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Jonas Valanciunas | Center

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (22) / 5/6/1992
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 240
College: None
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Jonas Valanciunas teed off on the Pelicans' depleted frontcourt on Monday, scoring 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting (7-of-10 FTs) with 14 rebounds, two steals and one block.
Valanciunas could easily be a post-hype All Star next season as he's playing a round or two below his ADP but doing so in just 26.4 mpg on the year. If he can ever gain Dwane Casey's trust on the defensive end, he has easy early round upside. Feb 24 - 12:03 AM

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Jonas Valanciunas scored 11 points with seven rebounds and three steals in 25 minutes against the Rockets on Saturday.

He has been keeping his fouls down and played 25.3 minutes in his previous February games, averaging 7.8 points, 10.5 boards, 1.7 blocks and 0.2 steals. Valanciunas is improving on post-up D, so his floor should rise on a week-to-week basis.
Feb 22 - 12:47 AM

Jonas Valanciunas scored eight points on 4-of-13 shooting with 13 rebounds and two blocks in 25 minutes on Friday against the Hawks.

Valanciunas will usually be a bit more efficient but owners will take what they can get after he sputtered into the break. He's returning top 60-75 value when on the floor this season and he really hasn't gotten into a major groove.
Feb 21 - 1:07 AM

Jonas Valanciunas played just 16 minutes and had six points and five rebounds on Wednesday.

JV has scored in single digits in four straight games and is averaging 7.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks over his last five, averaging 26 minutes per game. Don't read too much into tonight's low minutes, as he should bounce back after the break.
Feb 11 - 11:23 PM

Jonas Valanciunas matched his season-high of four blocked shots in Sunday's win over the Spurs, adding 16 rebounds, eight points and one steal in 34 minutes.

While it was great to see him play 34 minutes tonight, Valanciunas did not play a significant role down the stretch as coach Dwane Casey opted to go with a quicker lineup once again. Coach Casey recently said that JV needs to improve his lateral quickness if he wants to close out games, so that could limit JV's upside moving forward. That being said, JV is simply too talented to not improve as the season progresses, so his owners should expect him to pick up some steam after the All-Star break like he has done in previous seasons.
Feb 8 - 10:13 PM

Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said he doesn't think Jonas Valanciunas can "scramble" effectively against quicker lineups.

Casey continued by citing Valanciunas' inability to scramble as the main reason he's been sitting the big man later in games. While JV's owners would prefer to see him play more than his 26.3 minute per game season average, his fantasy value is capped as long as Casey is limiting his minutes down the stretch.
Feb 3 - 11:06 AM

Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled in 25 minutes against the Bucks on Monday with 12 points, 13 rebounds and one block.

After Roy Hibbert shut him down last week, Valanciunas has played well despite an ankle issue. In his last four, he averaged 11.8 points, 8.8 boards, 0.5 steals and 2.0 blocks on 68.8 percent from the field and 100 percent from the line. He's getting ready to get hot.
Feb 2 - 11:33 PM

Jonas Valanciunas had one of his worst games of the season against the Wizards on Saturday with six points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks in 17 minutes.

He fouled out and the Wizards went right at him tonight. Valanciunas ankle injury from Friday may have been a factor, but there's no indication that he'll need to miss time. His fantasy owners shouldn't look to trade him based on his strong finishes in the past two seasons.
Jan 31 - 9:30 PM

Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) and Amir Johnson (foot) will play against the Wizards on Saturday.

Valanciunas was liming badly on Friday night, but it sounds like he's ready to go without a restriction. Johnson and JV back in the lineup hurt the chances of Patrick Patterson having a good game. Fantasy owners can use Valanciunas in a sub-par matchup.
Jan 31 - 5:47 PM

Jonas Valanciunas limped out of the arena on Friday due to an ankle injury and is up in the air for Saturday against the Wizards.

He played very well tonight and returned from the injury. Valanciunas made all seven shots from the field for 14 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in 33 minutes tonight. His ankle is likely going to swell up on him, so Patrick Patterson will likely benefit the most.
Jan 30 - 10:51 PM

Jonas Valanciunas attempted only two shots on Tuesday, making one of them to finish with six points, eight rebounds and one block in 27 minutes.

The good news is that he made 4-of-4 free throws and his minutes were limited by foul trouble, rather than coach Dwane Casey's caprice. Valanciunas doesn't always take a lot of shots but when he does he makes them count -- he's taking 5.8 shots per game within 12 feet of the hoop, and his FG percentage (55.3 percent) ranks eighth in the NBA.
Jan 27 - 9:50 PM

The Raptors knocked off the Pistons on Sunday behind Jonas Valanciunas' 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting, 11 rebounds and three blocks.

JV suggested this week that he might be a coach's selection for the All-Star game, which is wishful thinking, but he's still putting together a solid season. The third-year center is averaging a career-high 12.5 points with 8.4 boards and 1.0 blocks, while aiding fantasy owners in FG percentage (55.1) and FT percentage (80.0) percent. It all adds up to steady mid-round value.
Jan 25 - 10:30 PM

Jonas Valanciunas blocked three shots against the 76ers on Friday with 11 points, three rebounds and two steals in 26 minutes.

He is playing with a minor calf injury and it didn't seem to affect him much. Valanciunas hasn't been blocking shots too much, but he's starting to do it again over his last four with seven in that span. The chance to buy low is shrinking.
Jan 23 - 10:06 PM

Jonas Valanciunas (calf) will start against the 76ers on Friday.

He said he's still dealing with soreness, but there's no indication of him being limited. Valanciunas actually has been quiet in his two games against the 76ers this season with just 12 points in each. He's still worth starting in standard leagues.
Jan 23 - 6:17 PM

Jonas Valanciunas (sore calf) said that he's "fine" and he expects to play on Friday.

The Raptors are in Philly to take on the 76ers, who are giving up 19.4 points and 15.3 rebounds to opposing centers this season, so JV has an appealing matchup as long as it's not a blowout. He's safe to keep in active lineups and we'll let you know if his status changes prior to tip-off.
Jan 23 - 11:48 AM