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Our Fantasy Basketball Small Forwards (SF) Rankings for the 2014-15 Season – Top 55

A look at the top 55 fantasy basketball small forwards (SF) for the 2014-15 season. Jared Kwart shares his fantasy small forward (SF) rankings for the top 55 at the position, heading into fantasy drafts.

Fantasy Basketball Rankings 2014-15: PG | SG | SF | PF | C

Miss our Point Guard or Shooting Guard Rankings? We’ve gone over the point guard and shooting guard positions for the upcoming season already, which you can read more about here in case you missed it: Point Guard Rankings | Shooting Guard Rankings

Small forward is another interesting position from a fantasy basketball perspective. Though not as top-heavy like shooting guard (with James Harden on a level of his own), there is a considerable drop off when you get beyond the top 3.

Note: I’m keeping it as top 3, because I really can’t say the name “Kevin Durant” as not being a top 3 option… even despite being out for 2 months. If you’re lucky enough to get him in your league, I applaud you. You can easily pair him with a lower-end SF for the first 20-25 regular season games to hold you over at that position until he comes back. You’ll be thrilled you did in the second half.

It gets a little dicey when you get outside of the top 9 options (after Tier 3). Guys up to Tier 5 will be relevant in standard 10 and 12 team leagues, but Tiers 6 through 10 are only going to be of interest to those with larger groups of managers, deep benches or dynasty/keeper formats.

Owners in 10 and 12 team leagues should get to know the entire list, though. Injuries happen each and every year – and so do breakout seasons for players that aren’t on our radars heading into drafts.

Important note as you read through these rankings: Keep in mind that these fantasy basketball small forward rankings are being shared through the lens of a standard rotisserie league, including turnovers as a category. If you’re in a league that doesn’t require you to start someone at the defined “small forward” position (i.e. you have all “utility” spots or non-denominational “guard” slots) you’ll want to alter your strategy and rankings appropriately. Point guards and power forwards will more than likely be more valuable to you in those formats, given their tendency to accumulate more fantasy value by way assists and steals (PGs) or rebounds and FG% (PF) in particular.

Tier 1 – The Elite (note 2 are missing this year due to injuries, so it’ll be deeper come 2015-16)

  • LeBron James, Cle SF (You can say he’s in a class of his own and deserves a tier to himself like Harden, but the next guy offers a ton of value in his own right.)
  • Carmelo Anthony, NY SF (Melo is a fantasy basketball beast, especially in rotisserie leagues. His FT% prowess is fantastic, particularly because he can help offset a poor free throw shooter like Kenneth Faried, who had a 65% mark here last year. Put them together, and you have an average of 78% which is right where your team average typically needs to be to place 1st in that category come year end.)

Tier 2 – The “Hi, my name is Kevin Durant and I’m insulted to not be leading this class” Tier

  • Kevin Durant, OKC SF (Oh, the injury bug. This one hurts – a lot. Especially for those that already drafted him 1st overall whilst doing a happy dance. Like I said above, don’t pass on him in your draft, even though he is going to only play 50-55 games. Take him in round 2 and pair him with a player in Tier 5 or 6 until he gets back. You’ll get great stats come season’s end.)
  • Nicolas Batum, Por SF (Love that he chips in everywhere. Not a sexy pick, but will make you happy he’s on your squad.)
  • Kawhi Leonard, SA SF (Polarizing in fantasy basketball circles thus far. An amazing playoff run has pushed expectations high – which are likely a bit too high for what he will actually produce. His ranking is top 5 for me thanks to his all-around game and low turnovers.)

Tier 3 – The “It’s a huge drop-off from the guys above me” Tier

  • Chandler Parsons, Dal SF (I like Parsons more than most. He shoots at a high percentage from the field, gets rebounds, 3s and even passes the ball well. If you miss out on Tier 1 or 2 – grab him.)
  • Thaddeus Young, Min SF (Gotta love the steals you get from Thad. Career year in Philly last season but should get the job done again in Minnesota.)

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  • Jabari Parker, Mil SF (Getting comparisons to Carmelo, so that’s pretty cool. Should win rookie of the year honors. I expect 17 points, 8 rebounds and close to a steal/block per game. Could end up being a Tier 2 player come this time next year.)
  • Rudy Gay, Sac SF (Very selfish basketball player = lots of points and rebounds – but low FG% and not a ton else. I don’t find myself drafting him. Can’t put him later than Tier 3 though, as it’s a sizable dropoff after this.)

Tier 4 – Valuable veterans & a couple bounce-back candidates

  • Luol Deng, Mia SF
  • Josh Smith, Det SF (My god was he bad last year. I expect a bounce-back to some degree. Good buy-low option. He still has great fantasy tools.)

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  • Draymond Green, GS SF (Green could qualify as the top sleeper at the SF position this year. He was insanely awesome in the playoffs and should get plenty of run for the Warriors this year. If he finds his way into 30 minutes a game, you’ll be glad you drafted him. My ranking for him here is a lot higher than most other sites. Grab him, but don’t be greedy and wait too long. Odds are one of the other managers in your league knows about him, too.)
  • Trevor Ariza, Hou SF (Expect regression but will still chip in with 85% of what he did last year.)
  • Tyreke Evans, Nor SF
  • Jeff Green, Bos SF
  • Danilo Gallinari, Den SF (This one is tricky. He’s coming off major surgery and is a long-shot to stay healthy all year. That being said, I’m ranking him here as I think he will play 70+ games. Don’t forget how valuable he can be when he’s getting 30+ minutes a night. We’re talking 17 points, 5 rebounds and a couple 3s a game with good percentages.)
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Tier 5 – Two youngsters, 3 veterans, and 1 guy that came from just about nowhere in 2013-14 to become relevant

