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Impact of recent deals, playoff races

Kendall Marshall appears poised for even better numbers with Steve Blake no longer in L.A. Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images

With a little more than a month and a half left in the 2013-14 regular season, fantasy owners should start thinking about how playoff races will impact the fantasy landscape during the stretch run. The end of the regular season is a strange time for in the fantasy game as teams that are firmly entrenched in the playoffs may start resting their stars to keep them fresh for the postseason while those near the basement will be looking to evaluate their young talent for their future rebuilding efforts. Every season these situations create opportunities for some lesser-known players to provide some real fantasy value as the season winds down.

The Top 130

Note: Brian McKitish's top 130 players are ranked for their fantasy value for the 2013-14 NBA season. Previous rank is indicated in parentheses.

1. Kevin Durant, OKC (1)
2. LeBron James, MIA (2)
3. Anthony Davis, NO (3)
4. Stephen Curry, GS (4)
5. Chris Paul, LAC (9)
6. Kevin Love, MIN (5)
7. James Harden, HOU (6)
8. Paul George, IND (7)
9. John Wall, WSH (8)
10. Carmelo Anthony, NY (11)
11. DeMarcus Cousins, SAC (12)
12. Russell Westbrook, OKC (43)
13. Serge Ibaka, OKC (13)
14. Al Jefferson, CHA (15)
15. Dirk Nowitzki, DAL (14)
16. Kyrie Irving, CLE (16)
17. Blake Griffin, LAC (17)
18. Damian Lillard, POR (18)
19. Isaiah Thomas, SAC (19)
20. Goran Dragic, PHO (20)
21. Kyle Lowry, TOR (22)
22. LaMarcus Aldridge, POR (10)
23. Monta Ellis, DAL (21)
24. Nicolas Batum, POR (23)
25. Paul Millsap, ATL (24)
26. Joakim Noah, CHI (28)
27. Michael Carter-Williams, PHI (26)
28. Mike Conley, MEM (27)
29. David Lee, GS (33)
30. Rudy Gay, SAC (30)
31. Chandler Parsons, HOU (32)
32. Dwyane Wade, MIA (29)
33. Kemba Walker, CHA (34)
34. Thaddeus Young, PHI (42)
35. Josh Smith, DET (35)
36. Deron Williams, BKN (40)
37. Brandon Jennings, DET (31)
38. Ricky Rubio, MIN (36)
39. Pau Gasol, LAL (75)
40. Ty Lawson, DEN (25)
41. Dwight Howard, HOU (39)
42. Nikola Vucevic, ORL (45)
43. Chris Bosh, MIA (51)
44. Trevor Ariza, WSH (68)
45. Brandon Knight, MIL (57)
46. Marc Gasol, MEM (38)
47. Wesley Matthews, POR (47)
48. Klay Thompson, GS (41)
49. Kendall Marshall, LAL (117)
50. Gordon Hayward, UTAH (48)
51. Tim Duncan, SA (37)
52. Andre Drummond, DET (52)
53. DeAndre Jordan, LAC (53)
54. Victor Oladipo, ORL (58)
55. Jeff Teague, ATL (49)
56. DeMar DeRozan, TOR (54)
57. Rajon Rondo, BOS (55)
58. Arron Afflalo, ORL (56)
59. Luol Deng, CLE (59)
60. Zach Randolph, MEM (62)
61. Bradley Beal, WSH (65)
62. Jeff Green, BOS (69)
63. Jamal Crawford, LAC (80)
64. Jimmy Butler, CHI (61)
65. Greg Monroe, DET (73)
66. Tony Parker, SA (46)
67. Wilson Chandler, DEN (67)
68. Tobias Harris, ORL (78)
69. Kevin Martin, MIN (66)
70. Marcin Gortat, WSH (76)
71. Nikola Pekovic, MIN (60)
72. Eric Gordon, NO (70)
73. David West, IND (91)
74. Nene Hilario, WSH (84)
75. Trey Burke, UTAH (79)
76. Lance Stephenson, IND (72)
77. Paul Pierce, BKN (77)
78. Roy Hibbert, IND (63)
79. Anderson Varejao, CLE (44)
80. Eric Bledsoe, PHO (98)
81. Derrick Favors, UTAH (64)
82. Joe Johnson, BKN (83)
83. Spencer Hawes, CLE (50)
84. Randy Foye, DEN (87)
85. Jose Calderon, DAL (82)
86. D.J. Augustin, CHI (90)
87. Jameer Nelson, ORL (71)
88. Carlos Boozer, CHI (92)
89. J.R. Smith, NY (89)
90. Andrew Bogut, GS (81)
91. DeMarre Carroll, ATL (95)
92. Jonas Valanciunas, TOR (85)
93. Jared Sullinger, BOS (96)
94. Tristan Thompson, CLE (97)
95. Jrue Holiday, NO (94)
96. Andre Iguodala, GS (105)
97. Robin Lopez, POR (102)
98. Kenneth Faried, DEN (99)
99. John Henson, MIL (109)
100. Jodie Meeks, LAL (123)
101. Taj Gibson, CHI (106)
102. Reggie Jackson, OKC (93)
103. Gerald Green, PHO (101)
104. Jeremy Lin, HOU (103)
105. Kawhi Leonard, SA (119)
106. Mario Chalmers, MIA (110)
107. Alec Burks, UTAH (NR)
108. Terrence Ross, TOR (113)
109. Evan Turner, IND (74)
110. J.J. Hickson, DEN (104)
111. Tyson Chandler, NY (121)
112. George Hill, IND (111)
113. Kyle Korver, ATL (115)
114. Tony Wroten, PHL (NR)
115. Terrence Jones, HOU (86)
116. Brian Roberts, NO (NR)
117. Channing Frye, PHO (122)
118. James Anderson, PHI (NR)
119. Corey Brewer, MIN (120)
120. Patrick Beverley, HOU (124)
121. Enes Kanter, UTAH (NR)
122. Marco Belinelli, SA (NR)
123. Avery Bradley, BOS (100)
124. Daniel Green, SA (127)
125. Markieff Morris, PHO (NR)
126. Raymond Felton, NY (130)
127. Shawn Marion, DAL (NR)
128. Chris Kaman, LAL (128)
129. Tim Hardaway Jr., NY (NR)
130. Patty Mills, SA (NR)

