Player News - Nuggets

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Danilo Gallinari played 32 minutes against the Wolves during a 100-85 win on Wednesday with 16 points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

He basically played the entire game and didn't check out until 1:15 left. Gallinari has his minutes limit lifted right now and he's been putting up good numbers over his last five, averaging 19.2 points, 5.0 boards, 1.0 steals and 3.2 treys. He should be owned in all standard leagues as long as he's healthy.
Mar 5 - 12:40 AM

Will Barton scored 17 points with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers against the Wolves on Wednesday.

Seven of these points did come in garbage time and Barton was probably looking at around minutes in the low 20s had this game been close. Now that Nuggets are playing some of their veterans again, Barton isn't quite as attractive as an add in deep leagues.
Mar 5 - 12:28 AM

Ty Lawson missed all nine shots from the field and didn't attempt any shots from the line against the Wolves on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, nine assists, one steal and one turnover.

Ricky Rubio shut him down tonight, but Lawson has really struggled from the field lately. In his last four, he averaged just 7.3 points on 30.3 percent from the field. Lawson still has at least nine dimes in each of his last three and was making 44.6 percent from the field, so there's nothing to worry about. He just needs to stay healthy.
Mar 5 - 12:24 AM

Kenneth Faried looked terrific against the Wolves on Wednesday with 18 points, 14 boards, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 33 minutes.

That's two games without Brian Shaw and two wonderful lines on the stat sheet. It's probably a tad premature to say he's going to be this good, but Faried was truly awesome down the stretch last season and over the summer, so he could be an 18-point, 12-board guy the rest of the way. All that patience is paying dividends right now and he obviously needs to be owned in all leagues.
Mar 5 - 12:20 AM

The Jazz are expected to sign F Jerrell Benimon to a 10-day contract in the coming days.

Benimon currently plays for the Idaho Stampede in the NBA D-League where he is averaging 19.9 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game, but he likely wouldn't be in the rotation upon his arrival in Utah. We will let you know if a deal comes to fruition, but it is safe to leave Benimon on the wire in almost all leagues.
Mar 4 - 12:26 PM

Randy Foye scored nine points with three 3-pointers, five assists and a rare block in 28 minutes on Tuesday, while earning another start at SG.

All but one of Foye's shot attempts came from downtown and this is the type of line his owners should expect, with points, 3-pointers and assists compensating for poor FG percentages. There are no guarantees that he'll continue to start under coach Melvin Hunt, but he's worth holding while we find out.
Mar 3 - 11:58 PM

Will Barton struggled in 22 minutes off Denver's bench on Tuesday, scoring two points on 0-of-2 field goals and 2-of-5 free throws.

He added three rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block, so it wasn't a total loss. This is still a far cry from the 18.8 points he was averaging over his previous four games, and owners may want to hold him a bit longer to see how he fares under interim coach Melvin Hunt.
Mar 3 - 11:58 PM

Nuggets rookie Gary Harris was scoreless in six minutes off the bench vs. Milwaukee on Tuesday.

He had played at least 16 minutes in his previous five games but even then he wasn't anywhere near standard-league fantasy value. Coach Melvin Hunt doesn't seem inclined to give him big minutes, and the waiver wire should be Harris' permanent home.
Mar 3 - 11:58 PM

Ty Lawson double-doubled with 16 points and 10 assists on Tuesday, adding two 3-pointers, two rebounds and two assists with only one turnover in 31 minutes of action.

Nuggets interim coach Melvin Hunt's tenure began with a victory vs. a solid Bucks team, and Brian Shaw's departure shouldn't hurt Lawson's value going forward. Lawson has been a solid second-round fantasy PG over the past month and he's likely to stay there as long as he's healthy. Lock him into your lineups and enjoy the show.
Mar 3 - 11:48 PM

The Nuggets snapped their losing streak with a win vs. the Bucks on Tuesday, led by Danilo Gallinari's game-high 26 points, four 3-pointers, seven rebounds, one steal and one block.

Gallo's re-emergence is one of the best stories in recent weeks. Since the All-Star break he's averaging 17.0 points, 2.8 threes, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals as a go-to scorer for the Nuggets, and he should be owned in all fantasy leagues despite his very real injury risk. Gallo even scored efficiently for once, hitting 8-of-16 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws in the much-needed home victory.
Mar 3 - 11:47 PM

Kenneth Faried started again on Tuesday, posting 14 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in 32 minutes under new coach Melvin Hunt.

This marks the first time Faried has played 30+ minutes or had a double-double since early February. He never found a sustained rhythm under Brian Shaw so the coaching shake-up could be the moment his fantasy owners have been waiting for all season. With any luck the Manimal will be unleashed over Denver's final 23 games.
Mar 3 - 11:46 PM

Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) will not play against the Bucks on Tuesday.

The Nuggets have failed to provide a timetable for the rookie's return, and all we know is that former head coach Brain Shaw hinted that Nurkic would be out for a while. Nurkic is worth a stash if you have an open IR spot, but with fantasy playoffs upon us, his owners may need to look at other options. In the meantime, Kenneth Faried will continue to start at center, while more opportunities will be available for guys like J.J. Hickson and Joffrey Lauvergne.

Darrell Arthur (calf) will play vs. the Bucks on Tuesday.

He has missed the last two games due to a calf strain, but the Nuggets could certainly use the extra depth. However, with season averages of just 7.3 points and 3.2 boards in 17.7 minutes per game, it's safe to leave Arthur on the wire in standard leagues.
Mar 3 - 8:51 PM

The Nuggets will start Ty Lawson, Randy Foye, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried on Tuesday vs. the Bucks.

The Nuggets parted ways with coach Brain Shaw on Tuesday, so it will be very interesting to see how their rotations shape up in the coming weeks. Faried has an excellent shot to redeem himself now that coach Shaw can't hold him back, so hopefully he finally rewards his patient owners with some late-season production.
Mar 3 - 8:36 PM

The Nuggets organization is not currently looking for a long-term solution to their head coaching vacancy just yet.

Melvin Hunt is expected take over as the interim head coach for Nuggets as they finish their season, but the Denver organization would first like to decide on a direction and then look at what prospective head coach best fits that model. Mike D'Antoni's name has surfaced as a possible candidate, but it's currently too early in the process to take any reports on prospective head coaches too seriously.
Mar 3 - 4:00 PM


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