G - DEN
Will Barton totaled 10 points (4-8 FG, 2-5 3PT), one rebound, three assists, and one block in the Nuggets’ 123-98 loss to the Suns on Wednesday.
Barton will ready himself for Game Three after the Nuggets’ loss to the Suns, as he made a fiery return to the floor producing 10.0 points in 16 minutes of play. There is a considerable need for offensive production, and Barton could answer the call. Although he is newly removed from his injury, the high level of urgency may force coach Malone's hand to grant him more time on the floor immediately. He is cheap, has decent upside, and is coming in when his skill set is desperately needed; he could be an interesting play for your DFS lineups.
Will Barton plans to test his hamstring during warmups prior to Game 2 against Phoenix and if all goes well, is expected to also return to the lineup.
Barton last played on April 23, so his return would be a huge boost to a Denver team that lost Game 1 by 17 points. Barton could certainly be a valuable DFS asset, but fantasy managers may be better off using the wait and see approach prior to starting him.
Denver SF Will Barton has been ruled out ahead of Game 4 due to a hamstring strain.
After taking a 2-1 series lead against Portland, it seems as though the Nuggets are taking steps to protect Barton for games down the road. Barton was seen working out before Game 3, so it looks like he's close to a return for this series.
Will Barton will miss Game 3 of the Nuggets-Blazers series with a hamstring injury suffered prior to the end of the regular season.
Barton was averaging 12.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game during the regular season, so his continued absence means G Monte Morris and F JaMychal Green will need to continue stepping up in their respective expanded roles until Barton's return.
Nuggets guard Will Barton played only one minute on Friday night against the Warriors before exiting with a right hamstring injury. Barton recorded an assist without any other statistics before his departure.
This is a tough blow for Barton and the short-handed Nuggets who continue to battle injuries in their backcourt. Barton had been playing well coming into the game in light of injuries to Jamal Murray (torn ACL) and Monte Morris (hamstring). Facundo Campazzo (32 minutes, 7 points), PJ Dozier (29 minutes, 9 points), and Austin Rivers (23 minutes, 6 points) will form a committee to pick up the slack while Barton is out. Campazzo is the only guy worth grabbing in fantasy leagues for the time being.