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New Orleans Pelicans

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November 12, 2019 01:48 AM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Scores 14 points in 16 minutes
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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.

November 9, 2019 10:36 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Healthy scratch in Saturday's win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor (DNP-Coach's Decision) did not see the floor during Saturday's 115-110 win over the Hornets.

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.

November 9, 2019 07:04 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Coming off bench Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor will come off the bench Saturday against the Hornets, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

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.

November 2, 2019 08:08 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Double-double in Saturday's loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor collected 15 points (7-14 FG, 1-3 FT), 12 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in 29 minutes during Saturday's 115-104 loss to the Thunder.

Okafor filled up the stat sheet for the second straight contest, though he did finish with five turnovers and five fouls as well. Derrick Favors (knee) has missed three straight games, and while Okafor struggled in Monday's matchup versus the Warriors, he has stepped up in these last two tilts. It remains to be seen whether Favors will be ready to return for Monday's bout against the Nets, but if not Okafor may once again be a solid option in daily leagues.

November 1, 2019 12:40 AM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Drops season-high 26 points
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor ended with 26 points (8-13 FG, 10-13 FT), five rebounds, two steals, one assist, and one block in 34 minutes during Thursday's 122-107 victory over the Nuggets.

Okafor remained in the starting lineup with Derrick Favors (knee) still sidelined with an injury. Okafor looked great in the Pelicans uptempo offense, although, it should be noted the Nuggets defense was far from solid. The Pelicans haven't released a lot of information regarding Favors' injury making Okafor a risky add in most leagues. With that being said, if Favors misses further time, Okafor is worth considering as a streaming option.

October 28, 2019 06:32 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Starting Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor is starting Monday's contest versus Golden State, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

With Derrick Favors ruled out with right knee soreness, Okafor will step into the starting lineup and will likely take on a larger role than usual Monday. Rookie Jaxson Hayes will fill in as backup to Okafor at the center position against the Warriors.

October 18, 2019 10:56 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: One board shy of double-double
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor amassed 13 points (4-8 FG, 5-10 FT), nine rebounds, and two assists in 26 minutes during Friday's 117-116 win over the Knicks.

Okafor started at center while Derrick Favors and Jaxson Hayes received the night off for rest. Favors is the unquestioned starting center, and Hayes and Nicolo Melli will see some time there as well. Still, Okafor could be among those that see a small boost in value during the early season absence of Zion Williamson (knee).

October 18, 2019 08:20 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Gets starting nod
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor is starting Friday's preseason game against the Knicks, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Derrick Favors was initially in the starting lineup at center, but the team elected to make a last-minute change, giving Okafor the opportunity to run with the first team.

October 11, 2019 09:08 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Good to go Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor (knee) will be available for Friday's preseason game against the Jazz, Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Okafor was added to the injury report Thursday due to a bruised right knee, but it looks like it wasn't anything too serious. Okafor played 18 minutes in his last time out against Chicago, and he'll have his workload limited again Friday, per Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune.

October 10, 2019 06:08 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Added to injury report
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Jazz with a right knee contusion.

Okafor's status should clear up closer to tip-off. The big man played 18 minutes off the bench against the Bulls on Wednesday, finishing with 13 points (5-5 FG) and three rebounds.

June 20, 2019 09:40 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Role could still be limited
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor is likely to still have a limited role in New Orleans, as the Pelicans have drafted two frontcourt players in Zion Williamson and Jaxon Hayes in the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery.

New Orleans exercised its team option on Okafor for the 2019-20 season on Thursday due to his surprisingly productive tenure with the team last season. While that was reason for hope in terms of his potential playing time, the drafting of Hayes, an athletic center out of Texas, is cause to pump the brakes on that optimism. An Okafor and Williamson pairing provided spacing concerns from the start, and it now seems like Hayes will have the edge on Okafor out of the gate given the draft capital spent on him. Still, assuming Julius Randle does not re-sign, Okafor figures to see relatively healthy minutes providing depth in the frontcourt.

