Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Favors scored 21 points (8-12 FG, 5-6 FT) and grabbed 11 rebounds to go along with three steals and three blocks in 43 minutes in Wednesday's double overtime win against the Timberwolves.
Impact: Favors ended the season on a positive note, having shot over 60 percent from the field over his last five games.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Trey Burke closed out his rookie year in style, scoring a career-high 32 points to go with nine assists in Utah's 136-130 double overtime win over Minnesota.
Impact: The first-round pick started 67 of 69 games as a rookie, averaging 12.5 points per contest.
News: Hayward registered 23 points (8-23 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 7-8 FT), 10 rebounds, and nine assists in 47 minutes against the Timberwolves on Wednesday.
Impact: Hayward's stat-line certainly benefitted from Wednesday's game going into double overtime. Nonetheless, the swingman came just one assist shy of a triple-double. While he didn't shoot very well, especially from long range, Hayward's contributions elsewhere were more than good enough.
News: Burke scored 32 points (10-21 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 10-10 FT) to go with nine assists, and seven rebounds in 48 minutes during Wednesday's double overtime win over the Timberwolves.
Impact: Burke exploded offensively and unlike most of his rookie year, he shot exceptionally from both the field and three-point range Wednesday. Along with an outstanding 32 points, Burke got his teammates involved with nine dimes, while also hitting the boards with success. In total, Burke finished his rookie season with a bang.
News: Williams (knee) will not play in Wednesday's season finale against the Wolves.
Impact: Williams joins Enes Kanter (quad) on the sidelines for the final game of the season. It will be the fourth straight absence for Williams, as he continues to deal with a bone bruise in his left knee.
News: Kanter (quad) will not play in Wednesday's season finale against the Wolves.
Impact: Kanter is dealing with tendonitis in his right quad, and the team will hold him out of what is ultimately a meaningless season finale.
News: Murphy is available for Wednesday's game against the Wolves, his first activation since signing with Utah earlier this month.
Impact: Murphy signed with the Jazz on April 5 and is yet to make his first appearance with the team. That could change Wednesday, though Murphy is is by no means a strong fantasy option.
News: Kanter scored 19 points (8-12 FG, 3-4 FT) while adding 12 rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes Monday.
Impact: It was the fourth straight double-double for Kanter, who has turned it on at the right time for fantasy owners. It seems like the big man will always produce so long as he gets his minutes, so hopefully his late-season surge has an impact on his playing time in the future.
News: Kanter will start again Monday against the Lakers, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Impact: Kanter has had 12-plus rebounds in each of his last four games, and while he hasn't been consistent in other categories, he's a must-start in most formats right now just because of how productive he is on the glass.
News: Burks will start again Monday versus the Lakers, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Impact: Burks is a pretty volatile option, as he played 24 minutes Saturday, after playing 42 minutes Friday, but there's some upside here in daily leagues.
News: Williams (knee) did not go through the team's shootaround Monday and is considered doubtful for Monday's game against the Lakers, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Impact: Williams has missed the Jazz's last two games this past Friday and Saturday. With only two games left on the schedule, and the Jazz not in playoff contention, it's possible Williams could miss not only Monday, but the Jazz's regular season finale on Wednesday in Minnesota, to avoid furthering his injury.
News: Jefferson came off the bench again Saturday and finished with seven points, one assist and two steals in 26 minutes.
Impact: Jefferson had started all 79 games before getting moved to the bench for young Alec Burks. It's been kind of surprising that this move hadn't happened earlier, but then again, the Jazz have one of the worst records in the NBA for a reason. Jefferson's playing time really hasn't diminished greatly since the change, so if for some reason he's on a fantasy team in the deepest of leagues, there's no reason to drop him because he'll likely amount similar production to when he was starter. That production, of course, is very minimal.
Rudy Gobert - #27 - Center - 7'1" - 239lbs
News: Gobert played just four minutes during Saturday's game, but he stands a chance to have increased time on the court during the Jazz's final two games.
Impact: Gobert was inserted into the game in the first quarter of Friday's matchup with Portland as coach Ty Corbin has been shaking up his rotation over the last two games. The rookie doesn't stand much of a chance to receive enough run to amount significant playing time but a notable change from Corbin means only good things for Gobert. The move of Alec Burks into the starting five has been the most prevalent in this change of tactics, and Gobert's slight uptick in minutes is second.
