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Out of the top 60 forwards based on total projected fantasy points, 8 have a projected rank that is substantially better than their actual rank. A couple forwards who are projected to improve their ranking are Wendell Carter Jr. (#52) and Marvin Bagley III (#38). But of all the forwards with improved projected ranking, Derrick Favors is the highest ranking one.

There are only 5 forwards who are projected to be fantasy busts. Taurean Waller-Prince, for example, is projected to be just the #49 forward and some owners may have better options. If you need help at forward there are a number of players who are available in at least 35% of leagues and are projected to be in the top 60 the rest of the season. Otto Porter, at #51, is the highest ranking forward of this waiver wire group.

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[*] = Owned in Under 65% of Leagues, [+/-] = Players With Better/Worse Ranking vs Season-to-Date

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
L. James (LAL) 1503 FP, 51.8 perA. Wiggins (GS) 794 FP, 29.4 perL. Markkanen (CHI) 607 FP, 23.4 per
G. Antetokounmpo (MIL) 1378 FP, 49.2 perA. Gordon (ORL) 778 FP, 28.8 perC. Wood (DET) 607 FP, 24.3 per
L. Doncic (DAL) 1289 FP, 47.7 perD. Gallinari (OKC) 770 FP, 28.5 perD. Brooks (MEM) 606 FP, 21.7 per -
A. Davis (LAL) 1198 FP, 42.5 perK. Porzingis (DAL) 769 FP, 29.7 perN. Bjelica (SAC) 603 FP, 21.5 per -
J. Butler (MIA) 1014 FP, 36.2 perB. Bogdanovic (UTA) 716 FP, 25.6 perC. Anthony (POR) 600 FP, 23.1 per
K. Leonard (LAC) 1003 FP, 42.5 perK. Oubre (PHO) 709 FP, 26.3 perS. Ibaka (TOR) 596 FP, 22.1 per -
B. Ingram (NO) 980 FP, 36.3 perD. Green (GS) 709 FP, 26.3 perH. Barnes (SAC) 596 FP, 21.3 per -
B. Adebayo (MIA) 976 FP, 34.8 perJ. Jackson (MEM) 669 FP, 23.9 perR. Barrett (NY) 577 FP, 21.4 per
D. Sabonis (IND) 971 FP, 36 perD. Favors (NO) 664 FP, 24.6 per +T. Prince (BKN) 577 FP, 19.9 per -
P. George (LAC) 917 FP, 35.5 perC. LeVert (BKN) 659 FP, 22.7 per +L. Nance (CLE) 567 FP, 20.3 per
Z. Williamson (NO) 904 FP, 33.5 perT. Warren (IND) 654 FP, 24.2 perO. Porter* (CHI) 560 FP, 20.7 per
J. Tatum (BOS) 893 FP, 31.9 perD. Bertans (WAS) 654 FP, 22.5 perW. Carter (CHI) 553 FP, 20.5 per +
K. Middleton (MIL) 882 FP, 31.5 perR. Hachimura (WAS) 639 FP, 22 per +P. Washington (CHA) 527 FP, 18.8 per
L. Aldridge (SA) 877 FP, 31.3 perM. Porter (DEN) 636 FP, 23.6 per +P. Millsap (DEN) 520 FP, 19.3 per +
J. Collins (ATL) 872 FP, 33.5 perM. Chriss (GS) 625 FP, 23.1 per +M. Bridges* (PHO) 506 FP, 18.8 per
J. Randle (NY) 868 FP, 32.1 perM. Bridges (CHA) 625 FP, 22.3 perD. Hunter* (ATL) 486 FP, 18.7 per
G. Hayward (BOS) 860 FP, 30.7 perM. Morris (LAC) 621 FP, 23 perD. Robinson* (MIA) 478 FP, 17.1 per
P. Siakam (TOR) 858 FP, 31.8 perM. Bagley (SAC) 620 FP, 27 per +N. Powell* (TOR) 477 FP, 17.7 per
K. Love (CLE) 834 FP, 29.8 perR. Covington (HOU) 618 FP, 22.1 perE. Paschall* (GS) 476 FP, 17.6 per
T. Harris (PHI) 814 FP, 30.1 perB. Clarke (MEM) 614 FP, 21.9 perC. Osman* (CLE) 467 FP, 16.7 per

