Fantasy 30: Jahlil Okafor, Kenneth Faried turning heads

Jahlil Okafor has been posting some huge stat lines for the New Orleans Pelicans. For how long will he keep it up? AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

Some familiar faces from the past are back on the fantasy radar, while others hear their names being mentioned in the rumor mill as the NBA's trade deadline looms.

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

Atlanta Hawks: Not only has John Collins put up team highs in scoring (20.6 PPG) and rebounding (9.4 RPG) this month, he has also made a team-best 62.7 percent of his shots. Clearly, the Hawks found a steal when they selected Collins No. 19 overall in the 2017 draft out of Wake Forest. If Collins has a weakness in his game, it's his lack of impact on the defensive end, where his 0.3 BPG and 0.3 SPG are well below the average contributions of most power forwards.

Boston Celtics: Kyrie Irving missed Monday's game against Brooklyn after waking up "stiff and sore," and he isn't expected to play Wednesday against Charlotte either. He has missed seven games this season and has exceeded 72 games only once (75 games, 2014-15 with Cleveland) during his first seven seasons in the NBA. If you have Irving on your fantasy squad, you know this comes with the territory.

Brooklyn Nets: Shabazz Napier has started to play a bigger role on the Nets with Spencer Dinwiddie out of the lineup following thumb surgery, cashing in for 18, 20 and 24 points during his past three games. Napier has improved as a 3-point shooter too, draining 10 during this span and tying a career high with five 3s against the Bulls on Tuesday night.

Charlotte Hornets: Nicolas Batum quietly has had a solid month of January (10.5 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.8 BPG and 1.8 3PG) and at this point is the second-best fantasy option on the Hornets after Kemba Walker. The 11th-year pro has averaged 34.0 minutes during his past 10 games, adding to his value when you consider all the ways he can fill up a box score.

Chicago Bulls: Jabari Parker remains on the trade block in Chicago, and Tuesday night's 22-point, 9-rebound, 2-block, 2-steal effort against Brooklyn can only help his NBA trade value. Parker may not be the perfect fit in today's 3-point-happy NBA, but he's still only 23 and can be a strong fantasy contributor if he settles into the right situation. With Wendell Carter Jr. out for the season, Parker is back in the rotation for now and getting minutes he wasn't getting earlier this month.

Cleveland Cavaliers: As most teams around the NBA approach the 50-game mark, the Cavaliers are a distant last on the defensive side of the ball. In fact, Cleveland's 114.6 points allowed per 100 possessions is 3.2 points worse than the next team on the list, the Suns. Make sure to get your players in the lineup whenever they're facing the Cavs.

Dallas Mavericks: Dennis Smith Jr. has played three games since returning to the Dallas lineup, and while still not the most efficient guard, he is showing the upside that gives him a chance to be a top-100 fantasy player. He has averaged 16.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 5.0 APG and 1.3 3PG, and it can't be overlooked that he has put up 1.3 SPG this season while raising his FG% from 39.5 percent as a rookie to 44.1 percent this season.

Denver Nuggets: Jamal Murray (left ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game in New Orleans, and this will mark the third straight game he has missed due to the injury. In his absence, expect Will Barton to continue to fill in as the Nuggets' starting point guard. During the past two games with Murray sidelined, Barton has averaged 32 MPG, 18 PPG and 4.5 RPG but only 1.5 APG.

Detroit Pistons: Blake Griffin has scored 35 or more points in three of his past five games and has reached the 30-point plateau in six of his past nine contests. A force in both points leagues and roto leagues this season, the Pistons' star power forward is on pace to set career highs in points per game (26.3) and 3PG (2.4).

Golden State Warriors: Many expected Draymond Green's numbers to take a big hit once DeMarcus Cousins joined the rotation, and while that could still happen, it certainly hasn't been the case so far. In fact, during the past two games that both Green and Cousins played together, Green went for 15 rebounds against Washington and 11 rebounds against Boston. Green has also averaged 9.0 APG during his past five games.

Houston Rockets: Tuesday's 19-point, 11-rebound performance by Kenneth Faried gave the veteran rebounder his third consecutive double-double, and so far, he has performed very nicely with his new team. During his first five games with the Rockets, Faried has put up 15.2 PPG and 9.8 RPG and shot 56.4 percent from the field. Lots to like here, with Clint Capela still out for another month or so.

Indiana Pacers: Domantas Sabonis is having a nice season in his third year in the league, but his shooting percentage has dipped with every month. After making 70.7 percent of his shots in October, he fell to a more sustainable 62.8 percent in November, then to 59.6 percent in December. This month, the Gonzaga product has shot 56.7 percent. Sabonis is still one of the league's most efficient players, but this is a downward trend worth keeping an eye on.

LA Clippers: Suddenly, Avery Bradley is back on the fantasy radar. Following an extremely underwhelming first half of the season, Bradley has upped his game lately by making 2.4 3PG during his past five games while contributing in the rebound and assist categories as well. Part of the draw to Bradley is how much playing time he's getting: 35.0 MPG during his past five games.

Los Angeles Lakers: Amid talk of LeBron James nearing a return to the lineup and rumors of players like Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Ivica Zubac heading to New Orleans in a potential deal for Anthony Davis, Rajon Rondo has quietly returned to the lineup and played well. The veteran point guard has averaged 9.3 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 11.7 APG and 1.0 SPG during that small stretch of games, and while the numbers are sure to suffer as soon as LeBron returns, there's no doubt that Rondo can still be a big fantasy force at this stage of his career.

Memphis Grizzlies: Jaren Jackson Jr. (illness) and JaMychal Green (knee) are both listed as questionable for Wednesday's game in Minnesota. If they aren't able to play, it would likely mean more minutes for Ivan Rabb and Bruno Caboclo, and could force Kyle Anderson into extended minutes in only his second game back from injury.

