October 18, 2019, 11:17 pmJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
James Harden continues to torch the preseason with his scoring as he dropped 44 points (12-for-26 shooting) including eight 3-pointers, seven assists, five rebounds and five steals as the Rockets topped the Heat 144-133.
This was vintage Harden as he also drained 12-for-13 shots from the charity stripe. The five steals are also good to see as steals are an underrated part of Harden's fantasy profile. If the preseason is any indication, the arrival of Russell Westbrook won't keep Harden from producing the type of numbers that make him a perennial MVP candidate.
October 18, 2019, 11:12 pmClint CapelaC, Houston Rockets
Clint Capela showed out in Friday's win over the Heat as he put up 20 points (8-for-10 shooting), 13 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block across 30 minutes of action.
Capela has enjoyed a productive preseason, as it appears his chemistry with Russell Westbrook has a chance to surpass where it was with Chris Paul. Capela will produce points, rebounds and blocks while hurting your free-throw percentage.
October 18, 2019, 11:08 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Before leaving the game for tweaking his dislocated finger on his right hand, Russell Westbrook scored 16 points (6-for-13 shooting), with four assists, four rebounds, three steals and two 3-pointers in Friday's win over Miami.
It doesn't feel like Westbrook has gotten a real chance to get going this preseason as he dealt with a minor knee procedure earlier in the summer and dislocated fingers more recently. Don't be surprised if it takes a week or two for Westbrook to his his stride with his new team.
October 18, 2019, 11:04 pmDanuel HousePF, Houston Rockets
Danuel House again started over Eric Gordon in Friday's win over Miami as he mustered 14 points on 4-for-6 shooting, three rebounds, two assists, two 3-pointers and one block across 27 minutes.
Gordon outplayed House off the bench with 23 points (7-for-12 shooting), four 3-pointers, two assists, two steals and one rebound. Neither should contribute on a regular basis in fantasy, but can be useful streams with heavy game weeks or when injuries shorten the Rockets rotation.
October 18, 2019, 10:51 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Update: Russell Westbrook is 'all right' but has a dislocated finger from Friday's game vs. the Heat
Westbrook dislocated his finger again however coach Mike D'Antoni confirmed that he would be 'all right'. Westbrook is still projected to start in the opening game of the season.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
October 18, 2019, 10:32 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook appeared to have hurt his hand on a drive to the basket and will not return on Friday vs. the Heat.
Westbrook had beed dealing with a couple dislocated fingers prior to the game as he was sporting a wrap on his right pinky. He may have tweaked it and headed to the locker room for precautionary reasons. The Rockets are only calling it just a sore right hand for now and it doesn't sound serious. He finished the game with 16 points, four rebounds, four assists, three steals and two treys in 26 minutes of game time.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
October 17, 2019, 3:34 pmChris ClemonsPG, Houston Rockets
According to the Athletic, the Rockets have converted Chris Clemons from an Exhibit 10 deal to a two-way contract.
The Rockets have been making some minor adjustments to their roster ever since finding out that Gerald Green (broken left foot) will sit out this season. Expect Clemons to be a deep rotation piece to start the season. Leave him undrafted in standard redraft leagues but he will have some value in DFS lineups when the Rockets are without some of their backcourt pieces.
Source: Tony Jones on Twitter
October 17, 2019, 12:24 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Mike D'Antoni revealed that Russell Westbrook has "a couple" dislocated fingers.
Westbrook was sporting a wrap on his right pinky and the injury isn't expected to affect his availability at all. Though news of an injury like this isn't what fantasy players want to hear, it doesn't sound like Westbrook is concerned about it. "It’s all right. I learned a long time ago when I first got in the league, point guard fingers are always going to be f—ed up. That’s just what it is." Continue drafting Westbrook as usual in the lead up to the season.
Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter
October 16, 2019, 11:03 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook just couldn't get it going in Wednesday's loss to San Antonio, scoring 14 points (5-of-13 shooting from the field, 1-4 from the line) to go with four assists, four rebounds and eight turnovers.
Ouch. Westbrook's bad games look a lot worse when his volume scoring and playmaking is taken away, which is exactly what James Harden did tonight. He's a confounding player for fantasy managers to consider around the second round where he is being taken. No, he won't be this bad every night, but when he is, you will not have a good time.
October 16, 2019, 10:57 pmEric GordonSG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon moved to the bench in Houston's preseason loss to the Spurs, finishing with 14 points (5-of-11 shooting) and four 3-pointers in 23 minutes.
It seems that Gordon will go back to providing a scoring punch to the second unit as Houston continues to tinker their lineup in the wake of the Gerald Green (broken left foot) injury. He'll get you tons of 3-pointers not matter where he plays, but with a lack of supporting stats to go with it, you could do better towards the end of your draft.
October 16, 2019, 10:52 pmDanuel HousePF, Houston Rockets
Danuel House Jr. started over Eric Gordon in Wednesday's 116-128 loss to the Spurs, finishing with just seven points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal in 30 minutes.
House Jr. is looking at a larger role with news that Gerald Green (foot) is expected to miss the entire season, but he displayed why that isn't exactly game-changing news for him from a fantasy perspective. He'll have games where he goes off from deep, but he is largely an afterthought in all but the deepest of leagues.
October 16, 2019, 10:48 pmJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
James Harden put up a very James Harden line in Wednesday's preseason loss, scoring 40 points (13-of-27 shooting) to go with 10 rebounds, seven assists and seven 3-pointers in 34 minutes.
Harden lead the charge for Houston while Russell Westbrook by contrast struggled to get things going (14 points on 3-of-13 shooting). The narrative for these two is how they will be able to mesh their gargantuan stat sets together. So far it's been a mix of one going off while the other struggles or even output from both that don't exacly mirror the hge numbers we're used to seeing out of them. They're both going to have relatively fine seasons, with Harden in particular still in contention to be the number one fantasy player again, but it's clear these two will experience growing pains as they continue to remember how to play with one another.
October 16, 2019, 6:59 pmTyson ChandlerC, Houston Rockets
Tyson Chandler (rest) will not play in Wednesday's matchup against the Spurs.
Chandler will have another opportunity to take the court in the Rockets' preseason finale against the Heat on Friday. Chandler, 37, has not been on the fantasy radar in a few seasons and will not re-emerge on the scene this season. On select nights, he will be a low-cost option in DFS contests when the Rockets are without Clint Capela.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
October 16, 2019, 6:34 pmDanuel HousePF, Houston Rockets
Danuel House Jr. will start in place of Eric Gordon on Wednesday as the Rockets take on the Spurs.
The Rockets were hit with the injury bug as Gerald Green (broken left foot) was lost for the season. The team may be experimenting with the best rotations to maximize their ceiling. It is possible that House Jr. starts in place of Gordon this season so that Gordon gets easier matchups against second units. This is something to monitor once the regular season arrives but it is unlikely to change their projected minutes heading into the season.
Source: Craig Ackerman on Twitter
October 16, 2019, 1:14 pmMichael Frazier IISG, Houston Rockets
Michael Frazier II, who has a right ankle sprain, will not play during Wednesday's game against the Spurs.
Frazier has missed about two weeks with this injury. He is not a major fantasy target in any case.
Source: NBA Injury Report