G - DEN
Will Barton had a nice shooting stroke on Thursday, scoring 16 points (7-9 FG, 2-2 3-pt) while adding six rebounds, one assist, one block, and four turnovers in a win over Indiana.
It's been a maddeningly inconsistent season for the veteran Barton, who has barely posted top-200 fantasy value due to his up-and-down play. However, he enters the All-Star break on a high note, putting together four good games in a row and playing his best basketball of the season. He has benefited from the Nuggets missing several key players lately (Gary Harris, JaMychal Green, Paul Millsap) so his value may dip again once the Nuggets are healthy, but he's playing well enough right now to warrant being rostered in standard leagues.
Will Barton had one of his best games of the season on Tuesday, scoring 14 points (6-11 FG, 2-6 3-pt) while registering eight rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block, and two turnovers in 34 minutes of action.
This type of line is precisely what has made Barton a valuable fantasy contributor over the past few years, but the consistency just has not been there this season, as he ranks well outside the top-150 in 9-cat formats this year. With that said, he's scored 14+ points with at least six rebounds, one three-pointer, and one steal in three consecutive games so maybe he's turning a corner. He continues to start and see heavy minutes for the Nuggets, so he's worth a look if you need a low-end jack-of-all-trades type player on your team, at least until he cools off again.
After scoring 15 points with six rebounds and five assists in his previous game, Will Barton played well again on Monday, scoring 14 points (5-13 FG, 1-4 3-pt, 3-3 FT) while grabbing six rebounds to go with two assists and one steal in a 118-112 win over the Bulls.
Barton continues to be an extremely inconsistent player this season, making him difficult to trust in fantasy leagues. But with the Nuggets still missing Gary Harris, Paul Millsap, and JaMychal Green for the next few games, Barton continues to see plenty of minutes and has proven in the past that he can be a helpful fantasy player with the ability to contribute a little bit across-the-board. It's just been impossible to predict which Barton will show up on a nightly basis this season.
Will Barton had a game to forget on Thursday night, scoring just two points (1-7 FG, 0-5 3-pt) while chipping in with four rebounds, one assist, one steal, and three turnovers in just 22 minutes in a 112-110 loss to Washington.
In four games since returning to the lineup, Barton has only scored in double-digits once. The veteran forward has had an inconsistent season and could be looking at a decrease in playing time moving forward. Once Gary Harris, JaMychal Green, Paul Millsap, and PJ Dozier return, Barton's struggles could lead to a reduced role, as the Nuggets have several other young players such as Zeke Nnaji and Facundo Campazzo who have proven to be steady contributors.
Playing for the first time in a week (personal), Will Barton scored only seven points (3-9 FG, 1-3 3-pt) while chipping in with two rebounds, three assists, one steal, and four turnovers in 34 minutes of action.
Having nearly as many turnovers as points is never a very good sign. Barton appeared rusty from his recent layoff and will look to bounce back on Sunday against Atlanta.