Player News - Pacers

Date: Team: Pos:

Darren Collison (left knee) will miss at least one more week of action.

Collison is currently at the two-week mark of his initial 2-3 week timetable, so maybe he'll be able to get back to the court sometime next week. With him out, Cory Joseph will continue to start at the one, with Joe Young acting as his primary backup, but those guys have been too inconsistent to be trusted in most 12-team leagues. Collison is worth stashing just about everywhere.
Feb 21 - 1:58 PM

Glenn Robinson III (left ankle) has been cleared to return and he expects to play Friday vs. the Hawks.

Head coach Nate McMillan said he "could see" GRIII earning minutes in the 5-10 minute range on Friday night, but wouldn't guarantee he'd actually get out there. Either way, he'll be eased back into things slowly, and with how well Bojan Bogdanovic has played this year, it'll be tough for GRIII to earn enough minutes to matter in most formats.
Feb 21 - 1:06 PM

The Pacers are signing G Trey McKinney-Jones to a 10-day contract.

McKinney-Jones signed a training camp deal with the Pacers back in September. However, he was waived in October. He sustained a left shoulder injury during preseason action, which hurt his chances of making the squad. Yet, he played well for Indiana's G-League affiliate this season and has earned a shot with the big club. Like the vast majority of players signed to 10-day deals, McKinney-Jones can be left on waivers in all fantasy formats, as it is unlikely he'll see consistent minutes.
Feb 20 - 1:01 PM

The February 7th game between the Pacers and Pelicans has been rescheduled for March 21.

The game was postponed due to a leak in the roof, but this could be seen as good news because it's in the heart of the fantasy playoffs. This means the Pacers will have four games instead of three in Week 23 (Mar. 19-Mar. 25), while the Pelicans will have four games as opposed to three as well.

Victor Oladipo scored 25 points with three rebounds, four assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes against the Nets during a 108-103 win on Wednesday.

That's a wrap for the All-Star's first half and he is making a strong case for Most Improved Player. After his mediocre 21.3 usage rate last year, Oladipo bumped that all the way up to 30.3 this year with a very impressive efficiency of 58.9 TS%. He's second in steals per game and his stat-stuffing ways have made him a top-10 player this season.
Feb 14 - 10:39 PM

Cory Joseph grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds against the Nets on Wednesday, adding 15 points, three assists, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

It was easily the most productive game on the stat sheet after Joseph didn't have a single steal or block in his previous three games. Joseph apparently likes to play against the Nets because he had a career-high 33 against them last year. Darren Collison should be back shortly after the break, so CoJo is more of a drop than an add.
Feb 14 - 10:32 PM

Lance Stephenson scored seven points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday.

He had some nice run this month, but chances are Darren Collison won't miss much time after the break. Most fantasy owners will probably want to drop Stephenson for someone with more long-term upside.
Feb 14 - 10:26 PM

Domantas Sabonis scored eight points with seven rebounds, two assists, one block and two fouls in 23 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday.

He's in a small slump right now and was cold over his previous two, averaging 5.5 points, 7.5 boards, 2.0 assists and 0.5 treys. Sabonis had one of the worst prolonged slumps last season, so hopefully he's not in for another one. He's still an OK low-end big man to hold in 12-team leagues.
Feb 14 - 10:21 PM

Thaddeus Young tied his season high with five assists on Sunday, adding 18 points and 11 rebounds for his second straight double-double.

Thad made 7-of-11 shots including a pair of 3-pointers, and he also blocked one shot in 32 minutes of action. The veteran's role looks surprisingly stable down the stretch, as the Pacers are battling for playoff position with a 32-25 record. Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard even admitted that his team is exceeding his expectations "by a factor of six, seven, eight games right now." Owners can rely on Thad as a mid-round value the rest of the way.
Source: Pacers.com
Feb 11 - 8:48 PM

Cory Joseph had six rebounds and four assists in 21 minutes on Sunday, but added just two points on 1-of-3 shooting without any 3-pointers or defensive stats.

Darren Collison (knee) is one week into his 2-3 week timetable, and Joseph has yet to help fantasy owners in his absence. In three previous starts he was averaging 3.0 points on 15.0% shooting, 5.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds, without a single 3-pointer, steal or block to his credit. Suffice to say, there are more appealing options on almost any waiver wire.
Feb 11 - 8:48 PM

Bojan Bogdanovic had another strong game on Sunday, making 8-of-13 shots for 20 points, three rebounds and two assists in a win vs. the visiting Knicks.

Bogdanovic also went 4-of-7 from downtown in 32 minutes tonight. He's rolling over his past six games with averages of 20.0 points (54.3% FGs, 86.7% FTs), 3.0 triples, 3.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.3 blocks. The all-around production is critical and he shows no signs of slowing down, so don't hesitate to add him if he's still available.
Feb 11 - 8:47 PM

Victor Oladipo piled up 30 points, eight rebounds, six steals, one block and a season-high-tying nine assists on Sunday, helping Indiana beat the visiting Knicks.

This was Oladipo's first career game with at least 30/5/5/5, and he tied Ron Artest's franchise record with at least one steal in 40 consecutive games. With top-10 value in the majority of fantasy formats, he's exceeding the expectations of even the most optimistic owners. The Pacers are tied with Milwaukee for No. 6 in the East, just 1/2 game behind the No. 4 seed Wizards, so there's no reason to think Oladipo will slow down.
Feb 11 - 8:46 PM

Myles Turner bounced back vs. Boston on Friday with 19 points (6-of-11 FGs, 5-of-7 FTs), seven rebounds, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

Turner was coming off two duds in a row with a combined six points in those games, but he was on the injury report with a sore right knee for both of those. Indiana had four days off with their game getting postponed on Wednesday, so Turner likely benefitted from having some fresh legs tonight. He's been banged up a lot and has been a hit-or-miss fantasy asset, but we're expecting big things after the break and the time off should do him wonders.
Feb 9 - 11:30 PM

Thaddeus Young double-doubled vs. the Celtics on Friday with 13 points and 14 rebounds.

The veteran forward added one steal and one triple in 34 minutes, hitting 5-of-10 shots and 2-of-2 free throws. Young was considered a trade candidate since he has a $13.7 million player option for 2018-19, but Indiana's willingness to stick with him is a great sign as they look to make a return to the postseason. He's inconsistent and struggles from the line, but he'll continue to be a nice source of points, rebounds and steals going forward.
Feb 9 - 11:23 PM

Cory Joseph missed all six of his shots and failed to score vs. Boston on Friday, adding seven assists, two rebounds and two turnovers in 34 minutes.

Despite the poor stat line, Joseph played some nice defense on Kyrie Irving and drew some praise from coach Nate McMillan. "I thought Cory played about as good defense as you can play on Kyrie, just trying to stay in front of him, making hustle plays," McMillan said. Joseph added that he had "no legs" offensively, but things should get easier on Sunday in New York. He's still just a low-end add while Darren Collison (knee) is out, but owners in standard leagues can probably do better.
Feb 9 - 11:16 PM


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