News: Burke played 38 minutes in Saturday's contest and was able to score 12 points (5-13 FG, 1-1 FT, 1-5 3Pt) to go along with three rebounds and eight assists.
Impact: Burke has shown flashes of his young talent throughout the season, but Saturday's performance is pretty much the norm from the rookie at this point in his career. He has tremendous upside although it won't likely manifest for another season or two. The 21-year-old is a great addition in dynasty leagues and will have an opportunity to improve on his already solid play during the course of his time in Utah.
News: Hayward scored 23 points (7-18 FG, 9-10 FT, 0-4 3Pt) to go along with four rebounds, two assists and two steals during Saturday's 35 minute outing.
Impact: Hayward has had problems shooting the ball all season and has acknowledged the fact that it's a weakness in his game. It's something that he'll likely focus on during the offseason considering that he stands with a 41.3 percentage rate from the field this year. However, the 24-year-old has still managed to stay fantasy relevant and should be deployed as usual during the Jazz's final two games of the season.
Diante Garrett - #8 - Guard - 6'4" - 190lbs
News: Garrett played 15 minutes Saturday and finished with two points (1-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt), one rebound, two assists and one steal.
Impact: Garrett has proven himself to be the Jazz's backup point guard but that hasn't necessarily led to a boost in production by any means. He's progressing in his second season and will likely play around the 14.8 minutes per game that he averages during Utah's final two contests.
News: Favors scored 13 points (6-10 FG, 1-5 FT) and pulled down 10 rebounds, while adding four steals and two blocks in 34 minutes Saturday.
Impact: Fsvors has been a decent source of steals for a big man all season, averaging 1.3 in the last month as well as 15.1 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. The pleasing thing about this big line was that he was able to do it playing alongside Enes Kanter, a great sign for the future.
News: Kanter moved into the starting lineup Friday against the Blazers. He played 33 minutes, scored 15 points (6-16 FG, 3-3 FT), grabbed 13 rebounds, and added four assists.
Impact: Early this season, Kanter struggled when playing alongside Derrick Favors. Starting alongside Favors on Friday, however, there was no sign of those early troubles. Kanter's season has been a fairly steady upward trend, and owners should feel comfortable starting Kanter through the end of the season next week.
News: Burks moved into the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Blazers. He played 42 minutes, scored 16 points (7-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), grabbed six rebounds, and suffered four turnovers.
Impact: This was a quality game for Burks, who probably received extra minutes in part due to the absence of Marvin Williams (knee). Williams is not traveling with the team for Saturday's game, and Burks played well with the time he had Friday, so owners can reasonably hope for a similar performance in Burks' next game.
News: Williams (knee) will not travel with the team for Saturday's game in Denver, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Impact: After sitting out Friday's game with a bone bruise in his knee, Williams will also not travel with the team for Saturday's game against Denver, leaving just two games on Utah's schedule that Williams could play in. With the Jazz not in contention for a playoff spot, it's possible Williams could also sit out the last two games of the season to avoid aggravating his injury.
News: Williams (knee) is out Friday versus the Blazers, the Jazz's official site reports.
Impact: After suffering a bone bruise in his knee Tuesday, it's unclear how long Williams will remain out, or if he'll return at all this season. His absence should leave some extra minutes to be spread among Utah's forwards.
News: Jefferson will play off the bench Friday against the Blazers, the Jazz's official site reports.
Impact: Alec Burks is starting at shooting guard, which shifts Gordon Hayward over to Jefferson's normal spot at small forward. With Marvin Williams (knee) out Friday, Jefferson could see the minutes reduction from his demotion to the bench minimized somewhat with extra work available.
News: Burks will start Friday against the Blazers, the Jazz's official site reports.
Impact: Burks is getting the nod at shooting guard, shifting Gordon Hayward over to the three and pushing Richard Jefferson out of the starting lineup. With Marvin Williams (knee) also out Friday, Burks could see some extra minutes on the wing.
John Lucas - #5 - Point Guard - 5'11" - 166lbs
News: Lucas hasn't registered any time on the court during the month of April.
Impact: Lucas has seen a wide range in minutes when looking at the beginning of the season compared to now. He started the year as the starting point guard but now is a regular on the bench. His stay on the pine will likely continue throughout the finish of the season.
Ian Clark - #21 - Guard - 6'3" - 173lbs
News: Clark has averaged 3.3 points, 0.9 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 0.3 steals during the 20 games that he's played in this season.
