January 14, 2020, 11:22 pmAustin RiversPG, Houston Rockets
Austin Rivers dished out five assists in a spot start on Tuesday, adding 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting, two rebounds and a three in 27 minutes in a loss to the Grizzlies.
Rivers started for the resting Russell Westbrook tonight and he should be back to his ineffective bench stat lines in the Rockets' next game on Wednesday. Ben McLemore fared a bit better next to Rivers in the starting lineup, hitting four triples on his way to 14 points with three boards and two steals in 38 minutes.
January 11, 2020, 7:55 pmBen McLemoreSG, Houston Rockets
Ben McLemore shifted to a starter's role on Saturday and was able to be productive with 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting with three rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer and one block in 23 minutes.
His starting gig is not a guarantee moving forward. That said, while McLemore is starting, he's worth picking up for production like what we saw tonight. He started instead of Danuel House, who had nine points on 3-of-4 shooting, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.
January 8, 2020, 11:10 pmBen McLemoreSG, Houston Rockets
Ben McLemore played 32 minutes and scored 18, all coming from behind the arc on 6-of-9 shooting.
McLemore has shown he can score from deep, keeping him just relevant enough in standard leagues. Don't be afraid to drop him for a hot pickup though.
December 31, 2019, 10:27 pmBen McLemoreSG, Houston Rockets
Ben McLemore logged under 18 minutes on Tuesday night, hitting three triples for nine points.
McLemore played over 30 minutes in Eric Gordon's return on Sunday but didn't get close to that tonight, though this one was a blowout. Gordon logged 26 minutes and posted 12 points, three triples and a block. Neither's a good bet for 12-team production right now but Gordon has the higher upside and is the superior play in all formats.
December 20, 2019, 1:15 amBen McLemoreSG, Houston Rockets
Ben McLemore scored eight points on 3-of-6 shooting with three rebounds, one assist and two triples on Thursday.
McLemore continues to drain enough triples to warrant ownership at the end of your bench in standard leagues. Austin Rivers (10 points on 4-of-7 shooting with two rebounds and two triples) got some extended run tonight due to some hot shooting as well, but McLemore is the guy to own here. Eric Gordon returning within the next few weeks should put a dent in their value, but McLemore might still be able to serve as a specialist.
December 16, 2019, 10:44 pmBen McLemoreSG, Houston Rockets
Ben McLeMore drained four more triples on Monday, scoring 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting while adding three rebounds, one assist and a steal.
He went a dismal 1-for-4 at the line, but his triples have been huge for the Rockets, who are missing Eric Gordon and McLemore should continue to see a healthy amount of open triples heading his way.
December 15, 2019, 1:04 amBen McLemoreSG, Houston Rockets
Ben McLemore scored 13 points with three steals and one 3-pointer in a start on Saturday.
McLemore started for Russell Westbrook (rest) but was unable to do much with the opportunity. McLemore has been hot lately but will probably regress soon, especially when Eric Gordon returns. He can continue to be started until he goes cold, then he will return to being a 3-point streamer only.
December 14, 2019, 7:43 pmBen McLemoreSG, Houston Rockets
Ben McLemore will start in place of Russell Westbrook (rest) on Saturday.
McLemore has had good chemistry playing next to Harden as a catch-and-shoot threat every time Harden is double-teamed. McLemore is a good 3-point streaming option.
Source: Salman Ali on Twitter
December 13, 2019, 9:42 pmBen McLemoreSG, Houston Rockets
Ben McLemore played 27 minutes off the bench in the Rockets' win on Friday, scoring 18 points (6-for-7 shooting), with six three-pointers, two assists and a rebound.
McLemore seems to be carving out a role on this team as a three-point sniper off the bench – one previously occupied by Gerald Green. Continue looking him as a deep-league option good for threes and points, especially while Eric Gordon is out.
December 13, 2019, 2:59 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook will play on Friday vs. the Magic and likely rest on Saturday vs. the Pistons.
The Rockets are just trying to keep Westbrook fresh and they probably feel like they can beat the Pistons without him. Expect Austin Rivers and Ben McLemore to get some more opportunity with Westbrook out on Saturday.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
December 7, 2019, 11:07 pmBen McLemoreSG, Houston Rockets
Ben McLemore came off the bench to score 27 points and added two rebounds, one steal and five treys on Saturday vs. the Suns.
McLemore's hot shooting continues, even after returning to the bench. In 30 minutes, he went 10-of-15 from the field, including 5-of-9 from three and was a perfect 2-of-2 from the line. He is fitting in well nicely with James Harden and has a quick trigger finger. This hot shooting isn't sustainable so he a sell-high player.
December 7, 2019, 11:45 amBen McLemoreSG, Houston Rockets
Despite his hot shooting, Ben McLemore is expected to return to a bench role once the Rockets are back to full health.
This was always the expectation after all of Gerald Green, Eric Gordon and Danuel House went down with injuries. The Rockets are slowly getting their guys healthy and they've made sure not to put too much on House's plate after he suffered two injuries to separate parts of his body while also falling ill in the past few weeks. McLemore can shoot it, a skill that is always welcome in this offense, but the reason that we haven't really plugged him as a pick-up is that we don't expect him to retain his current role and level of production. House remains a rock-solid, long-term hold.
Source: Houston Chronicle
December 5, 2019, 10:52 pmBen McLemoreSG, Houston Rockets
Ben McLemore scored a season-high 28 points on Thursday, hitting eight 3-pointers to go with two rebounds, three assists and a steal.
McLemore was red-hot in this game and Coach D'Antoni has decided to use him as a starter as he thrives playing with James Harden. Harden is being double-teamed before halfcourt and McLemore has been ready with a trigger finger. He won't always be this good, but he's worth a streaming spot if you need triples.
December 5, 2019, 6:17 pmDanuel HousePF, Houston Rockets
Danuel House will come off the bench in Thursday's game vs. the Raptors after recovering from an illness.
House has only been healthy enough to play in four of the last 10 games but he will make his return on Thursday. Ben McLemore will likely start again while House works his way back from an illness. If House happened to be dropped in any of your leagues, he needs to be added immediately. McLemore and Austin Rivers will both see their roles reduced with the return of House.
Source: Craig Ackerman on Twitter
December 4, 2019, 6:11 pmDanuel HousePF, Houston Rockets
Danuel House is questionable to face the Raptors on Thursday as he continues to recover from an illness.
House has only played in four of the team's last 10 games. He will look to return to the court soon as he was producing standard league value when healthy. Austin Rivers and Ben McLemore will continue to see more opportunity for as long as House misses time.
Source: NBA Injury Report