Player News - Suns

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Tyler Ulis double-doubled vs. the Hawks on Tuesday with 15 points, 10 assists, six rebounds, one steal and one triple in 40 minutes.

This was his fourth double-double of the season and they have all come in March. He only shot 6-of-16 from the field and his field goal percentage has been an issue, as he was hitting just 40.0 percent in his previous 14 games. Still, it's hard to complain about a player you picked up off the wire who's averaging 11.6 points, 7.5 assists and 1.4 steals this month.
Mar 29 - 12:13 AM

Alan Williams couldn't stay out of foul trouble vs. the Hawks on Tuesday, finishing with four points, eight rebounds and one steal in 15 minutes.

Williams and Marquese Chriss combined for 10 fouls in 34 minutes. He's no stranger to foul trouble, as he has picked up at least four fouls in 11 out of 15 games in March. That limits his upside and he's not a great free throw shooter by any means, but he's still worth owning for his points, rebounds and blocks -- he was averaging 11.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in his previous 14 games this month.
Mar 29 - 12:05 AM

Marquese Chriss got into some early foul trouble on Tuesday vs. the Hawks and finished with seven points, three rebounds, one assist, one block, one triple and five fouls in 19 minutes.

When you average 5.6 fouls per 36 minutes, you're going to be prone to duds like these. The rookie also shot just 2-of-11 from the field, but he will have three more chances to redeem himself this week and has been solid for the most part since the All-Star break. Stick with him.
Mar 29 - 12:00 AM

Derrick Jones Jr. started in place of Devin Booker (ankle) on Tuesday vs. the Hawks and scored a career-high 13 points in 34 minutes.

He finished 6-of-11 from the field and hit the first 3-pointer of his NBA career, adding three rebounds and one steal. Jones Jr. is a ton of fun to watch for his high-flying dunks and sound defense, but he's a long ways away from helping most fantasy owners -- he averaged 4.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in five previous starts this season.
Mar 28 - 11:54 PM

T.J. Warren went off for 24 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks and six turnovers in Tuesday's 95-91 loss to the Hawks.

Devin Booker (ankle, rest) sat this one out, so Warren was the clear focal point of the offense. He finished 11-of-20 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line, and the fact that he logged 40 minutes suggests that the foot contusion that held him out of a pair of games last week is behind him. Warren should be owned in all leagues and his owners can deploy him three more times this week.
Mar 28 - 11:46 PM

Ronnie Price (left leg contusion) returned to action on Tuesday vs. the Hawks and scored three points with four assists, three rebounds, one steal and one triple in 14 minutes.

He has very little fantasy value and is basically in there to give Tyler Ulis an occasional breather. Leave Price on the wire.
Mar 28 - 11:42 PM

Leandro Barbosa (hamstring) didn't play on Tuesday vs. the Hawks.

The Suns are tanking and don't even bother to update their injury reports anymore. They will be cautious with the veteran and he can be left on the waiver wire in all standard leagues.
Mar 28 - 11:38 PM

Derrick Jones Jr. will start in place of Devin Booker (ankle) on Tuesday vs. the Hawks.

Booker has an "ankle" injury, but there have been some reports that the tanking Suns are just resting him. Jones is more of a defender who rarely scores outside of the paint, so there's not much fantasy upside here. In five starts this season, Jones has averaged 4.0 points and 4.6 rebounds.
Mar 28 - 7:09 PM

Devin Booker (ankle) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Hawks.

Booker has been dealing with this ankle issue since March 19, and apparently aggravated it during his 70-point explosion against the Celtics, so for now, we'll be considering him questionable for Thursday's game against the Clippers. Derrick Jones Jr. will likely slide into the starting five tonight sans Booker, while T.J. Warren will be tasked with the heavy lifting on offense. Jones Jr. isn't a great target in most settings, but Warren makes sense in DFS, as he'll easily be Phoenix's go-to guy on offense tonight.
Mar 28 - 6:09 PM

There's a rumor going around that the Suns may elect to rest Devin Booker for Tuesday's game against Atlanta, according to Hawks' beat reporter Chris Vivlamore.

Booker is only 20 years old and currently the only healthy two-guard on the depth chart, so it would certainly be strange to see Phoenix dish out a rest day to the second-year player on a non-back-to-back set. Owners will need to check back for official confirmation closer to tip-off, but if he's out, Derrick Jones Jr. would likely draw the start and T.J. Warren would immediately emerge as the No. 1 option on offense. Stay tuned.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: If Booker does indeed sit on Tuesday, T.J. Warren will immediately become an elite target in all formats considering he'd be a good bet to get up 16-20 shot attempts against a beat up Hawks team. Warren has been seeing huge minute totals of late and has been exceeding salary-based expectations regularly since Eric Bledsoe was pulled out of the rotation. Derrick Jones, Marquess Chriss, Tyler Ulis and Leandro Barbosa also benefit.
Mar 28 - 5:29 PM

Ronnie Price (leg) is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Hawks.

Price has spent the past five games on the sidelines, and with both him and Leandro Barbosa (hamstring) being listed as questionable for tonight's game, we could again see Tyler Ulis forced into heavy minutes. Stay tuned.
Mar 28 - 4:40 PM

Leandro Barbosa (hamstring) is questionable to play Tuesday vs. the Hawks.

The hamstring issue forced Barbosa to the sidelines on Sunday, which resulted in Tyler Ulis logging heavy minutes. If he's out again tonight, it'll be more of the same.
Mar 28 - 3:00 PM

T.J. Warren (foot) hit the ground running in his return, scoring 21 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, four steals and no turnovers in a 120-106 loss to the Hornets on Sunday.

A foot contusion cost him two games, but coach Earl Watson turned his second-best scorer loose with 39 minutes. In his three previous games before sustaining the injury, Warren played a whopping 41 minutes per game, so he looks like he'll be set for minutes in the upper 30s. The Suns need offense in the worst way and they play at a blazing tempo, so things are looking up for Warren to finish this season. He should be owned in all leagues.
Mar 26 - 4:06 PM
Alex Len - F/C - Suns

Alex Len scored eight points with three rebounds and one block against the Hornets on Sunday.

He's been able to keep his fouls down for the most part and he's actually had a strong five games. In those losses, he averaged 10.6 points, 7.6 boards, 1.8 blocks and 0.4 steals. Alan Williams is the preferred player here, but Len is still someone to consider for those looking to bolster points, boards and blocks.
Mar 26 - 3:56 PM

Marquese Chriss scored 13 points with three rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Hornets on Sunday.

The Suns are really looking to expand Chriss' game and he is taking a ton of jumpers. With great addition of range, comes with great responsibility of shot selection. Chriss has gone 1-of-8 from deep in his last two, but he's getting enough dunks and close-range shots to offset that. Despite a down weekend after a massive 23-point Thursday, Chriss should be locked in to all fantasy lineups.
Mar 26 - 3:53 PM


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