Player News - Pelicans

Date: Team: Pos:

Luke Babbitt played just 14 minutes in another start on Sunday, but only hit one 3-pointer and failed to register any other stats on the night.

Eric Gordon's (shoulder) return is looming, so if Babbitt isn't even an asset while he is starting than this news confirms that he shouldn't be owned in almost any league.
Dec 21 - 10:15 PM

Tyreke Evans played 36 minutes on Sunday, scoring 12 points to go with seven assists, two boards and three steals.

While this line isn't that impressive, the good news was that Evans appeared to move around the court very well and it didn't seem like his knee gave him any problems. Evans carries a little risk with his injury history, but as long as he stays active he will continue to play well in what has become his bounce-back season.
Dec 21 - 10:10 PM

Jrue Holiday managed a double-double on Sunday vs. the Thunder, finishing with 11 points, 15 assists, one board, four steals and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

He did shoot just 4-of-12 from the field and turned the ball over four times, but he was matched up against Russell Westbrook so his owners should be thrilled with this performance. Yet to miss a game this season, Holiday is rewarding owners who took a gamble on him and is showing no signs of slowing down as the Pelicans pursue a berth in the playoffs.
Dec 21 - 10:05 PM

Anthony Davis dropped an impressive 38 points on 16-of-22 shooting in a win over the Thunder on Sunday, adding 12 boards, two assists, one steal and three blocks in 37 minutes.

He feasted on Serge Ibaka the entire game, and the Thunder simply had no answer for him on either end of the court. Davis has been phenomenal this season, and if he can manage to stay healthy, he will continue to stake his claim as the No.1 option in fantasy basketball.
Dec 21 - 10:01 PM

Russ Smith scored for the first time in his NBA career on Saturday, finishing with five points, two boards and one 3-pointer in 15 minutes.

He was recalled from the D-League prior to the game on Saturday, and was able to pick up some experience in garbage time against Portland. Smith was a stud at the Las Vegas summer league and was the leader in assists per game, but he has a long way to go before he will be relevant in most fantasy leagues.
Dec 21 - 9:33 AM

Ryan Anderson scored 16 points during a blowout 114-88 loss to the Blazers on Saturday with five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer.

He had some trouble defending Thomas Robinson tonight, but the entire team was abused this evening. Anderson's minutes in the mid-20s are safe and the disappointing play of Omer Asik could give him more run. He's capable of being a mid-round fantasy asset.
Dec 20 - 9:24 PM

Austin Rivers had a season-high 21 points against the Blazers on Saturday with two rebounds, three assists, one steal and no turnovers in 33 minutes.

He picked up a bunch of stats in garbage time, but he played well in the first half, too. Rivers made 11-of-12 from the line and was much more aggressive than usual. There is still no reason to add him in almost any league.
Dec 20 - 9:22 PM

Omer Asik played 20 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday with four points, seven rebounds and two turnovers.

The Pelicans have been playing him less these days and it makes sense. They have a lower net rating when Asik and Anthony Davis are on the floor compared to Ryan Anderson and Davis. Asik has almost no upside for owners in standard leagues, so feel free to cut him based on him only being a one-category player.
Dec 20 - 9:18 PM

Dante Cunningham played just 15 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday with four points and one steal.

His minutes were cut severely tonight and he looked really bad on defense. Cunningham had back-to-back impressive games before tonight, but Tyreke Evans coming back and pushing Ryan Anderson to more power forward hurt DC. He's only worth owning in very deep leagues.
Dec 20 - 9:14 PM

Anthony Davis made 3-of-14 from the field against the Blazers on Saturday with seven points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and five blocks in 28 minutes.

He was actually held in check by Joel Freeland tonight and he had an up-close view of LaMarcus Aldridge hitting midrange jumpers all night. Davis didn't shoot below 33.3 percent from the field in any of his previous games, so this is obviously is worst offensive showing. He gets a date with Serge Ibaka on Sunday.
Dec 20 - 9:14 PM

Tyreke Evans (right knee) returned from a one-game absence on Saturday, making 2-of-11 from the field for six points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 23 minutes during a blowout loss.

He wasn't quite as aggressive as usual, but it's not necessarily because of his knee bruise. Evans has dealt with a slew of leg injuries in his career and he did have his right knee scoped in the offseason, so expect the Pelicans to monitor him. He should be ready to go for Sunday against the Thunder.
Dec 20 - 9:13 PM

Tyreke Evans (knee) will play against the Blazers on Saturday and is expected to start.

The Pelicans say they are going to watch him closely tonight, which doesn't mean an awful lot. Evans tends to miss more time with injuries than most players, so there's a chance he's somewhat limited tonight. Of course, Austin Rivers is not a fantasy option.
Dec 20 - 5:21 PM

Russ Smith was recalled from the NBA D-League on Saturday.

Gal Mekel was recently waived, so Smith could potentially see some minutes as a backup point guard. However, he won't see enough minutes to matter in most leagues, so he can be left on the wire.
Dec 20 - 12:06 PM

Tyreke Evans (knee) said that he will try to give it a go on Saturday vs. Portland.

"It’s been swelling up pretty bad after some games, but it really kind of got me on the road," Evans said. "I just have to keep getting ice and treatment. Just trying to take care of it and get it right." Owners will have to hope that he doesn't suffer a setback if he suits up on Saturday, as the Pelicans have three games in the next four days. Check back before tip-off, but it is looking like Evans has a real shot to play in this one.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 20 - 11:48 AM

Tyreke Evans (knee) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's game vs. Portland.

If Tyreke is unable to go on Saturday, Austin Rivers would likely draw another start. However, he really doesn't do enough to be considered a quality plug-and-play option. Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson, and Anthony Davis would be in line for some additional shots with Evans sidelined, and those are the guys to target in daily leagues. Stay tuned.


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