus Thomas
22. Kevin Love 22. Michael Beasley
23. Yi Jianlian 23. Ryan Gomes
24. Paul Millsap 24. Yi Jianlian
25. Brandon Bass 25. Kenyon Martin

BREAKING DOWN THE POWER FORWARD POSITION

Three Questions for Tom

Jeff: How high are you willing to take Kevin Garnett in a draft this year? Even if his knee is healed, the C’s brought in Rasheed Wallace and re-signed Glen Davis. Are you concerned they will monitor KG’s minutes?

Tom: I actually think it’s a blessing in disguise that KG doesn’t have to play 38 intense minutes nightly. He could use a break. That in no way would keep me from taking him in the late-2nd or early-3rd. Of course, that depends on who I draft in the first. The reason why I would take KG is because he’s a 15 and 8 candidate who can block shots, pick up steals, and — here’s the reason why I really like Garnett — he shoots high percentages from both the field and the floor. If I can get the 53.1 FG% and the 84.1 FT% he shot last year from my power forward I’ll happily take that! The fewer minutes don’t bother me so much, especially if it turns into more games played.

Jeff: Anthony Randolph showed flashes of what kind of havoc he can wreak on a box score late last season. Which side of the hype do you come down on with Randolph this year?

Tom: I’m in the camp that won’t overpay for Randolph. Maybe because I bit and drafted Tyrus Thomas in his second season and got burned, or maybe because his name is really hot right now and I’m not sure he’s worth the buzz in the round he’s projected to fall off the board in. Why? Well, for one thing, can you assure me that Don Nelson will give Randolph consistent PT? Need I remind you that he’s 20 years old AND already has a contentious past with Nelson? I’m worried about his age, his coach, his team, his current developmental stage, and his name being on most, if not all, “sleepers” lists. I’ll pay for him in the 9th or 10th round, but I think he’ll be long gone before then.

Jeff: You like Tyrus Thomas a lot more than I do. Is this the year he puts it all together?

Tom: Speaking of Thomas… It still amazes me that he’s just 23 years old. If you look at the way he closed out the 2008-09 season there is finally a legitimate reason to get excited about him. He posted huge block numbers (plus-2 per game), well over a steal per, and 14 and 8 in the points and rebounding departments, respectively, after the ASB. He’s a career 44.7 percent shooter from the floor and 72.4 percent shooter from the line (both of which have increased from year-to-year). Let me see: 15 points, 8 rebounds, 2+ blocks, 1+ steal, 45.0 FG%, 75.0 FT%… wait a minute, that’s Josh Smith! But, only I can grab him three-to-four rounds later than Smith and get solid free throw numbers. I can’t tell you for certain that he’s going to put it all together this year, but for his sake I certainly hope so. He’s a huge talent with possibly huge returns on defense.

Three Questions for Jeff

Tom: Sell me on Troy Murphy as the third best power forward. I realize how valuable he was last season combining both his rebounds with his stellar three-point shooting, but it certainly was the best season of his eight-year career. Considering that he gives you nothing on the defensive side of the ball, if he were to regress at all this year it could be a steep fall. Give me the sales pitch!

Jeff: You mean sell you on the 15th-ranked player in Yahoo! last year? Sure, my pleasure. Murphy averaged a 14.3 and 11.8 in 34 minutes per game, and that alone should have him near the top of the rankings, but he canned 2.2 threes per game and shot 47.5 percent from the floor and 82.6 from the line. And I’ve seen nothing – no, not Tyler Hansbrough – that Indiana has done to their roster that will preclude Murphy from playing the same amount of minutes in the same type of role this year. He’s their sturdiest big man, is eligible at center in many leagues, and the return to health of Danny Granger can only open up more set shots for Murphy. Yes, last year looks like an outlier, but I think Murphy has found a groove. He’s finally rebounding like he can, and he’s even more of a bonus in leagues that count turnovers (just 1.6 per game last year). He’s definitely in the second tier of PFs after Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Bosh, but he’s on par with David West and, in my mind, he’s more dynamic and a safer bet than the other guys below him.

Tom: What can we make of the Paul MillsapCarlos Boozer time share in Utah? We know that Boozer is likely gone from Utah next season since they extended Millsap to a long-term contract. So, do the Jazz owe it to Boozer to give him 35 minutes or do they develop Millsap and give him a bulk of the minutes since he is seemingly their PF of the future?

Jeff: This is one of the true headaches for fantasy owners this preseason. Millsap is a coach, team and fan favorite in Utah and with good reason. He is one of the toughest players in the league as well as a shot of energy for the Jazz. Boozer has a better offensive repertoire, but as you said his days in Utah are numbered. With Boozer in a lame duck year, Millsap is a must-draft, as Carlos is prone to exaggerating injuries for dramatic effect when things aren’t going his way. That said, Boozer is likely to start and you’ll see a three-man rotation up front with these two and Mehmet Okur in the PF and C spots. I expect Boozer’s typical numbers to dip slightly and Millsap to fall to more of the 13 and 8 range, with potential for much more, obviously, should Boozer get hurt or traded.

Tom: How much confidence do you have in Elton Brand? I see that you have him ranked 9th on your list, but is it more that you are underwhelmed by the forwards behind him or is that you have faith in Brand this season?

Jeff: Brand’s in about the right spot for me. I would try to wait to get him, but he’s in line for a similar season as Boozer with the added bonus of some blocks. Brand is going to have to fit in with the Sixers this year, and his health is always a concern, but I am confident that he will approach a 17 and 8 if not better than that with over a block a game and decent percentages. There’s some risk here, but he’s up a few spots in this list because shot blocking is at a premium in fantasy leagues, especially at this point in the power forward rankings.

Tom Lorenzo and Jeff Andriesse will break down the Center position in the next few days. If you have comments, questions or suggestions, drop ’em in the Comments Section. Also, be sure to follow Tom and Jeff on Twitter and check out RotoExperts.com for the most comprehensive fantasy sports coverage on the web.


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