Player News - Pelicans

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Ryan Anderson (knee) will return to action on Wednesday vs. the Lakers.

Anderson was able to go through a full-court scrimmage on Tuesday so his knee must have responded well. Head coach Monty Williams said that Anderson won't have an official minutes restriction, but he did day that he would ease him back into action. Anderson is by no means a must-own player with the season winding down, but he is worth a flier if you need help in 3-pointers.
Apr 1 - 1:51 PM

Pelicans head coach Monty Williams said on Tuesday that Jrue Holiday (leg) is getting close to making a return to the court.

While Williams continues to hint at Holiday being close to a return, he still has not been able to go through a full practice, so it's extremely unlikely he'll be ready to go for Wednesday's game against the Lakers. He'll also be with a minutes limit upon his return, so this is a situation that should be avoided in standard leagues.
Mar 31 - 2:20 PM

Ryan Anderson (knee) has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game against the Lakers.

Anderson went through his first full-court scrimmage on Tuesday and now has a chance to play against the Lakers. We'll update his status after Wednesday's shootaround, but fantasy owners with an extra roster spot will want to see if Anderson is available on waivers.
Mar 31 - 1:42 PM

Ryan Anderson (knee) said he's ready to return to the Pelicans' lineup at some point over the next three games.

Anderson is expected to go through his first full-court scrimmage workout Tuesday after missing the team's previous 17 games. "'I'm definitely going to be back on this road trip,'' Anderson said. ''That's my full intention." While Anderson isn't a must-add player in standard fantasy leagues, he's worth a flier for owners with an extra roster spot as long as he's able to stick to his outlined timetable.
Mar 31 - 10:31 AM

Ryan Anderson (knee) is expected to return on the Pelicans upcoming road trip.

The Pelicans play in three straight road games on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, but it's not clear which game the big man is tentatively targeting to make his return. Regardless, his return will only help the Pelicans in their playoff push, but he's not a must-add player at this point. His return should mean less small ball for New Orleans as well as a role reduction for Dante Cunningham.
Mar 30 - 1:32 PM

Anthony Davis went to work against the Timberwolves on Sunday, scoring a game-high 28 points on 10-of-21 shooting, with nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block through 37 minutes of action.

After briefly exiting Wednesday's game against the Rockets with a shoulder injury, Davis has logged 41 and 37 minutes in his past two outings, so it doesn't look like this will be an issue at all moving forward. He was his usual fantastic self during Sunday's win, shooting a sterling 8-of-10 from the charity stripe, while committing zero turnovers, making this a true 9-cat gem. He's a fantasy goldmine, and as long as he can stay healthy, he'll arguably be the best player in fantasy hoops for many years to come.
Mar 29 - 6:46 PM

Omer Asik scored 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting, adding six rebounds, one assist and two turnovers through 25 minutes of action.

Asik can be viewed as a rebounding specialist in deep leagues, but he usually doesn't bring much else to the stat sheet (7.3 points and 0.8 blocks per game on the season) making him a questionable guy to own in standard leagues.
Mar 29 - 6:37 PM

Tyreke Evans got off to a slow start on Sunday and he finished with only nine points, three rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in 23 minutes.

The Pelicans are now 21-14 with Evans starting at point guard. His run as the lead guard may end in the near future, however, as coach Monty Williams expects Jrue Holiday (leg) to return before the end of the regular season. That would do Evans' fantasy value no favors, but he's safe to keep locked into all active lineups -- today's low playing time was due largely to the lopsided score, and Evans should fare much better vs. the Lakers on Wednesday.
Mar 29 - 6:31 PM

Eric Gordon got back on track during Sunday's home victory, scoring 12 points (5-of-8 FGs) with one 3-pointer, three rebounds, seven assists and one steal.

He shot 2-of-11 in his previous two games, without any 3-pointers, so it was nice to see him find the range today. The possible return of Jrue Holiday (leg) in the next few weeks could complicate Gordon's role offensively, but he should maintain low-end value as long as he's knocking down his 3-pointers.
Mar 29 - 6:29 PM

Tyreke Evans scored 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting (including two threes) with three rebounds, 10 assists and one steal in the Pelicans' 102-88 win over his old Kings squad on Friday.

Evans is towing the line big-time for his fantasy owners as he continues to produce despite an ankle injury. Anthony Davis added 24 points on 11-of-26 shooting with nine rebounds, one steal and six blocks in the win.
Mar 28 - 1:44 AM

Eric Gordon disappeared yet again on Friday against the Kings, scoring four points on 2-of-6 shooting with zero rebounds and four assists in just 20 minutes of action.

Something is clearly not right and injury reporting in New Orleans is notoriously light. It's been a while since Gordon has been productive and the only play (other than a drop) that makes sense here is to hold him while targeting the four-game week following next week. The Pelicans are three games back in the playoff chase, but a handful of losses (or OKC wins) could cause them to take their foot off the gas.
Mar 28 - 1:41 AM

Quincy Pondexter scored 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting (including four threes) with five rebounds and two steals against the Kings on Friday.

The Kings are good for a few extra 3PAs for their opponents so nothing really stands out here. If you need the triples, give him a look.
Mar 28 - 1:35 AM

Pelicans head coach Monty Williams said that he expects Jrue Holiday (leg) will return before the regular-season ends, but he would not give a specific date.

This is an interesting development, however, Jrue has been sidelined since Jan. 12 and he would more than likely be eased back into the rotation when/if he does eventually return. He still has yet to go through a practice with the team, and given the uncertainty of this situation, it's probably best to leave Jrue on the wire in most leagues.
Mar 27 - 7:52 PM

Jrue Holiday (leg) still has not been able to practice, and he remains without an official timetable to return.

"I’m just trying to take it slow, don’t want to re-aggravate it. Obviously last time I tried to do a little bit more, it flared up on me," said Holiday. "I think the doctor kind of has a timetable, which they know about. I don’t really know. I don’t ask questions, because I might try to test the waters a little bit too soon. So I just do what they tell me." With just 11 games remaining for the Pelicans, and no clear return date in sight, Holiday belongs on the waiver wire in all re-draft leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 27 - 1:44 PM

Anthony Davis returned from a shoulder injury in the second half during a 95-93 loss to the Rockets on Wednesday, making 9-of-18 from the field and 6-of-14 from the line for 24 points with 14 boards, one assist three steals, three blocks and no turnovers.

The good news here is that he felt good after the game. "I just wanted to be on the floor, so whatever I had to do to stay on the floor, " Davis said regarding his shoulder injury.. He was even attempting free throws after the game tonight because he missed eight of them, which proved costly. He should be ready for Friday against the Kings against fellow Kentucky Wildcat DeMarcus Cousins.
Mar 26 - 1:28 AM


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