Top Waiver Wire Pickups Include Elfrid Payton, Dillon Brooks, and Willie Cauley-Stein

Out of the top 60 projected guards there are 7 owned in less than 65% of leagues. This list includes Patrick Beverley and Bryn Forbes, but the highest ranked waiver wire guard is Elfrid Payton.

There are 18 guards whose projected rank is much better than their actual fantasy rank. At #6, Kyle Lowry is the highest ranking must start. There are 7 guards who are expected to trend down in fantasy production. Joe Harris, for example, is projected to be just the #59 guard and some owners may have better options.

[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
J. Harden (HOU) 3439 FP, 46.5 perL. Ball (NO) 2248 FP, 30 per +J. Ingles (UTA) 1751 FP, 23.7 per -
D. Lillard (POR) 3296 FP, 44.5 perV. Oladipo (IND) 2237 FP, 35.5 per +E. Fournier (ORL) 1729 FP, 23.4 per -
R. Westbrook (HOU) 3247 FP, 43.9 perS. Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC) 2211 FP, 29.9 per +G. Dragic (MIA) 1715 FP, 23.2 per +
K. Irving (BKN) 3105 FP, 41.4 perL. Williams (LAC) 2194 FP, 30.1 perI. Thomas (WAS) 1671 FP, 22.3 per +
B. Beal (WAS) 2857 FP, 38.1 perJ. Murray (DEN) 2193 FP, 29.2 perD. Rose (DET) 1669 FP, 23.2 per
K. Lowry (TOR) 2833 FP, 37.8 per +D. Graham (CHA) 2192 FP, 29.6 per +E. Payton* (NY) 1641 FP, 22.5 per
D. Booker (PHO) 2692 FP, 36.4 perC. Paul (OKC) 2168 FP, 33.9 perT. Herro (MIA) 1590 FP, 21.5 per +
T. Young (ATL) 2660 FP, 35.5 perJ. Teague (MIN) 2098 FP, 28 per +K. Nunn (MIA) 1576 FP, 21.3 per +
K. Walker (BOS) 2621 FP, 34.9 perD. Schroder (OKC) 2079 FP, 28.1 perG. Harris (DEN) 1548 FP, 20.6 per +
B. Simmons (PHI) 2547 FP, 35.4 perD. Murray (SA) 2076 FP, 28.1 per +M. Fultz* (ORL) 1544 FP, 20.9 per
D. Mitchell (UTA) 2535 FP, 34.3 perE. Bledsoe (MIL) 2068 FP, 27.9 per -J. Lamb (IND) 1522 FP, 20.8 per -
D. DeRozan (SA) 2489 FP, 33.6 perF. VanVleet (TOR) 2013 FP, 26.8 per +L. Kennard (DET) 1513 FP, 20.7 per +
M. Brogdon (IND) 2439 FP, 33 per +R. Rubio (PHO) 1985 FP, 26.8 perP. Beverley* (LAC) 1512 FP, 20.7 per
J. Holiday (NO) 2431 FP, 32.4 perB. Hield (SAC) 1940 FP, 26.2 per -M. Smart (BOS) 1507 FP, 20.1 per -
D. Fox (SAC) 2407 FP, 32.5 perS. Dinwiddie (BKN) 1924 FP, 25.6 perD. White* (SA) 1475 FP, 19.9 per
D. Russell (GS) 2353 FP, 31.8 perJ. Richardson (PHI) 1809 FP, 24.1 perR. Jackson* (DET) 1464 FP, 23.2 per
J. Morant (MEM) 2312 FP, 30.8 per +W. Barton (DEN) 1796 FP, 23.9 per +D. Garland (CLE) 1452 FP, 19.4 per
C. McCollum (POR) 2311 FP, 31.2 perJ. Brown (BOS) 1790 FP, 23.9 per +R. Rondo* (LAL) 1431 FP, 19.3 per
M. Conley (UTA) 2290 FP, 30.9 perC. Sexton (CLE) 1760 FP, 23.5 perJ. Harris (BKN) 1409 FP, 18.8 per -
Z. LaVine (CHI) 2256 FP, 30.9 perT. Rozier (CHA) 1755 FP, 23.7 perB. Forbes* (SA) 1403 FP, 19 per

Top 60 Projected Forwards Rest of Season

There are 18 forwards whose projected rank is much better than their actual fantasy rank. At #9, Brandon Ingram is the highest ranking must start. There are only 6 forwards who are projected to be fantasy busts. Larry Nance, for example, is projected to be just the #57 forward and some owners may have better options. There are only 3 forwards projected to be major fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. At #58, Dillon Brooks is the highest ranking one.

