James Harden SG HOU 1 Day

Harden exploded for 41 points (11-21 FG, 18-21 FT, 1-7 3Pt) to go with four rebounds, 10 assists, and two steals in 45 minutes of action Wednesday against the Nuggets.

Harden is making his case for fantasy MVP of the year, with whopping averages of 31.0 points (46 percent FG, 87 percent FT), 6.4 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.1 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 2.1 three-pointers made during the month of December. He's showing no signs of slowing down, and barring any injury, he'll continue to produce monster lines night in and night out. He's worth owning in all leagues.

James Harden SG HOU 6 Days

Harden scored 24 points (7-20 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 8-9 FT) with 10 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, and two blocks in 38 minutes Saturday, to record his first triple-double of the season.

Despite the fact that Harden recorded a triple-double, the story continues to be the defensive stats Harden is putting up. Two blocks on Saturday kept his season average at 1.1 per game, well up on the 0.4 he averaged last season. Harden is putting together a season that should have him in consideration, not only for the best fantasy player, but the MVP of the league.

James Harden SG HOU 8 Days

Harden came up just two points shy of tying his career high Thursday, scoring 44 points (14-32 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 13-15 FT).

As usual, Harden did a good chunk of his damage at the charity stripe, but without Dwight Howard, Harden continues to take a ton of shots. In Thursday's overtime victory, Harden also had eight assists, four rebounds, a block and three steals.

James Harden SG HOU 8 Days

Harden scoed 34 points (14-27 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT) and added eight rebounds, four assists and four steals in 40 minutes of action against the Warriors on Wednesday.

The only thing bad to say about Harden's line was the fact that he had five turnovers. Otherwise he shot well from the field (52 percent) and added three three-point field goals.

James Harden SG HOU 9 Days

Harden (back) went through Wednesday's shootaround but remains a game-time decision, Jonathan Fiegan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Harden has been bothered by tightness in his back, which surfaced during Saturday's win over the Suns. His participation in shootaround is an encouraging sign, and he's probably creeping more toward "probable" than "doubtful" at this point.

James Harden SG HOU 10 Days

Harden (back) is considered questionable to play Wednesday against the Warriors, Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Harden admitted he was bothered by a sore back Saturday against Phoenix, but he does not believe it to be anything serious. Still, the Rockets will be careful with the superstar guard, so they'll likely wait to see how the back reacts after Wednesday's morning shootaround before making a decision on his status.

James Harden SG HOU 13 Days

Harden said after Saturday's win over the Suns that he had a sore back that made it tough to move in the second half, but he was unconcerned about the injury moving forward, the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen reports.

Harden was clearly in a lot of pain after halftime, but he toughed it out. He's the latest in a slew of Rockets dealing with injuries, but hopefully the three days of rest before Wednesday's matchup at Golden State will allow his back to heal.

James Harden SG HOU 13 Days

Harden scored 38 points (11-17 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 13-14 FT) with four rebounds and six assists in 37 minutes during Friday's overtime win against the Timberwolves.

Harden fouled out with 1.20 remaining in the fourth quarter, so this line could of been even bigger as the game went to overtime. Harden fills the box score on a nightly basis and is a top five fantasy player in any format.

James Harden SG HOU 16 Days

Harden scored 21 points (6-11 FG, 2-5 3P, 7-8 FT) with four rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block in 28 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Grizzlies.

He remains locked in while Dwight Howard is sidelined, averaging 27.0 points, 6.0 assists, 5.6 boards, 3.0 threes, 2.4 steals and 1.3 blocks over the last seven games. Owners who popped for Harden this season have gotten their money's worth and more so far.

James Harden SG HOU 23 Days

Harden scored 26 points (10-31 FG, 2-9 3P, 4-6 FT) with eight assists, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals in 37 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Kings.

His fantasy owners will wince at his weak shooting night, but given Harden's other contributions they can't complain too much. Field goal percentage aside, he's averaging career highs in a number of categories and should continue to see heavy usage as long as Dwight Howard (knee) is out of action.