Houston Rockets
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Alperen Sengun
Alperen Sengun dominates Wizards with 12/12/6/2/2
Sun, Apr 9, 2023, 3:35 PM
Alperen Sengun recorded a monster line on Sunday with 12 points (4-for-9 FGs), 12 rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks in a 114-109 win over Washington.
Analysis: After grabbing a career-high 21 rebounds on Friday, Sengun ended the season on another high note with a full line. With Stephen Silas being relieved of his duties after the game ended, the next head coach will be tasked with compiling all of this talent into a cohesive unit that can compete for a play-in spot. Seven players scored in double figures in this game, led by Jabari Smith, who ended his rookie season with a 20-point game. Josh Christopher started in place of Kevin Porter Jr. and scored 13. Tari Eason posted a 16/8/4 line off the bench. Houston will hope to strike gold in the lottery, which should make them more competitive next season.
Josh Christopher
HOU starting Christopher, Green, KJ, Smith, Sengun
Sun, Apr 9, 2023, 11:42 AM
Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
The Rockets will start Josh Christopher, Jalen Green, K.J. Martin, Jabari Smith and Alperen Sengun against the Wizards on Sunday.
Analysis: Christopher will get the starting nod in place of Kevin Porter Jr., who is out due to right knee soreness. He should play a larger role in this game, though Daishen Nix will likely also help fill the void.
Kevin Porter
Kevin Porter Jr. (knee) out Sunday vs. Wizards
Sat, Apr 8, 2023, 7:22 PM
NBA Injury Report
Kevin Porter Jr. has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Wizards with a sore right knee.
Analysis: With this news, Porter ends his season having scored 20 points or more in each of his final six games. During that stretch, KPJ averaged 26.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.0 steals, 4.5 3-pointers, and 2.2 turnovers in 36.7 minutes per game, shooting 51% from the field and 83.3% from the foul line. Entering the season with a Yahoo ADP of 103, that "finishing kick" enabled Porter to finish within the top 100 in 9-cat formats and within the top 50 in 8-cat. Where he's drafted ahead of next season will depend on the direction of the franchise, with Houston reportedly being one team that could make a coaching change this offseason.
Alperen Sengun
Alperen Sengun hauls in career-high 21 rebounds
Fri, Apr 7, 2023, 8:33 PM
Alperen Sengun dominated the glass on Friday and finished with 14 points (4-for-9 FGs), 21 rebounds, four rebounds, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in a 112-109 win over Charlotte.
Analysis: In Houston's second to last game of the season, Sengun dominated the glass and set a new career-high in rebounds. With rumors swirling about the Rockets moving on from Stephen Silas after that season, Sengun was able to have a big game that should encourage the next head coach to play him more next season, barring Houston winning the draft lottery. Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green continued their strong finish to the season as they scored 26 points each to get the win. All five starters scored in double figures, and Tari Eason added five stocks off the bench. It came against the skeleton crew for Charlotte, but it was a solid win late in the season.
Jalen Green
Jalen Green drops 32 to lead Rockets past Denver
Tue, Apr 4, 2023, 9:32 PM
Jalen Green led Houston with 32 points (12-for-27 FGs), six rebounds, four assists, one assist and four 3-pointers in a 124-103 win over the Nuggets on Tuesday.
Analysis: Houston's offense was clicking in this game as the youthful Rockets secured an upset win over the Nuggets. Green led the way with his second straight 32-point night, and he has now scored at least 30 in five of his last eight games. He's clicking like he did at the end of last season, and he can help managers that are still playing win their leagues, as well as be a nice value for DFS players. Kevin Porter Jr. and Alperen Sengun each added 20 points as Houston had a total of seven players score in double figures. We'll see if they're able to build off of this and gain some momentum heading into the summer.
Jae'Sean Tate
Jae'Sean Tate (left knee) likely done for season
Tue, Apr 4, 2023, 5:45 PM
Adam Spolane on Twitter
Rockets coach Stephen Silas said on Tuesday that Jae'Sean Tate (left knee soreness) is unlikely to appear in any of the team's final three games.
Analysis: Tate has been nagged by knee soreness for close to two weeks, so this development comes as no surprise. Injuries limited him to three appearances before the calendar flipped to 2023, and Tate could never seem to get rolling once cleared to play. He isn't someone fantasy managers will look to target in drafts next season. As for the remainder of this year, look for Tari Eason to log 25 minutes or so per night off the bench. He's worth rostering in that role.
Alperen Sengun
Alperen Sengun posts 18/15/5/2/3 line vs. Lakers
Sun, Apr 2, 2023, 9:10 PM
Alperen Sengun posted a full line on Sunday with 18 points (9-for-17 FGs), 15 rebounds, five assists, two steals and three blocks in a 134-109 loss to the Lakers.
