Player News - Pelicans

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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

Luke Babbitt, who had 18 points, eight boards and four 3-pointers on Monday, hit just 3-of-7 shots for eight points, two rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers on Wednesday.

Quincy Pondexter and Dante Cunningham were better tonight, and it's going to be tough to figure out which scrub is going to get hot for Pelicans as long as Ryan Anderson and Anthony Davis are out. But Babbitt should probably be at the bottom of the list after Pondexter scored 25 tonight, while Cunningham is also starting.
Feb 26 - 1:10 AM

Quincy Pondexter drew another start at small forward on Wednesday and hit 9-of-13 shots and four 3-pointers for a career-high 25 points to go along with five rebounds and two assists in a tough win over the Nets.

One of his threes was a dagger for the win and he was simply feeling it tonight. He's worth a look as long as Ryan Anderson and Anthony Davis are out, and the Pelicans have somehow won three straight games to stay in the playoff hunt. QP had just five points in Saturday's start, but could make for a sneaky DFS play soon if Davis and Anderson continue to miss time, and Pondexter builds on the confidence he gained tonight.
Feb 26 - 1:06 AM

Eric Gordon hit just 2-of-11 shots (both 3-pointers) for eight points, six rebounds, four assists and a steal on Wednesday.

He's really struggling with his shot right now, hitting just 19-of-61 shots over his last five games, good for just 31 percent. He's averaging 12.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.2 3-pointers over that stretch, so if his shot ever comes back, he could start putting up some really nice numbers.
Feb 26 - 1:02 AM

Omer Asik had 12 points, 13 rebounds and a block in Wednesday's win over Brooklyn, the third straight for the short-handed Pelicans.

They continue to try to track down OKC for the No. 8 seed in the West, but they got a serious uphill climb in actually making the playoffs. But as long as Anthony Davis is out, Asik should ball, and he's now double-doubled in two straight games, and just missed a third with 15 points and nine rebounds.
Feb 26 - 12:59 AM

Dante Cunningham started and hit 6-of-11 shots for 13 points, seven rebounds, two steals and a block in 33 minutes on Wednesday.

With Ryan Anderson and Anthony Davis out, Cunningham is getting some run, but this was one of his best games of the season, and it's unlikely that he'll play this well on most nights.
Feb 26 - 12:57 AM

Jrue Holiday (leg) will wear a protective walking boot for the next two weeks, at which point he will be reevaluated.

Even though the injury is very similar to the stress fracture he had last season that cost him the final 48 games, he said that his current injury was not as serious. 'This is completely different,'' Holiday said. ''Difference is that I had a crack in my shin last year, I don't have a crack now. I've got to two weeks in this boot to see how it goes.'' However, when he recently tried to ramp up his activities, Holiday said that the pain started to increase again. His owners can hang onto him if they have an available IR spot, but with fantasy playoffs looming, Holiday is no longer a must-own player. In the meantime, Norris Cole will continue to get extended run off the bench for the Pelicans and is worth a look in deeper leagues after averaging 13.5 points, 3.5 boards, 4.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 treys in 27.4 minutes per game over his last two.
Feb 25 - 12:33 PM

Tyreke Evans (illness) is still not 100 percent, but he will play against the Nets on Wednesday.

Evans played through this same illness on Monday and was able to produce 13 points, 12 assists, four rebounds, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers, so his owners shouldn't be too concerned. Evans has a ton of responsibly on offense with Anthony Davis (shoulder), Ryan Anderson (elbow) and Jrue Holiday (leg) all currently sidelined, and he is going to be an elite fantasy asset for the foreseeable future.
Feb 25 - 12:20 PM

Gal Mekel has signed with Nizhny Novogrod of Russia, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Stein reports that Hapoel Jerusalem of Mekel's native Israel made a strong push, but Nizhny Novogrod won the bidding for the guard's services. Mekel may resurface in the NBA some day, but he can be dropped in all fantasy leagues at this point.
Feb 24 - 11:34 AM

Tyreke Evans played through an illness on Monday, scoring 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting (including two threes) with four rebounds, 12 assists, one steal and one block.

We almost didn't write this blurb because the illness obviously didn't matter tonight, but in the interest of full disclosure here it is. If you want to gamble that Jrue Holiday comes back at some point, this might be your last chance to sell-high in the next week or so. For what it's worth we don't think the Pelicans will push Holiday to return unless he's fully healthy.
Feb 24 - 12:22 AM

Omer Asik double-doubled in the Pelicans' 100-97 win over the Raptors on Monday, scoring 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting (6-of-10 FTs) with 11 rebounds and two blocks.

Asik has a window to produce with Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson out, but his stat set is terrible for standard leagues due to a lack of defensive stats and poor free throw percentage. If everything is clicking he can be a late-round value in 8-cat leagues.
Feb 24 - 12:19 AM

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