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Ryan Anderson | Forward

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/6/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 240
College: California
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Ryan Anderson (knee) is hopeful that he will be able to return to action in a week, and he has continued to progress each day.
Anderson has been out for over a month, and even though it's fantastic to see him getting closer to a return, the Pelicans will likely ease him back into the rotation. We will continue to monitor his progress closely, but Anderson still belongs on the wire outside of deeper leagues. Mar 25 - 12:15 PM

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Ryan Anderson (knee) has begun working out at the Pelicans' practice facility, but he remains without an official timetable to return.

Head coach Monty Williams said that Anderson is "closer," but he's still not at a point where Williams can say he'll play next week or even the week after. Anderson is making steady progress, but he's still nowhere near being ready for any game-time action. At this point in the fantasy season, Anderson belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 24 - 7:12 PM

Ryan Anderson (right MCL knee sprain) has progressed to jogging, but remains without an official timetable to return.

"From last week, I wasn’t even doing anything close to running," Anderson said. "This week it’s made a lot of progress… I haven’t done a ton of on-court stuff yet. I started to jog the other day. We did a little bit of lateral work, but that’s where I’m going to have the most problem, because of the way my knee bent." Anderson doesn't seem close to making a return, and with the fantasy playoffs in full swing, it's going to be very risky to roster Anderson in most leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 17 - 12:45 PM

Ryan Anderson said that while he is making progress in his recovery from his MCL sprain, there is currently no official timetable set for his return.

"Recovery has been a process. I’m really working a lot on getting mobility back, just walking," Anderson said. "The past week, I’ve made big strides, as far as getting out of a big knee brace. My flexibility is a lot better, as far as rotation. I haven’t tried anything on the court yet." Anderson went on to say that he has been limited to pool work and running on an arc trainer, and we'll continue to track his progress closely. Alexis Ajinca has been playing quite well lately, and he’ll be the primary beneficiary for as long as Anderson is sidelined.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 6 - 12:25 PM

An MRI taken on Ryan Anderson's right knee revealed an MCL sprain, and he will be sidelined for the next 2-4 weeks.

With Anthony Davis (shoulder) also expected to miss the next 1-2 weeks, there's going to be a lot of minutes to go around for the Pelicans' reserves. Alexis Ajinca, Shawne Williams, Dante Cunningham, and Justin Hamilton will be in line for extended minutes, and Ajinca looks like a decent pickup in standard leagues. As a starter this season he is averaging 8.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks per game. If you're team is fighting for a playoff spot, it might make sense to drop Anderson.

Ryan Anderson (right knee sprain) will not return on Saturday night.

This night just needs to end for the Pelicans. Anderson's leg injury did not look good and the Pelicans calling it a right knee sprain is bad news here. His knee seemed to be twisted and the team will almost certainly give him an MRI to check on ligament damage. The Pelicans may have to start Alexis Ajinca at power forward again while Luke Babbitt, Dante Cunningham and Quincy Pondexter may play more.
Feb 21 - 8:41 PM

Ryan Anderson went to the locker room with an apparent right leg injury.

Ugh. He landed awkwardly and his foot came down sideways, so it could be an ankle issue or he could have twisted his knee. The training staff looked at him on the court for a couple minutes, but he was able to put some weight on his leg limping to the locker room. The Pelicans will have to use a slew of players to step up. Alexis Ajinca would benefit most while Quincy Pondexter and Dante Cunningham will help.
Feb 21 - 8:18 PM

Ryan Anderson (elbow) returned to action on Friday, scoring 13 points on 4-of-11 shooting (including one three) with three rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 27 minutes.

The defensive numbers help offset a 1-of-6 mark from deep tonight, but the good news is that he's back to his normal allotment of minutes. Owners can use him like they normally would.
Feb 21 - 12:03 AM

Ryan Anderson (elbow) has been upgraded to probable, and is now expected to suit up for Friday's game against the Magic.

He's dealing with an injury to his right shooting elbow, and he said it's painful for him to extend his arm. That's not a good sign for a guy whose value comes from draining 3-pointers, and the injury has indeed affected his shot as his last time in the lineup he shot a horrid 1-of-11 from the field. If you feel like benching Anderson tonight, we wouldn't blame you.
Feb 20 - 6:27 PM

Even though Ryan Anderson (elbow) has been downgraded to doubtful, he said that he is feeling better, and that he will try to play Friday vs. the Magic.

Anderson is dealing with a strained ligament in his elbow near the funny bone, and he said it is painful to extend his elbow on his shooting arm, not exactly great news for a shooter. While he's going to try and give it a go tonight, he will likely be limited, so owners in standard leagues may want to consider benching him.
Feb 20 - 5:35 PM

Ryan Anderson (elbow) has been downgraded to doubtful to play against the Magic on Friday.

Not good. He was expected to play yesterday, but apparently shootaround caused a setback. Anderson is dealing with a sprain in his elbow, so that means it's a joint/ligament issue to his shooting elbow. He missed two games before the break after shooting the ball horribly in his previous game -- 1-of-11 from the field. There's a chance this issue lingers for a while and he may not play Saturday either. With Anderson out, Dante Cunningham and Quincy Pondexter will likely play a bit more, but they're not fantasy options.
Feb 20 - 2:00 PM

Ryan Anderson is expected to play against the Magic on Friday.

He was hopeful to play on Wednesday and there's no word to him being limited for the game. Anderson has been out since Feb. 7 due to an elbow sprain and has been struggling lately. Still, his fantasy owners can plug him back into their lineups in a possible revenge game.
Feb 19 - 1:47 PM

Ryan Anderson (elbow) is hopeful to play against the Magic on Friday.

He only has an elbow sprain and the All-Star break was probably enough for him to get well. Anderson has not been playing well since the calendar turned to 2015, making just 37.7 percent from the field for averages of 13.8 points, 5.1 boards, 0.4 blocks and 2.1 treys. He should be better and is a nice buy-low target.
Feb 18 - 3:29 PM

Ryan Anderson (right elbow sprain) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Pacers.

This will be Anderson's second consecutive game on the sidelines, and it wouldn't be surprising to see the Pelicans sit him to give him some extra rest heading into the All-Star break. With Anthony Davis (shoulder) also being listed as questionable, it's looking like Alexis Ajinca and Dante Cunningham are going to get all the run they can handle, although they will have a tough matchup against the Pacers.

Ryan Anderson (elbow) will not play against the Jazz on Monday.

The Pelicans are going to be flying on one wing. Dante Cunningham should see a ton of minutes, but he has a single-digit usage rate in several games this season. The Pelicans will also have to play Alexis Ajinca minutes in the 20s and he'll have a huge opportunity in front of him.. Jeff Withey also will likely get in the rotation tonight.
Feb 9 - 6:24 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jrue Holiday
2Norris Cole
3Jimmer Fredette
SG1Eric Gordon
2Elliot Williams
SF1Tyreke Evans
2Quincy Pondexter
3Luke Babbitt
PF1Anthony Davis
2Ryan Anderson
3Dante Cunningham
C1Omer Asik
2Alexis Ajinca
3Jeff Withey