UPDATE: Booker will play Friday night vs. the Thunder, per coach Monty Williams.
Devin Booker will play tonight, per Monty Williams.— Joe Mussatto (@joe_mussatto) December 20, 2019
So it’s safe to say Booker will be back in the starting lineup, but the question is: How much will he play? He could be limited/monitored a bit, so be wary of that. Otherwise, he’s good to roll out in season-long formats. I don’t know if I’d recommend him in DFS on DraftKings in this matchup and game environment, but you’d get leverage.
Rubio, Oubre and Bridges all take a hit in value, with the two starters still being viable in all formats. Cam Johnson and Tyler Johnson are also available to play, but will come off the bench. With both Johnsons are back in the lineup, that’s a lot of mouths to feed in the backcourt. I still say Rubio, Booker and Oubre will see the most minutes — duh. Johnson and Johnson not exactly the best plays overall.
UPDATE: Booker and Johnson are considered game-time decisions for Friday vs. the Thunder.
Devin Booker (forearm) and Cam Johnson (hip) practiced yesterday and will be gametime decisions today. #Suns— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) December 20, 2019
Both players practiced yesterday, so that’s a good sign. Still, we’ll have to wait until later in the day to see if Booker and/or Johnson are able to play. If Booker returns, it’s a downgrade for Rubio, Oubre and Bridges, though I still like Rubio and Oubre a bit in GPPs on DraftKings. Booker we’d have to see if he’s going to be restricted at all before deciding if he’s a viable play.
#Suns updated injury report.— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) December 19, 2019
Deandre Ayton (right ankle sprain) OUT
Devin Booker (right forearm) QUESTIONABLE
Booker has been out for the past three games due to a forearm injury, while Ayton just returned from a 25-game suspension due to PED use. Ayton was impressive in his return to the court on Tuesday, scoring 18 points with 12 rebounds against the Los Angeles Clippers. But Phoenix has struggled a bit on offense without Booker in the lineup.
Also on the injury report for Phoenix are guards Tyler Johnson (probable) and Cameron Johnson (questionable).
Fantasy Basketball Analysis: Phoenix Suns SG Devin Booker and C Deandre Ayton
So with Ayton out, we’ll likely see the return of Frank Kaminsky to the starting lineup in the front court alongside Dario Saric. Booker has a chance to return, so if he can get back, we’d see Mikal Bridges go back to the bench. If Booker does return, this is basically the same rotation of players the Suns had prior to Ayton’s return, so not much changes in that respect.