Description: Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried started during Tuesday's victory and posted a double-double.
Insight: Faried should benefit from former head coach Brian Shaw being fired, as his rotation was very unpredictable. Faried finished with 14 points, 14 boards, two blocks, and one turnover, while shooting 5-of-10 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line.
Description: Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari scored a team-high 21 points during Sunday's loss versus New Orleans.
Insight: He knocked down two 3-pointers and shot 7-of-18 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line. Gallinari played 32 minutes in a start at small forward and has now scored in double-figures in six consecutive games.
Description: Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried is questionable for Wednesday's game versus the Suns.
Insight: Faried had a pretty bad Monday, getting benched in favor of Darrell Arthur and then injurying his thumb during the game. The Nuggets could sit Faried on Wednesday, which would mean big minutes for Arthur.
Description: Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried left Monday's game with a left hand injury according to Roto World.
Insight: Faried went into the locker room with an ice bag on his hand. He did not start Monday anyway, so there shouldn't have been too many fantasy owners who started him. If Faried misses time, Darrell Arthur should continue to start.
Description: Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried will come off the bench on Monday versus the Nets according to Nuggets play-by-play announcer Jason Kosmicki.
Insight: Faried has not been playing well, but it is still a bold move to place Darrell Arthur in the starting lineup instead of Faried. Arthur has very limited fantasy upside, so it appears owners will need to find somewhere else to get production from a forward on Monday.
Description: Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson will start on Sunday versus the Thunder, which means Jameer Nelson will return to his bench role.
Insight: Lawson has a tough matchup versus Russell Westbrook, but he is still a guy every fantasy owners should have in lineups. Hopefully, Lawson can avoid and further issues with the law, which caused him to miss Friday's game.
Description: Nuggets backup point guard Jameer Nelson will start on Friday versus the Bucks.
Insight: Starting point guard Ty Lawson missed the team's first practice after the All-Star break, and it appears he will not play as punishment. Nelson will get the bulk of the minutes at point guard Friday.
Description: Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson was 12-of-20 from the field on Tuesday versus the Lakers, scoring 32 points.
Insight: Lawson also tied a season-high with 16 assists. He has now passed for 16 assists in three games this season. Lawson has been playing very well in the last five games, averaging 20.4 ppg and 11.2 apg over that stretch.
Description: Nuggets center Jusuf Nurkic posted a 16-point, 14-rebound effort against OKC Monday.
Insight: With Timofey Mozgoz dealt to Cleveland, Nurkic has the center spot to himself, and over the past three games he's started to play well. He's averaging 12 ppg and 11.3 rpg over that span and we expect him to continue to play like this.
Description: Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried posted a double-double (22-10) during Monday's loss to the Thunder.
Insight: Over the past three games, Faried is starting to play as fantasy owners expected he would all season. He's averaging 16.3 ppg and 9 rpg over that span versus 11.7 and 8.8 for the first 47 games.
Description: Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari had his best game of the season during Tuesday's loss to the 76ers.
Insight: He went 5-of-11 from the field and 10-of-11 from the line for 22 points, four rebounds, one assist, two 3-pointers, one steal, and three turnovers. Gallinari is still not worth owning at this moment.
Description: Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried led the team in points and rebounds versus the Grizzlies on Thursday.
Insight: That isn't saying much as Faried had 10 points and seven rebounds as Memphis manhandled Denver, 99-69. Faried has been alright this season, averaging 12.0 ppg and 8.9 rpg, but the expectations for him were higher.
Description: Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson had 31 points and 12 assists in the loss to the Wizards on Sunday.
Insight: Washington won in overtime, 117-115. Lawson shot 50 percent, hitting 3-of-5 3-pointers and all eight free throws. He also had three rebounds and three steals. This was his first game since his DUI. Lawson should be in the fantasy lineup as long as he is in the Nuggets' lineup.
Description: Nuggets point guard Jameer Nelson took advantage of the absence of Ty Lawson during Friday's loss to the Celtics, but could be back on the bench Sunday.
Insight: With Lawson sidelined due to a DUI arrest, Nelson started and went 9-of-20 from the field, 1-of-2 from the line, and 4-of-7 from deep. He finished with a team-high 23 points, seven assists and four turnovers.
Description: Nuggets point guard Jameer Nelson took advantage of the absence of Ty Lawson during Friday's loss to the Celtics.
Insight: With Lawson sidelined due to a DUI arrest, Nelson started and went 9-of-20 from the field, 1-of-2 from the line, and 4-of-7 from deep. He finished with a team-high 23 points, seven assists, and four turnovers. Despite the productive night, Nelson can be left on the waiver wire.
Description: Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried missed Thursday's practice due to illness and should be considered questionable for Friday's game against Boston
Insight: Faried scored 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in his last outing, but has been inconsistent this season, averaging 11.9 ppg and 9.0 rpg. As an example, his scoring output in his last five games is: 22, 11, 6, 7, 26.
Description: Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson played well during Friday's win over the Kings.
Insight: He went 7-of-13 from the field and 7-of-10 from the line for 22 points, eight assists, three boards, one 3-pointer, one block, and one turnover. Lawson has underperformed this season, as he is just a top-80 player.
Description: Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo made four 3-pointers and all of his foul shots in a big scoring night.
Insight: Afflalo was 11-for-18 from the field overall and 8-for-8 at the line on his way to a season-high 34 points. He didn't accumulate many other numbers with two rebounds, two assists and a steal. Afflalo is playing better lately, but he still isn't worth owning in standard leagues.
Description: Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson posted 16 points, three rebounds and 11 assists Friday night.
Insight: Lawson has been playing a huge number of minutes in December (39.4 mpg) which is a two-edged sword. He's putting up good statistics (15.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 10.9 apg), but that's a lot of minutes for an injury-prone guy like Lawson and his sore back.
Description: Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson scored the most points he has all month on Tuesday.
Insight: Lawson put up 29 points with nine assists against the Nets. He shot 4-of-8 from the 3-point line and 50 percent from the floor overall. Lawson is overtaking Kenneth Faried for the best fantasy option on the Nuggets.
Description: Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson recorded his second straight double-double and seventh of this month on Friday.
Insight: Lawson now has 14 double-double on the season, so half of them have impressively come in the last 20 days. Lawson scored 10 points and had 14 assists on Friday in the victory over the Clippers.
Description: Nuggets guard Nate Robinson came off the bench to lead the team with 20 points in the victory over the Clippers on Friday.
Insight: Robinson shot 6-of-11, hitting on 4-of-9 3-point attempts. He also had five rebounds, three assists and a steal. It is difficult to start Robinson with any confidence, however, because the previous two games he played an average of 10.5 minutes and scored just two total points. Chalk up his performance on Friday to a great shooting night likely unrepeatable on a gamely basis.
Description: Nuggets forward Darrell Arthur scored a season-high 20 points coming off the bench against the Rockets on Saturday.
Insight: Arthur was 7-of-14 shooting as he led the Nuggets with points. Arthur hit on 4-of-9 3-point attempts and grabbed six rebounds. Great production for 24 minutes, but he will have to do it a couple more times to prove to be fantasy worth. He is averaging 8.9 ppg and 4.4 rpg in Decemeber.
Description: Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried is probable for Wednesday's game against the Heat.
Insight: Faried has missed the last two games due to a back strain. The power forward, however, has been a pretty big disappointment this season, so he probably can stay on the bench until he turns it around. He should not be dropped though.
Description: Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson started a new double-double streak on Monday.
Insight: Lawson had a seven-game double-double streak snapped on Sunday when he only scored four points. On Monday, Lawson had 22 points and 12 assists to start a new one. In his last nine games, Lawson is averaging 16.1 ppg and 11.9 apg.
Description: Denver guard Nate Robinson (back) took a blow to the back in Friday's game and is questionable for Sunday's game against Atlanta
Insight: Robinson didn't return after the hit from Rasual Butler Friday and said it was the hardest hit I ever took in my life. He still isn't getting enough minutes to be fantasy worthy even when healthy.
Description: Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried has been somewhat disappointing this season.
Insight: Faried was considered a fantasy sleeper in the preseason, but he has averaged just 11.2 ppg and 6.9 rpg. Over the last five games, Faried has averaged just 9.4 ppg and 5.4 rpg. He had nine points and three rebounds on Friday versus the Wizards.
Description: Denver guard Randy Foye (right quad tear) underwent an undisclosed medical procedure and is not going out with the team on their three-game road trip, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.
