Dec 28, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets small forward Chandler Parsons (25) brings the ball up the court during the third quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Basketball: Rockets' Chandler Parsons expected to play Monday night vs. Celtics

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Fantasy basketball owners of Houston Rockets’ Rockets forward Chandler Parsons got a bit of good news on Monday when Rockets’ head coach Kevin McHale announced that Parsons is expected to be in the lineup when the Rockets tip things off against the Boston Celtics.

Dec 23, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets small forward Chandler Parsons (25) brings the ball up the court during the first quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Parsons has been dealing with a knee issue that has kept him out of the lineup for the past three games and with the Rockets having four games this week, three against under .500 teams, it is a great time for fantasy owners to get Chandler back in their lineups.

Not only is Parsons’ return good for his owners, but for owners of Houston’s other players as well as while James Harden continued to put up solid numbers in Parsons absence, the Rockets, who are third in the NBA in scoring at 105.3 points per game, twice were held under 100 points with Parsons out of the lineup. That included Friday night when they scored a mere 80 points in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

The former Florida Gator is averaging 17.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game while shooting 51.7 percent from the floor, 37.5 percent beyond the three-point arc and 72.1 percent at the charity stripe.

When looking at potential matchups this week, also consider the defensive factor that Parsons brings to the game, as according to 82games.com, Parsons is holding opposing small forwards to a 16.1 PER.

If you are on the fence about a forward to potentially use in a utility spot, it may be worth steering clear of a matchup against the Rockets with parsons back in the lineup.


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