Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Fantasy Basketball Top 25 Power Forwards for 2013-2014

By Hecman
http://www.hecmanhoops.com
@hecmanhoops 

Now that we’ve got the 2013-2014 fantasy basketball projections and rankings for the Top 25 Point Guards and the Top 25 Shooting Guards in the can, let’s move onto the big boys, the power forwards! Before we dive in, I want to answer a question that an astute reader recently asked me on Twitter. He complained that my Shooting Guard rankings didn’t have certain players on it, ie. Gordon Hayward and a few others who also play small forward. To be clear, I try to just rank the players at their primary position with some exceptions like say a Josh Smith who’ll play both small forward and power forward so I will throw him on both primary lists. However, don’t fret! Like last year, I will also be doing G, SG/SF, F and PF/C combined rankings for you guys. It’s all coming so don’t you worry your pretty little face. Ok, ok, off we go to the rankings and projections for the Top 25 Power Forwards for 2013-2014 Fantasy Basketball! (Google search terms!)
1. Kevin Love – Raise your hand if you got kicked in the nuts by Kevin Love last year. hecman slowly raises hand. I’m willing to let him kick me in the nuts again. He better not kick me in the nuts!
Projections: 25 ppg/13.5 rpg/2 apg/.450/.820/.8 spg/120 3s/40 blk/2.3 tov
2. LaMarcus Aldridge – Robin Lopez is his only competition for front court touches. Robin Lopez!
Projections: 22 ppg/9.1 rpg/2.5 apg/.495/.810/1 spg/0 3s/95 blk/2 tov
3  Serge Ibaka – It’s kind of ironic that a large man like Serge Ibaka can block 3 shots per but can only grab 7-8 boards per. I’m not complaining or anything though. Or am I?
Projections: 13 ppg/7.8 rpg/.5 apg/.560/.740/.5 spg/0 3s/240 blk/1.6 tov
4. Anthony Davis – Last year I had him ranked 8th best power forward despite not having ever played a single game in the NBA. Now I have him ranked 4th after a somewhat disappointing rookie year. I’m going loco!
Projections: 17.5 ppg/9.5 rpg/1.5 apg/.520/.750/1.3 spg/0 3s/175 blk/1.62 tov
5. Dirk Nowitzki – Only one player on the Dallas roster has a last name that starts with a letter after N. Interesting yet not really and also completely useless information! He’s now 35 and will have to slow down sometime but I doubt it’s this year.
Projections: 20 ppg/7.5 rpg/2.5 apg/.470/.870/.9 spg/85 3s/50 blk/1.52 tov
6. David Lee – Do you really feel threatened by Andrew Bogut taking away touches from D.Lee? How can someone take away touches while sitting in a suit on the bench? Rhetorical!
Projections: 18 ppg/9.7 rpg/3.2 apg/.510/.790/.8 spg/0 3s/30 blk/2.5 tov
7. Pau Gasol – Here’s what I told you last pre-season: “Now that he’s playing with an absolute monster in the front court, circumstantial evidence and my keen detective skills say his numbers can’t help but to take a slight hit. If the stats don’t fit, you must, um, lower your expectations? I know, it doesn’t rhyme but you get my drift.” Actually, it turned out even worse than anyone expected but can’t say I didn’t warn you. This year though it’s all good. Redemption! I’m on board with Pau. Jump on!
Projections: 17 ppg/9.6 rpg/3.5 apg/.510/.790/.5 spg/5 3s/115 blk/2.1 tov
8. Paul Millsap – From the frying pain into the fire. Paul goes from playing alongside Al Jefferson to Al Horford. Actually, he’s not going into the fire but it sounded good. He can’t get rid of guys named Al! The new Al doesn’t score as much though so I’m expecting very nice things from Paul. We’re all on a first name basis here. Clearly! Oh, he also never misses a game. Jinx!
Projections: 17 ppg/8.5 rpg/2.7 rpg/.500/.770/1.4 spg/5 3s/85 blk/2 tov
9. Josh Smith –  Smoove will probably be playing mostly small forward this season but should also play a lot of power forward so I’ll throw him on here for you. No longer in Atlanta and now playing with a deeper front court alongside Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, I see Smoove taking an ever so slight step back in overall production. Don’t get me wrong, he doesn’t suck! Except his FT. That sucks.  
