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Nicolo Melli managed six points (2-7 FG, 2-5 3PT) three rebounds and three blocks across 24 minutes in Thursday's 123-118 loss to the Thunder.

Fantasy Impact: Melli has recorded at least one block in three consecutive games. He has been solid in Brandon Ingram's (ankle) absence, averaging 8.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 2.3 triples and 1.7 blocks during that span. Melli is worth a deep-league stash until Ingram returns. The Pelicans next scheduled game is after the All-Star break is February 21st against the Trail Blazers.

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Josh Hart produced seven points (1-4 FG, 1-4 3PT, 4-4 FT) eight rebounds, three assists and one turnover across 27 minutes in Thursday's 123-118 loss to the Thunder.

Fantasy Impact: Hart has started the past three games with Brandon Ingram (ankle) sidelined. He is averaging 11.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.0 triples during those starts. Hart is worth stashing in deep-league formats and can be used as a streamer while Ingram remains out. The Pelicans next scheduled game after the All-Star break is February 21st against the Trail Blazers.

Category: Game Recaps


Derrick Favors provided eight points (4-8 FG) nine rebounds, two assists and one turnover across 20 minutes in Thursday's 123-18 loss to the Thunder.

Fantasy Impact: Favors has only scored double figures once in his last eight games. He is averaging 7.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.5 blocks during that span. With Zion Williamson returning to action, Favors' role in the offense has taken a hit. The 28-year old is worth owning in deep-league formats. Favors will enter the All-Star break averaging 9.5 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.0 blocks across 36 games this year. The Pelicans next scheduled game is after the All-Star break is February 21st against the Trail Blazers.

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JJ Redick put up 24 points (8-19 FG, 4-11 3PT, 4-4 FT), three assists, two rebounds, and two steals across 31 minutes in the Pelicans' 123-118 loss to the Thunder on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Redick has played well as of late, scoring 20 or more points in each his last three games. The 14-year-vet briefly left the game in the second quarter after colliding with Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson but returned shortly after. Redick has played an important role coming off the bench for this young Pelicans squad and that should stay the same as they look to make a playoff push. The sharpshooter heads into the All-Star break with averages of 15.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.0 assists a night.

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Lonzo Ball put up 16 points (5-9 FG, 5-8 3PT, 1-1 FT), six rebounds, five assists, and two blocks across 35 minutes during the Pelicans 123-118 loss on Thursday night.

Fantasy Impact: His five three's were impressive, as all of Ball's field-goals were from downtown on Thursday. The third-year guard also continued to display chemistry with rookie Zion Williamson, as Ball constantly set him up with easy looks. Ball heads into the All-Star break with well-rounded averages of 11.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 6.8 assists a night.

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Jrue Holiday furnished 14 points (6-13 FG, 1-4 FT), 11 assists, six rebounds, and one 3-pointer over 37 minutes in the Pelicans 118-123 loss to the Thunder on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Since inserting Jrue Holiday into the starting line-up, all Holiday has done is produce three straight double-doubles. Holiday is a must start in all leagues as he can be started at either guard position, and produces solid stats over multiple categories.

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Zion Williamson’s new career-high for the second straight game was not enough as the Pelicans fall to the Thunder 123-118 on Thursday. Williamson produced 32 points (11-19 FG, 10-13 FT), six rebounds, one assist, and one block across 31 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: The start to Williamson career, could not have begun anymore spectacular than it already has. There are only two players in NBA history that have scored more points in their first 10 games than Zion Williamson’s (221), Shaquille O’Neal (238) and Allen Iverson (224), that’s it. The rookie has scored over 20 points in six straight games and eight out of his first ten games. His future looks as bright as ever and he’s only 19 years-old.

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Brandon Ingram (ankle) will not play Thursday’s game against the Thunder. (Source: Will Guillory on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Ingram, who was game-time decision for Thursday’s contests against Oklahoma, was ultimately ruled out. He will miss his third consecutive game due to a right ankle sprain. Josh Hart should see an expanded role with Ingram sidelined.

Category: Injury Updates


Kenrich Willams (back) will not play Thursday’s game against the Thunder. (Source: Pelicans.com)

Fantasy Impact: Williams has missed the last 18 games due to a back injury. He is currently day-to-day. His next chance to return will be February 21st against the Trail Blazers after the All-Star break.

Category: Injury Updates


Nickeil Alexander-Walker (illness) is not listed on the injury report for Thursday's game against the Bulls. (Source: NBA.com)

Fantasy Impact: Alexander-Walker missed Tuesday's game against the Bucks due to an illness. He was removed from the injury report and is available to play Thursday's tilt against the Bulls. Alexander-Walker is averaging 5.4 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 triples across 39 games this year.

Category: Injury Updates


E’Twaun Moore provided 10 points (5-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt) and a block over 14 minutes in the Pelicans’ 117-109 loss to the Rockets on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Moore had an efficient shooting night on his way to a second straight double-digit scoring game. He's been a regular in the Pels' rotation this season, though Moore's minutes have taken a hit since Zion Williamson returned to the lineup. Moore has averaged just 7.6 points across 13.2 minutes in his last five games, and there are likely better options on the waiver wire, even in deep leagues.

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Jaxson Hayes collected two points (1-3 FG) and two rebounds over four minutes in the Pelicans’ 117-109 loss to the Rockets on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Hayes logged his fewest minutes since December in Sunday's loss, and his role has continued to diminish with the return of Zion Williamson. In six games with Williamson in the lineup, Hayes has averaged just 5.0 points and 2.3 rebounds across 11.3 minutes in that span. He belongs on the waiver wire outside of dynasty leagues at this point.

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Jahlil Okafor (back) will not play Monday against the Grizzlies. (Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Okafur will miss his third straight game due to a back injury. With Derrick Favors also ruled out, look for Jaxson Hayes to see an uptick in minutes at the center spot. Okafur's next chance to return will be Wednesday's game against the Spurs.

Category: Injury Updates


Frank Jackson scored a team-high 22 points (9-18 FG, 4-10 3PT, 0-2 FT), two assists and one block across 33 minutes in Saturday's 140-105 loss to the Celtics.

Fantasy Impact: Jackson scored double figures for the first time since November 14th's win over the Clippers. With J.J. Redick (hamstring) or Jrue Holiday (elbow) sidelined, Jackson stepped up and dropped 22 points off the bench in Saturday's loss. Jackson hasn't logged more than nine minutes since December 7th. Unless Holiday and Reddick are both out again, Jackson is a deep-league flyer at best. The Pelican next scheduled game is Monday, away against the Pistons.

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