August 13, 2020, 7:05 pmDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton was impressive in the Suns' final contest of the season, providing fantasy GMs with 11 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot in 27 minutes.
Ayton and the Suns were a perfect 8-0 in the restart but still need a Blazers loss in order to finish ninth in the Western Conference. Ayton finished the resumption campaign with sixth/fifth-round value (8/9-cat).
August 10, 2020, 5:10 pmDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton managed just 10 points and six rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench during Monday's 128-101 victory over the Thunder.
After missing his COVID-19 test prior to the game, Ayton was a late arrival and was subsequently relegated to a bench role. This was a blow if you had shares in Ayton but it would appear as though it will be a one-time thing and he should be back in the starting lineup for Tuesday's tilt with the Sixers.
August 10, 2020, 2:39 pmDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
DeAndre Ayton missed his COVID-19 test on Sunday but was retested Monday morning and is on his way to the team's game on Monday vs. the Thunder after receiving a negative test result.
The Suns are currently only 1.5 games back of the Grizzlies for the 8th seed and they've got the Thunder, Sixers and Mavericks still up on their schedule. Having Ayton officially in the game is huge as they try to defeat the Thunder on Monday and continue their undefeated bubble streak.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
August 9, 2020, 12:07 amDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton grabbed 12 boards in Saturday's game against the Heat, finishing with 18 points (7-of-15 FGs) and two assists as well.
Ayton was a workhorse in the victory, as he logged the second-most minutes (36.5) since the NBA restart (five games). The Suns were able to pull out a win against a short-handed Heat squad and they're going to need to continue to do so in order to play themselves into the playoff field.
August 6, 2020, 6:53 pmDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton finished Thursday's win with 23 points (11-of-18) and 10 rebounds in 34 minutes while Cam Johnson posted 14 points (5-of-13) and a team-high 12 rebounds in 36 minutes.
Johnson has been very impressive in the resumption league, providing top-50 value while Ayton is a third-round asset through the first four games. Johnson struggled from distance, going just 2-of-9, but did chip in with three assists, one steal and one turnover. Johnson is firmly on the standard league radar ahead of the 2020-21 season. Ayton had six defensive stats in the contest, something that makes fantasy GMs very happy as he has averaged a combined 3.1 steals and blocks so far in his sophomore season. If he can stretch the floor consistently while increasing his defensive stats, Ayton could improve upon the 28/21 per-game value that he had this season.
August 4, 2020, 8:20 pmDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton scored 19 points (9-of-18 FG, 1-of-2 3PT), snatched seven rebounds and dished out four assists in 37 minutes as the Suns beat the Clippers 117-115 on Tuesday.
This was a great bounce-back game for Ayton after he struggled with foul trouble on Sunday vs. the Mavs. He was instrumental in the victory and was able to get Devin Booker open on a number of occasions. He didn't record a block, however, which is a little surprising as Ayton has averaged 1.7 blocks per game in 2019-20 (the Suns did not record a single block as a team on Tuesday afternoon). This was a monumental win for coach Monty Williams and the Suns' young core.
August 3, 2020, 12:26 amDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton was only able to play 21 minutes in a win over the Mavs on Sunday as he was in foul trouble for a majority of the game.
Ayton put up seven points and eight boards on 3-of-8 shooting. He remains an early-round value for the remainder of the season as the Suns have no other big man to rely on. He should bounce back next game as foul trouble was the biggest detriment to his performance in this one.
July 31, 2020, 9:13 pmDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton had a field day bullying the Wizards' defense on Friday, pounding out 24 points on 11-of-14 shooting with 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
This is a solid performance from the big man, who delivered a double-double and two blocks as expected. Ayton is going to flirt with top-20 value as the Suns play for a spot in the play-in tournament, so enjoy the ride.
July 23, 2020, 10:05 pmDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton went 6-of-7 from the field en route to 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a 3-pointer in Thursday's scrimmage win.
It was the first scrimmage for both Phoenix and the Jazz, but Ayton fared well against Rudy Gobert and even flashed the increased range that he's been talking about. With Ayton only hitting seven triples through his first two seasons, any advancement there will only solidify him as a top-25 fantasy play for years to come. Devin Booker also added 13 points in 20 minutes, so the Suns' big guns picked up where they left off.
July 17, 2020, 5:42 pmDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
After being suspended 25 games for violating the NBA's Anti-Drug Program, Deandre Ayton had a strong campaign as a top-28/21 per game player (8-cat/9-cat) while averaging 33.2 mpg.
Ayton only saw 30 games with the Suns, but 19.0 PTS, 12.0 REBS, 1.9 ASTS, 1.7 BLKS, 0.7 STLS, .548 field goal percentage and .769 free-throw percentage is impressive production from the second-year big man. Ayton remains a cornerstone for the Suns alongside Devin Booker and he should not be facing any limitations in the bubble or when the 2020-21 season arrives.
March 10, 2020, 8:51 pmDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton (left ankle sprain) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game vs. the Blazers.
Ayton has missed the Suns' previous two games (home games on Friday and Sunday against the Blazers and Bucks) and will not be able to make his return on Tuesday night for another clash with the Blazers. He went through shootaround and there was some thought he could see some action tonight but no such luck. Aron Baynes will look to continue his run of great play in Ayton's absence. Ayton himself should be good to go for the Suns' next game on Saturday against the Mavs.
Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter
March 10, 2020, 5:53 pmDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton (left ankle sprain) is being listed as questionable to return for Tuesday's game against the Blazers.
Ayton went through shootaround and is hopeful to return for this one, with heavy playoff implications. If Ayton can go, Aron Baynes is going to see a huge dent in value after having a career two-game stretch in Ayton's absence.
Source: NBA injury Report
March 10, 2020, 3:20 pmDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton (left ankle sprain) was a full participant in Tuesday's shootaround and is hopeful to be cleared to play against the Blazers.
Aron Baynes has had a career-best two-game stretch with Ayton out the past two games but is sure to take a massive hit once Ayton is cleared to return. The Suns and Blazers are fighting to stay alive for the final spot out west, so we would expect to see Ayton active for this one.
Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter
March 9, 2020, 8:10 pmDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton (left ankle sprain) is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Blazers.
Ayton has missed the past two games with the injury but is looking close to a return. Aron Baynes will take a big hit when Ayton returns and will lose his short run of standard-league value. The Suns only play twice this week, so it is probably worth streaming a roster spot than holding Baynes with Ayton being listed questionable.
Source: Jamie Goldberg on Twitter
March 7, 2020, 6:03 pmDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton (left ankle sprain) is being listed as out ahead of Sunday's game.
There had been hope that Ayton would return tomorrow so it's still possible that we get a change of course, but ultimately it makes the most sense for Phoenix to play it safe here. Aron Baynes remains a solid choice while Ayton is shelved, though it sounds like the sophomore could be back in action relatively soon.
Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter