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P.J. Tucker | Guard/Forward | #2

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/5/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 245
College: Texas
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 2 (5) / TOR
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P.J. Tucker started for Serge Ibaka on Thursday with nine points, seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers against the Heat.
The Raptors have gone with Tucker at power forward quite a bit since they signed him, but most of the time it's when he's next to Ibaka. Tucker isn't exactly a stats guy for fantasy unless he's racking up the steals, but he has to be pumped about getting some playoff action. "I know the intensity goes up but my intensity never goes down. So for me, I'm excited about it," Tucker said about the upcoming playoff run. Tucker still isn't going to be worth owning in most fantasy leagues. Mar 23 - 11:15 PM

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P.J. Tucker is likely to start for Serge Ibaka against the Heat on Thursday.

Ibaka is serving his one-game suspension for throwing a punch earlier this week. The Raptors can get away with going smaller against the Heat with the Heat not having many options at power forward. Besides Tucker, there should be more minutes going to Norman Powell and Pat Patterson may also play slightly more. Without Serge, Jonas Valanciunas should also play more against Hassan Whiteside, assuming he can go.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: With Ibaka out of action, Tucker figures to see more than 30 minutes of court time and sets up as one of the best punt plays at the SF spot on Thursday. He's not typically a strong per-minute producer, but his 0.79 FPPM with Lowry/Ibaka off the floor this month would be enough for him to hit value. Patrick Patterson should also see increased run off the bench, but his ceiling is fairly limited.
Mar 23 - 6:11 PM

P.J. Tucker scored six points with three rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer against the Thunder on Thursday.

He somewhat surprisingly didn't get an increase in playing time while DeMarre Carroll was out. The problem has been the Raptors have been trailing more often, so they need offense more than Tucker's defense. He's not a fantasy option.
Mar 16 - 9:56 PM

P.J. Tucker scored one point with five rebounds and two steals in 25 minutes off the bench against the Hawks on Friday.

The Raptors didn't lean on their small frontcourt too much in this game, so that explains the minutes dip now that DeMarre Carroll is back. Tucker will be tough to count on in most leagues.
Mar 11 - 12:45 AM

P.J. Tucker will come off the bench on Friday vs. the Hawks.

DeMarre Carroll (ankle) is back in the starting lineup, so Tucker's minutes will likely be in the 25-28 range after he logged 38 minutes in a start on Wednesday. He's been a low-end asset since his move to Toronto and that likely won't change while the Raptors are somewhat healthy.
Mar 10 - 7:14 PM

P.J. Tucker scored eight points with six rebounds, two assists and one block in 38 minutes during his start for DeMarre Carroll (ankle) on Wednesday.

He continues to give the Raptors huge minutes. Unsurprisingly, he's leading Toronto's qualifying players since the break in defensive rating, while the team is a woeful 110.1 when he's not on the floor since his arrival. He'll continue to earn minutes, but he really doesn't have much of an upside for fantasy. The bigger fantasy takeaway is Norm Powell isn't as strong of a play with Tucker around.
Mar 9 - 12:28 AM

P.J. Tucker will start for DeMarre Carroll (ankle) against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

It's an expected move with Tucker having much more experience with some of the first-unit staples. Norman Powell should still be busy and may be asked to score a ton in the second unit. Tucker could still be a sneaky play in DFS and season-long leagues with a fairly high floor and plenty of minutes.
Mar 8 - 7:01 PM

P.J. Tucker made 3-of-10 from the field for nine points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday.

That's some serious usage from Tucker and he could be looking at more playing time. He's a similar fit to DeMarre Carroll, so maybe coach Dwane Casey starts him while Carroll is on the shelf. If Carroll does need to miss time, Tucker could be a sneaky guy to add in standard leagues for his steals.
Mar 4 - 10:59 PM

P.J. Tucker had another quiet game on Wednesday, coming off the bench with four points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 21 minutes.

Tucker had an assured debut with Toronto on Friday, but in the three games since he's averaging a mere 2.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 steals, without any 3-pointers. He's a low-end option in most leagues, especially if the waiver wire has been picked clean.
Mar 1 - 10:48 PM

P.J. Tucker scored two points with five rebounds, one assist and two steals in 26 minutes vs. the Knicks on Monday.

It looks like Tucker will settle into a role of about 25-28 minutes on his new team. He's not going to look for his shot too often, so he's going to have to rack up steals to hold onto his value. We're not optimistic about his fantasy value going forward and you should have a better option on your wire.
Feb 27 - 10:09 PM

P.J. Tucker had a very quiet night on Sunday, coming off Toronto's bench with two points, one rebound and one assist in 21 minutes of action.

Tucker had a productive debut on Friday with nine points, 10 rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes, but this is more reflective of his role with DeMarre Carroll (32 minutes) healthy. He's still a decent steals specialist, but there should be players with higher upside on the waiver wire.
Feb 26 - 9:06 PM

P.J. Tucker took no time to adjust to his new team in a win over the Celtics on Friday, scoring nine points with 10 rebounds, one assist, three steals and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

He was really good on the defensive end and closed this game out at forward. The Raptors could always use another defender and there was buzz of the team expecting him to guard LeBron James if the two teams meet in the postseason. Maybe he can have some value with his new team, but his upside isn't the most attractive thing out there. We'd like to see him do it again before adding him. Although, if you didn't cut him from his awesome run in Phoenix, you may want to hold him as long as there isn't a hot free agent out there.
Feb 24 - 11:41 PM

P.J. Tucker is available to play against the Celtics on Friday night.

The Raptors kept Serge Ibaka out for his game after a trade, but the Raptors will have Tucker available off the bench. He will likely be used as a second-unit defender, but he could take minutes away from DeMarre Carroll when Carroll goes into one of his numerous slumps. Tucker is more of a drop than an add.
Feb 24 - 6:09 PM

P.J. Tucker is unlikely to make his Raptors debut Friday night vs. Boston.

Tucker was dealt from Phoenix to Toronto on Thursday afternoon. Tucker's fantasy value takes a hit as a result of this trade. He was averaging 30-plus minutes a night over the last few months in Phoenix. In Toronto, he will have to split playing time with DeMarre Carroll and Norman Powell.
Feb 24 - 11:51 AM

The Suns are trading P.J. Tucker to the Raptors in exchange for Jared Sullinger and two second-round picks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

The Raptors get their guy at the deadline buzzer and it didn't cost them any first-round picks, so this is a terrific pickup for general manager Masai Ujiri. There was some talk that the Raptors wanted Tucker to help guard LeBron James in the playoffs. He figures to take a few minutes away from Norman Powell and DeMarre Carroll on his new team. Also with Tucker gone, T.J. Warren should be looking at big minutes, assuming he can avoid too many defensive hiccups.

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kyle Lowry
2Cory Joseph
3Delon Wright
4Fred VanVleet
SG1DeMar DeRozan
2Norman Powell
SF1DeMarre Carroll
2Pascal Siakam
3P.J. Tucker
4Bruno Caboclo
PF1Serge Ibaka
2Patrick Patterson
C1Jonas Valanciunas
2Lucas Nogueira
3Jakob Poeltl