Al Jefferson

#25 C / Indiana Pacers / EXP: 13YRS Height: 6-10 Weight: 280 lb Age: 32 College: None

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  • Jefferson contributed 19 points (7-10 FG, 5-5 FT), six rebounds, two assists and one steal across 22 minutes during a 114-97 loss to the Pistons on Wednesday. Jefferson's 19 points marked a season high as he received an increased workload off the bench. If Domantas Sabonis (calf) misses any more time, Jefferson would continue to be one of the main beneficiaries. If given enough minutes, Jefferson has a good track record of being able to provide points and rebounds. But he likely won't be filling up stat sheets soon, unless the team suffers numerous injuries.

  • Jefferson registered four points (2-8 FG), eight rebounds, three blocks, two assists, and one steal in 18 minutes during Tuesday's 101-83 win over the Kings. Jefferson continues to play well off the bench, contributing averages of 7.5 points (50.0 FG, 71.4 FT), 5.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 blocks, and 0.7 steals in 16.5 minutes through six appearances. With that being said, Myles Turner (concussion), who has already been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers, is progressing toward his return, and Jefferson did not see the floor in the season opener when Turner poured in 21 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks, and two assists in 34 minutes. Once the Pacers are at full strength, Jefferson is not likely to be much of a factor in fantasy, so enjoy his modest production while it lasts.

  • Pacers head coach Nate McMillan hinted that Jefferson would likely start at center in Monday's preseason game against the Pistons, Scott Agness of reports. The Pacers will rest four of their regular starters -- including big men Myles Turner and Thaddeus Young -- Monday, paving the way for Jefferson to receive his largest workload of the exhibition schedule after he was limited to a combined 18 minutes over the Pacers' first two preseason tilts. Though the 32-year-old likely won't be on tap for much more than a 15-to-20-minute role once the regular season arrives and Turner is back in the lineup, Jefferson could be an appealing DFS choice for the Monday slate due to the lack of competition for playing time. Even in his limited role last season, Jefferson was still a high-usage player when he was on the floor, averaging 8.1 points to go with 4.2 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per contest.

  • Jefferson (ankle) is not listed on the injury report for Game 2 against the Cavaliers on Monday. Jefferson entered Game 1 on Saturday with a questionable designation, but never ended up seeing the floor, although it's unclear if that was injury related or if it was a matchup-based decision. That fact that he's not listed on the injury report for Monday means he should be available off the bench, but it remains to be seen if he'll get any minutes, so it may be a situation to avoid for the time being. Kevin Seraphin has been the main beneficiary of Jefferson's minutes for the duration of his absence.

  • Jefferson (ankle) is considered questionable for Saturday's playoff opener against the Cavaliers. Jefferson has been sidelined for Indiana's last eight games due to complications from a sprained left ankle. Although the big man is thought to be edging closer to his return, it remains to be seen whether he'll finally be available again Saturday. While Jefferson's status will have to be monitored in advance of tipoff, Kevin Seraphin figures to remain a part of the Pacers' rotation if Jefferson is unable to play.

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