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Donatas Motiejunas | Center/Forward

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/20/1990
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 222
College: None
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Donatas Motiejunas scored a career-high 21 points against the Kings on Wednesday with six rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer on 10-of-15 from the field.
This is his third effective game in a row with an average of 13.5 points per game in his previous two. He's also seen a major bump in minutes with 35.7 per game over his last three. The Rockets won't get Terrence Jones (leg) back any time soon and Dwight Howard (knee) is out, so Motiejunas is worth a look in all standard leagues now that he seems to have figured it out. Nov 27 - 1:29 AM

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Donatas Motiejunas scored 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting with eight rebounds, one steal, one block and one three in 32 minutes against the Knicks.

Motie beating up on the Knicks and getting his usually non-existent peripheral stats isn't swinging the pendulum here, but he has been much more productive than he usually is lately. With Terrence Jones (leg) out long-term and Dwight Howard (knee) a question mark at this moment, we're all on the hunt for the beneficiary and right now Kostas Papanikolaou has a much better stat-set to get the job done with.
Nov 25 - 12:37 AM

Donatas Motiejunas played a whopping 38 minutes (season high) and hit 5-of-7 shots on his way to 14 points, 12 rebounds and a 3-pointer on Saturday.

He also had five turnovers, but who cares? He's been getting some decent run with Dwight Howard out, but this was easily his best game of the season. He had played just 18 minutes in each of his last two games, but got big run tonight, and it paid off. He's still a shaky play in daily or standard leagues, but as long as Howard and Terrence Jones are out, he's at least worth a look from night to night.
Nov 22 - 11:45 PM

Donatas Motiejunas played 18 minutes against the Lakers on Wednesday with seven points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal, one 3-pointer and four fouls.

He may have squandered his last real chance here. Motiejunas had his best opportunity of the season with Dwight Howard (knee) and Terrence Jones (leg) out, but his fouls and turnovers were the headline for him tonight. Fantasy owners just can't trust him right now.
Nov 20 - 2:29 AM

Donatas Motiejunas logged just 18 minutes in Monday's blowout loss, scoring six points on 3-of-8 shooting with two rebounds and one block.

It's starting to feel like Terrence Jones (leg) will miss another month, and we've included the link to one of many scattered reports that had Rockets play-by-play man Bill Worrell saying that "may" be the case. But Motiejunas has been terrible in most formats this year, and it's more likely that there is no real beneficiary due to Jones' time off.
Nov 18 - 1:18 AM

Donatas Motiejunas blocked two shots and stole the ball twice to go with three points and seven boards over 31 minutes on Friday against the Sixers.

The opponent should be noted for their garbage brand of basketball and it should also be noted that Terrence Jones' leg injury isn't yet in the day-to-day realm. Motie's fantasy game is deficient in many areas and he's a desperation add while Jones is out, at best.
Nov 15 - 1:18 AM

Donatas Motiejunas started in place of injured Terrence Jones (leg) and had eight points, seven rebounds, four assists, a steal and two blocks in 31 minutes on Wednesday.

That's not a bad line, but you shouldn't be thinking about picking him up just yet. While Jones' injury is a bit of a mystery, we doubt it keeps him out long enough to make Motiejunas worth a look in most leagues. But keep an eye on him going forward, just in case.
Nov 13 - 1:31 AM

Donatas Motiejunas excelled off the bench against the Warriors on Saturday with 16 points, eight rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

He played a lot of center out of necessity tonight, which had been a role he's struggled with in his career. Motiejunas will likely move back into the starting lineup for the rest of the week once Dwight Howard (illness) is back in the lineup. Unless you were already thinking about grabbing him, this line shouldn't change your mind too much.
Nov 9 - 12:52 AM

Donatas Motiejunas will come off the bench against the Warriors on Saturday.

While he has been awful, this move is more out of necessity than as a punishment. Motiejunas should still get minutes in the 20s and will have an opportunity to produce. Of course, he's not worth using in most formats.
Nov 8 - 7:40 PM

Donatas Motiejunas said that he is completely focused on defense for Saturday's game against the Warriors.

We will believe it when we see it, as D-Mo has been shocking on both defense and offense this season. He has a combined two points in his last two games starting in place of Terrence Jones (leg), so we shouldn't have to tell you that he can be ignored in almost all leagues. Jones is out for the rest of the week meaning D-Mo will likely start once again, but Kostas Papanikolaou figures to benefit the most off the bench for Houston.

Donatas Motiejunas started at PF on Thursday, but missed his only shot and failed to score, despite playing 25 minutes for the Rockets.

If you used him in Fanduel, the move backfired. And tonight's game should make owners of Terrence Jones feel better. He's unlikely to lose his job or minutes to D-Mo once he's healthy again.
Nov 6 - 10:37 PM

Donatas Motiejunas will earn another fill-in start at PF on Tuesday in place of Terrence Jones (leg).

Jones is day-to-day with the injury but Motie gets at least one chance to redeem himself after a poor start vs. the Heat on Tuesday, when he had just two points, one rebound and five fouls in 13 minutes. Kostas Papanikolaou will also earn more playing time off Houston's bench until T-Jones gets back on the court.
Nov 6 - 7:27 PM

Donatas Motiejunas started in place of Terrence Jones (leg) on Tuesday, but he scored only two points on 1-of-5 shooting vs. the Heat.

Motie added one rebound and five personal fouls in a mere 13 minutes, with early foul trouble spoiling his opportunity as a starter. Jones is day-to-day with his leg injury and the Rockets don't play again until Thursday, so Motiejunas' starting gig may have been a one-time performance.
Nov 4 - 10:43 PM

Donatas Motiejunas is starting Tuesday's game with Terrence Jones (bruised leg) unavailable.

Motiejunas has been productive in 20+ minutes off the bench and he'll get a chance to shine in an extended role vs. the Heat tonight. Tarik Black is also unavailable and Dwight Howard is playing through a sore knee, so Motie should be an essential part of Houston's frontcourt on both ends of the court.
Nov 4 - 7:11 PM

Donatas Motiejunas played 20 minutes off the bench against the Celtics on Saturday with six points, five rebounds, two assists and three fouls.

He might be getting some more minutes his way with Dwight Howard dealing with some swelling in his knee. Tarik Black also is hurt, so Motiejunas would likely get minutes in the mid-20s as a worst-case scenario. Still he's been awful and is only worth a look in deep leagues.
Nov 2 - 12:58 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Patrick Beverley
2Jason Terry
3Isaiah Canaan
SG1James Harden
2Nick Johnson
3Troy Daniels
SF1Trevor Ariza
2Francisco Garcia
3Kostas Papanikolaou
PF1Terrence Jones
2Donatas Motiejunas
3Joey Dorsey
4Clint Capela
C1Dwight Howard
2Tarik Black