January 15, 2019, 10:39 pmMikal Bridges - F - Phoenix Suns
Mikal Bridges scored seven points on 3-of-3 shooting (including a three) with seven rebounds, one assist and two steals over 30 minutes in Tuesday's blowout loss.
Bridges is bringing back top 125-150 value (9/8 cat) on the season in just 26.2 mpg and he has been a top 70-100 guy (9/8 cat) in 30.6 mpg over the last month. His value is really easy to peg right now and there is a very good chance that he gets better as he gets more comfortable, and also as he gets asked to do more.
January 15, 2019, 10:34 pmDe'Anthony Melton - G - Phoenix Suns
De'Anthony Melton scored three points on 1-of-7 shooting (including a three) with four rebounds, eight assists, one steal and two blocks over 22 minutes in Tuesday's blowout loss to the Pacers.
Melton's shooting and scoring isn't pretty here but the four cash counters and other popcorn stats make this line play. He has the potential to be a mid-round play if he continues to get leash, and the return of Devin Booker isn't necessarily prohibitive in that respect. He has been a top-150ish play this season in just 22 mpg, and we're calling him a must-own player in 12-team formats.
January 15, 2019, 10:28 pmDevin Booker - G - Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker (back spasms) returned to action in Tuesday's blowout loss to the Pacers, scoring eight points on 4-of-12 shooting with five rebounds and five assists over 27 minutes.
Booker did not hit a three and he turned it over four times, committing five fouls as well. The good news is that he got back on the court and now the next challenge will be making his teammates better rather than chucking up a bunch of shots, which to his credit we've seen him doing since the Trevor Ariza trade.
January 15, 2019, 9:57 pmRichaun Holmes - F/C - Phoenix Suns
Richaun Holmes scored 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting with five rebounds, two assists, one block and 3-of-3 hits from the foul line in just 19 minutes off the bench in Tuesday's blowout loss to the Pacers.
Holmes has been rolling at a top 25-50 level (9/8 cat) for the last two weeks and Hoop Ballers have been driving the bandwagon for years now, so congrats to all of us. Also, if your favorite reality basketball team isn't trying to pry him away from the Deandre Ayton-saddled Suns, and they're not stocked for a while at center, then they might never figure out who the sucker is.
January 15, 2019, 9:49 pmJosh Jackson - F - Phoenix Suns
Josh Jackson returned to the bench with Devin Booker (back) in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Pacers, scoring eight points on 3-of-7 shooting (including a three) with four rebounds, three assists and one block in 19 minutes.
Jackson struggles to stay in the top-300 when the Suns are at full strength and is only worth dealing with if you're in points leagues or you can punt percentages.
January 15, 2019, 9:43 pmKelly Oubre Jr. - F - Phoenix Suns
Kelly Oubre scored 16 points off the bench in Tuesday's blowout loss to the Pacers, hitting 7-of-13 shots (1-of-6 3PTs) with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes.
Oubre has been playing at a late-round level for a few weeks now and he should be able to outlast other players, rather than the other way around. He's a must-own player in standard formats.
January 15, 2019, 4:59 pmDevin Booker - G - Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker (back spasms) will not have a minutes limit on Tuesday.
Booker is returning to the lineup after missing the previous three games and should go right back into his high-usage role. Josh Jackson heads to the bench and he and De'Anthony Melton are the easy calls, while Booker's return may also impact Kelly Oubre a little bit. He's still a hold barring a drastic change and Booker, of course, belongs in all lineups.
Source: John Gambadoro on Twitter
January 14, 2019, 2:51 pmDevin Booker - G - Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker (back) will play in Tuesday's game vs. the Pacers.
After practicing on Monday it looks like Booker will give it a go in Tuesday's game. He's missed the last three but he'll be back without a minutes limit and he'll once again be the Suns' primary ball handler and scorer. Booker being back will diminish the production of both De'Anthony Melton and Josh Jackson while also putting a damper on Kelly Oubre.
