Good Fantasy Buys: Draft Zion Williamson Ahead of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George

Given his all around game and ability to average 1.5+ Steals and Blocks we project that Zion Williamson will be a Top 10 Fantasy Forward. When you factor in load management he is projected to be worth more than superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Out of the top 60 forwards based on total projected fantasy points, 15 have a projected rank that is substantially better than their actual rank. Lauri Markkanen (#28) and Brandon Ingram (#33) are a couple forwards who are projected to improve on their season rank. But of all the forwards with improved projected ranking, Draymond Green is the highest ranking one.

There are 8 forwards who are expected to trend down in fantasy production. Jabari Parker, for example, is projected to be just the #60 forward and some owners may have better options. There are only 6 forwards projected to be major fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. Terrence Ross, at #45, is the highest ranking forward of this waiver wire group.

[NOTE: In the early part of a season we include stats from last year in our 'actual' rankings.]

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

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
G. Antetokounmpo (MIL) 3981 FP, 48.5 perD. Sabonis (IND) 2327 FP, 28.4 perH. Barnes (SAC) 1830 FP, 22.3 per -
L. James (LAL) 3963 FP, 53.4 perG. Hayward (BOS) 2292 FP, 27.9 per +W. Carter (CHI) 1801 FP, 22 per +
A. Davis (LAL) 3445 FP, 46.4 perJ. Tatum (BOS) 2231 FP, 27.2 perD. Favors (NO) 1781 FP, 21.7 per -
L. Doncic (DAL) 3345 FP, 40.8 perK. Love (CLE) 2143 FP, 26.1 per +B. Portis (NY) 1765 FP, 21.5 per +
B. Simmons (PHI) 3274 FP, 39.9 perT. Warren (IND) 2109 FP, 25.7 per +T. Ross* (ORL) 1669 FP, 20.4 per
B. Griffin (DET) 3028 FP, 38.7 perM. Bagley (SAC) 2092 FP, 25.5 per +B. Adebayo (MIA) 1605 FP, 19.6 per -
J. Butler (MIA) 2935 FP, 35.8 perR. Barrett (NY) 2078 FP, 25.3 perR. Covington (MIN) 1601 FP, 19.5 per +
Z. Williamson (NO) 2821 FP, 34.4 perL. Markkanen (CHI) 1994 FP, 24.3 per +M. Williams* (CHA) 1581 FP, 19.3 per
L. Aldridge (SA) 2805 FP, 34.2 perK. Kuzma (LAL) 1989 FP, 25.5 perD. Saric (PHO) 1567 FP, 19.1 per
K. Leonard (LAC) 2798 FP, 41.9 perR. Hachimura (WAS) 1978 FP, 24.1 perK. Anderson* (MEM) 1557 FP, 19 per
D. Green (GS) 2764 FP, 33.7 per +J. Jackson (MEM) 1978 FP, 24.1 per +B. Clarke (MEM) 1551 FP, 18.9 per
P. Siakam (TOR) 2710 FP, 33 perJ. Winslow (MIA) 1966 FP, 24 perM. Bridges (CHA) 1521 FP, 18.5 per +
P. George (LAC) 2680 FP, 39.2 per -B. Ingram (NO) 1949 FP, 23.8 per +K. Oubre* (PHO) 1520 FP, 18.5 per
D. Gallinari (OKC) 2561 FP, 31.2 perS. Ibaka (TOR) 1928 FP, 23.5 perJ. Culver (MIN) 1510 FP, 18.4 per
J. Randle (NY) 2543 FP, 31 perA. Wiggins (MIN) 1927 FP, 23.5 per -L. Nance (CLE) 1500 FP, 18.3 per -
T. Harris (PHI) 2528 FP, 30.8 perP. Millsap (DEN) 1921 FP, 23.4 perJ. Johnson* (MIA) 1494 FP, 18.2 per
K. Middleton (MIL) 2479 FP, 30.2 perC. LeVert (BKN) 1909 FP, 23.3 per +J. Isaac (ORL) 1473 FP, 18 per
A. Gordon (ORL) 2350 FP, 28.7 perB. Bogdanovic (UTA) 1850 FP, 22.6 per -R. Gay* (SA) 1439 FP, 17.5 per
K. Porzingis (DAL) 2336 FP, 31.5 per +D. Hunter (ATL) 1847 FP, 22.5 perK. Knox (NY) 1436 FP, 17.5 per
J. Collins (ATL) 2333 FP, 28.5 perO. Porter (CHI) 1839 FP, 22.4 per +J. Parker (ATL) 1413 FP, 17.2 per -

