Injuries shake up fantasy hoops rankings

Anthony Davis isn't the only player rising in the rankings due to other players being felled by injuries. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

There are big changes to the top 10 this week, as Kevin Durant's knee injury drops him from No. 4 all the way to No. 117, allowing Anthony Davis to move up to fourth and Giannis Antetokounmpo, Karl-Anthony Towns, Kawhi Leonard, Chris Paul, John Wall and Stephen Curry to round things out.

Durant, as you know by now, isn't expected to return to the court until the fantasy playoffs at the earliest, making him a risky player to hold onto in leagues without an IR slot. He now comes in at a range where those around him are either coming off of injury (Jeremy Lin at 116) or playing a bigger role than earlier in the season (Jameer Nelson at 118, Jahlil Okafor at 119, Aaron Gordon at 120).

Golden State's star small forward isn't the only big name to take a big slide in the rankings, however, as Philadelphia's Joel Embiid drops out of the top 150, following the unfortunate news that he's been shut down for the remainder of the season. Embiid had moved up into the top 30 before knee pain sidelined him over the last month, dropping him as far as 73 last week.

Another center to drop off the list is Tyson Chandler, who the Suns inexplicably held on to at the trade deadline only to sit him in favor of younger players ever since. Now, the veteran big man is of no use to the Suns nor to fantasy owners, which is disappointing, given what we know about his rebounding abilities when on the court.

Not all centers are trending south, though, as New York's Willy Hernangomez (78) and Willie Cauley-Stein (90) continue to rise, thanks to a big hike in playing time.

Hernangomez, working his way back from a minor ankle injury, put up 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 18 minutes against Orlando on Monday. He's a very valuable center going forward, and you can count on his minutes rising as he gets back to full strength.

Cauley-Stein has averaged 30.8 MPG over the last five contests, stuffing the stat sheet along the way with 10 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 2 APG, 1.4 SPG and 1 BPG in that span. He and teammate Kosta Koufos (110) should be owned in every league at this point.

Newcomers to the rankings this week include Orlando's productive fill-in Bismack Biyombo (124), who has stepped in nicely with Nikola Vucevic nursing an Achilles injury, and Utah's red-hot shooting guard Rodney Hood (128).

Here is the full rundown of the updated Top 150 rankings: