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Fantasy basketball 30: Isaiah Stewart, Steph Curry hitting their stride this week

Isaiah Stewart has carved out an inside presence for the Detroit Pistons. Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images

Who is trending up? Which rotations are changing? And what's the latest with the notable injuries around the NBA?

Here's a list of the most fantasy relevant news and notes for all 30 teams:


Atlanta Hawks: Clint Capela has been a very useful fantasy center all season and the veteran big man is peaking at the right time. His 34.0 MPG in April is nearly three minutes more than any other month this season, leading to 19.4 PPG, 16.2 RPG and 2.6 BPG in his past 10 games. There was some uncertainty about Capela after the trade from Houston to Atlanta last season, but the reliable big man has high third-rounder written all over him next season.

Boston Celtics: Jaylen Brown couldn't continue the 27.0 PPG pace he was on in December and January, but his 24.5 PPG season average shows he hasn't slipped much as a scorer. What's also noteworthy is Brown's increasing presence from 3-point land. After averaging 2.2 3PG in December, 2.8 in January and 1.9 in February, the rising swingman knocked down 3.4 3PG in March and enters Wednesday with 3.2 per game in April.

Brooklyn Nets: With James Harden suffering a setback in his hamstring rehab and Kevin Durant suffering a less serious thigh injury, the oft-injured Nets remain shorthanded at this critical stage in the fantasy season. That means big games from Kyrie Irving whenever he's available, but it also means Joe Harris, Landry Shamet, Jeff Green and Blake Griffin are all solid streaming candidates if they're available in your league. All but Harris are free agents in over half of ESPN leagues.

Charlotte Hornets: LaMelo Ball (wrist) has been cleared for basketball activities and reportedly could return in a week, which makes him a very intriguing pickup candidate for teams that are still alive in the fantasy playoffs. Ball is available in 21% of ESPN leagues as of Wednesday, and his return shouldn't cut into the production of Terry Rozier or Devonte' Graham too much with Gordon Hayward out.

Chicago Bulls: As Patrick Williams approaches the end of his first regular season in the NBA, the 19-year-old rookie clearly has talent and a bright future in the league. How soon he's able to become a big-time fantasy factor remains to be seen, but he's already a significant contributor in one category -- steals. The versatile forward has averaged 1.2 SPG in 23 games since the All-Star break, and has recorded at least one in 10 of 11 games this month.

Cleveland Cavaliers: Darius Garland has been a strong source of 3-pointers all season, but the young point guard has taken it up a notch in April. After averaging 1.1 3PG in January, 1.6 in February and 1.8 in March, Garland is up to 2.7 3PG in March and has drained multiple 3s in eight consecutive games.

Dallas Mavericks: Anyone with Kristaps Porzingis in a roto or category league is counting on him for his 3s as much as anything else at this important part of the season, when many leagues are in the fantasy playoffs. That makes his recent shooting struggles from distance a little concerning. After hoving around 39-40% from 3-point range each of the past two months, Porzingis is at 32.6% this month and is 5-20 in his past three games.

Denver Nuggets: It's safe to say Monte Morris and Facundo Campazzo haven't been as big of fantasy producers as fantasy managers hoped and expected when Jamal Murray was lost for the season. Morris has averaged 8.5 PPG and 2.0 APG in the two games he's played since Murray was injured, while Capazzo hasn't been any better (6.0 PPG and 3.3 APG in three games). There are better options out there and no time to wait around.

Detroit Pistons: Isaiah Stewart just keeps getting better for the Pistons, and that was especially evident over the past week with Jerami Grant sidelined. Stewart, the No. 16 pick in the 2020 NBA draft out of Washington, recorded double-doubles in three consecutive games including an impressive 15-point, 21-rebound, 2-block performance against Oklahoma City that. The muscular big man is undersized for a NBA center but his mobility and athleticism has improved over the course of his rookie season, which puts him on the fantasy radar in the middle rounds of 2021 fantasy drafts.

Golden State Warriors: Steph Curry is the only player in history aside from teammate Klay Thompson to make at least 10 3-pointers in a game five times. He's now done it 21 times and, incredibly, accomplished the feat in four of the past five games. Curry has made 72 3s in his past 10 games and 54 in his past six games, making this one of the greatest shooting displays anybody has ever seen in the history of the NBA.

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Curry erupts for 47 points vs. Celtics

Steph Curry goes supernova, shooting 11-of-19 from downtown and scoring 47 points as the Warriors go on the road to face off against the Celtics.

Houston Rockets: Somehow, Jae'Sean Tate remains available in 52.2% of ESPN leagues despite putting up terrific numbers for the Rockets all month long. Tate, who has averaged 13.6 PPG in April, has at least five rebounds and 3 assists in five straight games and has racked up 1.6 SPG during that span. Get him while you can.

Indiana Pacers: Since returning to the Pacers lineup after his major health scare, Caris LeVert has been about as reliable as it gets in today's NBA, playing 32.2 MPG in 10 games in March and 32.4 MPG in 11 games this month. If LeVert's 21.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.9 APG and 1.6 3PG this month aren't enough, the former Net has also chipped in with 1.5 SPG and 1.0 BPG. Don't expect him to slip to the fourth round in fantasy drafts next season.

LA Clippers: Injuries and missed games are always the concern with Kawhi Leonard in fantasy, and right now that's coming back to bite fantasy managers as Leonard is expected to miss another week due to a sore right foot. The Clippers continue to win without him, though, and veteran forward Marcus Morris Sr. is producing much better than one would guess by him being rostered in only 26.5% of ESPN leagues. Morris has averaged 16.6 PPG, 5.4 RPG and 1.0 SPG during his past nine games, posting a 56.5 FG% and 52.0 3FG% during that span.

Los Angeles Lakers: Anthony Davis (right calf strain) says he'll play Thursday against the Mavericks as long as he continues to feel good. Davis, who hasn't played since Feb. 14, will likely be on a minutes restriction until the end of the fantasy playoffs but his presence in the lineup will also cut into the production of Andre Drummond, Montrezl Harrell and Markieff Morris.

Memphis Grizzlies: Jaren Jackson Jr. hasn't played in a game all season after undergoing surgery over the offseason to repair a torn meniscus, but he could be active when the Grizzlies play on Wednesday. After being upgraded to doubtful for the first time all season on Sunday, JJJ is listed as questionable for the nationally televised game against the Clippers.

Miami Heat: Jimmy Butler is back in the lineup for the Heat on Wednesday after missing the past two games due to an ankle injury. Butler's return figures to cut into Kendrick Nunn's production; Nunn played a team-high 39 minutes in the win over the Rockets, leading the way with 30 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and six 3s.

Milwaukee Bucks: Brook Lopez is a free agent in 39.6% of ESPN leagues, but the veteran center deserves better than that based on how well he's playing. Lopez has averaged 14.4 PPG and 5.1 RPG during his past nine games and has that rare combination of shot-blocking and 3-point shooting, averaging 1.4 BPG and 1.5 3PG on the season.

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Brook Lopez knocks down deep 3

Brook Lopez pulls up for an uncontested 3-pointer in the first quarter vs. the Timberwolves.

Minnesota Timberwolves: It's easy to forget about the oft-injured D'Angelo Russell on the rebuilding Timberwolves, but the veteran point guard deserves your attention at this critical stage of the fantasy season. Russell isn't playing much as he continues to work his way back from a two-month absence, but he has made the most of his 24.1 MPG this month, averaging 19.4 PPG, 4.7 APG and 2.9 3PG.

New Orleans Pelicans: Naji Marshall subbed in for Eric Bledsoe midway through the third quarter against the Nets on Tuesday, and Bledsoe never checked back into the game. That's the latest in a disappointing season for Bledsoe, whose 11.8 PPG is his lowest since 2012-13 with the Clippers. Once a blur on the court, the veteran version of Bledsoe has turned into more of a 3-point shooter -- his 1.8 3PG this season is a career best - but his days as a top 100 fantasy option may be over.

New York Knicks: Whether it be points or roto leagues, Julius Randle has been a force all season. He is on pace for career highs in scoring (23.6 PPG) and rebounding (10.5 RPG), and is set to obliterate his previous high in assists (6.1 APG compared to his previous best of 3.6 APG). Randle has put up 27.0 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 7.0 APG and 1.5 SPG during the past 10 contests, playing 39.1 MPG in that span, and is positioning himself to be a third round pick in 2021 fantasy drafts.

Oklahoma City Thunder: The Thunder are in tank mode and it's difficult to know when OKC players will sit, but this much is clear - Luguentz Dort has flipped the switch as a scorer whenever he's on the court. After putting up a career-high 42 points against the Jazz on April 13, Dort has played in two games, scoring 26 against the Pistons and 29 against the Raptors. Even if this is simply the result of the Thunder playing with an undermanned group, these sort of performances have to be major confidence builders for Dort going forward. He remains a free agent in 54.5% of ESPN leagues.

Orlando Magic: Cole Anthony is getting ample opportunity to log big minutes and show what he can do in the final stretch of the season, which is encouraging for the rookie lottery pick who missed two months of the season due to injury. Anthony has opened eyes lately with his scoring, rebounding and assists, but his 38.4 FG%, 30.3% 3FG% and 0.6 SPG limit his fantasy value in roto and category leagues. How much he improves in those areas will determine how much of a fantasy option he becomes in the years to come.

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Cole Anthony puts in a couple impressive first half finishes

Magic rookie Cole Anthony goes with the sweet up and under, then puts in a tough floater in the first half.

Philadelphia 76ers: When you see the flashes to the hoop and thunderous slams, it's easy to think of Matisse Thybulle as a guy who can score. But, in fact, in 19.6 MPG this season the second-year swingman has managed just 3.9 PPG. He's also managed only 2.0 RPG and 0.9 APG while posting a below average 41.9 FG% and 30.5 3FG%. Despite all this ugliness, Thybulle is a perfect fit on this defensive-minded Philly team and can help fantasy rosters with his 1.5 SGP and 1.0 BPG.

Phoenix Suns: This season has created a significant shift in Deandre Ayton's offensive approach. The former No. 1 overall pick is taking 4.4 fewer shots per game than last season (from 14.9 to 10.5) but he is also shooting 62.5% from the field, a significant jump from 54.6% last season and 58.5% as a rookie. While that has ultimately led to a slight dip in scoring, Ayton's improved efficiency counters that a bit from a fantasy perspective, and the rest of Ayton's numbers are pretty consistent with the past two years.

Portland Trail Blazers: Good news -- Damian Lillard (hamstring) is set to return from a 3-game absence on Wednesday against Denver. Statistically speaking, this is the second-best season of Lillard's career - only last season was better - and while there could be some sort of minutes restriction in his first few games back we're talking about the heart and soul of the Blazers and a durable point guard who has averaged 36.4 MPG during the course of his career; don't expect any restriction to last long or to hold him back.

Sacramento Kings: It's been another season of bad basketball in Sacramento, and a lack of defense has been one of the main reasons for it. The Kings are last in the NBA in defensive efficiency, allowing a whopping 115.8 points per 100 possessions, and are an invitation for career performances from opposing players. Take note of that if you have any players from teams on the Kings' upcoming schedule: Minnesota, Golden State, Dallas (twice), Utah and the Lakers.

San Antonio Spurs: After a hot start to the season, second-year forward Keldon Johnson has cooled off considerably and the larger sample size may provide a better indication of Johnson's fantasy value going forward. The Kentucky product has put up 12.8 PPG and 6.4 RPG this season, posting decent shooting percentages along the way (48.3 FG% and 73.0 FT%), but he hasn't been much of a factor from 3-point land (0.9 3PG), as a distributor (1.8 APG) or on defense (0.5 SPG, 0.5 BPG). Johnson will be someone to consider in the later rounds in 2021 drafts, but isn't the rising fantasy option he appeared to be back in December and January.

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry is expected to be active for Wednesday's game against the Nets, which would be only the same game he's played all month. Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby are also expected to play against Brooklyn, which likely cuts into the product of guys like Chris Boucher, Gary Trent Jr. and Malachi Flynn, who have all been hot of late.

Utah Jazz: Rudy Gobert has steadily improved all season long, re-establishing himself as one of the game's top fantasy options at center. And the one big bugaboo, his poor free throw shooting, even took a step forward after a poor start. Through the first 15 games of the season, Gobert was shooting 46.7% from the line. Since then? He's made 66.1% of his shots from the charity stripe. That's well above his 62.9% career average.

Washington Wizards: Who saw this coming? The Wizards are winners of five-straight and seven of their last eight games. The hot play of Russell Westbrook and improved defense are two of the reasons behind the improbable streak, but the play of Davis Bertans shouldn't go overlooked. Bertans is shooting 50% from 3-point range in the seven games he's played, averaging 4.1 3PG during that span. He remains a free agent in 83% of ESPN leagues, so take note if you need 3s.