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Alexis Ajinca | Center

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/6/1988
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 248
College: France
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Alexis Ajinca played 15 minutes off the bench against the Rockets on Wednesday with eight points, five rebounds, two assists and three blocks.
That's not a bad line in limited playing time, but the Pelicans look to be healthy with the exception of Ryan Anderson (knee). Ajinca can be dropped in most leagues with Anthony Davis' shoulder injury appearing to be minor. Mar 26 - 1:20 AM

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Alexis Ajinca double-doubled in another start for the short-handed Pelicans on Sunday, scoring 11 points with 10 rebounds, one steal and three turnovers in 27 minutes.

Omer Asik was sidelined by a calf injury which led to another start for Ajinca, this time alongside Anthony Davis. He held his own vs. DeAndre Jordan but the Pelicans fell on the road, 100-107, bumping them three full games outside of the playoff picture. Anyone banking on Ajinca for production next week should keep a close eye on Asik's status.
Mar 22 - 6:29 PM

Alexis Ajinca is expected to be in the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Clippers with Omer Asik (calf) unavailable.

As the starting center this season, Ajinca has put in averages of 8.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks per game. He'll have a tough matchup against the Clippers today, but he should be good for some low-end value as a streamer option in deep leagues.
Mar 22 - 2:48 PM

Alexis Ajinca scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting with eight rebounds and one block in 19 minutes of action in Friday's loss to the Warriors.

Ajinca had slowed down for the past two weeks but he put up good numbers on Thursday and the whole team seems to be breaking down. Prior to that Ajinca had a nice multi-week run with startable fantasy value and he hasn't needed big minutes to do that. Give him a look if you need a big man.
Mar 21 - 3:45 AM

Alexis Ajinca scored 10 points in 26 minutes against the Suns on Thursday with seven rebounds, four assists and one block.

At this point, there seem to be as many Pelicans as dodo birds with how many players they're missing. Extinct jokes aside, Ajinca is looking like a solid player to add in most leagues with Omer Asik (calf) possibly missing time. Anthony Davis (ankle) could also miss time, which would make Ajinca a great player in daily leagues. If you have some dead weight give him a look against the Warriors on Friday.
Mar 20 - 12:24 AM

Alexis Ajinca struggled in a poor matchup vs. Denver, finishing with only four points, two rebounds, one steal and one block in 12 bench minutes.

The Nuggets went small and forced the Pelicans to follow suit, which left Ajinca as the odd-man out of coach Monty Williams' rotation. He should fare better vs. the Bucks on Tuesday and it helps that Ryan Anderson (sprained MCL) remains without a clear return date.
Mar 15 - 9:31 PM

Alexis Ajinca dropped 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting in an easy win over the Nets on Tuesday.

He also added five boards, four assists and three steals in 23 minutes, but it should be noted that he got some extra run because of the lopsided score and the fact that Anthony Davis left the game after getting poked in the eye. Ajinca has proven to be a capable backup for the Pelicans' frontcourt, but he will be tough to own in standard leagues unless his role continues to grow. Keep an eye on him for now.
Mar 10 - 10:56 PM

Alexis Ajinca scored six points with three rebounds and one steal in 18 minutes on Monday against the Bucks.

Ajinca finally fell off the wagon and owners can move on if they haven't already.
Mar 10 - 12:24 AM

Alexis Ajinca played just 10 minutes on Friday against the Celtics, but still managed to produce four points, four rebounds, one assist and one block.

This isn't too far off from his normal per-minute numbers, as he has been able to produce startable fantasy value in 20-25 mpg over the past few weeks. The Celtics run very small and that's possibly why he fell off tonight, but the return of Anthony Davis is certainly a threat and owners should at least consider a drop. It's worth noting that Ryan Anderson's timetable is murky at best.
Mar 7 - 2:08 AM

Alexis Ajinca stepped up in his 23 minutes off the bench on Wednesday during an 88-85 win over the Pistons, scoring 10 points with 11 boards, two assists and one block.

Apparently he's still going to get minutes because of Ryan Anderson (knee) being out. Ajinca has arguably been more consistent than Omer Asik and maybe he can play minutes in the 20-24 range. Give him a look in deeper leagues, but owners in standard leagues should be able to do better.
Mar 5 - 2:16 AM

Alexis Ajinca kept his foot on the gas with Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson out on Monday, scoring 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting with 12 rebounds, one steal and one block in 25 minutes off the bench.

Ajinca has paid off with top-50 value over the last two weeks and with the Pelicans' durability issues he has a sneaky shot at finishing the year strong. There have been vague reports not necessarily altering Davis' 1-2 week timeline from about seven days ago, but we'll be watching closely to see if Ajinca can survive his return.
Mar 3 - 12:09 AM

Alexis Ajinca scored a career-high 24 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 9-of-10 shots with eight rebounds and three blocks in just 22 minutes.

Ajinca also hit the game's final, deciding shot and he's looking pretty automatic whenever 20-30 mpg clears up. Anthony Davis could be back in the next week or so and Ryan Anderson is about two weeks behind Davis on a timetable. In the meantime, Ajinca should be owned by somebody in your league.
Feb 28 - 3:38 AM

Alexis Ajinca came off the bench and played just 18 minutes on Wednesday, but still had 10 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks on 4-of-6 shooting.

The minutes don't make a lot of sense, but guys like Quincy Pondexter and Dante Cunningham played well in this one. Any time Anthony Davis is out, Ajinca still qualifies as an interesting sleeper pick.
Feb 26 - 1:12 AM

Alexis Ajinca scored 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting with nine rebounds, two assists and one block in 27 minutes off the bench on Monday against the Raptors.

Ajinca has done surprisingly well when pressed into action for Anthony Davis or Ryan Anderson this season. And with the way those two guys are holding up these days, it's possible this current window of productivity gets extended throughout the year -- particularly if and when the Pelicans fall out of the playoff chase.
Feb 24 - 12:12 AM

Alexis Ajinca played only 11 minutes even with the injuries to the frontcourt on Saturday, scoring eight points with three rebounds.

The Heat went small, so coach Monty Williams may have gone with smaller guys here. Ajinca's per-minute numbers are pretty good and he does have decent numbers in his two starts at power forward, averaging 11.0 points, 5.5 boards and 1.0 blocks. If you need a big man in a deeper league, give him a look.
Feb 21 - 10:43 PM