Fantasy Maukuss Early 2013-14 Fantasy Basketball Rankings: Top 10 PFs

Jul 12, 2013


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We have ranked the power forwards of the NBA in terms of fantasy basketball potential. Coming off a year where the top power forward spent the majority of the season on the injured reserve, the field is now wide open. When drafting a power forward, one must look for a player who can contribute in points, rebounds, blocks, high FG%, steals and even free throws made sometimes. This will be an interesting summer as power forwards such as Kevin Garnett and Paul Milsap look to find new teams, others such as Al Horford and Blake Griffin may have a new role upon returning next season – Nonetheless here goes the rankings!
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1. Lamarcus Aldridge
LA is a model of consistency. Every year this dude comes in and produces as the Blazers have turned him into their main scoring threat whom which the offense revolves around. Averaging 21 points, 9 rebounds, a steal and a block, drafting LA is always a safe option for owners looking for a big in the first two rounds.
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2. Kevin Love
K Love, K Love, K Love… To the agony of all fantasy owners who drafted him in weeks prior, Kevin Love re-injured his hand after only 18 games played. He started the year late to begin with due to the same injury so his 2012 worth was little to nothing. However when healthy, Kevin Love is a monster capable of Top-5-player-in-the-NBA type fantasy production. Prior to this past injury plagued year, Kevin Love averaged 26 points, 13 rebounds, 82 percent FT% and nearly two 3PTM per game in 2011- 2012. It will be interesting to see if he bounces back as expected or continues to fight injuries as he only has one complete season in his young five-year career.
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3. Al Horford
Al-Ho is always underrated in fantasy basketball circles. Whether he is an undersized center or a very capable power forward is another question, but either way he produces at levels worthy of a second to third round selection every year. Averaging 17 points, 10 rebounds, a steal, a block and a nice 54 percent FG% to go along with it, look for Horford to continue producing similar numbers next year as #10 ranked power forward Paul Milsap joins the team.
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4. Blake Griffin
Even though more widely known for his SportsCenter highlights, Griffin has developed into a pretty good fantasy player as well. Averaging 18 points, 8 rebounds and a steal a game, Blake remains one of the top scoring power forwards in the league. If you play in a points only or scoring emphasized league, Blake’s value is extremely high oppose to standard 9-11 category leagues where he is limited.
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5. David Lee
David Lee is nightly double-double that will help any fantasy team lacking in rebounds and points. However for a big man, his Blake Griffinish stat lines leave much to be desired as he turns in less than one steal and/ or block per contest. However with D Howard going South instead of to the Bay, look for Lee to continue his rebounding clinics with a lack of surrounding statistics to go along with it.
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6. Serge Ibaka
Leading the NBA in blocks, Serge Ibaka finally proved his early third, late second round value to be true. Stepping up in the absence of James Harden, Ibaka saw an increased role in the Thunder offense also. I’m targeting Ibaka as an early to mid round sleeper with the ability to give you 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks a game.
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7. Dirk Nowitzki
Once the best fantasy power forward in the game, Dirk still provides high end value for those in search of a power forward beyond the first two rounds. While he is still prone to an injury here and there, Dirk remains the Mavs main offensive threat. Look for an increase in his stats as this past year was plagued by injury for him (Only 53 games played); thus is not an accurate reflection of Dirk’s capabilities.
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8. Tim Duncan
TIMMY!!!! Can you say vintage!? Wow – Timmy really went into classic form this year leading the Spurs all the way to the championship. Tim Duncan averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks, shot over 80% from the line and 50% from the field. With all of this said, I am not sure if Timmy has the ability to produce at this level year in and year out anymore. However until he proves otherwise, he will be drafted mid-round this year with the expectation that he continues his vintage Timmy act.
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9. Zach Randolph
I am a self-admitted Zach Randolph hater-lover-and thinking of hating again. I remember years of him skipping down the court backwards in a Clippers uniform as they lost 60 games at a time. These days Zach is a double-double machine with a very David Leeish stat line. Offering little outside of points and rebounds, I won’t be drafting Zach in the first few rounds. However he remains an excellent mid-round option at power forward, giving you 15 and 10 nightly.
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10. Paul Milsap
The ever so solid Milsap is taking his talents to the A-Town. This should engender an increase in all of his stats as he already was productive while sharing time with Al Jefferson, Enes Kenter and Derrick Favors. His 15 points per game should head up towards 20 as he will see much more shot attempts as the featured player in the future Atlanta Offense. While his stats only garner a 10th ranking on this list, I’m targeting A-Milly early in drafts. That’ s the difference between post-season rankings and early-season rankings though… One is a review of the past year while the other focuses on next year. Look for Milsap to receive a better ranking when the Maukuss early season rankings break out.
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