New Orleans Pelicans Player News: All Positions

News: Redick (toe) will play and start Sunday against the Warriors.
Impact: While the Pelicans will be without a number of regulars Sunday, the good news is that they'll get Redick back after a one-game absence. The veteran is battling a sprained big toe on his left foot, but he could be thrust into increased minutes given the sheer number of injuries in the Pels' backcourt.
News: Ingram (knee) will not play Sunday against the Warriors.
Impact: Ingram will miss a fourth straight game with a sore right knee. He was out on the floor in pregame getting shots up and moving around, but he was sporting a sleeve on his knee, and the team ultimately decided that holding him out for at least one more game is the best course of action.
News: Jackson (neck) will not play Sunday against the Warriors.
Impact: Jackson will be among several Pelicans sitting out Sunday after he suffered a neck injury early in Saturday's blowout loss to the Heat. Expect Jrue Holiday, J.J. Redick, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, and E'Twaun Moore to all play increased minutes in the absences of Jackson, Lonzo Ball, and Josh Hart, among others.
News: Favors (back) will not play Sunday against the Warriors, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Favors was not expected to play as he deals with back spasms, and the Pelicans have now made his designation official. With Jahlil Okafor also out, expect rookie Jaxson Hayes to see extended minutes, while Zylan Cheatham, Nicolo Melli and Kenrich Williams could also see increased time.
News: The Pelicans list Redick (toe) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Warriors.
Impact: As one of the two players on the Pelicans' nine-man injury report listed as questionable, Redick seemingly has better odds of playing than most of his banged-up teammates. If neither Redick nor Frank Jackson (neck) are available Sunday, New Orleans would be down to Jrue Holiday, E'Twaun Moore, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Josh Gray and Kenrich Williams as their lone guard/wing options.
News: Ingram (knee) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Warriors.
Impact: Initially labeled probable heading into Saturday's eventual loss to the Heat, Ingram ended up being ruled out for the contest due to the sore right knee. Ingram's condition seems to have taken a turn for the worse, as he now looks on tap to sit out the second half of the back-to-back, which would mark his fourth straight absence. The 22-year-old is one of seven Pelicans listed as out or doubtful for the contest.
News: Favors (back) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Warriors.
Impact: Favors doesn't look like he'll be ready to make it back to action after he was forced out early in Saturday's loss to the Heat after experiencing spasms on the left side of his back. With Jahlil Okafor (ankle) already ruled out for Sunday, Jaxson Hayes will likely start at center and handle heavy minutes.
News: Okafor (ankle) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Warriors.
Impact: With Okafor out and Derrick Favors (back) listed as doubtful, the Pelicans will likely be down to rookies Jaxson Hayes and Nicolo Melli as their lone healthy options at center in the second half of the back-to-back set. If Hayes impresses Sunday, he could end up overtaking Okafor as the team's No. 2 center when the veteran is healthy again.
News: Hart (knee) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Warriors.
Impact: Hart will be withheld from a third straight game while he battles left knee and ankle sprains. The Pelicans will be extremely shorthanded in the second half of the back-to-back set; Hart is one of five players ruled out of the contest, while two more players are listed as doubtful and another two are questionable.
News: Jackson (neck) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Warriors.
Impact: Jackson drew his first start of the season in Saturday's 109-94 loss to the Heat, but his night ended early when he bruised the left side of his neck. One of nine players who appears on the Pelicans' injured list for Sunday, Jackson would likely be in line for a sizable role either as a starter or off the bench if he's cleared to play.
News: Ball (hip) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Warriors.
Impact: The Pelicans' bloated injury report lists five players as out, two as doubtful and two more as questionable. Jrue Holiday will likely slide over to point guard with Ball sidelined for a fifth straight game, while E'TWaun Moore and Nickeil Alexander-Walker would both be in line for substantial minutes on the wing if all of Josh Hart (out, ankle), Brandon Ingram (doubtful, knee), Frank Jackson (questionable, neck) and J.J. Redick (questionable, toe) aren't available.
News: Melli played a season-high 28 minutes off the bench Saturday in the Pelicans' 109-94 win over the Heat, finishing with 10 points (3-9 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Impact: Melli had fallen out of the Pelicans' rotation earlier this month, but with New Orleans down to just 10 players to begin Saturday's game and losing two more (Frank Jackson and Derrick Favors) in the first half, the rookie big man took on an expanded role off the bench. As usual, the 28-year-old did most of his damage on offense from beyond the arc, but the three steals were a pleasant surprise. With none of the team's nine injured players a lock to be available Sunday against the Warriors, Melli could be looking at another 20-plus-minute role.
News: Hayes played 23 minutes off the bench and compiled 12 points (6-6 FG), three rebounds, two blocks and one steal Saturday in the Pelicans' 109-94 loss to the Heat.
Impact: The rookie first-round pick has typically served as the Pelicans' third-string center, but he took on his second-highest minutes load of the season Saturday with Jahlil Okafor (ankle) ruled out ahead of the contest and starter Derrick Favors (back) exiting in the first half. It's unclear if either of the banged-up big men will be available for Sunday's game against Golden State, so Hayes could be looking at even larger share of playing time in the second half of the back-to-back set.
News: Moore started at small forward and played 40 minutes in Saturday's 109-94 loss to the Heat, finishing with 18 points (7-19 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists, three steals and two rebounds.
Impact: With the Pelicans ruling out seven players ahead of the contest, Moore cracked the starting five for the second game in a row. After logging 30 minutes in his first start, Moore benefited from an even larger swath of playing time Saturday after the Pelicans lost Frank Jackson (neck) and Derrick Favors (back) to first-half injuries, leaving New Orleans with just eight players by the end of the contest. New Orleans will wrap up a back-to-back set Sunday against the Warriors and could be down to eight players again, potentially making Moore an attractive low-cost DFS option.
News: Alexander-Walker erupted for 27 points (10-18 FG, 6-9 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and added four rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes off the bench Saturday in the Pelicans' 109-94 loss to the Heat.
Impact: The first-half departures of Frank Jackson (neck) and Derrick Favors (back) left the Pelicans with just eight healthy players by the end of Saturday's game, affording Alexander-Walker and a number of other fringe rotation options some extended run. The rookie took advantage of the available minutes and fired away early and often, exceeding his scoring output from the prior seven games combined as a result. It's unclear if any of Jackson or fellow guards Lonzo Ball (hip), Josh Hart (knee) or J.J. Redick (toe) will be ready to play in the second half of the back-to-back set Sunday against the Warriors, so Alexander-Walker could be in store for a substantial role for at least one more contest.
News: Jackson didn't return to Saturday's 109-94 loss to the Heat after exiting in the first quarter with a bruise on the left side of his neck. He finished the night with zero points (0-3 FG, 0-2 3Pt), one rebound and one assist in five minutes.
Impact: Making his first start of the season in place of the injured J.J. Redick (toe), Jackson's night came to an early end when he took the brunt of a collision with the Heat's Meyers Leonard. Center Derrick Favors (back) also exited the contest early, leaving the banged-up Pelicans with just eight healthy players in the second half. New Orleans will finish up its back-to-back set Sunday against the Warriors, so Jackson won't have much time to heal up. If Jackson, Redick, Lonzo Ball (hip) and Josh Hart (knee) are all sidelined, rookie Nickeil Alexander-Walker (career-high 27 points in 30 minutes versus Miami) would likely be in store for an elevated role once again.
News: Favors didn't return to Saturday's 109-94 loss to the Heat after exiting in the first half of the contest with lower-back spasms. He posted two points (1-1 FG), four rebounds and two assists in eight minutes before departing.
Impact: The Pelicans labeled Favors as questionable to return following his departure from the contest, but he was ultimately withheld from action for the rest of the night. New Orleans will finish out a back-to-back set Sunday against the Warriors, so there's a decent chance Favors is forced to sit out that contest. With Jahlil Okafor (ankle) also uncertain for the contest, Jaxson Hayes could be looking at a substantial workload at center.
News: Favors is questionable to return to Saturday's game against the Heat with lower-back spasms.
Impact: The 28-year-old played only eight minutes during the first half due to the back spasms and had two points, four rebounds and two assists. Jaxson Hayes should see increased run while Favors remains sidelined.
News: Favors won't return to Saturday's game at Miami due to an apparent back injury, Scott Kushner of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
Impact: Favors was limited to eight minutes in the first half and had two points, four rebounds and two assists before leaving the game. Jaxson Hayes should see increased minutes in his absence as the Pelicans are now missing nine players due to injury.
News: Jackson is questionable to return to Saturday's game against the Heat due to a left neck contusion, Jim Eichenhofer of the Pelicans' official site reports.
Impact: If Jackson is unable to return, it would be a significant hit to the Pelicans given the number of other injuries the team is dealing with.
News: Jackson went to the locker room during Saturday's game against the Heat, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.
Impact: It's not clear what kind of injury Jackson is dealing with. He should be considered questionable to return.
News: Jackson will start Saturday against the Heat.
Impact: A myriad of injuries to his teammates will force Jackson into the starting five. He started 16 games last year, averaging 14.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 30.1 minutes.
News: Ingram (knee) is out Saturday against the Heat.
Impact: Ingram will miss a third straight game as he continues to deal with right knee soreness. His next chance to play arrives Sunday against the Warriors.
News: Ingram (knee) has been downgraded to questionable for Saturday's matchup against the Heat.
Impact: Ingram was originally deemed probable after missing the past two games due to right knee soreness, but he's apparently experiencing more pain than expected on gameday. If he ends up sitting out Saturday's matchup, Kenrich Williams, E'Twaun Moore and Nicolo Melli could see expanded roles.
News: Okafor (ankle) has been ruled out of Saturday's game against Miami.
Impact: Okafor will miss a second-straight game due to a left ankle sprain. It's unclear how severe the injury is but Okafor has a chance to return as early as Sunday against Golden State. In his absence, look for Jaxon Hayes to see an increase in run.
News: Redick (toe) won't play in Saturday's tilt with the Heat.
Impact: Redick was downgraded to out prior to tipoff Saturday as he's dealing with a left toe sprain. In his absence, look for E'Twaun Moore, Keincrich Williams and Nickeil Alexander-Walker to see heightened roles.
News: Ball (hip) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Miami.
Impact: Ball will miss a fourth-straight game as he continues to battle through a right adductor strain. Despite being ruled out, Ball seems to be on the mend and could return as early as Sunday against the Warriors. In his stead, look for Frank Jackson to see elevated minutes.
News: Hart (knee/ankle) was ruled out for Saturday's game at Miami.
Impact: Hart is dealing with sprains to his left knee and ankle, which will cause him to miss his second consecutive game. The 24-year-old also seems unlikely to be available for the second game of the back-to-back Sunday versus Golden State, but the team has made no official declarations about his status beyond Saturday.
News: Okafor (ankle) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game in Miami.
Impact: Okafor was absent for two of the last three games, first due to a coach's decision and then due to an ankle sprain. Jaxson Hayes could see an increased role as the backup center behind Derrick Favors should Okafor miss another contest.
News: Redick is questionable for Saturday's matchup against the Heat due to a left great toe sprain.
Impact: Redick posted 19 points in 34 minutes during Thursday's win over the Clippers, but he apparently suffered an injury in the process. If he ends up missing Saturday's matchup, E'Twaun Moore, Kenrich Williams and Nickeil Alexander-Walker could see expanded roles.
News: Ball (hip) is questionable for Saturday's matchup against the Heat.
Impact: A right adductor strain has kept Ball on the sidelines over the past three games, but he may be able to make his return Saturday. More information may arrive following the team's morning shootaround. If he ends up being cleared, it's possible he'll be on a minutes limit.
News: Ingram (knee) is listed as probable for Saturday's game against the Heat.
Impact: Ingram has missed the Pelicans' last two games with a sore right knee but appears unlikely to miss any more time. In the nine contests for which he's been available this season, he's scored 25.9 points per game while shooting 46.9 percent from beyond the arc.
News: Holiday exploded for 36 points (13-24 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 5-7 FT), seven assists, six steals, four rebounds and one block in 37 minutes during Thursday's 132-127 win over the Clippers.
Impact: Holiday was absolutely sensational, snapping out of his scoring funk while dominating on the defensive end as well. He repeatedly picked the pocket of Paul George down the stretch, and Holiday showcased his extremely well-rounded skillset in this one. The versatile veteran guard will look to build on this performance during Saturday's matchup versus the Heat.
News: Favors finished with 20 points (9-13 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-3 FT), 20 rebounds, three assists and one block in 35 minutes during Thursday's 132-127 win over the Clippers.
Impact: Favors hauled in a career high rebounding total while logging his third straight double-double. After a sluggish start to the season, he is finally rewarding fantasy owners for their patience. If for some reason Favors is sitting on any waiver wires, he should probably be scooped up immediately.
News: Williams compiled eight points (3-6 FG, 2-4 3Pt), 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block in 31 minutes during Thursday's 132-127 win over the Clippers.
Impact: Williams drew another start alongside center Derrick Favors and contributed across every statistical category. Williams finished two points shy of a double-double, and his scoring is probably his least consistent area of production. With that being said, Williams may very well hold down the fort as the starting power forward until Zion Williamson (knee) joins the rotation sometime next month.
News: Jackson contributed 23 points (9-14 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes during Thursday's 132-127 win over the Clippers.
Impact: Jackson was excellent, cashing in the clincher to make it a two-possession game in the closing stages of the fourth. Moreover, Jackson was extremely efficient as a scorer while committing zero turnovers. With Brandon Ingram (knee), Lonzo Ball (hip) and Josh Hart (knee) all sidelined, Jackson stepped up in a big way to help fuel a much-needed win. If any of those aforementioned players misses another tilt, he could have lots of offensive responsibility once again during Saturday's bout versus the Heat.
News: Moore managed 15 points (5-14 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-4 FT), three rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes during Thursday's 132-127 win over the Clippers.
Impact: Moore drew the start with Brandon Ingram (knee), Lonzo Ball (hip) and Josh Hart (knee), among others, sidelined for this one. While Moore struggled with his shot, he still tallied a decent stat line, albeit one that's tailored for leagues that primarily value counting stats. If all three of Ingram, Ball and Hart remain sidelined for Saturday's matchup versus the Heat, Moore will likely draw another start, but if even one of them returns that could push Moore back into a reserve role.
