Player News - Pelicans

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Eric Gordon's surprising surge continued in Monday's loss to the Mavs as he scored 18 points on 4-of-11 shooting (including four treys) with five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block.

The production isn't surprising as he's been doing this for a while now, posting a top 50-80 month (8/9 cat) with no end in sight. The fact that he has been consistent and healthy is the good part, and it's nice to see him carry some of the weight from that ugly contract the Pelicans signed him to. Tyreke Evans added 17 points, three boards, seven assists, one steal and one three in the loss.
Mar 3 - 12:14 AM

Omer Asik managed just two points, seven boards and one steal over 28 minutes in Monday's loss to the Mavs.

Asik looked a bit hobbled out there and it wouldn't be surprising to see him end up on an injury report, perhaps when reinforcements arrive. A borderline option when he's at his best, this outcome and the injury risk should be enough for owners that had been relying on him to move on.
Mar 3 - 12:10 AM

Alexis Ajinca kept his foot on the gas with Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson out on Monday, scoring 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting with 12 rebounds, one steal and one block in 25 minutes off the bench.

Ajinca has paid off with top-50 value over the last two weeks and with the Pelicans' durability issues he has a sneaky shot at finishing the year strong. There have been vague reports not necessarily altering Davis' 1-2 week timeline from about seven days ago, but we'll be watching closely to see if Ajinca can survive his return.
Mar 3 - 12:09 AM

Norris Cole scored 19 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 8-of-12 shots (including two threes) with one rebound, three assists and one block in 36 minutes.

Cole is getting some extra looks with Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson out, and also not working in his long-term favor is that his standard-league game is a mess. He doesn't do much besides score and hit a few threes with a few assists, but he might be worth a look in your deeper points league.
Mar 3 - 12:06 AM

Sideline reporter Jennifer Hale reported that Anthony Davis (shoulder) is close to returning to game action.

We're not quite sure where that puts him, just like an earlier report stating the Pelicans weren't going to rush him back was similarly vague. We're in the second week of his 1-2 week timetable and as long as there isn't a setback his return is essentially imminent.
Mar 2 - 10:44 PM

The Pelicans are not going to rush Anthony Davis (shoulder) back.

Coach Monty Williams said that Davis is getting closer, but it's not going to be tonight. Additionally, there has been no indication that he'll be back in the next 2-3 games, as well. Alexis Ajinca finally turned it on and is worth a look for short-term value.
Mar 2 - 7:16 PM

The Nuggets couldn't keep Tyreke Evans out of the paint on Sunday and he finished with 22 points (7-of-14 FGs, 8-of-11 FTs), seven rebounds and seven assists in the Pelicans' road win.

Evans turned the ball over five times with one steal to his credit, but his relentless attack kept Denver's defense on its heels all night -- in addition to drawing copious fouls, all but two of Evans' shots came within five feet of the hoop. He'll continue to be the engine of the offense as long as Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday out of commission.
Mar 1 - 11:04 PM

Omer Asik secured a game-high 16 rebounds in 25 minutes vs. Denver on Sunday, while scoring nine points on 3-of-5 field goals and 3-of-5 free throws.

Asik also had three assists and one steal, and the 60.0 percent FT shooting actually raised his season average. His fantasy value is restricted to the traditional big-man categories, but he's a decent option this week with the Pelicans' frontcourt desperately thin.
Mar 1 - 11:04 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

Eric Gordon scored 18 points vs. the Nuggets on Sunday, adding three 3-pointers, two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 32 minutes.

He's now made a 3-pointer in 25 consecutive games which is huge for a Pelicans team that ranks in the bottom-10 for 3-pointers made. With Ryan Anderson (knee) out of commission, it's safe to say Gordon will have a neon-green light to shoot from downtown in the coming weeks.
Mar 1 - 11:03 PM

Eric Gordon scored 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting (including four threes) with one rebound and eight assists in the Pelicans' 104-102 win over the Heat on Friday.

The Pelicans aren't falling out of contention in the playoff chase and Gordon is a big reason why. He's been a top 50-75 guy (8/9 cat) over the last month or so and that'll probably be the case until (if) Jrue Holiday returns. Tyreke Evans added 19 points, three boards, 11 assists, one trey and five turnovers in the win.
Feb 28 - 3:44 AM

Quincy Pondexter scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting with three rebounds and one block in 33 minutes on Friday against the Heat.

Pondexter scored 25 points the last time out and wasn't worth a pickup then and he's not worth a pickup now. Luke Babbitt (five points, one steal, one block, one three, 23 minutes) is in the same boat, and Dante Cunningham rounds out this rag tag crew with 10 points, 10 boards and one steal.
Feb 28 - 3:41 AM

Alexis Ajinca scored a career-high 24 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 9-of-10 shots with eight rebounds and three blocks in just 22 minutes.

Ajinca also hit the game's final, deciding shot and he's looking pretty automatic whenever 20-30 mpg clears up. Anthony Davis could be back in the next week or so and Ryan Anderson is about two weeks behind Davis on a timetable. In the meantime, Ajinca should be owned by somebody in your league.
Feb 28 - 3:38 AM

Norris Cole missed all 10 of his field goal attempts on Friday, finishing with three points (3-of-4 FTs), two boards and four assists in 23 minutes.

This could be his worst game for the rest of the season and he had been fairly hot coming in. Cole isn't a must-own player or even a strong add, but he could wiggle his way into a productive role before it's all said and done in New Orleans.
Feb 28 - 3:35 AM

Alexis Ajinca came off the bench and played just 18 minutes on Wednesday, but still had 10 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks on 4-of-6 shooting.

The minutes don't make a lot of sense, but guys like Quincy Pondexter and Dante Cunningham played well in this one. Any time Anthony Davis is out, Ajinca still qualifies as an interesting sleeper pick.
Feb 26 - 1:12 AM


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