Player News - Suns

Date: Team: Pos:

Jared Dudley (knee) is available to play on Friday against the Pelicans.

He's been out of the lineup since he tweaked his knee under the basket back on Nov. 10. Marquese Chriss is in some kind of slump and it'll be interesting to see how the power forward minutes are split between the three. This could be bad news for Chriss.
Nov 24 - 1:33 PM

Dragan Bender played a season-high 34 minutes vs. the Bucks on Wednesday and had a nice all-around game with 11 points, six rebounds, two assists, one block, two steals and three triples.

He was 4-of-7 from the field with five turnovers, while his competition in Marquese Chriss had another dud with two points in 12 minutes. Bender has had his fair share of duds as well and has been anything but consistent, but he's worth keeping a close eye on to see if he wins this position battle. If tonight's line is any indication, the upside to produce some nice fantasy value is there with his 3-point range and shot-blocking potential -- his 7'2" wingspan helps.
Nov 23 - 12:12 AM

Devin Booker scored 23 points vs. the Bucks on Wednesday, but hit just 8-of-24 shots with three turnovers.

Booker hit an amazing turnaround 3-pointer at the buzzer from way downtown (link below) to send this game to overtime, but he missed his final five shots of the evening. He hit all five free throws and added four rebounds, four assists, two triples and three blocks, and the offense is likely going to run through him for the remainder of the season. Outside of Booker and T.J. Warren, it's hard to trust anyone else in Phoenix for fantasy purposes.
Nov 23 - 12:06 AM

Tyson Chandler (illness) returned to action on Wednesday vs. the Bucks and finished with six points, 12 rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 21 minutes.

He has spent five of the last seven games on the sidelines due to back issues and an illness, but he was back in the starting lineup on Wednesday. Chandler is still a nice source of rebounds, but that’s really all he’s bringing to the table right now with averages of 7.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 0.6 blocks prior to Wednesday. There’s a decent chance that he could be traded or bought out at some point, but Alex Len will likely be the center to own later in the season when the Suns throw in the towel (if they haven’t already).
Nov 23 - 12:01 AM
Greg Monroe - F/C - Suns

Greg Monroe had a nice revenge game vs. the Bucks on Wednesday, setting season-highs in points (22) and rebounds (15) with one assist and one block in 32 minutes.

Tyson Chandler (illness) returned to the starting lineup, but in a surprising move for a rebuilding team, the Suns deployed Monroe as the backup center over Alex Len (DNP-CD) — there’s a chance the Suns played him over Len to get some revenge on his former team as well. The Suns have been showcasing Monroe for a trade, but if they can’t salvage what little trade value he has, he’ll likely be bought out at some point. In the meantime, look at Monroe as a short-term source of points and rebounds as long as he stays ahead of Len.
Nov 22 - 11:58 PM
Alex Len - C - Suns

Alex Len picked up a DNP-CD in Wednesday's 113-107 overtime loss to the Bucks.

Tyson Chandler (illness) was back in action and started, but the Suns deployed Greg Monroe as his backup over Len. That won’t always be the case because the Suns are showcasing both Chandler and Monroe for a potential trade, and the veterans are buyout candidates as well. Until this situation improves, Len may have just been demoted to a stash in fantasy leagues.
Nov 22 - 11:55 PM

Marquese Chriss played just 12 minutes vs. the Bucks on Wednesday, finishing with two points, two rebounds and two turnovers.

He checked out with 9:18 left in the third quarter and played the final possession of the fourth quarter, but that's it. You would be hard-pressed to find a bigger bust in fantasy leagues this season, as Chriss has picked up countless silly fouls and has shown a lack of maturity and effort. As intriguing as his upside is in steals, blocks and triples, it's understandable if you're ready to move on.
Nov 22 - 11:52 PM
Greg Monroe - F/C - Suns

Greg Monroe will move to the bench on Wednesday against the Bucks.

He'll come off the bench in his revenge game. Coach Jay Triano as played Monroe just 21.3 minutes per game in three outings this year, so maybe that playing time drops into the teens. Monroe, Tyson Chandler and Alex Len could be very annoying to own with all three on the active roster.
Nov 22 - 7:28 PM

Tyson Chandler (illness) will start against the Bucks on Wednesday.

It'll be very interesting to see how the center minutes shake out with Chandler, Greg Monroe and Alex Len. Coach Jay Triano has gone three deep at power forward before, so maybe he does the same thing at center. Either way, this could be a messy situation for the next two weeks.
Nov 22 - 7:24 PM

Jared Dudley (knee) is listed as doubtful in the game notes for Wednesday's matchup vs. Milwaukee.

Dudley was averaging 20.2 minutes per in the three games he played immediately preceding his knee injury, but has now missed each of the last five for Phoenix. Marquese Chriss, Dragan Bender and Josh Jackson will continue to soak additional minutes.
Source: NBA.com
Nov 21 - 7:21 PM

Suns GM Ryan McDonough said Phoenix wants to sign Mike James to a standard NBA contract before his two-way deal expires on December 6th.

This is a no-brainer for Phoenix, as James has been a very pleasant surprise for the Suns. He is averaging 11.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists this season. However, he has been coming off the bench behind Tyler Ulis over the last five games and is averaging 8.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists over that stretch.
Nov 21 - 11:46 AM

Tyson Chandler (illness) was a full participant during Monday's practice and said he expects to play Wednesday vs. Milwaukee.

Chandler has spent five of the past seven games on the sidelines with an illness and back issues, but it sounds like he'll be back in the rotation on Wednesday night, which isn't great news for the likes of Alex Len, Marquese Chriss and Greg Monroe. Head coach Jay Triano said he's not sure how he'll handle the minutes with three centers available, but this could very easily turn into a value-killing timeshare situation.
Nov 20 - 2:58 PM

Mike James came off the Suns' bench on Sunday for 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting, five assists, three rebounds and one steal in 26 minutes.

Starting PG Tyler Ulis had three points, four rebounds and four assists in 20 minutes, and this continues to be a value-killing timeshare. Most fantasy owners will be better served looking for cheap PG help elsewhere, including waiver-wire guys like Spencer Dinwiddie or Kris Dunn.
Nov 19 - 11:06 PM

T.J. Warren made 13-of-20 shots to finish Sunday's win vs. Chicago with 27 points, adding seven rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one assist in 33 minutes.

The scoring leaps out, of course, but owners in category-based leagues will appreciate Warren's defensive stats tonight -- he came in averaging 0.7 steals and 0.8 blocks, and any increase in those categories will give him a nice boost. Warren is proving himself as a go-to option offensively, after Devin Booker, and the rebuilding Suns will feed him the ball all season.
Nov 19 - 11:05 PM
Greg Monroe - F/C - Suns

Greg Monroe had 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and one block in just 21 minutes of action on Sunday.

Monroe didn't play the final 16 minutes of tonight's game, with Alex Len getting the clutch minutes during the Suns' home victory. Tyson Chandler (illness) has been out since Thursday but he's day-to-day, so there's no clear incentive to own Monroe in most leagues.
Nov 19 - 11:03 PM


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