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NBA Fantasy Basketball 2015-2016 | Top 50 Small Forward (SF) Rankings

A look at the top 50 fantasy basketball small forwards (SF) for the 2015-2016 NBA season.

Moxyball experts put their fantasy basketball minds together to share their thoughts on the top 50 small forwards to consider for rotisserie NBA leagues in 2015-16.

This year, Zach and I are going to compile our individual ranks and consolidate to bring you a consensus look at the top options at each position. 

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Today’s feature focuses on the small forward position.

This spot is a very, very important part of the roster construction mix. There are some elite options but some very viable pieces as you go down the list..

Small forwards can help you in all kinds of categories. Where does Paul George come into play this year? How do you value Carmelo Anthony coming off a pretty serious injury? Lots of questions to answer at this position.

From a strategy perspective, it’s very important to make sure you leave your auction or snake draft with at least 1-2 solid options at the position.

Important note as you read through these rankings:

Keep in mind that these rankings are being shared through the lens of a standard rotisserie league, including turnovers as a category.

In roto formats, fantasy basketball really is all about category management. You need to be able to leave the auction with a well-rounded team that contributes in all areas of the scoring landscape.

With all that said, put that category management hat and let’s dive into the rankings.

ConsensusPlayerJaredZach
1Kevin Durant12
2LeBron James21
3Carmelo Anthony34
4Kawhi Leonard53
5Jimmy Butler45
6Gordon Hayward76
7Draymond Green87
8Paul George612
9DeMar DeRozan109
10Klay Thompson1111
11Andrew Wiggins1210
12Giannis Antetokounmpo148
13Rudy Gay1313
14Nicolas Batum918
15Tyreke Evans1514
16Chandler Parsons1617
17Tobias Harris1815
18Kyle Korver1916
19DeMarre Carroll2019
20Wesley Matthews1725
21Trevor Ariza2221
22Khris Middleton2320
23Danilo Gallinari2522
24Markieff Morris2424
25Thaddeus Young2127
26Nikola Mirotic2823
27Jabari Parker2926
28Ryan Anderson2631
29Danny Green3028
30Wilson Chandler3130
31Joe Johnson3229
32Robert Covington2738
33J.R. Smith3532
34Luol Deng3435
35P.J. Tucker3337
36Kentavious Caldwell-Pope3634
37Otto Porter Jr.4233
38Josh Smith4136
39Al-Farouq Aminu3740
40Evan Turner3839
41Stanley Johnson40
42Gerald Henderson41
43Jeff Green3943
44Harrison Barnes4342
45Justise Winslow4444
46Paul Pierce4545
47Bojan Bogdanovic4646
48Aaron Gordon47
49Lance Stephenson47
T50Manu Ginobili4848
T50Anthony Morrow49
T50Jerami Grant49
T50Mario Hezonja50
T50Shabazz Muhammad50

Jared notes

  • For me, when looking at the top 2 options at the position, it comes down to who can help who win the league in a stronger capacity. With LeBron, you’re going to get absolutely killed by a low FT%. It may not appear to be so bad at a tick over 70%, but when you need to target about 76-78% as a team and you get a true volume FT guy in James to hold you down, it can really put you in a tough spot to have more than 50% of the points in this category.
  • You can argue that LeBron should be the #1 guy across the board, but because I’m assuming they will both play a full year’s worth of games (approx 78 apiece), Durant gets my vote as a true team anchor thanks to his elite across-the-board production.
  • I think Zach and I are on the same page when it comes to Carmelo Anthony. The guy is elite when he’s healthy, and a true difference-maker at the SF position when he’s able to contribute a full season’s worth of stats and games. The Knicks need him to be big again this year, and when he’s going right, he can really carry a fantasy team. Points, elite FT%, rebounds and more here.
  • Draymond Green was an absolute monster last year for the Warriors. His numbers help you in just about every category, and this is a very unique asset to add to your team at this position considering the scarcity of players at the position after the top 15 or so. Averaging almost 1.5 3PTM a game, over 8 rebounds, almost 4 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.6 steals – you are getting yourself a multifaceted talent if you can add him to your team in the early rounds.
  • I think Nicolas Batum can finish in the top 5 at the SF position this year. With the injuries to the Hornets at the SF position, he’s going to be relied on to contribute a lot more in points than he was in Portland. He’s similar to Green in that he is an asset in multiple categories, but his FT% is a much stronger number than Green’s while his blocks are about 50% less. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him average a line of 15+ points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.6 blocks with 42% FG% and 85% at the line. Don’t overlook him on draft day in the first few rounds.
  • I think Jerami Grant and Shabazz Muhammad are great value picks this year on draft day. They are both staring at solid opportunities to have 20-25 MPG roles off the bench to start the season, and when they get minutes the production follows. As a starter, Muhammad averaged 15.6 PPG, 4.9 REB, 2.0 AST and over a 3 per game (13 GP). He has excellent upside and is still a very young player in the NBA with tremendous talent.
  • Grant didn’t have quite the numbers as a starter as Muhammad, so he’s definitely more of a flier, but the tools are there and he can contribute in many different fantasy areas. He had some flashes of brilliance last year when he would contribute a handful of rebounds, assists, blocks and steals in bunches for the Sixers showcasing his fantasy upside in all kinds of different categories. He’ll likely be taken off the wire rather than drafted, but the skills are strong and the opportunity should present itself on a rebuilding team for some minutes. Don’t reach for him, but remember the name once he starts getting minutes.

Zach notes

  • The position comes down to two guys at the top in King James and KD. Both are great players but James just brings more to the table for me. He gives you more stats in categories like rebounds, assists and steals than Durant.
  • I think this is a big bounce back year for Carmelo and think he will put up MVP like numbers. In fact he is my preseason MVP but does not mean he is a fantasy MVP. He will give you stats in the points category but little else.
  • This position is top-heavy but does have some depth. A name I am really looking at for a cheap source for steals, blocks, and rebounds is Justice Winslow. He is a swiss army knife and can do it all on the court.
  • I talked about how much I love Tyreke Evans in other posts and he shows up on this list once again. The great thing about Evans is not only does he get you stats across the board but he is eligible in multiple positions which gives you greater roster flexibility.

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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.

4 comments

  1. Again i’ll use my ATL sleeper at the SF position and say that Thab Sefalosha may be a steal late. I really like Aminu higher than where you guys have him too. I have a roto draft tonight. Mind if I post my roster after the draft to get some feedback on it?

    • Of course. Feel free!

      • So here it is. I was drafting 5th in a 10 team, 9 category, snake draft, weekly H2H roto:
        CP3,Millsap, M.Gasol, Teague, G.Monroe, Batum, Towns, Redick, McCollum, Ilyasova, Mozgov, T.Parker, Lin, D.Booker(late round reach), Jordan Hill (ditto). Any thoughts? Possible add/drops already. I think I may struggle with blocks and turnovers, and most likely fg% as only 3 of my players are projected to shoot over 50% from the floor.

        • FG% doesn’t jump out to me as an issue. I think you’ll be fine with this group. No real killers in the category which is what you want to avoid. Target a 47% team total there. Overall, you have many names I love. Millsap, Gasol, Teague, Batum, Towns, McCollum in particular. Also love the value in Mozgov and Parker.
          In a 10 teamer though, I think you can do better than Booker and Hill for your bench. Consider Bjelica for upside (or just file his name away). If Ed Davis, Lauvergne, Vonleh, or Leonard are there, I’d rather have them than your the duo mentioned as late fliers.
          It’s a very good squad overall, though. Should serve you well!

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