Player News - Nuggets

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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

Paul Millsap scored a season-high 25 points on Sunday, making 6-of-14 FGs and 8-of-11 FTs with eight rebounds, six assists, two blocks and five 3-pointers.

Millsap shot 5-of-6 from downtown in the first half alone, and this was a welcome jolt of value -- he hadn't scored more than 19 points all season, and was held to two points on 1-of-7 shooting last Wednesday. His supporting stats had dried up in November, too, at just 1.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.4 blocks, so hopefully this was the beginning of a hot streak.
Nov 11 - 10:34 PM

Trey Lyles sank 7-of-11 field goals with two 3-pointers on Sunday, scoring 16 points with five rebounds in just 20 minutes.

The Nuggets were outscored 21-6 to open the fourth quarter and they couldn't hold on despite a strong effort from the second unit. Lyles led the way while Malik Beasley added 10 points and four rebounds, and Monte Morris handed out 10 assists with five points and three rebounds. Head coach Mike Malone isn't shy about turning to his second unit, but so far none of Denver's reserves are inside the top-150 for 8-cat or 9-cat value. Deploy them with due caution.
Nov 11 - 10:34 PM

Nikola Jokic had 20 points, six rebounds, six assists, four 3-pointers, one steal and one block in 29 minutes on Sunday, making 7-of-14 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs.

Jokic dropped 37 points and 21 boards vs. the Nets on Friday and his performance tonight fell short of his play vs. Milwaukee last season, when he averaged 32.5 points, 14.0 rebounds and 11.0 assists. He's a fantasy stud, regardless, and has already nestled into first-round territory.
Nov 11 - 10:33 PM

Mason Plumlee finished Sunday's home loss with one point, one rebound, two assists and one block in 15 minutes.

The veteran gives Denver another physical defensive presence and rebounder off the bench, but his fantasy appeal is negligible while Nikola Jokic is healthy. He's also been a foul machine this year with nearly as many personal fouls (38) as combined assists (19), steals (14) and blocks (seven). Look elsewhere for low-end value at the center position.
Nov 11 - 10:32 PM

Torrey Craig went from a starting role to a DNP-CD on Sunday.

Craig has been struggling with 4.2 points on 38.6% shooting in 10 starts for the injured Will Barton (hip/groin). His lack of offense was allowing defenses to cheat off him, adding to frequently early deficits for Denver, so they turned to Juancho Hernangomez tonight. Craig was already on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues anyway, so this move shouldn't impact many fantasy lineups.
Nov 11 - 10:32 PM

Torrey Craig will come off the bench for Sunday's game against the Bucks.

This could be a matchup-based move with Khris Middleton on the other end of the floor, and it'll be Juancho Hernangomez drawing the start tonight. Craig hasn't done much as a starter this season, and he might not see many minutes tonight operating as a reserve.
Nov 11 - 7:40 PM

Juancho Hernangomez will start in place of Torrey Craig on Sunday.

This was a last-minute tweak from coach Mike Malone and it boosts Hernangomez's appeal as a DFS play or in very deep leagues. Unfortunately, it also comes after lineups locked tonight.
Nov 11 - 7:39 PM

Will Barton (hip) said on Friday that he is "getting stronger every day" and has been able to practice shooting.

Barton has been sidelined since injuring himself on October 20th. He had surgery a couple of days later to repair his core and hip muscle injuries. The original timetable for his return was 5-6 weeks. It doesn't sound like he has encountered any setbacks. Thus, there is a chance he is back in action by the end of November. If you have room on the bottom of your bench, it makes sense to start thinking about stashing him.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 10 - 12:22 PM

Nikola Jokic exploded during a 112-110 loss to the Nets on Friday, making 14-of-22 from the field for 37 points with 21 rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.

His low usage was one of the big stories in the NBA with three of his previous four resulting in a sub-16 usage rate. Well, not today with a 37.1 and coach Mike Malone had said before the game it's all about Jokic making the right play. "I’d like for him to take more shots," Malone said after Wednesday's game. "Right now he’s not shooting and we’ll have to figure out why." Well, the Nuggets figured it out and there was never any doubt he would be in for a big night tonight. He'll be a top-five player going forward.
Nov 10 - 12:01 AM

Gary Harris made 1-of-11 from the field for four points with two rebounds, four assists and one block in 36 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

Caris LeVert went to the Joel Embiid real estate school because he owned Harris today. LeVert had awesome defense against Harris, and LeVert beat Harris for the game-winner. Bad game aside, Harris is one of the best shooting guards in the league and he continues to handle the ball more, especially with Will Barton out. He'll be flirting with early-round value this season.
Nov 9 - 11:55 PM

Monte Morris scored 15 points with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

Coach Mike Malone has been playing the matchups too often with his bench, so it will be tough for Morris to be effective consistently. It looks like a bad matchup for him against the Bucks in the next one, so we'd avoid Morris as a pickup.
Nov 9 - 11:50 PM


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