Insight: Foye has lost more than 10 minutes per night in playing time and is averaging only 8.4 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 2.0 apg, so fantasy owners should ignore him for now.
Description: Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson double-doubled for the sixth consecutive game, during Tuesday's loss to Portland.
Insight: Lawson has been very impressive, and has also recorded a double-double in 10 of the past 12 games. He had 24 points, 13 assists, four rebounds, three 3-pointers, two steals, and four turnovers on tuesday. Lawson continues to improve as the season progresses.
Description: Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo won't be suspended for his flagrant 2 foul, so fantasy owners can continue to play him.
Insight: Afflalo received a $15,000 fine, but that's it. Afflalo is averaging 14.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.5 apg and has hit 29 three-pointers in 17 games. His value drops significantly after you see his scoring and three-point ability as he's not much of a box score filler.
Description: Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried turned in a solid fantasy performance on Tuesday.
Insight: Faried scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds, which are above his 11.6 ppg and 7.1 rpg averages, but fantasy owners were hoping for a little bit more from the power forward. Faried averaged 13.7 ppg and 8.6 rpg last season.
Description: Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo scored a season-high 23 points during Monday's win against Cleveland.
Insight: He was 8-of-17 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, including four 3-pointers. Afflalo also had four rebounds, three assists, one block and three turnovers. He has struggled to produce consistently in Denver, so hopefully this game will get him going.
Description: Denver guard Randy Foye ididn't play in Friday's game against Indiana due to a bruised right knee and is questionable for Sunday's game against New York.
Insight: Foye is only fantasy worthy when Ty Lawson is sidelined. He has just 12 total point in the last two games. Nate Robinson would see more time if Foye can't run, but doesn't have much fantasy value.
Description: Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari has been cleared for full game action without a minute restriction according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.
Insight: Gallinari had previously been on a 20 minute restriction, but he comes off that limitation sooner than most expected. He is hitting just 22 percent of his field goal attempts, but after sitting out all of last season, owners need to be patient with Gallinari.
Description: Denver guard Randy Foye had 28 points off the bench for the Nuggets on Friday.
Insight: The next closest scorer for the Nuggets was Wilson Chandler and Nate Robinson with 14. Foye led the team with 19 shots and 10 field goals, hitting five of them from 3-point land. He also had nine assists. With the Nuggets in rebuilding mode, keep an eye on this guy because he could continue to see a high volume of minutes and shots.
Description: Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson, who led Denver with 25 points on Saturday night, is listed as questionable for Monday's game due to an ankle issue, according to the Denver Post's Chris Dempsey.
Insight: Lawson is the best fantasy option in Denver, but always an injury risk and here we go again. Randy Foye and Arron Afflalo would see a jump in workload if Lawson can't run.
Description: Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari is stuck on a 20-minute playing limit.
Insight: After missing last season due to knee surgery, Gallinari has looked good during the preseason, but the team will bring him along slowly. He should provide owners with a nice dose of points and three-pointers, when he's allow to go full bore.
Description: Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson led Denver with 25 points on Saturday night.
Insight: Lawson is the best fantasy option in Denver. He shot 8-of-12 from the field and the free-throw line. Lawson also grabbed two rebounds, five assists and one steal. The only black spot: seven turnovers.
Description: Denver guard Randy Foye will open up the season as the backup shooting guard.
Insight: He had a solid season in 2013-14 (13.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.5 apg), and started 72 games, but the addition of Aaron Afflalo and the return of Danillo Gallinari might make it tough for him to repeat those numbers. Owners can target Foye late in drafts.
Description: Denver small forward Wilson Chandler will have an uncertain role entering the season.
Insight: He is the backup to Danillo Gallinari, but with Gallinari's injury history, Chandler could see extended time. However, with Gallo looking good during the preseason, we cannot reccomend even a late-round pick on Chandler.
Description: Denver center JaVale McGee has yet to play in the preseason.
Insight: Talent has never been an issue with McGee, but putting it all together has been. McGee may be worth a flier towards the end of drafts, but after averaging only 7.0 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game last season, we at TSN are not hopeful of McGee producing at a reasonable rate.
Description: Denver center J.J. Hickson is still recovering from knee surgery, but could be taking the court any day now.
