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Utah Jazz center/forward Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) has missed the last two games with a right shoulder strain but he is now listed as probable on Friday night. Getting Olynyk back in the lineup is great timing for the Jazz as Lauri Markkanen (hamstring) will be forced to miss yet another game. Olynyk probably won't enter the starting lineup but he'll likely see around 15 minutes which will come from both Omer Yurtseven and Walker Kessler. This won't make Olynyk fantasy-relevant in shallow leagues though.
Utah Jazz forward Lauri Markkanen (hamstring) has been ruled out for the team's game on Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers. The star forward has missed the last six games and will miss at least seven while he deals with this left hamstring strain. In his place, Simone Fontecchio will remain in the starting five while the rookie Taylor Hendricks could see some added time off of the bench again. Fantasy managers will want to stay tuned for any updates on Markkanen's timetable to return.
Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Clarkson has missed each of the last three games while dealing with a left hamstring strain. The good news is that Clarkson was a full participant during Thursday's practice. His return to the rotation would push Ochai Agbaji back to the bench. Agbaji hasn't been much of a streaming option anyway, but he'd likely start again if Clarkson is unable to play.
Utah Jazz forward Lauri Markkanen (hamstring) fully participated in practice on Thursday. The 7-14 Jazz have taken things slowly with their franchise player, as Markkanen has missed six straight games with a left hamstring strain. Markkanen's presence at Thursday's session, however, would seem to get him on the right side of the questionable tag for Friday's game versus the Los Angeles Clippers. Before going down, the 26-year-old reigning Most Improved Player of the Year was dominating to the tune of 23.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.3 threes, and 2.2 combined steals and blocks per night in 34.1 minutes across 15 games in Salt Lake City. Spot-up shooter Simone Fontecchio has functioned as the primary fantasy beneficiary in Markkanen's stead, with modest averages of 11.0 points, 3.2 assists, and 2.2 threes in 28.6 minutes over his last six starts. Fontecchio would likely regress to waiver-wire fodder when Markkanen re-enters Utah's lineup.
Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (thigh) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Dallas Mavericks. The veteran guard will miss his third game in a row due to a right thigh contusion. His absence will mean another start for Ochai Agbaji. Although, he hasn't been a great option, so fantasy managers can probably find a better streaming option with an 11-game slate on Wednesday. Agbaji has some deep league appeal, but that's about it right now.