Impact: The rookie has barely gotten his toes wet this year and won't likely see significant run during the Jazz's closing games of the season. He's spent more time on the bench than on the court in coach Ty Corbin's system and will struggle to maintain a spot on the roster during the offseason.
Malcolm Thomas - #22 - Forward - 6'9" - 215lbs
News: Thomas played just two minutes in the month of March and has yet to register any minutes during April.
Impact: Thomas is obviously not a part of coach Ty Corbin's lineup. This trend will likely continue considering that Thomas is buried on the depth chart behind numerous players that the Jazz have a lot of investment in.
News: Murphy shouldn't be expected to receive significant minutes in the Jazz's final games but he'll likely see extended run during the Las Vegas Summer League, the Deseret News reports.
Impact: Murphy was a very late acquisition by the Jazz after they waived Andris Biedrins. The rookie was mainly signed in preparation for next season so using him now stands a poor chance at amounting much success.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Williams will not practice with the team Thursday and he is doubtful to play in Friday's game against the Trail Blazers, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Impact: Williams had been playing through a bone bruise on his right knee, but was forced to leave Tuesday's game after only eight minutes on the court. The Jazz are out of playoff contention, so they are likely to be cautious with Williams for the rest of the season.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rush (illness) was active during Tuesday's game but he ultimately never left the bench.
Impact: This was the fourth-straight game that Rush has failed to log any time on the court. The last time that he managed to play for more than 10 minutes was on Feb. 11, so it seems highly unlikely that he'll be able to amount significant production during any of the final games of the season.
Jeremy Evans - #40 - Forward - 6'9" - 197lbs
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Evans came off the bench Tuesday to play 32 minutes as Marvin Williams (knee) had to leave the game after just eight minutes on the court. The fourth-year player finished with six points (3-9 FG), 11 rebounds, one steal and one block.
Impact: Evans received an uptick in minutes over the previous two games, but this outing passed expectations considering Williams' inability to stay on the court. He stands a chance to see increased minutes during Friday's game as well if Williams is unable to go. However, Evans won't likely be able to perform much better than he did during Tuesday's contest.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Williams left Tuesday's game versus Dallas because of a bone bruise on his left knee.
Impact: His status for the remainder of the season is unknown.
News: Murphy doesn't stand a good chance of getting much playing time with the Jazz this season, the Salt Lake City Tribune reports. "It would [slow down practices] if we were trying to get him a lot of stuff in and trying to get him into a lot of different sets, but at this juncture, there's not a lot of time," said coach Ty Corbin.
Impact: The Jazz only have five remaining games on their schedule and it doesn't sound like Murphy will be a factor in any of them. He's yet another young player in need of experience on a team full of unproven talent. Even though he stands a lot to gain from spending some time on the floor, so do the majority of the Jazz players that have been with the team all season.
News: Kanter came off the bench and scored 15 points (6-12 FG, 3-4 FT) to go with 19 rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 28 minutes against the Mavericks on Tuesday.
Impact: Kanter has been a double-double machine as of late. Over his past five games, he's averaging 12.8 points and 11.2 rebounds.
News: Williams went scoreless (0-2 FG) and did nothing else in eight minutes before being forced to leave the game with a bone bruise in his knee Tuesday against the Mavericks.
Impact: Williams had been bothered by his knee for the past couple games and played through it, but he was forced to leave Tuesday's game after playing only eight minutes with a bone bruise in his knee.
News: Williams (knee) returned to action Tuesday, but left the game with a bone bruise in his knee and won't return, the Deseret News reports.
Impact: Williams had just returned to the court, and it's unfortunate that he'll have to sit again. It's unclear as to how serious the injury is, but for now consider him day-to-day moving forward.
News: Williams (knee) will start Tuesday, the Deseret News reports.
Impact: Williams is averaging just 9.3 points and 5.1 rebounds this season, and isn't a fantasy factor in all but the deepest of leagues. Still, expect Enes Kanter to move back to the bench in light fo this news.
Jeremy Evans - #40 - Forward - 6'9" - 197lbs
News: Evans may see an increase in minutes off the bench if Marvin Williams (knee) is not able to take the court Tuesday.
Impact: Evans has received a bump in playing time over the Jazz's last two games in spite of Richard Jefferson's minutes. Taking this into account, along with Williams' potential absence, Evans stands a chance to play longer than the 17.5 minutes per game that he normally averages. That being said, he still provides limited production, even in an increased role.