Miami Heat: The revolving rotation in Miami has put a strain on the team, as playing time comes and goes, and staying in rhythm is harder than spelling the word "rhythm." Nobody has felt this more than Kelly Olynyk, who has played in only three of the past five games and averaged 15.4 MPG this month, second lowest on the team after Wayne Ellington. Olynyk has been a solid fantasy contributor over the years and likely will be again in the future, but for now he belongs on the waiver wire.

Milwaukee Bucks: It seems like a long shot, but a report Tuesday indicated that the Bucks have entered the Anthony Davis sweepstakes and offered the Pelicans any players on their roster not named Giannis Antetokounmpo. If such a deal goes down before the Feb. 7 deadline, it will have drastic fantasy implications, as there's a good chance it would cut into the production of both Davis and Antetokounmpo.

Minnesota Timberwolves: Jeff Teague (foot) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game, which will mark the fifth straight game the Timberwolves will be without their veteran point guard. In his absence, Jerryd Bayless has stepped up nicely (15.0 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 6.5 APG, 1.0 SPG and 3.5 3PG during his past four games) and is worthy of adding in leagues where he is still available.

New Orleans Pelicans: Jahlil Okafor scored a season-high 27 points on Tuesday night, stepping up while Davis (finger), Julius Randle (ankle) and Nikola Mirotic (calf) were all out of the lineup. Davis has missed the past five games and wants out of New Orleans, Randle has missed the past three games and Mirotic could be sidelined through the All-Star break. Given all that and the rising confidence of Okafor, who has put up 21.2 PPG, 11.0 RPG and 2.6 BPG during his past five games, he's certainly fantasy-relevant once again.

New York Knicks: According to this story by Steve Kyler of Basketball Insider, the Knicks are not only trying to "move off of big man Enes Kanter and guard Courtney Lee, they have also recently opened the door on deals involving guards Frank Ntilikina and Trey Burke." Writes Kyler: "According to teams that have talked with the Knicks about these players, it seems both could be gone by the deadline."

Oklahoma City Thunder: It's rare to see Steven Adams out of the lineup; the 25-year-old has appeared in 80 games or more in three of his first five full seasons in the league, but an ankle injury caused him to miss his second game of the season on Tuesday night. If there's a silver lining here, it's the play of fill-in Nerlens Noel, who played 34 minutes and stepped up with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks in a win over the Magic.

Orlando Magic: D.J. Augustin doesn't get a lot of attention as a 3-point shooter, especially on a team with Terrence Ross, but very quietly the longtime point guard is putting up his best season to date from long range. Entering Wednesday, Augustin's 43.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc ranks ninth in the NBA.

Philadelphia 76ers: When you talk about the 76ers' big three of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler, the big question continues to be chemistry and how well they will mesh together as the regular season turns into the playoffs. One indisputable bright spot since the three joined forces, though, is how efficient they've been; during the month of January, Embiid (50.4 FG%), Butler (51.6 FG%) and Simmons (55.0 FG%) have all scorched the nets.

Phoenix Suns: Kelly Oubre Jr. has played at least 31 minutes during the past four games, and the rise in minutes always adds fantasy appeal, however the lack of efficiency in Oubre's game limits his value. He has shot just 30 percent during this four-game stretch, going 20-of-60 from the field while shooting only 20.8 percent (5-of-24) from 3-point range.

Portland Trail Blazers: According to Kyler, the Trail Blazers are the top team to watch in trade talks for Memphis center Marc Gasol. "Sources close to the situation labeled the Blazers as the more likely team to land Gasol if the Grizzlies do a deal, but there was not a sense that anything was close enough to call," he writes. The challenge for the Blazers will be putting together a package that doesn't include Damian Lillard or CJ McCollum, but this is something to keep an eye on leading up to the NBA's Feb. 7 trade deadline.

Sacramento Kings: Marvin Bagley III will always have the distinction of "being drafted ahead of Luka Doncic" hanging over him, but the No. 2 overall pick is pretty good in his own right and starting to get more of an opportunity to show it. Though Bagley has just one start this season, moving back to the bench after an impressive spot start against the Raptors last week, he is proving to be an efficient scorer, strong rebounder (6.4 RPG) and shot-blocker (1.0 BPG). The areas Bagley needs to improve before becoming more of an option in category leagues are steals (0.5 SPG) and 3-pointers (0.3 3PG).

San Antonio Spurs: Davis Bertans has stepped up with DeMar DeRozan out of the lineup with a knee injury. During the past two games, the 6-foot-10 Bertans has averaged 19.5 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 3.5 APG, 2.0 SPG and 5.0 3PG. His value will plummet once DeRozan returns, and that could be any game now, but this is something to keep in mind any time DeRozan is out again this season.

Toronto Raptors: The Raptors continue to find plenty of opportunities to rest Kawhi Leonard, and for that reason, he has played just nine games in January. That being said, the rest has paid off, as Leonard has averaged 31.8 PPG in those games on 55.4 percent shooting. He continues to be a top-15 type of talent, but the frequent DNP-Rest occurrences make him one of the game's most frustrating fantasy stars.

Utah Jazz: An ankle injury has kept Dante Exum out since Jan. 6, and the Jazz have been tight-lipped about how long the former lottery pick will be out. On Tuesday, Jazz reporter Eric Woodyard of the Deseret News tweeted that Exum will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.

Washington Wizards: Tomas Satoransky's 47.9 percent shooting in 13 games this month is the most efficient of all Wizards regulars, aside from Thomas Bryant, and is a sneaky good part to Satoransky's game. The fill-in for John Wall has averaged 11.5 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.5 APG and 1.6 SPG in January.