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
L. James (LAL) 3677 FP, 51.3 perG. Hayward (BOS) 2109 FP, 28.1 perP. Millsap (DEN) 1644 FP, 21.9 per
G. Antetokounmpo (MIL) 3609 FP, 48.8 perJ. Randle (NY) 2108 FP, 28.5 per -W. Carter (CHI) 1628 FP, 22.3 per +
L. Doncic (DAL) 3329 FP, 44.4 perB. Adebayo (MIA) 2026 FP, 27.4 perH. Barnes (SAC) 1608 FP, 21.7 per -
A. Davis (LAL) 2971 FP, 41.4 perA. Wiggins (MIN) 1998 FP, 26.6 perJ. Isaac (ORL) 1599 FP, 21.6 per
K. Leonard (LAC) 2790 FP, 42 perD. Green (GS) 1990 FP, 27.6 perR. Covington (MIN) 1550 FP, 20.7 per +
P. Siakam (TOR) 2690 FP, 35.9 perZ. Williamson (NO) 1971 FP, 33.4 per +D. Favors (NO) 1519 FP, 20.3 per
J. Butler (MIA) 2526 FP, 34.1 perP. Washington (CHA) 1895 FP, 25.6 per +B. Clarke (MEM) 1512 FP, 20.2 per +
B. Griffin (DET) 2500 FP, 38.3 perL. Markkanen (CHI) 1893 FP, 25.9 perD. Hunter (ATL) 1483 FP, 19.8 per +
B. Ingram (NO) 2403 FP, 32 per +S. Ibaka (TOR) 1870 FP, 24.9 perJ. Parker (ATL) 1482 FP, 19.8 per
P. George (LAC) 2384 FP, 37.6 perC. LeVert (BKN) 1859 FP, 24.8 per +O. Porter (CHI) 1480 FP, 20.3 per
D. Sabonis (IND) 2356 FP, 31.8 perM. Bagley (SAC) 1847 FP, 26.8 per +M. Morris (NY) 1470 FP, 19.9 per -
R. Barrett (NY) 2326 FP, 31.4 per +K. Kuzma (LAL) 1826 FP, 24.3 perB. Portis (NY) 1467 FP, 19.8 per
L. Aldridge (SA) 2305 FP, 31.2 perR. Hachimura (WAS) 1819 FP, 24.3 per +J. Jackson (MEM) 1417 FP, 18.9 per
K. Love (CLE) 2304 FP, 30.7 per +B. Bogdanovic (UTA) 1796 FP, 24.3 per -D. Saric (PHO) 1412 FP, 19.1 per
T. Harris (PHI) 2227 FP, 29.7 perJ. Winslow (MIA) 1755 FP, 23.7 perJ. Collins (ATL) 1374 FP, 26.4 per -
J. Tatum (BOS) 2208 FP, 29.4 perK. Oubre (PHO) 1723 FP, 23.3 perE. Paschall (GS) 1372 FP, 18.5 per +
K. Middleton (MIL) 2191 FP, 29.6 perT. Warren (IND) 1713 FP, 23.1 per +L. Nance (CLE) 1370 FP, 18.3 per -
A. Gordon (ORL) 2153 FP, 29.1 perT. Prince (BKN) 1681 FP, 22.4 per +D. Brooks* (MEM) 1323 FP, 17.6 per
K. Porzingis (DAL) 2138 FP, 29.8 per +O. Anunoby (TOR) 1651 FP, 22 per +D. Powell* (DAL) 1263 FP, 16.8 per
D. Gallinari (OKC) 2137 FP, 28.9 perM. Bridges (CHA) 1650 FP, 22.3 per +M. Morris* (DET) 1241 FP, 17 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 #21, Willie Cauley-Stein is the highest ranking one. There are only 6 centers whose projected rank is significantly better than their actual fantasy rank. Thomas Bryant, at #9, is the highest ranking center of this 'must start' group. There are only 3 centers who are projected to be fantasy busts. Deandre Ayton, for example, is projected to be just the #19 center. He is still probably a fantasy starter for most owners.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
K. Towns (MIN) 3217 FP, 42.9 perC. Capela (HOU) 1989 FP, 26.9 perW. Cauley-Stein* (GS) 1467 FP, 19.8 per
N. Jokic (DEN) 2986 FP, 39.8 perM. Turner (IND) 1862 FP, 25.2 perJ. Allen (BKN) 1438 FP, 19.2 per
A. Drummond (DET) 2696 FP, 36.9 perM. Gasol (TOR) 1842 FP, 25.7 per -B. Lopez (MIL) 1433 FP, 19.4 per
J. Embiid (PHI) 2643 FP, 38.7 perE. Kanter (BOS) 1763 FP, 23.5 per +D. Howard* (LAL) 1384 FP, 18.5 per
N. Vucevic (ORL) 2589 FP, 35 perJ. Valanciunas (MEM) 1743 FP, 23.2 per +M. Robinson (NY) 1364 FP, 18.7 per
R. Gobert (UTA) 2280 FP, 30.8 perT. Thompson (CLE) 1742 FP, 23.2 per +A. Len* (ATL) 1353 FP, 18 per
A. Horford (PHI) 2191 FP, 29.2 perS. Adams (OKC) 1728 FP, 23.3 per -I. Zubac* (LAC) 1237 FP, 16.9 per
M. Harrell (LAC) 2062 FP, 28.3 perD. Jordan (BKN) 1704 FP, 22.7 perR. Holmes* (SAC) 1107 FP, 15 per
T. Bryant (WAS) 2056 FP, 27.4 per +D. Ayton (PHO) 1635 FP, 29.2 per -R. Williams* (BOS) 1096 FP, 14.6 per
H. Whiteside (POR) 2034 FP, 27.5 perC. Zeller (CHA) 1526 FP, 20.6 per +A. Baynes (PHO) 1082 FP, 14.6 per +