Player News - Nuggets

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Ty Lawson went off in his return from a one-game personal absence on Sunday, scoring a game-high 31 points with 12 assists before missing a potentially game-tying jumper in overtime.

Lawson hit 10-of-20 shots and 8-of-8 free throws with three 3-pointers, three rebounds and three steals, perhaps taking his emotions out on the court after being arrested on suspicion of a DUI on Friday. He may eventually face a short suspension from the league, but for now owners can tentatively expect to have him for all four of Denver's games this week.
Jan 25 - 11:01 PM

Jusuf Nurkic racked up four personal fouls in just 19 minutes of action on Sunday, finishing a tough loss to the Wizards with six points, nine boards, two assists and one steal.

Nurkic has a golden opportunity with Timofey Mozgov gone and JaVale McGee (tibia) still inactive, but he can't get out of his own way with the foul trouble. He's still a late-middle round value over the past month, in just 20.2 minutes per game, and simply has too much upside to cut in 12-team leagues.
Jan 25 - 11:00 PM

Wilson Chandler filled up the stat sheet on Sunday with 20 points, four 3-pointers, nine rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and only one turnover in 38 minutes.

Chandler shot 8-of-19 overall and he isn't very efficient (41.3 percent FGs this season), but fantasy owners won't complain with tonight's solid line. The Nuggets are reportedly willing to trade him and they've been linked to the Nets and Brook Lopez, so be mindful that Chandler's value could decrease overnight.
Jan 25 - 10:59 PM

Danilo Gallinari had seven points in 15 minutes off the bench vs. Washington, while chipping in one 3-pointer, one rebound and two assists.

It's nice to see Gallo healthy and productive, but he has a long way to go before regaining the trust of fantasy owners. Leave him on the waiver wire.
Jan 25 - 10:59 PM

Jameer Nelson was predictably quiet with Ty Lawson back in action on Sunday, coming off the bench for nine points, four assists and one steal in 14 minutes.

It was actually a nice game for Nelson, who went 3-of-4 behind the arc, but a backup role behind minute-hog Lawson isn't a recipe for long-term success. Deep-league owners may find Nelson useful, but everyone else should be able to find better free agents.
Jan 25 - 10:58 PM

Ty Lawson will return to the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Wizards.

Lawson was unavailable for Friday's game after being arrested for his second DUI early Friday morning. However, he'll be back in the lineup today, and he's obviously a must-start option every time he's in uniform. Jameer Nelson and Randy Foye's value will take a hit with Lawson back in the rotation.
Jan 25 - 6:26 PM

Ty Lawson (personal) will play against the Wizards on Sunday.

After missing Friday due to an arrest earlier in the day, he'll likely be back in his former role. Lawson apologized to his teammates and has already spoken with coach Brian Shaw. If you added Jameer Nelson based on his impressive Friday showing alone, you can probably reconsider.
Jan 24 - 3:43 PM

JaVale McGee (leg) is improving, but is still expected to miss a few more games.

He's not going to play against the Wizards on Sunday. McGee's leg fracture just has not fully recovered and the Nuggets won't be playing him big minutes even once he's healthy. Fantasy owners can ignore him in most cases. Meanwhile, Jusuf Nurkic has been a letdown, but is still worth owning.
Jan 24 - 3:42 PM

Jusuf Nurkic played just 15 minutes in the Nuggets' 100-99 loss to the Celtics on Friday, finishing with six points and eight rebounds to go with three fouls.

Nurkic's foul rate was still up but this wasn't about foul trouble, and we haven't heard anything at all about his sore back. J.J. Hickson started the second half and it just looks like Brian Shaw isn't ready to free Nurkic, but unless the Nuggets trade for a big man we can't get behind a drop. There's simply too much upside and we'd need to be shaken much harder than this.
Jan 24 - 4:50 AM

Jameer Nelson started for Ty Lawson in Friday's loss to the Celtics, scoring 23 points on 9-of-20 shooting (including four threes) with zero rebounds, seven assists and one steal over 42 minutes.

Nelson can still be productive when given the minutes and Lawson's absence apparently does not count toward a potential suspension for his recent DUI. That means Nelson probably has 1-2 games or maybe more to return startable value to owners.
Jan 24 - 4:46 AM

Arron Afflalo scored 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting (1-of-4 3PTs, 7-of-7 FTs) with four rebounds and four assists in Friday's loss.

Afflalo has been productive lately but he's still just a late-round value for owners.
Jan 24 - 4:43 AM

J.J. Hickson started the second half of Friday's game instead of Jusuf Nurkic, finishing with a double-double including 15 points and 14 rebounds in 29 minutes.

Hickson added three assists and two steals but hit just 3-of-6 from the foul line. He's barely clinging to life in 12-team standard formats and JaVale McGee hasn't yet stepped on the floor, making him a stop-gap solution at best for owners needing a big man, regardless of whether he starts or not.
Jan 24 - 4:42 AM

Danilo Gallinari (knee) returned to action on Friday, logging 17 minutes with four points on 1-of-7 shooting and that's it.

Gallo might benefit from a trade sending Wilson Chandler out of Denver but there is way too much uncertainty about his ability to produce to stash him in most standard formats.
Jan 24 - 4:40 AM

JaVale McGee (leg) will suit up on Friday, but he will not play vs. the Cetlics.

McGee has been a constant disappointment for the last couple of years, and there's not much reason to own him in most leagues due to his constant injury risk and limited upside.
Jan 23 - 7:52 PM

Kenneth Faried (illness) will play Friday vs. Boston.

Faried will have a favorable matchup tonight against the Celtics so make sure he's active.
Jan 23 - 7:45 PM


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