EOY Blurbs

  • Nikola Jokic
    C, Denver Nuggets

    Nikola Jokic posted his fourth straight elite fantasy season and his best season to date, finishing as the 9th best option in 9-category formats.

    Jokic is as reliable as they come with another season of huge popcorn numbers. He scored 20.2 points (a career-high) to go with 10.2 boards and 6.9 assists on a strong 52.8% shooting from the floor and 81.3% from the line. The cash counter output also maintained from past seasons, with 1.2 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.1 triples. At this point, Jokic's best asset is his consistency. This is what we've grown to expect from him as someone who always shows up to work. He played every game for the Nuggets this season and has missed just 20 games total in his five-year career. As long as he is healthy, he's money in the bank.

  • Jamal Murray
    PG, Denver Nuggets

    Jamal Murray took a nice step forward in his fourth NBA campaign and approached top-50 value in 9-category leagues due to a large increase in shooting efficiency.

    Murray was limited to 55 games due to a sprained left ankle but performed well when he was on the court. The popcorn numbers were similar to his 2018-19 season, with 18.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.9 3-pointers in 32.8 minutes. The 25 spot jump to the 52nd player in 9-category format was directly tied to a 1.8% improvement to 45.5% from the floor and a 4.5% improvement to 89.3% from the charity stripe. If he can continue to improve his passing and game management, he can hop into the top-50 with ease going forward.

  • Paul Millsap
    PF, Denver Nuggets

    Paul Millsap maintained his typical per-minute production, finishing as the 97th player in 9-category formats in just 24.4 minutes per game.

    Millsap's minute decline over the past three seasons in Denver have muted the upside he enjoyed during his heyday in Atlanta. In 44 games and a few nagging injuries including a left knee contusion and a sprained right ankle, he put up 12.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 0.6 blocks on good percentages (48.6 from the floor and a career-high 83.3% from the free throw line). Millsap should continue to be a good per-minute producer even if he moves on to a new destination for 2021, but expect the minutes to be the real sticking point as he enters his age 35 season.

  • Mason Plumlee
    C, Denver Nuggets

    Mason Plumlee slogged his way to an unimpressive 2019-20 season, finishing well outside the top-250 in 9-category formats and averaging 7.2 points and 5.3 rebounds without much else worth noting.

    On top of unexciting popcorn numbers, Plumlee shot an abysmal 53.6% from the charity stripe. He was a volume play only who didn't really provide anything exciting in limited minutes. Playing behind Nikola Jokic was always going to limit Plumlee's production and keep him even out of streaming range.

  • Monte Morris
    PG, Denver Nuggets

    Monte Morris compiled top-150 value in 9-category formats as the primary backup option to Jamal Murray during the 2019-20 season.

    Morris had a strong season splitting time between backup point guard and fill-in starter when Jamal Murray went down with a sprained ankle. Morris enjoyed top-100 value during Murray's absence and put together a solid line of 8.4 points, 3.5 assists and 0.8 steals in 21.4 minutes. It was a solid campaign on compiled volume, but it was a step back from a top-100 season in 2018-19 where he got three more minutes per contest and made good for two more points with heightened efficiency. Going forward, Morris should be a solid deep-league point guard who can provide assists cheaply without any major weaknesses.

  • Torrey Craig
    SG, Denver Nuggets

    Torrey Craig played serviceable streamer minutes when called upon for the Nuggets and was an underappreciated starter at various points for a good Nuggets team.

    Craig is an unheralded player who is one of the prime examples of the "better in real life" syndrome. He won't wow anyone on the stat sheet and therefore he's hard to love in fantasy basketball. His 5.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.4 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.7 triples on decent shooting from the floor was good for just 297th in 9-category formats. He did have good stretches and was an acceptable daily play on the right night, but getting into an everyday streamer role is tough in a crowded wing situation in Denver.

  • Keita Bates-Diop
    SF, Denver Nuggets

    Keita Bates-Diop played sparingly for the Nuggets in 2019 as one of the many pieces involved in the four-team deadline trade and finished on the fringes of the top-300 for fantasy purposes.

    Bates-Diop got shuffled into the deck in a crowded Nuggets organization. He was limited to two games with his new club and just 9.5 minutes when he did appear. He spent time in the G-League after joining the Nuggets and on the season he appeared in 39 games, mainly as an injury replacement, and provided 17.1 minutes of 6.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.9 defensive counters, 0.8 triples and some needed energy. Bates-Diop has some potential in the right situation to be a streamer and we'll have to see whether he makes an impact during the NBA restart and if he will be able to crack the rotation in the upcoming season as well.

