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March 12, 2020 08:24 AM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Strong defensive effort Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker posted three points (1-2 FG, 1-3 3Pt), 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks across 36 minutes during Tuesday's 117-111 victory over the Timberwolves.

Tucker was a nonfactor offensively, but he made his mark on the game through impressive rebounding and defense. The performance marked just the second time in Tucker's career that he's gone for at least 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Since the All-Star break, he's averaging 5.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 31.7 minutes.

March 1, 2020 09:36 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Nearly double-doubles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker finished with nine points (3-7 FG, 3-6 3Pt), 13 rebounds, three blocks and one assist across 39 minutes during Saturday's 111-110 overtime victory over the Celtics.

Tucker saw more outside shots than his previous average of 4.1 three-point attempts, but the most surprising element of his game came from in the paint. The 34-year-old's stout performance in the paint earned him season highs in both blocks (three) and offensive rebounds (six). Tucker offers varying fantasy value but continues to prove how formidable he is as an undersized center, demonstrated by Houston's seventh win in eight contests since the lineup change.

February 26, 2020 01:20 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Fails to connect from three
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker posted two points (1-3 FG, 0-2 3Pt), five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 25 minutes during Monday's 123-112 win over the Knicks.

Tucker wasn't able to connect from distance Monday, but he still made an impact with solid rebounding and good defensive stats. In February, he's averaging 6.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.7 threes, 1.1 assists and 1.0 steal in 32.9 minutes.

February 12, 2020 01:52 AM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Disappointing performance Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker managed just four points (1-4 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds and two steals in 36 minutes during Tuesday's 116-105 victory over the Celtics.

Tucker is playing big minutes as the starting center for the Rockets, although the production has not yet followed suit. He is outside the top-150 over the past week and the change of role does not appear to be agreeing with him from a statistical standpoint. He is fine to use as a steals streamer but that's about where his 12-team value ends at this point.

February 10, 2020 01:20 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Nearly the hero
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker finished with nine points (3-5 FG, 3-3 3Pt), four assists, and three rebounds in 36 minutes Sunday in the Rockets' 114-113 loss to the Jazz.

Tucker caught a kick-out pass from Russell Westbrook and nailed a corner three to give the Rockets the lead with 2.6 seconds remaining. However, the next and final possession of the game resulted in Utah's Bojan Bogdanovic burying a dagger over Tucker. It will be interesting to see how Tucker's role changes now that he's the team's starting center, but the early returns haven't been all that encouraging. In the six games the Rockets have played since Clint Capela was out with a heel injury before being traded, Tucker is averaging 6.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.8 three-pointers, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steal in 34.3 minutes.

February 7, 2020 09:08 AM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Steady in revamped role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker provided 11 points (4-6 FG, 3-5 3Pt), six rebounds and a blocked shot across 31 minutes in Thursday's 121-111 win over the Lakers.

With Clint Capela and Nene shipped out of town, the Rockets let the trade deadline pass without acquiring another center, which means coach Mike D'Antoni is set on employing an undersized small-ball setup, featuring Tucker at center. Houston looked like a completely different team Thursday, as swift ball distribution by Russell Westbrook and vital contribution from Robert Covington kept the Lakers on their heels even though they absolutely dominated under the basket. Tucker seemed more like a center in name only, as he spent a good deal of time in open space, and drained three shots from beyond the arc while he was out there. Moving forward, it looks like the Rockets will let Danuel House Jr. share with a bit of the heavy lifting in the frontcourt as a complement to Tucker. It's too soon to tell, but the new scheme is off to an excellent start.

February 4, 2020 11:40 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Complete line in 41 minutes
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker tallied 13 points (5-10 FG, 3-8 3Pt), 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals in 41 minutes during Tuesday's 125-110 win over the Hornets.

Tucker bounced back following a scoreless performance during Sunday's win against the Pelicans to post his sixth double-double through 50 appearances this season. He has had his hands full on the defensive end even more than usual of late with Clint Capela (heel) sidelined, as Tucker has been manning the center spot. If Capela doesn't play in Thursday's matchup versus the Lakers, Tucker will try to hold his own against a supersized front line.

January 28, 2020 03:48 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Nears double-double as center
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker put up nine points (2-4 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 10 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in 32 minutes during Monday's 126-117 win at Utah.

Tucker drew a rare start at center due to Clint Capela's absence, as head coach Mike D'Antoni went with a small lineup. Despite grabbing 10 boards -- his highest output since Jan. 8 -- Tucker had a minimal impact once again and hasn't scored in double figures since Dec. 19. While he has the ability to fill the stat sheet on a regular basis, ultimately he's not producing enough to offer a lot of upside outside of the deepest formats.

January 22, 2020 11:56 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Solid line in 31 minutes
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker totaled eight points (3-9 FG, 2-6 3Pt), nine rebounds, four assists and one steal in 31 minutes during Wednesday's 121-105 win over the Nuggets.

Tucker turned in a fairly well-rounded line, matching his season high in assists without playing a ton of minutes. Still, he hasn't reached double figures in scoring since Dec. 19, and Tucker has also been held scoreless four times over these last 15 games.

