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Fantasy 30: John Wall on the rise while Ben Simmons' production drops

John Wall has averaged 10 assists per game over the last two weeks for the Wizards. Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images

Nikola Mirotic and Tristan Thompson are back. Jahlil Okafor and Joe Johnson could be next. And that's just the start of another eventful week in the NBA.

Here's a list of the most fantasy-relevant news and notes for all 30 teams around the league:

Atlanta Hawks: In fantasy circles, Dennis Schroder has been regarded as a score-first point guard since he entered the league, adding some assists and steals along the way. That perception is starting to change, however, as the fifth-year pro is seeing a spike in his assist numbers. His 6.6 APG this season is a career high and his 7.5 APG in the last two weeks ranks fifth in the league in that span, which was helped by a 15-assist effort last Wednesday against the Pelicans.

Boston Celtics: Jayson Tatum has finally cooled down after a smoking hot start in his first season in the NBA. In eight games this month, the rookie is making only 39.8 percent of his shots, including 34.6 percent of his 3-point attempts. These numbers are a far cry from his season averages of 48.8 percent and 44.9 percent, respectively, but the fact that his percentages remain that high after a stretch like this shows you just how great he was doing before his recent shooting funk.

Brooklyn Nets: The Nets are easing D'Angelo Russell back into the rotation by limiting his minutes, which means he won't be much of a factor in fantasy until he gets back in game shape and consistently plays close to 25-30 minutes a game. He played in 14 minutes in his first game back against Miami on Friday then followed that up with games of 14 minutes against Detroit and 15 minutes against Oklahoma City. If you add him to your roster now, be prepared to exercise patience.

Charlotte Hornets: After missing last game due to an injury to his right arm, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was a full participant in Wednesday's shootaround and is expected to return to the lineup against the Pelicans. The player that will see the most impact is Jeremy Lamb, who logged 27 minutes in the win over Sacramento on Monday but will probably go back to the 18-20 minute range with MKG back in the lineup against New Orleans.

Chicago Bulls: The Bulls will be without Kris Dunn (concussion) for at least one more game and the second-year point guard is unlikely to play in Friday's game against the Lakers, too. Without Dunn, the Bulls are considerably worse on the defensive end, which is something to consider if you have players in your lineup who are facing them. Jerian Grant and Denzel Valentine will continue to handle the bulk of the point guard responsibilities, with Zach LaVine being another option who can handle the ball and direct the offense when needed.

Cleveland Cavaliers: Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said, "I'm gonna make a change," referring to the team's rotation, following Tuesday's loss to the Spurs. It's not a question of if anymore, it's a question of what will change. ESPN's Dave McMenamin writes that if Tristan Thompson moves back into the starting lineup, Kevin Love could move back to power forward, which would move Jae Crowder back to the bench. J.R. Smith is another candidate to move back to the bench, so watch this situation closely in the coming days because the fantasy value of Thompson, Crowder and Smith all could shift.

Dallas Mavericks: There's a good chance Dennis Smith Jr., J.J. Barea and Yogi Ferrell all get a little boost to their fantasy value over the next week. Why? Because Devin Harris has been ruled out for the next three games due to a concussion and personal matter. Harris has averaged 18.3 MPG this season and those minutes will be absorbed by the trio mentioned above in the upcoming games against Houston, Portland and Denver.

Denver Nuggets: A question was posed in The Denver Post this week, asking what Jamal Murray's ceiling is. Gina Mizell astutely pointed out, "... He can obviously still grow as a playmaker, but Denver does not necessarily need him to be a prototypical point guard -- especially when he's shooting the way he is right now." The second-year pro out of Kentucky scored 30 points against Phoenix on Friday on 10-17 shooting and backed that up with 38 points on 14-19 shooting against Portland on Monday. He also made nine 3-pointers in those two games. This is impressive stuff that could make Murray a top 50 fantasy player, even without huge contributions elsewhere on the court, if he can continue to score with efficiency.

Detroit Pistons: Rookie shooting guard Luke Kennard is averaging 21 MPG in nine games this month, and while he isn't yet much of a fantasy option in 12-team leagues he's becoming someone to keep an eye on for the future. Kennard is shooting 54.7 percent this month, including a scorching 45.5 percent from 3-point range, and has put up 8.7 PPG while contributing 1.1 3PG. It's easy to forget about Kennard but he could end up being a late-round sleeper in next season's fantasy drafts if he can keep showing the shooting touch.

