April 9, 2019, 11:01 pmDragan Bender - F - Phoenix Suns
Dragan Bender double-doubled on Tuesday with 12 points and 11 rebounds while adding six assists, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer.
Bender went 4-for-9 from the floor and played fairly well in his 36 minutes of action tonight. Bender finishes this season strong just as he did last year, but whenever the Suns were fully healthy he couldn't crack the rotation. He had a game with seven blocks and has actually looked decent in spurts, but the Suns declined his option at the beginning of the year so he'll enter the summer as an unrestricted free agent. Even with his strong stretch of games, he's still outside the top-100 in value on a per-game basis in the closing two weeks of the year. There's bound to be a team that'll give a 21 year old 7'1 stretch big man another shot in the league, but you'll want to hold your breath in terms of fantasy expectations.
April 7, 2019, 11:27 pmDragan Bender - F - Phoenix Suns
Dragan Bender kept his foot on the gas on Sunday night, scoring 19 points to go with eight rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer in 36 minutes of action.
The Suns have almost nobody left to soak up frontcourt minutes so Bender's going to get his numbers over the last games. He's worth picking up if he's still available following Friday's seven-block explosion. Headed for free agency, this run might be saving Bender's NBA career after he's looked lost in the wilderness for most of his three seasons to this point.
April 6, 2019, 12:44 amDragan Bender - F - Phoenix Suns
Dragan Bender dropped 11 points, 10 rebounds, seven blocks and six assists in Friday night's overtime victory over the Pelicans.
The Deandre Ayton injury is giving Bender an opportunity to shine and he has rewarded anyone that took a flier on him with top-70 production over the last week. Ayton is likely done for the year so Bender is a solid streamer over the last few games of the year.
April 5, 2019, 5:14 pmRichaun Holmes - F/C - Phoenix Suns
Richaun Holmes (left ankle sprain) has been ruled out of Friday’s game vs. the Pelicans.
Holmes was previously labeled probable but his absence means the short-handed Suns will have to dig deep to find a warm body to start next to Dragan Bender. That could mean Ray Spalding but his lack of any kind of track record means he is a risky play.
Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter
April 2, 2019, 12:26 amDragan Bender - F - Phoenix Suns
Dragan Bender scored 12 points on 6-of-11 shooting with 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks on Monday.
Bender provided another strong outing from a fantasy standpoint and there's a strong chance that Deandre Ayton (ankle) is done for the year so if you're feeling lucky you can go and grab him, but you should take a look at Richaun Holmes, Josh Jackson and Mikal Bridges before you eye Bender.
March 31, 2019, 2:56 amDragan Bender - F - Phoenix Suns
Dragan Bender played 30 minutes on Saturday and produced eight points, nine rebounds, two 3s, two steals and two blocks.
Although Bender did not have an impact in the scoring department, he was able to produce the fantasy goods by providing his owners with multiple threes and defensive stats. Bender is sitting outside the top-200 in the past month, but is staring at an opportunity at more usage to close out the year with Deandre Ayton suffering an ankle sprain tonight and the Suns looking for scorers to support Devin Booker. De'Anthony Melton started and played on 18 minutes, but was able to provide two steals and two blocks and is someone to consider if you need defensive statistics going into next week.
March 29, 2019, 3:48 pmJosh Jackson - F - Phoenix Suns
Josh Jackson (right ankle sprain) is listed as questionable to play on Saturday vs. the Grizzlies.
Jackson has missed the last three games with the ankle sprain and there’s a good chance he misses another. Mikal Bridges, Dragan Bender and even Troy Daniels stand to benefit.
Source: Duane Rankin on Twitter
March 28, 2019, 12:42 amDragan Bender - F - Phoenix Suns
Dragan Bender had a solid performance on Wednesday as he had 12 points and six rebounds in 31 minutes in a loss to the Wizards.
He brought in six cash counters (three triples, one steal and two blocks). Bender can be left on the wire as this one was not much more than a fluke performance.
March 16, 2019, 10:00 pmDragan Bender - F - Phoenix Suns
Dragan Bender drew another start on Saturday night and put up 13 points (6-of-9 shooting), five rebounds, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer before fouling out in 34 minutes.
Bender continues to start but this is his first line in awhile to catch our attention, and it was his first game exceeding 20 minutes since January 25. A lot of stuff broke his way between Richaun Holmes being out, Deandre Ayton getting ejected and Ray Spalding picking up five fouls of his own, so don't give Bender too much thought.
March 13, 2019, 8:28 pmDragan Bender - F - Phoenix Suns
According to coach Igor Kokoskov, Dragan Bender will remain with the Suns' starters on Wednesday to help match the Jazz's size.
While the move is strategically sound, Bender has not been much more than a warm body to throw in the paint for the Suns recently. He's not been able to parlay his starting job into any fantasy-relevant lines of note. Keep him on the wire. Derrick Favors will have a big night.
Source: Eric Walden on Twitter
March 2, 2019, 12:05 amDragan Bender - F - Phoenix Suns
Dragan Bender played 17 mintues in Friday's loss to the Pelicans totaling eight points, two rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers.
Bender started because Josh Jackson missed a team event on Wednesday, and will likely return to the bench in the next game. It was nice to see him tally a few cash-counters in his limited opportunity.
March 1, 2019, 8:19 pmDragan Bender - F - Phoenix Suns
Dragan Bender will start for Josh Jackson on Friday vs. the Pelicans.
Jackson was fined $20,000 for missing a team event on Wednesday so this is likely additional punishment to show the young Jackson the team is serious about rules infractions.
Source: Suns on Twitter
February 6, 2019, 11:38 pmDragan Bender - F - Phoenix Suns
Dragan Bender started for the Suns vs. the Jazz on Wednesday but failed to add anything beyond five rebounds to the box score in 14 minutes.
Kelly Oubre Jr. soaked up most of the extra minutes left by the absence of Devin Booker (right hamstring soreness). He chipped in 16 points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 32 minutes.
February 2, 2019, 8:25 pmDragan Bender - F - Phoenix Suns
As per the Suns, Dragan Bender will be available in Saturday's matchup against the Hawks.
He was expected to miss this game but the Suns changed their mind shortly after. Don't expect him to log significant minutes since Deandre Ayton and Richaun Holmes will eat up all the frontcourt playing time. Let Bender stay on your waiver wires unless something drastic happens to either Ayton or Holmes.
Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter