Player News - Pelicans

Date: Team: Pos:

Ryan Anderson has a good chance to play on Sunday vs. the Mavericks, according to coach Monty Williams.

This is definitely good news as it was feared that Anderson's injury might have cost him a few more games on the sidelines. If Anderson does return on Sunday, Dante Cunningham, Quincy Pondexter and Alexis Ajinca will all lose value. We will provide further details when they are made available.

The Pelicans have signed Nate Wolters to another 10-day contract on Saturday.

Despite the absence of Jrue Holiday (leg), Wolters has averaged just 2.6 points, 2.2 boards and 0.8 assists in 11 minutes per contest in New Orleans so far. Needless to say, Wolters should be left on the wire.
Source: NBA.com
Jan 24 - 12:10 PM

Eric Gordon scored 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting (including two threes) with two rebounds, five assists and one steal over 35 minutes in Friday's road win over the Wolves.

Gordon is going to be worth having in lineups at least until Jrue Holiday returns and if Ryan Anderson misses more time with his ankle injury he could have a nice little run here. Anthony Davis added 21 and 12 with two steals and a block, and Tyreke Evans is also enjoying life without Holiday as he poured in 17 points with eight assists in an otherwise full line.
Jan 24 - 2:48 AM

Dante Cunningham returned to Minnesota where he played last season, scoring 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting with five rebounds, two steals and one block over 35 minutes in Friday's win.

Cunningham is going to have some extra opportunity with Jrue Holiday out for a while and Ryan Anderson dealing with an ankle injury. Give him a look if you need a low-end forward.
Jan 24 - 2:45 AM

Alexis Ajinca blocked a career-high five shots in Friday's win, and also added six points with six boards in 14 minutes.

Ajinca was probably dropped after his mini-spurt filling in for Anthony Davis, but if you happened to hold onto him you may want to see if Ryan Anderson misses more time with his ankle injury. That said, this is Alexis Ajinca we're talking about here and owners shouldn't piddle around if there are any worthwhile free agents available.
Jan 24 - 2:41 AM

Ryan Anderson will not play on Friday due to bilateral ankle inflammation.

This is slightly ominous since the Pelicans also listed Jrue Holiday as having ankle inflammation before his stress reaction was revealed, but there's no reason to think Anderson has more than a day-to-day injury. His absence should result in more minutes for Dante Cunningham, Quincy Pondexter, Luke Babbitt and Alexis Ajinca, with Cunningham shouldering the heaviest burden.
Jan 23 - 12:29 PM

Alexis Ajinca, who came in hot, played just six minutes and had zero points and four rebounds in the return of Anthony Davis.

Ajinca had played very well since Davis went down with a toe injury, but we knew it would be a short run. With Davis back you can safely forget about Ajinca again, at least until Davis suffers another injury.
Jan 21 - 11:46 PM

Tyreke Evans started at point guard again and hit 8-of-19 shots and a 3-pointer for 19 points, four rebounds, four assists and a steal on Wednesday.

Jrue Holiday is expected to miss the next two to four weeks with a leg injury, meaning Evans should continue to start. It's no surprise that Evans and Eric Gordon went off against the Lakers, as they constantly give it up to opposing guards, but both players are must-own right now, regardless of who they're playing.
Jan 21 - 11:45 PM

Eric Gordon stayed hot on Wednesday with 17 points, five rebounds, 10 assists, a steal and a 3-pointer on 7-of-13 shooting.

He's healthy and on fire right now, and with Jrue Holiday expected out for the next two to four weeks, Gordon should now be owned in all leagues.
Jan 21 - 11:41 PM

Anthony Davis returned from his toe injury and hit 11-of-18 shots for 29 points, eight rebounds, three steals and four blocks.

Welcome back, AD! Now get him back in your lineup and put your seatbelt on.
Jan 21 - 11:38 PM

Jrue Holiday (leg) will miss the next 2-4 weeks with a stress reaction in his lower leg.

Not good. He missed half of the 2013-14 season due to a tibia fracture and it seems like this could be an aggravation. The Pelicans were somewhat secretive with Holiday's leg issue last season, so hopefully they're not doing it again. It'll be Tyreke Evans at point guard with Dante Cunningham starting at small forward. Holiday should still be stashed in fantasy leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Jan 21 - 5:46 PM

Anthony Davis (toe) will start against the Lakers on Wednesday.

His toe injury was never considered serious, but the Pelicans are obviously going to be extremely cautious with their franchise player. Davis' return will send Ryan Anderson back to bench, while Alexis Ajinca will lose almost all of his fantasy value.
Jan 21 - 11:22 AM

Jrue Holiday (ankle) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Lakers.

Holiday has missed the Pelicans' last four games and it's a little worrisome that the team hasn't exactly been vocal about updates on the point guard. We'll update Holiday's status after Wednesday's shootaround, but his fantasy owners will want to prepare to be without him again on Wednesday while Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon would see the biggest fantasy value boost if Holiday does indeed sit.
Jan 20 - 2:03 PM

Anthony Davis (toe) has been upgraded to probable for Wednesday's game against the Lakers.

After missing the last three games, it looks like Davis' fantasy owners will get their star player back Wednesday night. Assuming Davis plays, Ryan Anderson will return to a bench role while Alexis Ajinca's fantasy value will take a big hit.
Jan 20 - 2:00 PM

Anthony Davis (toe) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Lakers.

Ryan Anderson will likely get the start if Davis is unable to play for the the fourth consecutive game on Wednesday, but he has been a disappointment as a starter over the last three games. Fantasy owners will want to keep Alexis Ajinca on stand-by in case Davis sits on Wednesday as he's been the biggest beneficiary of Davis' absence.
Jan 20 - 12:56 PM


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