November 19, 2018, 12:51 pmTrevor Ariza - F - Phoenix Suns
Trevor Ariza will return to the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Sixers.
Ariza missed the previous two games due to a personal matter, but returned to the team Sunday. The big story when Ariza missed time was the play of rookie Mikal Bridges. The playing time between the two is worth watching. Both should be owned and each have a chance to hold value. As the season goes on and the Suns continue to lose games it should shift more towards Bridges.
Source: Gina Mizzell on Twitter
November 18, 2018, 5:55 pmTrevor Ariza - F - Phoenix Suns
Trevor Ariza has returned to the Suns after missing two games because of a personal absence.
With Ariza back and ready to play on Monday, we'll be watching to see how he splits time with the surging Mikal Bridges. In a perfect world both players will be able to hold standard-league value but a timeshare might make that tough. Ariza is the safer play of the two and should be owned in 12-team leagues while Bridges is the upside play who profiles as more of a stash in the near-term.
Source: Duane Rankin on Twitter
November 18, 2018, 1:25 pmDevin Booker - G - Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker said that the left hamstring he strained last month still isn't 100 percent.
"It’s a thing that takes time. Just getting back used to it and trusting it." Booker has picked up 12 assists in each of the last two games and has made a conscious choice to look for his teammates more while he's not fully healthy. "I'm a step slow right so getting everyone else involved is my go-to." Before the injury he averaged 27.8 points per game but is down at 20.1 points per game since returning. Obviously Booker is more dynamic when he's looking to fill it up but his altered approach is certainly helping fantasy owners make the best of a bad situation. He's likely to finish the year with early-round value.
November 18, 2018, 1:17 amTJ Warren - F - Phoenix Suns
T.J. Warren scored a team-high 23 points in Saturday's 100-110 loss, going 10-of-19 from the field with five rebounds, two triples, a steal and a block.
Warren drew the short straw at the beginning of the year, coming off the bench despite being one of Phoenix's best players last season, but has played his way back into the starting five. He's going to cruise past his ADP and is a great source of points who was available far too late in drafts.
November 18, 2018, 1:15 amDevin Booker - G - Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker hit just 5-of-16 shots on Saturday night but still managed to double-double with 16 points and 12 assists against the Thunder.
Booker will have issues like this where defenses just lock in on him, but he deserves credit for making some good passes tonight. It's part of his expanding game that leaves early-round value within reach, which is something that would've been hard to imagine two years ago.
November 18, 2018, 1:11 amDeandre Ayton - C - Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton took a career-high 19 field goal attempts on Saturday night but "only" hit 10 of them to finish with 21 points, nine rebounds and a steal in 36 minutes.
Ayton also attempted a rare 3-pointer tonight. So far so good after Ayton vowed to be more aggressive two games ago, as he's posted 17 & 10 and now 21 & 9. He's going to be an early-middle round guy at his worst given the ample opportunity for him to pile up numbers in Phoenix.
November 18, 2018, 1:09 amMikal Bridges - F - Phoenix Suns
Mikal Bridges started in place of Trevor Ariza (personal) on Saturday and put up 14 points, two rebounds, two assists, four steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes.
That's an excellent line from Bridges, who is making his case for more minutes even when Ariza returns. The fact that he's likely to return to the bench in the coming days is a bit of a downer for 12-team owners but he's a high-quality stash if you're sitting on a big lead or are willing to be patient. It's possible he can play just enough to hold top-150 value even when the Suns have everyone available, though that's a bit of a coin flip.
November 18, 2018, 12:40 amRyan Anderson - F - Phoenix Suns
Ryan Anderson was a DNP-CD on Saturday, making this the third-such time he's been a healthy scratch in the last four games.
Anderson seems like a good dude but this is the way that fantasy owners are hoping this goes. Phoenix seems to be ready to let their younger, higher-upside options play. It's a positive development.
November 16, 2018, 3:00 pmTrevor Ariza - F - Phoenix Suns
Trevor Ariza has been ruled out for Saturday's game as he deals with a personal matter.
Ariza has been a little disappointing to start the year. The low shooting percentage is standard, but we were expecting a couple more points than this, and some more 3-pointers and steals to buoy his value especially when the shot isn't falling well. He should rise into top-75ish value eventually so for now it's just a waiting game.
Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter
November 14, 2018, 11:31 pmMikal Bridges - F - Phoenix Suns
Mikal Bridges started against the Spurs on Wednesday and scored eight points on 4-of-6 shooting in 25 minutes in a win.
He has been trending up and is definitely worth a flier in deep leagues. Trevor Ariza is the starter when he plays, but Bridges got the start in this one since Ariza had to miss the game. Josh Jackson, who Bridges usurped in the rotation, had 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting in 21 minutes. Neither player is worth owning right now, but Bridges is the preferred option of the two and is worth a speculative deep league add.
November 14, 2018, 11:27 pmTJ Warren - F - Phoenix Suns
TJ Warren scored 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting in a 116-96 win over the Spurs on Wednesday.
He also added four rebounds, two assists and three steals to the box score. He once again led the Suns in scoring and should have his position in the starting lineup secured. He is inside the top-50 right now and should be able to keep middle-round value all season long. If you want to sell-high on Warren, right now would be the perfect time to do it.
November 14, 2018, 11:22 pmDeandre Ayton - C - Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton put up a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double against the Spurs on Wednesday.
He shot 8-of-11 from the field and stated before this game that he wanted to be more aggressive on offense. He will be inside top-50 value all year and should get as many opportunities as possible on a young and struggling Suns team.
November 14, 2018, 11:19 pmDevin Booker - G - Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker scored 13 points with 12 assists, but shot 5-of-14 from the field and added seven turnovers in a 116-96 win over the Spurs on Wednesday.
Even though Booker struggled, his backcourt mate Isaiah Canaan picked up the slack with 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting and five 3-pointers. Canaan is not an ideal fantasy option and will have random good games like this one, but Booker is a middle-round value that should be started in all formats.
November 14, 2018, 7:11 pmMikal Bridges - F - Phoenix Suns
Trevor Ariza (personal) will not play against the Spurs on Wednesday and Mikal Bridges will start in his place.
Bridges obviously gets a huge boost for this game. He has been trending up lately and now gets a chance to start. When Ariza returns to the team, the assumption is he will retake his starting job back, but if Bridges continues to play well he could lock up more time moving forward. Bridges is worth a flier.
Source: John Gambadoro on Twitter
November 13, 2018, 3:39 pmElie Okobo - G - Phoenix Suns
Elie Okobo was assigned to the G-League on Tuesday.
Coach Igor Kokoskov said that both Okobo and De'Anthony Melton would toggle back and forth between the NBA and G League throughout the season. However, the Suns are a mess at PG so it's surprising he would make the move. Melton will likely inherit Okobo's 10-15 minutes on Wednesday unless Okobo is recalled by then.
Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter