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2018-19 Fantasy Basketball Small Forward rankings

Preseason basketball is upon us, which means it’s time to take a look at the consensus small forward rankings. Three of the projected top six fantasy basketball players are small forward eligible. Ahead are my small forward rankings for the 2018-19 fantasy basketball season.

Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo’s rankings can be swapped according to your strategy or preference. Durant should provide more threes as a better shooter. On the other hand, the Greek Freak will get you a little extra in terms of rebounds and defensive stats. That’s not to say Durant is a slouch on the defensive end. He has averaged 1.7 blocks per game during his time in the Bay area, the reason I have him atop my small forward rankings.

Kawhi Leonard burned a lot of fantasy basketball owners last year. However, reports say he’s already proving that he’s the top offensive talent in Toronto. Too much is at risk for him if he sits out yet another season, and Nick Nurse will build the Raptors offense around the Klaw.

The 4-7 range is very close for me. Ben Simmons is a unique talent that should only expand his skill set in his unofficial second season. Paul George improved as the Thunder moved away from Carmelo Anthony. Jimmy Butler is an all-around fantasy gem, but his situation in Minnesota is murky. There have been talks of him holding out until the situation is solved. If he ends up in a favorable location, he might jump to the top of this group.

Fast break finishes and outlet passes for wide open shots await the LA youngsters with LeBron James’ arrival. Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and Josh Hart should be the primary beneficiaries, hence a bump in the rankings. Ingram and Kuzma, in particular, find a home within the top 36 among my small forward rankings.

Speaking of Kawhi, the Spurs have an open spot at small forward. With the departure of Kyle Anderson and Manu Ginobili’s retirement, the Spurs are left thin at the 3-spot. Rudy Gay could be a sneaky pickup later on in drafts. He’s in line for an expanded role and an uptick over his shockingly low 21 minutes per game last season.

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2018-19 Small Forward Rankings

RankPlayerTeamPositionsECRVS. ECR
1Kevin DurantGSWSF,PF10
2Giannis AntetokounmpoMILSF,PF20
3LeBron JamesLALSF,PF30
4Kawhi LeonardTORSG,SF62
5Ben SimmonsPHIPG,SF83
6Paul GeorgeOKCSG,SF4-2
7Jimmy ButlerMINSG,SF5-2
8Khris MiddletonMILSG,SF7-1
9Otto Porter Jr.WASSF,PF90
10Draymond GreenGSWPF,C2111
11Tobias HarrisLACSF,PF10-1
12DeMar DeRozanSASSG,SF131
13Klay ThompsonGSWSG,SF11-2
14Gary HarrisDENSG,SF12-2
15Jayson TatumBOSSF,PF150
16Robert CovingtonPHISF,PF14-2
17Joe InglesUTHSG,SF16-1
18Josh RichardsonMIAPG,SG,SF191
19Gordon HaywardBOSSG,SF201
20Aaron GordonORLSF,PF18-2
21Will BartonDENSG,SF17-4
22Taurean PrinceATLSF220
23Harrison BarnesDALSF,PF241
24Nikola MiroticNORSF,PF23-1
25Kyle AndersonMEMSG,SF,PF261
26Evan FournierORLSG,SF293
27Brandon IngramLALSG,SF3710
28Nicolas BatumCHASG,SF27-1
29TJ WarrenPHOSF334
30Josh JacksonPHOSG,SF322
31Jonathan IsaacORLPF,SF28-3
32Thaddeus YoungINDSF,PF30-2
33Danilo GallinariLACSF,PF341
34Kyle KuzmaLALSF,PF417
35Tim Hardaway Jr.NYKSG,SF31-4
36Rondae Hollis-JeffersonBKNSF,PF393
37Jaylen BrownBOSSG,SF35-2
38Jabari ParkerCHISF,PF424
39Trevor ArizaPHOSG,SF434
40James JohnsonMIASF,PF444
41Tyreke EvansINDPG,SG,SF38-3
42Mario HezonjaNYKSG,SF475
43Kentavious Caldwell-PopeLALSG,SF36-7
44Andrew WigginsMINSG,SF40-4
45Rudy GaySASSF,PF516
46Josh HartLALSG,SF559
47Jeremy LambCHASG,SF46-1
48Malik MonkCHASG,SF49-1
49Kent BazemoreATLSG,SF48-1
50Bogdan BogdanovicSACSG,SF45-5
51Kelly Oubre Jr.WASSF587
52Caris LeVertBKNSF,SG597
53Allen CrabbeBKNSG,SF50-3
54DeMarre CarrollBKNSF,PF639
55Jerami GrantOKCSF,PF561
56Wesley MatthewsDALSG,SF52-4
57Carmelo AnthonyHOUSF,PF614
58Bojan BogdanovicINDSG,SF53-5
59E'Twaun MooreNORSG,SF54-5
60Marvin WilliamsCHASF,PF57-3
61Kevin KnoxNYKSF,PF7110
62Mikal BridgesPHOSF675
63Miles BridgesCHASF729
64Courtney LeeNYKSG,SF60-4
65Danny GreenTORSG,SF738
66OG AnunobyTORSF,PF7711
67Al-Farouq AminuPORSF,PF62-5
68Jeff GreenWASSF,PF691
69Jae CrowderUTHSF,PF745
70Denzel ValentineCHISG,SF755
71Marco BelinelliSASSG,SF64-7
72Thabo SefoloshaUTHSG,SF70-2
73Rodney HoodCLESG,SF763
74Justise WinslowMIASF,PF,SG8612
75Lance StephensonLALSG,SF9318
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