Here's a look at the most fantasy-relevant news and notes for all 30 teams around the league:
Atlanta Hawks: It's fair to say that Hawks rookie John Collins has exceeded all expectations in his first year in the NBA, averaging 11.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and one block in his first 25 games. One area that shouldn't go overlooked is his incredible efficiency. The big man ranks fourth in the league with a 60.6 FG% and is making 76.7 percent of his free throws. No other regular in the league can lay claim to shooting better than 60 percent from the field and 75 percent from the line.
Boston Celtics: Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are a big reason for Boston's early success in the absence of Gordon Hayward and, like Collins with the Hawks, both are impressing with their surprising efficiency. Tatum is shooting 52.7 percent in 11 games this month, making a ridiculous 54.8 percent of his 3-pointers in the process, while Brown is making 52 percent of his shots in 10 games this month while shooting 41.5 percent from long range. Wow!
Brooklyn Nets: With D'Angelo Russell still sidelined indefinitely following knee surgery, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is the Nets' best fantasy option -- with Spencer Dinwiddie next on the list. In nine games this month, Hollis-Jefferson leads the Nets in scoring (14.8 PPG) and rebounding (7.3 RPG) while adding 2.1 assists per game and better than 0.75 steals and blocks per game.
Charlotte Hornets: The promise that Jeremy Lamb showed when Nicolas Batum was out of the lineup hasn't entirely diminished or anything, but a move back to the bench hasn't helped Lamb as far as production goes. Lamb is shooting only 40.7 FG% and 28 percent from 3-point land this month while playing only 23.3 MPG. He could be a name to watch next season, or whenever he is able to carve out a starting job.
Chicago Bulls: Incredibly, the Bulls are 3-20 this season without Nikola Mirotic and 7-0 with him, riding a seven-game winning streak into Thursday's road game in Cleveland. Mirotic's presence as a scorer, rebounder and 3-point shooter has meant big things for the Bulls, obviously, but it's also cut down Lauri Markkanen's minutes and production. Markkanen, who recently missed three games due a sore back, averaged only 23 MPG in his last two games.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Coach Ty Lue confirmed Thursday that Isaiah Thomas won't make his season debut in the Christmas Day game against the Warriors, but Thomas is has been assigned to the G League and is closing in on joining the Cavs. Once this happens, look for LeBron James' scoring and shot attempts to dip slightly but for the rest of his numbers to remain close to the same.
Dallas Mavericks: J.J. Barea's minutes dipped from the mid-20s to 19 on Wednesday, as Dennis Smith Jr. returned to the Mavs' lineup after missing six games. Even still, the veteran guard managed to put up 11 points and dish out seven assists. Some players produce well enough that they are worth holding on to even when they play only around 20 MPG and this season -- on this rebuilding Dallas roster -- Barea is one of those players.
Denver Nuggets: Gary Harris (elbow) and Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) are both questionable for Friday's game in Portland. While Mudiay's role is minimal even when healthy, the loss of Harris -- an oft-injured player in his first three years in the league, who has appeared in 28 of 31 games so far this season -- is potentially a big deal. Harris already missed Wednesday's game and is counted on to play 35-40 minutes a night lately, making him a force as a scorer, distributor, 3-point shooter and defender.
Detroit Pistons: Reggie Bullock has replaced the injured Avery Bradley in Detroit's past two games, but don't expect much out of the former first-rounder. His 20-point outburst against Orlando on Sunday is an aberration for the fifth-year swingman with a career scoring average of 3.2 PPG. It will be a rare occurrence to see Bullock take double-digit shot attempts as he did in that game.
Golden State Warriors: Coach Steve Kerr said Thursday that he expects Draymond Green to be able to play in Friday's home game against the Lakers. Green has been out since Dec. 8, missing the past four games due to a nagging shoulder injury. Green's return will likely mean fewer minutes for Omri Casspi, who has filled in nicely with the star forward out of the lineup.
Houston Rockets: A heel injury has caused Clint Capela to miss two of the past three games, and he's considered doubtful for Friday's game against the Clippers. A return for the Christmas Day showdown against Oklahoma City is probably a more realistic time frame. Meanwhile, Chris Paul will not play in the reunion game against the Clippers on Friday due to a left adductor strain suffered in Wednesday's loss to the Lakers. The absence of Paul, and possibly Capela, will mean an even higher usage for James Harden.
Indiana Pacers: Darren Collison doesn't get much attention in fantasy circles, but that could start to change if he continues to shoot as well as he has in recent weeks, making 56.8 percent of his shots. An efficient point guard who scores 12 PPG, dishes out nearly 6 APG and averages better than 1 3PG and 1 SPG, Collison is a top-70 fantasy player this season.
LA Clippers: In retrospect, you have to wonder if the Clippers, a team ravaged by injuries to key players in recent seasons, wish that they would have passed on signing Danilo Gallinari. The veteran, who already missed a long stretch of games earlier this season, is now dealing with a partial tear in his left glute and is expected to be out an extended period of time, leaving the Clippers extremely shorthanded as Lou Williams and Austin Rivers continue to pick up the slack on the offensive end.
Los Angeles Lakers: It appears that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will be able to play only in home games for the next three-and-a-half weeks. According to this tweet by Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times, Caldwell-Pope is serving a 25-day jail sentence with work release at the Seal Beach Detention Center for a probation violation he committed this summer and he is allowed to leave the facility only for Lakers games and practices, with no out-of-state travel." Stay on top of this if KCP is on your team and be sure to get him out of your lineup when the Lakers are on the road.
