Aaron Bruski joins Dan Besbris to hit on the biggest storylines of week 21, including fantasy value emerging in Miami, Jrue Holiday's injury, LeBron's gradual shutdown, and more! Plus, the guys take questions from the…
April 23, 2019, 9:41 amJrue Holiday - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Sean Deveney of the Sporting News is reporting that the Suns are considered the favorite to go after Jrue Holiday, should he become available by the Pelicans.
The Magic and the Bulls could also have interest but everything will depend on what new Pelicans vice president of basketball operations David Griffin decides to do in the next few weeks. If Griffin is intent on keeping Holiday, it is a signal that he will look to bring a quick turnaround for the Pelicans rather than enter a long, slogging rebuild. And if he entertains offers for him, it is certain that plenty of teams will try and trade for the 28-year-old guard, especially after a sensational year where he finished in the top-25 in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues.
Source: Sporting News
April 10, 2019, 12:20 amJrue Holiday - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday (core muscle injury) finished inside the top-20 in 8-cat leagues (just outside it in 9-cat) for the second consecutive season on a per-game basis.
The 28-year-old Holiday played 67 games before having surgery and had very similar stats to his previous season. None of his counting stats decreased (including turnovers, unfortunately), though each of his percentages dropped slightly. He finished in the top-10 in assists with 7.7 assists per game. Even with the missed games, he finished inside the top-25 in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues with his season totals. Holiday’s future is a little murky with Anthony Davis almost definitely leaving the Pelicans. It also wouldn’t be surprising to see Holiday moved as part of a rebuilding plan. If he stays, there’s a good chance that his counting stats could take a significant jump with another decrease in efficiency.
March 26, 2019, 1:37 pmJrue Holiday - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday (lower abdominal strain) underwent successful core surgery on Tuesday and will miss the rest of the season.
Holiday was looking unlikely to suit up again this season before the surgery, so this doesn't change his value much. If you were holding out hope that Holiday would return, it is officially time to let go.
Source: Pelicans on Titter
March 19, 2019, 6:01 pmJrue Holiday - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday (lower abdominal strain) and E'Twaun Moore (left quad contusion) have been ruled out of Wednesday's game.
Both players remain out indefinitely and it's looking increasingly likely that they'll just be shut down for the year. Holiday's the only one here worth holding just in case, but he might need to be cut if you're struggling in a playoff matchup.
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 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 14, 2019, 2:57 pmJrue Holiday - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday (lower abdominal strain) is a potential shutdown candidate for the Pelicans after Alvin Gentry said the team will be "overly cautious," with injury recoveries.
Elfrid Payton and Frank Jackson will continue to start in Holiday's absence while Ian Clark sees around 20 minutes a night. Holiday is a stud, but if you're sitting on him and your team is fighting to stay alive for the next round of the fantasy playoffs, it's time to consider cutting bait as the potential for a shutdown is high.
Source: Will Guillory on Twitter
March 7, 2019, 5:24 pmJrue Holiday - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday had an MRI this morning that revealed a lower abdominal strain. He will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days.
This is bad news for Holiday's owners approaching their fantasy playoffs. The Pelicans are out of the playoff picture and have no incentive to rush him back unless he is completely healthy. Holiday has been a top-20 asset in both 9-cat and 8-cat leagues this year, and his 21.2 points, 7.7 assists, 5 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 0.8 blocks per game will be sorely missed from his fantasy squads. With E'Twaun Moore (quad contusion) ruled out for Friday, Darius Miller will likely slot into the starting lineup and deserves a look in deep leagues. Frank Jackson will also see a bump in minutes while Elfrid Payton will likely see an uptick in usage for the foreseeable future.
Source: New Orleans Pelicans on Twitter
March 6, 2019, 11:19 pmJrue Holiday - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday underwhelmed in Wednesday's 104-114 loss to the Jazz as he was limited to scoring 16 points on 8-of-17 shooting with three rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Holiday missed all four shot attempts from downtown which is unfortunate considering he's been hitting 2.4 threes over his last five games. The last time he failed to score over 20 points was on February 27 vs. the Lakers. He's locked into top-20 value and should bounce back soon enough. Nothing to worry about here.
March 4, 2019, 11:27 pmJrue Holiday - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday dropped 30 points in Monday's win over the Jazz while adding two rebounds, four assists, a steal and four 3-pointers.
Holiday was big time on both ends of the floor yet again and as long as he plays he's going to put up early-round value. He went 12-for-23 from the field and knocked down both of his free throws tonight. The only worry is the Pelicans limiting his minutes down the stretch to keep him healthy for next season but as it stands, all systems are go.
March 3, 2019, 1:33 amJrue Holiday - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday scored 29 points while compiling three rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and four 3-pointers in Saturday's win over the Nuggets.
Most importantly, Holiday played 35 minutes. There was talk that he would be limited to around 25 a night with the Pelicans folding up shop this season, but so far that's only been a loose rule rather than a hard cap. Holiday's probably going to slide a little bit down the stretch as New Orleans shuffles its priorities but he's not going to fall off the map or anything.
February 28, 2019, 1:43 amJrue Holiday - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday put up 19 points with seven rebounds and 10 assists in a loss to the Lakers on Wednesday.
He shot 8-of-19 from the field and had a team-high plus/minus of plus-13. Anthony Davis had 22 points and eight rebounds on 10-of-14 shooting in his 21 minutes of action. Fantasy owners can't be thrilled that Davis is being forced to sit out, but he will still provide middle-round value in his minutes at the very least.