Alexis Ajinca

#42 C / New Orleans Pelicans / EXP: 5YRS Height: 7-2 Weight: 248 lb Age: 27 College: No College

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    Pelicans' Alexis Ajinca: Plays nine minutes Monday

    Ajinca posted three points (1-1 FG, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, and one assist in nine minutes during the Pelicans' 110-95 loss to the Grizzlies on Monday. Only twice in the new year has Ajinca earned 20-plus minutes in a contest. He has scored in double digits only five times all season, and there just isn't a lot of time leftover for him in the Pelicans' crowded big man rotation.

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    Pelicans' Alexis Ajinca: Double-doubles Tuesday

    Ajinca recorded 10 points (4-8 FG, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists, and one block in 22 minutes during the Pelicans' 95-91 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday. Over the last four games, two of which Anthony Davis (back) has missed, Ajinca is averaging 5.8 points (45.0 FG, 0.0 3Pt, 100.0 FT), seven rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 16 minutes per appearance. With Omer Asik and Ajinca fighting for minutes at center, a position that Davis sometimes plays as well, that typically results in both international bigs possessing very little fantasy value. However, both are capable rebounders, though Ajinca is the much more serviceable offensive option.

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    Pelicans' Alexis Ajinca: Doesn't play, despite being active

    Ajinca (coach's decision) didn't play in Friday's 94-88 loss to the Heat. Ajinca had been held out of the Pelicans' previous three games while nursing a strained left calf, but he has deemed ready to go in advance of the Christmas Day tilt. Despite Ajinca's availability, coach Alvin Gentry opted not to use the 7-foot-2 Frenchman with the Heat playing a small-ball lineup for roughly half the game, as opposing center Hassan Whiteside played only 25 minutes. Though he's now healthy, it looks like Ajinca could be forced to settle for limited run most nights behind starting center Omer Asik and Anthony Davis.

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    Pelicans' Alexis Ajinca: Active for Friday's game

    Ajinca (calf) was activated prior to Friday's game in Miami. It is unclear how much he will play on Christmas, but the Pelicans now have another usable body in the frontcourt. Ajinca was only averaging 12.8 minutes per game prior to the injury, so he has a very limited ceiling in daily leagues Friday.

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    Pelicans' Alexis Ajinca: Questionable Friday against Heat

    Ajinca (calf) is officially questionable for Friday's game in Miami. This was essentially assumed, as Ajinca has missed three games with the injury, but appears to be nearing a return. Even when he does play, Ajinca does not have a ton of fantasy upside. The 7-foot-2 center is averaging 5.2 points and 4.0 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game.

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    Pelicans' Alexis Ajinca: Will miss third-straight game

    Ajinca (calf) is inactive for Wednesday's game against the Trail Blazers, broadcaster Sean Kelley reports. Ajinca will be missing his third consecutive game Wednesday as he continues to be plagued with a left calf strain. His next opportunity for a return is against the Heat on Christmas Day.

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    Pelicans' Alexis Ajinca: Sunday's status TBD

    Ajinca has a left-calf strain and the Pelicans list him as to-be-determined for Sunday's game against the Nuggets, according to John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Ajinca sat out Friday's game with the injury.

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    Pelicans' Alexis Ajinca: Moves back to bench

    Ajinca moved back to the bench and played only four minutes in Wednesday's 104-94 win over the Jazz. He grabbed one rebound and missed both of his attempts from the field. Coach Alvin Gentry has been very finicky with his usage of both of the team's centers (Ajinca and Omer Asik) throughout the season, and that trend continued Wednesday. After Ajinca recently displaced Asik from the starting lineup, the Frenchman was back on the bench Wednesday and nearly dropped out of the rotation. Because of the unpredictability surrounding his minutes count night in and night out in additional to his marginal production when he his afforded significant run, Ajinca probably isn't worth owning even in most deep leagues.

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    Pelicans' Alexis Ajinca: Foul trouble results in limited minutes

    Ajinca played only 11 minutes in Monday's 105-101 loss to the Trail Blazers, finishing with two points (1-3 FG). Ajinca racked up some early fouls that ended up ruining his night, but backup center Omer Asik (nine minutes) didn't get much of an opportunity to take advantage. While Ajinca offers a little more defensive ability than Asik, coach Alvin Gentry often seems content to roll with small-ball lineups that features Anthony Davis at center. So long as that continues to remain the case, both Ajinca and Asik will possess limited fantasy appeal in deep formats.

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    Pelicans' Alexis Ajinca: Will start Saturday

    Ajinca will get the start in place of Omer Asik on Saturday against the Bulls. Asik has been struggling as of late, so Ajinca will get the start against the Bulls talented frontcourt. The 27-year-old center isn't expected to play more than 25 minutes in the contest, so he might not be an attractive option for daily fantasy players.

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