Player News - Jazz

Date: Team: Pos:
Joe Johnson - G/F - Jazz

The Jazz will start Dante Exum, Shelvin Mack, Joe Johnson, Boris Diaw and Rudy Gobert against the Warriors on Thursday.

Even with the Warriors on a back-to-back set, the Jazz have their hands full tonight. Expect to see several Iso Joe moments like it's 2009.
Dec 8 - 8:33 PM

Shelvin Mack, Dante Exum, Joe Johnson, Boris Diaw and Rudy Gobert are likely starting on Thursday against the Warriors.

The Jazz are really, really shorthanded, especially on the wings. Expect to see a Joe Johnson throwback game while Mack should get plenty of shots.
Dec 8 - 7:32 PM

Gordon Hayward (finger) will not play on Thursday vs. the Warriors.

This is a tough blow for a Jazz team that also ruled out Rodney Hood (hamstring) and George Hill (toe) for Thursday, not to mention Derrick Favors (knee). Hayward broke his finger during the preseason and missed the first six games of the campaign, and he aggravated it on Tuesday vs. the Suns -- he played through the injury after he had it re-taped. X-rays were negative, so luckily he's day-to-day. Several players will have to step up, but Joe Johnson and Shelvin Mack look like the best short-term adds in standard leagues.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: With Hayward, Hill, Hood and Favors off the floor this season, Shelvin Mack leads the team in usage at a 27.9% clip (73 minutes) with Joe Johnson right behind him at 27.4% (50 minutes). Trey Lyles and Boris Diaw also own usage rates over 25% with the big four off the floor, so this Utah side provides us with plenty of potential value.
Dec 8 - 1:02 PM

Derrick Favors (knee) remains out of the lineup for Thursday against the Warriors.

He has been doing some pre-game shooting dating back to Dec. 3, but there is no word of him progressing in his workouts. Favors is basically out indefinitely. Boris Diaw and Trey Lyles should get more run, but both don't have much fantasy value.
Dec 7 - 9:42 PM

George Hill (left toe) will not play against the Warriors on Thursday.

He just can't shake injuries this year with this game marking his fifth DNP in a row. Hill has also missed time for his thumb and was limited due to an illness last month. He is having a massive year based on per-game averages, so he has to be stashed. Dante Exum will start in a favorable matchup while Gordon Hayward should get a massive opportunity as the primary ball-handler.
Dec 7 - 9:37 PM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Rodney Hood (hamstring) and George Hill (toe) will not play against the Warriors on Thursday night.

Hood aggravated his hamstring strain on Tuesday and did not return. He missed last Thursday due to the strain and played 29.5 minutes per game on Dec. 3 and Dec. 5 before his aggravation. With Hood out, Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles will get some extra minutes against the Warriors. Both are going to be DFS options with Johnson having the higher upside.
Dec 7 - 9:33 PM
Boris Diaw - F/C - Jazz

Boris Diaw scored a season-high 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting with six assists, four rebounds, one triple and two turnovers in 33 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Suns.

Diaw's minutes have gone up in five straight games, so he's suddenly on the radar again in very deep leagues. This was his second game in a row with double-digit points, and Trey Lyles didn't help himself with a scoreless dud. His value will be shattered once Derrick Favors (knee) returns.
Dec 7 - 12:05 AM
Joe Johnson - G/F - Jazz

Joe Johnson scored 13 points on 4-of-10 shooting against the Suns on Tuesday.

The veteran wing added two rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three triples in 29 minutes. Rodney Hood tweaked his right hamstring and didn't return, so Johnson is worth a look for owners in need of short-term value. The last time Hood missed a game on Dec. 1, Johnson started and scored 18 points in 33 minutes.
Dec 7 - 12:01 AM
Joe Ingles - G/F - Jazz

Joe Ingles started the second half of Tuesday's game vs. the Suns and scored seven points with three rebounds, one assist and one triple in 21 minutes.

Rodney Hood tweaked his right hamstring, so Ingles got the call in the second half over Joe Johnson. We still like Johnson as the better add if we learn that Hood will miss time, so it's safe to leave Ingles on the wire in most leagues.
Dec 6 - 11:59 PM

Gordon Hayward scored 28 points on 8-of-16 shooting in Tuesday's win over the Suns.

He briefly checked out of the game and went back to the locker room with an apparent finger injury (the same one he had surgery on), but we later learned that he simply had it re-taped. Hayward added five rebounds, four assists, three steals and two triples in the win, and he's now scored 22+ points in nine straight games. The Jazz will try to get their fourth straight win against the Warriors on Thursday.
Dec 6 - 11:55 PM

Rudy Gobert scored a career-high 22 points on 6-of-8 shooting in Tuesday's 112-105 win over the Suns.

The Stifle Tower was coming off a 14-point, 17-rebound and five-block effort against the Lakers the previous night and kept his foot on the gas pedal with 11 rebounds and four blocks Tuesday. He also hit 10-of-11 free throws on the night, bringing his season average up to 66.9 percent. You can check out his final dunk of the game in the link below.
Dec 6 - 11:51 PM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Rodney Hood (sore right hamstring) will not return to Tuesday's game vs. the Suns.

Not good. He only played 12 minutes in the first half and even made a brief trip to the locker room. This is the same hamstring that he strained last week which forced him to miss a game on Dec. 1, so it sounds like he might have tweaked it. He finished with eight points, two assists, one steal and two triples. Joe Ingles started the second half in place of Hood, but Joe Johnson is probably the better speculative pickup in deeper leagues.
Dec 6 - 10:34 PM

George Hill (left big toe) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Suns.

This will be Hill's fourth straight game on the sidelines, so while he's been phenomenal while on the court this season, his penchant for hitting the sidelines has been extremely frustrating. Dante Exum should continue to start with Rodney Hood and Gordon Hayward running the show on offense. For now, we'll be considering Hill questionable for Thursday's game against the Warriors.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: With Hill out again, DFS players will want to flock towards Gordon Hayward and Rodney Hood. With Hill and Derrick Favors off the floor this season, Hayward owns an elite 32.7% usage rate (per RotoGrinders CourtIQ), making his salary across the industry seem to low given the match-up. Hood's usage also jumps to 29.7%, making him a very strong mid-range play at a thin SG spot. Pairing the two together is viable in any format, as it gives you ample exposure to an offense that will play way up in pace tonight.
Dec 6 - 3:51 PM

Rudy Gobert scored 14 points with 17 rebounds, five blocks, one assist and one steal in 39 minutes in a 107-101 win over the Lakers on Monday.

He tied his season highs in rebounds and blocks, shooting 4-of-7 from the field and 6-of-11 from the line. Gobert has been feasting all season long with averages of 10.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game, and he's currently flirting with third-round value in standard leagues. He should have a big day against the Suns on Tuesday.
Dec 6 - 1:48 AM

Gordon Hayward scored 23 points on 7-of-16 shooting in a 107-101 win over the Lakers on Monday.

The Jazz have won six out of their last eight games and Hayward has scored 22 or more points in each of those. He added six rebounds, five assists, two steals and three triples in 36 minutes Monday, but his value could take a small hit if George Hill (toe) is able to return on Tuesday to face the Suns.
Dec 6 - 1:35 AM


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