The Houston Rockets are dealing with some key injuries at the moment, so expect Terrence Jones and Jeremy Lin to produce as the season winds down.
Analysis: Terrence Jones is still available in 10-15% of fantasy leagues. He has had a productive March, averaging 13.9 points, 6.8 boards, 1.3 blocks and 0.9 steals while shooting 61% from the field. Jones is the 18th rated fantasy power forward this month. Expect the former Kentucky Wildcat to keep filling the stat sheet especially with Dwight Howard sidelined for the next week or two.
Jeremy Lin is still pedestrian but with the Patrick Beverley injury… he has to produce more, right? Regardless, Lin will see 30 plus minutes of action per night the rest of the way with Beverly likely out the remainder of the regular season. Lin is averaging 11.5 points, 3.6 assists, 0.9 threes and 0.6 steals in the month of March in about 23 minutes of action per night. Jeremy Lin is available in 10-20% of fantasy leagues.
Houston has three games this week(BKN, TOR, OKC), five games next week(DEN, LAL, DEN, MIN, NO) and two games in the final week of the season(SA, NO).
Jeremy Lin recorded his first career triple-double Saturday against the Cavs.
Analysis: Lin has played very well over his last three games- 17.0 PPG, 8.3 APG, 1.3 3PM. However, he’s only the 27th rated fantasy point guard thus far this year. He’s having another above average year but he’s far from a fantasy force. His minutes, points, boards and threes are all identical to his marks last season but he is averaging 1.6 fewer assists per game this year.
You would think 31 minutes per night would be enough for Lin to be universally owned but he just doesn’t have an elite fantasy skill set. He is shooting 4.4 free throw attempts per game at an 80% clip which is a big improvement over last year, however, he’s only averaging 1.0 steals per game which is 25th among point guards while his steals/48 minutes is 56th among point guards.
Over the last two weeks Lin has been the 16th best fantasy point guard. He averaged 33 minutes per game in the month of January so he has plenty of opportunities to produce but the assists need to be more than 4.5 per game which is his current mark. Lin is available in 10-15% of fantasy leagues.