The Denver Nuggets are currently going through a little bit of an identity crisis. The team seems to have a different starting lineup each night, and as a result, fantasy basketball fans are slowly losing faith in PF Kenneth Faried.
Faried was an extremely popular sleeper this fall, but has recently saw a major decrease in playing time. Faried has averaged just 21.6 minutes per game over his last five contests and it has caused him to average seven points with 7.6 rebounds over the last five games. He has started to lose minutes to J.J. Hickson, Darrell Arthur, and Timofey Mozqov recently and his fantasy numbers have seen a major decline as a result.
The forward saw his ownership in ESPN leagues drop from 97.5% last week to just 86.3% this week and it is a prime example of how impatient fantasy owners can grow in just a week. Head coach Brian Shaw is in the middle of tinkering with his lineup, though, so it isn’t too surprising that he has yet to find a spot for Faired to fit in. However, it doesn’t mean that he isn’t worth a roster spot in fantasy anymore.
Faried has always been able to fill the box score in limited action, but he simply hasn’t been able to get into a groove lately. It is only a matter of time until he comes around and fantasy fans must simply remain patient with the high-energy forward.
Faried is still worth a roster spot and shouldn’t be dropped in any format. If you have the Manimal on your roster, don’t lose faith in him just yet.