The Houston Rockets have listed Dwight Howard and Jeremy Lin as game-time decisions for their matchup vs. the Miami Heat on Tuesday night. Fantasy basketball owners would be wise to check back closer their 8 pm ET tip-off to make sure both players are active.
The Rockets’ face the Heat just one night after LeBron James scorched the Charlotte Bobcats for a career-high 61 points (22-33 FG, 8-10 3PT). Owners will hope to have Howard back, as the Heat are ranked 19th in fantasy basketball vs. opposing centers.
Howard is having one of his best stretches of the season, averaging 22.2 points (65.3 FG%, 64.9 FT%), 11.8 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks over his last 12 games. Lin has been struggling since the emergence of Patrick Beverley, scoring just 6.4 points in 22.4 minutes over his last five.
Both Howard and Lin are dealing with back issues, but participated in the team’s shootaround on Tuesday morning, reports Rockets.com’s Jason Friedman:
Howard says back is sore, got treatment on it all last night, but hopeful he'll be able to play tonight. He'll be game-time decision, too.
— Jason Friedman (@JasonCFriedman) March 4, 2014
If Howard can’t go, Omer Asik would be the top player to go after on the waiver wire. Asik has dealt with injuries (and trade speculation) nearly all year long, but he’ll be in Houston for the remainder of the season. He offers owners double-double upside, but not much else. Last season he averaged 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds. He is owned in 31.7 percent of ESPN.com fantasy basketball leagues.
Donatas Motiejunas (100 percent available) is a player worth keeping tabs on in much deeper leagues. He is another player who found himself out of the rotation early on, but coach Kevin McHale has regained some trust in him. In February, the 23-year-old Lithuanian played 19.7 minutes per game, averaging 7.5 points and 3.2 boards while knocking down 0.7 3-pointers.
There are less waiver wire options to be had if Lin sits, but Patrick Beverley, who is somehow still unowned in 92.2 percent of ESPN.com leagues, is a must-add. Beverley isn’t going to help your shooting percentages much, but he offers a rare combination of defense, 3-point shooting, and rebounding for a point guard. For the season, Beverley is averaging 9.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 1.6 treys, but he seems to be getting the green light of late. On Saturday vs. the Detroit Pistons, he jacked up 15 shots and nailed five triples.