Michael Pellissier digs into Nickeil Alexander-Walker's game and gushes about what he's seen so far.
October 19, 2019, 6:22 pmJalen AdamsPG, New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans have waived Jalen Adams, Javon Bess and Kavell Bigby-Williams.
It's the time for coaches to decide who will and will not make the 15 man roster. Adams, Bess and KBW will look to latch onto a G-League affiliate.
Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter
October 18, 2019, 11:37 pmBrandon IngramSF, New Orleans Pelicans
Brandon Ingram started at power forward for the injured Zion Williamson and scored 16 points, along with six rebounds, three assists and two treys in Friday's 117-116 win vs. the Knicks.
Ingram slid to the power forward spot with J.J. Redick starting. He once again did not produce any defensive stats which is the downfall in his fantasy game along with efficiency. He will still provide value in scoring and rebounding in a fast-paced Pelicans offense.
October 18, 2019, 11:26 pmJahlil OkaforC, New Orleans Pelicans
Jahlil Okafor started at center and scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds vs. the Knicks on Friday.
Coach Alvin Gentry opted to rest Derrick Favors tonight and start Okafor. He responded by producing almost a double-double in 26 minutes. Favors is projected to log the majority of minutes at center which means Okafor is only a deep-league target.
October 18, 2019, 11:20 pmJJ RedickSG, New Orleans Pelicans
J.J. Redick started with Zion Williamson out injured and scored 14 points, along with two rebounds and three treys Vs. the Knicks on Friday.
Redick started at shooting guard and Brandon Ingram slid to the power forward spot with Wiliamson out with a knee injury. He was an efficient 5-of-7 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from three. Redick is an efficient 3-point specialist who can be drafted in the late rounds.
October 18, 2019, 5:03 pmJJ RedickSG, New Orleans Pelicans
Head coach Alvin Gentry has indicated that J.J. Redick will start on Friday in the Pelicans' preseason clash against the Knicks.
With Redick getting the start, Brandon Ingram will shift to the power forward slot in the lineup. The Pelicans will have to adjust the rotation with Zion Williamson to miss the start of the regular season. Whether he is coming off the bench or starting, Redick will be a reliable source of points and 3-pointers.
Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter
October 18, 2019, 11:43 amZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson has avoided a serious injury to his right knee but is expected to miss "a period of weeks" according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
This is a massive blow to basketball fans, as Zion has been the story around the league during preseason. While a full recovery is expected, this will likely scare some fantasy managers off the rookie's second-round draft price, and those of you who are betting on a speedy recovery may be able to snag Zion at a discount. He's looked unstoppable and wouldn't have a problem meeting that draft position, but he's carrying far more risk than he was 24 hours ago. As far as his replacements, this will open up more usage for everyone, and among the forward core we'll probably see more time for Brandon Ingram, Kenrich Williams and Nicolo Melli, with Ingram-at-PF minutes opening things up for the guards in smaller lineups.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
October 17, 2019, 6:30 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
According to ESPN, Zion Williamson's knee injury may be more serious than initial reporting suggested.
News came out earlier this afternoon that Zion would miss Friday's preseason finale vs. the Knicks. Typically, preseason injuries are more precautionary than regular season injuries as the games don't matter. Zion will undergo further evaluation. If you haven't drafted yet, make sure to monitor his status. Risk-averse fantasy players may be best suited to draft someone else as Zion might not be ready to start the season.
Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter
October 17, 2019, 5:12 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson (right knee soreness) will not play in Friday's preseason finale vs. the Knicks.
Zion has played his way into the early second-round of fantasy drafts this preseason. The Pelicans are likely being cautious with the future star of their franchise. Expect Zion to play on opening night but continue to monitor his status as he will undergo further evaluation.
Source: Jeff Zillgitt on Twitter
October 13, 2019, 7:17 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans' rookies continued their impressive preseasons in Sunday's road win over the Spurs, with Zion Williamson leading the way in a 22-point, 10-rebound effort.
Williamson went 8-for-11 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line while adding two steals in 31 minutes. He's done a lot to justify the massive hype around him and he's likely going to cost you a second or third-round pick in most fantasy leagues. Fellow rookie Nickeil Alexander-Walker had another strong game with 13 points, five rebounds, seven assists, a steal, a block and two triples, but we'd take that with a grain of salt since J.J. Redick was resting. NAW is more of a dart throw in deep leagues and a fun dynasty target this season. Nicolo Melli, in line for stretch four work, chipped in 14 points, nine rebounds, a steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers off the bench. The Pelicans should be tons of fun this season.
October 13, 2019, 2:39 pmJJ RedickSG, New Orleans Pelicans
J.J. Redick (rest) will sit out Sunday's preseason matchup with the Spurs.
The Pels know what Redick provides and will use this as an opportunity to get a better look at players further down the roster. Nickeil Alexander-Walker figures to be popular in DFS today, but someone like E'Twaun Moore may also see more time.
Source: Raul Dominguez on Twitter
October 11, 2019, 11:43 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson scored 26 points and added five rebounds, one assist and one three in Friday's win over the Jazz.
A game after missing only one shot, Williamson went 9-for-12 from the field and even added a three-point make. Expectations are rightfully high for the rookie and he seems to be more than capable of the expectations.
October 11, 2019, 11:40 pmBrandon IngramSF, New Orleans Pelicans
Brandon Ingram scored 18 points (7-for-15 shooting) to go along with six rebounds, three assists and one steal in Friday's win over the Jazz.
Ingram has yet to produce at the level his draft stock would suggest he should but there is hope he can find his groove in the fast-paced Pelicans system. Playing next to Zion Williamson could provide enough opportunities for him to attack the defense.
October 11, 2019, 11:32 pmNickeil Alexander-WalkerSG, New Orleans Pelicans
Nickeil Alexander-Walker continued the impressive start to his young career on Friday night as he keyed a one-point victory over the Jazz with 22 points, four assists, four threes and two rebounds.
At first glance, it is difficult to envision a consistent role for Alexander-Walker on this suddenly deep Pelicans roster. Considering the way the rookie has played, though, it may be tough for head coach Alvin Gentry to keep him out of the rotation.
October 11, 2019, 6:38 pmJosh HartSG, New Orleans Pelicans
Josh Hart will start in place of Jrue Holiday (quad) on Friday night.
Hart is one of several Pelicans guards competing for minutes in a crowded rotation this season, so deep-league managers can take this as a sign that he might be the fill-in of choice if injuries strike in the regular season. Hart's versatility gives him a chance at value in the 14-16-team range if the minutes are there.
Source: New Orleans Pelicans on Twitter