Memphis Grizzlies: With Mike Conley (Achilles) won't be re-evaluated for another two weeks, and that means Tyreke Evans and Marc Gasol will continue to be top-40 fantasy options into the first week of January -- and possibly longer. Evans is averaging 20.7 PPG in his past nine games while Gasol has poured in 20.5 PPG in his past 10 games.
Miami Heat: Hassan Whiteside continues to rehab his bothersome knee that has cost him the past 11 games, but the big man remains without a timetable for his return. Rookie Bam Adebayo is on just 2 percent of ESPN league rosters but is averaging 22.9 MPG over his past 10 games, scoring 7.9 PPG while adding 5.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 0.9 SPG and 0.9 BPG. He's a streaming option to consider for as long as Whiteside is out.
Milwaukee Bucks: Eric Bledsoe does have the freedom in Milwaukee to take as many shots as he did in Phoenix, but the veteran point guard has never been better at swiping steals than he has in 19 games with the Bucks. His 2.1 SPG is tied with Chicago's Kris Dunn for fifth in the league and is a career-high rate for Bledsoe, who is averaging 2-3 fewer minutes per game in Milwaukee than he did each of the past four years with the Suns.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Even when Andrew Wiggins is shooting and scoring like he's capable of, he isn't a great option in category leagues due to his minimal impact as a rebounder, distributor and on defense. When he's not shooting and scoring well, as is the case over the past 10 games (14.4 PPG, 36.3 FG%), he's not a top-100 fantasy player.
New Orleans Pelicans: Anthony Davis (wrist) looks to be ready to play in Friday's game against the Magic. He had X-rays on his wrist after injuring it in Tuesday's game but was able to return in that game, scoring 37 points in 37 minutes against Washington, and isn't listed on the injury report for the game against Orlando.
New York Knicks: Michael Beasley has always been able to score, and he put that on display the past two games with Kristaps Porzingis sidelined. The former No. 2 overall pick made 20 of 38 shot attempts and averaged 26.5 points in games against Oklahoma City and Charlotte, and that's something to think about any time Porzingis is out of the lineup in the future.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Paul George's overall production has taken a predictable dip since joining the Thunder, but two areas in which he remains elite are 3-pointers and steals. Only five players are averaging more than George's 3.0 3PG (Harden, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Robert Covington and Eric Gordon), and his 2.4 SPG leads the league by a mile. Next closest is Westbrook at 2.1 SPG.
Orlando Magic: Aaron Gordon hasn't played since last Friday, missing four of his past five games due to a right calf strain, and the hope that he had of returning for Friday's game against the Pelicans is diminishing. Gordon was downgraded to doubtful for this game while Evan Fournier, who has missed six games in a row due to an ankle injury, was also downgraded to doubtful for Friday's tilt.
Philadelphia 76ers: JJ Redick (hamstring) won't play in Thursday's game against Toronto. It will be the third game the veteran shooting guard has missed this season, and you can expect his 13.1 shots per game to be dispersed among the rest of the scorers on the 76ers, with guys like Covington and Dario Saric likely benefiting most as the team's other main 3-point threats.
Phoenix Suns: Isaiah Canaan is on only 11.5 percent of ESPN league rosters, but that number will rise if he continues to play as well as he has in his first three games with the Suns. The veteran has averaged 14 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 5.3 APG, 1.3 SPG and 1.3 3PG with Phoenix and will continue to be needed for more than 20 minutes a game until Devin Booker returns.
Portland Trail Blazers: Al-Farouq Aminu is playing plenty of minutes these days, averaging 32.2 in his past five games, but the production isn't there for a player once regarded highly for his energy and activity on the court. One exception is his 3-point shooting; he is shooting a sizzling 47 percent from beyond the arc this season and has averaged 2.6 3PG in the past five games.
Sacramento Kings: The Kings offer only a few legitimate fantasy options on their roster this season, and one of the reasons is Dave Joerger's penchant for evenly dispersing minutes between a large rotation of players. In fact, only one player on the team is playing more than 27.5 MPG this month: Zach Randolph (30.2). Next on the list is Bogdan Bogdanovic at 27.5.
San Antonio Spurs: Kawhi Leonard has averaged only 16 minutes in the three games he has played this season, and he also missed two games to rest since returning to the Spurs' lineup. This is a much smaller impact than many fantasy managers hoped for, but that's the reality. Leonard is expected to remain on a minutes restriction for Thursday's game against Utah, limiting his fantasy upside in the short term.
Toronto Raptors: Serge Ibaka has picked up his production considerably over his lpast nine games, averaging 18.1 PPG, 6.7 RPG and 1.7 BPG while making 56.3 percent of his shots. Also encouraging for anyone with Ibaka on their roster is the fact that the veteran power forward has attempted 15 shots or more in three of his past four games.
Utah Jazz: Should Ekpe Udoh be someone to keep on your roster in 10- or 12-team leagues while Rudy Gobert is out? Probably not, but his numbers over his past four games sans Gobert (5 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.3 SPG, 2.3 BPG) show that he's a worthy streaming option, particularly if you're chasing blocks.
Washington Wizards: Otto Porter Jr. is listed as questionable for Friday's game in Brooklyn and has missed the past two games because of a bruised right hip suffered early in last Friday's game against the Clippers. Kelly Oubre Jr. has filled in as the starting small forward and will continue to see a more prominent role for as long as Porter is unable to play.