Player News - Jazz

Date: Team: Pos:

Shelvin Mack (ankle) is questionable to play against the Clippers on Saturday.

The Jazz won't need Mack anyway with George Hill somewhat healthy against Chris Paul.
Mar 24 - 3:29 PM

Derrick Favors (knee) will not play against the Clippers on Saturday.

The good news is he was doing some shooting at practice on Friday. Favors' bone bruise has kept him out since Mar. 7 and the Jazz aren't in a rush to bring him back, especially after he said he was playing on one leg earlier this month. The last time the Jazz played the Clips on Mar. 13, Boris Diaw got the start in the win. Joe Johnson may come off the bench, but he's still the better DFS play.
Mar 24 - 3:26 PM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Rodney Hood had another forgettable game on Wednesday, logging 21 minutes to finish with three points on 1-of-4 shooting, three rebounds, one assist and one turnover.

Hood was in foul trouble during his return from a knee injury on Monday, but tonight he was the victim of his own inefficiency -- Joe Ingles played 25 minutes, Joe Johnson played 23 minutes, and even Alec Burks logged 19 scoreless minutes. With his uninspiring play and recurring knee soreness, Hood is tough to trust if you're battling for the fantasy playoffs.
Mar 23 - 2:03 AM

Raul Neto scored a season-high 10 points in 14 minutes on Wednesday, going 4-of-4 from the field with two 3-pointers and one assist.

Dante Exum has been unimpressive lately, so coach Quin Snyder rolled with Neto as his primary backup PG tonight. The veteran made the most of the opportunity, knocking down some easy looks from the corner for his first double-digit scoring performance since Mar. 17 last season.
Mar 23 - 2:02 AM
Boris Diaw - F/C - Jazz

Boris Diaw drew the start on Wednesday in place of Joe Johnson, but finished with just five points, one rebound, one assist and one 3-pointer.

Diaw played 14 minutes and this is a predictably quiet return -- he's averaging 15.5 minutes off the bench this season, and that only goes up to 21.2 minutes as a starter. There's no reason to touch him in most leagues.
Mar 23 - 2:01 AM
Joe Johnson - G/F - Jazz

Joe Johnson shifted to the bench on Wednesday, where he chipped in 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with one 3-pointer, four rebounds, two assists and one block.

Derrick Favors (bone bruise) is out indefinitely and the Jazz had been playing well with Johnson in his spot, but they opted to play the matchups with Boris Diaw starting tonight. Johnson logged 23 minutes on Wednesday and should hover in the mid-20s whether he's starting or coming off the bench.
Mar 23 - 2:00 AM

Gordon Hayward couldn't find the range on Wednesday, making 6-of-17 FGs and 6-of-9 FTs to finish with 19 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

In Utah's previous three games, Hayward was tasked with defending LeBron James, Jimmy Butler and Paul George, so he may have just run out of energy tonight. The Jazz don't play again until Saturday, which is bad if you're relying on him for immediate value, but at least it'll give him a chance to recharge his batteries.
Mar 23 - 2:00 AM

Rudy Gobert erupted for a career-high 35 points vs. the Knicks on Wednesday, making 13-of-14 FGs and 9-of-12 FTs with 13 rebounds, four blocks, one assist and one steal in 38 minutes.

New York started small with Kristaps Porzingis at center and they never found an answer for Gobert in the paint -- all 14 of his shots came within the restricted area. Rudy is the seventh player since 1987 to have scored 35+ points while shooting at least 90 percent, joining the company of Alonzo Mourning, Scottie Pippen, Cedric Ceballos, Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller and Dwight Howard. As a reminder, he's still just 24 years old.
Mar 23 - 1:59 AM
Joe Johnson - G/F - Jazz

Joe Johnson will come off the bench vs. New York on Wednesday.

Boris Diaw will start and draw the matchup vs. Kristaps Porzingis, but the minute allotment shouldn't change too much here.
Mar 22 - 10:03 PM
Boris Diaw - F/C - Jazz

Boris Diaw will start at power forward and Joe Johnson will move to the bench.

The Jazz will go with their bigger lineup with Kristaps Porzingis starting for the Knicks. Diaw is likely just going to play minutes in the teens, so he's not someone fantasy owners should be counting on tonight.
Mar 22 - 10:03 PM

Shelvin Mack (left ankle sprain) will not play Wednesday vs. the Knicks.

Mack has been sidelined for over five weeks. He should be left on waivers in all leagues.
Mar 22 - 11:46 AM

Derrick Favors (left knee bone contusion) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game vs. the Knicks.

Favors has not played since March 6th and is considered out indefinitely. There is a chance he returns before the end of the regular season, but he will be on a minutes restriction if/when he does. This time of year, when roster spots are so valuable, he belongs on the waiver wire in fantasy leagues without an IR spot.
Mar 22 - 11:44 AM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Rodney Hood (knee) was in the starting five Monday in Indiana, and he finished with 11 points, two rebounds and a pair of 3-pointers over 16 minutes.

Hood was limited to 16 minutes due to foul trouble, not his ailing knee. That meant Joe Ingles, who Hood supplanted in the lineup, saw more action. It might be a slow go for Hood to knock off the rust and get back into the swing of things, but he is a decent play when he is active and healthy.
Mar 20 - 10:21 PM
Joe Ingles - G/F - Jazz

Joe Ingles came off the bench in Monday's game at Indiana, scoring four points with seven rebounds and five assists over 27 minutes.

Ingles wasn't terribly active on the offensive end, but he was busy on the glass and he even recorded a blocked shot. He still logged starter-type minutes as the first option off the bench, although that was partly due to Rodney Hood being in foul trouble. Ingles remains a decent play in deeper fantasy formats even in a reserve role, although obviously his appeal is much higher when Hood is on the shelf.
Mar 20 - 10:12 PM

George Hill finished with 16 points, six rebounds and six assists over 38 minutes in Monday's loss at Indiana against his former teammates.

Hill is good for 16 or more points in four of his past five outings as he appears back on track after dealing with a toe injury earlier in the month. The only complaint from fantasy owners Monday is his 0-for-7 mark from the perimeter. As long as he can stay healthy he is a must-start fantasy option in most formats.
Mar 20 - 10:10 PM


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