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Chandler Parsons (F, HOU)
About the last guy you’d expect from last year’s draft to make an impact in fantasy, Rockets forward Chandler Parsons is starting to do just that. The 2nd-round pick has started the last three games for Houston and we’re starting to see a little of what he can contribute in a box score. His first start was nothing to write home about – 2 points in 30 minutes – but he did have eight boards and three steals. He then went for 20 & 7 on Tuesday in 31 minutes and followed that up with eight points, six boards, four assists, three steals and a block last night vs. San Antonio. He’s also attempted 11 threes in the last three games, and only made two, but it’s a good sign that Parsons is capable of producing in multiple categories. He’s apparently a favorite of Kevin McHale, whose rotations have been a little wacky, but we could be looking at a poor man’s Hedo Turkoglu with some potential value.
Jeff’s Claim: I need to see a little more from Parsons before I cannonball in, but a starting forward anywhere is worth monitoring, at least in deep leagues. Pick up Parsons if you have some dead weight you need to get rid of – like Chase Budinger for starters. He won’t blow you away most nights, but if he keeps getting 30+ minutes there is sneaky value here.