After a long offseason, the 2021-22 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 25 small forwards (based on Yahoo! position eligibility) for fantasy basketball drafts.
Fantasy Basketball Small Forward Rankings
1. Kevin Durant, SF/PF, Brooklyn Nets
2. Jayson Tatum, SF/PF, Boston Celtics
3. Paul George, SF/PF, Los Angeles Clippers
Paul George turned in another All-Star year last season while playing alongside Kawhi Leonard. George averaged the third-most points per game of his career (23.3) and added a career-best 5.2 assists per game as he took on more of a playmaking role. That trend should continue with Reggie Jackson and Eric Bledsoe as the team's starting guards. Plus, Leonard could be out the entire season as he recovers from a partially torn ACL. It'll be the PG-13 show in LA, which bodes extremely well for the 31-year-old.
4. Jimmy Butler, SF/PF, Miami Heat
5. Bradley Beal, SG/SF, Washington Wizards
The presence of Russell Westbrook put Bradley Beal in more of a scoring role, and he delivered. Beal averaged a whopping 31.3 PPG while adding 4.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. Beal's APG should recover to his 2019-20 levels (6.1) with Westbrook gone and the scoring-minded Spencer Dinwiddie taking his place. Washington will be working in a ton of new pieces, and they'll likely rely on Beal to anchor this offense through the adjustment period. The potential for his playmaking numbers to rise, coupled with being one of the best scorers in the league, makes Beal a very attractive fantasy pick.
6. Zach LaVine, SG/SF, Chicago Bulls
7. LeBron James, PG/SG/SF, Los Angeles Lakers
8. Devin Booker, SG/SF, Phoenix Suns
9. Michael Porter Jr., SF/PF, Denver Nuggets
Michael Porter Jr. proved he's one of the league's rising talents in his second season. MPJ assumed a larger role in the Denver Nuggets' offense with ease, averaging 19.0 PPG and stepping up over the last month with Jamal Murray sidelined. Murray will likely be out most of this season, paving the way for Porter to ascend to new heights as this team's true No. 2 option. MPJ could break out in a huge way for fantasy managers lucky to nab him before he hits stardom.
10. Khris Middleton, SF/PF, Milwaukee Bucks
11. Jaylen Brown, SG/SF, Boston Celtics
12. Brandon Ingram, SF/PF, New Orleans Pelicans
13. Tobias Harris, SF/PF, Philadelphia 76ers
14. Anthony Edwards, SG/SF, Minnesota Timberwolves
15. OG Anunoby, SF/PF, Toronto Raptors
16. DeMar DeRozan, SF/PF, Chicago Bulls
17. Mikal Bridges, SG/SF, Phoenix Suns
18. Gordon Hayward, SG/SF, Charlotte Hornets
19. Caris LeVert, SG/SF, Indiana Pacers
20. Jerami Grant, SF/PF, Detroit Pistons
21. Buddy Hield, SG/SF, Sacramento Kings
22. Bogdan Bogdanovic, SF/PF, Atlanta Hawks
23. Andrew Wiggins, SG/SF, Golden State Warriors
24. Kevin Porter Jr., SG/SF, Houston Rockets
25. Harrison Barnes, SF/PF, Sacramento Kings
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