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Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. Remains optimistic that a contract extension will get done. Porter had his best statistical output as a professional last season, averaging 19.0 points and 7.3 assists while shooting a whopping 44.5 percent from deep. The 23-year-old will be entering the final year of his rookie contract if an agreement isn't reached before the start of the 2021-22 campaign. However, based on his play over the years, it would seem the franchise will do everything in its power to keep him in the Mile High City moving ahead. Nonetheless, Porter's fantasy outlook is higher than ever, and as long as he can remain healthy, he should be one of the most impactful fantasy options going.
Denver Nuggets forward Will Barton (hamstring) is reportedly feeling good heading into the 2021-22 season, crediting his offseason fitness regimen. The veteran agreed to a $32 million deal a few weeks ago to keep him with the team for the next two years. When available, the 30-year-old veteran has been a relatively reliable fantasy option, most recently finishing the 2020 campaign by averaging 12.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and shooting 38 percent from deep. However, injuries have plagued the veteran, including a hamstring strain that relegated him to only 56 games during the regular season and three in the playoffs. Still, the 30-year-old should remain on the fantasy radar, although managers should anticipate some absences moving ahead.
Denver Nuggets guard Markus Howard re-signed with the team on Sunday. It will be a two-way contract, so fantasy managers outside of dynasty formats likely won't have much interest in him. The 22-year-old finished last season by averaging just 2.8 points throughout 37 games, although he did score 20 points across 34 minutes during his lone start of the year. There may be a time during the 2021-22 campaign where his name pops up as a streaming option in season-long leagues or as a value alternative in DFS contests. However, Howard doesn't do enough to matter from a fantasy perspective in nearly every format imaginable to have a consistent role in any lineup.
Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (knee) does not have a timetable for a return. The 24-year-old has been a critical component for the team's success throughout the last few years, and he most recently averaged 21.2 points while shooting 40.8 percent from deep last season before succumbing to an ACL tear in his left knee back in April. With the quick turnaround between the 2021 and 2022 campaigns, it wouldn't be surprising if Murray can't begin the regular season in October. As a result, managers who pick him up in fantasy drafts may be looking at a stash situation, although it will likely pay off when he is ready to return.
Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. (back) will likely play in Game 3 against Phoenix. The 22-year-old has been dealing with tightness in his lower back since Game 1 but still managed to suit up for Game 2 on Wednesday. However, he has struggled during this series, averaging just 13 points and 6.5 boards. With Will Barton (hamstring) back in the picture as well, Porter's DFS outlook isn't as bright as it was just a few short weeks ago.