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Jonas Valanciunas | Center | #17

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/6/1992
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 265
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (5) / TOR
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Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points, five rebounds, two assists and three blocks in just 16 minutes in Toronto's 128-93 season-ending loss to Cleveland on Monday.
Valanciunas came off the bench for the first time this season and only got 16 minutes, but that didn't stop him from leading the team with 18 points. He had another solid season averaging 12.7 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game. He's set to be back with the Raptors in 2018-19. May 7 - 11:39 PM

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Jonas Valanciunas had 21 points, 21 rebounds and a block on 7-of-19 shooting in Tuesday's Game 1 loss to the Cavaliers

That's where the good news ends. His fantasy line was pretty spectacular, but he basically missed three straight layups/putbacks, and at least a couple more, and shot 1-of-7 in the fourth quarter. He also fumbled a rebound late in overtime that eventually went off of teammate Serge Ibaka with the Raptors trailing by the final score, 113-112. It's tough to place all the blame on JV, as the Raptors missed 11 straight (we actually counted 12) shots in the fourth quarter, went nearly five minutes without scoring during that stretch, shot 5-of-24 in the fourth, and missed open 3-pointer after open 3-pointer. Game 2 is Thursday in Toronto.
May 1 - 11:37 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 14 points with 12 rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 31 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

He's really shown up consistently and he's earning playing time in the fourth quarter now, which wasn't happening earlier in the series. Valanciunas will be a vital piece in the next round with the Cavs having some interior defensive issues, or to help defend the inside against the Pacers. He'll be a nightly DFS option.
Apr 27 - 9:48 PM

Jonas Valanciunas played 32 minutes on Wednesday, finishing a 108-98 victory with 14 points, 13 rebounds (four offensive), two assists, two blocks and one steal.

Marcin Gortat, the Wizards' 34-year-old center, said recently that he has "a little mobility advantage" against Valanciunas in this series. Gortat was solid with a double-double tonight, but JV was at his best during the Raptors' decisive run in the fourth quarter, helping Toronto take a 3-2 lead. He played just 15 minutes during Game 4 and his typical role falls somewhere in between -- he played exactly 23.0 minutes in Games 1-3, which is where we expect to see him on Friday.
Apr 25 - 10:01 PM

Jonas Valanciunas played only 15 minutes on Sunday, scoring 11 points with three rebounds and one block in the Raptors' road loss.

JV made 4-of-6 field goals and 3-of-3 free throws, but after playing 23 minutes in each of the first three games in this series, his role was eroded by backup Jakob Poeltl. Even after Poeltl fouled out late in the game, Pascal Siakam checked in with Serge Ibaka shifting to center. Random duds are always a risk for Valanciunas, who only needs 20+ minutes to hit DFS value most games.
Apr 22 - 9:11 PM

Jonas Valanciunas hit 8-of-11 shots and a 3-pointer for 19 points, 14 rebounds, one assist and two blocks in just 23 minutes of Tuesday's 130-119 win over the Wizards.

JV played the same minutes in Game 1, but had just nine points and nine rebounds in that win. More minutes would be nice, but as long as he's going against a guy like Marcin Gortat, he can be effective in limited run. Gortat played just 12 minutes and didn't score for the Wizards tonight.
Apr 17 - 10:01 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 12 points with seven rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 24 minutes against the Heat on Wednesday.

He did look to have an upper-arm issue, but Valanciunas stayed in the game. He's played well for most of the second half with 25 points coming on Monday, and maybe coach Dwane Casey ups JV's minutes against the Wizards.
Apr 11 - 10:45 PM

Jonas Valanciunas returned from a rest on Monday and had 25 points, nine boards and a 3-pointer on 11-of-13 shooting in a 108-98 win over the Pistons.

JV benefitted from the absence of Andre Drummond (achilles), but it remains to be seen if the Raptors will roll him out there in Wednesday's finale against the Heat.
Apr 9 - 9:24 PM

Jonas Valanciunas will rest on Sunday vs. the Magic.

This will be just his fifth missed game of the season, but this is the first for rest purposes. With the No. 1 seed locked up, there's no guarantee that Valanciunas will play in both of Toronto's final two games after Sunday. Jakob Poeltl has a big opportunity tonight and we should see more of Paskal Siakam and maybe Lucas Nogueira.
Apr 8 - 4:31 PM

Jonas Valanciunas was on the floor for just 13 minutes during Wednesday's 96-78 win over the Celtics, registering four points, five rebounds and one turnover.

Valanciunas was aggressive in seeking out his shot to start the game, but his shot wasn't falling, and he didn't do a great job on the glass so Dwane Casey benched him. JV was ballin' coming into this one, scoring in double figures in his previous six outings, so we'll just chalk this up to an off-night and expect a bounce-back performance on Friday against the Pacers.
Apr 5 - 12:04 AM

Jonas Valanciunas went for 13 points and 11 rebounds over 25 minutes in Saturday's 110-99 setback at Boston.

Valanciunas was 6-of-12 from the field and 0-of-1 from behind the 3-point line while adding a blocked shot. It wasn't a huge fantasy line, but a double-double is never anything to sneeze at. After a lull in the stats for a few games, Valanciunas is back at it with 14.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots per game over the past three outings. He'll look to keep it cooking Tuesday in Cleveland in a showdown of Eastern Conference powers.
Mar 31 - 10:22 PM

Jonas Valanciunas ended up with 16 points and 10 rebounds in just 20 minutes on Sunday against the Clippers.

Valanciunas hit 7-of-11 from the field, including 1-of-1 from behind the 3-point line, but foul trouble limited his playing time. He did well offensively against DeAndre Jordan, but working on him defensively frequently ended with the referee blowing his whistle. He'll look to keep up the good play in Tuesday's game against Milwaukee to kick off a four-game week.
Mar 25 - 9:00 PM

Jonas Valanciunas went off for 23 points, eight rebounds and one triple in just 23 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

The Nets have allowed the most fantasy points to centers this season and J-Val obliterated them in their previous meeting with 26 points and 14 rebounds. He finished 8-of-14 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line, but did turn the ball over three times and picked up four fouls. He gets a matchup with the Clippers on Sunday before the Raptors begin just a two-game week.
Mar 23 - 11:21 PM

Jonas Valanciunas made 6-of-6 field goals for 15 points on Wednesday, adding eight rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes.

Toronto fell to 7-5 in the second of back-to-back games this season, which is surprising given their team depth. This loss snapped a nine-game road win streak and came despite an astounding 79-point first half tonight, their highest-scoring half all season. They'll look to vent against the Nets on Friday, and the only concern for JV's owners is that he went knee-to-knee with Kevin Love late in tonight's game. We're leaving him off the injury report, but it can't hurt to confirm his status.
Mar 21 - 10:13 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 16 points with 17 rebounds, two assists, four blocks and one 3-pointer against the Pacers on Thursday.

He's on one of his heaters over his last five, averaging 17.4 points, 12.2 boards, 2.2 assists, 1.8 blocks and 0.8 steals. Valanciunas is about as must-start as it gets right now, but he's certainly prone to a dud. He gets a dream matchup vs. Dallas on Friday.
Mar 15 - 10:17 PM