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.
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.
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.
Valanciunas didn't do much of use in the loss, which isn't unusual given 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 of minutes lately, and the good outings from him so far this season have been few and far between.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Valanciunas (ankle) said he will play during Wednesday's game against the Nuggets, Eric Smith of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
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.
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