Devin Booker aggravates groin injury

Sunday was expected to be a big day for Suns guard Devin Booker, who returned to the lineup after missing three games with groin pain. There was no explicitly stated minute limit for the All-Star guard, but unfortunately we never got to the point where we would find out. Booker exited the Suns’ game against the Nuggets after playing four minutes as he aggravated his groin injury. More will be known on Monday about the severity of Booker’s injury, and it’s time for fantasy managers to look for alternatives should he be sidelined for an extended period.

Landry Shamet (16%) and Damion Lee (3%) are the players most affected by Booker’s injury, as one of these two filled the resulting void in the starting lineup during the previous three games. Shamet has been a top fantasy option lately, delivering 5th-round value in 9-cat formats over the past week, and was first guard off the bench Sunday night. Shamet finished with 31 points, two rebounds, six assists and seven 3-pointers, while Lee (18 points, eight rebounds and four 3-pointers) was also productive on offense and on the glass.

Shamet is the fantasy player managers should be targeting even before the Suns provide an update on Booker, as he could also see time when Chris Paul needs a break. Lee shouldn’t be approached with similar urgency in the fantasy leagues, but there is value to be had there.

Don Vincenzo (41%)

DiVincenzo started again after sitting out Wednesday’s loss to the Nets, and played well in the Warriors’ win over the Grizzlies. Playing 31 minutes, he had 19 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and five 3-pointers, shooting 7-of-12 from the field. Over the past two weeks, DiVincenzo is one of two Warriors who have produced a top-50 level, with Stephen Curry being the other. Of course, Curry’s out with a subluxated left shoulder, and he’s missing at least another two weeks. Andrew Wiggins (groin) may be back soon, but fantasy managers who have DiVincenzo in the role should keep him close. And even though Wiggins is back for Tuesday’s game against the Hornets, that’s the first half of a back-to-back. So it’s not too late to add DiVincenzo, even with Golden State having three games in Week 11.

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Immanuel Quickley (24%)

Quickley wasn’t an “add” before Sunday’s game against the 76ers, but there was a major injury-related development during the Knicks’ loss. Starting point guard Jalen Brunson appeared to injure his right hip during the fourth quarter, checking with just under five minutes left and not returning. Quickley finished on a modest line, playing 22 minutes and scoring 11 points with one rebound, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers. But he’s at a point where he’ll be asked to do more if Brunson isn’t available for the start of the Knicks’ three-game road trip through Texas Tuesday night in Dallas. Miles McBride, who played six minutes on Sunday, and Derrick Rose (DNP-CD) would also be lining up for an increase in playing time, but neither are worth adding.

Austin Reaves (23%)

While Thomas Bryant essentially burned out in Sunday’s loss to the Mavericks, playing 19 minutes, Reaves’ fantastic value was assured. He played 29 minutes off the bench, scoring 16 points along with two rebounds, two blocks and two 3-pointers. Reaves was one of two Lakers reserves to reach double digits Sunday afternoon, with Russell Westbrook being the other. LA continues its road trip Tuesday in Miami, which gives Reaves a chance at solid fantasy value despite continuing to come off the bench. At the very least, Reaves is worth putting in due to the Lakers’ lack of offensive firepower.

George Niang (4%)

With PJ Tucker still limited with a right hand injury, it was an almost even split between him and Niang in the minutes played. “The Minivan” picked up the offensive game, scoring 16 points with two rebounds, one blocked shot and four 3-pointers. As long as Tucker is playing with the pinched nerve in his hand, Niang will have value. Niang is providing 13th-round value over the last couple of weeks, and while that’s not much to write home about, he’s been more productive than Tucker during this stretch.

Pat Connaughton (3%)

While Khris Middleton (knee) is sidelined, Milwaukee flexibly managed a fifth-place starter. Jevon Carter and MarJon Beauchamp started in Middleton’s absence, and it was Connaughton’s turn to fill the void on Sunday. He played 30 minutes in the Bucks’ loss to Boston, recording 15 points (5-of-9 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), four rebounds, three assists, one steal and four 3-pointers. A solid performance from Connaughton, but it should be noted that the opponent in that game heavily influenced Mike Budenholzer’s decisions regarding who starts. Connaughton’s size/strength/athleticism combination made him the best option to start against Boston, even if the Bucks didn’t win the game. Milwaukee begins a three-game Week 11 Wednesday night in Chicago.

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Reggie Bullock (2%)

Bullock has started slow in the past and this season has been no different. But his Christmas Day performance was solid, with Bullock hitting a career-high 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting. He also accounted for three rebounds, four assists, one blocked shot and four 3-pointers in his 35 minutes on the floor. Dallas scored 51 points in the third quarter, but Bullock was one of the few who didn’t benefit from the Lakers’ porous defense, as he hit only one field goal in that span. Dallas being more wingers, especially Dorian Finney-Smith (groin) and Josh Green (elbow), means Bullock will stay in the field for longer stretches, even if shots don’t land. With matchups against the Rockets and Spurs in Week 11, now would be a good time to “kick the tires” and see what Bullock can provide.

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