Source: Bob Young on Twitter
January 14, 2019, 2:37 pmDevin Booker - G - Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker (back) participated in practice on Monday.
Booker is still without an official status heading into Tuesday's game vs. the Pacers but it's good that he's practicing. He's missed the last three games with back spasms and the Suns seem to be exercising caution at every step of the way when it comes to Booker. With Booker out, De'Anthony Melton, Josh Jackson and Kelly Oubre have stepped up and produced for both the Suns and fantasy owners.
Source: Katherine Fitzgerald on Twitter
January 13, 2019, 12:03 amKelly Oubre Jr. - F - Phoenix Suns
Kelly Oubre tied his career-high with 26 points, rounding out an excellent performance in Saturday's 102-93 win over the Nuggets with 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers.
Oubre hit 9-of-17 shots in his 30 minutes tonight and looks like a player to add in 12-team leagues. He won't hit these heights when the Suns are at full strength and will have some up-and-down stretches, but he's pretty much must-own right now — especially after this one. He's going to have every opportunity to put up numbers and his stat set tends to pop in big volume.
January 12, 2019, 11:56 pmDeandre Ayton - C - Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton was able to post 22 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in Saturday's upset win.
Ayton went 9-of-18 from the field and 4-of-6 from the line in 30 minutes, and his solid game didn't affect Richaun Holmes at all. Holmes dropped 14 points and seven boards in 18 minutes while going 6-of-9 from the field. He remains a must-own player even as a backup and Ayton continues to roll along with an impressive rookie season. Already a top-30 player, one wonders what he could be if he got more than 1.0 blocks a night.
January 12, 2019, 11:52 pmJosh Jackson - F - Phoenix Suns
Josh Jackson started for Devin Booker (back spasms) again on Saturday night and finished with 15 points on 6-of-18 from the field.
Jackson added four rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block. He's going to tank your percentages but if you're already up a creek there or in a points league then he's a decent option. It looks like he's at least pulled even with Mikal Bridges (24 minutes, five points, a steal, a block, a 3-pointer), even when Booker returns, so you can give him a look if you can absorb his terrible shooting.
January 12, 2019, 11:47 pmDe'Anthony Melton - G - Phoenix Suns
De'Anthony Melton only scored two points on 0-of-7 shooting from the field in 32 minutes but still finished Saturday's win over the Nuggets with solid fantasy output in the form of three rebounds, 10 assists, four steals and a block.
Melton isn't going to be much of a scorer this year but it's great to see him taking advantage of Devin Booker's (back spasms) absence and looking the part of long-term point guard. He's an assists and steals guy in deeper leagues but will be a decent low-end play in standard formats whenever Booker sits. Even in limited minutes when Booker is back, Melton's going to be right on the fringes of 12-team relevance. He's not quite a must-own player, but we'd recommend finding some room for him if possible.
January 12, 2019, 8:20 pmDevin Booker - G - Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker (back spasms) will not be playing in Saturday's game according to Kellan Olson on Twitter.
This is the third game that Booker has missed due to his back spasms and the Suns are in no rush to bring back their franchise cornerstone considering that they're in tank mode in this point of the season. His injury is not something that should be undermined hence we can expect more games off from him until Igor Kokoškov gives the go signal. Expect Josh Jackson, De'Anthony Melton and Kelly Oubre to soak up his minutes and step up.
Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter
January 12, 2019, 7:25 pmDevin Booker - G - Phoenix Suns
While Devin Booker (back spasms) remains questionable, Igor Kokoskov says that there's a "slim chance" Booker plays on Saturday.
Josh Jackson will start again if Booker ends up sitting, as expected. This will be the third straight game on the sidelines for Booker, and fantasy owners have to be hoping for some kind of update either after tonight's game or during tomorrow's practice before they set lineups for next week.
Source: Duane Rankin on Twitter