Jonas Valanciunas
C TOR
2 days ago

Valanciunas recorded 21 points (6-8 FG, 9-9 FT), six rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot across 29 minutes in Wednesday's 125-116 win over the Pelicans.

EDGE Analysis

After averaging 9.4 points and 7.0 rebounds since his return from injury on October 30th, Valanciunas seemed to return to form on Wednesday, although he was out-rebounded by point guard Kyle Lowry in the contest. He's largely been a fantasy disappointment even without the injury that sidelined him for four games, and his DFS salary has slid down steadily as a result. His good outings are too sporadic to be counted on in DFS contests but he can fill a spot on seasonal benches in hopes that he will right the ship.

Jonas Valanciunas
C TOR
6 days ago

Valanciunas tallied six points (3-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and three rebounds across 18 minutes during a 95-94 loss to the Celtics on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Valanciunas didn't do much of use in the loss, which isn't unusual compared to the way he has been playing lately. He has scored in single-digits in five of the last six games, and his three boards in this one tied a season low. Valanciunas is not receiving a ton a minutes lately, and the good outings from him so far this season have been few and far between.

Jonas Valanciunas
C TOR
2 weeks ago

Valanciunas had 21 points (6-7 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 8-10 FT) and 10 rebounds in 24 minutes during Tuesday's 119-114 win over the Bulls.

EDGE Analysis

Valanciunas reached double figures in scoring and rebounding for the first time since the regular season opener. He can be counted on to provide decent numbers in those categories plus field-goal percentage, but the three-pointer was just the second of his career. There might still be nights when the Raptors go small and Valanciunas basically has to split center minutes with Serge Ibaka, but the 25-year-old Lithuanian big man has had some impressive showings amid an injury-riddled start to the 2017-18 campaign.

Jonas Valanciunas
C TOR
2 weeks ago

Valanciunas (ankle) tallied just eight points (4-4 FG) and five rebounds in only 13 minutes during Wednesday's 129-111 loss to the Nuggets.

EDGE Analysis

After missing four straight games due to an ankle problem, Valanciunas returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday. He looked healthy and went 4-of-4 from the floor in limited minutes. While he may have been on a restriction, the game was a blow-out, affording him some more time on the sidelines. Look for him to play more minutes when the Raptors face Rudy Gobert and the Jazz on Friday.

Jonas Valanciunas
C TOR
2 weeks ago

Valanciunas (ankle) said he will play during Wednesday's game against the Nuggets, Eric Smith of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.

EDGE Analysis

Valanciunas has missed the team's past four games while dealing with an ankle issue. During the only game he completed while healthy this season, he posted 23 points, 15 boards, two assists and two steals across 30 minutes against the Bulls. It's unclear at the moment if that's the kind of workload he'll garner the whole season.

Jonas Valanciunas
C TOR
3 weeks ago

Valanciunas (ankle) went through practice Tuesday and is considered probable for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets, Raptors radio play-by-play announcer Eric Smith reports.

EDGE Analysis

Valanciunas has missed the last four games with an ankle injury, but he was able to practice in full on Tuesday, which means he should be good to go moving forward. Look for another update following Wednesday's morning shootaround, but if all goes as planned, Valanciunas should be back in the lineup. Look for him to take on his usual role as the team's starting center and his return will ultimately mean less minutes for the likes of Jakob Poeltl and Lucas Nogueira. Serge Ibaka (knee) is also probable, so the Raptors should be back to full strength in the frontcourt.

Jonas Valanciunas
C TOR
3 weeks ago

Valanciunas (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Trail Blazers, Mike Richman of The Oregonian reports.

EDGE Analysis

Valanciunas will be missing a fourth straight game Monday, as he continues to work his way back from a sprained left ankle. Along with Valanciunas, the Raptors are set to be without Serge Ibaka (knee) as well, so they'll be extremely thin in the frontcourt. That being said, Pascal Siakam and Jakob Poeltl should be in line for a hefty workload Monday, while Lucas Nogueira (ankle) could be as well if he's ultimately cleared to play.

Jonas Valanciunas
C TOR
3 weeks ago

Valanciunas (ankle) will not play in Friday's game against the Lakers, Michael Grange of Sportsnet.ca reports.

EDGE Analysis

Valanciunas was considered a game-time decision for the contest, and the team has ultimately opted to err on the side of caution. The big man returned to practice Thursday after missing two games, but his return till have to wait. His next opportunity to suit up will be Monday against the Trail Blazers.

Jonas Valanciunas
C TOR
3 weeks ago

Valanciunas (ankle) is not in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Lakers, but it remains unclear if he will be available.

EDGE Analysis

Valanciunas was has been sidelined with an ankle injury, but returned to practice on Thursday. He came into Friday with a questionable designation, but his absence from the starting lineup indicates his minutes will be limited if he does indeed suit up.

Jonas Valanciunas
C TOR
3 weeks ago

Valanciunas (ankle) was back at practice Thursday, The Toronto Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

He'll likely be a game-time decision for Friday's tilt. Valanciunas has a huge game to open the season before spraining his ankle, and if he's able to suit up Friday he could have another one against a Lakers squad allowing a league-worst 20.2 rebounds per game to opposition centers.