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Phoenix Suns G Devin Booker was selected to the NBA's All-Bubble first team after an impressive performance in Orlando. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Booker led the Phoenix Suns to an undefeated 8-0 record in the seeding games and tied with Kristaps Porzingis for 4th place in scoring with 30.5 points per game. Booker was outstanding, displaying an array of offensive tactics to dominate opposing guards while also being clutch when it mattered most. No one realistically gave the Suns a shot at making the playoffs, but Booker's play propelled the Suns to the 10-seed, narrowly missing the play-in game for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Booker closed out the season as one of the best offensive players in the NBA, averaging 26.6 points, 6.5 assists, and 4.2 rebounds across 70 games this year. He should be a top-20 selection next season in season-long formats.

Category: Transactions, Rumors

Ricky Rubio started but played just 20 minutes in Thursday's win over the Mavericks, scoring seven points (2-6 FG, 2-5 3PT, 1-1 FT) to go along with two rebounds, 12 dimes, one steal, and one turnover.

Fantasy Impact: The Suns cruised past the Mavericks today, going 8-0 in the re-start. Rubio has played really well in the Bubble, particularly in the last four games, where he's averaged 9.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 9.8 assists per contest. Rubio and the Suns will be rooting for the Nets to beat the Trail Blazers Thursday night for an opportunity to face the Grizzlies in a Play-In game Saturday.

Category: Game Recaps

Dario Saric put up 18 points (7-9 FG, 2-2 3PT, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, and four assists in 24 minutes of play off the bench Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Saric has flirted with a double-double in every game thus far in the seeding round. He's been a fantasy value throughout in the bubble and should remain so in the Suns seeding round finale on Thursday.

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Mikal Bridges put up 24 points (8-10 FG, 3-5 3PT, 5-5 FT) to go along with two rebounds, one assist, two steals, and two blocks over 33 minutes of play Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Bridges got shot lights out and put up his best scoring performance thus far in the bubble. He's worth fantasy consideration Thursday as Phoenix tries to finish out the seeding round undefeated.

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Deandre Ayton put up eight points (4-10 FG, 0-2 3PT), 12 rebounds, and two assists over 32 minutes of play Tuesday as the Suns win streak reached seven games.

Fantasy Impact: Ayton was back in the starting lineup after arriving late to Monday's game. His scoring has been lackluster in the bubble but he's notched double-digit rebounds in four of seven games. He's not a safe play but does have plenty of upside in Thursday's seeding round finale against Dallas.

Category: Game Recaps

Elie Okobo is listed as questionable for the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Okobo has not played during the NBA restart, as he is dealing with a sprained ankle. (Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Okobo has played a small bench role with the Suns this season and he will probably return to that role when he is able to play again. Okobo is a good depth piece for the Suns, but he is not going to be very useful in any fantasy lineup.

Category: Injury Updates

Aron Baynes, who has yet to play during the NBA restart, is listed as questionable on Tuesday against the Philadelphia 76ers. Baynes has been dealing with a bone bruise on his knee. (Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Even if Baynes is able to play in Tuesday's game, he is not worth playing in any fantasy league. The Suns will be happy to have Baynes back, but he is unlikely to have much fantasy value for the remainder of the season.

Category: Injury Updates

Cameron Payne led the Phoenix bench in scoring Monday, dropping 14 points (4-12 FG, 2-4 3PT, 4-4 FT) to go along with six rebounds, five assists, three steals, and one turnover in 32 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Payne continues to play really well off the bench for the Suns. He hadn't even played a single game during the 2019-20 season, but since play resumed in Orlando, Payne is averaging 10.8 points, four rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.3 steals in 21.8 minutes per game. Next on the docket is a matchup with the short-handed 76ers on Tuesday.

Category: Game Recaps

Jevon Carter produced 20 points (7-10 FG, 6-8 3Pt), four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block across 26 minutes off the bench in Saturday's 119-112 win over the Heat.

Fantasy Impact: Carter scored a season-high 20 points in Saturday's win. It was the first time Carter reached double figures since March 8th. The performance came out of nowhere. Carter knocked down six triples and shot a terrific 70 percent from the floor. He will look to build on this performance in Monday's game against the Thunder.

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Kelly Oubre Jr., who is still rehabbing from right knee surgery, is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game against the Miami Heat. (Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Oubre was doubtful for Thursday's game against Indiana, a game which the Suns won, as well, so this news isn't surprising. He's getting closer to returning but even if he were to play on Saturday he's not a recommended DFS play given that he's missed so much time.

Category: Injury Updates

Cameron Johnson came alive for the Suns, scoring 19 points (6-11 FG, 3-3 FT), along with grabbing 12 rebounds, handing out four assists, and hitting four three's across 40 minutes in a win against the Mavericks.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson hit two milestones in the win tonight, setting a new career-high in rebounds and also achieving the first double-double of his young career. Johnson may have earned more minutes after this showing, hitting double-figures in his past two games. DFS players take note as he may be trending as a cheap value play if he can string together more performances like this.

Category: Game Recaps

Rookie guard Jalen Lecque has cleared his quarantine and was a participant during Phoenix's practice on Saturday. (Source: Duane Rankin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The rookie guard was a late arrival to the NBA campus due to personal reasons and has now been granted access to return to the court after clearing quarantine. Lecque has only appeared in four games for the Suns this season and is a non-factor for fantasy purposes. He can be left on the waiver wire across all formats.

Category: Injury Updates

Frank Kaminsky totaled 11 points (3-5 FG, 1-2 3PT, 4-4 FT), six rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 18 minutes in the Suns’ 117-106 win over the Raptors on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Kaminsky played well in the scrimmage finale against the Raptors, putting up a solid line consisting of 11 points and six rebounds. He's performed close to his season statistical averages throughout the pre-reset games, averaging 19.3 minutes of play, 9.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.3 steals while shooting 47.4 percent from the floor. After working his way back from a right patella stress fracture, it is good to see Kaminsky back in the fold, especially with Kelly Oubre Jr. out of the rotation. He can be a sneaky source of production in deep-league formats, and could even be a potential flier in DFS, as part of a stars-and-scrubs lineup. At this time, however, it is best to take a wait-and-see approach to evaluate the extent to which he can contribute to your fantasy team's success.

Category: Game Recaps

Tyler Johnson has officially cleared quarantine and had his first practice today. (Source: Steve Popper on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson will look to be a contributor to the new-look Nets. At this point, trying to figure out how that contribution will look is almost futile; however, when it comes to the one position, it would be safe to say that Johnson is poised to occupy that role. The team will look to heavily leverage his versatility and athleticism to address the skill-gaps left in the roster due to the absence of several key personnel. Based on the potential of the opportunity and his entire "book" of work, he can be a potential high-upside value-play for your fantasy team. It would be best to keep him on your radar and take a wait-and-see approach. If you are playing in a deep-league format, then it may be ideal to get him early as a low-risk high-reward asset.

Two-way G Jared Harper has been claimed by the New York Knicks off free agency waivers. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In a subsequent transaction, the team has waived two-way G Kadeem Allen. Harper went undrafted out of Auburn in 2019, but signed on with the Phoenix Suns. He played the 2019-20 season mostly in the G League, but will get an opportunity with the Knicks ahead of the 2020-21 season. Allen on the other hand, has played 29 games sporadically for the Knicks over the past two seasons. He’ll look to catch on with another squad.

Category: Transactions

The NBA has informed the franchises that no team facilities are to be used prior to May 8th. If a team is located in an area that isn't affected by a current shelter-in-place restrictions they can potentially open up with a limited capacity on that date. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: While this is very early on, it appears that the NBA is planning to start getting operations back up and running, although cautiously. The limits that the league currently has in place would allow individual player workouts in team facilities with no more than four players and one team staffer in person. Adrian Wojnarowski added that for teams that are in markets with shelter-in-place restrictions the league plans to work with teams to make arrangements for their players.

Category: Rumors

Cheick Diallo managed 10 points (5-6 FG), eight rebounds, and two steals over 22 minutes as the Suns defeated the Warriors 112-106 on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Diallo made his second-consecutive start for the Suns with Deandre Ayton sitting out another game. He had some streaming appeal with all the injuries the Suns sustained but that's likely to change after the All-Star break. Once Ayton is back in the fold it will severely limit Diallo's upside, knocking him off off the fantasy radar.

Category: Game Recaps