New Orleans Pelicans

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  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    The Pelicans' rookies continued their impressive preseasons in Sunday's road win over the Spurs, with Zion Williamson leading the way in a 22-point, 10-rebound effort.

    Williamson went 8-for-11 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line while adding two steals in 31 minutes. He's done a lot to justify the massive hype around him and he's likely going to cost you a second or third-round pick in most fantasy leagues. Fellow rookie Nickeil Alexander-Walker had another strong game with 13 points, five rebounds, seven assists, a steal, a block and two triples, but we'd take that with a grain of salt since J.J. Redick was resting. NAW is more of a dart throw in deep leagues and a fun dynasty target this season. Nicolo Melli, in line for stretch four work, chipped in 14 points, nine rebounds, a steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers off the bench. The Pelicans should be tons of fun this season.

  • JJ Redick
    SG, New Orleans Pelicans

    J.J. Redick (rest) will sit out Sunday's preseason matchup with the Spurs.

    The Pels know what Redick provides and will use this as an opportunity to get a better look at players further down the roster. Nickeil Alexander-Walker figures to be popular in DFS today, but someone like E'Twaun Moore may also see more time.

    Source: Raul Dominguez on Twitter

  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Zion Williamson scored 26 points and added five rebounds, one assist and one three in Friday's win over the Jazz.

    A game after missing only one shot, Williamson went 9-for-12 from the field and even added a three-point make. Expectations are rightfully high for the rookie and he seems to be more than capable of the expectations.

  • Brandon Ingram
    SF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Brandon Ingram scored 18 points (7-for-15 shooting) to go along with six rebounds, three assists and one steal in Friday's win over the Jazz.

    Ingram has yet to produce at the level his draft stock would suggest he should but there is hope he can find his groove in the fast-paced Pelicans system. Playing next to Zion Williamson could provide enough opportunities for him to attack the defense.

  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker
    SG, New Orleans Pelicans

    Nickeil Alexander-Walker continued the impressive start to his young career on Friday night as he keyed a one-point victory over the Jazz with 22 points, four assists, four threes and two rebounds.

    At first glance, it is difficult to envision a consistent role for Alexander-Walker on this suddenly deep Pelicans roster. Considering the way the rookie has played, though, it may be tough for head coach Alvin Gentry to keep him out of the rotation.

  • Josh Hart
    SG, New Orleans Pelicans

    Josh Hart will start in place of Jrue Holiday (quad) on Friday night.

    Hart is one of several Pelicans guards competing for minutes in a crowded rotation this season, so deep-league managers can take this as a sign that he might be the fill-in of choice if injuries strike in the regular season. Hart's versatility gives him a chance at value in the 14-16-team range if the minutes are there.

    Source: New Orleans Pelicans on Twitter

  • Jahlil Okafor
    C, New Orleans Pelicans

    Jahlil Okafor (right knee contusion) has been ruled out of Friday's preseason matchup vs. the Jazz.

    Hopefully the Pelicans are just giving Okafor a game off and this doesn't become something serious. He's looked good this preseason, averaging 12 points and 4.5 rebounds in the two games he's played. He'll provide valuable minutes off the bench for the Pels this season but fantasy owners should look for better options in the later rounds.

    Source: Eric Walden on Twitter

  • Jrue Holiday
    PG, New Orleans Pelicans

    Jrue Holiday (left quadriceps contusion) has been ruled out vs. the Jazz on Friday.

    This is more so rest than anything else so there's no need to worry about Holiday here. He's a veteran and the Pelicans already know what they've got in him so there's no need to play him too much in the preseason. Holiday's role is as secure as they come and he could be a top-25 guy this season.

    Source: Eric Walden on Twitter

  • Jahlil Okafor
    C, New Orleans Pelicans

    Jahlil Okafor (right knee contusion) is questionable for Friday's game vs. the Jazz.

    This doesn't seem to be a major issue for the 23-year-old center. Okafor figures to play a role off the bench. He is not currently worth drafting in standard redraft leagues but he is someone to watch in case of injuries.

    Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter

  • Josh Hart
    SG, New Orleans Pelicans

    Josh Hart scored 11 points with four rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes vs. the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Hart was probable before this game with right knee soreness. Hart shot 4-of-7 from the floor and 3-of-5 from deep. Hart could have an increased role with the Pelicans this season. It will be worth keeping an eye on his minutes early in the season to see how the rotations play out for the Pelicans.

  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Zion Williamson dominated against the Bulls on Wednesday, scoring 29 points with four rebounds and four assists.

    Williamson shot 12-of-13 from the field and 5-of-8 from the line in 26 minutes. Williamson looked dominant in this game and displayed the elite efficiency that many were expecting. His ADP will start to rise with his performance so far this preseason. However, Williamson looks like he will return early-round value this season and will be worth the price tag.

  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker
    SG, New Orleans Pelicans

    Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 13 points with seven assists in a win over the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Alexander-Walker shot 4-of-12 from the field and 3-of-8 from three while adding two rebounds and one steal in 19 minutes. Alexander-Walker has put up good numbers in the preseason so far, but he will have a limited role this season with the Pelicans' depth at the guard positions.

  • Lonzo Ball
    PG, New Orleans Pelicans

    Lonzo Ball scored two points with nine assists in the Pelicans' 127-125 win over Bulls on Wednesday.

    Ball was 1-of-5 from the field and 0-of-3 from deep but did add four rebounds and four steals in 18 minutes. Ball's connection with Zion looked great tonight and they were leading the fast break a lot in this win. The efficiency will be a problem for Ball, but he should be a target in middle rounds of drafts since he will be the point guard on this fast-paced Pelicans team.

  • Derrick Favors
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Derrick Favors scored nine points with nine rebounds in a 127-125 victory over the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Favors started and played 21 minutes on Wednesday adding one steal and two blocks on 3-of-4 shooting. Favors looks to be the starting center for the Pelicans and is worth investing a pick in the middle rounds of drafts as part of this fast-paced Pelicans team.

  • Josh Hart
    SG, New Orleans Pelicans

    After some concern about Josh Hart's availability following a March procedure on his right knee, Hart appears healthy enough to give it a go on Wednesday night.

    Hart has a chance to take a big step forward this season in New Orleans' fast-paced scheme so it's good to see his knee issues aren't serious enough to keep him out of game action.

    Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter