Player News - Nuggets

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Torrey Craig (left hamstring tightness) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Pelicans.

Craig exited Thursday's game due to hamstring tightness and was unable to return. Even, when healthy, he does not have fantasy value. Over his last five games, he's averaging 2.6 points and 1.2 rebounds in 8.5 minutes. He belongs on the waiver wire in all fantasy formats.
Nov 16 - 2:40 PM

Malik Beasley scored a season-high 15 points during a 138-93 win over the Hawks on Thursday, adding three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

It was all about the garbage time with 11 points in the fourth quarter. Beasley could be a candidate to start in some games, but he's not the strongest per-minute player compared to Monte Morris. Just keep an eye on him.
Nov 16 - 12:24 AM

Jamal Murray was benched on Thursday for "a small violation of team rules" and he will start again on Saturday against the Pelicans.

It was a big surprise that Monte Morris got the start over Murray, but it was just a one-time thing for one of the NBA's best young guards. Despite the Nuggets going on a four-game losing streak before tonight, their starters haven't been the problem with only a -4.0 net rating in the four losses. Whatever the case, Murray should be a mid-round player going forward.
Nov 16 - 12:05 AM

Monte Morris will move back to the bench after Jamal Murray was pulled from the starting lineup for "a small violation of team rules" on Thursday.

It was a solid start for Morris with eight points in a win over the Hawks. Even with Morris moving back to the bench, it's fairly clear coach Mike Malone wants to play him. In the last five games, Morris has played next to Jamal Murray for 70 minutes and that's part of the reason why Morris is making a fantasy impact. Over those five, he's averaged 11.0 points, 3.0 boards, 4.6 dimes, 0.6 steals and 1.0 treys for top-100 value. He should be a fine hold as the Nuggets still try to fill the void left by Will Barton.
Nov 16 - 12:00 AM

Paul Millsap scored 18 points with nine rebounds, five assists, four steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes during a 138-93 win over the Hawks on Thursday.

Revenge game? The Hawks have seen a lot of players go off against them, so Millsap putting up one of his best lines of the year is no surprise. That said, Millsap is on one of his best stretches of the year over his last three, averaging 18.7 points, 5.7 boards, 4.0 dimes, 2.0 steals, 1.3 blocks and 2.3 treys on 51.4 FG% and 81.3 FT%. He's creating a bit of a sell-high window.
Nov 15 - 11:54 PM

Nikola Jokic scored 12 points with nine rebounds, seven assists, four steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the Hawks on Thursday night.

It's too bad the Hawks were blown out badly because maybe Jokic could've had his second triple-double on the season. The lack of triple-doubles is a surprise and a Vegas sportsbook had him at an over/under of 9.5 triple-doubles on the year, which almost seemed like a lock. That aside, Jokic's assists, steals and blocks are on pace for career-highs and Jokic is on his way to first-round value again this season.
Nov 15 - 11:50 PM

Juancho Hernangomez scored a season-high 25 points with nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Hawks on Thursday night.

He saw run in garbage time to add to a brilliant night at home. The Hawks are among the best matchups for wings, so Hernangomez's big night does come with a grain of salt. He didn't score more than eight points in any of his previous six games, but he's played at least 30 minutes in each of his last three. He's trending up, but we'll need to see more games like this one before going all in on him. This was just his second game this season in double digits, and both of those were 20-point games.
Nov 15 - 11:41 PM

Jamal Murray came off the bench for the first time this season, scoring 14 points with four rebounds, five assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 23 minutes.

He checked in with six minutes left in the first quarter, and Murray didn't need to play the final 9:40 thanks to garbage time. Basically, the move to the bench isn't as bad as it seems and he'll be getting to 30 minutes in whatever role coach Mike Malone has for him. If his owner is rubbed the wrong way by the move, the Blue Arrow could be viewed as a buy-low option.
Nov 15 - 11:38 PM

Monte Morris scored eight points during his first NBA start against the Hawks on Thursday, adding two rebounds, two assists, one steal and no turnovers in 29 minutes.

It was against the Hawks, but coach Mike Malone's plan worked with Morris over Jamal Murray. Morris has been excellent next to Nikola Jokic on the year, posting per-36 stats of 13.7 points, 3.4 boards, 4.8 dimes, 1.7 steals, 2.1 treys and 0.3 turnovers in 105 minutes. Denver's offense should start humming and Morris will be playing next to Murray regardless of his position in the rotation, so he's worth a look in standard leagues.
Nov 15 - 11:33 PM

Jamal Murray will move to the bench against the Hawks on Thursday.

Coach Mike Malone talked about possibly starting Monte Morris, but it's a surprise it comes over Jamal Murray. The Blue Arrow has been logging minutes next to Morris and they'll undoubtedly see time together tonight, so Murray should still be somewhat close to 30 minutes. This could be a chance to buy low on Murray.
Nov 15 - 8:40 PM

Monte Morris will start over Jamal Murray against the Hawks on Thursday.

This is a big move for the Nuggets and it'll be Morris' first start of his NBA career. He's been terrific all week and the Nuggets have really been roasted on defense, so coach Mike Malone will try something new. Morris has been effective per minute this year, so he makes sense as an add in competitive leagues.
Nov 15 - 8:36 PM

Monte Morris hit 7-of-11 shots and three 3-pointers for 19 points, two rebounds and six assists in Tuesday's loss to the Rockets, the fourth in a row for the Nuggets.

Morris had five points and 10 assists on Sunday, and 15 points, six rebounds, two assists, a steal and a 3-pointer on Friday. The Nuggets are reeling right now, but Morris is playing well and getting heavy minutes. He's more of a DFS flier than a standard-league pickup at this point, but one more big game and that could change. His season high in scoring was 20 against the Lakers back on Oct. 25.
Nov 13 - 11:36 PM

Juancho Hernangomez started again on Tuesday and hit 2-of-6 shots and two 3-pointers for six points, nine rebounds and two assists in 39 minutes as the Nuggets lost their fourth straight game.

Juancho had his opportunities tonight, but didn't do a whole lot with them, especially considering he led the team in minutes tonight. He's starting over Torrey Craig, who had five points in seven minutes tonight, and is worth keeping a close eye on. With all those minutes, there's potential that Juancho could get hot at any moment. But despite playing 30 minutes in Sunday's start, he had just eight points, three boards and two 3-pointers in that one.
Nov 13 - 11:33 PM

Paul Millsap didn't have a single rebound on Tuesday, the first time that's happened since November 4 of 2017, and finished with 13 points, two steals and a 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

Millsap came in averaging 12.2 points and 7.0 rebounds over his last five, so tonight was a fluke, that included him being in foul trouble. Millsap was great in his previous game with 25 points, eight boards, six assists, two blocks and five triples in his previous game on Sunday, so he should be primed to bounce back on Thursday against the Hawks, his former team. In fact, he should make for a solid revenge-play option in DFS in that one.
Nov 13 - 11:30 PM

Juancho Hernangomez started on Sunday and had eight points, three boards, one assist and one steal with a pair of 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

The Nuggets lost a few games recently and haven't gotten much from Torrey Craig, who was filling in for injured Will Barton (hip/groin), so it makes sense that Hernangomez got a chance. He'd already started a few second halves recently and has been a sneaky DFS play, but that's about the extent of his value -- owners in typical leagues with 14 or fewer teams can leave him on the wire.
Nov 11 - 10:39 PM

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