Player News - Jazz

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Derrick Favors scored 29 points during a 100-96 loss to the Pelicans on Wednesday, adding six rebounds, two assists and one steal on 11-of-15 from the field.

This is a tough schedule loss for the Jazz after an overtime win in Dallas on Tuesday. Favors is really coming on again after his first game back as he gets worked into the offense. Favors has third-round value per game on the season and should be in that neighborhood going forward. If he hasn't already, maybe he can buy a mattress over the break.
Feb 11 - 12:04 AM

X-rays were negative on Chris Johnson's sprained right big toe.

He went to the locker room in the first half to have his ankle re-taped and did return. Johnson should be OK after the break and isn't worth owning in standard leagues. Plus, his minutes have to do with Trey Burke (illness) missing time.
Feb 10 - 11:57 PM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Rodney Hood hit 12-of-26 shots and two 3-pointers for 29 points, five rebounds and five assists in 43 minutes of Tuesday's overtime win against Dallas.

He hit an incredible game-tying 3-pointer that sent the game to overtime (see the link below) and played very well. He's having a fun season and even the eventual return of Alec Burks probably won't slow him down. Hood is averaging 20.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.2 3-pointers over his last five games.
Feb 10 - 12:41 AM

Rudy Gobert hit 5-of-6 shots for 14 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and a block in Tuesday's thrilling overtime win against the Mavericks.

That makes two straight double-doubles for Gobert and he's averaging 14.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.8 blocks over his last five. He missed most of December and a chunk of January due to a knee injury, but that's becoming a distant memory at this point.
Feb 10 - 12:37 AM

Gordon Hayward hit an 18-footer with Zaza Pachulia right in his face at the buzzer on Tuesday, giving the Jazz a 121-119 overtime win against the Mavericks.

Hayward's shot wasn't falling at times tonight (8-of-20), but he still finished with 20 points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal. He was 0-for-6 from downtown, but is still having a great season and it doesn't look like the return of Derrick Favors is going to hurt him.
Feb 10 - 12:34 AM

Derrick Favors had 16 points, eight rebounds, six assists and a steal in 35 minutes of Tuesday's overtime win against the Mavericks.

Favors was excruciating to own while he was out for a month with a sore back, but is rolling, averaging 13.4 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks over his last five. He didn't have a block in either of his last two games, but went 5-6-4 in that department in his previous three games.
Feb 10 - 12:31 AM

Trey Burke (illness) will not play Tuesday against the Mavs.

He has the flu and is likely to miss Wednesday's game as well. Raul Neto should play more in the first unit while Erick Green will be in the rotation. Burke isn't a player worth owning in most leagues.
Feb 8 - 6:26 PM

Raul Neto played a career-high 37 minutes on Saturday vs. the Suns, scoring 13 points with four assists, two boards, one steal and one 3-pointer.

The rookie got some extended run since Trey Burke didn't travel due to an illness, so owners shouldn't overreact to the big minutes. Burke is day-to-day and Alec Burks (ankle) will steal some of his minutes when he returns after the All-Star break, so Neto is only worth a look in very deep leagues for owners in need of short-term help.
Feb 7 - 1:03 AM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Rodney Hood had his second dominant performance in a row, scoring 25 points vs. the Suns with three 3-pointers.

He shot 9-of-19 from the field and added four boards, one assist and one steal in 35 minutes. He has now scored 22 or more points in six out of his last nine performances and has now gone 20 straight games with at least one 3-pointer. He's a beast and could have top-50 value the rest of the way.
Feb 7 - 12:59 AM

Rudy Gobert double-doubled in Saturday's win over the Suns, scoring 13 points with 13 boards, two assists, one steal and four blocks in 35 minutes.

He had more padding on his knee brace tonight and he was moving funny at points in the game, but the Jazz must not be concerned if they let him play 35 minutes vs. the tanking Suns. To be clear, his owners shouldn't be concerned, but it's something to keep an eye on going forward. Keep him locked into lineups.
Feb 7 - 12:53 AM

Gordon Hayward scored 22 points in a win over the Suns on Saturday with six boards, three assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

He has been logging heavy playing time over his last four games, averaging 39.5 minutes in that span. The Jazz were missing Trey Burke (illness) tonight and Alec Burks (ankle) is expected to return after the All-Star break, so help is on the way for the Jazz. With Utah right in the middle of the playoff hunt, Hayward's mid-round value is safe for the remainder of the season.
Feb 7 - 12:48 AM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Rodney Hood said that he has been getting better mentally which helped him bounce back on Friday vs. the Bucks.

"I think it helped just having a short-term memory," Hood said. "I've been getting better mentally, and I remember early in the season letting a situation like this go over from game to game. I'm maturing, so I just wanted to be aggressive, as long as I hit shots or not." Hood was held to eight points on Wednesday vs. the Jazz, but he put that performance behind him and dropped 23 points with three treys on Saturday. Hood is a stud and should be considered a must-start player.
Feb 6 - 11:43 AM

Trey Burke (flu-like symptoms) will not be traveling with the team to Phoenix for Saturday's game.

While Burke could technically catch a later flight to Arizona, it seems much more likely that he'll spend Saturday's game on the sidelines, which would result in heavy minutes for Rodney Hood and Raul Neto. Hood will get an extremely favorable matchup tomorrow, and he'd be someone to target in DFS.
Feb 6 - 2:37 AM

Rudy Gobert made the Bucks offense look like it belonged in the NCAA during an 84-81 win on Friday, scoring 15 points with eight rebounds, one assist, five steals and three blocks in 38 minutes.

His five steals are a career high, he made 6-of-7 from the field and he didn't turn the ball over. The Jazz are winning with defense and coach Quin Snyder is OK with that. "I think we are an offensive juggernaut," Snyder said. "We've scored over 80 for two straight games." As for Gobert, he's inside of the top 15 over his last 10 games and is back to being a fantasy monster.
Feb 6 - 1:34 AM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Rodney Hood scored a game-high 23 points during a win over the Bucks on Friday with three rebounds, one assist, two steals and three 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

That's a bounce-back from his rare dud on Wednesday. Hood has emerged as one of the best sophomores in the NBA and the Jazz continue to build the offense around him. Expect him to keep flirting with top-50 value even when Alec Burks (leg) comes back.
Feb 6 - 1:29 AM


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