Player News - Nuggets

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Kenneth Faried was a disaster on defense against the Grizzlies during a 99-69 loss on Thursday, scoring 10 points with seven rebounds, one assist and one turnover.

The bar was pretty low against one of the toughest matchups for frontcourt guys in the NBA. Faried has been mediocre in his last five, averaging 11.6 points, 8.2 boards, 1.2 assists and 0.8 blocks. There's a buy-low window opening up on him again.
Jan 29 - 11:53 PM

Danilo Gallinari scored eight points with three rebounds and one 3-pointer in 14 minutes against the Grizzlies on Thursday.

The Nuggets were blown out badly, but Gallinari did play in garbage time. In fact, six of his eight points came in the last 91 seconds of the game. He is going to have a minutes restriction for maybe the rest of the season, so he can be left on the wire in most leagues.
Jan 29 - 11:50 PM

Wilson Chandler scored 10 points with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 26 minutes against the Grizzlies on Thursday.

He missed all five shots from deep and the Nuggets were just 2-of-26 from that range as a team. The Nuggets were the first team in the history of the NBA to attempt more than 25 triples and make less than eight percent of them, so at least they have some sort of record for their effort. As for Chandler, he should have mid-to-late round value in fantasy leagues until he's traded.
Jan 29 - 11:42 PM

JaVale McGee scored two points with five rebounds, one assist and one block in 15 minutes against the Grizzlies on Thursday.

It was his first game back since Dec. 5 and he's going to be limited for a while. McGee admitted can't jump as well off his left leg, so it's fair to assume he'll have a minutes cap until further notice. He can be left on the wire in the vast majority of leagues.
Jan 29 - 11:38 PM

Jusuf Nurkic missed all seven attempts from the field against the Grizzlies on Thursday with six rebounds, one assist and one steal.

The Grizzlies can make a rookie look bad and Nurkic won't be the last. He was booed throughout the game and the Memphis crowd didn't like his antics tonight. Nurkic's ceiling is through the roof, so there's no way his owners should consider cutting him.
Jan 29 - 11:34 PM

JaVale McGee will again be available to play Thursday vs. Memphis.

McGee was available for the Nuggets' last game, but spent the entire game glued to the bench. He does however have a chance to step into the rotation tonight with the Nuggets looking for some size to go up against Memphis' imposing frontcourt of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. However, he's unlikely to do enough statistically to be worth using in most leagues.
Jan 29 - 6:42 PM

Ty Lawson made 2-of-12 from the field for five points during a 93-85 win over the Pelicans on Wednesday with one rebound, 13 assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

He and John Wall are the only two players in the NBA with an average of at least 10.0 assists per game. Lawson has at least 11 assists in each of his last three games and he made 51.8 percent from the field in his previous games this month, so his fantasy value is just fine.
Jan 28 - 11:50 PM

Danilo Gallinari scored 11 points in 20 minutes against the Pelicans on Wednesday with two rebounds, two assists, one block and three 3-pointers.

He is coming around and this is the most minutes he's played since returning from his knee injury last week. Gallinari's minutes are unlikely to hit the 25-minute mark in the near future and he's a very risky player to own, so fantasy owners don't need to be too aggressive in grabbing him.
Jan 28 - 11:44 PM

JaVale McGee did not play on Wednesday.

He was active, but the Nuggets kept him out. McGee is expected to play on Thursday, but it's certainly not a lock. He can be left on the wire in most leagues. Additionally, Jusuf Nurkic shouldn't be affected.
Jan 28 - 11:42 PM

Jusuf Nurkic looked good against the Pelicans on Wednesday with 15 points, nine rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 29 minutes.

It was only a matter of time before he got it going again, and that time has come. Nurkic is coming off a nice game against the Clippers on Monday and he's back in coach Brian Shaw's good graces. The rookie should be owned in all leagues because he'll flirt with top-50 value in just 22 minutes per game.
Jan 28 - 11:41 PM

JaVale McGee (leg) is active to face the Pelicans on Wednesday.

This doesn't necessarily mean he's going to play tonight. McGee is expected to play tonight or Thursday, so fantasy owners should exercise some caution here. He won't play big minutes regardless, so leave him on the wire in most leagues.
Jan 28 - 6:56 PM

JaVale McGee (leg) will return either Wednesday night vs. the Pelicans, or thursday night vs. the Grizzlies.

Considering that he has missed 23 straight games, the Nuggets will likely bring him along very slowly so there is no need to consider adding him in most leagues. Owners in deep leagues should use a wait-and-see approach here unless they are desperate for blocks.
Jan 28 - 1:39 PM

Wilson Chandler scored 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting (including three treys) with 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal in Monday's loss to the Clippers.

Chandler is playing well and belongs in all lineups, but owners should beware that he is on the trading block and his situation is about as good as it gets right now.
Jan 27 - 1:09 AM

Jusuf Nurkic picked up the pace on Monday against the Clippers, scoring six points on 3-of-6 shooting with 10 rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 29 minutes.

Nurkic was one of the Nuggets' best players tonight and yet Brian Shaw pulled him late to bring in J.J. Hickson. He's not out of the woods in terms of consistency but he has more than proven his upside and needs to be held through any cold streaks.
Jan 27 - 1:05 AM

Arron Afflalo scored 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting (including two threes) with three rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block on Monday.

This will be one of Afflalo's better lines due to the versatility and barring a major change he'll continue to return reliable late-round value. Ty Lawson added 19 points and 11 assists in tonight's loss to the Clippers.
Jan 27 - 1:04 AM


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