  • Noah Vonleh
    PF, Denver Nuggets

    Noah Vonleh mainly rode the bench for the Nuggets, appearing in only four games after being acquired at the deadline in the large four-team trade that sent Malik Beasley to the Timberwolves.

    Vonleh had a decent season in New York in 2018-19 as a perfectly reasonable streamer just outside the top-150. In 33 games this season split between Minnesota and Denver, he averaged 3.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.5 defensive counters in 11 minutes per game. The Nuggets aren't the team to be on to try to get depth minutes in a crowded rotation so if there's any hope for Vonleh to be a streamer again, it'll be on a different team.

  • PJ Dozier
    PG, Denver Nuggets

    PJ Dozier had a forgettable stint in Denver, with 21 mostly lackluster appearances, but will be at the end of the bench during the Nuggets' restart campaign on a full NBA deal.

    Dozier played just 11.1 minutes per contest while shuttling back and forth between the NBA and the G-League. In 21 games, he scored 4.1 points and added 1.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists with minimal contributions elsewhere. The outlook for Dozier on this team are less than sunny unless there's an injury crisis in front of him. Otherwise, he'll be off fantasy radars as he was in this abbreviated stint outside the top-400.

  • Michael Porter Jr.
    PF, Denver Nuggets

    Michael Porter Jr. averaged 7.5 points, 0.8 3s, .4.1 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.4 blocks on .495 shooting in 48 games for 263/249 value in 8/9-cat leagues.

    Porter Jr. had some huge games and amazing highlight reel stretches which had fantasy owners clamoring to scoop him on the waiver wire several times this season. The game tape shows a rookie who is extremely raw, but has an uncanny knack for making plays on both ends of the floor. It's way too hard to trust MPJ given his injury history (hip injury in college and back surgery last year), but he'll be a juicy "sleeper" pick next year for all of the reasons above. For now, it's too hard to peg his actual value with all the moving parts the Nuggets have.

  • Vlatko Cancar
    SF, Denver Nuggets

    Vlatko Cancar saw his first NBA playing time in 2019-20, logging 14 appearances.

    Cancar was just a top-475 player and averaged 3.2 minutes per game, so he's still a long way from fantasy relevance. The 49th pick in the 2017 draft might be in the mix for a spot at the end of the rotation next season.

  • Will Barton
    SG, Denver Nuggets

    Will Barton averaged 15.1 points, 1.9 3s, 6.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.5 blocks on .450 shooting for 71/67 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Barton took over as the secondary scorer for the Nuggets which led to Gary Harris taking a backseat this year. Last season Barton battled injuries which derailed his fantasy value, but this season he stayed healthy while Harris fought injuries. Technically he's the third leading scorer for the Nuggets, but everything runs through Nikola Jokic and he's always looking for ways to create for Jamal Murray and Barton. The big season from Will the Thrill isn't a surprise as he's aggressive on both ends of the floor and the Nuggets love to get their wings going.

  • Jerami Grant
    SF, Denver Nuggets

    Jerami Grant averaged 11.6 points, 1.4 3s, 3.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.8 blocks on .471 shooting in 64 games for 175/163 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Grant had very low-end value throughout the season when he came off the bench, but when Paul Millsap missed time, Grant emerged as a huge winner. Next season he may play on a different team and if he lands in the right spot, you can expect top-100 value rather than the low-end play you got from him this season. He's still young and put up some big games when he was given the opportunity so there's still a lot to love from Grant.

  • Gary Harris
    SG, Denver Nuggets

    Gary Harris averaged 10.4 points, 1.3 3s, 2.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.4 steals on .420 shooting in 56 games for 161/153 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Harris took a couple steps back this season due to multiple factors. The Nuggets are deeper than they've ever been since Harris joined the team, Jamal Murray began to take over the ball more and Harris dealt with injuries throughout the year. He never got into a good flow and the lowered minutes combined with lower steals really hurt his value. Shooting efficiency is a telling sign of an injured player and it snowballed into a lack of confidence which led to a bad year. Harris will bounce back next season from an efficiency standpoint, but there are a lot of mouths to feed in Denver.

  • Troy Daniels
    SG, Denver Nuggets

    Troy Daniels was waived by the Lakers after playing in 41 games and logged just one game for the Nuggets before the league was suspended.

    Daniels was outside the top-400 on the season, averaging 4.1 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.0 threes in 10.9 mpg while shooting .390 from the field, .354 from distance and .625 from the charity stripe. Daniels took the majority of his shots from deep and will be asked to do the same for the Nuggets when he is on the floor. However, the 28-year-old is a depth piece and can be ignored for fantasy purposes.