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You had to be happy with Anthony Davis as a fantasy owner during the first half of the season. The second half will likely be the polar opposite.
Since AD burnt every bridge in New Orleans when he openly requested a trade, the Pelicans no longer want him on the floor. That's not acceptable in the eyes of the league, but that doesn't mean Davis will play as much as he did in the first half. The Pelicans aren't totally crashing and burning, but your fantasy basketball team just might.
The Pelicans are restricting Davis to 20-25 minutes for the rest of the season, which massively hurts his fantasy stock.
Anthony Davis will be limited to 20-25 minutes the rest of the season. Hopefully you traded him weeks ago.— Adam Ronis (@AdamRonis) February 22, 2019
The fear that Davis would stop playing on back-to-backs and that his minutes would be reduced has sadly become a reality for his fantasy owners.
All you have to do is look at Davis' last four games to understand what you're getting yourself into – the superstar big man has averaged slightly less than 25 minutes per game. In that span, he eclipsed 15 points and 10 rebounds just in time each. That's not the same production owners once leaned on with their likely first-round pick.
Spoke with Anthony Davis this morning at shootaround.— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) February 22, 2019
He shared his feelings on the minutes reduction, clarified the All-Star comments about his “list” and how he’ll handle the rest of the season now that a plan is in place.https://t.co/CGT4tUftUK
The trend in a reduction of minutes came prior to the Pelicans' open commitment to keep their best player off the floor, as a way to preserve their best trade asset. This move likely means fewer touches for Davis as well, making him an even worse fantasy option.
You can rely on Davis as a likely first-round pick in fantasy basketball again next season – when he's on a new team – but until then, his fantasy stock will continue to plummet.
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