Insight: He is the direct backup at power forward, but if Hickson is able to get healthy, he could also see time at center. He will start the season serving a five-game suspension, and will most likely go undrafted in most fantasy drafts. However, Hickson is a name to keep an eye on, as he has the potential to be average close to a double-double.
Description: Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson should be picked early in fantasy drafts.
Insight: Lawson fills the stat sheet, and is arguably Denver's best player. The fact that he averaged 17.6 points per game last season, to go along with his 8.8 assists per game, makes Lawson very worthy of a third-round selection.
Description: Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo is an enticing fantasy option for the 2014-15 season.
Insight: He averaged 18.2 points per game, while shooting 46 percent from the field, along with draining 1.8 three-points per game last season with the Magic. Now, entering his first season in Denver, it will tough to duplicate those numbers, as there are a lot of mouths to feed. However, we feel that drafting Afflalo anywhere starting in the ninth round is appropriate value.
Description: Nuggers center Timofey Mozgov enters the season as Denver's starting big-man.
Insight: He does have JaVale McGee breathing down his neck, but Mozgov has proven to be more reliable since last season. Owners should target him late in drafts, but should not expect much more than the 9.4 points per game, 6.4 rebounds per game, and 1.2 blocks per game, Mozgov averaged in 2013-14.
Description: Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried could be line for a breakout season.
Insight: After averaging 13.7 points per game, 8.6 rebounds per game, 0.9 blocks per game, 0.9 steals per game, and shooting 55 percent from the field last season, Faried will have every opportunity to improve on those numbers in 2014-15. He clearly looked like an improved player when he suited up for the United States National team this past summer, and fantasy owners are hoping that play carries over to this season.
Description: Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari has potential to be a sleeper for the upcoming fantasy basketball season.
Insight: After missing last season due to knee surgery, Gallinari has looked good during the preseason. He should provide owners with a nice dose of points and three-pointers, making him a desirable middle-to-late-round pick.
Description: Denver guard Randy Foye will miss the next preseason game due to an injured wrist, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.
Insight: The 31-year-old put together a solid season in 2013-14 (13.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.5 apg), but the addition of Aaron Afflalo and the return of Danillo Gallinari might make it tough for him to repeat those numbers.
Description: Orlando has traded guard Arron Afflalo to Denver for Evan Fournier and a second-round pick. SOURCE: David Aldridge, TNT
Insight: We can only guess the Magic were trying to clear cap space because otherwise this trade makes no sense. This will be a homecoming of sorts for Afflalo, who played for the Nuggets from 2009 to 2012.
Description: Ty Lawson's sprained ankle is still causing him problems. SOURCE: Denver Post
Insight: The injury will sideline him for an additional 3-to-4 weeks. Luckily it doesn't appear the Nuggets point guard will require surgery. Lawson averaged career-highs in both points (17.6 ppg) and assists (8.8 apg) this season.
Description: Nuggers center Timofey Mozgov went to the locker room with a right knee injury during Tuesday's game, according to ESPN.com.
Insight: The Nuggets have been crushed by injuries this season. Mozgov entered Tuesday's game having averaged 15.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over his previous 10 games. He's questionable to return.
Description: Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried went off for 24 points, 21 rebounds and five assists Saturday in a win over Utah.
Insight: It's Faried's second career 20-point, 20-rebound performance. The Manimal has given fantasy owners 19.9 ppg in 23 games since March 1st. That's well above his career average (12.0 ppg in 204 NBA appearances).
Description: Denver point guard Ty Lawson (ankle) did not play Thursday against the Warriors and is doubtful for Saturday's game against Utah.
Insight: Fantasy owners shouldn't expect to get him back this season with Denver eliminated from playoff contention. Aaron Brooks, who has averaged 13.9 points, 7.4 assists and 4.1 rebounds in nine starts.
Description: Denver point guard Ty Lawson (ankle) will not play Thursday against the Warriors.
Insight: Fantasy owners shouldn't expect to get him back this season with Denver eliminated from playoff contention. Aaron Brooks, who has averaged 15.1 points, 6.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds over his last 11 games, has been starting in his place.
Description: Nuggets guard Aaron Brooks continues to put up numbers in Ty Lawson's absence.
