Kevin Durant has spent the entire season near the top in fantasy basketball this season, and this week he leapfrogs LeBron James to claim the No. 3 spot. With Stephen Curry sidelined because of another ankle injury, Durant has scored 37 or more in the last three games and his fantasy value continues to be boosted as long as Curry is sidelined.
Chris Paul's hot play moves him up to No. 11, one spot ahead of the injured Curry. During the past five games, Paul is averaging 19.4 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 8.0 APG, 1.4 SPG and 2.4 3PG.
Kawhi Leonard also sees a big rise as he could return to the Spurs lineup as early as Saturday. As we all know, Leonard has the talent to be a top-10 fantasy player, but the injury bug has bit him hard all season, which makes him a riskier option going forward until he proves otherwise. We bump him up to No. 93 this week.
Rubio put up 30 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in a winning effort against the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday and is playing much better on the offensive end. Howard saw his minutes increase and managed to score 30 points in two different games last week. He also has 10 blocks in his last three games. Nurkic doesn't play heavy minutes, but he is productive when on the court and has averaged 15.2 PPG, 10.6 RPG and 1.1 BPG during the past 10 games. Ball has averaged 2.0 steals and 3.0 3-pointers during the past five games to go with his scoring, rebounding and distributing. That's a great sign. Nance continues to flourish in the Cavs' starting lineup, averaging 16.2 PPG and 11.4 RPG during the past five games.
As for some names who are new to the list this week, it starts in Minnesota with Nemanja Bjelica (106). Bjelica has filled in beautifully in the absence of Jimmy Butler, stepping into the starting lineup and showing what he can do. He has averaged 38.6 MPG during the past five games and had 30 points and 12 rebounds two games ago against Boston, the top defense in the NBA.
Kent Bazemore and Tyreke Evans are the notables who fall off the list. Bazemore (bone bruise in knee) has been ruled out for the season, while Evans (ribs) has missed 10 games in a row and is looking like a shutdown candidate.