Player News - Pelicans

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Jrue Holiday had a fantastic effort against the Spurs on Friday during a 97-90 win with 15 points, five rebounds, seven assists, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

While he's not shooting the ball great at 43.3 percent this month, his 8.5 assists, 0.8 blocks and 1.7 steals have helped his fantasy value tremendously. He's a strong No. 2 fantasy point guard right now.
Dec 27 - 12:38 AM

Omer Asik played 18 minutes on Friday with four points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal against the Spurs.

His minutes keep dropping and coach Monty Williams is gaining more confidence in Alexis Ajinca. Asik is not worth owning in even 16-team leagues at this rate.
Dec 27 - 12:34 AM

Ryan Anderson scored 22 points against the Spurs on Friday with seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

It's just the 11th time in his career he's scored more than 20 points in a game with less than three treys. Anderson's role is safe on the bench and he should get plenty of shots because of the lack of depth on the bench.
Dec 27 - 12:32 AM

Anthony Davis was his usual stat-stuffing self against the Spurs during a win on Friday, scoring 22 points with 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals and five blocks in 38 minutes.

That seven-point dud from Saturday is a distant memory. Davis did have a fall under the basket and said he missed up his right thumb, but it wasn't bleeding and he said he wasn't concerned about it on the post-game Pelicans broadcast. He'll get to play his first game in Chicago of his career, so expect him to try and put on a show in front of his home town.
Dec 27 - 12:23 AM

Gal Mekel is reportedly considering heading back overseas after recently being waived by the Pelicans.

There is no question that he is a solid point guard, but he hasn't really been given a chance to succeed in the NBA. Mekel may latch back onto an NBA team in the future, but he is well off the fantasy radar for now.
Dec 24 - 11:07 AM

Ryan Anderson couldn't find the range vs. Indiana, going 1-of-8 from the field (0-of-6 from downtown) to finish with four points and three rebounds before fouling out in 29 minutes.

Anderson was averaging 3.5 triples over the Pelicans' previous six games and he still launched six attempts beyond the arc tonight, which is all his owners can ask for. The Pacers are allowing the fifth-fewest 3-pointers per game to their opponents (6.7), and Ryno faces two more difficult matchups vs. the Spurs (on Friday) and the Bulls (on Saturday).
Dec 23 - 10:38 PM

Tyreke Evans (knee) played well in 37 minutes vs. the Pacers on Tuesday, finishing with 14 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two turnovers in the road loss.

The Pelicans average a league-leading 48.7 points in the paint and it's easy to see why, as Anthony Davis (21 points, nine rebounds) thrives in the paint and Evans is attempting 70.9 percent of his shots within five feet of the hoop. Tyreke's lousy FG and FT percentages continue to detract from his overall fantasy appeal, but he has enough across-the-board potential to be owned in all 12-team leagues.
Dec 23 - 10:37 PM

Luke Babbitt made three 3-pointers and scored 10 points in Tuesday's road loss in Indiana, adding two rebounds and one assist in 21 minutes.

Babbitt hasn't done much of note since joining New Orleans' starting lineup, averaging just 6.0 points, 1.8 threes, 2.6 rebounds and 0.3 steals in 19 minutes per game. His starting role has a shelf-life with Eric Gordon (shoulder) on the path to recovery, which is all the more reason to leave Babbitt adrift on the waiver wire.
Dec 23 - 10:20 PM

Luke Babbitt played just 14 minutes in another start on Sunday, but only hit one 3-pointer and failed to register any other stats on the night.

Eric Gordon's (shoulder) return is looming, so if Babbitt isn't even an asset while he is starting than this news confirms that he shouldn't be owned in almost any league.
Dec 21 - 10:15 PM

Tyreke Evans played 36 minutes on Sunday, scoring 12 points to go with seven assists, two boards and three steals.

While this line isn't that impressive, the good news was that Evans appeared to move around the court very well and it didn't seem like his knee gave him any problems. Evans carries a little risk with his injury history, but as long as he stays active he will continue to play well in what has become his bounce-back season.
Dec 21 - 10:10 PM

Jrue Holiday managed a double-double on Sunday vs. the Thunder, finishing with 11 points, 15 assists, one board, four steals and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

He did shoot just 4-of-12 from the field and turned the ball over four times, but he was matched up against Russell Westbrook so his owners should be thrilled with this performance. Yet to miss a game this season, Holiday is rewarding owners who took a gamble on him and is showing no signs of slowing down as the Pelicans pursue a berth in the playoffs.
Dec 21 - 10:05 PM

Anthony Davis dropped an impressive 38 points on 16-of-22 shooting in a win over the Thunder on Sunday, adding 12 boards, two assists, one steal and three blocks in 37 minutes.

He feasted on Serge Ibaka the entire game, and the Thunder simply had no answer for him on either end of the court. Davis has been phenomenal this season, and if he can manage to stay healthy, he will continue to stake his claim as the No.1 option in fantasy basketball.
Dec 21 - 10:01 PM

Russ Smith scored for the first time in his NBA career on Saturday, finishing with five points, two boards and one 3-pointer in 15 minutes.

He was recalled from the D-League prior to the game on Saturday, and was able to pick up some experience in garbage time against Portland. Smith was a stud at the Las Vegas summer league and was the leader in assists per game, but he has a long way to go before he will be relevant in most fantasy leagues.
Dec 21 - 9:33 AM

Ryan Anderson scored 16 points during a blowout 114-88 loss to the Blazers on Saturday with five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer.

He had some trouble defending Thomas Robinson tonight, but the entire team was abused this evening. Anderson's minutes in the mid-20s are safe and the disappointing play of Omer Asik could give him more run. He's capable of being a mid-round fantasy asset.
Dec 20 - 9:24 PM

Austin Rivers had a season-high 21 points against the Blazers on Saturday with two rebounds, three assists, one steal and no turnovers in 33 minutes.

He picked up a bunch of stats in garbage time, but he played well in the first half, too. Rivers made 11-of-12 from the line and was much more aggressive than usual. There is still no reason to add him in almost any league.
Dec 20 - 9:22 PM


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