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mil SF (He’s so young and has so many tools. He’ll contribute across the board in the counting stat departments but will probably not shoot above 45% from the floor or 73% from the line. That keeps his value down a bit for me, but I love the long term upside as he refines his game.)
  • Paul Pierce, Wsh SF (A fading star, but will still see over 25 minutes a game and can help just about everywhere. I’m not letting him fall too far. He’s still Mr 4th)
  • DeMarre Carroll, Atl SF
  • C.J. Miles, Ind SF (Probably an aggressive ranking, but I see him playing 30 minutes a night in place of P-George. He’s got the potential to score 15 a game with a 1.5+ 3s, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal.)
  • K.J. McDaniels, Phi SF (Defensive-minded rookie with the potential to become something similar to Josh Smith circa 2012. Will be fun to own in the second half.)
  • Andre Iguodala, GS SF

Tier 6 – Playing time in question, but solid when they play

  • Corey Brewer, Min SF (With the youth movement and addition of Thaddeus Young, his playing time will go down. He’ll still have value in the steals category – particularly in deep leagues. 22-25 minutes a night is realistic, to get him 10 points, 3 rebounds and 1.5 steals.)
  • Solomon Hill, Ind SF (Should also get plenty of run with Miles in Indy.)

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  • Khris Middleton, Mil SF (I like him more than most, which is probably why he’s already on both of my NFBKC Draft Champions rosters. You won’t need to spend a high pick. Good end-game option to pair with Durant if you grab him. Also nice to keep on the bench for when/if he gets 30+ minutes a night, which will likely happen at times.)

Tier 7 – Some familiar names & breakout candidates

  • Otto Porter Jr., Wsh SF (Looks ready to bust out. Should lead this Tier in value come season’s end.)
  • Gerald Green, Pho SF (He may have a lot more value than this to prove my Tier 7 ranking wrong. Time will tell – but with all that guard depth ahead of him, hard to see him getting more than 20 minutes a game.)
  • Matt Barnes, LAC SF
  • Wilson Chandler, Den SF (Potential for across the board contribution, but needs to stay healthy.)
  • Harrison Barnes, GS SF (Could be a nice post-hype sleeper. This is pretty much a make or break year for Barnes.)
  • Doug McDermott, Chi SF (Nice-looking rookie. Even if the coach doesn’t know his name, he’s got nice potential in fantasy leagues.)

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Tier 8 – More veterans & a couple younger guys who are ready to contribute

  • Caron Butler, Det SF (Still playing basketball, believe it or not. Probably shouldn’t be on a roster unless it’s absolutely the deepest league imaginable. All jokes aside, he’ll get minutes, and there’s value in that.)
  • Shawn Marion, Cle SF (Will compliment King James, Kevin Love & Kyrie Irving in Cleveland. He will help them win, but won’t do much to help you in fantasy. His star has faded.)
  • Andrei Kirilenko, Bkn SF (Look for him to get extra run now that Pierce is in Washington. If he can get 30 minutes a night, he’ll go for 10/5/3/1/1 with decent percentages.)
  • James Johnson, Tor SF (Defensive-minded player, but the Raptors will use him. Steals and blocks with a handful of boards.)
  • Wesley Johnson, LAL SF
  • Perry Jones, OKC SF (He could get a lot of run in light of Durant’s vacancy to start the year. Likely has a 2 month shelf life, but will not be a bad option in deep leagues.)

Tier 9 – A little bit of everything, who will be part of the NBA rotation, but not likely to have much value

  • Kyle Singler, Det SF (Under the radar option for 3s late in drafts.)
  • Chase Budinger, Min SF (Same as Singler.)
  • James Ennis, Mia SF
  • Jerami Grant, Phi SF (Toolsy and should get some run in Philly.)
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cha SF (Just doesn’t look like he’ll figure it out. That being said, Charlotte likes him and will give him run.)
  • Al-Farouq Aminu, Dal SF
  • Marvin Williams, Cha SF
  • Alan Anderson, Bkn SF  (Will have spurts of value, especially with Pierce gone. Keep an eye. If injuries hit their 2/3 spots – he may be worth starting for a period of time.)
  • Mike Miller, Cle SF

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  • Tony Snell, Chi SF (I like him long-term. If injuries hit the SG/SF position for Chicago, pounce on him.)

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Tier 10 – Go ahead, throw that dart with your blindfold on!

  • Gerald Wallace, Bos SF (Will probably struggle to get more than 15 minutes a night. On the downside of his career. Avoid unless absolutely necessary.)
  • T.J. Warren, Pho SF
  • Francisco Garcia, Hou SF
  • Jared Dudley, Mil SF
  • Ryan Kelly, LAL SF (For some reason I like his game. They just have far too much depth at the 3 and 4 spots for him to get much run this year. Injuries happen, though – so you never know.)
  • Martell Webster, Wsh SF
  • Carlos Delfino, LAC SF (If he’s healthy and seeing minutes in 2015, he’s worth considering as a desperation in-season fill-in.)
  • Paul George, Ind SF (He’s here just because the SF position rankings wouldn’t be the same without him. Even if there’s only a 1% chance he gets back for the last game or two of the year, he’s worth keeping an eye on. Must have in keeper and dynasty leagues, though. He’ll be top 4 or 5 on this list next year.)

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About Jared Kwart

Jared is the Co-Founder of Moxyball and is an avid fantasy sports competitor & author. Specializing in DFS Baseball, Football & Basketball, with thousands of dollars in career DFS earnings. Active player on FanDuel, DraftKings & FantasyDraft. Annual NFBC high stakes league participant. Loves his wife, his job, his dog, pizza, burgers, beer, sushi, baseball & golf.