News: Moore is starting Thursday against the Clippers, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Moore is set to draw his first start of the season with both Lonzo Ball (hip) and Brandon Ingram (knee) out. The Purdue product will start alongside Jrue Holiday, J.J. Redick, Kenrich Williams and Derrick Favors.
News: Okafor (ankle) will not play Thursday against the Clippers, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Okafor sprained his ankle earlier in the week and will miss at least one game as a result. Derrick Favors and Jaxson Hayes should see the majority of minutes at center in his absence.
News: Ingram (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Clippers, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Ingram will miss a second straight game as he continues to nurse right knee soreness. With Josh Hart (knee) and Jahlil Okafor (ankle) also unavailable, the Pelicans will be working with a depleted frontcourt Thursday. Ingram's next chance to play will come Saturday in Miami.
News: Hayes (ribs) is not listed on the injury report for Thursday's game against the Clippers.
Impact: Hayes exited Monday's game against the Rockets in the first half with a rib injury and ultimately didn't return, though the issue won't impact his availability for Thursday's clash. Prior to his abbreviated appearance Monday, Hayes posted averages of 5.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in 15.8 minutes across the first four games of the month.
News: Okafor has a left ankle sprain and is questionable for Thursday's game against the Clippers.
Impact: Okafor had 14 points and five rebounds in 16 minutes during Monday's loss to the Rockets, but he didn't come out of the contest at 100 percent. The Pelicans can ill afford another absence as they will already be without Lonzo Ball (shoulder) and Josh Hart (knee/ankle), while Brandon Ingram (knee) is a game-time decision.
News: Hart (knee/ankle) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Clippers.
Impact: Hart sprained both his left knee and ankle, which will result in his first absence of the season. In his absence, Kenrich Williams could see an uptick in minutes, along with E'Twaun Moore and Nicolo Melli.
News: Ingram (knee) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's contest against the Clippers, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Ingram sat out Monday's loss to the Rockets after he was a late scratch prior to the contest, but with a follow-up MRI clearing him of any ligament damage to his knee, he looks like he'll be on tap for an abbreviated absence. If Ingram is ultimately held out again Thursday, however, Kenrich Williams may see extended run.
News: Ball (hip) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Clippers, Scott Kushner of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
Impact: As expected, Ball will miss a third straight game as he continues to work his way back from a strained right adductor. The hope is that he'll be able to rejoin the lineup in Miami on Saturday, though the Pelicans will wait and see how Ball progresses the next two days before making a determination regarding his availability. In his absence, Jrue Holiday should continue to serve as the team's primary ball handler, with J.J. Redick seeing extended time at shooting guard.
News: Ingram (knee) didn't practice Tuesday but will be considered day-to-day moving forward after his MRI came back clean, Scott Kushner of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
Impact: Ingram was sent for a precautionary MRI on Tuesday after experiencing soreness in his right knee, but the issue appears to be nothing more than that. His availability for Thursday's clash with the Clippers is unknown at this time, but he'll likely need to show improvement Wednesday to have a chance to suit up.
News: Williams tallied eight points (3-8 FG, 2-7 3Pt), 11 rebounds and two assists across a season-high 38 minutes Monday in the Pelicans' 122-116 loss to the Rockets.
Impact: Making a second straight start, Williams benefited from a 10-minute bump from Saturday's win over the Hornets after Brandon Ingram (knee) was scratched shortly before Monday's tipoff. Ingram is slated to undergo an MRI on Tuesday, but the Pelicans don't believe he's dealing with a significant injury. That said, Ingram isn't a lock to play in the Pelicans' next game Thursday against the Clippers, so Williams could be in store for another high-minute role. Williams looks like a decent short-term streaming option for fantasy managers looking for aid in rebounds, three-pointers and the defensive categories.
News: Ingram will undergo an MRI on Tuesday on his sore right knee, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Lopez notes that the Pelicans are "optimistic" that Ingram doesn't have any major issues with his knee, suggesting the MRI may be precautionary more than anything else. That said, the team likely won't have a good read on Ingram's availability for Thursday's game against the Clippers until the results of the MRI are available. Ingram was a late scratch ahead of Monday's eventual 122-116 loss to the Rockets after his knee acted up following pregame warmups. His absence opened up a starting spot for Josh Hart (19 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 30 minutes), while fellow starter Kenrich Williams benefited from a boost in playing time (season-high 38 minutes).
