April 9, 2019, 10:35 pmElfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Elfrid Payton wrapped up his season with three points, six rebounds, seven assists and a block in 25 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Warriors.
Payton replaced his statistical doppelganger in Rajon Rondo this season in New Orleans. Injuries limited him to 41 games, and he was up and down with the Pelicans odd second half. Most memorable was his streak of five straight triple-doubles. That served as a reminder of his ceiling and helped him get into the top-90 in 8-cat leagues (top-125 in 9-cat) on a per-game basis. It's hard to know what to expect from him next year since he's a free agent and has lost his starting job more than once. If he remains in New Orleans for a rebuild, he might have a shot at improving his stats. Otherwise, he's likely just a good backup point guard with poor 3-point shooting and good rebounding for his position.
April 8, 2019, 12:36 amElfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Elfrid Payton stuffed the stat sheet on Sunday night, going for 26 points, six rebounds, 14 assists, a steal, three blocks and two 3-pointers.
Payton played 39 minutes and while he committed six turnovers, the fact that he shot 10-of-19 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line overshadows the miscues. New Orleans has absolutely no backcourt depth left so Payton's locked into huge minutes the rest of the way. All the missed time will make his season a disappointing one overall, but he's certainly tried his best to make up for lost time with a huge final month.
April 6, 2019, 1:31 amElfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Elfrid Payton delivered 14 points, 12 assists, five rebounds, two steals and two threes in a Friday night loss to the Suns.
Being healthy in New Orleans is all it takes to get strong minutes these days and Payton's all-around statistical profile makes him a solid option for fantasy owners as the year winds down.
March 28, 2019, 11:11 pmElfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Elfrid Payton (bruised right wrist) was good for 16 points, four rebounds, nine assists and a block on Thursday night.
Payton has been on the injury report prior to both games this week but has come through with a pair of solid performances, so keep him locked into all lineups. There aren't enough guards left on the roster for Payton to be treated as a shutdown candidate unless his injury worsens.
March 28, 2019, 6:37 pmElfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Elfrid Payton (bruised right wrist) has been upgraded to available ahead of Thursday's matchup vs. the Kings.
With the Pelicans roster depleted of proven talent, Payton will have more opportunity to provide excellent fantasy value against a Kings team that likes to play at a fast pace. If you have Payton in your lineups, fire him up.
Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter
March 27, 2019, 5:09 pmElfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Elfrid Payton (bruised right wrist) is probable for Thursday's matchup with the Kings.
Payton was able to play through the injury last night and had a nice game with 11 points, six rebounds, nine assists and three cash counters. With Frank Jackson out with a concussion, the Pelicans would be extremely shorthanded in the backcourt if Payton's wrist prevented him from playing. He should be safe to plug into lineups tomorrow but you'll want to check back for confirmation that he's active just to be safe.
Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter
March 26, 2019, 11:29 pmElfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Elfrid Payton rebounded from two quiet games and played through a bruised right wrist on Tuesday, totaling 11 points, six rebounds, nine assists, two steals and a triple.
Payton had gone for 11 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists in his last two games combined so this outing should calm some worries after he hit a major skid following his triple-double run. As long as the wrist doesn't keep bugging him he's good to lock into lineups the rest of the way.
March 26, 2019, 7:58 pmElfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Elfrid Payton (bruised right wrist) is in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Hawks.
Payton was upgraded to probable earlier today after hitting the injury report on Monday, so he's good to go despite some early-week worries.
Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter
March 26, 2019, 1:49 pmElfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Elfrid Payton (bruised right wrist) was upgraded to probable for Tuesday's game against the Hawks.
Feel free to get Payton back in your lineup. Payton has been a top-70 guy in 9-cat leagues over his last six games and has a nice matchup for opposing PG's against the Hawks on tap for tonight.
Source: NBA Injury Report
March 25, 2019, 3:55 pmElfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Elfrid Payton (bruised right wrist) is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Hawks.
Payton is a top-65 guy over the past two weeks and is basically good for assists and steals every now and then. This wrist injury has come out of nowhere and hopefully it's not too serious. Stay tuned for updates regarding his status for Tuesday's game.
Source: Will Guillory on Twitter
March 24, 2019, 9:35 pmElfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Elfrid Payton might be hitting a cold spell after his five-game triple-double streak as he had just four points, four rebounds, eight assists and five turnovers in a loss to the Rockets on Sunday.
He shot just 2-of-8 from the field and added one steal in 31 minutes of action. Payton is a late-round value and can be labeled as an assists and steals specialist. Julius Randle also had a rough game as he had 15 points and three rebounds on 6-of-13 shooting.
March 20, 2019, 9:34 pmElfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Elfrid Payton logged just 24 minutes on Wednesday as the Magic steamrolled the Anthony Davis-less Pelicans 119-96 and was unable to keep his triple-double streak (five games) alive with just seven points, three rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer.
The blowout loss was a big contributing factor here. With the game out of reach as early as the third quarter, there was simply no reason to keep Payton out there just to pad his stats. Fellow starter Julius Randle was slowed by foul trouble early and was limited to six points on 1-of-9 shooting with three rebounds, two assists and six turnovers.
March 18, 2019, 11:24 pmElfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Elfrid Payton recorded his fifth straight triple-double in Monday's overtime win vs. the Mavs, tallying 19 points on 5-of-12 shooting with 10 rebounds, 11 dimes, two 3s and one steal.
Payton's excellent rebounding has been a pleasant surprise this late in the season. He's been thriving since Jrue Holiday was sidelined by a lower abdominal strain. Payton is a strong play moving forward, with Holiday being a shutdown risk. Frank Jackson was also productive with 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting, two rebounds, four assists and two triples to his name.
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 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.