Alexis Ajinca C NO 2 Months

Alexis Ajinca has decided not to play in this summer's FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

With his wife expected to give birth during the tournament, Ajinca has decided to stay home rather than join Team France. "This is a blow," France coach Vincent Collet said of losing his starting center, "but we must move forward with those who are there." Despite his importance to his national team, Ajinca doesn't hold the same importance with the New Orleans Pelicans and won't be much of a fantasy factor playing behind Anthony Davis and Omer Asik in 2014-15.

Alexis Ajinca C NO 5 Months

Alexis Ajinca started at center and hit 7-of-12 shots for 17 points, seven rebounds, a steal and three blocks in Saturday's loss to the Rockets.

That's a nice line from Ajinca, who didn't even play on Wednesday against the Suns. With Anthony Davis done, Ajinca could continue to start and would make for a cheap fantasy play if that's the case.

Alexis Ajinca C NO 5 Months

Alexis Ajinca is not injured, but didn't play on Wednesday due to a matchup with the Suns.

Ajinca is 7-2 and the Suns play a quick version of small ball, so Ajinca's absence made some sense. He should be back in action on Friday.

Alexis Ajinca C NO 6 Months

Alexis Ajinca started at power forward against the Spurs on Saturday with two points, seven boards and one assist in 27 minutes.

He had a couple nice games before tonight, but he looked lost against a very good Spurs team. Ajinca is far from a strong pickup, but he's a double-double threat and should see minutes in the high 20s until Anthony Davis (ankle) can return.

Alexis Ajinca C NO 6 Months

Alexis Ajinca shot 3-of-6 for nine points, 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal, and three blocks in 28 minutes during Friday's win over the Jazz.

Ajinca started the second half in place of the injured Anthony Davis and came one point shy of recording his second consecutive double-double. There isn't Anthony Davis-type upside here, but Ajinca has averaged 9.7 points, 10 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks over his last three games. We're awaiting word on Davis' injury, but Ajinca just became interesting speculative add for owners in search of boards and blocks.

Alexis Ajinca C NO 6 Months

Alexis Ajinca double-doubled during Wednesday's 98-96 win over the Clippers with 14 points, 11 boards, one assist and five fouls in 28 minutes.

He is outplaying Greg Stiemsma tonight, but the Pelicans had to play Al-Farouq Aminu at small forward, which kept most of the minutes available at center due to Anthony Davis staying at power forward. There is little reason to pick up Ajinca based on this game along.

Alexis Ajinca C NO 6 Months

Alexis Ajinca was a DNP-CD in Sunday's overtime win vs. the Celtics.

His poor play and tendency to rack up cheap fouls caused coach Monty Williams to put Greg Stiemsma back in the starting lineup, and the end result was an overtime victory for the Pelicans. If you picked up Ajinca in deep leagues hoping that his starting job would yield fantasy value, it's time to concede that the experiment failed.

Alexis Ajinca C NO 6 Months

Alexis Ajinca flopped in another start vs. Denver, going scoreless with two rebounds, two turnovers and zero blocks in 11 minutes.

He didn't attempt a single shot and got a quick hook after picking up two quick fouls. That shouldn't surprise anyone, unfortunately, as Ajinca is averaging a ridiculous 7.0 fouls per 36 minutes this season. There's a reason he began the season in France, and nights like this make it very hard to rely on him in any fantasy formats.

Alexis Ajinca C NO 7 Months

Alexis Ajinca's foul trouble hit him again in Friday's win, as he lasted just 13 minutes with zero points, two rebounds and one block.

Ajinca's fantasy appeal has gone to nil after a brief run last week. Greg Stiemsma had three blocks in 29 minutes and Jeff Withey set a career-high with eight rebounds tonight. Or so the legend goes.

Alexis Ajinca C NO 7 Months

Alexis Ajinca was quiet against DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings on Monday, scoring four points on 2-of-4 shooting with five rebounds and one steal in 20 foul-plagued minutes.

In fairness, owners should have counted tonight's matchup as a half-game knowing that Cousins might snap him in half. It's fair to evaluate Ajinca based on this outing, but we'd do so with a little less emphasis than a normal game.