Read below for rest-of-season roto-league rankings and reaction.
As much as the Pelicans would like to sit Anthony Davis for the rest of the season after his midseason trade demand and the subsequent commotion it caused, the NBA has made it clear that the team must play him.
Play him they will, but it appears that the star big man -- a staple near the top of the fantasy rankings in every format this season -- will get only 15-20 minutes a game going forward. Fantasy managers with Davis on their team will have to be creative the rest of the way this season because it doesn't appear that he will be getting the playing time to be a big force.
He falls from No. 9 to 50 this week. Ouch!
Marc Gasol has also seen a steep decline in minutes since being dealt to Toronto. In his first five games with the Raptors, the 34-year-old center has averaged just 10.0 PPG, 6.2 RPG and 3.2 APG in 20.2 MPG. Like Davis in New Orleans, Gasol's value takes a major hit; he drops from No. 39 to 64.
Big risers this week include Mr. Triple-Double, Russell Westbrook (8), along with Clint Capela (31), Chris Paul (36), Kevin Love (51), Paul Millsap (68), Nikola Mirotic (71), Gordon Hayward (90) and Isaiah Thomas (94).
Capela, Paul, Love, Mirotic and Thomas are all still ramping up to feel speed after returning from injury, and anyone who has played fantasy hoops in the past knows the impressive upside each possesses.
Sacramento rookie power forward Marvin Bagley III makes the week's most notable jump, though, going from No. 90 to 56 after a recent boost in minutes and confidence has led to some eye-popping numbers. He has averaged 20.8 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.4 SPG and made 52.9 percent of his shots during the past five games, and he averaged 35.0 MPG during his past two games.
Another to make a big leap forward this week is Knicks rookie center Mitchell Robinson (89), who has become one of the top shot-blockers in the NBA with averages of 10.2 PPG, 8.3 RPG and 3.0 BPG during his past 10 games.
Mitchell's teammate Damyean Dotson, a smooth swingman and gifted scorer, re-enters the rankings at No. 118 after going for 23.5 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.5 APG and 6.5 3PG during his past two games, including a scintillating 27-point game on Sunday that helped the Knicks snap their 18-game home losing streak with a win over San Antonio.
Here is a look at the rest of my top-150 roto rankings:
Note: These rankings reflect the expected player value for the remainder of this season.