Golden State Warriors: According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the Warriors are among the teams to have shown interest in acquiring Kyle O'Quinn, the versatile 27-year-old big man on the Knicks who could be dealt before next month's NBA trade deadline. If the Warriors do acquire O'Quinn, it will likely move JaVale McGee even further out of the rotation - and possibly young bigs Jordan Bell and Kevon Looney as well - with Steve Kerr probably relying on more proven commodities in Zaza Pachulia, O'Quinn and David West to go along with Draymond Green in the frontcourt.

Houston Rockets: In the three games since James Harden has been back in the Rockets' lineup, Ryan Anderson has become a forgotten man on the offensive end of the court. The 3-point specialist has attempted only five shots per game in that span, making just three 3-pointers, despite playing just under 30 MPG. Anderson is no more than a streamer at this point of the season.

Indiana Pacers: Pacers coach Nate McMillan is leaning heavily on Thaddeus Young these days. The veteran forward has played at least 35 minutes in four consecutive games, reaching double-figures scoring in all of those games while providing rebounds, assists and steals. It's easy to overlook Young, and he's on only 64 percent of rosters in ESPN leagues, but that number should be much higher given his heavy workload this season.

LA Clippers: Not many people think of steals when they think about Lou Williams - they think of points - but the Clippers star guard ranks sixth in the NBA over the last two weeks with 2.4 SPG. And about that scoring he's known for? Yeah, he's done that too, averaging 29.3 PPG in that span. Only Anthony Davis and Kyrie Irving are scoring more during that two-week stretch.

Los Angeles Lakers: Kyle Kuzma is fun to watch and he's a very skilled player for someone in his first season in the league, but until he becomes more well-rounded from a fantasy perspective - more than just a scorer and rebounder - he's going to be much better suited for points leagues over category leagues. Kuzma is averaging only 1.9 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.4 blocks per game this season to go with his 16.7 PPG and 6 RPG.

Memphis Grizzlies: JaMychal Green will miss a second consecutive game on Wednesday because of an ankle injury, but when he returns pay special attention to his work on the glass. The underappreciated power forward has averaged 11.3 RPG in the last two weeks, ranking ninth in the league in that span - ahead of players like Rudy Gobert and Steven Adams.

Miami Heat: Goran Dragic (knee) and Tyler Johnson (ankle) are both expected to return to the lineup for Miami's game against Sacramento on Thursday. While this is a boost for the Heat, it doesn't bode well for the fantasy value of Wayne Ellington, who played well and provided 3-point shooting (3.8 3PG in last five games) as a fill-in starter, or Justise Winslow.

Milwaukee Bucks: This is probably surprising to some, so it's worth mentioning - Malcolm Brogdon's 34.6 MPG in 11 games this month ranks third on the Bucks behind Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo but ahead of Eric Bledsoe. Brogdon's polished game demands time on the court, but it will be worth watching carefully if his role changes under interim coach Joe Prunty.

Minnesota Timberwolves: The Timberwolves will be short-handed once again when they face the Trail Blazers on Wednesday, as Jimmy Butler (knee) is doubtful and expected to miss his third straight game while Jamal Crawford (toe) is unlikely to play as well. Look for Nemanja Bjelica to step into the starting five in place of Butler once again while Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Jeff Teague pick up the scoring slack.

New Orleans Pelicans: Jrue Holiday is having his best statistical season as a pro in his ninth NBA season, and one of the best parts about it from a fantasy perspective is he is also seemingly always on the court. In what has to be considered somewhat of a surprise given his history with leg injuries, Holiday ranks third in the league with 37 MPG this season. He never played more than 33.6 MPG in any of the last four seasons.

New York Knicks: Courtney Lee, Enes Kanter, Willy Hernangomez, Lance Thomas and Kyle O'Quinn are the names being tossed around as potential trade candidates for the Knicks, per this story by ESPN's Ian Begley. This is something to watch closely in the weeks ahead. If Lee or Kanter are traded, both stand a chance of seeing their playing time and fantasy value fall as they run the risk of becoming bench players on contending teams. Each of the other three have a chance to see their value improve, depending on the situation. Stay tuned.

Oklahoma City Thunder: Steven Adams is moving up the season-long rankings due to his improved play of late, particularly as a scorer. While Adams was held to six points on 3-got-12 shooting against the Nets on Tuesday, he averaged 23 PPG in the two games before that while shooting a ridiculous 22-of-25 from the field. Also a force in terms of blocks and steals, the one area of concern with the tough OKC big man is his free throw shooting, which has really fallen off lately; he is shooting 23.8 percent from the line (5-21) in his last five games.

