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 20, 2019, 9:16 pmIan Clark - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Ian Clark logged 28 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's blowout loss to the Magic and delivered 17 points (7-of-13 shooting), five rebounds, four dimes and three triples.
This Magic had this game in the bag early on, which explains why Clark logged so many minutes. He's not going to be posting lines like this on a regular basis, so leave him be. Frank Jackson started and posted 14 points on 6-of-16 shooting with four rebounds, four assists and two 3s.
March 20, 2019, 9:12 pmStanley Johnson - F - New Orleans Pelicans
Stanley Johnson took advantage of garbage time in Wednesday's blowout loss to the Magic and tallied 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting with four rebounds, three assists, two 3s and two steals in 27 minutes.
There's very little to read into line beyond it being an outlier performance from Johnson, who has not been fantasy-relevant lately. Leave on the wire.
March 20, 2019, 5:40 pmChristian Wood - F - New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans have claimed Christian Wood off waivers from the Bucks.
Wood didn't get much of a chance to play in Milwaukee but absolutely dominated in Summer League and is tearing up the G-League with 29.3 points, 14.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.0 steals, 2.2 blocks and 0.9 3-pointers in 35.3 mpg. He's definitely on the deep-league radar with Anthony Davis playing less and less these days. Julius Randle, Cheick Diallo and Jahlil Okafor are the other bigs on the New Orleans roster but we could see the team dial things back on Randle, which would give Wood a shot to produce. He's a great target for silly season.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
March 20, 2019, 11:42 amAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis (personal) is not with the team this morning for shootaround and he will not play on Wednesday against the Magic.
AD apparently had to return home on an excused absence to attend to a family matter. Jahlil Okafor or Cheick Diallo should get the start but it will once again be the Julius Randle show for New Orleans.
Source: John Denton on Twitter
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 18, 2019, 11:30 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis returned to action after a rest day in Monday's 129-125 OT win over the Mavs, logged his usual load of 21 minutes and dropped 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting.
AD has proven that he only needs 20 minutes on the floor to post mid-round value. He added six boards, five dimes, one trey, one steal and one block to round out his line for the night. The Pelicans are going through the motions at this point and their chosen workload management plan for AD has handicapped his owners big time.
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 18, 2019, 11:19 pmJulius Randle - F - New Orleans Pelicans
Julius Randle thrived against the Mavs on Monday, flirting with a double-double with 30 points on 14-of-24 shooting, adding nine rebounds, four dimes, two 3s, one steal and one block in 34 minutes.
Randle has been a steady source of production as the Pelicans go through the motions of finishing off the 2018-19 season. He should hold steady as a mid-round play. Deploy him with confidence.
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.