Fantasy 30: Trade season tips off with Teague

The Minnesota Timberwolves traded Jeff Teague Thursday to the Atlanta Hawks in a three-player deal. Katharine Lotze/Getty Images

Are you totally up-to-date on what's happening around the NBA? You have to be if you want to stay ahead of the competition in your fantasy league.

To help, I've done the work for you and compiled a look at the most fantasy-relevant news and notes for all 30 teams around the league.

Atlanta Hawks: By re-acquiring veteran point guard Jeff Teague on Thursday, the Hawks give themselves a proven player who can serve as a backup to Trae Young, and a solid fill-in starter any time Young has to miss time. While Young's numbers shouldn't be impacted too much, Teague -- who averaged 27.8 MPG in 34 games with the Timberwolves this season -- isn't a top-100 fantasy option and will likely play a lesser role on his new team.

Boston Celtics: Fantasy managers with Jayson Tatum can relax a little. A day after Tatum sat out with a sore right knee, Tatum is good to go for Thursday's back end of the back-to-back against the red-hot Bucks. A bigger workload has Tatum posting career highs in all of the counting stats (21.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.4 SPG) but his true shooting percentage is a career-low 53.7%.

Brooklyn Nets: Kyrie Irving has played three games since returning to the court, and he had a lot to say following Wednesday's loss to the 76ers. On a positive note, Spencer Dinwiddie hasn't been impacted too much with Irving back on the floor. During the past two games, Dinwiddie has averaged 36.5 MPG and 21.5 PPG on 16.5 FGA per game.

Charlotte Hornets: Terry Rozier is heating up and putting the slow start to the season distantly in the rear-view mirror. In eight games this month, Rozier has averaged 23.4 PPG with a 47.0 FG% and 45.7 3FG%, making 4.0 3PG and adding 4.8 APG and 1.0 SPG. When Rozier plays like this, he garners strong consideration as a top-50 fantasy option in points and category leagues.

Chicago Bulls: Zach LaVine is trending in the right direction as a scorer this season. After averaging 20.2 PPG in October, he upped that to 22.8 PPG in November, then 25.1 PPG in December and is off to a fantastic start in January, putting up 30.1 PPG on 48.6% shooting in eight games this month. LaVine is only 25 and has a chance to be one of the leading scorers in this league for years to come. It's hard to remember his younger days as an inefficienct shooter and high-rising dunker.

Cleveland Cavaliers: Kevin Love has seen his playing time rise to 34.2 MPG in six games this month, possibly in an effort for the Cavs to showcase their All-Star power forward in the time leading up to the NBA's trade deadline. Whatever the case may be, the additional playing time bodes well for Love as long as he can hold up; he has averaged 19.5 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 2.8 APG and 2.2 3PG in January.

Dallas Mavericks: Kristaps Porzingis (right knee) is questionable for Friday's game against Portland. He recently had a PRP injection in his knee to alleviate the pain and hasn't played since Dec. 29. This is a tricky situation for fantasy managers, but for now, all you can do is remain patient and hope that Porzingis' bothersome knee doesn't continue to flare up throughout the season.

Denver Nuggets: Jamal Murray is set to miss time after suffering a sprained ankle in Wednesday's game against the Hornets. Murray landed awkwardly after attempting to block a shot by Rozier, and couldn't put any weight on his sprained left ankle, needing to be helped off the court. While X-rays were negative, Murray could miss a good chunk of time, and if that happens, Monte Morris becomes a must-add in all formats.

Detroit Pistons: According to a report by Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports, the Pistons and Hawks are no longer engaged in Andre Drummond trade talks. Drummond is expected to decline his $28.8 million player option for the 2020-21 season, per Haynes, in order to test the free-agency market this summer.

Golden State Warriors: I brought this up last week, but the downward trend of Draymond Green on the offensive end of the court continues. In six games this month, the veteran power forward is shooting just 24.2% and averaging a mere 4.2 PPG and 4.8 APG. Even with the contributions on the defensive end of the court, Green is a pretty weak option on most fantasy rosters at this point and won't be easy to trade due to his woeful scoring output.

