Utah Jazz

Western Northwest

Jazz center Rudy Gobert won the 2018-19 NBA Defensive Player of the Year award.

Fantasy Impact: Gobert won the award for the second straight year over some stiff competition in Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George. He averaged 2.3 blocks and a career-high 12.9 rebounds in 2018. Both of those numbers ranked in the top-5 in the NBA. The “Stifle Tower” becomes just the 10th player in NBA history with at least two DPOY awards.

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Donovan Mitchell scored a game-high 34 points but in a losing effort in Game 3 as the Rockets are now up 3-0. Mitchell shot 9-for-27 from the floor and 12-for-17 from the line. Mitchell added six boards, five assists, four three's, three steals, and one blocked shot.

Fantasy Impact: Mitchell scored just 30 points in the first two games of this series but was able to drop an incredible 34 in Game 3. Mitchell is a solid option in DFS but Game 4 could be his last of the season.

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Joe Ingles had a minimal impact against Houston in the first game of their first-round playoff series. He shot 1-of-4 overall and 1-of-3 from deep to notch three points total in 32 minutes. Ingles added four rebounds, five assists, and two steals for the outing.

Fantasy Impact: Ingles playmaking dynamic as the primary ballhandler is reduced with Derrick Favors playing less due to matchup problems against Houston. I would avoid playing Ingles until the Jazz show more of a priority offensively to put Ingles in a spot to make more of an impact. The Jazz looked overmatched and outcoached on Sunday.

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Rubio delivered a decent game against the Rockets despite Utah getting clobbered 122-90 in the first game of the Rockets-Jazz series. He scored 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting overall with one made three-pointer and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Rubio grabbed three rebounds, six assists, and two steals.

Fantasy Impact: Ricky Rubio was a hundred percent notching 32 minutes of action. The Jazz as a team struggled offensively against the Rockets. This series looked much like last year's when Houston dominated. In games three and four I would expect the Jazz to put up better numbers at home.

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Kyle Korver has been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Lakers due to knee soreness. (Source: Jazz on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Grayson Allen and Royce O'Neale benefit the most with Korver out. Allen is actually a DFS option on Sunday.

Category: Injury Updates

Derrick Favors has been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Los Angeles Lakers due to a back injury which has caused him to miss the past three games. Royce O'Neale will start in his place. (Source: Jazz on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: O'Neale is worth a look in DFS lineups while Jae Crowder probably benefits the most. Rudy Gobert will lock down the paint with Joe Ingles getting a boost as well.

Category: Injury Updates

Grayson Allen has turned in his two most productive outing in back to back games. On Friday he scored 23 points against Sacramento. He has taken full advantage of blowout wins for the Jazz coming off of the bench. He shot 10-of-14 overall and 3-of-4 from three-point range in 26 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Allen has benefited from Ricky Rubio's, Dante Exum's, and Raul Neto's injuries in a back-up point guard role. He is not relevant in fantasy formats unless you are looking for a sleeper start and hope that he sees the type of action he did on Friday. I would not count on this being the usual as he has seen this in 'garbage time' type of minutes. If the Jazz are in a close game he may not be utilized nearly as much as the last two outings.

Category: Game Recaps

Jae Crowder started in place of Derrick Favors (back) on Monday against Charlotte. He missed all six of his shot attempts which were from three-point range and had zero points in 25 minutes played. Crowder added five rebounds for his outing while the Jazz won 111-102.

Fantasy Impact: Crowder might be worth a spot start or plug and play if he starts again in place of the injured Favors. Monitor Favors health going forward. The Jazz will rest him to ensure he is ready to go when the post-season arrives. Outside of that Crowder is only relevant in the very deep leagues in fantasy.

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Dante Exum had surgery on Wednesday to repair his torn patellar tendon in his right knee. According to team sources, the surgery went well. Exum though will remain out indefinitely and appears to be shut down for the season. (Source: KSL)

Fantasy Impact: Exum had shown a surge before injuries plagued him for much of 2019. He is not relevant in fantasy formats until he shows a lot more consistency in his play and his minutes. That also includes remaining healthy.

Category: Injury Updates

Royce O'Neale put in 10 points, three rebounds, one dime and one steal in 19 minutes of game action on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: O'Neale has decent scoring nights from time to time, but not consistently enough to try him on a roster during fantasy playoffs. Leave him on the wire.

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Thabo Sefolosha will not play on Saturday due to a nagging hamstring injury. (Source: Andy Larsen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sefolosha is off the fantasy map so continue to leave him on the waiver wire. Jae Crowder and Kyle Korver will pick up a couple more minutes.

Category: Injury Updates

Ekpe Udoh will play on Monday against the Thunder after missing the previous game with back spasms. (Source: Jazz on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Udoh has played in just 35 games this season and is averaging only 5.5 minutes per game. No changes here in fantasy to note.

Category: Injury Updates

Raul Neto came off the bench replacing Ricky Rubio who left the game with a tight left hamstring and did not return. He scored 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting and 2-of-4 from three-point land. In 18 minutes, he added five rebounds and two assists while the Jazz beat the Clippers 111-105.

Fantasy Impact: Neto could be worth an addition for fantasy owners if Ricky Rubio is expected to miss any time after leaving the game on Wednesday. Keep an eye on Rubio's status in the coming days to gauge the value of Neto in the short-term future.

Category: Game Recaps