Player News - Hawks

Date: Team: Pos:

Mike Muscala (ankle) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Cavs.

He's without an official timetable to return and belongs on the waiver wire in all formats.
Dec 11 - 4:30 PM

Luke Babbitt (back) is being listed as probable for Tuesday's game in Cleveland.

He'll play, but with John Collins (shoulder) on the cusp of a return, he's not worth owning in most formats.
Dec 11 - 4:29 PM

John Collins (shoulder) is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Cavs.

Collins is hopeful to get back to the court for either Tuesday's game in Cleveland or Thursday's home game against the Pistons, and it looks like he's a lock to get back on the court sometime this week. Once he's back, Ersan Ilyasova or Miles Plumlee will shift back to the bench and there won't be as many minutes available for Luke Babbitt and Tyler Cavanaugh. Owners can expect to get another update following Tuesday morning's shootaround.

Dennis Schroder was benched for the final 8:14 of Sunday's loss to the Knicks.

Schroder led the Hawks with a team-high 21 points, but he only played 22 minutes on the night and was clearly frustrated with his benching after the game. "You’ve got to ask Coach and then let me know," Schroder said. "I’m supposed to be out there but it didn’t happen. So, that’s it." Coach Mike Budenholzer said it was a "coach’s decision" to leave him on the sidelines, but this is pretty concerning because he and Schroder have clashed in the past.
Dec 11 - 9:44 AM

Tyler Cavanaugh navigated foul trouble to finish Sunday's game with seven points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 17 minutes.

He'd played 27 and 30 minutes in the Hawks' previous two games, and would likely have stayed in that range if it weren't for the fouls tonight. Cavanaugh was solid while on the court, and will maintain a solid role at least until the Hawks get some healthy big men back. It should be mentioned that John Collins (shoulder) is targeting a return on Wednesday or Thursday.
Dec 10 - 11:34 PM

Dennis Schroder scored 21 points in just 22 minutes on Sunday, hitting 9-of-14 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs with three assists, one rebound and two turnovers.

Schroder picked up his second foul after getting caught on Kristaps Porzingis halfway through the first quarter, which forced an early exit. He bounced in and out of the game due to fouls until the fourth quarter, at which point he was benched.
Dec 10 - 11:33 PM

Taurean Prince had 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists in a losing effort on Sunday, making 7-of-12 shots with one 3-pointer in 39 minutes of action.

Prince knocked down both of his free throws and the solid line makes it easy to overlook his lack of defensive stats. He's shooting just 36.9 percent on jump shots this season, so it was nice to see him bullying his way to the rim vs. New York tonight -- eight of his attempts came in the restricted area. Let's see if he can continue that trend vs. LeBron and the Cavs on Tuesday.
Dec 10 - 11:32 PM

DeAndre' Bembry vanished in 16 scoreless minutes vs. New York, missing all three of his shot attempts.

The only stats Bembry collected were one turnover and two personal fouls. He's shown flashes of potential while averaging 23.8 minutes over the past five games, but hasn't done anything to merit ownership outside of the deepest re-draft leagues.
Dec 10 - 11:27 PM

Ersan Ilyasova stayed hot with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting Sunday, going 5-of-6 from downtown with four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 31 minutes.

The 10-year veteran was coming off a pristine 9-of-9 shooting performance on Saturday, and he's a combined 10-of-11 on 3-point shots over the past two games. The Hawks don't have much frontcourt depth due to injuries right now, which protects Ilyasova's minutes night to night, and he's worth deploying while he's running hot.
Dec 10 - 11:26 PM

John Collins (sprained shoulder) said there's a chance he could play vs. the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

If Collins can't suit up vs. Cleveland, he said there's a "really good" chance he'll play vs. the Pistons on Thursday. He was given a 2-3 week timetable on Dec. 1, and Thursday's game would put him exactly at the two-week mark. This is great news for everyone who held him, and you should make sure his owner didn't hastily cut him loose.

Luke Babbitt (back) will play Sunday vs. the Knicks.

Babbitt has been limited to minutes in the teens in four of his past five outings, and he's coming off a scoreless 16-minute performance, so he's not worth deploying in most scenarios.
Dec 10 - 6:16 PM

Luke Babbitt (back) is probable for Sunday's game vs. the Knicks.

Babbitt may be listed as "probable" for the next three months, but he's not in danger of missing this contest. He's likely looking at minutes in the 20s and is worth a look if you need to stream a couple 3-pointers in a deep league.
Dec 10 - 1:10 PM

Mike Muscala (ankle) will not play on Sunday vs. the Knicks.

Muscala hasn't played since early November and remains without a timetable to return. With John Collins (shoulder) and Dewayne Dedmon (leg) out, the Hawks have been relying heavily on Ersan Ilyasova. Tyler Cavanaugh and Miles Plumlee will hold down the fort at center.
Dec 10 - 1:07 PM

Kent Bazemore turned in a fantasy gem in a 117-110 win over the Magic on Saturday, scoring 19 points with six rebounds, seven assists, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

He was 7-of-12 from the field and made both free throws to make this an eight-category line. Bazemore was frustrating to own last year, but he really has turned it around with more consistency and his 1.9 steals per game certainly helps. He has a great chance to hang around mid-round value, especially if he can up his subpar 39.1 percent from the field.
Dec 10 - 2:11 AM

Taurean Prince scored 10 points with six rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer and a season-high three blocks against the Magic on Saturday.

He's a lot like Josh Richardson as an underperforming fantasy player to this point, but they're both starting to turn the corner. Prince has double-digit scoring games in six of his last seven with at least one trey in each, as well. It may not be long before he puts up a big line and the three blocks is a nice sign.
Dec 10 - 2:07 AM


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