Fantasy Basketball Team Analysis: 2011-12 Houston Rockets

Shane Battier, Chase Budinger

Now that the dude on the left is gone, Budinger should be ready for takeoff -- Heineken and all. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Depth chart:

PG: Kyle Lowry, Goran Dragic, Jonny Flynn

SG: Kevin Martin, Courtney Lee

SF: Chase Budinger, Terrence Williams, Marqus Blakely

PF: Luis Scola, Patrick Patterson, Donatas Motiejunas, Marcus Morris

C: Chuck Hayes*, Jordan Hill, Hasheem Thabeet, Marcus Cousin

* unrestricted free agent

Relevant fantasy players and their projected draft positions/per-game stats:

- Kyle Lowry, PG (Rd. 3): 45% FG, 78% FT, 1.5 Threes, 16 Pts, 4 Reb, 7 Ast, 1.5 Stl, 2 TO

- Kevin Martin, SG (Rd. 3): 44% FG, 90% FT, 2 Threes, 21.5 Pts, 3 Reb, 2.5 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO

- Chase Budinger, SG/SF (Rd. 7): 44% FG, 85% FT, 1.5 Threes, 14.5 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 2.5 Ast, 0.5 Stl, 1 TO

- Chuck Hayes, PF/C (Rd. 7): 50% FG, 67% FT, 8.5 Pts, 9.5 Reb, 2.5 Ast, 1 Stl, 0.7 Blk, 1.5 TO

- Luis Scola, PF/C (Rd. 7): 50% FG, 75% FT, 19.5 Pts, 8 Reb, 2.5 Ast, 0.8 Stl, 0.5 Blk, 2.5 TO

Sleeper:

Budinger

Most likely to surprise:

Scola

Most likely to disappoint:

Martin

Category specialists:

- Threes: Lowry, Martin, Budinger

- Steals: Lowry

Things to consider:

- Martin‘s health

- a potentially bigger role for Scola in coach Kevin McHale’s offense

Team’s statistical NBA ranks from 2010-11:

- Pts: 3rd

- FGM: 4th

- FGA: T-3rd

- FG%: 21st

- FT%: 4th

- 3PTM: 6th

- Reb: T-7th

- Ast: T-1st

- TO: T-7th

- Stl: T-19th

- Blk: T-18th

- Pace: 7th

- Offensive Efficiency: 6th

- Defensive Efficiency: 18th

Fantasy-friendliness for 2011-12: B

Bonus:

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