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…
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.
February 25, 2019, 11:25 pmJrue Holiday - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday did a bit of everything in Monday's 110-111 loss to the Sixers as he tallied 22 points on 7-of-16 shooting with five rebounds, seven assists, two 3s, three steals and a block in 34 minutes.
It was good to see Jrue log those 34 minutes, considering he's been at risk of those being throttled down. It did help that the Pelicans were in serious striking distance of winning this one. He's going to see less time in less close games. Julius Randle also played well with a 19-point, 14-rebound double-double, accompanied by three steals and two blocks.
February 24, 2019, 1:45 amJrue Holiday - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday scored 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting (including five threes) with three rebounds, seven assists and three steals over 33 minutes in Saturday's win over the Lakers.
Holiday has been performing as a late first round asset over the last two weeks and he's at ADP for the season. Sure, the Pelicans want to cut down on his minutes, but this year should end up being a success for him in fantasy leagues. Julius Randle added 24 points, three rebounds, five assists, two threes and one steal over 38 minutes in the win.
February 22, 2019, 5:47 pmElfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Elfrid Payton (sprained right ankle) will play on Friday vs. the Pacers but Darius Miller (sprained right ankle) will not.
Payton might be able to improve on his season averages with news that Jrue Holiday’s minutes would be reduced and has some appeal as a low-end point guard. Kenrich Williams will have additional 3-point shots coming his way as well.
Source: Will Guillory on Twitter
February 21, 2019, 7:48 pmJrue Holiday - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Danny Ferry said that Jrue Holiday's playing time will be coming down over the rest of the season.
Holiday is currently playing a career-high 36.4 mpg this season but the Pelicans don't have any need to push him given their placement in the standings and the looming cloud that is the Anthony Davis situation. As long as he avoids a total shutdown, which seems to be the case, Holiday should be able to hold at least middle-round value even if his minutes dip into the mid-twenties. It's not the best news in the world, but there's no need for Holiday's fantasy owners to panic.
Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter
February 14, 2019, 10:29 pmJrue Holiday - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday led the Pelicans in their 131-122 win over the Thunder on Thursday with 32 points on 12-of-27 shooting with five rebounds, seven assists, two steals, three blocks and three 3-pointers.
Holiday crushed the box score tonight and he's going to continue to do so as long as he's on the court. He's the best player on a Pelicans team that might shelve Anthony Davis (shoulder) so an early-round value with some top-15 upside is well within reason.