Fantasy 30: How KAT and Giannis have expanded their games

Karl-Anthony Towns does a bit of everything -- maybe a lot -- but his 3-point production has been a big surprise this season. Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

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: The Hawks will be without one of their top 3-point threats for an extended period of time, as a shoulder injury to Kevin Huerter is expected to sideline him 4-to-5 weeks. Huerter, who made 1.8 3PG as a rookie last season, was third on the team behind Trae Young and suspended big man John Collins this season with 1.7 3PG. As luck would have it, though, Allen Crabbe -- another 3-point specialist -- made his season debut last week and has averaged 1.3 3PG in his first four games.

Boston Celtics: Kemba Walker is one of the main options in Boston just as he was in Charlotte, but on a lesser scale thus far. Walker's usage rate has fallen from 31.9 last season to 28.5 so far with his new team, and not surprisingly his scoring has followed suit, going from 29.4 points per 40 minutes to 26.8. Not major changes, but enough to lower Walker's fantasy value just a big compared to last season.

Brooklyn Nets: Kyrie Irving has missed the past three games due to a right shoulder injury, and the chances are good that he misses a fourth. Irving was unable to practice on Thursday, and with Nets coach Kenny Atkinson saying he wants Irving to get through at least one practice before he returns to the floor, it's likely that he'll be out for Friday's game against Sacramento. That would mean another game for Spencer Dinwiddie to play a larger role.

Charlotte Hornets: ESPN's Kevin Pelton described Devonte' Graham's impressive opening month of the season very well in a recent tweet: "In terms of pure improvement from last season, it's hard to top what Devonte' Graham is doing this season in Charlotte, including the game-winning 3 tonight at MSG." Graham enters Thursday ranked No. 5 in the league with 3.5 3PG, made all the more impressive by the fact that he was completely off virtually everyone's fantasy radar when the season started.

Chicago Bulls: Otto Porter Jr. has been sidelined since he sprained his left foot against the Hawks on Nov. 6, and the latest news out of Chicago indicates that he won't be back for a while. Unfortunately, a recent follow-up MRI revealed a bone bruise in Porter's left foot, and the Bulls say he will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Cleveland Cavaliers: Changes could be coming to the Cavs' starting lineup, according to this story on Cleveland.com. Darius Garland, Collin Sexton and Cedi Osman were all benched at the start of the second half of Wednesday's game, with Matthew Dellavedova, Jordan Clarkson and Kevin Porter Jr. taking their place. Cavs head coach John Beilein typically likes to use Clarkson as instant offense off the bench, so it may be unlikely that Clarkson remains a starter, but there is a chance someone like Dellavedova could stick in the starting five at the expense of one of the young, inefficent guards like Garland or Sexton. Stay tuned.

Dallas Mavericks: When you're this good at age 20, where do you go from here? This is the question many are starting to ask in regards to Luka Doncic, who ranks No. 2 in the league with a 32.40 PER, trailing only Giannis Antetokounmpo (33.14). Just 14 games into his second NBA season, Doncic leads the league with seven triple-doubles, ranks No. 4 in scoring with 29.9 PPG, No. 11 in rebounding with 10.6 RPG and No. 2 in assists with 9.4 APG.

Denver Nuggets: There is a lot of time for Nikola Jokic to pick up his production to the levels many expected when the season started, but his numbers are down across the board so far this season. Not only has his usage rate dipped from 29.4 to 27.8, his TS% has fallen from 58.9 to 54.0, his points per 40 minutes from 25.6 to 22.5, his rebounds per 40 minutes from 13.8 to 11.8 and his assists per 40 minutes from 9.3 to 7.6. He enters Thursday ranked No. 38 on ESPN's Player Rater.

Detroit Pistons: The Pistons are 4-10, and one of the big reasons for their early struggles is the poor performance of All-Star forward Blake Griffin. Griffin has played in three games since making his season debut last Monday, averaging a respectable 18.0 PPG, 6.0 RPG and 4.3 APG, but he is shooting just 34.8% and is 3-of-16 from 3-point range. While Griffin's shooting will probably heat up, he's a constant injury risk and a fringe top-50 fantasy option.

