As players, such as Brandon Knight, are being shut down for the rest of the season, the threat lingers of other prominent names, such as Jeremy Lin, following suit. We have the latest on that as well as injury updates and why this is a big week for players on the Los Angeles Clippers.
Here's a list of the most fantasy relevant news and notes for all 30 teams around the league heading into the week:
Atlanta Hawks: Kent Bazemore is out 7-10 days due to a knee injury, which gives Tim Hardaway Jr. an opportunity to move back into the starting lineup and provide a bigger scoring role, especially with Paul Millsap (knee) also ruled out for games on Monday and Wednesday. Adding to Hardaway's value this week is the fact that the Hawks play four games, so make sure you get him in your lineup if he's available.
Boston Celtics: Al Horford's hot streak couldn't come at a better time for fantasy owners. In the past five games, he has averaged 17.6 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 5.2 APG, 1.8 BPG and 1.2 3PG. Those are the type of numbers than can propel a team to a victory in the fantasy playoffs, and Horford's value remains huge this week as the Celtics play four games.
Brooklyn Nets: Big news out of Brooklyn on Monday as Nets coach Kenny Atkinson announced that Spencer Dinwiddie will be the team's starting point guard for the remainder of the season. It looks as though there's a real possibility that Jeremy Lin, who missed most of the season recovering from hamstring injuries, could be shut down after suffering a minor ankle injury.
Charlotte Hornets: Nearly five years into his NBA career, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist still remains completely without a 3-point shot in his offensive repertoire, limiting his fantasy potential at a small forward position where most players shoot and make 3-pointers. Incredibly, the 23-year-old former No. 2 overall pick has made just seven 3-pointers in 270 NBA games -- and only one this season.
Chicago Bulls: Bobby Portis poured in 22 points in Chicago's win over Utah on Sunday, playing 31 solid minutes off the bench. But don't get too excited about the second-year forward. Strictly a scorer and rebounder, he failed to score more than eight points or pull down more than seven rebounds in any of the three games prior to that.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Cavs coach Tyronn Lue has indicated that he will likely move J.R. Smith into the starting lineup once Kyle Korver (foot) is healthy. Korver has missed the last seven games because of the injury and has been slow to heal, forcing Lue to use Smith off the bench to provide 3-point shooting and spacing on the second unit.
Dallas Mavericks: Yogi Ferrell may still be starting for the Mavs, but veteran point guard J.J. Barea is the bigger fantasy asset these days. Barea is shooting just 23.5 percent in his past five games but his 7 APG is more valuable than anything Ferrell is doing, especially when you consider that Ferrell's 32.3 shooting in that span isn't much better.
Denver Nuggets: Danilo Gallinari isn't ready to return from a bone bruise injury in his left knee. Gallinari has been ruled out for Monday's game against Houston, which will be the third-straight game on the bench, but he hopes to play Wednesday against Cleveland. Wilson Chandler (groin) is also set to miss this game, his fourth in a row. Juancho Hernangomez has been getting more run with Gallinari and Chandler sidelined, and Will Barton becomes a bigger scoring threat in this scenario as well. Take note of these players, as well as rookie Jamal Murray, in what could be the last game Gallinari and Chandler miss.
Detroit Pistons: Andre Drummond's fantasy value is heavily dependent on the type of league you play in. His free throw shooting can be an anchor for that category in roto leagues, for example, but is more manageable in head-to-head category leagues and points leagues. One other factor to consider is leagues that include double-doubles as a category, because Drummond excels in that department. His 46 double-doubles this season ranks sixth in the league, trailing only James Harden (55), Russell Westbrook (52), Karl-Anthony Towns (52), Hassan Whiteside (48) and Rudy Gobert (48).
Golden State Warriors: Kevin Durant is traveling with the team on its road trip, but he still is several weeks away from the possibility of a return to the court. The other big story happening right now on Golden State is Draymond Green's penchant for steals. In fact, over the past two weeks, nobody in the NBA is averaging more steals per game than Green's 2.3 (Russell Westbrook is tied with him).
Houston Rockets: Clint Capela ranks fourth in the NBA with a 63.6 shooting percentage, but he has disappointed as a shot-blocker, averaging just 1.2 BPG. Recently, the 22-year-old went through a seven-game stretch in which he blocked only one shot in 183 minutes. Factor that in when you consider Capela in fantasy drafts next season.
Indiana Pacers: Myles Turner's lack of scoring is starting to be somewhat of a concern. He combined for only nine points in 66 minutes in the last two games, attempting just 11 shots along the way. One area to not be concerned about is Turner's shot-blocking; the 20-year-old ranks fourth in the league with 2.06 BPG this season.
Los Angeles Clippers: This is the week to have Clippers on your roster, as they are the only team to play five games this week. The Clips host the Knicks on Monday then hit the road to play the Lakers and Mavericks before returning home to face the Jazz on Saturday and the Kings on Sunday. Meanwhile, 15 teams play three games this week and the 14 others play four games.
Los Angeles Lakers: D'Angelo Russell is going to spend the rest of the season getting the bulk of his minutes playing off the ball, while Jordan Clarkson runs the point for the Lakers. Russell is one of the league's most inconsistent players, and his effort is often iffy at best, but there's no denying that he looked good in this 2-guard role on Sunday against Cleveland, finishing with a career-high 40 points along with six assists, two steals and seven three-pointers.
