When it comes to fantasy basketball, your best bet is to always draft players who produce like point guards and power forwards.
This rule was the main theme of Matthew Berry's NBA Draft Day Manifesto from the 2008-2009 season, which happened to be the first season I decided to try my hand at fantasy basketball. Needless to say, the rule works.
The only problem with this rule is finding small forwards who fit the mold. Of course, LeBron James and Kevin Durant are two small forwards who are guaranteed top-three picks in any draft, but unfortunately, the small forward position is more top-heavy than any other position in the fantasy world.
This makes drafting the small forward position tricky unless you have one of the first picks of your draft. You have to fill that small forward position, but if you don't get LeBron or Durant, you have two remaining options:
- You panic and use an early pick on a small forward because if you don't get a top-five small forward, every other candidate is going to be rather average. This is a lot like the tight end theory in fantasy football.
- You wait it out. You aren't getting LeBron or Durant, so why not draft point guards, shooting guards, power forwards and centers who will produce more in the fantasy world? You can pick up a small forward later in the draft who is likely to produce at the same caliber as the small forward you'd take with your second, third or fourth pick. This is a lot like the defense theory in fantasy football.
With all that being said, small forward is still a valuable fantasy position, and here are next year's top 10 fantasy options at the position.