Player News - Pelicans

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Jordan Crawford scored 14 points and hit two triples vs. the Jazz on Monday.

The Pelicans were in comeback mode down the stretch, so Crawford played a season-high 30 minutes. He shot just 5-of-16 from the field with one rebound, two assists and one block, but it's obvious that he has the green light from coach Alvin Gentry. If the Pelicans start shutting down some players in the near future, Crawford could be a sneaky pickup.
Mar 28 - 1:59 AM

Jrue Holiday scored 19 points on 8-of-17 shooting in Monday's loss to the Jazz.

He had a lot on his shoulders with DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) out and finished with five assists, two rebounds, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers. The Pelicans are 4.5 games behind both the Blazers (No. 8 seed) and Nuggets (No. 9 seed), but Holiday's owners can expect him to keep going strong until the Pelicans throw in the towel on the season. If that happens, Tim Frazier and Jordan Crawford could have some sneaky value in the final week or two.
Mar 28 - 1:55 AM

Anthony Davis' 36 points weren't enough in a 108-100 loss to the Jazz on Monday.

AD did everything he could, finishing 12-of-23 from the field and 11-of-14 from the line with 17 rebounds, three assists, three steals, three blocks and one triple in 41 minutes. This was his third straight game with 30+ points and 15+ rebounds which is tied for the 2nd longest streak in the last 20 seasons. The loss means the Pelicans are now 4.5 games behind the No. 8 seed (Blazers) with eight games remaining, so Davis' owners do have to worry about a potential shut-down once his team is mathematically eliminated.
Mar 28 - 1:47 AM

DeMarcus Cousins (right ankle sprain) will not play on Monday vs. the Jazz.

He is getting ruled out nearly a couple hours before tip-off, so that's usually not a good sign. His next chance to play will be on Wednesday vs. Dallas. Dante Cunningham will start again, but he's a poor fantasy option. Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday will benefit the most with Cousins out.
Mar 27 - 9:05 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (right ankle sprain) is listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. the Jazz.

Coach Alvin Gentry also said on Sunday that Cousins would be questionable, but he will likely end up being a game-time call since the Pelicans aren't expected to have a morning shootaround. Dante Cunningham could earn another start if Boogie sits, but he's not a good fantasy option. Instead, look for Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday to carry the Pelicans if Boogie can't go.
Mar 27 - 10:35 AM

Alexis Ajinca finished with six points, seven rebounds, two steals and a blocked shots in Sunday's 115-90 win at Denver.

Head coach Alvin Gentry told reporters after the game that Ajinca was the team's MVP in the win due to the energy he provided off the bench. Ajinca has plenty of energy because he averaged just 9.2 minutes per game over his past five outings. Despite the coach's nice words and the decent stat line, Ajinca doesn't have much fantasy appeal outside of the deepest of leagues. He was playing more than usual because DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) was sidelined and the team was involved in a lopsided game.
Mar 26 - 10:44 PM

Jordan Crawford posted 13 points with seven assists, five rebounds and a steal in 24 minutes off the bench in Sunday's game at Denver.

Crawford has been outstanding for the second unit in New Orleans, posting 10 or more points in nine of his 10 outings with the team. He is averaging 14.3 points and 2.5 rebounds over his past four games to give fantasy owners in deeper leagues some solid production. He is also a cheap source of points for those playing DFS down the stretch.
Mar 26 - 10:40 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (right ankle sprain) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Jazz, according to coach Alvin Gentry.

For what it's worth, Cousins took some shots during halftime on Sunday with a pronounced limp. The Pelicans may not hold a shootaround prior to the second game in a back-to-back set, but owners should check for updates in the afternoon. Dante Cunningham will likely earn another start if Cousins isn't ready to go vs. Utah.
Mar 26 - 10:40 PM

Jrue Holiday scored 13 points in Sunday's game in Denver while adding seven assists, six rebounds and a steal over 27 minutes.

Holiday dropped in three triples, too, while posting a goose egg in the turnover category. He has rebounded from a rough patch at the beginning of the month, posting 10 or more points in eight straight games while contributing six or more assists in each of his past six outings.
Mar 26 - 10:33 PM

Donatas Motiejunas finished with 13 points and eight rebounds over 19 minutes in Sunday's game against the Nuggets.

Motiejunas was leaned upon a little more heavily with DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) sidelined and the game out of hand for most of the second half. He entered the game with a total of 29 minutes played over the pst six games with just four total points, so don't get terribly excited about this output. Unless Cousins is forced to miss more time Motiejunas is only worth a look in the deepest of fantasy leagues.
Mar 26 - 10:30 PM

Anthony Davis hit 12-of-17 shots from the floor to finish with 31 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot over 28 minutes in Sunday's 115-90 win in Denver.

Davis has 14 games with 30 or more points and 15 or more rebounds, most in the NBA. The 25-point margin of victory was the largest of the season for the Pelicans, as they pulled within four games of the Nuggets for a playoff spot with nine games remaining. Davis stepped up and helped the Pelicans stay alive, and they're now 3-0 in games when DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) is sidelined.
Mar 26 - 10:24 PM

Dante Cunningham finished with six points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots in 31 minutes against the Nuggets on Sunday.

Cunningham was making the start with DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) sidelined. He is only worth a look in the very deepest of seasonal fantasy leagues even if he makes another start in place of Cousins. Cunningham has a low usage rate even in a starting role. However, he is worth a roll of the dice as a low-priced DFS option if he makes another start.
Mar 26 - 10:21 PM

Dante Cunningham will start vs. the Nuggets on Sunday.

DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) has been ruled out tonight, so Cunningham should get significant minutes. He sports an extremely low usage rate, however, and even as a fill-in starter he hasn't done much to merit fantasy owners' attention.
Mar 26 - 6:45 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (right ankle sprain) will not play vs. the Nuggets on Sunday.

Dante Cunningham will start and Solomon Hill stands to benefit from Cousins' absence, while both Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday will also have less competition for usage. Cousins was essentially a game-time decision tonight, so there's a chance he'll return vs. the Jazz on Monday. Check back for updates after New Orleans' shootaround, assuming they hold one in the second half of a back-to-back set.

Cheik Diallo has been recalled from the D-League.

He'll now return to warming the bench in New Orleans. Leave him on the wire.
Mar 26 - 5:05 PM


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