March 11, 2020, 12:28 amJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas continued his run of dominance on Tuesday, dropping 27 points (9-of-10 FG) and adding 16 boards in 35 minutes in a 120-115 loss to the Magic.
He only missed one shot tonight and even added two defensive stats (one block, one steal). Valanciunas can comfortably be slotted in as a starting center in all fantasy formats and should be entrenched in lineups throughout the fantasy playoffs. He is averaging nearly 18 points and over 16 rebounds per game over the past two weeks. He can really gobble up the boards.
March 7, 2020, 11:03 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas was a man among boys on Saturday, leading the Grizzlies to a 118-101 victory over the Hawks with a 27-point (10-of-13 shooting), 17-rebound game, complemented by two assistss and three blocks.
Valanciunas not only racked up yet another double-double but he got this one with extreme prejudice, Terminator-style, establishing dominance in the paint from the get-go and bullying the hapless Hawks all the way. He's been a beast on the glass lately, averaging 14.3 rebounds per game over his last 10.
March 7, 2020, 12:06 amJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas put up another double-double on Friday vs. the Mavs, winding up with 14 points on 7-of-8 FG, 11 boards and an assist in the loss.
Valanciunas has been a fantasy stud yet again this season. He has finished inside the top-80 for the past four consecutive seasons and is once again producing that kind of value. Valanciunas actually ranks 40th over his last 26 games and he needs to be a starting center in every fantasy league in every format.
March 4, 2020, 10:06 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas turned 26 minutes into nine points, 16 rebounds, two assists and a block in Wednesday's easy win over the Nets.
Valanciunas is on a monster tear, grabbing 10, 25, 20, 15 and now 16 rebounds in his last five contests, with at least seven rebounds in every game dating all the way back to January 14. He has eight games of 15-plus boards in that time, compared to just three games with fewer than 10. While the blowout nature of this one limited everyone's lines, Gorgui Dieng was able to get in on the fun with six points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in just 19 minutes. Dieng has managed to maintain late-middle-round value over the last two weeks but will struggle for playing time when Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke get healthy.
March 2, 2020, 10:40 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas had a very efficient double-double in a 127-88 win over the Hawks on Monday, netting 15 points (6-of-7 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), 15 rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.
Valanciunas had nine first-quarter rebounds, but the Grizzlies put the game away early, so he wasn't able to reach the 20-rebound threshold again like he had in the previous two games. His 17.5 rebounds per game over his last four make him look like Andre Drummond minus the defensive stat and terrible free throw percentage. His backup, Gorgui Dieng, had a strong line with 17 points (6-of-8 FGs, 5-of-7 FTs), 10 rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in 26 minutes.
February 29, 2020, 11:10 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas dominated the Lakers on Saturday, scoring 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting with 20 rebounds in 31 minutes.
Valanciunas is coming off a 13-point, 25-rebound performance on Friday night and will continue to feast while Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke are out of the lineup. Valanciunas is a top-60 player on the season and will have top-40 upside until Jackson Jr. and Clarke return.
February 28, 2020, 11:42 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled with 13 points, 25 rebounds, two blocks and a 3-pointer in Friday's loss to the Kings.
Valanciunas was a letdown on the offensive end with a 4-for-14 shooting line, but he made up for it with his work on the glass. That's a new career-best in boards for Big Science. Memphis' injuries guarantee JV extra minutes, and he was already a top-60 guy in a modest 25.8 mpg before this added opportunity appeared before him. A big finish could, and should, be on the way.
February 26, 2020, 11:28 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled on Wednesday with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting and 10 boards in a 140-112 blowout loss to the Rockets.
Valanciunas bounced back after being held to five points and seven rebounds on Monday. Valanciunas will have to step up for the Grizzlies with Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke out of the lineup. Valanciunas is a top-60 player on the season in only 25.8 minutes per game and should finish the season in that range with a boost in the short term.
February 25, 2020, 1:02 amJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas was terrible in Monday's loss to the Clippers, uncharacteristically going 2-for-10 from the field to end the night with five points, seven rebounds and two assists.
This was Valanciunas' worst outings season-to-date. There was an expectation he'd step up in the absence of Jaren Jackson Jr., but he wound up delivering the opposite of an encouraging outcome. As a top-50 play for most of the season, Valanciunas has earned a bit of leash and patience, for sure.
February 21, 2020, 12:52 amJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas did not play the last 16-plus minutes of Thursday's game vs. the Kings but was able to post eight points, 11 rebounds and one assist in 20 minutes.
There's no news regarding any injuries, so this was likely a matchup-based decision on the part of the Grizzlies, who leaned heavily on their bench mob in this one. Brandon Clarke saw 25 minutes off the bench and was able to produce a slightly better line with eight points, 11 rebounds, one assist and two blocks. We should expect to see Valanciunas get his minutes back up in the next game. No worries here.
February 13, 2020, 12:14 amJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas was a beast on the glass on Wednesday, pulling down 18 rebounds to go with his 12 points (5-of-11 shooting), two assists and three blocks.
Valanciunas has been a top-36 play over the last month and has been killing it both on the boards and the blocks department. Ride him while he's hot.
February 9, 2020, 9:06 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas made his living on the boards on Sunday vs. the Wizards, going for eight points (4-of-8 FG), 18 rebounds and two blocks.
Valanciunas did not do much beyond the rebounding, but it is hard to knock that number. He has had double-digit boards in six out of his last seven contests, and he has had a surge in blocks as well. He's on pace for a career-high in rebounds and will be right there in blocks. Jaren Jackson Jr. had a more diverse night of work with 14 points (6-of-16 FG), 11 rebounds, one 3-pointer and one block. They are both reliable mid-round plays with Valanciunas focusing on the rebounding and Jackson offering 3-pointers.
February 7, 2020, 9:42 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas battled for 14 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks, one assist and one steal in Friday's 107-119 loss to the Sixers.
Joel Embiid missed the second half of this game and Valanciunas took full advantage posting a nice fantasy line. Keep riding Valanciunas as a nightly double-double threat in this Memphis lineup.
February 7, 2020, 7:14 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Despite dealing with left ankle soreness, Jonas Valanciunas will start on Friday when the Grizzlies meet the Wizards.
It's good to see that Valanciunas is still able to roll for the Grizzlies. The trades around him in Memphis should not have any impact on his value, and he is set to continue delivering sturdy mid-round value for the rest of the season.
Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter
February 6, 2020, 5:56 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valančiūnas (left ankle soreness) is listed as questionable for Friday's tilt vs. the Wizards.
This most recent ailment may have affected Valančiūnas during Wednesday's game as he had one of his worst performances in recent memory. Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke will be in line for more minutes if Jonas sits out while new addition Gorgui Dieng could debut if he is active.
Source: NBA Injury Report