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Dante Cunningham | Forward

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (28) / 4/22/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 221
College: Villanova
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Dante Cunningham is likely going to start at small forward until Quincy Pondexter (knee) is healthy.
It's an ominous day for Pelicans news. This also suggests Jrue Holiday (leg) won't be ready for the opener and Tyreke Evans will start at point guard. Cunningham is hardly a true small forward, which also suggests coach Alvin Gentry doesn't want to play Ryan Anderson there to start. Of course, this news is a positive to Evans, Anderson and Cunningham. Sep 24 - 11:24 PM

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Dante Cunningham agreed to a three-year, $9 million deal with the Pelicans.

The Pelicans dropped over $225 million on their big men on Wednesday, so they were lucky to spend a lot less here. Cunningham is not a fantasy factor.
Jul 4 - 3:02 PM

Dante Cunningham (knee contusion) is expected to play vs. the Rockets on Sunday.

Cunningham isn't a factor in fantasy leagues when the Pelicans are at full strength, but he should see his normal allotment of minutes off the bench tonight. Leave him on the wire.
Apr 12 - 5:48 PM

Dante Cunningham (knee contusion) is questionable to play against the Rockets on Sunday.

He played 31 minutes on Friday and scored 12 points against the Suns -- a lot of that had to do with Anthony Davis missing 1.5 quarters of the game. Now that the Pelicans are somewhat healthy, Cunningham shouldn't be needed. Quincy Pondexter may get more minutes, but they might go to Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday, too.
Apr 11 - 2:34 PM

Dante Cunningham started for Anthony Davis (ankle) on Thursday against the Suns with six points, nine rebounds, two assists and one steal in 35 minutes.

Even with the Pelicans missing Omer Asik (calf) for most of the second half, Cunningham still couldn't do much on the stat sheet He won't do much scoring, but he'll be able to flirt with double-digit boards with so many guys hurt. Cunningham is only worth a look in deep leagues and his low-upside doesn't make him an ideal player to use in daily leagues.
Mar 20 - 12:31 AM

Dante Cunningham will start in place of Anthony Davis (ankle) against the Suns on Thursday.

Cunningham is rarely involved in the offense and will likely have some empty minutes. Even though he's starting, Alexis Ajinca is the more promising play in most formats.
Mar 19 - 9:36 PM

Dante Cunningham's surge continued on Sunday with 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting, seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in a road win at Denver.

Cunningham doesn't have 3-point range but that hardly matters when he's scoring efficiently, rebounding well, and chipping in reliable defensive stats. He's bound to drop off once Anthony Davis (shoulder) and/or Ryan Anderson (knee) return to action, but their uncertain timetables make Cunningham a solid pickup for the near future.
Mar 1 - 11:03 PM

Dante Cunningham started and hit 6-of-11 shots for 13 points, seven rebounds, two steals and a block in 33 minutes on Wednesday.

With Ryan Anderson and Anthony Davis out, Cunningham is getting some run, but this was one of his best games of the season, and it's unlikely that he'll play this well on most nights.
Feb 26 - 12:57 AM

Dante Cunningham will start against the Raptors on Monday.

The Pelicans have lost their depth at power forward, so Alexis Ajinca will be come off the bench to back up Omer Asik. Cunningham rarely puts up numbers in any stat category, so Ajinca is the better option in fantasy leagues.
Feb 23 - 6:51 PM

Dante Cunningham started the second half at power forward on Saturday, finishing with seven points, four rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 27 minutes.

With Anthony Davis (shoulder) and Ryan Anderson (knee) out, there are going to be some minutes available at power forward. However, Cunningham doesn't really do anything on the stat sheet and starting the second half tonight may have been matchup-based, so he can be left on the wire in most leagues. Alexis Ajinca is the guy we'll watch tonight and is worth a look.
Feb 21 - 9:07 PM

Dante Cunningham blocked a career-high five shots in Monday's loss, and also added two points on 1-of-7 shooting with three rebounds, two assists and one steal.

There may be a window here in deep leagues with Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson dealing with injuries, but that's only for the desperate owner to consider.
Feb 10 - 2:59 AM

Dante Cunningham did not score in 22 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday with one rebound, one assist, two steals and one block.

Despite playing 31.5 minutes per game in his previous two, Cunningham had a minuscule 7.5 usage rate in those two with averages of 5.0 points, 4.0 boards and 0.5 steals. As you can see by tonight's line, that’s not going to get it done, but he should see more shots while Anthony Davis (shoulder) is out. Cunningham is only worth a look in deep leagues.
Feb 7 - 9:09 PM

Dante Cunningham scored eight points with 12 rebounds on Friday against the Clippers.

Cunning didn't add any other stats but with the Pelicans thin at some key positions he could be worth watching as a DFS option.
Jan 31 - 1:46 AM

Dante Cunningham played 39 minutes against the Nuggets on Wednesday with six points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal.

He continues to get big minutes, but he's not really involved in the offense and he's not much of a stat filler on the other end. Cunningham is a low-end speculative add in deeper leagues with Anthony Davis (groin) getting an MRI on Thursday.
Jan 28 - 11:08 PM

Dante Cunningham started Sunday's game but had only two points, two assists and two steals in 21 minutes vs. Dallas.

He might have played more minutes for the short-handed Pelicans, but was hampered by foul trouble. Over his past five games he has point totals of two, two, one, 14 and two. He's worth keeping an eye on while starting but is best suited to the waiver wire outside of deep leagues.
Jan 25 - 9:35 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Tyreke Evans
2Jrue Holiday
3Norris Cole
SG1Eric Gordon
2Sean Kilpatrick
3Bryce Dejean-Jones
4Corey Webster
SF1Dante Cunningham
2Quincy Pondexter
3Chris Douglas-Roberts
4Alonzo Gee
5Luke Babbitt
PF1Anthony Davis
2Ryan Anderson
C1Omer Asik
2Alexis Ajinca
3Kendrick Perkins