News: Exum did not score (0-3 FG, 0-2 3Pt) and had just two rebounds and one assist in the win over the Bucks on Saturday
Impact: Exum was benched in the second half by head coach Quin Snyder in favor of Trey Burke, who took advantage and cashed in with 23 points and six assists in 36 minutes. Exum has been a disapointment offensively, failing to score in double digits in February. He's in danger of losing his starting gig and should be avoided in most formats.
News: Burke came off the bench Saturday, but did start the second-half, scoring 23 points (8-19 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 2-2 FT) with three rebounds, six assists and one steal in 36 minutes.
Impact: At this point, despite being the backup in name, Burke is close to must-own player. He is averaging 18.2 points, 2.2 three-pointers, 3.8 assists and 1.2 steals in 29 minutes in his last five games, even shooting 47 percent from the field. Contrast that to his season mark of 38 percent and you need to factor in some regression into his performance, but for now, adding Burke is the smart move for most leagues.
News: Evans came off the bench for 13 minutes during Friday's lopsided victory over the Nuggets. He managed to record one rebound, one assist, and one block during his brief stint on the court.
Impact: Evans is an afterthought in Utah and saw garbage time during Friday's game. He and Gordon Hayward are Utah's longest tenured players but that doesn't make Evans into a viable candidate for production. As a result, the pride of Western Kentucky is better left on the waiver wire in almost every depth of format.
News: Hood put up 14 points (5-8 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two rebounds, one assist, one steal, and two blocks in 20 minutes off the bench.
Impact: Hood is still working his way back from a significant foot injury but he's managed to score in double digits for two-straight games despite being on a minutes restriction. He's played exactly 20 minutes in each of his last two contests and that's probably to be expected moving forward until coach Quin Snyder feels comfortable letting Hood run wild. When that decision ultimately comes, the rookie may regain his spot in the starting lineup over the admirable replacement Joe Ingles. Despite the respectable job Ingles has done during his time in the starting five, Hood is in Utah's long-term plans and has a good chance of ending the season as a starter.
News: Jerrett made his Jazz debut against the Nuggets on Friday. However, he came off the court for just three minutes and failed to register any counting stats during his brief time of deployment.
Impact: Jerrett was traded from Oklahoma City but he's not necessarily expected to see more playing time in Utah with the new change in scenery. The former Arizona standout is still a couple years away from seeing time in the rotation, and even then, he's shown no signs of resonance over the first six games of his rookie campaign.
News: Cooley made his Jazz debut against the Nuggets on Friday. However, he only came off the bench for two minutes to record four points during his brief stint on the hardwood.
Impact: Cooley has played in the D-League all season but he got the promotion Monday and will try to prove his worth before his current 10-day contract runs out. It's entirely possible for the Notre Dame standout to ultimately stay in Utah for the rest of the season, although he won't be expected to have much of a role under coach Quin Snyder.
News: Cotton made his Jazz debut against the Nuggets on Friday during seven minutes off the bench. He finished with three points, two rebounds, one assist, and one steal.
Impact: Cotton is currently on a 10-day contract with the Jazz but is not expected to see significant time on the court during his short stint in Utah. Even if he signs on for the rest of the season, the rookie from Providence would find himself buried on the depth chart behind other young and up-and-coming
point guards like Dante Exum and Trey Burke.
News: Favors recorded his second double-double in three games Friday, scoring 21 points (7-10 FG, 7-8 FT) and grabbing 10 rebounds in 28 minutes and also tacked on three blocks.
Impact: Favors has now scored 11 or more points in 13 straight games, but this was just his second double-digit rebounding performance this month. Still, Favors is one of the better offensive big men in fantasy this season, averaging 16 points per game on 54 percent shooting.
News: Gobert filled the stat sheet in Friday's win over the Nuggets, scoring 10 points (4-4 FG, 2-2 FT), blcoking six shots and grabbing eight boards in 32 minutes.
Impact: Without Enes Kanter on the roster, Gobert is certainly worth owning in most leagues. He's averaging 3.1 blocks per game in February, and has double-digit rebounds in two of his past three games. While is scoring isn't necessarily always there, his defensive numbers could certainly help any team, especially now that he's played 30-plus minutes in three straight games.