Fantasy 30: Randle, Teague peaking at right time

If you stuck it out through the rough times earlier this season, Julius Randle is paying off in fantasy when it matters most. Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports

The fantasy playoffs are here, and if your team is still fighting for a chance to take home the championship, it's more important than ever that you stay on top of everything around the NBA.

Here's a look at the most fantasy-relevant news and notes for all 30 teams:

Atlanta Hawks: Sometimes a monster scoring night can raise the ceiling of a young player, and that very well could be the case for Dennis Schroder. The fifth-year point guard went for a career-high 41 points and helped the Hawks snap Utah's winning streak by cashing in with a 17-point fourth quarter. That has to be a confidence-booster for the 24-year-old German, and he has a perfect opportunity to follow it up with an encore performance Thursday against the 29th-ranked Kings defense.

Boston Celtics: Tatum may have hit the rookie wall in the middle of the season, but the first-year forward is back to playing like the guy we saw in October, November and December. Tatum has filled it up with 19 points or more during four of his past five games and is shooting 50 percent during that span while contributing in all areas. For the season, the No. 3 overall pick in last summer's draft is shooting 42.9 percent from long range.

Brooklyn Nets: Spencer Dinwiddie has seen his scoring drop since D'Angelo Russell returned to the lineup, but his 5.9 APG in 10 games this month leads the Nets. That, combined with his 1.1 SPG during that span, are Dinwiddie's greatest fantasy strengths at this stage in the season, but he should be considered more of a streamer in the fantasy playoffs than an undroppable player.

Charlotte Hornets: Dwight Howard picked up his 16th technical foul of the season in Wednesday's amazing 32-point, 30-rebound performance against Brooklyn. As a result, he is suspended for Thursday's game against the Grizzlies, so look for Willy Hernangomez to have the rare opportunity for extended minutes in a game against the undermanned Memphis frontcourt.

Chicago Bulls: Lauri Markkanen is hopeful of returning to the court against the Bucks on Friday after missing the past five games due to a back injury. The rookie's return would likely cut into the fantasy production of Bobby Portis and Noah Vonleh, and it could open the door for a nice game out of Markkanen. He has averaged 10.0 PPG and 8.5 RPG in two meetings against the Bucks this season.

Cleveland Cavaliers: If you held on to Kevin Love in hopes that he would be able to contribute during the fantasy playoffs, it looks like the savvy move paid off. Love has quickly seen his minutes increase from 25 to 30 in his first two games back, and his production has been impressive. The veteran scored 23 and added 12 rebounds and 4 assists against a strong Raptors team on Wednesday, and Love will be a particularly strong fantasy option as long as Larry Nance Jr. remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Dallas Mavericks: Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) said Thursday that he hopes he'll be good to return to the court Saturday. The bouncy rookie point guard missed Tuesday's game against New Orleans and won't play tonight against the Jazz, which leaves J.J. Barea and Yogi Ferrell with another night to play more minutes and have expanded roles.

Denver Nuggets: Wilson Chandler is one of those random role players who could be the difference between a fantasy playoff loss and a fantasy playoff win; the veteran swingman is playing really well of late and is still a free agent in 61.2 percent of ESPN leagues. His 16.2 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.2 SPG and 2.8 3PG during the past five games is reason to take notice. There's more going on in Denver than the Nikola Jokic show.

Detroit Pistons: Reggie Jackson returned to the court and immediately was inserted in the starting lineup in Tuesday's win over Phoenix. This may say more about Ish Smith and his role back on the bench than anything about Jackson, who played only 15 minutes and could very well need a few weeks back before being returning to game shape and providing much fantasy value.

Golden State Warriors: Draymond Green, who left Monday's game against the Spurs with an injury to his pelvis, has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Hawks. Expect David West, Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell to play big roles against the Hawks as the Warriors continue to play without Green and their three other All-Stars.

Houston Rockets: Chris Paul will miss Thursday's game against the Pistons, as the Rockets rest their star point guard in anticipation of the playoffs. No CP3 means a heavier usage for James Harden and Eric Gordon against the Pistons tonight.

Indiana Pacers: Darren Collison has played seven games since returning to the Pacers' lineup, and the results, while nothing special, are predictably in line with what he produced before his injury. He has averaged 12.3 PPG, 5.9 APG and 1.7 3PG during that span, which is about all you can expect out of Collison, and that type of production can be useful during the fantasy playoffs.

LA Clippers: DeAndre Jordan is getting a lot of attention for his 18.5 RPG this month, and deservedly so. But rebounds are a stat that is easy to chase in fantasy, which reduces some of the value in Jordan's amazing month. It's also worth noting that while Jordan's rebounds are up, he has averaged less than one block per game (0.9) in March.

Los Angeles Lakers: Did you hold on to Julius Randle all season in the hopes that he'd carve out a bigger role in the rotation and take his game to the next level? If so, pat yourself on the back. Though Randle remains ineffective in terms of steals and blocks, he enters Thursday's game against the Pelicans with averages of 26.0 PPG, 11.6 RPG and 3.2 APG during his past five games.