Orlando Magic: Bismack Biyombo has played well enough to rank No. 18 on ESPN's Player Rater over the last 14 days, even after only scoring four points in three straight games. Biyombo's value will take a major hit once Nikola Vucevic (hand) returns to the lineup, but his 8.8 PPG, 9.6 RPG and 2.1 BPG while shooting better than 55 percent in the last 10 games makes him incredibly valuable in the meantime. Vucevic participated in some on-court work during Saturday's practice, per Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, but is likely still several weeks away from being ready to return to game action.

Philadelphia 76ers: Ben Simmons made up for his lack of 3-point shooting in the first half of the season with tremendous contributions in terms of points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. Lately, however, his production is down. In fact, the rookie point-forward is averaging only 14.7 PPG, 4.9 RPG and 6 APG in his last 10 games -- still solid numbers that stand out for a rookie -- but far from what he was doing through December. Simmons was helping carry fantasy teams when he was at his best, but that hasn't been the case in January.

Phoenix Suns: Tyson Chandler will move back into the starting lineup for Wednesday's road game against Indiana while Greg Monroe moves back to the bench and is a DNP-CD candidate once again, even after pouring in 19 points and adding seven rebounds, four assists and two steals against Milwaukee on Monday. Phoenix's frontcourt rotation is one of the oddest we've seen in the NBA in quite some time, and the lack of consistent playing time for Monroe renders him useless aside from the rare night when he gets to be a fill-in starter.

Portland Trail Blazers: The Trail Blazers have someone on their team who ranked No. 17 in ESPN's Player Rater over the past 14 days and his name isn't Damian Lillard or CJ McCollum. Truth be told, both of those guys ranked even higher (Lillard at 5 and McCollum at 11). The player I'm referring to is actually Jusuf Nurkic, who is starting to look like the force in the middle who finished last season so strongly in Portland. Nurkic has averaged 14 PPG, 9 RPG and 1.5 BPG in his last five games, even while playing only 25.4 MPG.

Sacramento Kings: ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst reported Tuesday that the Cavaliers are progressing in conversations to acquire veteran Kings point guard George Hill. If this deal goes down, we don't expect it to cut too much into Isaiah Thomas' playing time in Cleveland but what it would do is open up even more minutes for promising Kings rookie De'Aaron Fox, who has been racking up points and assists at an impressive rate of late. Keep an eye on this if the George deal happens.

San Antonio Spurs: Dejounte Murray turned plenty of heads in Tuesday's win over Cleveland, surpassing expectations with 19 points, 10 rebounds 3 assists and 7 steals (!) in 30 minutes. Now, Tony Parker is still going to cut into Murray's minutes even with Murray now the starter, but a performance like that could elevate the confidence of the second-year pro and if he can string together a few more games like this one we're talking about someone with top-70 value in fantasy leagues this season. Not many people saw that coming, including myself, even after the shakeup to the Spurs rotation.

Toronto Raptors: There was a time when Kyle Lowry was known as a guard who couldn't shoot the 3-ball. In fact, he never made more than 0.5 3PG in his first five NBA seasons. Those days are gone, however, as he is on pace to average at least 3.0 3PG for the second season in a row, and the deep shots have certainly been falling lately. Lowry has made 14 3-pointers in his last three games, and all came against teams with defensive-minded coaches (Detroit, San Antonio and Minnesota).

Utah Jazz: According to a report in the New York Daily News, the Jazz have expressed interest in New York's underused big man Willy Hernangomez. The second-year center has averaged only 9.7 minutes in 21 games in 2017-18, riding the bench virtually all of the season, but he did bust out with eight points, three rebounds and five assists in Tuesday's loss to Golden State. He was an efficient scorer and solid rebounder as a rookie last season and if he ends up on a new team, be it the Jazz or someone else, he has a chance to become a top-150 option in fantasy once again.

Washington Wizards: John Wall's 10 APG in the last two weeks leads the NBA in that span, with Russell Westbrook (9 APG) and Damian Lillard (8 APG) the next on the list. Wall has also averaged 22 PPG, 1.4 SPG, 1.4 BPG and 1.3 SPG over that seven-game stretch, all of which are vaulting him back into the conversation as one of the top fantasy point guards in the game along with Stephen Curry, Westbrook, Lillard and Kyrie Irving.