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February 14, 2019, 10:21 pmNerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel scored 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting with 13 rebounds, an assist and two steals on Thursday.
Noel had a great game with Steven Adams (four points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block) struggling to defend the Pelicans on the perimeter. With Anthony Davis (shoulder) exiting the game early, the Pelicans leaned a lot more on Jrue Holiday and Julius Randle which was a better matchup for Noel than it was for Adams. Noel is still just a watch list guy in case Adams sits.
February 10, 2019, 1:18 amNerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel managed just two points on 1-of-3 shooting with four rebounds and no steals or blocks in 10 minutes off the bench on Saturday against the Rockets.
Noel had a similar game on Tuesday and yet still ranks around the bottom of the top-150 over the last few weeks. It's painful but he's a late-round player in just 14 mpg and that plays in standard leagues.
February 6, 2019, 12:00 amNerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel managed just four rebounds and two assists in 12 minutes off the bench in Tuesday's win over the Magic.
These are the breaks for a player who logs 14.3 mpg, but regular readers know that he's sitting on a top 120-150 (9/8 cat) season and will finish higher than that in cumulative value if things hold true to form. Steven Adams is banged up but committed to playing through anything, but if anything happens to him Noel will have late first round upside.
January 30, 2019, 12:08 amNerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel scored 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting with seven rebounds, one steal and five blocks over 34 minutes in a start for Steven Adams (ankle) on Tuesday against the Magic.
With the late-round floor and the possibility of getting action in the event Adams, who has been beat up this year, gets hurt – it's safe to say there are more than a few of us with him rostered. You might deal with occasional duds but he's a top 120-150 value (9/8 cat) on the season in 14 mpg. You can do the math from there.
January 29, 2019, 8:53 pmNerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel came back to the court after a brief stint in the locker room in the third quarter against the Magic on Tuesday.
Noel got hit in the face and had to leave the court for the locker room. He missed a few minutes and came back to return the game in the fourth quarter. He is filling in for the injured Steven Adams (ankle) tonight.
Source: Brady Trantham on Twitter
January 29, 2019, 8:47 pmNerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel (face) left the game to go to the locker room after he was hit in the face in the third quarter against the Magic on Tuesday.
Noel was smacked in the face and had to leave the game. Hopefully it's just a stinger and he is able to return. He was filling in for the injured Steven Adams (ankle) and made his mark with one steal and three blocks in 23 minutes until he had to leave the game. Stay tuned.
Source: Brady Trantham on Twitter
January 22, 2019, 10:37 pmNerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel put up three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 12 minutes off the bench on Tuesday against the Blazers.
Sometimes the Noel lines can get ugly in his low teens role and he wasn't good in 20 minutes on Monday, but he's coming off a nasty shot to the head and we probably don't want to hold this week against him in relation to the whole season. Noel has been a late-round guy with all sorts of upside if ironman Steven Adams ever goes down with one of his many ailments.
January 21, 2019, 3:30 pmNerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel saw 20 minutes in Monday's blowout and delivered six points, eight rebounds and two assists.
It's a little bit of a disappointment considering it's not all that different from Noel's usual work in about half the playing time. He remains an elite per-minute producer of steals and blocks and has a place on rosters in all roto formats, while he's more of a specialist for H2H leagues. Steven Adams had a light day of work with the Thunder leading throughout, posting 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes.
January 18, 2019, 12:45 amNerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel (concussion) returned from a three-game absence on Thursday night, logging 12 minutes and scoring four points with two rebounds and a steal.
Noel wasn't on a minutes restriction tonight — he just doesn't play that much behind Steven Adams. The defensive specialist has been a top-150 guy in under 14 mpg this season and should go right back into all roto lineups now that he's healthy, while H2H players can make a more need-based call.
January 17, 2019, 8:08 pmNerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel (concussion) won't have a minutes restriction on Thursday.
Noel was cleared to play, and now we have further information that he'll play full bore. He's a blocks specialist through and through with his light minutes, but if he were to somehow find 20-25 minutes we're easily looking at a top-75 player.
Source: Brett Dawson on Twitter
January 17, 2019, 2:08 pmNerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel will be available on Thursday night after clearing his concussion tests.
Noel took a hard hit from an elbow and then hit the floor back on January 8 and was actually held overnight at the hospital, so it's great to see him back so quickly. He's been a fantastic fantasy option in very limited minutes this season, so fantasy owners can plug him right back into lineups for his usual output of defensive stats.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
January 9, 2019, 3:18 pmNerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel has been placed in the concussion protocol.
Noel was released from the hospital today after last night's scary injury. He was knocked unconscious in Tuesday's game after taking an elbow and hitting the floor. While Noel is out, the Thunder will need to lean more heavily on Steven Adams and Jerami Grant, with Patrick Patterson and Abdel Nader the two bench players most likely to provide help in the frontcourt.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
January 9, 2019, 11:12 amNerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Further tests on Nerlens Noel showed he avoided any fractures and that he suffered only a concussion.
This is great news for Noel and the Thunder but no timetable has been provided for his return yet. Noel exited the game in a stretcher and knocked unconscious, but he was alert in the aftermath of his fall. He will continue to have evaluations and he is likely going to miss some time so owners should plan accordingly. Jerami Grant and Steven Adams will continue to log heavy minutes while Patrick Patterson and Abdel Nader will be asked to provide more help during Noel’s absence.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
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