June 20, 2019 12:36 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Staying in New Orleans
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Pelicans exercised Okafor's team option for the 2019-20 season Thursday, Malika Andrews of reports.

Okafor was surprisingly productive during his tenure with the Pelicans last season and may have extended his NBA career as a result. At a cheap price, keeping Okafor was a no-brainer for New Orleans this season, and depending on what the team does this offseason, he could play a prominent role in the team's frontcourt this year.

April 9, 2019 11:12 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Season-high 30 points in finale
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor collected 30 points (15-24 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 0-2 FT), seven rebounds, two steals, and one assist in 38 minutes during Tuesday's 112-103 loss to the Warriors.

Okafor poured in a season high scoring total in the season finale. Given that he stepped up on numerous occasions over the course of the campaign, it's likely the Pelicans will opt to keep Okafor around next season, especially considering his modest contract.

April 8, 2019 11:32 AM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Excels in spot start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor compiled 23 points (10-14 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 14 rebounds, three assists and two blocks across 35 minutes in the Pelicans' 133-129 win over the Kings on Sunday.

Okafor drew the start with both Anthony Davis (back) and Julius Randle (rest) sitting out the contest. The 2015 third overall pick's double-double was his first since Feb. 4, and he's now scored in double digits in four of the last five games overall. Okafor has proven his worth as a part of the frontcourt rotation when given sufficient minutes this season, and he's gotten expanded opportunity more often since the trade deadline with Davis' minutes capped.

April 1, 2019 01:24 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Shoots efficiently in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor started at center and contributed 15 points (7-8 FG, 1-2 FT), four rebounds and one assist in 26 minutes Sunday in the Pelicans' 130-102 loss to the Lakers.

Okafor was supremely efficient from the field during his time on the floor, but he failed to slow down his counterpart at center, JaVale McGee, who finished with 23 points and 16 boards in 33 minutes. Though Anthony Davis (back) remained sidelined for a third straight game and Julius Randle (finger) exited early, Okafor's deficiencies on the defensive end might make it difficult for him to hit the 30-minute mark if both injured players are sidelined Wednesday against the Hornets. Christian Wood looks like the best bet among the Pelicans' frontcourt options to deliver fantasy value during the team's three-game week.

March 28, 2019 06:32 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Will start Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor will start Thursday's game against the Kings, Pelicans studio host Daniel Sallerson reports.

With Anthony Davis (back) going from "probable" to "out," Okafor will fill the vacant spot in the starting lineup at center. The Duke product had a nice run of fantasy utility in January and February, but his minutes -- and production -- have been more sporadic over the last few weeks.

March 16, 2019 06:28 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Returns to bench
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor will come off the bench Saturday against the Suns, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

With Anthony Davis (rest) returning to the starting five, Okafor will resume his usual role off the bench. In six March appearances, he's averaging 5.5 points and 2.7 rebounds across 12.2 minutes.

March 15, 2019 06:28 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Starting for Anthony Davis
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor will draw a spot start Friday against Portland, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Okafor will stand in at center in place of Anthony Davis, who is receiving the night off for rest purposes. Okafor was held to a mere two points and three rebounds over 17 minutes in his last start Mar. 8 against Toronto.

March 10, 2019 08:28 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Sees eight minutes in Sunday's loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor had four points (2-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and three rebounds in eight minutes during Sunday's 128-116 loss to the Hawks.

Okafor had been listed as questionable after leaving Friday's game with a sprained left ankle. While he was able to give it a go in this one, Okafor earned single-digit minutes for the fourth time in his last six appearances. At this point it seems he's only worthy of consideration on nights that Anthony Davis is resting.

March 10, 2019 06:16 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Good to go
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor (ankle) has been cleared to play Sunday against the Hawks, Jim Eichenhofer of the Pelicans' official site reports.

Okafor will come off the bench after previously being listed as questionable with a left ankle sprain. He's averaging a mere 4.2 points and 2.5 rebounds over his last six games.

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Fort Smith, AR, USA
New Orleans Pelicans
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