Analysis: Sengun did everything he could in this game to get Houston to win, as he provided value across the board. With the Spurs winning in overtime, the Rockets now have a 1.5 game lead for the second best lottery odds. All five starters scored in double figures in this game, with Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. scoring over 20. Green led the way with 24, but he shot 7-for-21 from the floor. The Rockets didn't pull the plug on their rotation players last season, so they should have the same players in the lineup through game 82.
Jalen Green
Jalen Green drops 32 points in win over Detroit
Fri, Mar 31, 2023, 10:08 PM
Jalen Green lit up Detroit with 32 points (10-for-18 FGs, 10-for-16 FTs), one rebound, five assists and two 3-pointers in a 121-115 win on Friday.
Analysis: After back-to-back poor shooting night, Green got back on track in this game. He has now reached 30 points in four of his last eight games, including a 40-point night. He ended last season on a hot streak, scoring at least 30 in six of his last seven games. The Rockets kept their starters in the lineup through game 82 last season, so Green could get a chance to repeat that hot streak. They finish their week against the Lakers on Sunday before taking on Denver, Charlotte and Washington next week.
Kevin Porter
Kevin Porter Jr. drops 33 with 7 triples vs. DET
Fri, Mar 31, 2023, 9:58 PM
Kevin Porter Jr. led Houston with 33 points (12-for-20 FGs), three rebounds, one assist, four steals and seven 3-pointers against the Pistons on Friday.
Analysis: KPJ led Houston in scoring for the third straight game, as he followed his 31-point performance on Wednesday with his 5th 30-point game of the season. Over the past two months, KPJ has been a fifth round contributor in 9-cat leagues. They have four more games left in their season, the first of which will be against the Lakers on Sunday. Houston never pulled the plug on their starters last season, so KPJ should be able to provide excellent value the rest of the way.
Kenyon Martin
KJ Martin (left hip) upgraded to available Friday
Fri, Mar 31, 2023, 5:34 PM
NBA Injury Report
KJ Martin (left hip flexor strain) is available for Friday's game against the Pistons.
Analysis: Martin's run of consecutive games played remains intact, and he'll occupy his usual place in the starting lineup. Given how close his clearance was to tip time, Martin could be asked to play fewer minutes than usual. That would boost the value of Tari Eason, who should already be rostered in deep leagues.
Kenyon Martin
KJ Martin (hip) questionable Friday vs. Detroit
Thu, Mar 30, 2023, 5:53 PM
NBA Injury Report
KJ Martin (left hip flexor strain) is listed as questionable to play against Detroit on Friday.
Analysis: Martin has yet to miss a game this season, but there's a chance that streak ends in game 78. If that's the case, Tari Eason should slide into the starting unit, where he will have a chance to put up big numbers across the board.
Alperen Sengun
Alperen Sengun scores 21 with 12 rebounds vs. Nets
Wed, Mar 29, 2023, 10:29 PM
Alperen Sengun logged 33 minutes in Wednesday's 123-114 loss to Brooklyn, tallying 21 points (10-of-16 FGs, 1-of-3 FTs), 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one blocked shot.
Analysis: Sengun entered Wednesday averaging 13.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.6 blocks in the five games prior. But those numbers were boosted by his 25/8/4/2 line in a March 22 loss to the Grizzlies. Sengun recorded his first double-double since March 17 (six games) on Wednesday, which should boost his value since he's ranked outside the top 150 in 9-cat formats over the last two weeks. Sengun's still providing top-100 value for the season, so fantasy managers haven't taken too big of a hit when considering his recent production.
Kevin Porter
Kevin Porter Jr. posts 31/9/6/3 stat line vs. Nets
Wed, Mar 29, 2023, 10:20 PM
Kevin Porter Jr. shot 11-of-22 from the field and 5-of-5 from the foul line in Wednesday's 123-114 loss to the Nets, scoring 31 points with nine rebounds, six assists, three steals, and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes.
Analysis: Porter had one of his best games of the season Wednesday night. In addition to the 31/9/6/3 line on 50% shooting, he was responsible for just one turnover. Prior to Wednesday, Porter was responsible for at least two turnovers in eight straight games. Now, he had no more than three in seven of those outings, so we aren't talking about a playmaker who's been out of control. But Porter, who's scored 20 or more in three of his last four games, is making strides. He's providing 5th-round value in 9-cat formats over the last two weeks and is a top 100 player for the season. Houston plays two more games in Week 23, as they'll host the Pistons and Lakers.