Rudy Gobert - #27 - Center - 7'1" - 239lbs
News: Gobert averaged just 3.4 minutes on the court during the last seven games that he participated in.
Impact: Gobert has shown some promise during his rookie season, but coach Ty Corbin continues to leave him on the bench. Corbin has made several statements that indicated he didn't think Gobert was ready to be part of the Jazz's rotation, even though the 21-year-old had stellar performances during D-League assignments. Whatever the case may be, Corbin won't likely give Gobert significant minutes off the bench over the Jazz's final five games.
News: Williams' MRI revealed a bone bruise in his left knee, but he is still considered a game-time decision to play Tuesday versus Dallas, the Deseret News reports.
Impact: Williams has not missed any action despite being bothered by his knee recently. Only a factor in the deepest of fantasy leagues, Williams is averaging 9.3 points and 5.1 rebounds this season.
Andris Biedrins - #11 - Center - 7'0" - 250lbs
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Biedrins, who was released by the Jazz on Sunday, lacked confidence and wasn't afforded playing time because coach Ty Corbin wanted to give the experience to younger players, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. "He was coming off a couple of years when he didn't play much and lost some confidence. But he came in with an open mind and in great shape," said Corbin.
Impact: Biedrins remained stuck on the bench for the majority of the season, as his role on the team was nonexistent. He'll look to sign with another team in the near future now that his contract has expired, but he won't likely find a team that will be in dire need of his abilities. He should be expected to have little fantasy impact next season, barring the unforeseen.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Williams is dealing with a sore knee and will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Mavericks.
Impact: Williams started Sunday's game and played 22 minutes, but it appears he picked up a knee injury in the process. Williams did not practice Monday, but it remains to be seen if that will affect his status for Tuesday's game.
News: Kanter moved back to a bench role Sunday and put up eight points and 12 rebounds in 23 minutes.
Impact: Kanter earned 23 minutes compared to Marvin Williams' 22 minutes as the starting power forward. Whether starting or not, Kanter seems to have enough value for deeper leagues. The Jazz have three games this week.
News: Williams moved back into the starting lineup at power forward Sunday and posted seven points, four rebounds, a steal, and a three-pointer in 22 minutes.
Impact: Williams' move to the starting lineup pushed Enes Kanter back to a bench role, and while we wish we could explain the reasoning behind such a lineup choice at this point of the season, it's become evident that convention isn't an interest of coach Tyrone Corbin. We've seen Kanter and Williams shuffle a couple times recently, and there's no telling who will start for the final five games, but Kanter seems a safer bet than Williams to produce enough to contribute in deeper fantasy leagues.
News: Burke broke out of his recent malaise to post an emphatic line of 24 points, four rebounds, 15 assists, a steal, and two three-pointers in 40 minutes Sunday.
Impact: This double-double was Burke's sixth of the season. Apparently, coach Tyrone Corbin finally decided it was time to let his point guard play point guard instead of having the team's shooting guard (Gordon Hayward) facilitate the offense all year despite that fact that Hayward has struggled woefully with his shot and exhausted most of the lessons that could be learned in a moribund and mostly directionless season long ago. The Jazz have three games this week, making it somewhat difficult to play Burke in most weekly leagues, but after Sunday's game, Burke's owners may want to reconsider leaving him on the bench this week.
Sun. Apr 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Trey Burke had 24 points and 15 assists, but Utah lost to Golden State 130-102 on Sunday.
Impact: The rookie had been in a slump, averaging 4.3 points and shooting 27.3 percent in his previous three games.
News: Kanter will come off the bench in Sunday's contest against the Warriors, Jazz announcer David Locke reports.
Impact: Marvin Williams will start in place of Kanter. This will be the second time in the last week that this change has taken place. This might be something to keep an eye on, but it doesn't seem to affect Kanter's numbers too much.
News: Williams will start at power forward in Sunday's tilt against the Warriors, Jazz announcer David Locke reports.
Impact: This will be the second time this week that Williams has started in the place of Enes Kanter. It's possible that the two may switch starting spots occasionally, but either way Williams tends to play about the same number of minutes.
Andris Biedrins - #11 - Center - 7'0" - 250lbs
News: Biedrins was waived by the Jazz Sunday, the Jazz's official site reports.
