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Jonas Valanciunas | Center | #17

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/6/1992
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 265
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (5) / TOR
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Jonas Valanciunas moved to the bench against the Bucks on Saturday, scoring 12 points with five rebounds, one steal and four turnovers in 22 minutes.
He was a straight backup five man and didn't log any minutes next to Serge Ibaka in this game. The Ibaka-JV lineups were crushed on the defensive end in the first three games with a 130.6 defensive rating, so coach Dwane Casey completely dropped it and it worked out in this win. Valanciunas is likely looking at around 20 minutes again in Game 5 on Monday. Apr 22 - 5:58 PM

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Norman Powell will indeed get the start and Jonas Valanciunas will come off the bench in Game 4 on Saturday.

Today's starting lineup for the Raptors has not played together yet, so we're headed for a new frontier. Coach Dwane Casey is going to try to outscore the Bucks and live with Giannis Antetokounmpo having an advantage on the offensive side. JV's minutes may drop below 20 in this game, so he's a tough DFS player to trust.
Apr 22 - 2:55 PM

Jonas Valanciunas came off the bench in the second half against the Bucks during a Game 3 loss on Thursday, finishing with 11 points, seven rebounds and two turnovers in 20 minutes.

If the Raptors didn't get blown out in the first half, chances are JV would've started in the second half. Still, he's only sitting at 22.0 minutes per game in these three 2017 playoff outings. This is a mild surprise after Valanciunas was fantastic before his injury in the 2016 playoffs. He'll probably be in the low 20s again on Saturday.
Apr 20 - 10:55 PM

Cory Joseph started the third quarter for Jonas Valanciunas on Thursday.

When you only score 30 points in the first half, it's time for a change. The Raptors are going to need threes in a hurry, so that likely explains the move.
Apr 20 - 9:34 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored nine points with nine rebounds and one turnover in 24 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday.

He's been a shell of himself since the Serge Ibaka deal, but not having his buddy Kyle Lowry out there hurts his productivity. Valanciunas was dynamite in the playoffs last year, but he was dominated for most of his minutes against Greg Monroe. Playoff JV probably won't be making as many appearances this year compared to last year.
Apr 15 - 9:20 PM

Jonas Valanciunas went 6-of-10 from the field in 15 minutes vs. the Cavs, scoring 13 points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer, before being shut down for the second half.

JV scored 10 points in the first quarter alone and he made the first 3-pointer of his career tonight -- that's clearly not something fantasy owners should expect to become a staple of his game. It's nice to see him enter the postseason with some offensive rhythm, after going a combined 7-of-17 in his previous two games.
Apr 12 - 9:21 PM

Jonas Valanciuans scored nine points with 10 rebounds and two blocks in 30 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

His coach wants to keep him in the 25-30 minute range, but JV was being more physical during this one. Plus, it really helps Valanciunas to have Kyle Lowry back. He should be a late-to-mid round guy the rest of the way.
Apr 7 - 11:04 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 16 points with 17 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 28 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

It was a good day for JV. On top his his franchise-record 13 rebounds in the third, coach Dwane Casey said he is going to tighten the rotation, which should be a great sign for Valanciunas' playing time. He's lost a lot of fourth-quarter minutes and even guys like Jakob Poeltl have taken run from him. JV has been annoying to own since Serge Ibaka arrived, but maybe he can have a strong finish. He should be worth owning going forward.
Mar 31 - 10:04 PM

Jonas Valanciunas had an efficient double-double on Wednesday with 14 points (5-of-6 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), 15 rebounds, three blocks, one steal and zero turnovers in 29 minutes.

The Raptors' six-game win streak was snapped tonight, despite JV's big game. He helped get Cody Zeller into serious foul trouble, which left him in control of the paint, but it was perimeter defense that hurt Toronto tonight -- Charlotte went 16-of-32 from downtown. Valanciunas hasn't been the guy you wanted on draft day, but his value has stabilized in the late-round range.
Mar 30 - 12:04 AM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 17 points with nine rebounds and one block in 27 minutes vs. the Magic on Monday.

This was a nice bounce-back game for J-Val as he was coming off a two-point outing on Thursday in 21 minutes. He got some burn in the fourth quarter tonight which hasn't happened too much since the Serge Ibaka trade, but he was a team-high +21 and finished 7-of-9 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line. He's frustrating to own and can flop on any given night, but he's worth owning with three more games this week.
Mar 27 - 10:57 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored two points with eight rebounds and two blocks in 21 minutes against the Heat on Thursday.

Even with Serge Ibaka suspended, Valanciunas still couldn't get late run in this game. Jakob Poeltl was the guy to guard Hassan Whiteside, so coach Dwane Casey is basically just looking for reasons not to play JV late. Valanciunas is really just a late-round player these days.
Mar 23 - 10:42 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored eight points on 4-of-6 shooting vs. the Bulls on Tuesday.

He grabbed five rebounds with two turnovers and nothing else in 25 minutes. Before his owners drop him out of frustration, it's worth noting that he should get a nice bump in the short term because Serge Ibaka is likely going to be suspended. The Raptors only have two more games this week, though.
Mar 21 - 11:06 PM

Jonas Valanciunas finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds in 24 minutes Sunday against Indiana.

Valanciunas checked out of the lopsided game with 4:39 to go in the third quarter and never did return, as Lucas Nogueira and Jakob Poeltl held down the fort in the middle. The Lithuanian big man continues to see plenty of rest in the final quarter for a multitude of reasons - including the presence of Serge Ibaka - yet he remains a top-100 value in the middle due to his high production when he actually is on the floor.
Mar 19 - 9:14 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 10 points with eight rebounds, one steal and one block in 24 minutes against the Pistons on Friday.

That's another game with no playing time in the fourth quarter. Valanciunas has actually played well despite not getting run in the fourth, so his fantasy owners can't complain about his bottom line. JV continues to hang around top-100 value, so he's shaping up to be a guy worth owning. His low upside is annoying, though.
Mar 17 - 11:19 PM

Jonas Valanciunas played 17 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday with seven points, five rebounds and two blocks.

He checked out with the score at 70-58 and did not play at all in the final 19:22 of this game. Since the break, Valanciunas has played a grand total of 16 minutes in the fourth quarter, which explains why he's been a disaster since the Serge Ibaka trade. As bad as that is, he's still been a top-100 player in standard leagues. He's still only a weak hold with his severely capped upside right now.
Mar 16 - 9:32 PM