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Pelicans PG Lonzo Ball (hip) has been ruled out for Wednesday’s game vs. the Knicks. (Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ball will miss yet another game. Look for Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram to continue to handle the ball more than usual in Ball’s absence.

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

Zion Williamson posted 30 points (13-21 FG, 4-8 FT), six rebounds, four assists, one block, and three turnovers in 39 minutes during Monday's win over the Kings.

Fantasy Impact: Zion continued his stellar play in this one as the Pelicans have now won five of their last seven games. The 20-year-old phenom should continue to impress in Wednesday's game against the Knicks and will likely be a staple on many championship rosters.

Category: Game Recaps

Brandon Ingram produced 34 points (11-18 FG, 3-8 3PT, 9-10 FT), six rebounds, seven assists, two blocks, one steal, and five turnovers in 33 minutes during Monday's win over the Kings.

Fantasy Impact: Ingram's dominance continued as he filled up the stat sheet once again. He seems to be benefiting from increased usage while Lonzo Ball remains sidelined and should continue to be an elite play in Wednesday's game against the Knicks.

Category: Game Recaps

Eric Bledsoe posted 26 points (9-17 FG, 2-6 3PT, 6-6 FT), five rebounds, one assist, and one turnover in 29 minutes during Wednesday's blowout loss to the Nets.

Fantasy Impact: Bledsoe was the only Pelicans' player who had a memorable outing in this one, as they were completely blown out early in the game. Fantasy managers still rostering Bledsoe should certainly not expect this type of performance from the vet moving forward. He will, however, look to keep up the stellar play in Friday's tilt against the Sixers.

Category: Game Recaps

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.

Fantasy Impact: 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.

Category: Game Recaps

Steven Adams was not listed on the injury report ahead of the Pelicans game Sunday against Houston. (Source: NBA Injury Report )

Fantasy Impact: Adams was a late scratch Friday against Atlanta, but it sounds like he should return to the court Sunday against the Rockets. Jaxson Hayes and Willy Hernangomez see a bump down in playing time with the return of Adams.

Category: Injury Updates

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

New Orleans Pelicans Nickell Alexander-Walker went off for 31 points (13-24 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal over 39 minutes in Thursday's overtime loss to the Magic.

Fantasy Impact: Without Lonzo Ball, Alexander-Walker continues to be a focal point of the first unit. on Thursday, without Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Zion Williamson, the second-year guard dominated dropping 31 points on 24 shots. He's making the case to start and pushing for more minutes even when Ball rejoins the team.

Category: Game Recaps

New Orleans center Jaxson Hayes has been listed as questionable with a wrist injury ahead of the Pelicans game Monday against Boston. (Source: NBA Injury Report )

Fantasy Impact: If Hayes misses a second game in a row, Willy Hernangomez would see more opportunity with the second unit behind Steven Adams.

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

Willy Hernangomez provided eight points (4-5 FG), seven rebounds, three assists, one block, and one turnover in 21 minutes during Monday's win over the Jazz.

Fantasy Impact: Hernangomez continues to be the backup center behind Steven Adams and is hovering around 20 minutes per game. The fact that he's managed to be productive in limited minutes only supports the notion that he would be a must-add if Adams were to miss time.

Category: Game Recaps

Kira Lewis Jr. posted 14 points (5-7 FG, 2-3 3PT, 2-4 FT), two rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 24 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Bulls.

Fantasy Impact: The 14 points were a career-high for the rookie, who has now averaged 22 minutes over his last two games. He's not worth trusting just yet, but it will be interesting to see if his impressive play will lead to an increased role in Friday's game against the Mavericks.

Category: Game Recaps