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Will Barton scored 12 points (3-10 FG, 1-6 3-pt, 5-6 FT) with just one rebound, two assists, a steal, and two turnovers in 30 minutes during a blowout win against the Rockets on Friday night.

Fantasy Impact: In two games since Jamal Murray went down, Barton has scored a combined 18 points which isn't very encouraging. The veteran guard should still be able to carve out enough fantasy value to make him worth a roster spot in standard leagues with Murray sidelines. Just keep in mind that he's had a very inconsistent season, so he's not the most reliable option.

Category: Game Recaps

Aaron Gordon played only 22 minutes on Friday, scoring just eight points (3-6 FG, 0-2 3-pt, 2-2 FT) while adding just two rebounds, two assists, and a steal in a 128-99 win over Houston.

Fantasy Impact: Coming off a nice game on Wednesday, Gordon's inconsistency reared its ugly head again on Friday night. Even without Jamal Murray, Gordon mustered only six shot attempts and failed to score in double-digits for the fifth time in his past seven games. It's been a bumpy ride for fantasy owners since Gordon arrived in Denver. We recommend holding Gordon for another 1-2 games as the Nuggets adjust to a world without Murray, but with the fantasy playoffs looming, Gordon could be landing on a lot of waiver wires if his production doesn't pick up.

Category: Game Recaps

Michael Porter, Jr. scored 21 points (7-13 FG, 4-7 3-pt, 3-4 FT) while pulling down five rebounds and adding an assist and a steal in a blowout win over the Rockets on Friday night.

Fantasy Impact: MPJ has scored 20+ points in five consecutive games (and 10 of his past 12). He has blossomed into one of the best pure scorers in the league in his second season and should continue to see all the shot attempts he can handle with Jamal Murray (torn ACL) out for the season.

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Nikola Jokic was unstoppable on Friday night, scoring an ultra-efficient 29 points (10-12 FG, 1-2 3-pt, 8-9 FT) while pulling down 16 rebounds to go with seven assists and two steals in a 128-99 win over the Rockets.

Fantasy Impact: Scoring 29 points while missing only three shots all night (two field goals, one free throw) isn't too shabby. The Joker has been playing on NBA2K rookie mode all year long, consistently putting up video game numbers on a nightly basis. It's the reason he's the top overall player in fantasy basketball this year and the leading NBA MVP candidate as well.

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Facundo Campazzo came off the bench and scored just 8 points (3-5 FG, 2-4 3-pt) in 26 minutes of action in the Nuggets first game since Jamal Murray (torn ACL) went down. Campazzo added two rebounds and five assists in a 123-106 win over the Heat.

Fantasy Impact: Monte Morris got the start for Murray and is the better fantasy option moving forward, although neither player possesses much upside on a deep and talented Nuggets team. Replacing Murray's production will be a committee approach split between Aaron Gordon, Will Barton, Campazzo, Morris, PJ Dozier, JaMychal Green and others , as Nikola Jokic and Michael Porter, Jr. are the only two sure things in Denver on any given night.

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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.

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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.

Fantasy Impact: 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.

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

Denver Nuggets PF Paul Millsap (rest) has been ruled out Wednesday against the Spurs. (Source: Harrison Wind)

Fantasy Impact: Millsap will rest on Wednesday in the second leg of a back-to-back. Jamal Murray remains questionable for the game with a knee injury. If he misses expect Aaron Gordon to likely see extended run.

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

PJ Dozier came off the bench to score 14 points (6-11 FG, 0-3 3-pt, 2-2 FT) while adding six rebounds and two assists in a 110-99 win over Orlando on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Tonight marks only the third time all month that the backup guard has scored in double-digits. He simply does not see enough playing time on a deep and talented Nuggets team to warrant ownership in fantasy leagues. He can be left on the waiver wire.

Category: Game Recaps

Nuggets guard R.J. Hampton Jr. (health and safety protocols) is out of Monday's matchup against the Bulls. (Source: Denver Nuggets Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Hampton Jr. is likely to be out until after the All-Star break. It'll be worth monitoring his status then.

Category: Injury Updates

For the second time in the past three games, Nuggets' 2020 first-round pick Zeke Nnaji saw some extended playing time and responded with 16 points (5-7 FG, 4-5 3-pt, 2-4 FT) while adding three rebounds and a steal in 24 minutes of action.

Fantasy Impact: With Gary Harris and Will Barton out tonight and Paul Millsap leaving the game with injury, the rookie power forward saw some extra run during the second-half with the Nuggets leading by double-digits. Nnaji has showed a nice shooting stroke from distance but will not see enough consistent playing time on a deep Nuggets team to warrant fantasy consideration.

Category: Game Recaps