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Houston Rockets head coach Ime Udoka said Wednesday that forward Tari Eason (leg) is slated to be re-evaluated, but the second-year forward won't play on Thursday against the New Orleans Pelicans. Eason hasn't played since New Year's Day, but expect another update on his status ahead of Friday's meeting with the Phoenix Suns. Cam Whitmore (ankle) is available to play the sixth-man role for the Rockets in the meantime and sports some deep-league fantasy appeal.
Houston Rockets head coach Ime Udoka says forward Cam Whitmore (ankle) will play against the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday. After spraining his right ankle on Feb. 9, Whitmore returned to Wednesday's practice and is good to go on Thursday following a three-game absence. New Orleans resides seventh in the Association in defensive efficiency (110.6), so the Villanova product will only be a deep-league fantasy streamer for points and three-pointers off the Rockets bench with Fred VanVleet (adductor) back in the fold.
Houston Rockets guard Fred VanVleet (groin) says he will play on Thursday against the New Orleans Pelicans. VanVleet has overcome a strained left groin following a five-game absence prior to the All-Star break. It's unclear if FVV will carry a minutes restriction on Thursday, but he'll be a shaky DFS play against a Pelicans squad that sits sixth in the league in opponent field-goal percentage (46.5%). VanVleet still belongs in all season-long lineups, while Amen Thompson figures to revert to Houston's bench and lose fantasy appeal.
Houston Rockets forwards Tari Eason (leg) and Cam Whitmore (ankle) remain sidelined for Wednesday's tilt against the Memphis Grizzlies. No surprise here on Eason's front, as head coach Ime Udoka revealed before Monday's win over the New York Knicks that the 2022 first-rounder is still experiencing "lingering pain" in his left lower leg stemming from a stress reaction in the preseason. Whitmore will miss a third straight game due to a sprained right ankle, and Feb. 22's matchup with the New Orleans Pelicans will be both players' next chance to return. With Fred VanVleet (adductor) also out, Aaron Holiday is averaging 14.0 points, 4.0 assists, and 2.3 treys on 42.9% shooting from beyond the arc in 24.9 minutes over his past four games as Houston's sixth man and is a short-term fantasy solution for points, threes, and dimes until the team gets healthier.
Houston Rockets guard Fred VanVleet (groin) won't return to the court until after the All-Star break. Including Monday's game, Vanvleet has missed four straight games due to a lingering groin issue. At this point, the Rockets are going to play it safe and shut down Vanvleet so he can get some rest. In the meantime, Amen Thompson should continue to start while Vanvleet is out. He's well worth a look as a streaming option while he's in the starting five. Also, Jalen Green figures to handle most of the ball-handling responsibilities which should boost his fantasy value.