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James Johnson scored 11 points (4-8 FG, 1-2 3PT, 2-3 FT) with three rebounds and two assists across 22 minutes during Wednesday's 125-107 blowout loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
Johnson shot 50 FG% while managing to collect a few rebounds and dish a couple of assists in an otherwise disappointing night for the Pelicans. The team will likely continue to lean on Johnson and its other second-unit players in the lineup with just two games left before the end of the 2020-21 season. Fantasy managers in DFS contests can target Eric Bledsoe or Willy Hernangomez for solid production in lineups against the Golden State Warriors on Friday.
New Orleans Pelicans PF James Johnson (groin) is listed as doubtful to play against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday due to a right adductor strain.
With Johnson suddenly doubtful to play, Zion Williamson should see increased minutes in the starting lineup to continue producing absurd stat lines. Zion is a must-start in every format and contest but there might be some small value with Wes Iwundu, who went for 11 points and seven rebounds across 27 minutes last week against the Kings.
James Johnson scored 18 points (8-16 FG, 1-5 3PT, 1-5 FT) with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, four blocks, and a turnover across 33 minutes during Sunday's 122-115 win over the Houston Rockets.
The veteran forward earned a start in the Pelicans' lineup due to injuries and capitalized on the opportunity, finishing with 18 points and four blocks in a great individual performance. Johnson is only relevant when All-Star Zion Williamson (thumb) is unable to suit up, as he has missed New Orleans' last three games due to a sprained right thumb. Johnson holds great value against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday if Zion remains out, so continue monitoring the injury reports as tip-off gets closer.
James Johnson put up eight points (4-8 FG, 0-3 3Pt) to go along with three rebounds, three assists, and two steals over 28 minutes in the Mavericks 110-107 win over the Celtics on Tuesday.
Kristaps Porzingis missed his second-straight game with lower back tightness and Maxi Kleber was also out with an ankle sprain so Johnson drew the start. He was playing for the first time since February 4th and played a quietly efficient game. Johnson can be an effective fantasy performer if he gets the minutes but he hasn't been playing at all over the last month. Johnson will head back to the bench as soon as Porzingis and Kleber are back in the lineup.
James Johnson is available to play against the Timberwolves after dealing with left knee soreness.
Johnson is averaging 18.4 minutes, 6.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.8 blocks. His ability to "stuff" the stat-sheet keep him relevant in DFS formats as a deep flier; however it would be wise not to force him in your lineups.