Top 60 Projected Guards This Season

There are a number of guards widely available on waiver wires that will be quality fantasy starters the rest of the season. Dejounte Murray, at #27, is the highest ranking guard of this waiver wire group. There are 9 guards that you will want to make sure are starting with a much better projected rank than actual fantasy rank. Victor Oladipo, at #21, is the highest ranking guard of this 'must start' group. There are 8 guards who are expected to trend down in fantasy production. Spencer Dinwiddie, for example, is projected to be just the #56 guard and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
J. Harden (HOU) 4048 FP, 49.4 perV. Oladipo (IND) 2458 FP, 39 per +J. Ingles (UTA) 2004 FP, 24.4 per -
R. Westbrook (HOU) 3834 FP, 46.8 perB. Hield (SAC) 2450 FP, 29.9 perD. Smith (NY) 1997 FP, 24.4 per +
S. Curry (GS) 3670 FP, 44.8 perM. Brogdon (IND) 2443 FP, 29.8 per +J. Lamb (IND) 1994 FP, 24.3 per -
B. Beal (WAS) 3631 FP, 44.3 perL. Williams (LAC) 2316 FP, 28.2 perE. Fournier (ORL) 1886 FP, 23 per -
D. Lillard (POR) 3454 FP, 42.1 perT. Rozier (CHA) 2315 FP, 28.2 per +R. Rondo (LAL) 1886 FP, 23 per +
D. Booker (PHO) 3219 FP, 39.3 perE. Bledsoe (MIL) 2312 FP, 28.2 perJ. Redick (NO) 1877 FP, 22.9 per -
T. Young (ATL) 3128 FP, 38.1 perD. Murray* (SA) 2299 FP, 28 perJ. Brown* (BOS) 1870 FP, 22.8 per
K. Irving (BKN) 3088 FP, 37.7 perJ. Murray (DEN) 2284 FP, 27.8 perT. Satoransky (CHI) 1857 FP, 22.6 per -
M. Conley (UTA) 2972 FP, 36.2 perR. Rubio (PHO) 2264 FP, 27.6 perB. Bogdanovic (SAC) 1848 FP, 22.5 per -
K. Walker (BOS) 2917 FP, 35.6 perL. Ball (NO) 2234 FP, 27.2 per +G. Harris (DEN) 1829 FP, 22.3 per +
D. Russell (GS) 2885 FP, 35.2 perD. Schroder (OKC) 2207 FP, 26.9 perI. Thomas* (WAS) 1817 FP, 23 per
D. DeRozan (SA) 2885 FP, 35.2 perG. Dragic (MIA) 2195 FP, 26.8 per +P. Beverley* (LAC) 1783 FP, 21.7 per
J. Holiday (NO) 2861 FP, 34.9 perJ. Teague (MIN) 2175 FP, 26.5 per +D. White (SA) 1773 FP, 21.6 per
K. Lowry (TOR) 2838 FP, 34.6 perC. Sexton (CLE) 2142 FP, 26.1 perD. Garland (CLE) 1769 FP, 21.6 per
J. Morant (MEM) 2796 FP, 34.1 perT. Hardaway (DAL) 2114 FP, 25.8 perF. VanVleet* (TOR) 1733 FP, 21.1 per
D. Fox (SAC) 2716 FP, 33.1 perN. Batum (CHA) 2089 FP, 25.5 perS. Dinwiddie (BKN) 1722 FP, 21 per -
D. Mitchell (UTA) 2626 FP, 32 perJ. Richardson (PHI) 2086 FP, 25.4 perK. Huerter* (ATL) 1707 FP, 20.8 per
C. McCollum (POR) 2542 FP, 31 perS. Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC) 2069 FP, 25.2 perM. Smart* (BOS) 1678 FP, 20.5 per
C. Paul (OKC) 2494 FP, 39.7 perR. Jackson (DET) 2010 FP, 24.5 per -D. Augustin* (ORL) 1647 FP, 20.1 per
Z. LaVine (CHI) 2472 FP, 30.1 perI. Smith* (WAS) 2005 FP, 24.4 perK. Bazemore* (POR) 1593 FP, 19.4 per

Top 30 Projected Centers This Season

There are a number of centers widely available on waiver wires that will be quality fantasy starters the rest of the season. Dewayne Dedmon, at #19, is the highest ranking center of this waiver wire group. There are only 6 centers whose projected rank is significantly better than their actual fantasy rank. Al Horford, at #7, is the highest ranking center of this 'must start' group. There are only 3 centers who are projected to be fantasy busts. Jarrett Allen, for example, is projected to be just the #24 center and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
N. Jokic (DEN) 3426 FP, 41.8 perH. Whiteside (POR) 2187 FP, 26.7 per +B. Lopez (MIL) 1593 FP, 19.4 per
K. Towns (MIN) 3207 FP, 39.1 perS. Adams (OKC) 2074 FP, 25.3 perW. Cauley-Stein (GS) 1581 FP, 20.3 per -
J. Embiid (PHI) 2860 FP, 40.7 perM. Turner (IND) 2015 FP, 24.6 perK. Olynyk* (MIA) 1555 FP, 19 per
A. Drummond (DET) 2853 FP, 34.8 perE. Kanter (BOS) 1983 FP, 24.2 per +J. Allen (BKN) 1509 FP, 18.4 per -
N. Vucevic (ORL) 2836 FP, 34.6 perM. Harrell (LAC) 1954 FP, 23.8 per -A. Len* (ATL) 1495 FP, 18.2 per
M. Gasol (TOR) 2758 FP, 33.6 perJ. Valanciunas (MEM) 1878 FP, 22.9 per +C. Zeller* (CHA) 1458 FP, 17.8 per
A. Horford (PHI) 2492 FP, 30.4 per +T. Bryant (WAS) 1862 FP, 22.7 per +K. Looney* (GS) 1346 FP, 16.4 per
R. Gobert (UTA) 2487 FP, 30.3 perD. Jordan (BKN) 1749 FP, 21.3 perT. Thompson* (CLE) 1336 FP, 16.3 per
D. Ayton (PHO) 2443 FP, 29.8 perD. Dedmon* (SAC) 1640 FP, 20 perD. Howard* (LAL) 1303 FP, 15.9 per
C. Capela (HOU) 2324 FP, 28.3 perM. Robinson (NY) 1634 FP, 19.9 per +Z. Collins* (POR) 1256 FP, 15.3 per