Tari Eason
Tari Eason finishes loss with 13 points, 8 boards
Mon, Mar 27, 2023, 10:07 PM
Tari Eason finished Monday's 137-115 loss to the Knicks with 13 points (5-of-11 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), eight rebounds, one assist, two steals, and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.
Analysis: Eason has played at least 27 minutes in five straight games, a run in which he scored in double figures on four occasions. Rostered in 37% of Yahoo leagues, the rookie forward is providing top-100 value in 9-cat formats over the last month. Whether he comes off the bench or starts when the Rockets are down a big man, Eason should be rostered in more leagues. Houston plays three more games in Week 23, so now would be a good time to pick him up.
Kenyon Martin
KJ Martin records 18/6/2/1 stat line vs. Knicks
Mon, Mar 27, 2023, 10:01 PM
KJ Martin accumulated 18 points (7-of-11 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), six rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one 3-pointer in Monday's 137-115 loss to the Knicks in 33 minutes.
Analysis: Rostered in 49% of Yahoo leagues, Martin has been an 11th-round player in 9-cat formats over the last month. And the move into the starting lineup has given him a welcome boost. In 42 starts this season (not counting Monday), Martin's averaging 14.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks, and 0.9 3-pointers, shooting 57.7% from the field and 71.7% from the foul line. He's hit double figures in five straight and 10 of 11 games. Martin may not be a high-level fantasy player, but he isn't at risk of being shut down, and those players are always of value this time of year.
Kevin Porter
Kevin Porter Jr. notches team-high 26 points Mon.
Mon, Mar 27, 2023, 9:47 PM
Kevin Porter Jr. shot 8-of-14 from the field and 7-of-8 from the foul line in Monday's 137-115 loss to the Knicks, putting up 26 points with four assists, one block, and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.
Analysis: After struggling mightily in Sunday's loss to the Cavaliers, Porter was far better against the Knicks. He shot better than 50% from the field (3-of-12 on Sunday), and the 26 points are the most he's scored in a game since Houston's March 15 win over the Lakers (27 points). One of two Rockets (Alperen Sengun) to be ranked within the top 100 in 9-cat formats for the season, Porter has been a 7th-round player over the last two weeks. With the Rockets playing three more games this week, KPJ will be a key player for fantasy managers looking to win championships this week.
Jae'Sean Tate
Jae'Sean Tate (knee) out Monday vs Knicks
Mon, Mar 27, 2023, 11:50 AM
Alykan Bijani on Twitter
Jae'Sean Tate (left knee soreness) is listed as out for Monday's game against the Knicks.
Analysis: Make that five straight games for Tate as he continues to sit with a nagging knee issue. Tari Eason should continue to get extended run in his absence. Eason has scored in double-figures in four of the last five games.
Alperen Sengun
Alperen Sengun puts up 14/8/4 line in loss to Cavs
Sun, Mar 26, 2023, 8:28 PM
Alperen Sengun provided solid value on Sunday with 14 points (6-for-12 FGs), eight rebounds, four assists and a block against Cleveland.
Analysis: After really struggling against Memphis on Friday, Sengun had a decent bounce back performance on Sunday. Sengun started the season off really well, but he hasn’t been the same fantasy contributor recently. Over the course of the year, he has been a 7th round fantasy producer in 9-cat leagues, but he's been outside the top-125 over the past month and outside the top-200 over the past week. Hopefully, he'll be able to gain some momentum over their last seven games heading into next season.
Kevin Porter
Kevin Porter Jr. held to six points vs. Cleveland
Sun, Mar 26, 2023, 8:24 PM
Kevin Porter Jr. struggled on Sunday and only finished with just six points (3-for-12 FGs), three rebounds, four assists and a steal against the Cavaliers.
Analysis: KPJ has played really well as of late, providing top-40 value over the two weeks before this game. Unfortunately, that all came crashing down on Sunday, as he had one of his worst shooting performances of the season. The only time he had fewer points than he did in this game was when he played 10 minutes against the Kings in January, which led to him almost missing two months. With four games next week, he should be able to provide much better value than he did in this game.
Jalen Green
Jalen Green drops 30 points with five 3-pointers
Sun, Mar 26, 2023, 8:20 PM
Jalen Green lit up Cleveland for 30 points (10-for-17 FGs), one rebound, four assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in a 108-91 loss on Sunday.
Analysis: Green did everything he could to single handedly will Houston back into the game after heading into halftime down 18 points. It wasn't enough to get the win, which Rockets fans won't be upset about, but he did have his 4th 30-point game this month, including for the third time in their last five games. Green finished last season incredibly strong, and he's doing the same this year, which has allowed him to provide top-100 value over the past two weeks. They play four games next week, where he'll look to keep up his scoring pace.


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