Golden State Warriors: Draymond Green was held out of Wednesday's game against the Mavericks, leaving the undermanned Warriors with only eight healthy players. What stood out amongst this eight-man rotation that could very well find itself in a similar predicament again this season? Eric Paschall. The rookie second-rounder played 40 minutes and led the team with 22 points and seven rebounds while taking a team-high 19 shots.

Houston Rockets: Danuel House Jr. suffered a shoulder injury in Wednesday's game and there is a chance he could miss time. Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said after that game that House was "pretty sore." If he's unable to play in Friday's road game against the Clippers, expect Austin Rivers and Ben McLemore to carry a bigger load.

Indiana Pacers: Myles Turner has shown no ill effects from the ankle injury that cost him two-and-a-half weeks of game action. Turner returned to the lineup Saturday and has averaged 12.5 PPG, 8.5 RPG and 3.5 BPG -- the type of production we've come to expect from the Pacers' big man in recent years.

LA Clippers: Not only did Patrick Beverley pull down a career-high 16 rebounds in Wednesday's game against the Celtics, he did so with Paul George and Kawhi Leonard both in the lineup for the Clippers. That's noteworthy, because the easy conclusion to jump to is that Beverley's rebounds will regress from his career high pace of 6.9 RPG with George and Leonard on the floor. That still may happen, but that certainly wasn't the case against Boston.

Los Angeles Lakers: LeBron James leads the league with 11.1 APG, which is well ahead of his previous career high of 9.1 APG set in 2017-18 with Cleveland. And after reaching 2.0 3PG last season for the first time in his career, he is at 1.9 3PG through 14 games this season with a good chance to reach that mark again. Currently, 46 players in the league are averaging at least 2.0 3PG. Amazing!

Memphis Grizzlies: Jaren Jackson Jr. was regarded as a future fantasy star before the season started, but so far, the second-year big man is off to a sluggish start, with rookie Brandon Clarke stealing much off the limelight. Jackson's 14.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.2 APG, 0.5 SPG and 0.9 BPG has him at No. 113 on ESPN's Player Rater, which is a good 40-50 spots lower than many projected him to be. It's still early...

Miami Heat: Jimmy Butler's versatility makes him valuable in both points and category leagues, but his ability to pile up steals makes him particularly useful in the latter. Butler's 2.7 SPG is on pace for a career-high in that category and currently leads the league by a wide margin over Ben Simmons (2.2 SPG) and Kris Dunn (2.1 SPG).

Milwaukee Bucks: As mentioned above, The Greek Freak leads the league with a 33.14 PER. And one thing fantasy managers have to love is his new-found willingness to step out and shoot the 3-ball. While Antetokounmpo's 30.6 3P% leaves much to be desired, his 4.4 attempts per game from 3-point range is well beyond his previous high of 2.8, and his 1.4 3PG is a vast improvement from his previous best of 0.7.

Minnesota Timberwolves: Everyone expected big things out of Karl-Anthony Towns this season, but who could have predicted the 3-point shooting? He's an absolute force from beyond the arc so far in 2019-20, and his 3.9 3PG ranks second in the league behind only James Harden (4.8 3PG). Several things stand out here. For one, Towns had never made more than 1.8 3PG in a season before. Secondly, the efficiency -- his 44.3% shooting from beyond the arc ranks No. 23 in the league.

New Orleans Pelicans: Injuries continue to be a major issue for the Pelicans, who will be without Derrick Favors (back) and Josh Hart (knee) against the Suns on Thursday. But it sounds like one important piece could be back. According to a report out of Phoenix, Lonzo Ball -- who hasn't played since Nov. 8 due to a groin injury -- is expected to come off the bench against the Suns for Thursday's game.

New York Knicks: It's already been an injury-plagued season for Mitchell Robinson, but the bouncy big man still has managed to play in 11 of the Knicks' 15 games. How much he has played is another concern, though. So far, his 18.4 MPG is not only sub-optimal for fantasy consideration, it's also 2.2 minutes per game less than he played last season as a rookie. Hopefully, his playing time rises as he gets back to full health.

