Fantasy Basketball: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Domantas Sabonis sit atop 2022-23 energy ahead rankings

September 6, 2022

Giannis Antetkounmpo has reigned as the general public’s favourite preseason fantasy energy ahead for the higher a part of the final 5 years. Do not count on that to alter this season. The Greek Freak has averaged at the least 27.0 factors, 11.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, a block, and a steal for fourth consecutive seasons and appears prone to put up comparable numbers in 2022-23. There have not been any clear indicators that somebody is able to take Antetokounmpo’s throne, however the battle for the highest this season needs to be extra aggressive than final yr’s. 

Which gamers are the very best first-round choices at energy ahead? What gamers appear prone to rebound from accidents? And gamers might fall wanting expectations? Try the rankings beneath for some transient explanations for the highest 5 energy forwards and a complete prime 50 record:

The Prime 5


Antetokounmpo has performed lower than 70 video games in three consecutive seasons however stays probably the most deadly energy ahead in fantasy basketball. He is all the time a lock among the many cream of the crop as a scorer and rebounder, and his defensive excellence places him in a category of his personal. The Milwaukee Bucks star does every little thing fantasy managers might ask for besides convert pictures from lengthy vary effectively. He is one of many few gamers you’ll be able to rely on to complete as a top-five performer yearly. Do not assume twice about choosing him with a top-three decide come draft time.


Sabonis is considerably of a tweener who’ll seemingly begin at middle for the Sacramento Kings. He posted ridiculous numbers following his departure from the Indiana Pacers final season and I count on extra of the identical in 2022-23. He averaged 18.9 factors, 12.3 rebounds, and 5.8 assists by 15 appearances with the Kings. Whereas he does not boast Anthony Davis’s defensive upside, he is been a greater rebounder and passer in recent times. I am not satisfied that Davis will log sufficient minutes to say a top-two spot.

Williamson missed all the 2021-22 season after blossoming into an All-Star in his second skilled season. The Duke product scored with ease across the rim rebounded properly, and confirmed progress as a playmaker thus far in his younger NBA profession. Whereas I count on the New Orleans Pelicans to be cautious with him, he is had a whole yr to get again in basketball form. I am unable to flip down a participant who’s averaging 29.2 factors, 7.9 rebounds, and three.7 assists per 36 minutes by 85 video games. 


Davis has performed in lower than half of the Los Angeles Lakers’ video games over the past two seasons. He did not seem like himself for a big chunk of the video games he did play final yr. Particularly when taking pictures leap pictures. Nevertheless, he nonetheless totaled 23.2 factors, 9.8 rebounds, and a couple of.2 blocks per recreation. He has the profession averages of a surefire first-round decide, however his availability points elevate some main pink flags. I nonetheless assume Davis might end second or third on this record by the tip of the common season, however provided that he performs greater than 60 video games. He’ll be taking part in numerous middle except the Lakers plan on rolling out Thomas Bryant on the 5 as a long-term resolution.


Siakam was usually deployed as a small-ball middle all through his final run with the Toronto Raptors and posted a career-high 8.5 rebounds per recreation due to it. Working within the put up did not restrict his playmaking, although, as he additionally tallied a career-high 5.3 assists per recreation in 2021-22. Fred VanVleet’s monopoly of the purpose guard place and Scottie Barnes’s versatile talent set will not decelerate Siakam, who appears set to complete among the many league leaders in minutes per recreation after taking part in practically 38 minutes an evening final season. He might leap previous Davis and Williamson within the season-long standings if their teaching staffs handle their hundreds an excessive amount of. Siakam will probably be suiting up each time he can and fills up the field rating each time he laces up.

Energy ahead rankings

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, MIL
2. Domantas Sabonis, SAC
3. Zion Williamson, NOP
4. Anthony Davis, LAL
5. Pascal Siakam, TOR
6. Kristaps Porzingis, WAS
7. Julius Randle, NYK
8. Christian Wooden, DAL
9. Jerami Grant, POR
10. Scottie Barnes, TOR
11. Evan Mobley, CLE
12. Paolo Banchero, ORL
13. Kyle Kuzma, WAS
14. John Collins, ATL
15. Jaren Jackson, MEM
16. Lauri Markkanen, UTH
17. Marvin Bagley, DET
18. Kevin Love, CLE
19. Draymond Inexperienced, GSW
20. Aaron Gordon, DEN
21. Al Horford, BOS
22. P.J. Washington, CHA
23. Keegan Murray, SAC
24. Jabari Smith, HOU
25. Darius Bazley, OKC
26. Patrick Williams, CHI
27. Brandon Clarke, MEM
28. Jae Crowder, PHO
29. Chris Boucher, TOR 
30. Obi Toppin, NYK
31. Kelly Olynyk, DET
32. Larry Nance Jr., NOP
33. Maxi Kleber, DAL
34. Valuable Achiuwa, TOR
35.Rui Hachimura, WAS
36. PJ Tucker, PHI
37. Robert Covington, LAC
38. Nic Batum, LAC
39. Marcus Morris, LAC
40. Daniel Theis, IND
41. Dario Saric, PHO
42. Jarred Vanderbilt, UTH
43. Serge Ibaka, MIL
44. Jalen McDaniels, CHA
45. Grant Williams, BOS
46. Zach Collins, SAS
47. Trendon Watford, POR
48. Jake LaRavia, MEM
49. Trey Lyles, SAC
50. Jonathan Isaac, ORL

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