DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay: Elite Players to Target

DeMarcus Cousins
 GS 98% Own

Based on ownership percentage (98%), DeMarcus Cousins has a market rank of #26 among forwards. DeMarcus Cousins's projection rank is better than their market rank. His fantasy forward projection rank is #14. Even as an established quality fantasy option, if he lives up to projections he is still undervalued and there could be an opportunity to buy 'low'. Owners should hold onto him and probably decline offers unless there is an even better forward option available. Of the 4 forwards (Serge Ibaka, Kevin Love, Brandon Ingram) with this market rank (98% Owned), he is the top rated one. He is projected for 2143 fantasy points in 58 remaining games. Based on average FPs, he is even better with the #9 highest average. The market ranks DeMarcus Cousins behind Love and above Gallinari but the projections rank DeMarcus Cousins over Love. Out of 7 major fantasy categories he ranks significantly lower in 2 categories than his overall fantasy point ranking and these are relative weaknesses. With a better FP Avg rank than Total rank, his value will increase once his remaining games evens out with other similarly rated players. His value could significantly increase if he was more of an offensive threat, especially from three-point range. But he does do better in the other areas of the game.

Rudy Gay
 SA 91% Own

As of 11/8, Rudy Gay is the #40 ranked forward based on ownership percentage (91%). His projection based forward rank is #23. Even as an established quality fantasy option, if he lives up to projections he is still undervalued and there could be an opportunity to buy 'low'. Unless someone offers an even better forward value, we advise you to hold on to him. He is projected for more FPs than Kristaps Porzingis who has virtually the same market rank (91% Owned) as Gay. He is projected for 1834 fantasy points in 72 remaining games. He has a lower rank (#30) based on projected fantasy average. The market ranks Rudy Gay behind Sabonis and above Porzingis but the projections rank Rudy Gay over Sabonis. With a better FP Total rank than Avg rank, his value will decrease once his remaining games evens out with other similarly rated players. His value could significantly increase if he was more of an offensive threat, especially from three-point range. His strength is in defensive stats (steals, blocks).

Elfrid Payton
 NO 98% Own

Ranking by ownership percentage (98%), Elfrid Payton is expected to be the #32 guard for the rest of the season. Our projections indicate that Elfrid Payton is underrated by the market. His fantasy guard projection rank is #20. Even as an established quality fantasy option, if he lives up to projections he is still undervalued and there could be an opportunity to buy 'low'. Owners should hold onto him and probably decline offers unless there is an even better guard option available. Of the 7 guards (Jeff Teague, Gary Harris, Josh Richardson, Buddy Hield, Jamal Murray, Dennis Smith Jr.) with this market rank (98% Owned), he is the top rated one. He is projected for 2172 fantasy points in 71 remaining games. His projected average FP rank is the same as his rest of season total rank. The market ranks Elfrid Payton behind Teague and above Fournier but the projections rank Elfrid Payton over Teague. His value could significantly increase if he was more of an offensive threat, especially from three-point range. But sharing the ball is a strength.

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Cody Zeller
 CHA 24% Own

Our projections run counter to general expectations. Cody Zeller is projected to be a top tier fantasy center. Ranking by ownership percentage (24%), Cody Zeller is expected to be the #36 center for the rest of the season. He is projected to be the #25 center. There could be a nice opportunity to acquire him before the market realizes he is undervalued. Owners should hold onto him and probably decline offers unless there is an even better center option available. He is projected for 1276 fantasy points in 71 remaining games. His projected average FP rank is the same as his rest of season total rank. The market ranks Cody Zeller behind Nowitzki and above Noel but the projections rank Cody Zeller over Nowitzki. Scoring is not necessarily a strength but it is not a weakness and he is considered a well-rounded center who contributes equally in most key stats.

Nicolas Batum
 CHA 96% Own

His latest projection based rank among guards is #27. As of 11/8, Nicolas Batum is the #35 ranked guard based on ownership percentage (96%). Nicolas Batum's projection rank is better than their market rank. Even as an established quality fantasy option, if he lives up to projections he is still undervalued and there could be an opportunity to buy 'low'. Unless someone offers an even better guard value, we advise you to hold on to him. He is projected for more FPs than Louis Williams who has virtually the same market rank (96% Owned) as Batum. He is projected for 1984 fantasy points in 71 remaining games. His projected average FP rank is the same as his rest of season total rank. The market ranks Nicolas Batum behind Williams and above Rubio but the projections rank these players in reverse order. His value could significantly increase if he was more of an offensive threat, especially from inside the three-point arc. But sharing the ball is a strength.

