August 13, 2020, 7:14 pmDario SaricPF, Phoenix Suns
Dario Šarić and Cameron Payne were the best bench players for the Suns during Thursday's victory over the Mavs, playing 26 and 30 minutes respectively.
Šarić finished the contest with 16 points (6-of-10), six rebounds, two assists, two 3-pointers and two turnovers. We expected Šarić to play a sizable role in the restart and he finished the seeding games with standard league value. Payne, on the other hand, was not expected to play as large of a role as he had in the eight games. Payne finished with standard league value and Thursday was no exception as he had 15 points, five rebounds, two assists, three treys and one turnover. The journeyman has played for four teams over his first five seasons in the league but may have finally found a home in Phoenix. He has a non-guaranteed contract for next season and it is likely that the Suns retain his services.
August 11, 2020, 7:25 pmDario SaricPF, Phoenix Suns
Dario Saric continues to put together a strong resumption period, barely missing a double-double in 24 minutes on Tuesday, tallying 18 points and nine rebounds to go with four assists.
Saric is quietly chugging along at top-80 pace and has now scored in double-digits in all seven of the Suns' seeding games. Over that period, he is averaging 14.6 points and 8.0 rebounds. He offers next to nothing on the defensive end which does cap his overall value, however, he is still worth adding across all formats for the final seeding game.
August 6, 2020, 7:06 pmCameron PaynePG, Phoenix Suns
Cameron Payne and Dario Šarić led the Suns' bench unit in Thursday's win over the Pacers with 21 and 20 minutes respectively.
It was expected that Šarić would be a key part of the rotation for the Suns and Thursday was no different as he had 16 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one 3-pointer and three turnovers. If he continues at his current pace, Šarić should finish somewhere around the top-75. The bigger surprise off the bench for the Suns has been Payne, who was signed just before the league resumption. Payne poured in 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting with three rebounds, three assists, one steal, three trifectas and two turnovers. He has seen at least 18 minutes in each of the Suns' first three contests and can be expected to be one of the first guards off the bench moving forward.
August 4, 2020, 8:28 pmDario SaricPF, Phoenix Suns
Dario Saric had a productive line in 26 minutes off the bench on Tuesday afternoon for the Suns, finishing with 13 points (4-of-9 FG, 0-of-2 3PT, 4-of-5 FT) and eight rebounds.
Saric had a typical Saric-like performance on Tuesday, but it seemed like he was out there a little more than usual. He really was not (24.9 MPG this season) and wasn't particularly effective shooting the ball. The Suns won, though, and each and every guy that played was crucial to their success on Tuesday. Saric is effective and will hover right around the 'borderline fantasy rosterability' threshold, which is to be expected. Don't expect him to light anyone up very frequently.
July 31, 2020, 9:34 pmDario SaricPF, Phoenix Suns
Dario Saric (ankle) ceded his starting job to Cameron Johnson on Friday but managed to stay productive, chipping in 16 points (4-of-6 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), six rebounds, two 3s three assists and one steal.
Saric is still recovering from a left ankle injury and will continue to come off the bench until he's better. It's a good sign that the Suns still gave him 27 minutes, so he still has a positive outlook with a low ceiling moving forward.
July 31, 2020, 2:44 pmDario SaricPF, Phoenix Suns
Dario Šarić, who has been dealing with a left ankle injury, will come off the bench for the Suns on Friday as they face off against the Wizards.
The Suns will have Šarić available off the bench for their first game of the resumption season while Cameron Johnson gets the start at power forward. The Suns are fighting for the last spot in the Western Conference so it will be interesting to see if they focus on developing their young talent or if they choose to play their veterans heavy minutes. Dario's return means that Cheick Diallo and Frank Kaminsky won't see as many minutes off the bench on Friday.
Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter
July 28, 2020, 5:35 pmCameron JohnsonSF, Phoenix Suns
Cameron Johnson went 4-of-8 from the perimeter, ending with 19 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals in 26 minutes during Tuesday's win over the Raptors.
Johnson moved into the starting lineup with Dario Saric (ankle) sidelined, scoring an impressive 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting. The rookie is yet to find a consistent role with the Suns but certainly looks to have the makings of a solid role player. The injury to Saric doesn't appear to be too serious and so Johnson's stay with the opening five could be short-lived.
July 28, 2020, 1:27 pmDario SaricPF, Phoenix Suns
Dario Saric (left ankle) will not play in Tuesday's scrimmage.