January 17, 2020 01:04 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Workload could decrease slightly
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

According to coach Mike D'Antoni, the plan is to play Tucker "around 30 minutes" in the majority of games moving forward, Kelly Iko of The Athletic reports.

Tucker has only played fewer than 30 minutes twice this season and is averaging 34.9 minutes per game. He's not a volume stats player, so his fantasy value is largely dependent on him seeing minutes in the mid-to-upper 30s. If D'Antoni does stick to his plan, it might be tough for fantasy owners to start Tucker most weeks.

January 15, 2020 07:56 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Good to go Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker (shoulder) is good to go for Wednesday's game against Portland, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Tucker will play despite entering the game with a stringer in his right shoulder. He'll presumably take on his usual role in the starting lineup where he's averaged 7.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.5 threes, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 35.1 minutes per game this year.

January 15, 2020 12:24 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Questionable Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker is questionable for Wednesday's matchup against the Trail Blazers due to a right shoulder stinger, Jamie Goldberg of The Oregonian reports.

It's possible Tucker misses his first game of the season Wednesday. If that's the case, Austin Rivers and Ben McLemore could see more run.

January 13, 2020 02:52 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Set to play Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Mike D'Antoni said Tucker (shoulder) will be available for Tuesday's game against the Grizzlies, Adam Spolane of Sports Radio 610 Houston reports.

Tucker suffered a right shoulder stinger during the Rockets' previous game Saturday versus the Timberwolves and was forced to finish the 139-109 win on the sideline. However, the injury was never viewed as a major concern, and Tucker shouldn't face any limitations Tuesday while slotting back into the starting five at power forward.

January 11, 2020 09:00 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Shoulder injury downplayed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Mike D'Antoni said Tucker (shoulder) appeared okay and should be available for Tuesday's game at Memphis, Cayleigh Griffin of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.

Tucker suffered a shoulder stinger during Saturday's win over the Timberwolves and was unable to return, but it doesn't appear it will impact his availability going forward. The 34-year-old has yet to miss a game this season and will have a couple days to rest up for Tuesday's contest.

January 11, 2020 06:28 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Will not return Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker (stinger) will not return to Saturday's game against the Timberwolves, Craig Ackerman of the Rockets' radio broadcast reports.

Tucker appeared to be in a great deal of pain upon injuring his shoulder and seemed to be unable to move his arm as he headed to the locker room. Luckily for him and the Rockets, the team does not play again until Tuesday's contest against the Grizzlies, giving Tucker three days to try and get healthy. If he is forced to miss extended time, Danuel House and Eric Gordon figure to see a larger share of small forward minutes than usual.

January 11, 2020 06:28 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Diagnosed with stinger
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker has been diagnosed with a stinger and is questionable to return to Saturday's game against the Timberwolves, Craig Ackerman of the Rockets' radio broadcast reports.

Tucker was in a lot of pain after taking a hard screen from Minnesota center Gorgui Dieng in the first quarter and has yet to return from the locker room. Danuel House will likely see an expanded role for the Rockets as long as Tucker is out.

January 11, 2020 05:44 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Heads to locker room Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker headed to the locker room in the first quarter of Saturday's game against the Timberwolves with an apparent right arm or shoulder injury, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports.

Tucker took a hard screen from Minnesota center Gorgui Dieng and was down on the court for several moments. The forward appeared to be in a lot of pain, although he was able to make it to the locker room under his own power. Danuel House figures to see a larger role as long as Tucker is out.

January 10, 2020 06:16 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Hits first three since Christmas
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker recorded three points (1-5 FG, 1-4 3Pt), six rebounds and two assists during Thursday's 113-93 victory over the Thunder.

Thursday, Tucker hit his first three-pointer since Christmas. While it's great that he broke out of the streak, he still shot a poor 1-for-4 from distance, and he's hit just 28.7 percent of his attempts from distance since December. He's been rebounding well over this stretch (8.9 boards per game), but Tucker's fantasy value is significantly depleted if his three isn't falling and he's not racking up defensive stats. He has seven performances this season without a made three or steal, which is three more than he had all of last season.

January 9, 2020 09:44 AM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Grabs 17 rebounds
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker had eight points (3-7 FG, 0-3 3PT, 2-2 FT), 17 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 122-115 win at Atlanta.

Tucker has scored in single digits in each of his last eight games and while that hurts his upside enormously, it's also expected considering the abundance of offensive resources on the current Rockets roster. Right now, most of his value might lie on what he can do rebouding since he has grabbed five or more boards in each of his last seven contests. But there's no question his value has been trending in the wrong direction of late.

January 2, 2020 03:52 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Fails to score Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker posted zero points (0-1 FG, 0-1 3Pt), eight rebounds, two assists and one block across 34 minutes during Tuesday's 130-104 win over the Nuggets.

Despite being on the court for 34 minutes, Tucker posted an absurdly low 1.2 percent usage rate, and it was his second game this season with just one shot attempt and zero points. He was able to salvage some fantasy value, however, as his supplementary stats pushed him up to 15.6 fantasy points. In December, he averaged 7.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 37.7 minutes. Tucker remains a decent streaming option on four-game weeks in deeper fantasy formats.

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