Memphis Grizzlies: Marc Gasol will miss Thursday's game against Charlotte due to rest, which opens the door for Deyonta Davis to jump into the starting lineup after putting up 16 points and 11 rebounds in 21 minutes against Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Miami Heat: Kelly Olynyk continues to fill in beautifully for the injured Hassan Whiteside, who has been ruled out again for Friday due to an ongoing hip injury. Olynyk has averaged 26.0 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 8.0 APG, 2.0 BPG and 1.0 SPG during his past two games and will continue to have the green light as long as Whiteside is sidelined.

Milwaukee Bucks: What a rough break for fantasy managers with Giannis Antetokounmpo. Not only did the Greek Freak leave Wednesday's game early with an ankle injury, but he is considered doubtful to play in Friday's game against the Bulls. There's no replacing Antetokounmpo's production, and I don't recommend dropping him as of right now (the Bucks play again Sunday and have four games next week), but keep a close eye on his status in the days ahead.

Minnesota Timberwolves: During the past two weeks, Jeff Teague ranks fifth in the league with 9.0 APG. Only Russell Westbrook, Ben Simmons, LeBron James and Rajon Rondo have averaged more assists during that span. Teague also has surpassed 20 points the past two games and has recorded two steals during four of his past five games. It's safe to say he's peaking at the right time.

New Orleans Pelicans: E'Twaun Moore is available in 82.5 percent of ESPN leagues despite reaching double figures in scoring during nine of his past 10 games and making 1.5 3PG during that span. If you need a streamer this week, he is one to consider Thursday against the Lakers and Saturday against the Rockets.

New York Knicks: Enes Kanter is one of the few fantasy options on the Knicks right now, and his greatest impact continues to be as a rebounder. While Kanter has averaged only 12.5 PPG during his past six games, he ranks eighth in the NBA in rebounds during that span with 11.3 RPG.

Oklahoma City Thunder: Scoring and rebounding aren't the only draws to Carmelo Anthony at this stage in his storied NBA career. It's easy to overlook his 2.2 3PG this season, a strength of his game that has been on display even more lately; Anthony has drained 3.6 3PG during his past five games while making 51.4 percent of his attempts from long range during that span.

Orlando Magic: Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic are finally healthy and available for the Magic, but Jonathan Isaac (foot) and Jonathon Simmons (wrist) are out for Thursday's game against the 76ers. This gives Mario Hezonja a small fantasy boost for the night and will force Gordon, Vucevic and D.J. Augustin to carry more of the offensive load with Evan Fournier (knee) also still out.

Philadelphia 76ers: The 76ers rested their starters in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's win over Memphis, and it's clear that the team is looking for opportunities to do so over the final weeks of the regular season with the playoffs looming. Games like Thursday's against the Magic, the second of a back-to-back, are ones in which 76ers starters run the risk of being rested in the second half if the score becomes lopsided.

Phoenix Suns: Troy Daniels is on less that 1 percent of ESPN rosters, but his 3-point shooting makes him a worthy streamer in category leagues. The VCU product has averaged 18.0 PPG and 30.0 MPG during his past two games, making seven 3-pointers during that span, and is always a threat to go off for 4-5 3s in a game. In fact, he has drained at least four 3-pointers in a game 12 times this season.

Portland Trail Blazers: Jusuf Nurkic has been key to Portland's late-season surge, but the massive big man is iffy for Friday's game against the Celtics due to low-back soreness. He is officially listed as questionable. If he doesn't play, the center minutes will fall to veteran rebounder Ed Davis and offensive-minded rookie Zach Collins.

Sacramento Kings: Zach Randolph (gastroenteritis) is out for Thursday's game against the Hawks, which opens the door for Skal Labissiere to step into the starting lineup and play about 20-25 minutes. The roles of Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield as pure scorers become even more vital against the Hawks with Z-Bo out.

San Antonio Spurs: LaMarcus Aldridge is playing his best basketball of the season as the Spurs make a push to the playoffs without their other star, Kawhi Leonard. Aldridge has averaged 29.6 PPG and added 9.0 RPG during the Spurs' current five-game winning streak, and he has done so while making 55.0 percent of his shots.

Toronto Raptors: Who has averaged the most 3-pointers per game during the past two weeks? If you answered Kyle Lowry, give yourself a pat on the back. The veteran point guard has drained 4.4 3PG during his past seven games, including five or more in three straight contests.

Utah Jazz: In 10 games this month, Rudy Gobert has reclaimed his spot as one of the top fantasy centers, and one of the big reasons why is his 36.1 MPG during that span. The lanky, towering big man has averaged 18.9 PPG, 13.9 RPG and 2.4 BPG in March while making 68.6 percent of his shots. Gobert was once regarded alongside Whiteside in fantasy, but he'll go into next season ranked well ahead of the Heat center.

Washington Wizards: Kelly Oubre Jr. gets noticed for his scoring and 3-point shooting, but one area that goes overlooked is his contributions in the steals department. Oubre has recorded multiple steals during four of his past five games and is available in 84.5 percent of ESPN leagues.