Projections: 16 ppg/7.8 rpg/3.8 apg/.466/.620/1.3 spg/55 3s/130 blk/2.5 tov
10. Blake Griffin – All the hata’s out there get off his jock, yo. Don’t hate. It’s bad for your health. Yes, he has some shortcomings but, come on, he’s not the plague!
Projections: 19 ppg/9.5 rpg/3.8 apg/.535/.650/1.2 spg/0 3s/55 blk/2.3 tov
11. Chris Bosh – What is not to like about Chris Bosh? I submit nothing! He’s just solid. Solid as a rock. Like the song! Anyone remember that song?
Projections: 17 ppg/7.5 rpg/1.8 apg/.515/.800/.9 spg/15 3s/105 blk/2 tov
12. Tim Duncan - Timmy Tim Tim definitely exceeded expectations last year, shocked the hell out of me if you want to know the truth. That said, I can’t see him doing it again at that level. I dare you Timmy, I triple dog dare you, Timmy!
Projections: 16.5 ppg/9.2 rpg/2.5 apg/.500/.770/.7 spg/0 3s/160 blk/2 tov
13. Greg Monroe - I think Greg needs a nickname, how can he not have a nickname! My vote is for G-Spot. You get it, he makes you feel good!
Projections: 16 ppg/9 rpg/3.5 apg/.510/.710/1.3 spg/0 3s/55 blk/2.8 tov
14. Derrick Favors – Hey, speaking of boards, Flava Favors is gonna grab a ton of them this season. A ton! He’s also going to block a ton of shots. You best get Flava Favors now while he’s cheap(er). You best do it!
Projections: 15 ppg/12 rpg/1 apg/.490/.680/1 spg/0 3s/200 blk/2.2 tov
15. Zach Randolph - Nevermind that the man has no neck, I think he’s in for a bounce back season. Just think, if he actually had a neck he’d be 3 inches taller. That’s probably worth at least an extra board per. Or do I mean his arms?
Projections: 16.5 ppg/10.5 rpg/1.5 apg/.480/.760/.8 spg/0 3s/35 blk/2 tov
16. Ersan Ilyasova - Will the real Ersan please stand up! For the second season in a row, Ilyasova had a great second half and I’m betting that, on this team, he’s going to finally put together a full consistent season. Barring injury, of course! But you already knew that. You’re so astute.
Projections:  16.5 ppg/9 rpg/1.5 apg/.450/.860/.9 spg/120 3s/50 blk/1.5 tov
17. Ryan Anderson - Not sure if many of you know but I’m a huge fan of the TV show The Bachelor and the Bachelorette. I’ve watched like every season. Hell, I even watch the Bachelor Pad! Maybe I just like to watch hot girls on TV and I’m a pervert, not sure. Anyhoo! I see another nice season out of Ryan. No reason why he won’t continue to do what he do. Do it for Gia, Ryan!
Projections: 16 ppg/6.3 rpg/1 apg/.435/.850/.5 spg/210 3s/30 blk/1.2 tov
18. Tobias Harris - I debated throwing Tobias in just the small forward rankings and he’ll be there too but since he’s starting at power forward with Glen Davis hurt, I’ll also throw him on this ranking. Yay! Either way, he should get big minutes while continuing his rise to fantasy stardom. He’s only 21 you know. You want him late or Josh Smith early? hmm.
Projections: 17 ppg/7.8 rpg/2 apg/.450/.740/.9 spg/80 3s/80 blk/1.9 tov
19. David West – West benefited greatly from Danny Granger’s injury last season and had a surprising bounce back year after his disastrous 2012-12 season. I expect his numbers to be somewhere in the middle this season. Like Malcolm!
Projections: 15.5 ppg/7.5 rpg/2.8 apg/.495/.790/.8 spg/0 3s/65 blk/2.1 tov
20. Carlos Boozer – You want some points, you get ‘em, son! You want some boards, you got those, too! You want solid FG? Suuuure. You want some steals? Ok, done! You want blocks? No blocks for you!
Projections: 15.5 ppg/8.5 rpg/2.3 apg/.510/.730/1.3 spg/0 3s/35 blk/2.1 tov
21. Kevin Garnett– So basically the whole Boston team is now the Nets. Too bad it’s not 2007. He’ll loses touches to … everybody! He’s ok in my book though.