Top 60 Projected Guards Rest of Season

There are only 6 guards projected to be major fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. Ish Smith, at #43, is the highest ranking guard of this waiver wire group. There are only 4 guards whose projected rank is significantly better than their actual fantasy rank. At #38, Elfrid Payton is the highest ranking must start. There are only 4 guards who are projected to be fantasy busts. Tomas Satoransky, for example, is projected to be just the #59 guard and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
J. Harden (HOU) 1435 FP, 51.3 perL. Williams (LAC) 847 FP, 31.4 perJ. Ingles (UTA) 683 FP, 24.4 per
R. Westbrook (HOU) 1418 FP, 50.6 perS. Dinwiddie (BKN) 846 FP, 29.2 perD. Rose (DET) 663 FP, 26.5 per
T. Young (ATL) 1236 FP, 47.5 perL. Ball (NO) 832 FP, 30.8 perI. Smith* (WAS) 658 FP, 22.7 per
B. Beal (WAS) 1188 FP, 41 perS. Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC) 817 FP, 30.2 perS. Curry (GS) 648 FP, 34.1 per
D. Lillard (POR) 1179 FP, 45.3 perF. VanVleet (TOR) 802 FP, 29.7 perM. Beasley (MIN) 638 FP, 22 per +
D. Russell (MIN) 1165 FP, 40.2 perC. McCollum (POR) 799 FP, 30.7 perJ. Richardson (PHI) 627 FP, 23.2 per +
K. Irving (BKN) 1070 FP, 36.9 perJ. Brown (BOS) 796 FP, 28.4 perD. Murray (SA) 623 FP, 22.2 per
B. Simmons (PHI) 1034 FP, 38.3 perE. Bledsoe (MIL) 784 FP, 28 perM. Smart (BOS) 615 FP, 22 per
D. Booker (PHO) 1033 FP, 38.3 perB. Hield (SAC) 778 FP, 27.8 per -G. Dragic (MIA) 610 FP, 21.8 per
D. DeRozan (SA) 1017 FP, 36.3 perT. Rozier (CHA) 776 FP, 27.7 perP. Beverley* (LAC) 589 FP, 21.8 per
D. Fox (SAC) 975 FP, 34.8 perJ. Murray (DEN) 763 FP, 28.3 perB. Bogdanovic (SAC) 587 FP, 21 per
J. Morant (MEM) 968 FP, 34.6 perR. Rubio (PHO) 742 FP, 27.5 perK. Huerter (ATL) 578 FP, 22.2 per
D. Mitchell (UTA) 964 FP, 34.4 perC. Sexton (CLE) 736 FP, 26.3 perE. Gordon* (HOU) 571 FP, 20.4 per
J. Holiday (NO) 960 FP, 35.6 perV. Oladipo (IND) 732 FP, 27.1 perJ. Redick (NO) 565 FP, 20.9 per
Z. LaVine (CHI) 953 FP, 35.3 perM. Conley (UTA) 714 FP, 25.5 perK. Nunn (MIA) 564 FP, 20.2 per -
K. Walker (BOS) 929 FP, 33.2 perD. Schroder (OKC) 713 FP, 26.4 per -J. Clarkson* (UTA) 562 FP, 20.1 per
D. Graham (CHA) 912 FP, 32.6 perE. Fournier (ORL) 701 FP, 26 perJ. Okogie* (MIN) 559 FP, 19.3 per
C. Paul (OKC) 892 FP, 35.4 perE. Payton (NY) 699 FP, 25.9 per +R. Jackson (DET) 558 FP, 22.3 per +
K. Lowry (TOR) 890 FP, 33 perM. Fultz (ORL) 696 FP, 25.8 perT. Satoransky (CHI) 549 FP, 20.3 per -
M. Brogdon (IND) 852 FP, 31.5 perW. Barton (DEN) 685 FP, 25.4 perD. White* (SA) 548 FP, 19.6 per

Top 30 Projected Centers Rest of Season

There are only 6 centers projected to be major fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. At #17, Cody Zeller is the highest ranking one. There are only 3 centers whose projected rank is significantly better than their actual fantasy rank. Jusuf Nurkic, at #14, is the highest ranking center of this 'must start' group. There are only 3 centers who are projected to be fantasy busts. Richaun Holmes, for example, is projected to be just the #30 center and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
K. Towns (MIN) 1259 FP, 45 perJ. Valanciunas (MEM) 738 FP, 26.3 perM. Gasol (TOR) 517 FP, 20 per +
N. Jokic (DEN) 1091 FP, 40.4 perC. Capela (ATL) 677 FP, 26 perE. Kanter (BOS) 503 FP, 18 per
N. Vucevic (ORL) 1005 FP, 37.2 perM. Turner (IND) 628 FP, 23.3 perW. Cauley-Stein* (DAL) 493 FP, 18.3 per
A. Drummond (CLE) 990 FP, 35.4 perJ. Nurkic (POR) 617 FP, 28 per +M. Robinson (NY) 464 FP, 17.2 per
J. Embiid (PHI) 965 FP, 38.9 perS. Adams (OKC) 616 FP, 22.8 perT. Thompson (CLE) 454 FP, 16.2 per -
R. Gobert (UTA) 948 FP, 33.9 perT. Bryant (WAS) 585 FP, 20.2 per +D. Howard* (LAL) 440 FP, 15.2 per
D. Ayton (PHO) 885 FP, 32.8 perC. Zeller* (CHA) 584 FP, 20.8 perJ. McGee* (LAL) 425 FP, 14.6 per
H. Whiteside (POR) 798 FP, 30.7 perJ. Allen (BKN) 581 FP, 20 per -I. Zubac* (LAC) 424 FP, 15.7 per
M. Harrell (LAC) 746 FP, 27.6 perB. Lopez (MIL) 542 FP, 19.3 perD. Theis* (BOS) 423 FP, 15.1 per
A. Horford (PHI) 738 FP, 27.3 perD. Jordan (BKN) 525 FP, 18.1 perR. Holmes (SAC) 421 FP, 18.3 per -