Saric left Sunday's scrimmage and is considered day-to-day, so we'll see if he's ready for the Suns' first game of the resumed season. He has late-middle round upside if things break his way but Saric is best left for the later rounds of resumption leagues, especially with this injury hanging over his head.
Source: Duane Rankin on Twitter
July 27, 2020, 4:19 pmDario SaricPF, Phoenix Suns
Dario Saric (ankle) underwent treatment on Sunday and is being listed as day-to-day, per Kellan Olson.
Saric appeared to be walking normally on Monday but is being listed as day-to-day after suffering an ankle injury in Sunday's scrimmage. He had been playing well prior to the injury, although the impending return of Aron Baynes could impact his fantasy prospects. Saric is someone to consider late in drafts as a player with top-100 upside.
Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter
July 26, 2020, 3:01 pmDario SaricPF, Phoenix Suns
Dario Saric will not play in the second half of Sunday's scrimmage after appearing to suffer a left leg/ankle injury.
Saric stepped on someone's foot in the first half and limped off the court. Hopefully it's not a serious problem, as The Homie was putting a nice game together: 12 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two 3-pointers in 17 minutes. He's looked very aggressive in his scrimmage appearances so far, though his overall body of work this season only puts him in the discussion as a potential late-round pick in resumption leagues.
Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter
July 22, 2020, 3:59 pmAron BaynesC, Phoenix Suns
Aron Baynes told Shams Charania of the Athletic that he tested positive for Covid-19 and hopes to join the Suns in Orlando after he passes the league's coronavirus protocol.
Baynes had symptoms as a result of the virus but is now asymptomatic. He has started to increase his workload but has yet to have two negative test results, which is needed in order for him to be allowed to rejoin the league in Orlando. If Baynes has to sit out for the start of the resumption, Dario Šarić, Cheick Diallo and Frank Kaminsky will all see additional minutes while Dario is the player most likely to produce fantasy value.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 17, 2020, 8:21 pmDario SaricPF, Phoenix Suns
Dario Saric averaged 10.1 PPG, 5.9 RPG and 1.3 threes per game on his way to top-180 fantasy value.
This was a typical season for the Croatian forward (his first full season with the Suns). The suspension of Deandre Ayton at the beginning of the season was good news for Saric and Aron Baynes, who both benefitted greatly and found themselves inside the top-200 in categories formats. Ayton returned after a 25-game absence, but Saric's play actually improved with him in the fold. Over the final two months of Saric's season to this point (10 games), he averaged 12.4 points, 5.6 boards, 1.9 assists and 1.5 threes per game. He should play a similar role for the Suns in 2020-21.
March 14, 2020, 2:15 pmKelly Oubre Jr.SF, Phoenix Suns
Kelly Oubre Jr. (torn right meniscus) may be back in the lineup if the NBA regular season resumes in mid-April.
Oubre was scheduled to be re-evaluated after four weeks as of March 3 so if the NBA does resume in mid-April, he may be ready to go after the six-week layoff. In the seven games Oubre has missed with the injury, Dario Saric has stepped into the starting lineup and is averaging 30.3 minutes while Mikal Bridges has been playing a whopping 39.4 minutes per game so they might be scaled back a tad if Oubre does return.
Source: Arizona Republic
March 11, 2020, 12:21 amDario SaricPF, Phoenix Suns
Dario Saric had a strong showing in Tuesday's loss to the Blazers, recording an unexpected double-double with 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting, adding 11 rebounds, four 3s and two assists plus a block.
Saric has run hot-and-cold with seemingly unpredictable frequency post-ASB. This was obviously one of his better games, but he can just as easily fall off a cliff in his next one, limiting him to being a points-and-threes streamer in most formats.
March 8, 2020, 8:50 pmAron BaynesC, Phoenix Suns
Aron Baynes thrived once again, this time on Sunday against the Bucks, accounting for 24 points (8-of-16 FG, 4-of-5 FT), seven rebounds, four 3-pointers and one block.
Deandre Ayton remains day-to-day for the Suns who next play on Tuesday, which means we have one more opportunity in the near future to cash in on Baynes as the starting center for the Suns. After that, the Suns don't play until Saturday, and it is likely that Ayton is back in action by then. These last two games serve as an excellent reminder to stream Baynes when he is getting major minutes. Dario Saric also succeeded in this one, going for 11 points, five rebounds, three 3-pointers and one steal in 26 minutes. Saric's path is a bit more promising long-term as Kelly Oubre (knee) is most likely done for the season, and Saric should still have a decent role in the rotation when Ayton returns. Feel free to roster him in standard leagues if you don't mind the thin schedule he has next week.