November 19, 2018, 12:58 pmElfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Elfrid Payton (fractured left fifth finger) will undergo surgery and is expected to miss six weeks.
Payton can not catch a break this season as he suffered the injury in his first game back from a sprained ankle. There do not seem to be big beneficiaries from the injury due to how his absence went previously. Wesley Johnson is worth a look in the very deepest of leagues as he should be the starting small forward.
Source: New Orleans Pelicans on Twitter
November 17, 2018, 9:38 pmJulius Randle - F - New Orleans Pelicans
Julius Randle played well in Saturday's 115-125 win over the Nuggets and delivered 21 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and one blocked shot.
The defensive counters were a nice surprise coming from Randle and this was an overall solid bounce-back performance after he left owners hanging on Wednesday with a three-point, three-rebound outing. All is forgiven and Randle should hold steady moving forward, after shaking off that bad game.
November 17, 2018, 9:34 pmJrue Holiday - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday had a sweet two-way performance on Saturday as he registered 19 points, three rebounds, eight dimes, two 3-pointers, three steals and one blocked shot.
Holiday is proving that he's an elite point guard, able to do literally everything for his team as he regularly fills up the box score with juicy stats. With Elfrid Payton (fractured finger) out without a timetable, Holiday owners can expect more nights like this one moving forward as he mans the point guard duties for now.
November 17, 2018, 9:30 pmNikola Mirotic - F - New Orleans Pelicans
Nikola Mirotic looked energized on Saturday as he posted a solid line with 20 points, 10 boards, two dimes, three triples and three blocks.
Mirotic did his damage with efficiency as he went 6-for-12 from the field and 5-fo-5 from the line. He's been posting top-30 value on the season and is showing no signs of slowing down. Enjoy the ride.
November 17, 2018, 9:26 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis recorded his second straight 40-plus point scoring game against the Nuggets on Saturday with the big man dropping 40 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and one blocked shot.
The Brow gave us a bit of a scare in this game as he headed to the locker room favoring his left arm. He returned to continue where he left off and proceeded to punish the Nuggets from the line as they had to resort to fouling him in a valiant yet futile attempt to slow him down. Davis ended up going 20-for-21 from the line, rendering their tactics moot. He's rolling and just needs to stay healthy in order retain his crown as fantasy's top stud.
November 17, 2018, 8:25 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis started the second half on Saturday after leaving for the locker room late in the second quarter.
Davis put a sleeve on his left arm but is good to go for now. He's the master of the mid-game locker room trip and we'll see if the Pelicans have any information for us after the game.
Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter
November 17, 2018, 8:16 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis headed to the locker room early on Saturday and put a sleeve on his left arm, clearly favoring it.
Hopefully, it's just sore and nothing serious. AD was able to power through minor injuries in 2017-18 and with any luck, won't miss time with this injury.
Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter
November 17, 2018, 5:24 pmElfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Elfrid Payton will undergo surgery on his broken left pinky.
The Pelicans will determine Payton's timetable at a later date. Alvin Gentry said that Payton was day-to-day earlier this morning, but that was always dubious at best. Wesley Johnson should be starting at small forward for the foreseeable future while Jrue Holiday takes over the point guard work. Ian Clark and Tim Frazier also figure to see more minutes. Johnson is the add if you have to make one, but his impact is going to be negligible outside of 20-team formats. The big "winners" from this are New Orleans' mainstays, who will absorb more usage with Payton out.
Source: Will Guillory on Twitter
November 17, 2018, 1:19 pmElfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Elfrid Payton (fractured finger) will not play on Saturday.
Alvin Gentry raised some eyebrows when he said earlier that Payton is day-to-day, but even if that's true he was a longshot to suit up today. Wesley Johnson should go back into the starting lineup but there aren't really any moves to make here for fantasy purposes.
Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter
November 17, 2018, 12:47 pmElfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Elfrid Payton is apparently day-to-day after fracturing his left pinky on Friday night, per Alvin Gentry.
It was Payton's first game back from a sprained ankle and he just can't catch a break after a strong start to the season. The Pelicans should provide a more official timetable sometime in the near future and it'd be surprising if he was truly day-to-day. Payton's fantasy owners should sit tight for now. Wesley Johnson will probably jump back in the starting five while Ian Clark and Tim Frazier will see more minutes.
Source: Scott Kushner on Twitter
November 16, 2018, 10:41 pmNikola Mirotic - F - New Orleans Pelicans
Nikola Mirotic played through a tweaked ankle in Friday's 124-129 win over the Knicks and registered 12 points, 10 rebounds, two 3-pointers, one assist and one blocked shot.
We'll attribute his sub-par performance to that sore ankle for now. Hopefully, Mirotic is not bothered by it for too long. Julius Randle stepped up off the bench with 19 points, 11 boards, two assists and one steal in 30 minutes.
November 16, 2018, 10:38 pmJrue Holiday - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday excelled for the Pelicans on Friday as he posted 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting with 10 assists, four rebounds, three triples, one steal and one blocked shot.
We should expect more of Holiday at the point for the Pelicans in the near future. Elfrid Payton, who can't seem to catch a break, fractured his finger after just eight minutes of action. Keep rolling with Holiday's top-25 production for the time being.
November 16, 2018, 10:34 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis schooled the Knicks' frontcourt on Friday and blew up for 43 points, 17 rebounds, five assists, one triple, one steal and one blocked shot.
He shot an efficient 16-of-25 from the field but his superlative line was tainted by his 10-of-15 shooting from the line as the Knicks resorted to fouling the Brow to slow him down. He's still making over 80 percent of his shots from the charity stripe over his last five games, so there's no concern here.
November 16, 2018, 9:04 pmElfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Elfrid Payton fractured the small finger on his left hand during Friday’s game and will not return.
That was fast. In his first game back from an ankle injury, Payton gets hit again with an ailment. We’re not yet sure of the long term prognosis, but Jrue Holiday and E’Twaun Moore will continue to start and get heavy usage. Wesley Johnson might rejoin the starting lineup but was at zero percent ownership and for good reason.
Source: Jennifer Hale on Twitter
November 16, 2018, 8:54 pmElfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Elfrid Payton went to the locker room during the second quarter of Friday's game.
We're not sure if it's his bum ankle or his hand which he was clutching earlier. We'll have an update soon.
Source: Preston Ellis on Twitter