Insight: His stat line on Sunday included 24 points, 15 assists, eight rebounds and three steals. Wednesday wasn't quite as good (13 points, five rebounds, seven assists), but still fantasy worthy. If Lawson doesn't play, Brooks should be in all lineups.
Description: Nuggets swingman Wilson Chandler (groin) will miss his ninth straight game on Wednesday, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.
Insight: Denver coach Brian Shaw said he is encouraging Chandler and Ty Lawson (ankle) to try and return before the end of the season, but he's less confident that Chandler will make it back. Quincy Miller started the last seven games but averaged just 22.5 minutes, 7.6 points and 3.4 rebounds during that span.
Description: Denver point guard Ty Lawson has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Rockets. SOURCE: Denver Post
Insight: It's the second game he's missed with an ankle injury. Aaron Brooks (8.8 ppg) has been playing most of the minutes at point guard lately and should see another heavy workload tonight with Houston in town.
Description: Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said that Ty Lawson (ankle) is "doing better," but that he doesn't think the point guard is close to returning, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.
Insight: Expect Lawson to miss another game on Wednesday. Aaron Brooks has averaged 32.7 minutes, 15.3 points, 6.4 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.8 threes over his last 10 games and may be able to help fantasy owners down the stretch.
Description: Denver was without point guard Ty Lawson Sunday against Houston and could be for Wednesday's game as well.
Insight: Lawson sprained his ankle Friday in a loss to Memphis and the team said they wouldn't rush him back before he is ready. Translation, it will be a while. Aaron Brooks had 24 points, eight rebounds and 15 assist on Sunday and should play big minutes again on Tuesday.
Description: Nuggets guard Ty Lawson is doubtful for Sunday's game against Houston with a sprained left ankle.
Insight: Lawson left the arena in a walking boot so it looks like he'll miss a few games with this injury. he just can't stay healthy. He's played 62 games this season and averaged 17.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 8.8 apg.
Description: Contrary to previous reports, Nuggers center Timofey Mozgov (illness) will play Friday, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.
Insight: Mozgov started the last 17 games at center and averaged 20.7 minutes, 8.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game, though he has played more minutes recently following J.J. Hickson's season-ending knee injury. He was listed as out on the team's injury report but is ready to play.
Description: Nuggers center Timofey Mozgov will sit out Friday due to an illness, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.
Insight: Mozgov started the last 17 games at center and averaged 20.7 minutes, 8.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game, though he has played more minutes recently following J.J. Hickson's season-ending knee injury. Jan Vesely (rib cage) is doubtful, so Darrell Arthur, Anthony Randolph and Kenneth Faried will split Mozgov's minutes.
Description: A strained groin will keep Denver forward Wilson Chandler out of the lineup Sunday, according to the Nuggets on Twitter.
Insight: The Nuggets are getting extremely thin following injuries to J.J. Hickson (torn ACL) and Chandler. They'll need to get a lot of minutes out of Anthony Randolph, Darrell Arthur and Jan Vesely in the frontcourt with Evan Fournier also getting some extra run.
Description: Denver center J.J. Hickson (knee) will not play Sunday against the Wizards, according to Aaron J. Lopez of nuggets.com. The Nuggets are awaiting the MRI results on Hickson's right knee.
Insight: Hickson suffered a sprained knee Friday night. He lost his starting job to Timofey Mozgov 14 games ago but his production has actually improved. He averaged 13.2 ppg and 8.9 rpg over his last 14, compared to 11.4 ppg and 9.2 rpg his first 55. Look for Mozgov and Darrell Arthur to pick up Hickson's minutes.
Description: Nuggets guard Ty Lawson missed Wednesday's game with a sinus infection but is fully expected to play Friday against Dallas. SOURCE: Chris Dempsey, Denver Post
Insight: Aaron Brooks scored 27 points in Lawson's absence on Wednesday. While we wouldn't expect Brooks to have quite as large a role when Lawson (18.2 ppg, 9.0 apg) returns, he's certainly done enough to warrant meaningful minutes on a nightly basis.
Description: Denver forward Kenneth Faried contributed 22 points and 14 rebounds Sunday against New Orleans.
Insight: Faried has been on a mission this month. In five March games, the 24-year-old has averaged 21.4 ppg on 64.6 percent shooting. He's posted 10.6 rpg during that same stretch. Faried should be starting in all leagues until further notice.