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Tuesday, December 9, 2003
Updated: January 6, 4:17 PM ET
FBA Power Rankings

Power is all about perception, just ask anyone in Hollywood.

These power rankings aren't intended to rate fantasy's best players -- we've got a Player Rater for that. No, these rankings are all about buzz. These are the 30 players making the most noise in fantasy leagues, the guys causing all the commotion.

Rankings are entirely subjective and depend largely on our whim and fancy, but chances are you'll hear a thing or two about these guys.

1. Donyell Marshall, TorSF, PFApparently one 3-pointer American is worth two Canadian
2. Jamal Crawford, ChiPGAveraging better than 26 ppg under Skiles
3. Elton Brand, LACPF, CTwo games back from injury, double-doubles await
4. Anfernee Hardaway, PhxPG, SG Grabs starting job from Joe Johnson and now Amare Stoudemire is out
5. Mike Miller, MemSG, SFWith Jason Williams out, he's averaging 7.8 apg in the last five
6. Brad Miller, SacPF, CSpeaking of Miller assists, Sacramento's big man averaging 5.3 per game
7. Carmelo Anthony, Den SFLeBron who? This rookie is tearing up on the stat sheet
8. Voshon Lenard, DenSG Feeding off 'Melo, averaging 22.8 ppg in last six
9. Jalen Rose, TorSG, SF Still shooting poorly, but look at all those assists for Toronto's new PG
10. Chris Kaman, LACCIt's not hard to make people forget Michael Olowokandi
11. Andrei Kirilenko, UtaSFAn absolute machine in steals and blocks
12. Damon Stoudamire, PorPGLooks reborn this season, picking up points, assists and steals
13. Chris Bosh, TorPF Playing heavy minutes for undersized Raptors and posting great stats
14. Sam Cassell, MinPG Always finds a way to get his shots and still get assists
15. Antonio McDyess, NYKPF Not much fantasy impact yet, but good to have him back
16. Shawn Marion, PhxSF Should get more shots with Stoudemire out
17. Bonzi Wells, MemSG, SF Deep rotation makes it tough for him to make fantasy impact with Grizz
18. Nene Hilario, DenPF, C One name or two, he's starting to post good fantasy numbers
19. Al Harrington, IndSF, PF 13 ppg for the season, but 17.8 in the last six games
20. Rafer Alston, MiaPG Doing everything but starting recently
21. Richard Jefferson, NJSG, SF Averaging 21 ppg and eight rpg in December
22. Joe Smith, MilSF, PF A block machine for the Bucks
23. Mehmet Okur, DetPF, C When will Larry Brown just give up on Elden Campbell?
24. Drew Gooden, OrlSF, PF Finding a fantasy niche coming off Magic bench
25. Damon Jones, MilPG Pushing T.J. Ford with good 3-pointers and assists in recent weeks
26. Michael Finley, DalSG, SF Shooting -- and scoring -- a ton since slow start
27. Jiri Welsch, BosPG, SG Getting a lot more minutes, nine steals in last three games
28. Josh Howard, DalSF Posting very versatile numbers with Dirk Nowitzki out
29. Boris Diaw, AtlSF New starter a name to watch if he keeps getting minutes
30. Jeff McInnis, PorPG Benefits from Bonzi departing the rotation

And then there are the fallen. The folks used to getting invitations to all the right events, who suddenly find themselves on the wrong side of the rope. Which five players are generating the most negative buzz?

1. Baron Davis, NOPGGreat total numbers but it's getting hard to excuse the shooting percentage
2. LeBron James, CleSGHype comes with expectations and he's not meeting them right now
3. Theo Ratliff, AtlPF, CNobody expected points, but a few boards would be nice with those blocks
4. Ron Artest, IndSF Injuries and ejections could signal pending meltdown
5. Doug Christie, SacSGWhere did all the numbers go?