Clint Capela has been downgraded to doubtful and James Hardenhas been upgraded to questionable, which means this slate is officially off of the rails already. To make things even more difficult, this game starts two hours after lock and one hour later than ALL of the other games.
I honestly have no idea how to treat this slate for purposes of this article with the information at hand. If Harden plays, we are locking him in. If Harden is out, we are treating it like we already were planning to (with the added benefit of another key player likely being out).
First things first, I will be tagging Isaiah Hartenstein on all sites now that it looks like Capela will be out. He has looked phenomenal in the last three games that Capela has missed, starting the two most recent. Quite simply, he is far too cheap for this new role.
On sites with late swap (DK/Y), we can obviously plan our builds around this Rockets situation And for the record, since other good sources of salary relief have emerged (Poeltl, Hartenstein), I would now prioritize Austin Rivers over Chris Clemons as the cheap Rockets guard IF Harden is out tonight.