Buddy Hield made just 1-of-7 shots in 30 minutes on Wednesday, finishing a blowout loss to the Jazz with two points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one turnover.
The Kings won their previous two games but they were decimated tonight, falling into a 20-point hole after one quarter. Hield will be a focal point of the Kings' attack as they develop younger talent down the stretch, and he came in scoring double-digit points in 13 of his past 14 games. He should have extra motivation to score the ball vs. the Pelicans on Friday.
Georgios Papagiannis returned to action on Wednesday with eight points on 4-of-7 shooting, three rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 20 minutes.
Dave Joerger described Monday's game as a "last stand" for his team's veterans, so owners can expect plenty of DNPs in Sacramento's final seven games. As a 19-year-old lottery pick, Papagiannis figures to be one of the biggest winners, but the question is when Joerger will fully unleash his young guys. Again, there are only seven games left in the Kings' regular season.
Skal Labissiere started Wednesday's game with Kosta Koufos resting, and he finished with nine points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.
Skal logged 33 minutes despite racking up five fouls, and owners in roto leagues won't appreciate his 1-of-4 mark at the free throw line. He's at 55.3 percent FGs and 71.4 percent FTs on the season, however, so efficiency hasn't been a recurring issue. The Kings are leaning into their youth movement, which means Labissiere and Georgios Papagiannis (20 minutes) should see their roles increasing down the stretch.
Tyreke Evans started on Wednesday but finished with just nine points on 4-of-12 shooting, one 3-pointer, three rebounds, two steals and one assist in 25 minutes.
Evans sat out Monday's game and more DNPs are inevitable over the Kings' final seven games. They don't have any back-to-back sets until April 11/12, but there's no guarantee that Evans and other veterans won't be rested as a precaution before then. He's simply too unreliable to own outside of the deepest formats.
Rodney Hood went 5-of-5 from deep on Wednesday, finishing with 18 points, two assists, two steals and one rebound in just 24 minutes of action.
Hood had 20 points, six boards and three assists on Monday with Gordon Hayward (quad) in street clothes. His efficiency tonight is a welcome sight for fantasy owners, especially since both Hayward and Alec Burks (personal) were back in action. He's been banged up and erratic for most of the season, shooting 41.3 percent overall, so hopefully he can finish strong for a Jazz team that holds a 1.5-game lead on the Clippers for the No. 4 seed.
Gordon Hayward (bruised quad) returned on Wednesday with 20 points in 33 minutes, going 8-of-14 from the field with three 3-pointers, seven rebounds and four assists.
Tests cleared Hayward of any serious damage, so it's just a question of pain tolerance for Utah's prized swingman. "I'm going to try to play no matter what," Hayward said before the game. "With guys being out, it's up to everybody to pick it up, like we have all year." He looked great tonight and owners can start him with confidence for games vs. the Wizards (Friday) and Spurs (Sunday).
Alec Burks (personal) returned to action on Wednesday, posting three points, one rebound and one steal in nine minutes off the bench.
Burks missed one game following the birth of his first child, and his return was welcome news for Utah's depleted backcourt. He's still not worth owning while Dante Exum, Shelvin Mack, Gordon Hayward, Rodney Hood, Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles are all healthy.
Dante Exum started vs. the Kings on Wednesday but he failed to score in 23 minutes, going 0-of-6 from the field with three boards, two assists and two turnovers.
The Jazz were playing without George Hill (groin) and Raul Neto (groin), so it was all hands on deck at the point guard spot tonight. Exum was chewed out by coach Quin Snyder after some early mistakes, and he was outplayed by Shelvin Mack, so there's no clear incentive to add him at any depth.