Emeka Okafor

#50 C / New Orleans Pelicans / EXP: 10YRS Height: 6-10 Weight: 255 lb Age: 35 College: Connecticut

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    Pelicans' Emeka Okafor: Will come off bench Wednesday

    Emeka Okafor will shift back to a bench role for Wednesday's matchup with the Grizzlies, Grizzlies radio play-by-play announcer Eric Hasseltine reports.Okafor has logged 15 minutes or less in four straight games, so he was already essentially off the fantasy radar despite previously working with the starters. His demotion to the bench certainly doesn't help things and he'll likely struggle to hit double-digit minutes. This does appear to be a matchup-based decision, however, so Okafor could be back in the starting five as soon as Friday's game against the Suns.

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    Pelicans' Emeka Okafor: Grabs nine boards in start

    Emeka Okafor posted six points (2-4 FG, 2-2 FT) and nine rebounds in 15 minutes during Tuesday's 107-103 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.While Okafor drew the start, it's Chieck Diallo who's been reaping the most benefits while Nikola Mirotic (hip) eases back into play. Once Mirotic is 100 percent, both Okafor and Diallo's production should take a big hit.

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    Pelicans' Emeka Okafor: Will rejoin starting five Tuesday

    Emeka Okafor will rejoin the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Trail Blazers.The New Orleans Pelicans opted to start Darius Miller instead of Okafor during Saturday's contest, though it appears that was just a one-game experiment. As a result, Okafor will reclaim a starting role Tuesday, but considering he's seen single-digit minutes in three of his last four games, he likely shouldn't be relied upon for those in either season-long leagues or playing DFS contests Tuesday.

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    Pelicans' Emeka Okafor: Coming off bench Saturday

    Emeka Okafor will come off the bench for Saturday's game against the Rockets.Anthony Davis is starting at center for the contest, with Darius Miller taking over at power forward. The New Orleans Pelicans will be without Nikola Mirotic (hip) for the contest, so Okafor should still receive a sizable workload off the bench.

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    Pelicans' Emeka Okafor: Reclaims starting role Saturday

    Emeka Okafor will re-enter the starting five for Saturday's game against the Rockets.Okafor came off the bench in favor of Nikola Mirotic Thursday, though it appears that was simply for a matchup reasons. Look for Okafor to rejoin the starting five Saturday, which should mean an uptick in minutes from the 12 he logged Thursday.

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    Pelicans' Emeka Okafor: Coming off bench Thursday

    Emeka Okafor will come off the bench for Thursday's contest against the Spurs, Paul Garcia of TheSportsDaily.com reports. Nikola Mirotic will draw the start in his stead.Coach Alvin Gentry has opted to shift his starting five, possibly in an attempt to counter coach Gregg Popovich's lineup, which features Kyle Anderson at power forward and LaMarcus Aldridge at center. Over the past five games, Okafor has averaged 9.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 20.6 minutes.

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    Pelicans' Emeka Okafor: Just short of double-double Tuesday

    Emeka Okafor scored 14 points (7-14 FG) while adding eight rebounds and three steals in 26 minutes during Tuesday's 119-115 win over the Hornets.The shot attempts were a season high for Okafor, who scored in double digits for the second straight game. He remains a complementary player at best in a New Orleans Pelicans offense dominated by Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo, but the 35-year-old should see a steady role down the stretch given the team's lack of depth up the middle.

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    Pelicans' Emeka Okafor: Productive in return to lineup

    Emeka Okafor (ankle) generated nine points (4-6 FG, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, three blocks and one steal across 21 minutes in Tuesday's 121-116 win over the Clippers.The veteran big man ultimately missed only one game with his ankle sprain and was productive in his return. Okafor's playing time continues to be limited overall -- his 21 minutes Tuesday qualified as a season high -- but he's provided some serviceable scoring and rebounding production relative to those limited opportunities. He's been most valued for his defensive presence, as partly evidenced by his four games with multiple blocks and average of 1.6 rejections overall across nine contests.

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    Pelicans' Emeka Okafor: Starting in return to lineup Tuesday

    Emeka Okafor (ankle) will start at center in Tuesday's game against the Clippers, Jim Eichenhofer of New Orleans Pelicans.com reports.Okafor missed Saturday's tilt with a sprained ankle, but he'll limit his absence to just one game and will immediately reclaim a spot in the top unit. Despite starting, Okafor continues to see minutes in the teens most nights, which keeps him off the radar in the bulk of season-long fantasy leagues. Look for Nikola Mirotic to shift to the bench in the corresponding move.

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    Pelicans' Emeka Okafor: Available Tuesday

    Emeka Okafor (ankle) is available for Tuesday's game against the Clippers.Okafor missed the New Orleans Pelicans' previous contest due to a sprained ankle and was subsequently labeled questionable for Tuestday's tilt. It appears pregame warmups have gone well for the veteran big man, as the team has ultimately decided to allow him to play. Barring any setbacks, expect him to take on his usual workload in the contest.

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