January 17, 2019, 1:21 amAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis went for 30 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists, a steal, three blocks and a 3-pointer on Wednesday night but the Pelicans fell to the Warriors.
New Orleans was up by as many as 17 in the second half before Stephen Curry decided that playtime was over. AD was a bit off with an 11-of-26 mark from the field but obviously the counting stats were there. He'll remain fantasy's top player whenever he takes the floor, despite a miraculous charge from James Harden lately.
January 17, 2019, 1:18 amNikola Mirotic - F - New Orleans Pelicans
Nikola Mirotic looked like his old self in Wednesday's loss to the Warriors, popping off for 29 points on 9-of-14 from the field to go with five rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block and six 3-pointers in 29 minutes of action.
Mirotic probably had fantasy owners sweating after a 17-minute dud on Monday but everyone should be back on board tonight. The buy-low window is probably closed after this excellent performance so hopefully you were able to get him before this outburst. Mirotic will have a shot at early-round numbers from here on out.
January 17, 2019, 1:15 amElfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Elfrid Payton finished Wednesday's loss with seven points, five rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, a 3-pointer and a 3-for-10 shooting line.
Payton also missed his only free throw and committed four turnovers, but this type of multi-cat line should drive him into the top-100 by season's end. You might be able to buy low in hopes that his minutes edge up above 30 going forward but he's not too far off the mark as is.
January 17, 2019, 1:13 amJulius Randle - F - New Orleans Pelicans
Julius Randle had issues with foul trouble on Wednesday, which limited him to 23 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three triples in 22 minutes.
Randle did well whenever he was on the court, hitting 6-of-8 from the field and 8-of-8 from the line, but availability was the big issue tonight. Niko Mirotic was also excellent tonight, which likely played a part. The line itself was fine but if you were wondering about the minutes, there you go.
January 15, 2019, 1:04 amAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis delivered another massive line on Monday with 46 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, three steals, a block and two 3-pointers.
He shot 16-for-34 from the field and 12-for-12 at the line which puts an exclamation point on his night. Davis has been a monster all season and tonight was no different. He just walks into huge lines and the only other player putting up monstrous fantasy numbers each game would be James Harden. The Brow is the No. 1 player in fantasy hoops and with the Pelicans finally fielding a healthy roster you can expect them to make a strong push for the playoffs which means more fantasy goodness from Davis.
January 15, 2019, 1:03 amNikola Mirotic - F - New Orleans Pelicans
Nikola Mirotic scored zero points on 0-for-3 shooting with two rebounds and an assist on Monday.
So much for that no minutes restriction. Mirotic was off tonight and Julius Randle was on, but there's no need to panic as he should bounce back soon. It didn't help that he had four fouls in 17 minutes of action, but Mirotic was carrying early-round value before going down with an injury and we urge you to exercise patience with him as he gets his game back on track. Now is the time to send some aggressive buy-low offers.
January 15, 2019, 1:01 amJrue Holiday - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday scored 19 points on 8-of-24 shooting with two 3-pointers, five rebounds, eight assists, three steals and two blocks against the Clippers on Monday.
Holiday is cooking this season with top-20 value in 9-cat leagues and the return of Elfrid Payton (11 points, six rebounds, three assists and a triple) is a welcome sight. He struggled a bit with his shot tonight, but he fills it up across the board and his sneaky averages of 0.8 blocks coupled with 1.7 steals give him a high fantasy floor to work with. Speaking of blocks, Darius Miller also chipped in four blocks to go with six points, two triples, three boards and an assist.
January 15, 2019, 1:00 amJulius Randle - F - New Orleans Pelicans
Julius Randle scored 27 points on 10-of-19 shooting with six rebounds, five assists and a steal on Monday.
Randle's move to the starting lineup looks like it's going to stick as he can do a myriad of things with or without the ball. There's a lot of movement between him and Anthony Davis and it helps to have another player that can put the ball on the floor and create for AD.
January 14, 2019, 2:06 pmNikola Mirotic - F - New Orleans Pelicans
Nikola Mirotic doesn't believe he'll have a minutes restriction going forward.
Mirotic returned from a right ankle injury that costed him 12 games on Jan. 9 and played 21 minutes. His next game out he was out there for 27 and his minutes are most likely just going to keep ramping up. He's a top-30 player on the season and an extremely valuable piece to both the Pelicans and his fantasy owners so not having a minutes restriction is nothing but good news, now let's just hope the Pelicans' training staff agrees.
Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter
January 12, 2019, 10:55 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis finished Saturday's loss with 30 points, 14 rebounds, a block and two 3-pointers, returning from a mid-game trip to the locker room to play 36 minutes.
Davis' line was a bit more hollow than usual but the big news is that he's healthy. It was a weird one as he handed his shoe to a team staffer and went to the back. As long as he stays on the court, we're not going to complain.
January 12, 2019, 10:52 pmJrue Holiday - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday put up 25 points, six rebounds, seven assists and two blocks while shooting 12-for-22 on Saturday night.
Holiday continues to roll this year and we'd normally see him add a 3-pointer or two to the mix as well. Julius Randle also did his thing with a productive 22-point, 11-rebound double-double in which he shot 8-of-10 from the line. The Pelicans are a pretty fun fantasy team — a limited number of targets who are highly dependable.
January 12, 2019, 10:50 pmElfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Elfrid Payton played 27 minutes on Saturday night and put up 10 points, three rebounds, six assists, three steals, two 3-pointers and a block.
Payton hit half of his six shots and made both free throws to cap off a strong night. This is the type of quiet, all-around line that Payton can deliver on a nightly basis, and it's why he's a must-own player in all leagues. His season was derailed a bit by injuries but Payton is back on a top-100 trajectory.
January 12, 2019, 10:45 pmE'Twaun Moore - G - New Orleans Pelicans
E'Twaun Moore (left quad contusion) returned from a two-game absence on Saturday and logged 31 minutes but only mustered two points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Moore certainly wasn't limited tonight and we'd expect him to produce more in the box score as long as he's playing this much going forward. He's good to scoop back up in deeper formats and has a shot at top-150 value the rest of the way, though he's dropped off in a major way after starting the season with middle-round value.
January 12, 2019, 10:43 pmNikola Mirotic - F - New Orleans Pelicans
Nikola Mirotic logged 27 minutes on Saturday, posting nine points, six rebounds, three blocks and a 3-pointer in a loss to the Wolves.
Mirotic went 3-of-8 from the field but did exceed his reported minutes restriction by two tonight. It's only a matter of time before he delivers a huge game.
January 12, 2019, 7:00 pmNikola Mirotic - F - New Orleans Pelicans
Nikola Mirotic will have a 25-minute restriction on Saturday.
Mirotic was limited to 20 minutes on Wednesday and it's good to see him get the incremental bump so quickly. He should be in all lineups as a middle-round asset with an early-round ceiling.
Source: Dane Moore on Twitter