Given his history in spreading minutes around toward the end of the season, Gregg Popovich is the obvious candidate to rest some of his aging stars to keep them fresh for the playoffs. We've already seen one DNP due to "general soreness" for Tim Duncan this week, and there's sure to be more where that came from as the season winds down. The same can be said for Tony Parker, who is apparently out for the "foreseeable future," according to Popovich. All of this makes players like Kawhi Leonard (who should return next week), Marco Belinelli, Danny Green and even Patty Mills intriguing fantasy prospects for the remainder of the season.

The Lakers have given us some nice underrated fantasy players this season, and with their 19-36 record, you can bet that they'll want to get an extended look at their talent the rest of the way as they look to rebuild next season. Pau Gasol is the only veteran on the roster who should be safe with playing time (assuming he stays healthy), as the Lakers would be wise to get as many minutes as possible for their youngsters. This bodes well for 22-year-old Kendall Marshall, who has averaged 12.1 points, 11.9 assists and 2.1 3-pointers in 18 starts on the season. Marshall should continue to be a top-10 to top-15 fantasy point guard, particularly now that Steve Blake is in Golden State. I'm still intrigued by Jordan Hill's per-minute numbers, and am hopeful that he'll be able to steal some minutes from the rejuvenated Chris Kaman over the last month and a half. The additions of Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks certainly complicate matters on the wing, but I still like Jodie Meeks the best out of all of the Lakers' wing players given his long-distance shooting and quality percentages on the season.

After buying out Glen Davis' contract, Orlando proceeded to give Victor Oladipo and Tobias Harris big minutes in Friday's double-overtime victory over the Knicks. This should be the start of a trend for the slumping Magic as they will look to give their young players more run as the season winds down. Don't be surprised if both Oladipo and Harris put up big numbers the rest of the way, or if Jameer Nelson's minutes decline down the stretch. Nelson, by the way, has played just 27.8 minutes per game over his past five contests.

It's been only three games, but Deron Williams has played an average of 38 minutes per game since the All-Star break. Those are big minutes for a guy who has battled various injuries and played just 31.2 minutes per game on the season. Williams has been a shell of his former self this season, but the 26-28 Nets are going to need him to perform down the stretch if they want to make the playoffs and if they want to avoid playing Indiana or Miami in the first round. That being said, we should expect head coach Jason Kidd to unleash his point guard for heavy minutes the rest of the way. All things considered, Williams looks like a solid gamble for those looking to make a late-season trade.

Trevor Ariza is not at all consistent on a nightly basis, but his season-to-date numbers speak for themselves: 14.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 2.4 3-pointers per game to go with surprisingly decent shooting percentages. Those numbers are good enough to rank him 31st on our Player Rater when sorted by averages, which means I've been underrating him for quite some time. Ariza has been locked in alongside John Wall and Bradley Beal, and he should be able to continue his strong play as the Wizards jockey for playoff position in a jumbled Eastern Conference. And no, I don't expect Andre Miller's arrival to negatively impact Ariza, Wall or Beal much if at all.

News that J.J. Redick will miss an additional three to five weeks with a variety of injuries bodes well for Jamal Crawford owners. Crawford has been on fire in February, averaging 14.0 points, 3.9 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.3 3-pointers in eight games this month. Crawford has proved time and again in his 13-year career that he can put up big fantasy numbers when earning quality minutes, and he should be able to secure close to 35 minutes per game where he'll continue to take advantage of the Clippers' ball movement while Redick mends.

Spencer Hawes' value takes a hit after a deadline deal sent him packing to a much deeper Cleveland lineup. Although he is still a versatile fantasy player because of his ability to block shots and hit 3-pointers, his overall value will be heavily tied to the health of Anderson Varejao (dealing with a back injury). The same can be said for Tristan Thompson, who has played well with Varejao out of the lineup. The three should be able to co-exist in the Cavs' frontcourt, but their upside will be limited as long as they are healthy.

Let's give it a few games before we decide to completely cut ties with Evan Turner now that he'll come off the bench in Indiana. It's true that much of Turner's value was tied to his 34.9 minutes per game and high usage rate for the offensively challenged Sixers, but Turner is still a versatile fantasy player who should offer some low-level value off the bench in Indiana. I see a lot of owners swapping Turner for Granger, but I wouldn't be so quick to pull either move, especially given the uncertainty around Granger actually suiting up for the Sixers. I'd much rather take my chances with Tony Wroten or James Anderson in Philly's depleted lineup.

Somehow there is still no timetable for Jrue Holiday's return despite the fact he's already missed five-plus weeks with a leg injury. That's got to be frustrating for owners who have held onto him expecting a post All-Star break return. At this stage, those who have held him should continue to hold until we receive further word on his status. Brian Roberts will remain a quality option in Holiday's absence. Roberts has averaged 12.3 points, 4.2 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.2 3-pointers in 22 starts this season.