F - CHA
Gordon Hayward scored 25 points (7-13 FG, 1-3 3PT, 10-10 FT) with five rebounds, three assists and a steal across 38 minutes in a 116-113 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Saturday.
Gordon Hayward picked up where he left off in his return against the Raptors on Saturday, leading the Hornets in scoring (25) but failing to secure a win. Fantasy managers should view Hayward as an automatic starter in season-long leagues and DFS lineups moving forward. Charlotte will try to re-group and rest in preparation for their next game against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.
Gordon Hayward (hip) is initially listed as questionable for Saturday's game against Toronto.
Hayward sustained the injury Wednesday and was ultimately held out of Thursday's game. If he can't go again Saturday expect Caleb Martin to draw another start, while Miles Bridges would also see an increase in usage.
Hornets SF Gordon Hayward (hip) has been downgraded to doubtful against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday.
Hayward has been explosive offensively this season and arguably its most core piece in the Hornets' rotation. With his status in doubt against the Raptors on Thursday, expect Miles Bridges to get the start with the potential to have a great game for fantasy managers. Bridges has been inconsistent from the field as a shooter but provides a 5.7 rebound average on the season and could thrive with increased minutes against the Raptors.
The Hornets are listing forward Gordon Hayward as probable to play in Thursday's game against the Raptors.
Hayward was seen as day-to-day after suffering a left hip strain in Wednesday's loss to the Mavericks. His probable designation is a sign that he avoided serious injury and should suit up for the Hornets on the second night of a back-to-back set.
Gordon Hayward scored 16 points (5-15 FG, 3-6 FT, 3-4 FT), four rebounds, an assist and a block across 27 minutes in a 104-93 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.
Hayward cooled off considerably from his previous outing against the Knicks, plummeting from 34 points to 16 points on 5-of-15 shooting from the field against the Mavericks on Wednesday. Fantasy managers should continue to start Hayward as he is the focal point of the offense and is capable of generating massive offensive performances on any given night.