News: Ball (hip) hasn't been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Clippers, but the Pelicans are likely eyeing Saturday's game in Miami for the point guard's return to the lineup, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Ball was sidelined for Monday's 122-116 loss to the Rockets due to the strained right adductor, marking his second consecutive absence. The Pelicans will see how Ball progresses the next three days before ruling on his status for Thursday, but the early indication is that Jrue Holiday will be in store for one more game as New Orleans' primary point guard. With Holiday sliding over from shooting guard the past two games, J.J. Redick has moved back into the starting five and has racked up 46 points between the contests.
News: Holiday registered 18 points (6-21 FG, 0-7 3PT, 6-8 FT), 11 assists, nine rebounds, one steal and one block in 38 minutes during Monday's 122-116 loss against the Rockets.
Impact: Holiday was just one rebound away from registering his first triple-double of the season, reaching his second-best scoring output, his best rebounding effort and tying his season-high mark in assists. Holiday should remain in the starting unit and should be a decent fantasy asset Thursday at home against the Clippers.
News: Redick had 24 points (7-16 FG, 7-15 3PT, 3-3 FT) and three assists in 37 minutes during Monday's 122-116 loss against the Rockets.
Impact: Redick once again had a strong performance in Lonzo Ball's absence due to a hip injury, and the veteran shooting guard registered his season-high mark in points, made field goals and made threes against Houston. Redick's upside will depend on Ball's return but even if he returns to the bench, he should continue to be a decent asset due to his scoring totals and his three-point field-goal percentage of late -- Redick averages 51.3 percent from deep in his last five outings.
News: Favors had 13 points (6-8 FG, 1-1 FT), 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in 29 minutes during Monday's 122-116 loss against the Rockets.
Impact: Favors started for the fifth time this season, but he has registered back-to-back double-doubles in his last two starts. The veteran big man has been playing very well after recovering from a knee injury, and should remain as a steady fantasy option at center moving forward for New Orleans. He will aim to continue his strong showing Thursday at home against the Clippers.
News: Okafor had 14 points (5-7 FG, 4-6 FT), five rebounds, one assist and one block in 16 minutes during Monday's 122-116 loss against the Rockets.
Impact: Okafor was coming off a DNP designation Saturday against the Hornets following 10 points and seven rebounds combined in his previous two contests, but bounced back with a strong showing in limited playing time despite the loss. Okafor should continue coming off the bench ahead of Thursday's home matchup against the Clippers.
News: Hayes is questionable to return to Monday's game against the Rockets due to a rib injury, Jennifer Hale of Fox Sports New Orleans reports.
Impact: According to Hale, Hayes was hit in the ribs during the first half and was spotted receiving treatment on the bench shortly after. Jahlil Okafor and Nicolo Melli could see a slight uptick in minutes if Hayes is unable to return.
News: Hart is back in the starting lineup for Monday's game against Houston.
Impact: Hart wasn't in the initial starting lineup released by New Orleans, but after Brandon Ingram was a late scratch due to knee soreness, the team revealed Hart would take his place. He's put up 12 or more points in each of his three starts this year.
News: Ingram will not play in Monday's matchup with the Rockets due to knee soreness, Scott Kushner of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
Impact: Ingram was not on the injury report ahead of Monday's contest, which makes this news relatively surprising. He will be replaced in the starting lineup by Josh Hart. His next chance to return will be Thursday versus the Clippers.
News: Ball (hip) will not play Monday against the Rockets.
Impact: Ball is still nursing a strained right adductor, which kept him out of Saturday's narrow victory over the Hornets. Expect Jrue Holiday to again shift down to point guard in Ball's absence.
News: Holiday produced 12 points (4-12 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 11 assists, five rebounds, two steals and one block in 36 minutes during Saturday's 115-110 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Holiday logged his first double-double through seven appearances this season, including a season high assist total. He posted 18 double-doubles in 2018-19 and a career-best 20 back in 2012-13, so he'll need to pick up the pace if he's going to equal either of those figures in 2019-20. He also still hasn't scored 20 points or more this season, this after averaging a career-best 21.1 last year.
News: Holiday produced 12 points (4-12 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 11 assists, five rebounds, two steals and one block in 36 minutes during Saturday's 115-110 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Holiday logged his first double-double through seven appearances this season, including a season high assist total. He posted 18 double-doubles in 2018-19 and a career-best 20 back in 2012-13, so he'll need to pick up the pace if he's going to equal either of those figures in 2019-20. He also still hasn't scored 20 points or more this season, this after averaging a career-best 21.1 last year.
News: Okafor (DNP-Coach's Decision) did not see the floor during Saturday's 115-110 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Okafor was expected to come off the bench in this one with Derrick Favors moving into the starting lineup. However, rookie center Jaxson Hayes earned 18 minutes, Nicolo Melli saw five and Favors played 29 while Okafor remained glued to the bench. It's unclear whether this trend will continue going forward, but fantasy owners in daily leagues may want to consider other options for Monday's matchup versus the Rockets.
