G - DEN
Nuggets guard Monte Morris (strained right hamstring) returned to the court after missing nearly a month of action on Tuesday and scored five points (2-5 FG, 1-2 3-pt) while adding a rebound, two assists, and a steal in just 10 minutes of action.
The Nuggets will likely ease Morris back into action over the remaining three regular season games heading into the playoffs, rendering Morris unusable in fantasy leagues.
After exiting Friday's win over Houston with what was deemed "hamstring soreness", Monte Morris did not play for Denver on Monday due to a "right hamstring strain".
Facundo Campazzo started for the Nuggets on Monday but failed to produce. Morris should be considered day-to-day but quite frankly, neither player has really proven to be worthy of a roster spot in the absence of Jamal Murray (torn ACL). The biggest beneficiary of Murray's injury for fantasy purposes is Will Barton.
In his first game since Jamal Murray (torn ACL) was injured, Monte Morris started, played 26 minutes, and scored 11 points (5-10 FG, 1-2 3-pt) with three rebounds and two assists in a win over Miami.
The truth of the matter is that there is no single player in Denver that is going to replace the production of Jamal Murray. Given all their depth, it will be a cumulative effort. Aaron Gordon, Monte Morris, Will Barton, PJ Dozier, JaMychal Green, and Facundo Campazzo will all see an uptick in fantasy production with Murray injured but expectations should certainly be kept in check, as Nikola Jokic and Michael Porter, Jr. will be doing most of the heavy lifting for Denver on a nightly basis. Gordon and Barton should be owned in standard formats, but Morris is more of a 12-team guy, at best, as he simply offers very little upside statistically.
Monte Morris came off the bench to score 10 points (3-6 FG, 1-1 3-pt, 3-3 FT) with one rebound, two assists, and a turnover in a loss to the Warriors on Monday.
The bigger news here is that Jamal Murray went down tonight with what appeared to be a significant left knee injury. Morris won't offer much upside on a deep Nuggets team but is worthy of a speculative add in 12-team leagues (and maybe even 10-teamers) until we learn more about Murray's status. Will Barton and Facundo Campazzo would also see an uptick in value as well if Murray missed extended time.
Monte Morris was feeling it on Friday night, scoring 21 points (7-8 FG, 5-5 3-pt, 2-2 FT) while adding three rebounds, two assists, and a steal in 25 minutes of action.
With Jamal Murray (sore knee) missing his third straight game, Morris posted a team-best plus/minus of +14 on Friday while knocking down a season-high five three-pointers. Morris makes for a quality streaming option or DFS target any time Murray is out of the lineup.