• Kris Dunn is no longer on a minutes limit but the Bulls will be “smart” with his minutes moving forward, while the team is also expected to speak to medical personnel about Zach LaVine playing in back-to-back sets.

    Dunn is a top-75 guy on the season and with no minutes limit, he’s an even more attractive piece to have in your lineup. He has top-70 upside if he can remain efficient with his shooting. LaVine is playing much better of late after showing signs of rust since returning from injury. He’s producing top-50 value over the past two weeks prior to All-Star weekend and should be slated for around 30 minutes per night moving forward. The more playing time he gets the more reliable he’ll be from a fantasy standpoint.

Fantasy News

  • Jeff Green
    SF, Houston Rockets

    Jeff Green turned his season around after signing with the Rockets and ended up delivering top-275 fantasy value.

    Green signed with the Jazz in the offseason but struggled mightily, shooting a ghastly .385 from the field and eventually falling out of the rotation. He saw a quick renaissance in Houston, hitting an absurd 62.1% of his shots across 10 games, also chipping in 10.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 0.9 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.4 triples in 20.1 mpg. That's certainly more than should be expected moving forward but Green fits the Rockets as a capable defensive power forward who can shift down to center in their uber-small lineups. Green's season was a tale of two halves, certainly, but there shouldn't be much excitement about his fantasy potential in the coming years. When the percentages return to normal he'll struggle to keep afloat in 20-team formats.

  • David Nwaba
    SF, Houston Rockets

    David Nwaba was a helpful member of the Nets' rotation before tearing his right Achilles in December.

    Nwaba brings the sort of hard-nosed play that Kenny Atkinson liked to see, so it was no surprise that he earned regular playing time. Though he hasn't been much of a shooter throughout his career, Nwaba did knock down 0.6 triples per contest on .429 from deep, offering some promise going forward. Most of his fantasy value, top-310/290 (8/9-cat), was brought about by a .521 mark from the field plus 0.6 steals and 0.6 blocks in 13.4 mpg. Nwaba signed with the Rockets and should help lengthen their bench next season as a versatile defender. If he can get minutes in the teens, he'll be on the deep-league radar as a defensive specialist.

  • Isaiah Hartenstein
    PF, Houston Rockets

    Isaiah Hartenstein couldn't gain traction at the NBA level, delivering fantasy value just outside top-300 despite another big campaign in the G League.

    Hartenstein averaged 24.9 points, 14.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.1 blocks and 0.9 threes while shooting .587 for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers but could only muster 11.6 mpg in 23 games with the Rockets. Even when Clint Capela went down with his heel injury Houston opted to run with no centers rather than elevate the young German. While Hartenstein was released in June, he shouldn't have a shortage of suitors. Deep dynasty GMs can keep tracking his progress, and a change of scenery might not be a bad thing for Hartenstein's prospects of playing time.

  • Thabo Sefolosha
    SF, Houston Rockets

    Thabo Sefolosha closed the book on his 2019-20 season with top-375/355 value (8/9-cat).

    Sefolosha will not be participating in the league's restart, so anyone playing fantasy games for the rest of this year can ignore him completely. The defensive stopper used to be a sneaky top-175 option because of his steals, blocks and rebounds, but Sefolosha is mostly emergency depth at this point in his career. He averaged 10.6 minutes in 41 games this season, though deep-league streamers may have found some utility in his 0.6 steals and 0.3 blocks. Sefolosha isn't a fantasy option to pursue going forward.

  • Bruno Caboclo
    SF, Houston Rockets

    Despite a strong finish to his 2018-19 season, Bruno Caboclo was once again an afterthought in 2019-20.

    Perhaps Caboclo's solid play in Memphis was a bit of a mirage, as it came for a shorthanded, rebuilding team. With the Grizzlies back at full strength this year Caboclo was not a regular, and he would go on to play just five games after being traded to Houston. The per-minute production — 0.4 steals and 0.6 blocks in 8.1 mpg — remains intriguing but Caboclo just can't seem to break into a rotation full-time. The fact that he shot a horrid .143 from deep doesn't help matters going forward. Optimistic fantasy players can keep holding on in very deep dynasty leagues but it's hard to endorse Caboclo for more than that at this point. He closed the year as a top-375/355 (8/9-cat) per-game option.

  • Chris Clemons
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Chris Clemons was able to sneak inside the top-400 in the 2019-20 fantasy season.

    Clemons had some nice moments when Russell Westbrook and James Harden (or both) were out of the lineup but ultimately he was Houston's third option at PG. He did knock down 1.1 triples in just 8.7 mpg, so he fits Houston's system, but he's not someone to keep track of outside of extremely deep leagues.

  • DeMarre Carroll
    SF, Houston Rockets

    DeMarre Carroll fell way off the map in 2019-20, seeing action in only 21 games between the Spurs and the Rockets.

    Carroll got his act together in Brooklyn after a poor run following a big contract with the Raptors, so it's surprising to see how quickly he was out of an NBA rotation. After 140 games and 80 starts across two seasons with the Nets, Carroll signed with San Antonio after they were spurned by Marcus Morris. He was never a consistent member of the rotation and signed with Houston after being bought out. He has the 3-and-D profile that fits with the Rockets' style but is only an emergency depth piece. After a couple years of standard-league appeal, DC finished as a top-450 player. His next landing spot will determine his fantasy outlook but standard-league GMs don't need to be waiting eagerly for Carroll's next move.

  • Tyson Chandler
    C, Houston Rockets

    Tyson Chandler was a non-factor in 2019-20, setting career-lows with 26 games and just 8.4 minutes per contest.

    Chandler's been in decline for a few years now and playing for a team that is all-in on center-less basketball was the death knell for his deep-league appeal. Chandler could be a decent source of rebounds on strong percentages from the field in even modest minutes but it looks like his days as a fantasy asset are over.

  • Michael Frazier II
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Michael Frazier logged eight games with the Rockets in 2019-20, finishing as a top-475 fantasy option.

    It's hard to judge any player who gets so little run, but Frazier managed 0.3 steals and 0.3 triples in just 8.2 mpg. That may bode well for his long-term future as a potential fantasy option in deep leagues, but we can cross that bridge when he carves out a full rotation spot.

  • William Howard
    F, Houston Rockets

    William Howard made just two appearances in his first NBA season, placing him outside fantasy's top-510.

    There were only 514 players who showed up in the fantasy season, but Howard's lack of playing time is more to blame than anything. Howard previously played at the top level in France and made the Jazz roster as the 15th man to open the year. He was waived in October and signed to a two-way contract with the Rockets in late December. He has a solid track record of 3-point shooting but can't be considered a fantasy option next year.

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