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 8, 2020, 8:56 pmMikal BridgesSF, Phoenix Suns
Mikal Bridges feasted with 43 minutes on Sunday vs. the Bucks, putting up 21 points (7-of-13 FG, 5-of-5 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers and one block.
Bridges did not even get a steal in this game, but who cares when he posts so many other fantasy goodies. He is consistently getting minutes in the upper 30s at this point, and he is looking like a solid mid-round player the rest of the way. Congratulations if you were able to scoop him up or if you rode out the inconsistency at the start of the season.
March 7, 2020, 12:30 amDario SaricPF, Phoenix Suns
Dario Saric scored 24 points (9-for-13 FG, 2-for-4 3PT) with eight rebounds, three steals and a block across 38 minutes in Friday's loss.
With Ayton out, Saric started alongside Mikal Bridges on the wing who also chipped in a solid 18 points (7-for-10 FG, 2-for-4 3PT), five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. It sounds like Ayton could be back as early as Sunday which would limit Saric's upside.
March 3, 2020, 2:57 pmKelly Oubre Jr.SF, Phoenix Suns
Kelly Oubre is having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and will miss the remainder of the season.
Oubre owners who were holding out hope that maybe their top-50 asset could get back on the court can now officially cut bait. With Oubre gone, Mikal Bridges, Dario Saric and Cameron Johnson will see their roles and minutes increase.
Source: Arizona Sports
February 29, 2020, 12:04 amMikal BridgesSF, Phoenix Suns
Mikal Bridges was the clear replacement for Kelly Oubre (torn meniscus) in Friday's 111-113 loss to the Pistons, getting 38 minutes and producing 13 points, five assists, one steal, three blocks and two 3-pointers.
Bridges has a wonderful stat set and will get plenty of playing time to make it shine with Oubre likely lost for the season. He's been a third-round value over the last couple of weeks and is going to be a serious help for fantasy GMs in need of steals, blocks, threes and even points and rebounds — it's hard to imagine someone not needing help in any of those — so make sure he's not on any waiver wires. He's likely been long gone in competitive leagues but this is almost certainly your last chance to get on board if he's somehow slipped through the cracks.
February 27, 2020, 3:42 pmKelly Oubre Jr.SF, Phoenix Suns
Kelly Oubre Jr. will be out indefinitely with a torn meniscus in his right knee.
It was also reported that Oubre is going to get a second opinion. It is unlikely that the second opinion will reveal anything different but it could be worth holding onto him until we get confirmation. Unfortunately, it does appear that he will be out for at least a few weeks and maybe even the rest of the season. Cam Johnson, Mikal Bridges and Dario Šarić will all see more opportunity with Oubre out.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
February 25, 2020, 12:23 amMikal BridgesSF, Phoenix Suns
Mikal Bridges did not miss a shot (3-of-3 FG, 2-of-2 FT) on Monday but wound up producing a hollow line with just eight points and three rebounds.
This was one of Bridges' more low-key performances. However, given his strong play over the last couple weeks, we're willing to give him a pass as the minutes and opportunities are still there.
February 22, 2020, 11:20 pmMikal BridgesSF, Phoenix Suns
Mikal Bridges swiped four steals and blocked one shot in a superb effort on defense in Saturday's win over the Wolves, adding eight points, six rebounds and two assists.
Ever since turning the corner past the midpoint of the season, Bridges has been simply awesome as a 3-and-D guy for the Suns. There's no reason at this point to think that he'll slow down or that the Suns will modify his current role and usage, so ride him until the season winds to a close.
February 18, 2020, 7:12 pmDario SaricPF, Phoenix Suns
The Suns expect Dario Saric (left ankle) to be available to play against the Raptors on Friday.
James Jones said that he expects everyone outside ok Frank Kaminsky to be available for Friday's game, meaning Tyler Johnson will be out there as well. While Saric has been out, Mikal Bridges has seen his role expand while Kelly Oubre Jr. has played a lot of PF. Keep an eye on how the rotation shakes out now that the Suns are healthy shakes out.
Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter
February 13, 2020, 1:10 amMikal BridgesSF, Phoenix Suns
Mikal Bridges was great, again, on Wednesday, stuffing the stat sheet with 14 points (6-of-12 shooting), to rebounds, one assist, two 3s, three steals and one block.
Bridges is on a roll that just one stop. He's a top-40 player over the last month and even better over the last few games. Bridges' slow start is but a distant memory now and he's ready to finish 2019-20 with a flurry.
February 11, 2020, 1:00 amMikal BridgesSF, Phoenix Suns
Mikal Bridges kept his foot on the gas on Monday with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go with six rebounds, three dimes, a steal, a block and four 3-pointers.
Bridges drew another start and produced another fat fantasy line. He was already getting it done in standard leagues with his defensive contributions but now that the shot is falling, things are looking great. He should be owned in all leagues until further notice.
February 7, 2020, 11:44 pmMikal BridgesSF, Phoenix Suns
Mikal Bridges did what he does on Friday, compiling 13 points (4-for-7 shooting), four rebounds, four steals, two assists, two triples and one block as the Suns destroyed the Rockets.
Another game, another productive line for Bridges who is really starting to look like he's won the trust of the Suns coaching staff. Nights like tonight prove how high his ceiling can be in fantasy. If he's on any of your wires, he shouldn't be.
February 3, 2020, 10:34 pmMikal BridgesSF, Phoenix Suns
Mikal Bridges started on Monday and scored 12 points on 6-of-12 shooting while chipping in six rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks.
He's alive! Bridges continues to start at the forward slot and is getting enough minutes to warrant ownership in all leagues for now. We've seen this story before, but this type of production is too good to leave on the wire. His line would have been complete if he hit some triples, but six combined defensive stats is a juicy way to start the week.
January 31, 2020, 11:59 pmMikal BridgesSF, Phoenix Suns
Mikal Bridges was invisible on offense for the Suns on Friday going 0-of-5 from the field to end the night with two points, six rebounds and one block in 34 minutes.
The minutes and opportunities are still there for Bridges, who has completely edged out Dario Saric from the starting five. This was not one of his better games, but those should be on the horizon once again soon.
January 29, 2020, 1:07 amMikal BridgesSF, Phoenix Suns
Mikal Bridges was efficient after moving into the Suns starting lineup on Tuesday, going for 13 points (4-of-5 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), two rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes in a win over the Mavs.
Bridges is definitely worth an add in 9-cat leagues. He's excellent in steals and also had zero turnovers in this game, with that category also being one of his specialties. Bridges won't stand out, but he's in the top-75 in 9-cat leagues over the past month and stands to make gains with this new larger role.