Player News - Pelicans

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DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) was playing through pain in his sore Achilles in the second half of the season, according to general manager Dell Demps.

Interestingly, Demps said Cousins took himself out of the All-Star Game for that reason -- not the trade rumors. Cousins actually co-existed quite nicely with Anthony Davis from a stat standpoint, especially with how he made 2.1 treys per game with the Pelicans. He'll likely be a second-round pick next year and hopefully he can keep his techs down.
Apr 13 - 4:16 PM

Cheick Diallo said he wants to increase his weight from 228 to 240 pounds this summer.

Can you feel it? You know you're ready for Muscle Watch in April. If you're a fan of contested rebounds, Diallo painted a masterpiece for his career-high 16 boards on Wednesday with several of them coming over multiple Blazers. After looking like he was just a straight-line guy, he's shown much more polish as a scorer, so Diallo's growth heading into his first full NBA offseason is something to watch. He's progressing faster than usual and should be in the rotation next year as Anthony Davis' backup. Cheick back later.
Apr 13 - 3:33 PM

Alexis Ajinca (hand) scored 11 points with seven rebounds and a steal over 25 minutes in Wednesday's win in Portland.

Ajinca suffered a right hand injury in the game, but he toughed it out and was able to finish strong after a brief absence. He seemed to be a player head coach Alvin Gentry liked, at least down the stretch, so he should return as a backup in 2017-18. However, his fantasy appeal remains rather minimal.
Apr 13 - 1:35 AM

Cheick Diallo scored 12 points with a career-high 16 rebounds in Wednesday's 103-100 win against the Trail Blazers.

Diallo finished up strong, as head coach Alvin Gentry used his younger players to put a little pressure on them in game action before the regular season wrapped up. It was the third double-double of Diallo's career, and second in as many games. The former Kansas University standout looked very good and will have a role as a backup in 2017-18. He'll also be worth a look in the final rounds of fantasy leagues.
Apr 13 - 1:31 AM

E'Twaun Moore (ankle) will play against the Blazers on Wednesday.

It's unclear how much he'll play with the Pelicans wanting to get a look at guys like Quinn Cook, Jordan Crawford and Alex Toupane.
Apr 12 - 9:36 PM

E'Twaun Moore (ankle) is probable for Wednesday against the Blazers.

This is a mild surprise after Moore missed the last two games. Jordan Crawford and Quinn Cook have benefited the most in those two, so they both figure to take hits, assuming Moore is good to go. Crawford should still be considered as a solid play for DFS.
Apr 12 - 4:02 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) will not play against the Blazers on Wednesday.

The Boogie move didn't exactly work out for the Pelicans this season, going just 7-10 in the 17 games with him. Cousins was actually better on the glass with the Pelicans while his scoring and other stats didn't suffer much of a hit. Alexis Ajinca, Cheick Diallo, Dante Cunningham and Donatas Motiejunas figure to get most of the minutes at the PF/C spots.
Apr 12 - 4:00 PM

Anthony Davis (knee) and DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) will not play against the Blazers on Wednesday.

That's a wrap for Anthony Davis' big season. Despite going to the locker room more than anyone else, Davis sits at the top for total value in nine-category fantasy leagues with his 75 games played. Next year, it'll be interesting to see how AD fits in with Cousins after AD posted a 27.4 usage rate next to him compared to the 32.7 he had before the break. For tonight, it should be a heavy dose of Alexis Ajinca and Cheick Diallo up front. Dante Cunningham should play a lot, as well.
Apr 12 - 3:56 PM

Cheick Diallo double-doubled vs. the Lakers on Tuesday with 19 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in 27 minutes.

Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins were rested again and it's hard to see them playing in the season finale on Wednesday. While Diallo is raw, he also has upside and finished 9-of-10 from the field tonight. Diallo has only played 20 or more minutes a total of four times this season, but in those games he's averaging 13.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 26.5 minutes per game. He's a nice stash in dynasty formats and will be on the DFS radar on Wednesday.
Apr 12 - 1:05 AM

E'Twaun Moore (ankle) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Lakers.

Fantasy owners probably saw this coming because Moore was downgraded from probable to questionable earlier in the day. This news benefits Jordan Crawford, Quinn Cook and Tim Frazier.
Apr 11 - 9:35 PM

E'Twaun Moore (ankle) has been downgraded to questionable for Tuesday's game against the Lakers.

If Moore is forced to join Anthony Davis (knee) and DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) on the sidelines tonight, that would leave New Orleans with just eight healthy bodies. Jrue Holiday and Jordan Crawford will be forced into heavy minutes tonight if Moore can't give it a go, and both those guys will be busy on the offensive end sans The Brow and Boogie. Check back for official confirmation on Moore's status closer to tip-off.
Apr 11 - 4:38 PM

E'Twaun Moore (left ankle sprain) is probable for Tuesday's game vs. the Lakers.

This means his twisted ankle that he suffered on Friday will have only sidelined him for one game. Jrue Holiday is still active and Jordan Crawford is playing really well, so Moore's ceiling isn't the greatest. There should be better options on your wire. Plus, the Pelicans are wanting to get a look at Quinn Cook and Tim Frazier.
Apr 10 - 6:08 PM

Anthony Davis (left knee soreness) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Lakers.

Even though it's more than likely that the Pelicans are resting him, they are ruling him out pretty early which suggests that he may not play in the regular-season finale on Wednesday vs. the Blazers as well. Dante Cunningham, Alexis Ajinca, Donatas Motiejunas and Cheick Diallo will all see more run, but fantasy owners can probably find a much better option on the wire.
Apr 10 - 6:07 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (right Achilles tendonitis) and Anthony Davis (left knee soreness) will not play against the Lakers on Tuesday.

Cousins will miss his third game in a row, while Davis will miss his second. The Pelicans have nothing to play for, so their fantasy owners probably shouldn't expect them to play in the regular-season finale on Wednesday vs. the Blazers as well. Dante Cunningham, Alexis Ajinca, Donatas Motiejunas and Cheick Diallo will also see extra minutes, but there are no great fantasy pickups here.
Apr 10 - 6:06 PM

The Pelicans have signed Axel Toupane for the remainder of the 2016-17 season.

He'll provide the Pelicans with some emergency depth, but it's unlikely he'll be on the court enough to make a difference in any fantasy leagues.
Apr 10 - 3:57 PM


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