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P.J. Tucker | Forward | #4

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (32) / 5/5/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 245
College: Texas
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 2 (5) / TOR
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P.J. Tucker scored eight points with three rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.
Coach Mike D'Antoni has to love his defensive versatility. Tucker can guard 1-5 and that's going to keep him on the floor in some clutch spots. However, he's not exactly on the same level as James Harden and Chris Paul on offense, so he has much more value in reality than in fantasy. Dec 10 - 4:42 AM

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P.J. Tucker started the second half of Sunday's game in place of Ryan Anderson (back), posting eight points, seven rebounds, two 3-pointers and one steal in 28 minutes.

Mike D'Antoni recently toyed with the idea of alternating PFs based upon matchups, but he decided against it --Tucker only started the second half tonight because Anderson was injured. "The way we play, it doesn't really matter [if I start]," Tucker said. "For me and Ryan, it's a mindset of just doing what we do no matter ... what adjustments coach makes in the lineup." Unless Anderson misses extended time, Tucker is just a niche option for 3-pointers (1.3 per game), rebounds (6.0) and steals (1.3).
Dec 4 - 12:10 AM

P.J. Tucker came off the bench on Monday vs. the Nets and scored nine points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and three 3-pointers in 21 minutes.

Coach Mike D'Antoni said there could be some games where he starts Tucker at the four over Ryan Anderson, but it's going to be hard for him to provide consistent fantasy value to his owners while Houston is at full strength. He's more of a deep-league asset if you need rebounds, steals and triples.
Nov 28 - 12:36 AM

P.J. Tucker will come off the bench on Monday vs. the Nets.

Ryan Anderson is back in the lineup now that he's 100 percent again, but coach Mike D'Antoni did say that Tucker could make some starts this season depending on the matchups. Regardless of where he starts the game, he's just a low-end source of rebounds, steals and triples.
Nov 27 - 6:27 PM

P.J. Tucker is starting over Ryan Anderson against the Knicks on Saturday.

The move is because Anderson hasn't practiced this week, so this move is not likely to stick. However, Anderson is likely going to lose value compared to earlier this year because Chris Paul will be absorbing some shots from the offense.
Nov 25 - 7:52 PM

P.J. Tucker scored seven points in a start against the Nuggets on Wednesday with 11 rebounds and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

He's been defending power forwards for years, so it's no surprise Tucker has fared well in his role as a bench forward. He may have some low-end value when Ryan Anderson (illness) is out, but Anderson should be back this weekend.
Nov 22 - 11:44 PM

P.J. Tucker will start for Ryan Anderson (illness) on Wednesday against the Nuggets.

He could see some decent minutes because Eric Gordon (calf) is also out for this game. Luc Mbah a Moute figures to get minutes at the forward spots and the Rockets could run a fairly tighter rotation. Tucker could be a sneaky DFS punt or a stream, but this is a 14-game night.
Nov 22 - 6:47 PM

P.J. Tucker picked up a couple quick technical fouls and was ejected from Tuesday's game in the third quarter.

It was a rough night for Tucker, who missed his only shot and didn't score a point in 16 minutes. He did have an assist and five rebounds, but he was a buzzkill if you used him in DFS. He had played pretty well in his previous three games, but fell back to earth before getting the early exit tonight.
Nov 14 - 9:51 PM

P.J. Tucker played well in 28 minutes vs. Memphis, making 4-of-8 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs to finish with 11 points, seven rebounds and three steals.

Tucker chipped in one assist, one 3-pointer and just one turnover to round out his line. He's been a quiet low-end value in 9-cat leagues in November, thanks to his 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 0.5 blocks and minimal turnovers, but most owners can find greater upside on the wire.
Nov 11 - 10:42 PM

P.J. Tucker scored 11 points with nine rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

He didn't play against LeBron too much in this game, but Tucker was on Kevin Love and Dwyane Wade a ton. Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) was close to playing in this game, so Tucker may see his playing time drop on Saturday against the Grizzlies. He's still be a fine signing and is a big part of the improvement on defense. His fantasy value isn't really there, though.
Nov 9 - 11:28 PM

P.J. Tucker looked like a stud in his Houston debut on Tuesday vs. Golden State, scoring 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting (4-of-6 FTs) with six rebounds, one steal and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

Tucker was brought to Houston for matchups like these and he could be an X-Factor in the playoffs for his ability to guard players such as Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant and LeBron James. He was a leader tonight and he'll get plenty of minutes with his ability to play multiple positions, but he probably won't have too many big scoring nights like this one. We won't call him a must-own player after one big game, but he's off to a great start and is worth a look if you're targeting rebounds, triples and steals.
Oct 18 - 1:37 AM

P.J. Tucker (hamstring) played 23 minutes in his Houston debut, scoring five points on 2-of-6 shooting with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and one triple.

He wasn't too involved on offense, but that's not why the Rockets brought him in. They are going to use him all over the floor for his defense and he was even deployed as a small-ball center tonight. Even though he should get minutes in the 20s, Tucker isn't a great fantasy option on Houston's loaded roster.
Oct 3 - 10:58 PM

P.J. Tucker (hamstring) was a full participant at the Rockets practice on Sunday.

He strained his hamstring about a week ago and has been limited at camp, but maybe this means we'll see him in the preseason. Even if the Rockets continue to be cautious, his status for the opener shouldn't be in doubt.
Oct 1 - 2:05 PM

P.J. Tucker (hamstring) has increased his workload in the past two days.

He is expected to be cleared to practice on Sunday. The Rockets revealed Tucker hurt his hamstring four days ago, so it sounds like a minor ailment for the defensive specialist. He'll be asked to guard a lot of power forwards and should have some open looks from deep, but the fantasy value probably won't be there in most leagues.
Sep 29 - 4:43 PM

P.J. Tucker said his strained right hamstring is healing faster than expected.

"Closing in a little bit," Tucker said. "It's a little bit shorter than we anticipated. It wasn't as bad as we thought. It's healing a little bit faster. They let me get in some shooting, get up and down." Coach Mike D'Antoni said the team will continue to be cautious in camp and during the preseason games, but it sounds like his status for opening night is not in doubt.
Sep 28 - 9:33 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Chris Paul
2Bobby Brown
3Demetrius Jackson
4Briante Weber
SG1James Harden
2Eric Gordon
SF1Trevor Ariza
2P.J. Tucker
3Troy Williams
PF1Ryan Anderson
2Luc Mbah a Moute
C1Clint Capela
2Nene Hilario
3Tarik Black
4Zhou Qi
5Chinanu Onuaku