Oklahoma City Thunder: Steven Adams is still dealing with a nagging left knee injury. The veteran center has already missed three games after suffering a knee contusion against the Rockets back on Oct. 28. "Obviously we're dealing with Steven's knee still," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said in The Oklahoman. "I don't want to say he's on a minutes restriction, but we're trying to be mindful and keep him in a range." Nerlens Noel has been a bigger factor than expected, thanks in part to Adams' injury, and as long as he keeps playing around 20 MPG he is worth rostering in 12-team category leagues thanks to his contributions in terms of rebounds, steals and blocks.

Orlando Magic: Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon both left Wednesday's game early against Toronto, each suffering an ankle injury. If Vucevic has to miss time, expect Mo Bamba to carry a heavier workload. If Gordon misses time, Al-Farouq Aminu and Terrence Ross will see a bump in minutes. The Magic don't play again until Saturday.

Philadelphia 76ers: Josh Richardson missed Wednesday's game due to a right hip flexor injury, and he is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Spurs. Richardson is a key piece for the 76ers, especially with rookie first-rounder Matisse Thybulle showing no signs of offense as a potential fill-in, and it shows with his 33.3 MPG this season. If Richardson is unable to play against San Antonio, James Ennis III will be more of a factor, as he was against the Knicks on Wednesday (11 points, 4 rebounds in 22 minutes).

Phoenix Suns: The Suns will likely be without two starters on Thursday against the Pelicans in their lone nationally televised game of the season. Aron Baynes (right hip flexor) has already been ruled out, while Ricky Rubio (back spasms) is listed as doubtful. Frank Kaminsky started in place of Baynes on Tuesday and will likely do so again in this one. Devin Booker and Tyler Johnson are the main point guard options when Rubio is sidelined.

Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard missed Tuesday's game due to back issues, which is rare in and of itself, and the star point guard has already been ruled out for Thursday as well. With Anfernee Simons (ankle) also questionable, the Blazers may be forced to use CJ McCollum at the point if Simons is unable to play against the Bucks.

Sacramento Kings: Marvin Bagley III has been sidelined since fracturing his thumb in the season-opener, but he could be nearing a return to the court. The second-year forward has been upping his workouts and is traveling with the team on its current four-game road trip. He reportedly will be re-evaluated once the road trip ends next Wednesday. Nemanja Bjelica, Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes will see their fantasy value slide once Bagley is back.

San Antonio Spurs: Dejounte Murray was moved to the bench in Wednesday's game against the Wizards as Spurs coach Gregg Popovich inserted Patty Mills into the starting unit in an effort to provide a boost to the offense. The Spurs ended up losing, 138-132, and Murray logged just 19 minutes as a reserve. Watch this development closely because if Murray starts to regularly play fewer than 20 minutes a night, his fantasy value takes a hit.

Toronto Raptors: Chris Boucher, who is available in more than 98% of ESPN fantasy leagues, continues to flash signs of a bright future while filling in for the injured Serge Ibaka. On Wednesday against Orlando, he played one of the best games of his young NBA career, finishing with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 1 block in 20 minutes. It marked his second consecutive double-double.

Utah Jazz: Bojan Bogdanovic doesn't get a lot of attention, but he is quietly off to a fantastic start in his first season in Utah. While his usage rate has soared from 21.8 last season to 25.3 this season, his TS% has remained strong, dipping only slightly from 61.3 to 60.0. Additionally, Bogdanovic ranks No. 9 in the league with 3.1 3PG and No. 23 in scoring with 20.5 PPG. Impressive stuff from the 30-year-old small forward.

Washington Wizards: Looking for a streamer who can help with 3-pointers? Davis Bertans may be your man. The Wizards reserve doesn't do much other than shoot the 3-ball, but he currently ranks No. 8 in the league with 3.1 3PG and enters Thursday on only 4.2% of rosters in ESPN leagues. He already has eight games this season with at least three 3-pointers.