Player News - Pelicans

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Pelicans G Frank Jackson (right foot surgery) is hopeful that he can return to the court January.

Jackson has begun spot shooting and limited ball-handling, with the goal of ramping up his activity in early January. "I feel great," Jackson said. "I've been to the doctor ... and everything looks good. My foot's healing. It's almost healed, pretty much." Even at full strength, though, the Pelicans have too much backcourt depth to anticipate Jackson earning any minutes.
Dec 14 - 3:49 PM

E'Twaun Moore scored 21 points with five rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

He just can't be stopped right now and it's unusual to see he's made 21 two-point shots compared to 12 triples over his last four games. Moore isn't just taking treys these days, but he's getting plenty of easy looks thanks to all the attention DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis get. He's worth owning in standard leagues until he cools off, which he almost certainly will at some point.
Dec 14 - 12:22 AM

Anthony Davis scored 25 points during a 115-108 win over the Bucks on Wednesday with 10 rebounds, two assists and four blocks in 36 minutes.

He and DeMarcus Cousins put up a pair of 20-10 lines for the first time this month. Coach Alvin Gentry doesn't really like to limit AD when he's active with this game and a 40-minute effort against the 76ers on Sunday, but AD did not play on Monday. For now, Davis looks like he's healthy as he keeps his fantasy owners on pins and needles most nights.
Dec 14 - 12:18 AM

DeMarcus Cousins scored 26 points with 13 rebounds, seven assists, one block, nine turnovers and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

While the turnovers are rough, Boogie is a stat beast and he continues to drop high dime totals as he's in the top 20 for that category for the entire league. Anthony Davis (hip) did return for this game, which is noteworthy on Cousins because he has a ridiculous 38.5 usage rate without AD compared to a 31.1 with him. Cousins has trended down a tad after his unreal start, but he's still a top-10 asset in standard leagues.
Dec 14 - 12:09 AM

Rajon Rondo scored five points with three rebounds, three assists, three turnovers, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

We saw Coach Rondo out there to help decide who closed. Coach Alvin Gentry said he tried to sub Rondo in late, but Rondo told Gentry to leave the group that was on the floor in the game because they were hot. Rondo has been very productive as the starter, he's making his shots and he's not going to the line, so his fantasy owners have to be pleased so far. Although, he may be close to peaking and Rondo not even going back in on his own accord is interesting.
Dec 14 - 12:02 AM

Dante Cunningham scored eight points with four rebounds in 21 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

With Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins in the lineup, Cunningham just doesn't do enough on the stat sheet to roster in fantasy for almost all leagues.
Dec 13 - 11:57 PM

Jameer Nelson scored five points with seven rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes agains the Bucks on Wednesday.

He was very good late in this game and he even saw some clutch minutes. The Pelicans are having some success with their smaller guards to go with their two bigs and even Rajon Rondo gave the OK to keep Nelson out there. While Nelson has helped them win games, there's little incentive to owning him in fantasy while Rondo is active.
Dec 13 - 11:54 PM

Anthony Davis (left adductor) is "expected to play" vs. the Bucks on Wednesday.

Davis said after shootaround that he "should be able to go," and that was confirmed by the Pelicans' official twitter feed. We'll update his status once lineups are announced, but it should be safe to activate him in all season-long leagues.
Dec 13 - 7:05 PM

Dante Cunningham (knee) is expected to play Wednesday vs. Milwaukee.

Anthony Davis (adductor) is also expected back in action tonight, so Cunningham probably won't be earning meaningful minutes tonight. Leave him on the wire.
Dec 13 - 7:04 PM

Jameer Nelson (ankle) is expected to play against the Bucks on Wednesday.

The Pelicans haven't missed him too much with Rajon Rondo and E'Twaun Moore both playing very well. Nelson doesn't have much fantasy value these days.
Dec 13 - 6:25 PM

Anthony Davis (left adductor) will be a game-time call for Wednesday's matchup with the Bucks.

Davis said he was feeling good after shootaround, and that he "should be able to go" against Milwaukee barring a setback, but ultimately this decision will be made by Alvin Gentry and the Pelicans' medical staff. AD will need to go through his pregame routine before an official decision is made, but if he is able to get back out there, Darius Miller will return to the bench, and DeMarcus Cousins won't be quite as active on offense.

Jammer Nelson (left ankle) is questionable to face the Bucks on Wednesday.

Nelson has spent the past two games on the sidelines, which has forced Rajon Rondo into heavy minutes, and it'll be more of the same if Nelson can't give it a go on Wednesday. With how well Rondo has played in Nelson's absence, he may be looking at a diminished role once he is able to make his way back to the court.
Dec 12 - 4:24 PM

Dante Cunningham (right knee) is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Bucks.

Anthony Davis (adductor) is also questionable, and if both these guys can't give it a go, Darius Miller would again be looking at minutes in the high-30s, although he's still not a very attractive fantasy target. Check back for another update on Cunningham following Wednesday morning's shootaround.
Dec 12 - 4:22 PM

Anthony Davis (left adductor), Dante Cunningham (knee) and Jameer Nelson (ankle) are being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Bucks.

Davis has missed four of the past six games with this groin issue, so they likely won't be bringing him back until he's cleared 100 percent. We'll have a better idea on his status following shootaround, but if he's out again and Cunningham joins him on the sidelines, Darius Miller would be forced into heavy minutes while DeMarcus Cousins and Jrue Holiday would dominate the offense. If Nelson is out, that'll be good news for Rajon Rondo.
Dec 12 - 4:17 PM

Tony Allen has been diagnosed with a non-displaced left proximal fibula fracture and is expected to miss the next 3-4 weeks of action.

Allen isn't a huge part of the rotation in New Orleans, so there won't be a large impact in fantasy hoops with him out. Darius Miller and Dante Cunningham will likely pick up most of his minutes, but neither of those guys are worth owning in most leagues.
Dec 12 - 3:10 PM


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