Michael Porter Jr. is a risk/reward option when it comes to fantasy hoops, but he's been all reward lately as he's back to his old production after returning from multiple back surgeries.
- Few players carried more injury risk into the season than Michael porter Jr. After three spinal surgeries before his 24th birthday, it was fair to question how he'd look this season. Even if his back remained healthy, would the Nuggets throttle his playing time and rest him at every opportunity? So far, fantasy managers have to be thrilled.
MPJ has looked like his old self on offense, scoring with fluidity at 18.8 points on 50% shooting, including a remarkable 54% [INAUDIBLE]. He's also grabbing 7.2 rebounds per game with 0.6 steals and 0.4 blocks. Not great supporting stats but he's done enough to earn Coach Mike Malone's praise for his defensive effort.
The best part is simply that he's healthy. There are no indications that his back is bothering him. And the Nuggets don't seem inclined to bubble wrap him, playing him 29.2 minutes per game.
In a pleasant surprise for fantasy GMs, they even left Porter play both sides of a back-to-back set in late October. He has subsequently rested one game for injury management, but that's a small price to pay for reliable top-40 value when he's on the court. After all, precautionary rest days are increasingly common across the NBA these days, not just for guys with thrice surgically repaired lumbar disk.
Despite being consistently taken in the fifth and sixth rounds of fantasy, MPJ is already providing elite offensive numbers and league-winning efficiency. So far, the rewards are vastly outweighing the risks.