Impact: Biedrins has played in just six games this season averaging 0.5 points and 2.8 rebounds in 7.5 minutes per game. The team will replace Biedrins with Erik Murphy.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Murphy signed with the Jazz on Saturday, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Impact: Murphy has a huge learning curve on a new squad, especially with just six games remaining on the Jazz's schedule, but if purposeful losing takes place in the final week and a half, he could be thrown into the fire. However, it's difficult to count on such a development.
News: Burks scored 21 points (4-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 13-13 FT) off the bench in Friday's game against the Pelicans. He added three rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 27 minutes.
Impact: Burks is averaging 16.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, two assists, and one steal over the last three games, producing low-end value in standard leagues. Consider him a solid option, despite his bench role, as his ability to score in bunches is desired.
News: Favors posted 20 points (8-12 FG, 4-4 FT), nine rebounds, and four blocks in 31 minutes Friday against the Pelicans.
Impact: Favors has ramped his production of late, averaging 16.2 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists, one steal, and 2.4 blocks over the last five games. Despite some midseason struggles, he's finishing strong and should be owned in all formats.
News: Hayward posted a solid stat line Friday against the Pelicans, with 21 points (4-11 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 11-13 FT), four rebounds, six assists, three steals, and two three-pointers made in 37 minutes.
Impact: Hayward is averaging 18.8 points, two rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.8 steals, and 1.4 three-pointers made over the last five games, as he continues to contribute in multiple categories. Despite his poor field goal percentage, he's a solid option in all formats and should continue to be deployed from here on out.
News: Williams will play off the bench Friday against the Pelicans, Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Impact: Williams started Monday in place of Enes Kanter to match up against Carmelo Anthony, but Kanter is back in the starting lineup Friday, meaning Williams' start may have just been a one-time deal.
News: Kanter will start Friday against the Pelicans, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Impact: Kanter had recently been moved back to a bench role but now appears to be back in the starting lineup next to Derrick Favors in the frontcourt. While Kanter's changing role with the team is something to keep an eye on, the shift to the bench may have just been a one-time change.
News: Rush will not play Friday, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Impact: Rush hasn't played much in the past several games, including just six minutes Sunday against the Thunder, so his absence Friday shouldn't affect the Jazz's lineup too much.
News: Rush (illness) is considered a game-time call for Friday's game against the Pelicans.
Impact: Rush has barely seen the floor in the past month-and-a-half, and coach Tyrone Corbin suggested recently that Rush may still be recovering from the torn ACL that robbed him of last season. Regardless, Rush played six minutes Sunday versus Oklahoma City, and could log some time if he's able to play through his sore throat.
Thu. Apr 3, 2014 | STATS
News: The Chicago Bulls have waived Murphy.
Impact: The 6-foot-10 Murphy appeared in 24 games and averaged just 2.6 minutes. He was a second-round draft pick in 2013. The Bulls announced the move on Thursday.
News: Murphy was waived by the Bulls on Thursday, CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: A second-round pick in the 2013 draft, Murphy appeared in 24 of 75 contests but with little to show for his effort - 0.3 points (on 23.1 percent shooting) and 0.3 rebounds in 2.6 minutes. Don't be surprised if the D-League soon makes contact with the 23-year-old.
Diante Garrett - #8 - Guard - 6'4" - 190lbs
News: Garrett has solidified his spot as the Jazz's number two point guard, but he's still only averaged 15.3 minutes on the court over the last 15 games.
Impact: Garrett is definitely a cog in the wheel that is Utah's rotation, but that's in terms of time on the court rather than production. He still struggles to earn time off the bench as it's usually afforded to Alec Burks. Garrett won't likely see significant run as Utah's cheerless season comes to an end.
News: Jefferson continues to start for the Jazz and averages 10.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.7 steals on the season.
Impact: Jefferson has enjoyed significant time on the court this season but has not been able amount significant production. He has only reached the 20-point benchmark during three games this year, so he should only be considered in the deepest of leagues.
Sun. Mar 30, 2014 | STATS
News: Kanter recorded his 20th double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds in Sunday's loss at Oklahoma City.
Impact: Eight of Kanter's 20 double-doubles this season have come over his last 15 games, during which he's averaging 10.5 rebounds per contest.
Fri. Mar 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Burks returned with 12 points Sunday.
Impact: Burks was out with a sprained left ankle. The Utah Jazz guard hadn't played since March 19.