Fantasy basketball: Aaron Gordon among overlooked options on injury-riddled Nuggets

Aaron Gordon is playing a bigger role on the short-handed Nuggets. Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Michael Porter Jr. hasn't played since November 6 due to a back injury, and on Monday it was announced that he would have back surgery and may miss the rest of the season.

This is a heartbreaking scenario for Porter, who has missed significant time with back injuries going back to his school days, but fortunately he's expected to make a full recovery.

Now, the Nuggets are facing the majority of the season without the player tabbed to be their second big scorer behind Nikola Jokic, and they're already without Jamal Murray for another several months as he recovers from ACL surgery. In their extended absence, who are the Nuggets most likely to step in and produce? Let's dig into it.