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Ricky Rubio removed from injury report, expected to return vs. Knicks [UPDATE]

Suns PG was out Tuesday for the birth of his child but is back with the team.

Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier guards Phoenix Suns guard Ricky Rubio during the first half at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Jan. 15, 4:57 p.m. — Rubio is off the injury report and is expected to play Thursday vs. the New York Knicks.

With Rubio back, Elie Okobo will head back to the bench. Kelly Oubre Jr. has a concussion, so he’s already been ruled out for Thursday. Rubio will be an attractive DFS play against a poor Knicks defense that can’t defend the 3-point line.

UPDATE: Jan. 14, 5:35 p.m. — Rubio is being listed as out vs. the Hawks.

Phoenix Suns PG Ricky Rubio did not make the trip to Atlanta for Tuesday’s matchup with the Hawks and is unlikely to play awaiting the birth of his child.

At this point, there’s a chance the baby is born and Rubio can catch a flight to Atlanta before tip-off, but that seems like a stretch. I’d probably label Rubio as doubtful to play, but keep an eye on updates throughout the day. If Rubio is out, Devin Booker ($8,200) becomes an even more appealing play on DraftKings in all formats. I already liked Book as a core play despite Rubio’s status. Now, we’re looking at potentially north of 30% usage and 30+ minutes for Booker.

As for other candidates to step up, Elie Okobo ($3,200) is a cheap option and could start at PG alongside Booker. Last time Okobo saw 20+ minutes he scored 17 points and had 29 fantasy points. Tyler Johnson ($3,000) may see extra minutes but is more risky.