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Al Jefferson | Center/Forward | #25

Team: Indiana Pacers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 1/4/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 289
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (15) / BOS
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Al Jefferson was a DNP-CD on Friday.
He didn't hit 10 minutes in either of the last two games, so this isn't a surprise. Domantas Sabonis could be back on Sunday, but hey at least Jefferson had a good run last weekend. Mar 23 - 9:37 PM

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Al Jefferson played just seven minutes on Monday, finishing with four points, two blocks and zero rebounds in Monday's win.

Myles Turner is back from his ankle injury, meaning Jefferson can be safely dumped for a hot free agent. Jefferson played well in his previous two games with Turner and Domantas Sabonis hurting (or sitting), but is now an afterthought with Turner back in action and playing well.
Mar 19 - 10:10 PM

Al Jefferson will return to the bench on Monday vs. the Lakers.

Myles Turner (ankle) is making his return tonight, but Domantas Sabonis (ankle) is out for the next two games. Big Al may have some low-end value in a 4-game week as the backup center, but standard-league owners should be able to do better. Sabonis could be back later this week as well.
Mar 19 - 5:54 PM

Al Jefferson made his first start since 2016, scoring 10 points with nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 26 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

That absolutely works and the two blocks are a nice little bonus. There's a very good chance both Myles Turner (ankle) and Domantas Sabonis (ankle) won't play on Monday against the Lakers, so Jefferson could have another start. It's still tough to add him until we know for sure that at least one is out.
Mar 17 - 9:48 PM

Al Jefferson will start vs. the Wizards on Saturday.

This will be his first start since Nov. 21, 2016. The Pacers are running out of bigs with Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis out tonight due to ankle issues. Jefferson was very good on Thursday while Turner battled his ankle issue with a 20-point, 12-board line. Jefferson probably won't hit 30 minutes, but he could be getting a lot of shots with a double-double.
Mar 17 - 5:41 PM

Al Jefferson turned in his best game of the season against the Raptors on Thursday, scoring a season-high 20 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and no turnovers in 25 minutes.

He was on fire in the first half with 15 points in 11 minutes, and he kept it going in the second half. Myles Turner (ankle) was hurt twice in this game, so the Pacers may have to turn loose Big Al because Domantas Sabonis (ankle) is already out on Saturday. If Turner does get ruled out, Jefferson may actually be worth a fantasy start on Saturday.
Mar 15 - 9:31 PM

Al Jefferson did not score with one steal and one block in six minutes against the 76ers on Tuesday.

He could be looking at minutes with Domantas Sabonis going down today. Of course, Myles Turner is playing his best ball of the season, so Jefferson likely won't play more than 18 minutes most nights.
Mar 13 - 10:08 PM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Pacers "have been aggressive in offering it's salary space to extract a first-round pick for absorbing a bad contract."

Basically, the Pacers are open for business if another team wants to dump a salary on them. Al Jefferson would likely be on the move if that happens, but there's really no fantasy implications here since Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis are locked in as the No. 1 and No. 2 centers.
Feb 8 - 9:28 AM

Al Jefferson had nine points, seven rebounds and one turnover on Sunday, making 4-of-10 field goals in 18 minutes of action.

Jefferson has stepped into a bigger role without Myles Turner (elbow), but he's still not a viable fantasy option.
Jan 21 - 9:56 PM

Al Jefferson was good for eight points with four rebounds and a blocked shot over 15 minutes off the bench Friday against Cleveland.

Jefferson was sharp in his second game back, hitting 4-of-7 from the field. He is seeing expanded minutes and a renewed role with Myles Turner (elbow) on the shelf. As soon as Turner is healthy enough to play, potentially as soon as Sunday in Phoenix, Jefferson's role is expected to shrink again. As such, don't count on him outside of the very deepest of fantasy leagues at this point.
Jan 12 - 10:47 PM

Al Jefferson gave the Pacers a big lift on Wednesday with 19 points (7-of-10 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 22 minutes off the bench.

The veteran took full advantage of expanded minutes, but this was entirely situational -- Myles Turner in early foul trouble, Domantas Sabonis (calf) was out, and Indiana couldn't go small with Andre Drummond and Boban Marjanovic roaming the paint. Sabonis is day-to-day and there's no reason to think Big Al will repeat this performance any time soon.
Wed, Nov 8, 2017 09:52:00 PM

Al Jefferson played 16 minutes off the bench against the Blazers on Friday, scoring eight points with two rebounds, one assist and one block.

Even though he's in shape, the Pacers still really can't get away with playing him consistent minutes. With Myles Turner (neck, concussion) out for Saturday, Jefferson will have to get some run against the Heat. He's not much of a fantasy asset, of course.
Fri, Oct 20, 2017 09:57:00 PM

Al Jefferson (personal) missed Sunday's scrimmage.

It's unclear why Jefferson is away from the team, but he should be back for Wednesday's regular-season opener. That being said, Jefferson will be confined to limited minutes behind Myles Turner this season, so he can't be considered a viable target in most leagues.
Sun, Oct 15, 2017 02:42:00 PM

Al Jefferson started at center on Monday vs. the Pistons and scored 12 points in 26 minutes.

Myles Turner took the night off along with five other Pacers, so Jefferson led Indiana in field goal attempts (6-of-14) with six rebounds, three assists and two steals. He said he lost about 40 pounds over the summer and is hoping to reinvent himself for the modern NBA. He's still stuck behind Turner which means he's looking at minutes in the teens this season, so he's strictly a deep-league asset with limited upside -- he blocked 0.2 shots per game last season.
Mon, Oct 9, 2017 09:42:00 PM

Al Jefferson has lost 40 pounds this summer.

He is looking for a fresh start and you could see the weight loss (picture in link below). Jefferson switched to a vegetarian diet at age 32 and perhaps he's looking to build off his career-low 14.1 minutes per game last season. He's not a fantasy option, though.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 02:19:00 PM