Houston Rockets: The Rockets are struggling, and one reason why is James Harden's inefficient shooting. In six games this month, the former MVP has converted an average of just 8.5 out of 23.5 shot attempts per game (36.2 FG%) and also shot a cool 31.2% from 3-point range. Knowing Harden, this is likely short-lived and nothing to worry about, but for those fantasy managers who have him in roto leagues, winning FG% is next to impossible anytime he goes through a shooting funk like this.

Indiana Pacers: We are less than two weeks away from the Jan. 29 date that Victor Oladipo says he plans to make his season debut. That will make it a year and one week since he last played in an NBA game. Oladipo will have almost certainly have a minutes restriction upon his return, and there's no telling how well he will play after the lengthy layoff, but he remains available in 22.1% of ESPN fantasy leagues. Take note of that if you have the extra spot on your roster to roll the dice.

LA Clippers: Paul George (hamstring) has been ruled out for Thursday, which means he will miss his fourth consecutive game, and though there are indications that he could be back soon, this is definitely a concern going forward. The Clippers already go out of their way to make sure Kawhi Leonard gets regular rest throughout the season, and there is a good chance that they will need to do the same with George, as he works his way back from the hamstring injury.

Los Angeles Lakers: Anthony Davis has missed the past four games due to a bruised tail bone, but there is a chance he could return when the Lakers begin their road trip on Saturday in Houston. Kyle Kuzma stepped up to produce big games the first two nights Davis was out, going for 26 and 36 points, but he has combined for just 15 points on 7-of-23 shooting as a fill-in starter the past two games.

Memphis Grizzlies: During the past two weeks, Ja Morant ranks sixth in the league with 8.9 APG, and he's done it without sacrificing scoring (20.3 PPG). Morant may not be a huge contributor defensively as a rookie, and his 1.1 3PG is a bit below average, but he has future star written all over him and should be drafted no lower than Round 3 in any leagues next season.

Miami Heat: Kendrick Nunn's 33 points in the win over the Spurs on Wednesday moved him to 15.9 PPG on the season, which vaults him past Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic for second on the Heat's leading scorers list this season. Nunn's 45.7 FG%, 80.0 FT% and 3.6 APG are also impressive for the overlooked rookie out of Oakland.

Milwaukee Bucks: Eric Bledsoe's 5.2 APG ranks 29th in the NBA this season, but the veteran point guard has seen his assists decline during the past few months. After dishing out 6.1 APG in 16 games in November, that number has fallen to 5.1 in December and 3.7 in seven games this month. If you are rostering Bledsoe to pad your assist totals, you might want to consider other options at this point.

Minnesota Timberwolves: With Teague now out of the picture in Minnesota, there is a strong chance that the rebuilding Timberwolves will give more opportunity to rookie lottery pick Jarrett Culver and veteran point guard Shabazz Napier. Culver has averaged 24.3 MPG so far this season, while Napier is right behind him at 21.8 MPG, and both are used to filling in for the oft-injured Teague, so this should be a natural adjustment. The Wolves are also reportedly interested in trading for Dennis Smith Jr. of the Knicks.

New Orleans Pelicans: So the news came out on Wednesday that prized forward Zion Williamson, the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA draft, will finally make his NBA debut on Jan. 22 against the Spurs. With scoring and rebounding being two of Williamson's areas of expertise, we can guess that his addition to the lineup could cut into the scoring of Brandon Ingram and Jrue Holiday a bit, and could also mean fewer rebounds for Ingram, Holiday, Derrick Favors, Lonzo Ball and everyone else on the team. Plan accordingly.

New York Knicks: Marcus Morris Sr. (neck) is questionable for Thursday's game against his former team, the Suns, after missing each of the past five games. If Morris makes it onto the court, Knox and Reggie Bullock are two players who will see their playing time diminish. Morris, now in his ninth NBA season, has averaged a career-high 19.1 PPG in his first season with the Knicks and, when healthy, makes for a strong trade candidate in the weeks ahead.

