Player News - Nuggets

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Will Barton scored 13 points with one rebound, one assist and one block vs. the Blazers on Tuesday.

He shot 6-of-14 from the field and only played 20 minutes, so his value has fallen off a cliff since Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari returned to the lineup. Barton's owners outside of deeper leagues can move on since the Nuggets only play two more times this week.
Mar 29 - 1:11 AM

Nikola Jokic flirted with a triple-double on Tuesday vs. the Blazers with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting, eight assists, eight rebounds, two blocks and one triple in 36 minutes.

The Nuggets didn't get the win and Jokic was outplayed by former teammate Jusuf Nurkic, but the good news for his fantasy owners is he should be locked in the rest of the way as the Nuggets try to steal the No. 8 seed back from Portland. The Nuggets have the best offensive rating in the NBA since Jokic moved back into the starting lineup on Dec. 15, so the future is bright for Denver regardless of where they finish the year.
Mar 29 - 1:08 AM

Mason Plumlee failed to score in 16 minutes vs. the Blazers on Tuesday.

Jusuf Nurkic (33 points, 16 rebounds) believes in revenge games, but Plumlee apparently doesn't. He missed all four of his shots from the field with two rebounds, three assists and one block, and he also had a couple of key turnovers during Portland's run to end the third quarter. The Nuggets are healthy and playing more small-ball, so Plumlee isn't worth owning in standard leagues.
Mar 29 - 1:02 AM

Jameer Nelson matched his season-high with 23 points in Tuesday's loss to the Blazers.

He logged 34 minutes and shot an impressive 8-of-11 from the field with four assists, three rebounds and four triples. The Nuggets trail the No. 8 seed (Portland) by a single game with eight games remaining on the schedule, so there's no reason to think that coach Michael Malone will reduce Nelson's workload in favor of Jamal Murray or Emmanuel Mudiay while the Nuggets are in the mix for a playoff spot. Denver only plays two more times this week, so Nelson might be on a lot of benches in weekly formats.
Mar 29 - 12:57 AM

Wilson Chandler finished with just four points, two rebounds and two assists in Sunday's 115-90 loss against the Pelicans.

It was an uninspiring performance from Chandler, who entered averaging 18.4 points per game in the month of March. Occasionally he has a night where he completely disappears, but he has bounced back strong in the past. He'll get a chance to make amends in Portland on Tuesday. He is averaging 15.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in three meetings against the Blazers this season.
Mar 26 - 11:01 PM

Mason Plumlee connected on eight of his 10 field goal attempts in Sunday's game against the Pelicans, finishing with 16 points, six rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot.

Plumlee has pulled down five or more rebounds in 11 of his past 12 outings and he has also been a cheap source of occasional blocked shots and steals in deeper rotisserie formats. He should be amped for Tuesday's trip to Portland to face his former teammates.
Mar 26 - 10:56 PM

Nikola Jokic misfired on 10 of his 14 field goal attempts to finish with just eight points in Sunday's 115-90 loss against the Pelicans.

Jokic salvaged the stat line with 13 rebounds, but he missed all three of his 3-pointers and he did not record a blocked shot or steal, either. It was his worst scoring performance in over a month, as he entered averaging 20.4 points through his first 10 games in March. He'll look to bounce back Tuesday in Portland. Jokic is averaging 12.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game in three previous outings against the Blazers this season.
Mar 26 - 10:51 PM

Kenneth Faried (shoulder) is probable to play against the Pelicans on Sunday.

This is standard stuff for the Nuggets to list guys as probable. Faried's minutes will be taking a hit with the Nuggets now healthy, but one small positive is Mason Plumlee barely played PF on Friday. Still, Faried isn't a fantasy option in most leagues.
Mar 25 - 7:00 PM

Nikola Jokic scored 30 points during a 125-117 win over the Pacers on Friday, adding 17 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

He had his usual magical no-look dimes with two over his head while looking the complete opposite way. He had his 20-10 at halftime and really there is nothing left to say about him anymore. Jokic is still just 22 years old and is already an elite offensive big man. He'll be a no-brainer first-round pick in fantasy next year.
Mar 25 - 1:09 AM

Gary Harris made all three shots from the field and both free throws for 10 points with two rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

We saw Harris peak from a minutes and usage standpoint earlier this month, but now he'll go back to being his super-efficient self with minutes in the low 30s with the Nuggets having their firepower back. That's still totally fine with Harris posting early-round value since the break. He's just a fantastic player in reality and in fantasy.
Mar 25 - 1:01 AM

Jamal Murray scored six points with one rebound, three assists, one steal and one turnover in 17 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

Now that the Nuggets have their offensive weapons back, they won't be needing Murray to do nearly as much. Plus, his shooting guard minutes will likely evaporate. If you added him, it's probably time to drop him.
Mar 25 - 12:58 AM

Will Barton scored 10 points with four rebounds, two assists and no turnovers in 24 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

He'll be losing some run now that Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler are back. Barton was in a serious slump before the Gallo injury last week with only a two-point, 16-minute game in the game prior to the Gallo injury, so Barton's fantasy owners should be expecting a drop in production. If there's a hot free agent or you want to stream, Barton is a possible drop candidate.
Mar 25 - 12:50 AM

Mason Plumlee played 16 minutes off the bench for nine points with two rebounds, one assist and two steals against the Pacers on Friday.

Coach Mike Malone only went with Plumlee for just two minutes next to Nikola Jokic, so obviously Plumlee's playing time will be taking a hit. He's probably more of a drop now that the Nuggets are healthy for the first time since Plumlee established he can play the four.
Mar 25 - 12:47 AM

Kenneth Faried scored nine points with three rebounds in 16 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

He actually subbed in for Nikola Jokic in the first quarter, but that was pretty much it for his minutes as a center. There shouldn't be too much playing time available for Faried while the Nuggets are healthy, but almost any injury to the frontcourt would help him. Most owners can probably do better.
Mar 25 - 12:42 AM

Danilo Gallinari made 2-of-12 from the field and 17-of-18 from the line for 21 points against the Pacers on Friday, adding 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 35 minutes.

He did say he was "a little sore" after the game. "It was just really good to be out there," Gallinari said. While he didn't shoot the ball well and on top of being sore, he said he is going to get back in the gym and work on his legs a little bit. Coach Mike Malone doesn't usually go light on Gallo, so expect him to play solid minutes as long as he's active.
Mar 25 - 12:39 AM


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