January 26, 2018, 11:48 pm
DeMarcus Cousins suffered a torn left Achilles on Friday and will miss the rest of the season according ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Boogie owners are just crushed after learning their No. 11 ranked player on the year will miss the rest of the season. With Cousins out, the Pelicans will be hard-pressed to find any kind of production. Of course, Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday will have a massive usage upgrade for the remainder of the season (or until the Pelicans fall out of the playoffs which is more likely now).
Rajon Rondo’s minutes have been trending down lately since Cousins initiated so much of the offense, and he may have been dropped in some leagues, but he’ll pick up the slack with Jrue Holiday now being more of a scorer. Rondo is a must-own player in 8-cat formats and in 12-team, 9-cat formats he’s worth a hard look.
E’Twaun Moore is another must-own player, though he already was in most competitive leagues. Of the players more widely available, Darius Miller is worth a look as he was flirting with top-100 value over the last week anyway with 12.5 points and 3.3 threes per game. He seems to be the most obvious candidate to pick up scoring slack, especially in deeper formats.
Unfortunately, although Cousins is a big man, New Orleans doesn’t have very appealing options to fill in for him in the frontcourt. There’s Dante Cunningham, who has filled in with a few spot-starts for the Brow, but hasn’t impressed. There’s also Cheick Diallo, who is younger with more upside, but he’s been equally unimpressive when given more time, though he does have per-36 minute averages of 15.0 points and 10.0 rebounds. Now that there’s literally nobody else to man the middle (unless the stationary Omer Asik makes it into the rotation), they’re not automatic pickups, but they should be watched to see if their roles and production solidify.