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Jaxson Hayes scored 10 points (4-7 FG, 2-2 FT) with seven rebounds, three assists, and a steal across 20 minutes during Sunday's 110-98 loss against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Fantasy Impact: Hayes came off the bench to provide decent production across 20 minutes, collecting seven boards and going four-of-seven from the field to finish with a double-digit outing during New Orleans' season finale. The 20-year old center has shown flashes of excellence throughout his two-year career in New Orleans and could see an increased role heading into next season.

Category: Game Recaps

Naji Marshall scored 18 points (6-13 FG, 4-6 3PT, 2-2 FT) with six rebounds, seven assists, a steal, and seven turnovers across 35 minutes during Sunday's 110-98 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Fantasy Impact: The rookie forward led the Pelicans in assists, going four-of-six from three-point range to elevate his overall production in DFS lineups on Sunday. Marshall was productive during his first year in the league and should be able to find an increased role in New Orleans or on another team to start the 2021-22 season.

Category: Game Recaps

Willy Hernangomez scored 19 points (8-11 FG, 3-5 FT) with 13 rebounds, an assist, two blocks, and two turnovers across 30 minutes during Sunday's 110-98 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Fantasy Impact: The Spaniard collected 13 rebounds and shot an efficient 72 FG% during Sunday's loss against a full-strength Los Angeles Lakers team. Hernangomez filled in nicely for Steven Adams (toe) in the starting lineup to end a disappointing season for the Pelicans.

Category: Game Recaps

Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 30 points (11-24 FG, 4-8 3PT, 4-7 FT) with five rebounds, four assists, three steals, a block, and two turnovers across 40 minutes during Friday's 125-122 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

Fantasy Impact: NAW completely dominated despite the narrow loss to the Warriors on Friday, forcing three steals and a block on defense while shooting nearly 50 FG% on 24 attempts from the field. The second-year point guard can be targeted in DFS lineups ahead of the team's season finale at home against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

Category: Game Recaps

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.

Fantasy Impact: 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.

Category: Game Recaps

Eric Bledsoe scored 15 points (5-11 FG, 1-5 3PT, 4-7 FT) with two rebounds, four assists, a steal, and three turnovers across 26 minutes during Wednesday's 125-107 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

Fantasy Impact: Bledsoe dealt four assists and forced a steal to add to the 15 points he produced on offense during a blowout loss to the Mavs on Wednesday. The Pelicans have been officially eliminated from the postseason but will play their next game against the Golden State Warriors on Friday.

Category: Game Recaps

Lonzo Ball registered 12 points (5-7 FG, 2-2 3PT) with eight rebounds, three assists, a steal, two blocks, and a turnover across 34 minutes during Monday's 115-110 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Fantasy Impact: Ball poured in two triples, forcing two blocks and a steal on defense to finish with decent production in fantasy lineups during Monday's loss to the Grizzlies. He is one of the few starters that remains healthy enough to continue playing during the final three-game stretch of the season, getting his next opportunity on the road against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.

Category: Game Recaps

New Orleans Pelicans SF Brandon Ingram (ankle) has been ruled out Monday vs the Grizzlies

Fantasy Impact: Both Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson will be unavailable for Monday's game. The shorthanded rotation will likely lead to more minutes for James Johnson and Naji Marshall.

Category: Injury Updates

Steven Adams has been ruled out ahead of the Pelicans game Friday against the 76ers with a toe injury. (Source: Will Guillory on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Adams was listed as doubtful and not able to practice on Thursday, so this was fully expected. Willy Hernangomez could see another start with Jaxson Hayes seeing more opportunity in a reserve role.

Category: Injury Updates

Zion Williamson has a fractured left ring finger and will be sidelined indefinitely. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Williamson injured his left hand against against the Warriors on Tuesday. He went back to the locker room before quickly returning to the court, and it turns out the injury was more serious than initially thought.

Category: Injury Updates

New Orleans Pelicans PG Isaiah Thomas will not be brought back immediately upon the expiration of his 10-day contract. (Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Thomas averaged 7.7 points across 16 minutes during the three games he played during his 10-day contract with the Pelicans. New Orleans could still opt to bring Thomas back on another 10-day contract or rest of year deal but it appears the team will explore other available players on waivers after injuries to two members of their frontcourt in Josh Hart (thumb) and Nickeil Alexander-Walker (high ankle sprain) occurred recently. Thomas will remain on waivers until further notice with the potential to return to the Pelicans in two weeks.

Category: Transactions

Josh Hart is expected to miss significant time with a torn UCL in his right thumb. (Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Hart played through this injury Thursday, grabbing 17 rebounds in the Pelicans loss against Orlando. MRI results today showed the tear. Nickeil Alexander-Walker should continue to see a good amount of playing time, even when Lonzo Ball (hip) makes his return to the court.

Category: Injury Updates

JJ Reddick is expected to get bought out of his current contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. (Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Fantasy Impact: Reddick reportedly wants to play for a team close to his home in Brooklyn, and so Philadelphia could be an option for him. The 76ers are also in the running for Kyle Lowry, so Reddick could be an insurance option if they are unable to make a move for Lowry.

Category: Rumors