Team analysis: Denver Nuggets

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo was all smiles at media day, but his real-life drama could have implications for fantasy basketball, too. (Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Depth chart:

PG: Chauncey Billups, Ty Lawson, Anthony Carter

SG: Arron Afflalo, J.R. Smith

SF: Carmelo Anthony

PF: Al Harrington, Shelden Williams, Renaldo Balkman, Kenyon Martin

C: Nene Hilario, Chris Andersen, D.J. Mbenga

Relevant fantasy players and projected draft positions/per-game stats:

Carmelo Anthony – SF (Rd. 2): 29 Pts, 1 three, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

Chauncey Billups – PG (Rd. 2-3): 17 Pts, 2 threes, 3 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

Nene Hilario – F/C (Rd. 3-4): 15 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 1.5 Stl, 1 Blk

J.R. Smith – G/F (Rd. 8-10): 14 Pts, 2 threes, 3.5 Reb, 2.5 Ast, 1.5 Stl

Al Harringston – F/C (Rd. 8-10):  15.5 Pts, 2 threes, 6 Reb, 1 Stl

Chris Andersen – F/C (Rd. 12+): 6 Pts, 7 Reb, 2.5  Blk

Ty Lawson – PG (Rd. 13+): 9 Pts, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

Arron Afflalo – SG (Rd. 13+): 8 Pts, 1 three, 3 Reb

Shelden Williams – PF (Rd. 13+): 4 Pts, 4 Reb

Sleeper:

Andersen

Most likely to surprise:

Harrington

Most likely to disappoint:

Anthony

Category specialists:

  • Threes: Smith, Harrington
  • Steals: Smith
  • Blocks: Andersen

Things to watch:

  • Melo‘s situation
  • how long it takes for Martin to return, and how much NeneHarrington and Andersen benefit from his absence
  • how much Billups‘ decrease in playing time affects his numbers

Team’s statistical NBA ranks from 2009-10:

  • Pts: 3rd
  • FGM: T12th
  • FGA: 17th
  • FG%: 10th
  • FT%: 9th
  • 3PTM: 12th
  • Reb: 20th
  • Ast: T17th
  • TO: T11th
  • Stl: 3rd
  • Blk: T11th

Fantasy-friendliness for 2010-11: B+

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