News: Ingram racked up 25 points (8-12 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 6-11 FT), nine rebounds, four assists and one steal in 36 minutes during Saturday's 115-110 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Ingram was extremely efficient as as scorer but finished with nearly twice as many turnovers (seven) as assists. After sinking 50.0 percent of his 6.4 three-point attempts per game through five matchups in October, Ingram had connected on just four-of-13 from beyond the arc through his first three appearances in November. That likely won't be the only area of negative regression for Ingram going forward, especially once Zion Williamson (knee) returns sometime next month. With that being said, Ingram has mostly been superb through nine games.
News: Favors finished with 10 points (5-10 FG), 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals in 29 minutes during Saturday's 115-110 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Favors had by far his best showing of the season, logging his first double-double and exceeding 22 minutes for the first time through six games. He has struggled with a knee injury here in the early going, but Favors may end up being a fairly steady option at center if he ends up playing this many minutes on a regular basis.
News: Williams went for 15 points (6-8 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 0-2 FT), five rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 28 minutes during Saturday's 115-110 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Williams drew the start and was extremely efficient offensively while delivering a very well-rounded stat line. He's an inconsistent shooter. However, Williams could be in line to earn the majority of playing time at the power forward spot over the next month or so until Zion Williamson (knee) is healthy.
News: Redick amassed 22 points (6-13 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 5-5 FT), five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 29 minutes during Saturday's 115-110 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Redick drew the start in place of Lonzo Ball (hip) and had by far his best showing in a Pelicans uniform, posting season highs in scoring, rebounding, made threes, steals, blocks and minutes. It's unclear whether Ball will be ready to return for Monday's matchup versus the Rockets, but if not Redick can likely be expected to earn another start at shooting guard.
News: Okafor will come off the bench Saturday against the Hornets, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: With Favors' recently working back from a knee injury, Okafor has started the past five games. However, coach Alvin Gentry is starting Favors on Saturday, pushing Okafor back to the bench. In his three games off the bench this season, Okafor is averaging 6.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in 10.3 minutes.
News: Favors will start at center over Jahlil Okafor during Saturday's game against the Hornets, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Saturday will mark Favors' first start since Oct. 26, as he's been recovering from a knee injury. In Favors' three starts, he's averaged 8.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 20.3 minutes.
News: Melli will come off the bench Saturday against the Hornets, Daniel Sallerson of the Pelicans Radio Network reports.
Impact: After three straight appearances drawing a start, Melli will come off the bench, as coach Alvin Gentry has decided to give Kenrich Williams the nod at power forward. Across four games coming off the bench, Melli has averaged 7.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 14.3 minutes.
News: Williams will start Saturday's game against the Hornets, Daniel Sallerson of the Pelicans Radio Network reports.
Impact: Williams will get his first start of the season as Nicolo Melli heads to the bench. In the three contests that Williams has seen at least 20 minutes this season, he's averaged 9.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals.
News: Redick will start Saturday's matchup against the Hornets, Daniel Sallerson of the Pelicans Radio Network reports.
Impact: Redick hasn't started a game since Oct. 28, but with Lonzo Ball out, coach Alvin Gentry will give the veteran the nod. In Redick's four starts, he's averaged 9.5 points, 1.8 assists and 1.3 rebounds across 25.5 minutes.
News: Jackson posted 13 points (5-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two rebounds, one assist and one steal in Friday's 122-104 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: With Lonzo Ball (hip) out for at least the next contest, Jackson could find his way into the starting lineup. The 21-year-old has put together a good start to the season with 11.9 points per game while making 45.5 of his shots. Jackson has competed with Nickeil Alexander-Walker for minutes at guard off the bench, and has proven himself as a reliable option thus far in the young season.
News: Ball will not play in Saturday's matchup with the Hornets due to a right adductor strain.
Impact: Ball was considered probable going into Friday's game due to a leg injury but ultimately played. It appears he may have tweaked something in his hip while playing through the issue. The Pelicans will err on the side of caution here and keep him sidelined Saturday, while his absence should free up playing time for Frank Jackson and Nickeil Alexander-Walker. The UCLA product's next chance to suit up will be Monday versus the Rockets.
News: Redick produced one point, three rebounds, and one assist in 17 minutes during Friday's 122-104 loss to Toronto.
Impact: Redick was given a questionable tag heading into Friday's game and, perhaps, he should have taken the night off. He scored just one point during his 17 minutes on the floor, continuing his poor start to the season. There had been widespread assumptions Redick would find himself in a reduced role this season but the drop-off has been substantial. Perhaps he gets hot at some point but as of right now, he is a clear drop in all standard formats.
News: Holiday contributed 16 points (6-13 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-5 FT), six rebounds, six assists, and three steals in 30 minutes during Friday's 122-104 loss to Toronto.
