• De'Anthony Melton - G - Phoenix Suns

    De'Anthony Melton (sprained right ankle) is not on the injury report for Thursday and should return from his nine-game absence against the Cavs.

    Melton has shown a nice stat set whenever he gets extended run but with Tyler Johnson now ahead of him on the depth chart, he's likely to top out as a steals specialist. There's deep-league appeal here but Melton was looking at a much better forecast before the trade deadline.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

Fantasy News

  • Dewayne Dedmon - C - Atlanta Hawks

    Dewayne Dedmon had a great fantasy game on Thursday night, overcoming a tough matchup with the Jazz to post 18 points (6-of-8 shooting), nine rebounds, three blocks and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Dedmon also hit three of his four free throws in the final minute to help keep the Hawks in front after Utah mounted a big second half charge. The Dead Man remains a reliable middle-round fantasy player and belongs in all fantasy lineups, as usual.

  • Trae Young - G - Atlanta Hawks

    Trae Young scored 23 points to go with 11 assists in Thursday's 117-114 win over the Jazz.

    Young had a nice counting line and some more dazzling highlight passes, but his fantasy game wasn't quite up to par as he hit just one 3-pointer and committed five turnovers while going 8-of-22 from the field and 6-of-9 from the line. The warts occasionally shine through but Young has shown incredible growth over the second half of the season and has been an early-round guy in the last month as the future looks brighter by the day for Atlanta.

  • Taurean Prince - F - Atlanta Hawks

    Taurean Prince was able to collect 13 points on 5-of-8 from the field in Thursday's win over the Jazz, adding three rebounds, two assists, three steals and three 3-pointers.

    Prince will end the season with late-round value but he's worked his way up to top-100 numbers over the last couple of weeks and riding a hot shooting run to a finish that's more in line with expectations. He's been disappointing for most of the campaign and his lines aren't always the type that catch the eye of more casual fantasy players, so make sure he isn't on waivers in your 12-team leagues. Also in the effective-but-boring category are Kent Bazemore (12 points on four triples in 15 minutes) and Kevin Huerter (14 points, two threes in 30 minutes) — Bazemore has higher upside but his playing time remains a major hurdle.

  • John Collins - F/C - Atlanta Hawks

    John Collins fouled out of Thursday's win over the Jazz, delivering a fairly quiet night of nine points, eight rebounds, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

    Collins struggled with a burly Utah frontcourt, and he won't be the last guy with that issue. Fantasy owners can take some solace in the fact that he came through with defensive numbers tonight. That's been the only weak spot in Collins' game so far and we're hoping he starts posting numbers more in line with his rookie season going into next year. He's already a top-40 guy with disappointing steals and blocks totals.

  • Donovan Mitchell - G - Utah Jazz

    Donovan Mitchell scored 34 points on 15-of-32 shooting while adding four rebounds, two assists, a steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in Thursday's game against the Hawks.

    Mitchell continues to roll, but the Jazz as a whole fell short tonight. The Jazz have the sixth best offense since the ASB and it's mostly due to Mitchell's ability to create and make shots. Since the ASB, Mitchell is averaging 28.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.7 blocks and 3.3 3s on .464 shooting.

  • Rudy Gobert - C - Utah Jazz

    Rudy Gobert scored 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting while adding 11 boards, three assists and a steal.

    Gobert has been doing everything we expect from him this week except block shots. He's swatted two shots in three games this week, but faces the Bulls on Saturday, who have been giving up the most blocks against opposing centers over the past month.

  • Jae Crowder - F - Utah Jazz

    Jae Crowder had a dud on Thursday, scoring two points on 0-of-6 shooting while adding two rebounds and a steal.

    Crowder fell off a cliff in today's game, but coming into tonight he had nine consecutive games scoring in double-figures with at least one 3-pointer. He gets the Bulls on Saturday so if you're in need of triples, he's still a viable option.

  • Ricky Rubio - G - Utah Jazz

    Ricky Rubio scored 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting while adding five boards, seven dimes, two steals and two 3-pointers on Thursday.

    After a couple rough games re-integrating into the lineup, Rubio has finally meshed with the Jazz's offense and is producing at a steady rate. He's worth grabbing for dimes and steals, but don't expect the shooting lines to always be this pretty.

  • Joe Ingles - F - Utah Jazz

    Joe Ingles stayed hot on Thursday against the Hawks with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go with two rebounds, seven assists, two steals and three triples.

    Ingles is getting hot from deep as of late, hitting 3-for-5 from beyond the arc and the assist numbers haven't waned which has been a recipe for early-mid round value. There was never any doubt here at Hoop Ball that he'd figure it out in time for owners.

  • Derrick Favors - F/C - Utah Jazz

    Derrick Favors double-doubled on Thursday with 15 points and 15 rebounds to go with an assist, two steals and a block.

    He went 6-for-10 from the floor and hit all three of his free throws. Favors continues his strong run of play and he took care of an advantageous matchup tonight. The Jazz play once more this week and have a three-game week coming up so plug him in your lineups.