Player News - Pelicans

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Rajon Rondo got some revenge against the Celtics Tuesday with seven points, eight assists, two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

He's been a bit quiet lately, but is still averaging 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 1.2 steals over his last five games, hitting 52 percent of his shots. If you can live with the low scoring, he's worth holding.
Jan 17 - 1:53 AM

Jrue Holiday hit 9-of-16 shots, three 3-pointers and 2-of-4 free throws for 23 points, four rebounds, seven assists, three steals and a block in 41 minutes of Tuesday's overtime win.

Holiday's rolling right now, scoring at least 23 in three straight games with plenty of rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and 3-pointers, and he's played at third-round value on the season. Look for him to have another big night against the Hawks on Wednesday night.
Jan 16 - 10:29 PM

Ian Clark played 32 minutes and hit 7-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 15 points, four rebounds and one assist in Tuesday's exciting overtime win at Boston.

The 15 points were the most he's scored in January, but he's worth keeping an eye on right now, averaging just under 26 minutes a game over his last four with Jameer Nelson (personal) sidelined. He's not doing all that much with the sudden boost in playing time though, averaging just 8.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists over that stretch, without many steals or 3-pointers. Just put him on your watch list in deep leagues in case the minutes stick in the mid-20s going forward.
Jan 16 - 10:26 PM

DeMarcus Cousins hit 7-of-20 shots, 1-of-6 3-pointers and 4-of-6 free throws for 19 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, three steals, zero blocks and seven turnovers in Tuesday's 116-113 overtime in at Boston.

Boogie wasn't all that efficient tonight and the seven turnovers, compared to just one for Anthony Davis, have been an issue all season. He's struggling with his shot right now, hitting just 11-of-36 over his last two games, but once they start falling again, look out. The 5.4 turnovers over his last five games are annoying and right on course, as he's averaging 5.0 per game on the season. Despite the negatives, he's playing at first-round value this season and his shot should start falling soon.
Jan 16 - 10:21 PM

Anthony Davis hit 16-of-34 shots and 13-of-15 free throws for 45 points, 16 rebounds, two assists, a steal and two blocks in Tuesday's 116-113 overtime win at Boston, the third straight for the Pelicans.

This wasn't a season-high performance for AD, as he went off for 48 points and 17 rebounds on Sunday against the Knicks. Davis has been crazy good for three straight games, as well as the whole season, and is averaging 43 points, 14 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 2.3 blocks over his last three. Unfortunately, he's also played 45, 50 and 41 minutes in each of those games and big minutes are not what AD's owners need from him. You have to wonder if there's a chance he sits on Wednesday night against the Hawks. The good news is he looks fully healthy and energized, and even rammed home a dunk after the buzzer as an exclamation point tonight.
Jan 16 - 10:17 PM

Updating a previous item, Jameer Nelson (personal) is available to play Tuesday vs. Boston.

Nelson did not play Sunday and was initially ruled out of Tuesday's contest. However, the Pelicans announced Tuesday evening that he is now back with the team. Yet, this has only a minimal fantasy impact, as Nelson is averaging just 12.6 minutes per game in January. He should be left on waivers.
Jan 16 - 5:43 PM

Jameer Nelson (personal) will not play on Tuesday vs. Boston.

He will miss his second game in a row for personal reasons. The Pelicans used an 8-man rotation on Sunday vs. the Knicks with Jrue Holiday and E'Twaun Moore both playing 45 minutes in their overtime win, while Rajon Rondo and Ian Clark played about 25 each. Nelson only gets a handful of minutes these days and can be left on the wire.
Source: Pelicans PR
Jan 15 - 11:15 AM

DeMarcus Cousins collected a career-high seven steals vs. the Knicks on Sunday, adding 15 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and three blocks in 45 minutes.

The Pelicans had an incredible 17 steals as a team tonight, all from the starters, and they scored 22 points off turnovers tonight. It wasn't a perfect night for Cousins by any means, as he made 4-of-16 FGs and 7-of-12 FTs, with five turnovers, but you can't fault his ability to pile up counting stats. Cousins is averaging career-highs in assists (5.1) and 3-pointers (2.3) this season, and he's yet to miss a game.
Jan 14 - 7:39 PM

Anthony Davis powered the Pelicans to a 123-118 overtime win over the Knicks on Sunday, erupting for 48 points, 17 boards, two triples, four steals, three blocks and four turnovers in 50 minutes.

Davis helped the Pelicans overcome a 19-point halftime deficit, hitting numerous circus shots (an example of one in the video below) while rocking a ridiculous 40.9 usage rate through the second half of action. He's now scored at least 40 points in his previous two outings at Madison Square Garden, and this was also the first time we've seen a player go off for 48 points, 17 rebounds and four steals since Michael Jordan did it back in 1990. That's some elite company.
Jan 14 - 7:33 PM

E'Twaun Moore hit 6-of-14 shots for 16 points, four 3-pointers, one rebound, two assists, one steal and one turnover in 45 minutes during Sunday's overtime win over the Knicks.

Points and triples, that’s what Moore does, but he typically doesn’t bring much else to the box score. He’s worth owning, but he’s not really a difference maker in fantasy hoops.
Jan 14 - 7:20 PM

Jrue Holiday scored 31 points on 12-of-19 shooting Sunday, to go with three 3-pointers, five boards, four assists, four steals, one block and four turnovers in 45 minutes.

Holiday also went 4-of-5 from the stripe to give him a 73.1 true shooting percentage, and he was particularly impressive during the overtime period with his 47.5 usage rate. He’s hitting career-highs in points (18.1), boards (4.4), triples (1.6) and field goal percentage (48.9) this season, which has him flirting with top-35 value on the year, and there's no reason to expect a sudden drop off in production.
Jan 14 - 7:18 PM

Rajon Rondo was held to four points on 2-of-7 shooting in Sunday's overtime win over the Knicks, adding four rebounds, five assists, one steal and four turnovers in 24 minutes.

Rondo struggled with his shot, was sloppy with the rock and played some very subpar defense against Jarrett Jack, which resulted in him getting benched down the stretch in favor of Ian Clark. We'd expect a bounce-back performance on Tuesday with a potential revenge game against the Celtics in Boston.
Jan 14 - 7:13 PM

Jameer Nelson will not play on Sunday vs. the Knicks for personal reasons.

Nelson has only played 12.6 minutes per game since the start of January, so his absence doesn't mean much in fantasy. If anything, Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday could each pick up a few minutes.
Jan 14 - 11:18 AM

Free agent G Mike James is signing a two-way contract with the Pelicans, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

This is not an ideal landing spot for James from a fantasy perspective, as the Pels have plenty of depth at point guard. Rajon Rondo, Jameer Nelson and Ian Clark are the current PG's on the roster, and rookie Frank Jackson (foot) is expected to return before the All-Star break as well. James can be left on waivers in all fantasy formats, as he'll likely spend most of the season in the G-League.
Jan 13 - 1:23 PM

Rajon Rondo finished with just thee points, two assists and two rebounds over 20 minutes in Friday's win against Portland.

These types of nights are maddening for fantasy owners, as Rondo can be so special at times and look rather disinterested and uninvolved other times. He is just two games removed from posting 15 assists, and he has 12 or more dimes in three of his past eight with a few stinkers in between. The tease of elite-level assists makes him worth owning in most formats, but be ready for duds like this now and again.
Jan 13 - 1:02 AM


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