Oklahoma City Thunder: Nerlens Noel (ankle) hasn't played since Jan. 4, but he reportedly was getting some post-practice work in on Thursday and will be re-evaluated on Friday. The Thunder play back-to-backs against the Heat and Trail Blazers on Friday and Saturday, and there is a chance that Noel could return for one of those games. Noel has averaged 18.3 MPG this seaso, and once he returns, he will eat into Mike Muscala's minutes off the bench.

Orlando Magic: Well, hello there Markelle Fultz! The No. 1 overall pick from the 2017 NBA draft is starting to get into a nice little groove with the Magic, especially since Jonathan Isaac (knee) went down, and he opened more eyes Wednesday in a win over the Lakers with the second triple-double of his career (21 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists). Fultz is still on fewer than half of rosters in ESPN fantasy leagues (48.8% to be exact) and time is running out to add the versatile guard to your roster.

Philadelphia 76ers: Mike Scott moved into the starting lineup for the first three games that Joel Embiid missed due to a torn ligament in his right hand, but after two-straight losses, it was rookie first-rounder Matisse Thybulle who got the start over Scott in Wednesday's win over the Nets. Given the results of that game (a 117-106 win), it wouldn't be surprising to see 76ers head coach Brett Brown stick with the glue-like presence of Thybulle in the starting until Embiid returns.

Phoenix Suns: The Suns will be short-handed for Thursday's game in New York, as Kelly Oubre Jr. remains in concussion protocol and has been ruled out. Oubre, who took a shot to the head early in Tuesday's game against Atlanta, could miss additional games as well. Phoenix plays next against Boston on Saturday, and his availability is worth keeping an eye on leading up to that one.

Portland Trail Blazers: Now 27 games in with the Trail Blazers, Carmelo Anthony is pretty much exactly where most expected him to be at statistically speaking: 16.6 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.6 3PG. It's impressive for the 35-year-old old to pick up right where he left off at this late stage in his career, but Anthony is much more of a factor in points leagues than category leagues, as the bulk of his production comes from scoring and rebounding.

Sacramento Kings: Richaun Holmes is expected to miss another 1-2 weeks as he recovers from an injury to his right shoulder joint. That, coupled with the return of Marvin Bagley III, has made Holmes one of the most-dropped players in ESPN fantasy leagues during the past week (down 23.2%). But when you consider how well Holmes has played this season, with 13.1 PPG, 8.5 RPG and a 66.0 FG%, this is a golden opportunity to get him on your roster -- he's available in 42.0% of ESPN leagues.

San Antonio Spurs: Don't look now, but DeMar DeRozan is heating up. While the veteran shooting guard is at 22.6 PPG for the season, putting him right around the same area he's been at the past two seasons, DeRozan has poured in 29.0 PPG in seven games this month. During that span, he has a 50.0 FG% and 90.3 FT%, made all the more useful when you consider his 8.9 trips to the line per game.

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry was already playing a lot of minutes before Fred VanVleet went down with a hamstring injury on Jan. 4, but Lowry -- who turns 34 in March -- has seen his workload rise to 39.2 MPG during six games this month. That's a lot to ask out of a point guard with a career as lengthy as Lowry's. VanVleet is expected to return over the weekend, though, according to a report Wednesday by Raptors' radio announcer Eric Smith.

Utah Jazz: The Jazz have yet to lose a game since acquiring Jordan Clarkson from the Cavaliers, running their winning streak to 10 games with a win over the Nets on Tuesday night. Wow! Clarkson has always been known for his ability to score, but he tended to go overlooked on woeful Cavs team. His numbers are nearly identical in Utah -- 15.0 PPG, 2.0 3PG -- but the spotlight is on him a bit more now with the surging Jazz. He's worth a look in daily fantasy or when streaming for points or 3s in season-long leagues.

Washington Wizards: Davis Bertans recently missed nine games due to a right quad injury, but in the three games since returning to the court, he hasn't skipped a beat from 3-point land. The stretch forward has made 11-of-25 attempts during that span (44.0) and remains one of the league's best streaming options for 3s. He is available in nearly 40.0% of ESPN leagues.