Impact: Holiday had another strong performance Friday in a game that was all-but-run by half time. He is starting to hit his stride on both ends of the floor and should the Pelicans actually start being competitive, Holiday looks primed to bust out. Until then, those with Holiday on their rosters simply need to play the waiting game. Those eyeing off Holiday could still throw a buy-low offer out there to see what happens.
News: Melli totaled just two points and one block in 10 minutes during Friday's 122-104 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Melli started for the Pelicans but produced basically nothing during his limited time on the floor. This was simply a matchup move by the coaching staff and he will likely shift back to the bench for the Pelicans next game against the Hornets. Melli has the ability to get hot from the perimeter but a serious lack of consistency renders him a non-factor in the majority of leagues.
News: Favors ended with four points (2-4 FG), 10 rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes during Friday's 122-104 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Favors came off the bench in Friday's loss and looked relatively healthy in 19 minutes. He managed to haul in six offensive rebounds and despite the lack of supporting numbers, could be trending in the right direction for those that have been hanging on. He is still a long way from where we had hoped but remains a player to hold onto in most formats given the lack of depth around him.
News: Hart will come off the bench Friday against the Raptors, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Hart drew his third start of the season Monday, but coach Alvin Gentry will bring him off the bench against Toronto. In four games coming off the pine, Hart is averaging 11.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists across 27.8 minutes.
News: Melli will start Friday's matchup against the Raptors, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Melli was taken out of the starting five for Monday's game against the Nets and ended up not seeing any time on the court. In the six games he has played, Melli is averaging 6.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 14.3 minutes.
News: Coach Alvin Gentry noted that he has to check with the training staff to see if Favors is on a minutes restriction for Friday's game against the Raptors, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Favors played just eight minutes Monday during his return from a knee injury. Considering how cloudy the situation is regarding his health, DFS players should exercise caution before putting Favors into a lineup.
News: Ball (leg) will play Friday against the Raptors.
Impact: Ball missed a pair of practices due to cramps, but the issue won't prevent him from playing Friday. It's still possible that his minutes are slightly reduced, however.
News: Redick is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Raptors with a left knee bruise.
Impact: Redick's status should clear up following Friday's pregame shootaround; with the Pelicans playing back-to-back games Friday and Saturday, the team could opt to play it safe with the veteran. Through seven games this season, Redick is averaging 10.6 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 23.9 minutes per game.
News: Coach Alvin Gentry said he would be surprised if Ball (leg) didn't play Friday, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Ball has missed the past two practices while dealing with cramps, though he was able to get some shots up during Thursday's session. His status should clear up closer to game time, but it doesn't sound like the issue will affect Ball's availability.
News: Ball (leg) got shots up during Thursday's practice, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Ball was withheld from Wednesday's practice as he dealt with cramps. His participation in Thursday's practice is encouraging, and he should be tentatively considered questionable for Friday's matchup against the Raptors.
News: Coach Alvin Gentry said Ball (cramps) didn't practice Wednesday, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Gentry downplayed Ball's absence, stating it was simply precautionary after the point guard experienced cramping in his legs during Monday's loss to the Nets. It doesn't sound like the issue will keep Ball from taking the court Friday against Toronto, but look for his status to clear up closer to game time.
News: Ball exited in the third quarter of Monday's 135-125 loss to the Nets and didn't return after experiencing cramping in his legs. "I think [Ball] is fine," coach Alvin Gentry said after the game. "It was just cramps right there. I thought Zo really played well."
Impact: Before departing, Ball contributed 15 points (6-10 FG, 3-7 3Pt), three assists and two rebounds in 21 minutes. With the Pelicans off the schedule until Friday against the Raptors, Ball should have plenty of time to shake off the cramp issue.
News: Favors finished with zero points (0-1 FG, 0-2 FT), four rebounds, and one assist in eight minutes during Monday's 135-125 loss to the Nets.
Impact: Favors came off the bench in his return from a three-game absence with knee soreness. However, he saw just the 10th-most minutes on the team, with rookie center Jaxson Hayes earning twice as much playing time. Even with three full days off in advance of Friday's matchup with the Raptors, fantasy owners may want to check on Favors' status heading into that one.
News: Holiday had 15 points (7-17 FG, 1-4 3Pt), seven rebounds, four steals, three assists, and two blocks in 34 minutes during Monday's 135-125 loss to the Nets.
Impact: Holiday struggled from the field and didn't make his typically impressive contribution in the assist department. However, he still managed a solid stat line thanks to his boards, steals, and blocks. Nevertheless, Holiday is off to a bit of a slow start here in 2019-20, having failed to score at least 20 points once through five games after pouring in a career-best 21.2 per game in 2018-19.
News: Hart compiled 14 points (6-13 FG, 2-7 3Pt), seven rebounds, four steals, and one assist in 31 minutes during Monday's 135-125 loss to the Nets.