Memphis Grizzlies: Mike Conley continues to float under the radar as one of the top point guards in all of fantasy. He is averaging 21.3 points, 7.1 assists, 2 steals and 2.3 threes per game in his past seven games, stepping up at a time when Marc Gasol's scoring has taken a dive. Gasol has, however, dished out at least seven assists in four consecutive games.
Miami Heat: Dion Waiters missed Sunday's game against Portland as he continues to recover from an ankle injury suffered in Friday's win over Minnesota. Josh Richardson started in his last against the Trail Blazers, and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra indicated over the weekend that Waiters, who has averaged 15.8 PPG this season, is considered "day-to-day."
Milwaukee Bucks: If you're looking for a streaming option who can help you with blocks, John Henson is worth considering. He's averaging 1.8 BPG in his last six games, adding 5.7 PPG and 6 RPG in that span. The Bucks play four games this week, too, which adds to Henson's value as a shot-blocking contributor.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Gorgui Dieng is maybe the least exciting player in fantasy, but his steadiness in all the stat categories and terrific durability is what makes him so valuable and useful. In 69 games this season, Dieng is averaging 9.8 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.1 SPG, 1.1 BPG and shooting 54 percent from the field and 79.3 percent from the line.
New Orleans Pelicans: Since the Pelicans brought in DeMarcus Cousins, Jrue Holiday's offensive game has completely changed from that of a scorer to a pass-first point guard. New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry addressed that recently, using Tim Frazier at the point and allowing Holiday to play off the ball, and so far it's working. Holiday averaged 20 points on 16.5 shot attempts in his past two games after a string of six games in a row with 12 or fewer shot attempts.
New York Knicks: Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) participated in Sunday's practice and is expected to play against the Clippers on Monday. He missed the last game due to the injury, but the Knicks played only two games last week and that has allowed Porzingis to heal; his last game came way back on Tuesday against Indiana.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Westbrook has been even better than most anyone expected him to be this season in terms of fantasy, and not only because of his ability to average a triple double. What's stood out about Westbrook is his improvement from 3-point territory. Entering Monday, he is shooting a career-high 33.8 percent from downtown and attempting 2.2 more 3-pointers per game than his previous high of 4.7 back in 2013-14.
Orlando Magic: Elfrid Payton ranks fifth in the NBA over the past two weeks with 9.7 APG, putting him ahead of big names like LeBron James (8.3 APG) and Chris Paul (7.9 APG). In that span, Payton has also shot an impressive 48.8 percent from the field and 92.3 percent from the charity stripe.
Philadelphia 76ers: Sixers rookie Dario Saric has scored 20 or more points 12 times this season, per the Philadelphia News, which ranks second on the team behind Joel Embiid (19). Saric has also scored in double figures in each of the past 19 games, the longest streak by a rookie this season. It's no wonder why the skilled forward is one of the leading candidates for rookie of the year.
Phoenix Suns: Brandon Knight officially joined Eric Bledsoe and Tyson Chandler as the third member of the Suns to be shut down for the season. Knight desperately needs a new start on a different team, but that won't happen until next season. For the time being, the guards to have in Phoenix aren't exactly a secret -- Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis. This is a team in rebuild mode and it isn't afraid to admit it. The problem is the way they handled it; Knight, in particular, hasn't handled it well.
Portland Trail Blazers: Over the past two weeks, few players have played better than Damian Lillard. The Blazers point guard is averaging 32.4 PPG, and 4.6 APG in that eight-game stretch, shooting 49.1 percent from the field and a ridiculous 97 percent from the free throw line. From a fantasy perspective, this may be too little too late for many Lillard owners, but anyone who made the playoffs with the Blazers star is sure benefiting now.
Sacramento Kings: Rookie big man Skal Labissiere, the 28th pick of the 2016 NBA draft, is coming on strong for the Kings in the wake of the DeMarcus Cousins trade to New Orleans. The 6-foot-11, 225-pounder is a name to watch heading into next season as he has averaged 15.4 PPG and 6.8 RPG in only 22.2 MPG over the past five contests.
San Antonio Spurs: Pau Gasol has been back on the court for 13 games and it is evident that his playing time isn't going to rise above the 25-minute mark. In 11 games this month, the 36-year-old veteran is playing just 23.1 MPG while providing 13.3 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 0.9 BPG and 1.3 3PG. Not exactly the Gasol of old, but still worthy of a spot on a fantasy roster.
Toronto Raptors: Cory Joseph just isn't a big enough offensive contributor to be considered as more than a streaming option in most fantasy leagues, but he's starting to raise his assist totals and that makes him much more valuable. Joseph dished out a career-high nine assists in Sunday's win over Indiana and finished with six in each of the two games before that.
Utah Jazz: Rodney Hood (knee) is considered questionable for Monday's game against Indiana, a team that has struggled to slow down shooting guards this season. Even if Hood plays, there's a good chance he'll receive only right about 20 minutes going forward, since Joe Ingles offers a more well-rounded game and Hood is continually hampered by injuries.
Washington Wizards: Marcin Gortat is tied with LeBron James for 11th in the NBA with 35 double-doubles on the season. That's more than notables such as DeAndre Jordan (33), Nikola Vucevic (30) and Giannis Antetekounmpo (25).