Player News - Nuggets

Date: Team: Pos:

Michael Porter Jr. (back) has been doing some non-contact work at practice.

Coach Mike Malone said MPJ has a "pure jump shot" and called his ability to finish "impressive." It doesn't sound like Porter will be back this year, but maybe that'll change when he starts going through contact.
Jan 16 - 4:20 PM

Coach Mike Malone said the Isaiah Thomas (hip) timeline is "still a gray area."

Malone added that nobody thought it would take him this long to recover, but he is making progress. Thomas himself tweeted to fantasy owners "drop me" back on Dec. 20, so even the most patient fantasy owners should probably take his advice.
Jan 16 - 4:18 PM

Gary Harris (left hamstring tightness) is questionable to play against the Bulls on Thursday.

Coach Mike Malone has sounded optimistic at times on Harris, but we can't put much stock in his quotes based on the lack of evidence behind it. Malone said recently it’s taking longer than he thought it would for Harris to return, but the team doesn't want to risk him aggravating it again. If he's out, Malik Beasley and Monte Morris will benefit with more playing time.
Jan 16 - 4:07 PM

Will Barton played 23 minutes on Tuesday, but hit just 3-of-11 shots and three 3-pointers for 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists and a steal in the 142-111 loss.

Barton has seen 16, 14 and 23 minutes in his three games since returning from his hip injury, but Gary Harris has been out and Malik Beasley has been playing well for the Nuggets. The return of Harris might make things tough on Barton going forward, but for now, he's worth hanging onto until his minutes get back to normal and we see where he falls in the rotation.
Jan 15 - 11:52 PM

Mason Plumlee came off the bench for 20 minutes and hit 3-of-7 shots for nine points, five rebounds, six assists and a steal in Tuesday's blowout loss to the Warriors.

Plumlee's averaging 9.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 0.8 blocks on 62 percent shooting over his last five games. He's played at least 20 minutes in three of his last four games, and if you need a center, the Nuggets play three times in Week 15, and four times in Week 16, making him worth a deep-league look.
Jan 15 - 11:49 PM

Trey Lyles played nine minutes and hit 2-of-4 shots for four points, five rebounds and two assists in Tuesday's loss to the Warriors.

He missed a couple games with the injury, and even though he's back, he's not worth a look in most fantasy leagues, with Denver getting healthy.
Jan 15 - 11:45 PM

Malik Beasley started again on Tuesday and hit 8-of-14 shots and 6-of-10 3-pointers for 22 points and a rebound in 33 minutes of a shocking 142-111 loss to the Warriors.

Beasley led the Nuggets in scoring and simply won't go away, but Gary Harris' hamstring injury is a big reason for his success, as Harris has played in just part of five games since November. Harris shouldn't be out much longer, and Beasley didn't do anything other than make shots tonight, but as long as Harris is out, Beasley's worth using. He's averaging 16 points, 1.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 3.6 3-pointers on 55 percent shooting over his last five.
Jan 15 - 11:42 PM

Trey Lyles (right wrist) is available on Tuesday vs. the Warriors.

His status doesn't matter much with both Paul Millsap and Mason Plumlee ahead of him in the pecking order. Leave Lyles on the wire.
Jan 15 - 8:26 PM

Gary Harris (left hamstring tightness) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Warriors.

He did go through warmups and was a game-time call, so his return should be right around the corner. As long as Harris remains out, Monte Morris and Malik Beasley will have low-end streaming appeal on game nights that aren't as busy.
Jan 15 - 8:08 PM

Trey Lyles (right wrist) is questionable to play on Tuesday against the Warriors.

Lyles has sat out the past few games for Denver, and it's been Mason Plumlee and Paul Millsap splitting most of his minutes. We'll have a better idea on Lyle's status following shootaround, but even when active, he's not worth owning in most leagues.
Jan 14 - 5:14 PM

Gary Harris (left hamstring tightness) is questionable to play on Tuesday against the Warriors.

Harris has missed the past four games for Denver, which has translated to Malik Beasley running with the first unit with more minutes falling to Monte Morris. It'll be more of the same on Tuesday if he can't play, but we'll have a better idea on his status following shootaround. Stay tuned.
Jan 14 - 5:12 PM

Will Barton played again on Sunday and finished with seven points, a 3-pointer, a turnover and nothing else in 14 minutes of action.

This was his second game back from a hip injury and the fact the Nuggets played him in back-to-back games is somewhat incredible. He hasn't done much since returning and his minutes have been limited, but he should continue to improve as he gets minutes under his belt. The Nuggets only have three games this week, making Barton a shaky starting option in fantasy, but he's worth owning for when he starts clicking again.
Jan 13 - 11:06 PM

Juancho Hernangomez has been playing through a groin injury and failed to score in Sunday's win over the Blazers.

He hasn't missed time with the injury yet, but it feels like it's coming. He scored a grand total of six points in five games this week, and Will Barton is back, rendering Hernangomez useless. If you rolled with him for the five-game week, it's time to hit the waiver wire and say adios.
Jan 13 - 11:00 PM

Nikola Jokic hit 15-of-23 shots and four 3-pointers for a season-high 40 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in Sunday's 116-113 win over the Blazers.

He didn't have a steal or block, which is weird, but the Joker capped off a big five-game week with an exclamation point. If you had Jokic in your lineup this week, he scored between 18 and 40 points in five games, double-doubled in all of them, triple-doubled in two of them and scored 134 points. He might have won the Player of the Week honors with Sunday's massive line.
Jan 13 - 10:45 PM

Torrey Craig hit just 1-of-4 shots for three points, four rebounds and two assists in 25 minutes of Sunday's win over the Blazers.

Craig was hot early in the week when he had back-to-back games of 11 and 14 points, but has now scored a total of five points in his last two games. If you somehow had him in your lineup for Tuesday's 11-point, 16-rebound explosion, well done, but there's no reason to own Craig in most fantasy leagues. Especially now that his carriage has turned back into a pumpkin.
Jan 13 - 10:39 PM

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