Projections: 14 ppg/7.6 rpg/2.5 apg/.515/.820/1 spg/0 3s/70 blk/1.6 tov
22. Amir Johnson – I look at Toronto’s roster and I like what I see, this should be an interesting bunch to watch this season. There’s certainly talent! That leads us to Amir who should be the main main the the Raptors front court this season from start to finish. Barring injury! As a starter last year with 30+ minutes he was pretty darn good.
Projections: 11.5 ppg/8.5 rpg/1.8 apg/.530/.780/1 spg/0 3s/140 blk/1.9 tov
23. Kenneth Faried – I can’t see him jumping to another level now that J.J. Hickson is also in town. George Karl is a strange coach so you never really know who may get the big minutes. Just ask JaVale McGee! I’m largely avoiding the whole Denver front court situation if I can help it because I hate possible time shares. Who likes a time share? Still though, he’s not the plague either.
Projections: 11.5 ppg/9 rpg/1 apg/.550/.630/1 spg/0 3s/80 blk/1.4 tov
24. Andrea Bargnani – The Knicks just can’t help themselves. They love Italian players! See: Danilo Galinari. Anyway, this one isn’t as good and now he’s actually playing with some talented players so he’s no longer the alleged focal point of an offense. His numbers are a bit hard to project but I’ll take a stab at it anyway for ya. I care! Oh, I’m factoring in that he’ll get hurt at some point.
Projections: 11.5 ppg/4 rpg/2 apg/.440/.830/.6 spg/100 3s/50 blk/2 tov
25. Tristan Thompson - Even with opportunity last year (31 mpg), TT managed to disappoint a bit. Now Anderson Varajao is back, Andrew Bynum knees are in town and Anthony Bennett was the number 1 overall pick so we can reasonably deduce that Tristan isn’t going to improve on last year’s 11/9, block per. In fact, we’re looking at regression but he’ll have his moments I suppose. He’s worth a late grab since Varajao and Bynum are slightly injury prone. Just ever so slightly. Didn’t you notice!
Projections: 11.5 ppg/8 rpg/1 apg/.455/.622/.6 spg/0 3s/90 blk/2 tov
Bonus!
26. Jason Thompson – A rather unexciting power forward option, JT will be battling Patrick Patterson (Double P!) and Carl Landry for minutes. That means he’s capped at 27ish mpg which also means he aint that good. I’d take him over Landry and Double P though which is like saying I’d take 59o over 49o and 39o. I hope you know what I mean!
Projections: 10 ppg/6.7 rpg/1 apg/.505/.660/.6 spg/0 3s/60 blk/1.2 tov
27. Jared Sullinger – I like grabbing players left who have starting opportunities and this black Irish guy is just the kind of guy I”m talking about.
28. J.J. Hickson – Barring injury to others, at best he splits minutes and cocks the blocks of Kenneth Faried.
29. Anthony Bennett – He’s showing some nice flashes in pre-season, even hitting some threes but he fouls like a mo-fo. That’s gonna leave a mark if he keeps it up.
30. Cody Zeller - He’s not showing me much in pre-season other than some points and boards. Nary a block or steal! Yes, I used nary. Get over it. Opportunity is there though … for now.
31. Glenn Davis – Currently injured but Big Baby could be back to reclaim minutes. I never joke when it comes to babies.
32. Markieff Morris – He was around 10/6 and a block per last year as a starter though he only averaged 26 mpg in those starts. I guess he can only go up with Luis Scola now exited stage east. Channing Frye is back though don’t forget. Monkey wrench!
33. Kris Humphries – I know, I know. Kris Humphries, LOL! It’s about opportunity though, kids. Boston isn’t that great (understatement!) so with say 25ish mpg he might be able to do his thing. You know. Boards! Consider him an end game option if you’re looking for some extra boards. You can always launch!
34. Taj Gibson - Not sure if you heard but Joakim Noah is hurting already. Again!
35. Amar’e Stoudemire  – That apostrophe is almost as annoying as his knees! Not quite as annoying though.
36. Brandon Bass – Low level boards. Ho hum.
37. Luis Scola - He’ll be used just enough to annoy David West’s owners.
38. Carl Landry – Time sharing with Jason Thompson. I have JT higher for a reason.
39. Reggie Evans – The Nets are too deep this year. Too damn deep!
40. Donatas Motiejunas - I just like his name. I can’t help it!