March 17, 2019, 5:58 pmE'Twaun Moore - G - New Orleans Pelicans
E'Twaun Moore (left quad contusion) will not play on Monday.
Moore was set to be re-evaluated right around today, so hopefully the Pelicans have some kind of update. Either way, Moore is not likely to make much impact in fantasy circles for the rest of the way.
Source: NBA Injury Report
March 17, 2019, 5:55 pmJrue Holiday - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday (lower abdominal strain) has been ruled out of Monday's game against the Mavs.
Holiday was set to be re-evaluated in 7-10 days as of March 7, so we should be hearing something from the Pelicans in the near future. Regardless, the general vibe is that Holiday is headed for a shutdown, so fantasy owners might have a decision to make unless the Pelicans say something definitive. Elfrid Payton and Frank Jackson will continue to start in the backcourt.
Source: NBA Injury Report
March 16, 2019, 10:41 pmElfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Elfrid Payton collected his fourth consecutive triple-double with 16 points, 13 rebounds, 16 assists, a steal and two 3-pointers in Saturday's 136-138 loss to the Suns.
The dimes tied a career-high tonight and fantasy owners can only hope that Payton's monstrous run continues into next week. There's nobody coming for his minutes (team-high 37 tonight), and while Payton won't be able to triple-double forever he's looking like a lock for middle-round numbers for the rest of the year.
March 16, 2019, 10:37 pmJulius Randle - F - New Orleans Pelicans
Julius Randle followed up Friday's career performance with 21 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and a steal on Saturday against the Suns.
Randle predictably slowed down with Anthony Davis back in the lineup, but you're not going to find many players upset with this output. Davis logged 22 minutes and had 15 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and a block.
March 16, 2019, 10:35 pmCheick Diallo - F - New Orleans Pelicans
Cheick Diallo tallied 10 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and a block in 25 minutes against the Suns on Saturday.
Diallo continues to pump out steady numbers, and if you need the usual big man numbers then he's fine to pick up. It'd take an Anthony Davis shutdown to make Diallo a must-add player but there's already solid utility in certain builds.
March 16, 2019, 10:29 pmDarius Miller - F - New Orleans Pelicans
Darius Miller put up 16 points, two rebounds, four assists, a steal, a block and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes on Saturday night.
Miller's been a solid 3-point specialist for deeper leagues but tonight he went the extra mile. He's New Orleans' sixth man and has a relatively solid floor considering his steady playing time. Don't expect another game like this though.
March 16, 2019, 10:27 pmJahlil Okafor - C - New Orleans Pelicans
Jahlil Okafor moved back to the bench on Saturday but was still able to post 15 points, three rebounds and a block.
The block salvages this somewhat, as while Okafor went 5-of-7 from the field he also went 5-of-9 from the line. Add it all up and Jah is a situational play for fantasy owners who need scoring, decent efficiency from the field and the occasional block. Cheick Diallo's a better bet on most fronts given his sturdier role.
March 16, 2019, 2:02 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis is not on the injury report after sitting out Friday's game due to rest.
Expect Davis to get his usual 21 minutes with an early-middle round line. Jahlil Okafor will probably fall out of the rotation with Cheick Diallo serving as the primary big off the bench.
Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter
March 15, 2019, 11:20 pmJulius Randle - F - New Orleans Pelicans
Julius Randle had a career-night in Friday’s 122-110 loss to the visiting Blazers, scoring 45 points on a ridiculous 20-0f-34 from the field, adding two 3s, 11 rebounds, six assists, three blocks, two steals and seven turnovers in 42 minutes.
The seven turnovers and his 3-for-11 from the line take some of the shine off that line, but not much. Randle has averaged over 30 points a game over his last three with massive usage as Anthony Davis (rest) and Jrue Holiday (abdominal strain) continue to miss games. Hopefully, he can keep it up for owners battling in H2H playoffs.
March 15, 2019, 11:15 pmElfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Elfrid Payton had his third consecutive triple-double in Friday’s loss to the Blazers, racking up 14 points (one 3), 16 dimes, 12 boards, a steal and one turnover.
Payton has been doing his best Jason Kidd imitation since Jrue Holiday (abdominal strain) left the starting lineup. He’s been a top-20 play in 9-cat over his last three games and top-75 over his last seven. His owners can only hope that Holiday doesn’t return to rain on his parade.
March 15, 2019, 11:11 pmFrank Jackson - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Frank Jackson scored 16 points (no 3s) in a loss to the Blazers on Friday and added three rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Jackson has been averaging 15.1 points and 1.3 threes per game over his last seven but his lack of peripheral stats makes him nothing more than a deep-league stream or plug-and-play for points. He has three games for the next two weeks.
March 15, 2019, 11:06 pmJahlil Okafor - C - New Orleans Pelicans
Jahlil Okafor played 10 minutes in a spot-start for Anthony Davis (rest) on Friday, adding four rebounds and nothing else in a loss to the Blazers.
Okafor got into some early foul trouble and only played 12 minutes but his 10 points was still the most he's scored in six games. Cheick Diallo added four rebounds, three rebounds and three blocks in 15 minutes off the bench and both guys are risky plays without a consistent role and with only three games each of the next two weeks.
March 15, 2019, 6:29 pmJahlil Okafor - C - New Orleans Pelicans
Jahlil Okafor will get the start for Anthony Davis (rest) on Friday vs. the Blazers.
Okafor had a stretch of top-25 play for a few weeks but that seems to have disappeared since spraining his ankle, even when he gets a spot-start for Davis. Cheick Diallo has had the better returns of late though he hasn’t exactly been setting the league on fire either.
Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter
March 15, 2019, 5:27 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis (rest) will not play on Friday vs. the Blazers.
Davis’ absence means Jahlil Okafor and Cheick Diallo will both get opportunities to produce though Diallo has been the better of the two lately.
Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter
March 14, 2019, 3:06 pmE'Twaun Moore - G - New Orleans Pelicans
E'Twaun Moore (quad contusion) is a potential shutdown candidate for the Pelicans after Alvin Gentry said the team will be "overly cautious," with injury recoveries.
Moore's absence, paired with the injury to Jrue Holiday and uncertain day-to-day availability of Anthony Davis, will continue to have a trickle-down effect on the Pelicans' rotations. Continue to monitor the situation as there are a lot of streaming plays throughout the Pelicans fluid lineup.
Source: Willy Guillory on Twitter