Player News - Suns

Date: Team: Pos:

Devin Booker won the JBL 3-Point Contest.

Massive props to Booker for not only saying he would win, but also calling that Klay Thompson would finish second when he was on the Suns broadcast last week. He'll have the rest of the break to get his hip injury right and he has said he doesn't want to rest down the stretch. Booker's fantasy owners can expect a strong finish.
Feb 17 - 9:23 PM

Elfrid Payton said he felt a little disrespected when the Magic traded him and still thinks he has a "very high ceiling."

"Obviously, my shooting has gotten better this year, but I still feel like I can become a way better shooter," Payton said. "And there are still so many different things that I’m learning about the game and so many areas where I know I can improve. For example, I’m finding little tricks to get to the free-throw line more and get my team in the bonus." The 23-year-old PG has certainly made a strong impression in Phoenix, averaging 20.3 points, 8.7 assists, 8.3 rebounds, 1.0 triples and 4.0 turnovers per game.
Source: HoopsHype
Feb 15 - 9:56 AM

Troy Daniels played with his finger taped up on Wednesday, hitting 1-of-6 shots for two points in 11 minutes.

He had some intrigue when Devin Booker was out, but with Elfrid Payton and Devin Booker now healthy, Daniels is a fantasy afterthought.
Feb 15 - 4:51 AM

Devin Booker returned to action during a 107-97 loss to the Jazz on Wednesday, scoring 28 points with five rebounds, three assists and six 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

It was pretty clear his left hip was bothering him as he was grabbing at it throughout the game. He was still aggressive and the injury didn't seem to affect his play, so the All-Star break should get him right. Plus, coach Jay Triano said he wouldn't play Booker at less than 100 percent, so it's mostly positive on the injury front. The Booker PG experiment isn't over yet, but the Suns did run a PG out there for 48 minutes in this game. Either way, Booker's value in fantasy will be fine as long as he's active. He said earlier this week he did not want to rest, so that'll help.
Feb 15 - 12:27 AM

Dragan Bender scored six points with four rebounds, and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday.

It wasn't his best game and Bender is definitely at his best when he plays the stretch five. He does look to be ahead of Marquese Chriss, and you would think Alex Len won't last long if the Suns play him 38 minutes. Bender will be annoying to own, but he has upside.
Feb 15 - 12:24 AM

Elfrid Payton posted the ninth triple-double of his career against the Jazz on Wednesday, scoring 13 points with 11 rebounds, 12 assists, one steal, one block, five turnovers and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

It's his first triple-double of the season and his first since Apr. 1 of last season. Payton finds himself in an ideal spot for his fantasy value because the Suns do not have any traditional point guards that can threaten his playing time, and the increased pace helps, too. Devin Booker should still see time at point guard, but obviously Payton will be getting his, especially with how he's shown some chemistry with bigs on pick and roll. He's trending up.
Feb 15 - 12:19 AM
Alex Len - C - Suns

Alex Len busted out in the starting lineup against the Jazz on Wednesday, scoring 14 points with seven rebounds, three steals and four blocks in 38 minutes.

Wow. Maybe the Suns were slow-playing Len after his ankle injuries kept him in check for most of the past month, but he looked very active today in a tough matchup against Rudy Gobert. There are a lot of things that can go wrong here and Tyson Chandler did not play due to neck spasms. All that said, that playing time is almost too high to leave on the wire for anyone needing a big man. He has serious upside.
Feb 15 - 12:11 AM

Josh Jackson scored 22 points with seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday.

With Devin Booker back, the move to the bench did not hurt Jackson at all as the Suns went very tight on their wing rotation and did go with some small-ball fours. Jackson is one of the hottest rookies on the stat sheet and especially in the scoring column, scoring 20-plus in six of his last nine games. While he does have some issues in percentages, Jackson is shaping up to be a bargain off the wire after his terrible start.
Feb 15 - 12:07 AM

Marquese Chriss scored five points with three rebounds and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes off the bench against the Jazz on Wednesday.

Things aren't looking up Chriss these days. He's said "there's a lot of stuff going on" and that his hip injury is still there. Dragan Bender is clearly ahead of him right now, and Alex Len actually looked healthy today. The case to drop Chriss is as strong as it's been all season, so it's probably time, assuming there is anything decent on your wire.
Feb 15 - 12:04 AM

Tyler Ulis scored two points with two assists in nine minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday.

He may fall out of the rotation completely, but you're not going to use him at 10 minutes anyway. Drop Ulis everywhere.
Feb 15 - 12:01 AM

Tyler Ulis (back) is available to play against the Jazz on Wednesday.

Even if he's healthy, he is not a lock for minutes with Elfrid Payton starting ahead of him and the Suns still wanting to look at Devin Booker at the point. Leave Ulis on the wire.
Feb 14 - 8:31 PM

Josh Jackson will move to the bench against the Jazz on Wednesday.

The starting lineup will be Elfrid Payton, Devin Booker, T.J. Warren, Dragan Bender and Alex Len today. Jackson has certainly earned a starting spot lately and he should still see minutes in the 20s. He's a hold in all leagues.
Feb 14 - 8:22 PM

Devin Booker (hip) is in the starting lineup against the Jazz on Wednesday.

He went through his pre-game routine and everything apparently went well. Booker has dealt with two upper-body injuries lately and he's said it's been an adjustment for him. He and Elfrid Payton will likely be staggered and the Suns are still expected to use Booker at PG.
Feb 14 - 8:17 PM
Alex Len - C - Suns

Alex Len will start at center against the Jazz on Wednesday.

This is different from the earlier report saying it was going to be Dragan Bender. With Devin Booker likely back, it'll be interesting to see if the Suns go small at forward or they slide Bender over to the four. Either way, Len isn't really a pickup until he shows he can be healthy for over two games.
Feb 14 - 6:37 PM

Marquese Chriss said his hip injury is "there" and he's "thinking about it."

Something doesn't appear to be right with him again and he talked about it. "There’s a lot of stuff going on. I’m just trying to get the most out of the situation I’m in and just try to persevere through a lot of things that are going on," he said. He's fallen behind Dragan Bender and his fantasy value has taken another downturn.
Feb 14 - 5:33 PM


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