April 9, 2019, 11:12 pmGordon HaywardF, Boston Celtics
Gordon Hayward was a disappointment to most fantasy owners but managed to play 72 games after missing nearly all of the 2017-18 season.
Hayward’s absence last season opened up tons of opportunity that Boston’s young players snapped up quickly, and this year was a big adjustment for everyone. Hayward averaged just 25.9 mpg and made only 18 starts, both career-lows aside from his rookie season. His scoring and usage took predictable hits but on a per-minute basis, Hayward actually put up strong per-minute numbers in terms of rebounds, assists, steals and blocks – he just didn’t get the minutes for it to turn into a great fantasy season. It was a top-130 campaign, though the fact that he played in so many games bumps him up to top-115 in terms of total value. It’s also important to point out that Hayward didn’t have any major issues with his left ankle, as he missed a couple games with some left ankle soreness, one with a right ankle sprain, two because of an illness and three with a concussion. He might be undervalued heading into next year.