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Per Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nuggets and forward Michael Porter Jr. have agreed to terms on a five-year, $207 million contract. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski)

Fantasy Impact: After a breakout season in which Porter saw a career-high in points and games played, the Nuggets rewarded the star with a nice contract. With Jamaal Murray likely to be sidelined for the first few months of the season, Porter will likely see an uptick in points and minutes.

Category: Transactions

Nikola Jokic totaled 32 points (13-29 FG, 1-6 3PT, 5-9 FT), twenty rebounds, ten assists, and one block in the Nuggets’ 116-102 loss to the Suns on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Jokic prepares for a "fight" after the Nuggets' loss to the Suns in Game Three. He posted his strongest effort this series in what seemed to be a one-person "show," considering the starting rotation’s inadequate production. The MVP managed to get better with each game in this series, a trend that could continue tonight but hopefully with a different outcome. Although we may reap significant benefit from what could be an admirable "last-stand," by the "Joker" it could be an unfortunate waste should the team not step up and do what it takes to "fight" another day.

Category: Game Recaps

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.

Fantasy Impact: 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.

Category: Game Recaps

Facundo Campazzo totaled 14 points (5-9 FG, 3-6 3 PT, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, six assists, and two steals in the Nuggets’ 122-105 loss to the Suns on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Campazzo scored 14.0 points in the Nuggets’ loss to the Suns, putting up a strong all-around effort to help lead the Nuggets’ charge against the Suns. He has the talent, but with how easily Monte Morris supplanted him in the last few games, there could be a concern of job security that caps his fantasy appeal. If he can build on his performance, he could become a strong value play this series, but only time will tell.

Category: Game Recaps

Aaron Gordon totaled 18 points (8-14 FG, 0-3 3 PT, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, two assists, and three steals in the Nuggets’ 122-105 loss to the Suns on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Gordon played well in the Nuggets' loss to the Suns, scoring 18.0 points to go along with an impressive 3.0 steals. Since the tail end of the Trailblazers Series, he has been on an upswing and has become a viable fantasy option in the process. Some players simply play well against certain teams, and this could be Gordon's team which could lead to some impressive results for a player of his athletic caliber. There is still a lot of series to play and a lot of rhythm checking, but it is still worth keeping him on your radar especially given the value-light nature of these slates.

Category: Game Recaps

Austin Rivers totaled 21 points (7-14 FG, 5-10 3PT, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, two assists, and one block in the Nuggets' 120-115 win over the Trailblazers on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Rivers scored 21.0 points in the Nuggets' win over the Trailblazers while stuffing several categories of the stat-sheet in the process, easily making this his best game since the Nuggets' bout against the Knicks back on May 5th when he scored 25.0 points. There was only one time this regular season in which he was able to extend his double-digit scoring efforts past three games; he had a strong game but be sure to put it into context, even when looking for strong plays on these value-starved slates. He has a low ceiling that opens once in a "blue moon," and a glass floor that can crack at any time. Be careful if planning to make him a last-piece asset for your lineups. There is a chance that he has found his rhythm and could finish the series strong, but you have to decide if you want to take that risk for what could be an underwhelming reward.

Category: Game Recaps

With the Nuggets resting several players on Friday night, undrafted rookie Markus Howard started and scored 20 points (9-14 FG, 2-6 3-pt) in 34 minutes while adding three rebounds, two assists, a block, and four turnovers in a win over the Pistons.

Fantasy Impact: The shooting guard from Marquette scored 15 points on Thursday night as well, setting new career-highs in scoring in back-to-back games. If the Nuggets rest players again in Sunday's regular season finale, look for Howard to step into a prominent scoring role.

Category: Game Recaps

JaVale McGee started in place of Michael Porter, Jr. (rest) on Thursday evening and scored 12 points (6-12 FG) to go with 13 rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes during a win over Minnesota.

Fantasy Impact: The double-double was his first of the season and the playing time was by far the most in his tenure with the Nuggets. If the Nuggets opt to rest Porter, Jr. again (or Nikola Jokic) in the final two games remaining, McGee could certainly provide similar production.

Category: Game Recaps

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.

Fantasy Impact: 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.

Category: Game Recaps

Paul Millsap started against his former team on Friday night, scoring 19 points (7-10 FG, 2-4 3-pt, 3-4 FT) to go with a rebound, two assists, and a steal in 26 minutes during a loss to the Jazz.

Fantasy Impact: The Nuggets went with a jumbo-sized lineup against Utah, starting all four of Nikola Jokic, Millsap, Aaron Gordon and Michael Porter, Jr. although it ended in a loss. The 36-year-old can be ignored for fantasy purposes.

Category: Game Recaps

PJ Dozier scored three points (1-6 FG, 1-2 3-pt) while adding two rebounds and one assist in 22 minutes on Monday before leaving with an apparent groin/hip injury.

Fantasy Impact: Dozier hasn't impressed much over the past 10 days since a 23-point outburst on April 24th. He should now also be considered day-to-day with this new injury and can be safely dropped in all fantasy leagues at this point.

Category: Game Recaps

JaMychal Green got hot from downtown and scored 17 points off the bench (6-8 FG, 4-5 3-pt, 1-1 FT) with a steal and a block in just 19 minutes on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Every few weeks Green has a game like this, but they are simply too few and far in between to warrant fantasy consideration. He belongs on the waiver wire.

Category: Game Recaps

Nuggets' star Jamal Murray has a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After going up for a layup with 50 seconds left in Monday's game, Murray went down in a heap, clearly in a lot of pain. Although we hoped for the best, it looks like Murray did indeed suffer a season-ending ACL tear in his left knee. In his absence, fantasy managers should look to Monte Morris and Facundo Campazzo to take over the starting PG duties for the Nuggets going forward. Murray's line for the 2020-2021 will end as 21.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game.

Category: Injury Updates

Gary Harris has officially been traded to the Magic as part of a trade for Aaron Gordon. (Source: Brett Siegel on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This trade, which sends fellow teammate R.J. Hampton, and a first-round pick to the Magic as well, will see Harris join a club who can put to good use his versatility and game IQ to improve their underwhelming back-court. This season he has averaged 30.6 minutes, 9.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.2 blocks per game while shooting 44.2 percent from the floor and 32.0 percent from beyond the arc.

Category: Transactions