Lower Own%N. Batum ROSHigher Own%
R. Rubio (2037 FP)1984 FPL. Williams (1933 FP)
 
#35 GuardJ. Teague (1910 FP)
 
 
K. Thompson (1940 FP)
 
 
E. Fournier (1948 FP)
 
 
G. Harris (1882 FP)

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Bad Fantasy Values for the Rest of the Season

Kyle Kuzma
 LAL 97% Own

Ranking by ownership percentage (97%), Kyle Kuzma is expected to be the #29 forward for the rest of the season. Projected to be a backup forward his value could reach market expectations if there is an injury to the starters. He is the lowest rated of the 3 forwards (Danilo Gallinari, Wendell Carter Jr.) with this market rank (97% Owned). He is projected for 1340 fantasy points in 71 remaining games. His projected average FP rank is the same as his rest of season total rank. The market ranks Kyle Kuzma behind Carter and above Covington but the projections rank Covington over Kyle Kuzma. His strength is scoring, especially from three-point range. But sharing the ball and accumulating defensive stats need improvement.

Buddy Hield
 SAC 98% Own

As of 11/8, Buddy Hield is the #29 ranked guard based on ownership percentage (98%). The market expects more than the projections do. His projection based guard rank is #45. Owners should not be surprised if they find themselves benching Hield more than they thought. He is the lowest rated of the 7 guards (Jeff Teague, Elfrid Payton, Gary Harris, Josh Richardson, Jamal Murray, Dennis Smith Jr.) with this market rank (98% Owned). He is projected for 1613 fantasy points in 71 remaining games. His projected average FP rank is the same as his rest of season total rank. The market ranks Buddy Hield behind Murray and above Smith but the projections rank Smith over Buddy Hield. His strength is scoring, especially from three-point range. But he is not expected to pass very often.

Mitchell Robinson
 NY 43% Own

As of 11/8, Mitchell Robinson is the #27 ranked center based on ownership percentage (43%). The projections indicate that he is likely to fall short of high market expectations. His projection based center rank is #37. This is not necessarily a player you would start every active week. He is projected for 845 fantasy points in 70 remaining games. Based on average FPs, he is even better with the #36 highest average. The market ranks Mitchell Robinson behind Gasol and above Collins but the projections rank Collins over Mitchell Robinson. Out of 7 major fantasy categories he ranks significantly better in 3 categories (strengths) than his overall fantasy point ranking. While scoring is his strength he contributes enough in other areas to be considered a well-rounded center.

Robert Covington
 PHI 96% Own

His latest projection based rank among forwards is #39. Ranking by ownership percentage (96%), Robert Covington is expected to be the #30 forward for the rest of the season. Robert Covington's market rank is better than our current projections indicate. There are other forwards with virtually the same market rank (Harrison Barnes, Jabari Parker, Lauri Markkanen, Marvin Bagley III 96% Owned) and Covington ranks #4 out of 5. He is projected for 1606 fantasy points in 70 remaining games. His projected average FP rank is the same as his rest of season total rank. The market ranks Robert Covington behind Kuzma and above Parker but the projections rank these players in reverse order. His ranking in points is the same as his overall fantasy ranking indicating he is relatively well-rounded from a statistical standpoint.

Lower Own%R. Covington ROSHigher Own%
R. Gay (1834 FP)1606 FPK. Kuzma (1340 FP)
T. Evans (1613 FP)#30 Forward 
H. Barnes (1881 FP) 
 
O. Porter (1695 FP) 
 
T. Warren (1644 FP) 
 

De'Aaron Fox
 SAC 100% Own

Ranking by ownership percentage (100%) and fantasy rankings, De'Aaron Fox is expected to be the #10 guard for the rest of the season. The market is higher on De'Aaron Fox than the projections are so we consider him to be overvalued. His fantasy guard projection rank is #22. Of the 21 100% owned guards, he is ranked #20. There are 21 guards that are owned in all leagues and De'Aaron Fox is projected to be the least productive for the rest of the season. He can be considered overvalued and expect his ranking among 100% owned guards to go down. He is projected for 2133 fantasy points in 71 remaining games. His projected average FP rank is the same as his rest of season total rank. The market ranks De'Aaron Fox behind LaVine and above Young but the projections rank Young over De'Aaron Fox. Out of 7 major fantasy categories he ranks significantly lower in 4 categories than his overall fantasy point ranking and these are relative weaknesses. His value could significantly increase if he was more of an offensive threat, especially from three-point range. But sharing the ball is a strength.

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