Top-10 Fantasy Basketball Small Forward Rankings for the 2020-21 NBA Season Drafts

Jason Schandl
Fantasy basketball small forward rankings for 2020-21 drafts, including LeBron James.
Fantasy basketball small forward rankings for 2020-21 drafts, including LeBron James. / Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

After a short offseason, the 2020-21 NBA season is almost here, and that also means the return of fantasy basketball.

As you prepare for your fantasy basketball draft, The Duel has you covered every step of the way. Our top-100 fantasy basketball player rankings are a great place to start, but sometimes you're looking for something more specific.

With that in mind, here are the top 10 small forwards (based on Yahoo! position eligibility) for fantasy basketball drafts.

Fantasy Basketball Small Forward Rankings

10. Brandon Ingram, SF/PF, New Orleans Pelicans

9. Paul George, SF/PF, Los Angeles Clippers

8. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, SG/SF, Oklahoma City Thunder

7. Jimmy Butler, SF/PF, Miami Heat

6. Bradley Beal, SG/SF, Washington Wizards

Bradley Beal is coming off of a career year in terms of fantasy output, but the addition of Russell Westbrook is a big concern. Beal's fantasy numbers first skyrocketed in the 2018-19 season, but that was tied closely to John Wall's injury. Beal averaged 47.3 fantasy points per game without Wall (in line with his 46.3 from the 2019-20 season), but just 37.7 when Wall played. Westbrook should command at least as much volume as Wall ever did, creating tons of uncertainty around Beal's outlook this year.

5. Kawhi Leonard, SG/SF, Los Angeles Clippers

4. Devin Booker, SG/SF, Phoenix Suns

3. Kevin Durant, SF/PF, Brooklyn Nets

We know Kevin Durant is going to be getting plenty of days off. We know he's coming off a very serious injury. And yet his ceiling still makes him one of the most exciting players in fantasy basketball. They're no Warriors, but he has a strong supporting cast around him in Brooklyn, and a guy who's averaged 26-plus points, 5-plus assists and 6-plus rebounds per game in three of the last four seasons has elite upside.

2. Jayson Tatum, SF/PF, Boston Celtics

1. LeBron James, PG/SG/SF, Los Angeles Lakers

The King stays the king. Age is certainly starting to catch up with LeBron James, but he still finished third among all players in fantasy scoring, including first among players with SF eligibility on Yahoo. Load management is a concern, but that was the case last year as well. LeBron gets the benefit of the doubt as the No. 1 SF until proven otherwise.

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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.