Impact: Hart drew the start and once again made his presence felt on both ends, staying locked in defensively and making the hustle plays. He has been fairly consistent in terms of production and effort level, and Hart seems to be carving out a pretty significant role here in the early stages of 2019-20.
News: Ingram recorded 40 points (17-24 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 5-5 FT), five rebounds, five assists, and two steals in 37 minutes during Monday's 135-125 loss to the Nets.
Impact: Ingram showed no signs of being slowed by the head injury that forced him out of Saturday's matchup versus the Thunder, as he finished with a career high scoring total while contributing across every category except blocks. He was extraordinarily efficient as well, connecting on over 70 percent of his field goal attempts. With three days off prior to Friday's bout versus the Raptors, Ingram has ample time to rest and recover following his career night.
News: Hart is starting Monday's game against Brooklyn, Jim Eichenhofer of the Pelicans' official site reports.
Impact: Hart gets the starting nod along with Lonzo Ball, Jrue Holiday, Brandon Ingram and Jahlil Okafor Monday night. He's averaging 17.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in two starts this season.
News: Melli will come off the bench Monday against Brooklyn, Jim Eichenhofer of the Pelicans' official site reports.
Impact: Melli has started each of the last two games, but he's headed for a reserve role Monday. He's averaging 7.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in four contests off the bench this year.
News: Redick isn't starting Monday's game against the Nets, Jim Eichenhofer of the Pelicans' official site reports.
Impact: Redick started the first four games of the season, but Monday will mark his third straight contest coming off the bench. Josh Hart gets the starting nod in Redick's stead.
News: Ingram (head) is starting Monday's game against the Nets, Jim Eichenhofer of the Pelicans' official site reports.
Impact: Ingram was considered a game-time call by the Pelicans, but he's been given the green light to start. He's averaging 23.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists over the first six games of the 2019-20 campaign.
News: Favors (knee) will be available for Monday's game against the Nets.
Impact: Favors has been cleared to return after missing the past three games with knee soreness, though Jahlil Okafor will get the start at center over him as the Pelicans look to ease him back. Prior to his absence, the big man appeared in a trio of games and posted averages of 8.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists across 20.3 minutes.
News: Ingram will be a game-time decision for Monday's game against the Nets, Daniel Sallerson of the Pelicans Radio Network reports.
Impact: Ingram was off the injury report Sunday, but the team has since announced that he'll be a game-time decision due to a head injury. Head coach Alvin Gentry did note that he thinks Ingram will be given the green light, though confirmation of his status likely won't come until closer to tip.
News: Favors (knee) is expected to be a true game-time decision for Monday's game against the Nets, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayunz reports.
Impact: The Pelicans have yet to determine if Favors will be cleared to play Monday evening, so it appears a decision won't come until pregame warmups conclude. He's been battling knee soreness and has missed the last three contests as a result.
News: Ingram (head) wasn't included on the Pelicans' injury report ahead of Monday's game against the Nets, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Ingram missed the entire second half of Saturday's game against the Thunder with a head injury, but passed all concussion testing administered after his departure. The team monitored Ingram again Sunday, but with no concussion symptoms surfacing, he received clearance for Monday. Expect Ingram to step back into a focal role for the Pelicans after averaging 23.5 points, 7.5 boards and 4.2 assists in 30.8 minutes per game over the team's first six contests.
News: Favors (knee) is considered questionable for Monday's game against the Nets.
Impact: Favors has been plagued by a sore knee for the last three games, and the team will wait to see how he responds at shootaround Monday before issuing an update. Jahlil Okafor has made three straight starts at center in Favors' place.
News: Ingram (head) passed all concussion tests following his departure in Saturday's 115-104 loss to the Thunder and isn't in the NBA's concussion protocol, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It's probably the best-case scenario the Pelicans and Ingram could have hoped for after the forward saw his streak of five straight 20-plus-point performances come to an end after his early exit Saturday. Ingram may be ready to play as soon as Monday against the Nets, but his status may not be established until after morning shootaround.
News: Redick recorded 17 points (6-12 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 27 minutes during Saturday's 115-104 loss to the Thunder.
Impact: Redick enjoyed his best scoring night of the season, albeit in a loss. He has now drained four treys in three of the first six games. However, in those other three tilts Redick combined to score just 15 points. Given that he doesn't help out much from a fantasy perspective beyond scoring, threes, and free throw percentage, Redick will likely need to improve his consistency as the campaign continues if he's going to hold decent value in standard leagues.
News: Ball totaled 10 points (4-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 0-2 FT), eight rebounds, seven assists, and three steals in 33 minutes during Saturday's 115-104 loss to the Thunder.
Impact: Ball struggled from the field and finished with almost as many turnovers (five) as dimes while missing both of his free throw attempts. Nevertheless, Ball contributed across every category except blocks and has now seen at least 31 minutes in five straight games, this after logging just 25 minutes in the opener (which went to overtime).