Spencer Dinwiddie and Gordon Hayward: Highly Owned Trade Bait

DeMarcus Cousins
 GS 99% Own

Most already consider DeMarcus Cousins to be a good starting forward, but the projections indicate he is an elite fantasy option. As of 1/12, DeMarcus Cousins is the #25 ranked forward based on ownership percentage (99%). The projections have him 13 spots higher in the rankings. Even if he is highly owned, he is still undervalued and if you act quickly there is a clear buy low opportunity. Owners should hold onto him and probably decline offers unless there is an even better forward option available. Of the 7 forwards (Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins, Nikola Mirotic, Domantas Sabonis, Lauri Markkanen, Kyle Kuzma) with this market rank (99% Owned), he is the top rated one. He is projected for 1230 fantasy points in 37 remaining games. Based on average FPs, he is even better with the #11 highest average. The market ranks DeMarcus Cousins behind Mirotic and above Millsap but the projections rank DeMarcus Cousins over Mirotic. Out of 7 major fantasy categories he ranks significantly lower in 3 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 he does do better in the other areas of the game.

Justise Winslow
 MIA 91% Own

Most already consider Justise Winslow to be a good starting forward, but the projections indicate he is an elite fantasy option. As of 1/12, Justise Winslow is the #37 ranked forward based on ownership percentage (91%). The projections have him 16 spots higher in the rankings. 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 1043 fantasy points in 42 remaining games. He has a lower rank (#27) based on projected fantasy average. The market ranks Justise Winslow behind Jackson and above Gay but the projections rank Justise Winslow over Jackson. Out of 7 major fantasy categories he ranks significantly lower in 4 categories than his overall fantasy point ranking and these are relative weaknesses. 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. But sharing the ball is a strength.

Will Barton
 DEN 93% Own

As of 1/12, Will Barton is the #37 ranked guard based on ownership percentage (93%). Our projections indicate that Will Barton is underrated by the market. His fantasy guard projection rank is #26. Even if he is highly owned, he is still undervalued and if you act quickly there is a clear buy low opportunity. Owners should hold onto him and probably decline offers unless there is an even better guard option available. He is projected for more FPs than Evan Fournier who has virtually the same market rank (93% Owned) as Barton. He is projected for 1041 fantasy points in 42 remaining games. He has a lower rank (#30) based on projected fantasy average. The market ranks Will Barton behind Fournier and above Brogdon but the projections rank Will Barton over Fournier. 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 inside the three-point arc. But he does do better in the other areas of the game.

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Kris Dunn
 CHI 95% Own

His latest projection based rank among guards is #23. As of 1/12, Kris Dunn is the #32 ranked guard based on ownership percentage (95%). Our projections indicate that Kris Dunn is underrated by the market. Even if he is highly owned, he is still undervalued and if you act quickly there is a clear buy low opportunity. Owners should hold onto him and probably decline offers unless there is an even better guard option available. Of the 3 guards (Ricky Rubio, Elfrid Payton) with this market rank (95% Owned), he is the top rated one. He is projected for 1100 fantasy points in 40 remaining games. His projected average FP rank is the same as his rest of season total rank. The market ranks Kris Dunn behind Rose and above Payton but the projections rank Kris Dunn over Rose. 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.

Dewayne Dedmon
 ATL 56% Own

Based on ownership percentage (56%), Dewayne Dedmon has a market rank of #26 among centers. Our projections indicate that Dewayne Dedmon is underrated by the market. His fantasy center projection rank is #23. He is projected for 703 fantasy points in 40 remaining games. He has a lower rank (#26) based on projected fantasy average. The market ranks Dewayne Dedmon behind Howard and above Bamba but the projections rank Dewayne Dedmon over Howard. 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.

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Bad Fantasy Values for the Rest of the Season

Spencer Dinwiddie
 BKN 97% Own

Based on ownership percentage (97%), Spencer Dinwiddie has a market rank of #29 among guards. Projected to be a backup guard his value could reach market expectations if there is an injury to the starters. Jeff Teague has virtually the same market rank (97% Owned) and is projected for more points than Dinwiddie. He is projected for 713 fantasy points in 38 remaining games. Based on average FPs, he is even better with the #58 highest average. The market ranks Spencer Dinwiddie behind Teague and above Ball but the projections rank Ball over Spencer Dinwiddie. Scoring is not necessarily a strength but it is not a weakness and he is considered a well-rounded guard who contributes equally in most key stats.

Gordon Hayward
 BOS 98% Own

Based on ownership percentage (98%), Gordon Hayward has a market rank of #28 among forwards. The market expects more than the projections do. He is only projected to be the #41 forward. Owners should not be surprised if they find themselves benching Hayward more than they thought. There are other forwards with virtually the same market rank (Paul Millsap, Serge Ibaka, Kevin Love 98% Owned) and Hayward ranks #3 out of 4. He is projected for 837 fantasy points in 41 remaining games. He has a lower rank (#46) based on projected fantasy average. The market ranks Gordon Hayward behind Ibaka and above Love and the projections agree. Out of 7 major fantasy categories he ranks significantly lower in 3 categories than his overall fantasy point ranking and these are relative weaknesses. With a better FP Total rank than Avg rank, his value will decrease once his remaining games evens out with other similarly rated players.

Jamal Murray
 DEN 99% Own

His latest projection based rank among guards is #29. Based on ownership percentage (99%), Jamal Murray has a market rank of #20 among guards. Jamal Murray's market rank is better than our current projections indicate. He is projected for 1031 fantasy points in 42 remaining games. He has a lower rank (#33) based on projected fantasy average. The market ranks Jamal Murray behind Oladipo and above McCollum but the projections rank McCollum over Jamal Murray. Out of 7 major fantasy categories he ranks significantly lower in 3 categories than his overall fantasy point ranking and these are relative weaknesses. 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 strength is scoring, and if he could improve from 3pt range his value would increase. But he is not expected to pass very often.

Serge Ibaka
 TOR 98% Own

As of 1/12, Serge Ibaka is the #27 ranked forward based on ownership percentage (98%). Serge Ibaka's market rank is better than our current projections indicate. His fantasy forward projection rank is #36. There are other forwards with virtually the same market rank (Paul Millsap, Kevin Love, Gordon Hayward 98% Owned) and Ibaka ranks #2 out of 4. He is projected for 877 fantasy points in 38 remaining games. Based on average FPs, he is even better with the #35 highest average. The market ranks Serge Ibaka behind Millsap and above Hayward and the projections agree. Scoring is his strength and he cannot be considered a well-rounded forward.

Jarrett Allen
 BKN 92% Own

Ranking by ownership percentage (92%), Jarrett Allen is expected to be the #19 center for the rest of the season. Our projections indicate that Jarrett Allen is overrated by the market. His fantasy center projection rank is #22. He is projected for 717 fantasy points in 38 remaining games. He has a lower rank (#23) based on projected fantasy average. The market ranks Jarrett Allen behind Harrell and above Thompson but the projections rank Thompson over Jarrett Allen. 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.