NBA Fantasy Basketball Rankings: Power Forwards (PF) 2009-10
Some ride point guards and power forwards to a fantasy basketball title and if that's the case, half of your equation is in this list.
Plenty of guys get a good mix of points and rebounds, but it’s those who separate themselves with threes, blocks, or great shooting percentages that stand out amongst the pack.
Rankings: PG | SG | SF | C
The Top 10
1. Amar'e Stoudemire, Phoenix Suns - *Buyer Beware* Now that Stoudemire's eye is back in the socket, Shaq is out of town, and the Suns are back to running up the score, the sun is shining on Stoudemire's fantasy season. The only thing that can stop him his another freak injury.
We could be looking at the first career double-double from Stoudemire as well as a career high in scoring. He hits from the stripe and has a great field goal percentage, if Amar'e can match his career high 2.1 blocks per game that he posted in 2007-08 he will be the top player at his position.
2. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks - For 10 straight seasons Nowitzki has been providing the Mavericks and fantasy owners with elite production on a consistent basis. During that span he has never played less than 76 games, and while he has never been a 20 and 10 guy, 25.9 and 8.4 are pretty good.
Nowitzki doesn't shoot the three as much as he used to but he will still stroke it, he converts from the stripe, and is decent at steals and blocks. He may not be the top producing fantasy player at his position but he will not let you down.
3. Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors - Solidifying himself as an elite power forward, Bosh posted the second 20 and 10 average of his career last year and he played 77 games even with the Olympics.
Bosh has good vision and will get you a few assists, he has averaged over one block per game every year too. The only downside is his sub-50 field goal percentage but he makes up for it with outstanding foul shooting.
4. Pau Gasol, Los Angles Lakers - There is a bit of an "if" surrounding Gasol's fantasy basketball status. If Andrew Bynum gets hurt again Gasol will be worth every penny. If the Lakers stay healthy Gasol will likely have a second round value.
He is an outstanding shooter, you can expect a high teens average and 7.5 to 9.5 rebounds per game. Gasol is good for at least one block and three assists per game too.
5. Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics - *Buyer Beware* After experiencing a serious knee injury last year I have my doubts about Garnett's production from a fantasy standpoint this year. The addition of Rasheed Wallace will allow KG to play a few less minutes and if the Celtics have the playoffs wrapped up Rivers will sit him in the final week of the season.
If you can get Garnett at a good price he will still give you point, rebounds, steals, assists, and blocks—just not in the same way that he used to.
6. David West, New Orleans Hornets - Quietly West has solidified himself as one of the best power forwards in the NBA and he is in the prime of his career. Rebounds and points come easily for West, and he is known for playing big minutes.
He is not much for steals or blocks and his assists are competitive with the rest of the top players in the position group. Playing with Chris Paul makes West an attractive fantasy option.
7. Antawn Jamison, Washington Wizards - *Buyer Beware* A sprained shoulder in the pre-season may have owners worried but if MRI results turn out good, you can ignore the buyer beware tag.
Even if Jamison is healthy he won't likely post another 22.2 points per game with the added offense in Washington. Overall he is a good pick because on top of boards and points, he can hit threes and steal the ball. Keep an eye on his shoulder, if it's good he might be a better pick than West.
8. Troy Murphy, Indiana Pacers - Much like Danny Granger the new system in Indiana over the past two years has been good for Murphy and things will continue to go that way. Maybe the best deep shooter of the position group, he canned 45 percent of his 4.9 attempts per game.
Murphy was a rebounding machine at 11.8 per game, which may fall with the emergence of Roy Hibbert but he could still post a double-double. Not many steals or blocks but he will notch a few assists.
9. Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks - After a rocky season last year Smith needs to get back on track and he will do so, especially if he can avoid injury.
Smith saw his blocks fall 1.2 per game last year and he will be back above two this season. He may not out-pace a mid teens scoring average but his length and athleticism allow him to grab rebounds. He is a good passer and has a developing three point shot. His ability to steal the ball is better than the rest of his power forward peers.
10. LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trailblazers - With game similar to another Texas native (Bosh) Aldridge is the best power forward in the NBA nobody is talking about. He has a smooth game and nice jumper that notched him 18.2 points per game to go with his 7.5 rebounds.
He has averaged at least one block per game every year and last season he averaged a steal per game too in 27 minutes of play. The Blazers don't have a true PF to back him up so he should log big minutes again.
The Next Best
Carlos Boozer, Utah Jazz - *Buyer Beware* Health, heart, and head in question. Boozer should still contend for a double-double and could potentially put my ranking to shame if healthy.
Al Harrington, New York Knicks - Loves playing in New York, he shoots a lot of threes and will board.
Charlie Villanueva, Detroit Pistons - Numbers will continue to climb as he plays 30 MPG for the first time ever.
Rashard Lewis, Orlando Magic - *Buyer Beware* In case you missed it, Lewis will be suspended for the first 10 games of the season, so that puts his max at 72. In those games he can still be a force from long distance, as he led the league in threes last year.
Elton Brand, Philadelphia 76ers - *Buyer Beware* - He can still block, board, and score but I doubt he will make it to 50 games.
Anthony Randolph, Golden State Warriors - Will post monster stats in a starting role, fills all categories but threes.
Jeff Green, Oklahoma City Thunder - Keeps improving his game. He can shoot the three and hits the boards.
Paul Millsap, Utah Jazz - Still logs good minutes even with Boozer in the lineup and he is super productive.
Tyrus Thomas, Chicago Bulls - May never be a great scorer but rises up for rebounds and is an intimidating shot blocker.
Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies - Always gets his, no matter where he plays the points and rebounds will be there.
Michael Beasley, Miami Heat - Should score in the high teens but he needs to progress the rest of his game as well.
Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves - If you play in an offensive rebounds league he is a must have.
Blake Griffin, Los Angles Clippers - Will have up and down stat lines but averages will look decent.
Luis Scola, Houston Rockets - Potentially a double-double average with a great field goal percentage but doesn't block many shots.
Jason Thompson, Sacramento Kings - Looked great at times as a rookie, will have a bigger role in year two.
Boris Diaw, Charlotte Bobcats - Resurrected his career in Charlotte, big minutes lead to nice fantasy numbers.
Lamar Odom, Los Angles Lakers - Value doubles when Bynum goes down.
Marvin Williams, Atlanta Hawks - Solid numbers but doesn't look like he will touch his potential in Atlanta.
Don't Sleep On
Yi Jianlian, New Jersey Nets - *Buyer Beware* On the soft side but will produce better than expected when on the court.
Hakeem Warrick, Milwaukee Bucks - The Bucks are thin at PF and he wants to get paid.
Carl Landry, Houston Rockets - With Yao out he's pushing to have a huge season.
Ryan Gomes, Minnesota Timberwolves - Solid three point shooter gets good playing time as a starter.
Kenyon Martin, Denver Nuggets - *Buyer Beware* Steals, blocks, and rebounds but injuries hurt owners.
Brandon Bass, Orlando Magic - Big off-season signing should lead to more PT and stats.
Travis Outlaw, Portland Trailblazers - Should post numbers similar to past two seasons.
Ryan Anderson, Orlando Magic - Deadly three point shooter but PT may be an issue.
D.J. White, Oklahoma City Thunder - Deep sleeper, he could be dangerous off the bench for OKC with boards and scoring ability.
Rankings: PG | SG | SF | C
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