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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 (dislocated left thumb) had surgery on Thursday and will miss at least four weeks.
JV will be in a cast for the next month, after which he'll be reevaluated. Owners without IR spots need to evaluate their options, and may need to cut him for the best available free agent in 12-team formats. Serge Ibaka and Greg Monroe should handle the center spot, with OG Anunoby and Kawhi Leonard playing more PF minutes, and Toronto also called up Chris Boucher for added depth. If you're looking for a pickup Monroe is the best bet, but JV's absence leaves a modest 18.8 minutes up for grabs. Dec 13 - 3:21 PM

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Jonas Valanciunas has been diagnosed with a dislocated thumb on his left (non-shooting) hand.

This is the initial diagnosis and we should have more specifics in the coming days, including a rough timetable. His absence could be measured in weeks, but owners should remain patient as we await more information. For as long as he's out, Serge Ibaka, Greg Monroe and OG Anunoby should all be asked to step up in the frontcourt rotation.
Dec 12 - 11:42 PM

Jonas Valanciunas (left hand/finger) exited Wednesday's game after getting hit by Draymond Green.

Green was swiping at the ball and JV immediately grabbed his left hand in pain and headed to the locker room. He fractured a metacarpal in his left hand in 2015 and bruised the same hand in 2017, so he's no stranger to such injuries. We should know more very soon.
Dec 12 - 11:24 PM

Jonas Valanciunas was quiet in 13 minutes off the bench on Sunday, posting six points (2-of-8 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), five rebounds and no other statistics.

JV averaged 25.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in his previous two games, shooting a combined 19-of-28 from the field in that span, but he wasn't as involved tonight with Toronto emphasizing a court-stretching offense. Valanciunas' per-minute production has been elite all season but he's averaging just 19.4 minutes, and we're resigned to inconsistency while he's primarily coming off the bench behind Serge Ibaka.
Dec 9 - 8:36 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 24 points with eight rebounds, one block and no turnovers in 26 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

This was an absolute smash spot for JV, who was coming in hot off a season-high 26 points, going up against a traditional five in Jarrett Allen, and getting a team that bleeds stats to centers. Even though he'll be moving to the bench more often than not, Valanciunas is a fine hold with his top-100 value in just 19.4 minutes per game.
Dec 7 - 10:48 PM

Jonas Valanciunas is listed as a starter vs. the Nets on Friday.

We've seen Serge Ibaka get the vast majority of the starts, but this is an JV game against a more traditional five in Jarrett Allen. Valanciunas' stats are similar in starts compared to coming off the bench, but it's a dream matchup with the Nets giving up big lines to centers this year.
Dec 7 - 6:39 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored a season-high 26 points (9-of-13 FGs, 8-of-9 FTs) with eight rebounds and two assists in just 18 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday.

He doubled his scoring output from the previous two games in a huge night against Joel Embiid. He's only been playing 16.8 minutes over his last five games and is the backup to Serge Ibaka most nights unless it's against someone like Hassan Whiteside. Even though he's not seeing a ton of minutes, he's still having a solid season thus far and is worth hanging onto.
Dec 6 - 1:07 AM

Jonas Valanciunas scored five points with four rebounds, one block and two turnovers in 18 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday.

Some of the matchups have hurt JV lately, but this is one of those that he should have been better. Since he erupted against the Hawks with 24 points on Nov. 21, Valanciunas averaged just 10.2 points, 5.6 boards, 1.4 dimes and 0.6 blocks in 18.0 minutes per game in those five. Most of his matchups are not good this week against the Nuggets, 76ers, Nets and Bucks, so JV is an option to bench despite four games. He's still someone most fantasy owners in standard leagues should hold.
Dec 1 - 10:52 PM

Jonas Valanciunas played 16 minutes off the bench against the Warriors on Thursday, scoring 12 points with four rebounds and one block.

His 16 minutes were almost too many with the Warriors making some big runs while JV was on the floor. Valanciunas' minutes have been fluctuating lately with three games under 20 minutes and two over 24 in his last five, averaging 14.0 points, 7.4 boards, 1.8 assists, 0.6 blocks and 0.4 treys in that span. He's still doing more than enough to be considered as a must-start player.
Nov 29 - 11:16 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 17 points (8-of-10 FGs) with 10 rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes against the Heat on Sunday.

Valanciunas got the start against Hassan Whiteside. JV continues to come off the bench more often than not, though, and performs worse across the board when he does so. His overall numbers look better because of how he plays when he starts. He's still worth owning, even with the inconsistency, because he's averaging close to a double-double with good percentages.
Nov 25 - 9:26 PM

Jonas Valanciunas was back in the starting five on Wednesday, putting up 24 points (9-of-12 FGs, 5-of-8 FTs), 13 rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

JV double-doubled before halftime tonight, taking advantage of the Hawks' lackluster defense. He was part of the Raptors' eighth unique starting lineup this season, and he continues to trade off starts with Serge Ibaka depending on matchups. It's a situation with clear fantasy implications night-to-night, since JV as a starter is averaging more points (+1.4 per game), rebounds (+0.5) and blocks (+0.5) in nearly five more minutes.
Nov 21 - 10:14 PM

Jonas Valanciunas was quiet against the Magic on Tuesday, scoring eight points with six rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes off the bench.

Serge Ibaka got the start and had the better evening, scoring 14 points with nine rebounds, four assists and one block in 30 minutes. Ibaka has won this position battle and is playing mostly center with Pascal Siakam breaking out as the starting PF. J-Val is still worth owning despite the low minutes, and we may see him get a start vs. the Hawks on Wednesday since they have two traditional centers in Alex Len and Dewayne Dedmon.
Nov 20 - 9:45 PM

Jonas Valanciunas made a start against the Pistons on Wednesday with 14 points, six rebounds and one block in a season-high 27 minutes.

Serge Ibaka (knee) did not play in this game, but Greg Monroe was outstanding to fill those minutes off the bench. Valanciunas splits on starting or coming off the bench are fairly similar with more efficiency off the bench, so his fantasy owners shouldn't sweat him being shuffled in and out of the first unit. If Serge is going to miss time, that will help JV's value.
Nov 14 - 10:29 PM

Jonas Valanciunas will start against the Pistons on Wednesday.

Coach Nick Nurse likes to start JV against bigger centers and it doesn't get much bigger than Andre Drummond. Valanciunas has been effective both as a starter and off the bench, so moving into the first unit doesn't affect his fantasy value going forward.
Nov 14 - 5:58 PM

Jonas Valanciunas dominated off the bench with 19 points, 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes against the Knicks on Saturday.

Make it back-to-back double-doubles for JV after posting just one in his first 11 outings. Valanciunas has been used as a starter against traditional, larger fives, but he's excelled off the bench with better scoring numbers on better efficiency. Valanciunas is hanging around top-50 value at a premium position, so he should be a solid asset all season.
Nov 10 - 5:47 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kyle Lowry
2Fred VanVleet
3Lorenzo Brown
4Jordan Loyd
SG1Danny Green
2Delon Wright
3Malachi Richardson
SF1Kawhi Leonard
2C.J. Miles
3Norman Powell
PF1Pascal Siakam
2OG Anunoby
C1Serge Ibaka
2Jonas Valanciunas
3Greg Monroe
4Chris Boucher