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DeMar DeRozan | Guard/Forward

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/7/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 220
College: USC
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DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 24 points on Tuesday, hitting 7-of-15 FGs and 10-of-13 FTs with six boards, two assists, two steals and four turnovers in 33 minutes.
He's had some ups and downs in the eight games since he returned from a groin injury, due both to rust and the adjustment of Greivis Vasquez starting ahead of Terrence Ross. He's averaging 24.5 points over the past two games, making a combined 15-of-29 FGs and 18-of-23 FTs, so it's safe to say that he's recaptured last year's All-Star form. Jan 27 - 9:52 PM

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DeMar DeRozan said Sunday's win was the first time he felt "normal" since his groin injury.

DeRozan went off for 25 points, so it's safe to say his play jibed with the quote. "I just wanted to go out there and be aggressive. I came in [to the practice gym on Saturday] night and got some work in, working on my rhythm, working on a lot of in-game shots I always take," he said. This is DeRozan's first major injury, so it's natural for him to be a little timid upon his return. We're not concerned.
Jan 26 - 1:35 PM

DeMar DeRozan snapped a three-game offensive skid with 25 points on Sunday, adding one 3-pointer, six rebounds, four assists and two steals without any turnovers in 35 minutes.

The 25 points tied his season high, and they're a welcome sight after his recent three-game stretch of 4.7 points on 17.7 percent shooting. The Raptors have righted their ship with three wins in the past four games but they still have to shore up their defense, which is allowing 100.6 points per game (10th most in the league).
Jan 25 - 10:27 PM

DeMar DeRozan has struggled significantly over his last three games, scoring a combined 14 points over that span.

Since Terrence Ross was benched, DeRozan has been playing a lot more small forward but he doesn't blame his recent production on the switch. "It's not really about me playing the three, just my whole rhythm and feel of everything," DeRozan said. "Just get that back on track and let it come to me natural, like it was before. I kind of find myself looking for fouls now, instead of it coming naturally to me." To be clear, we fully expect him to be fine and it is just a matter of time before he starts scoring at an elite level again. It may not be a bad idea to float some buy-low offers if his owner is panicking.
Jan 24 - 11:40 AM

DeMar DeRozan logged 33 minutes vs. Memphis on Wednesday, but scored only six points on 2-of-11 shooting with three rebounds and one block.

DeRozan didn't attempt any 3-pointers and he added just one assist without any steals, making this a thoroughly disappointing line for his patient fantasy owners. The Raptors are 27-15 overall but just 11-8 on the road, and they've fallen from No. 1 in the Eastern Conference to No. 3, with the Bulls trailing by just half a game.
Jan 21 - 11:37 PM

DeMar DeRozan missed all nine of his field goal attempts in Monday's win over the Bucks, finishing with three rebounds and four assists to go with his goose egg in the scoring column.

We'll cut him some slack and call this rust but he has a way to go to match the Team USA hype from this summer. Obviously he should remain owned in all formats.
Jan 20 - 12:49 AM

DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points on 7-of-18 shooting during Sunday's loss to the Pelicans, adding three rebounds, one 3-pointer, one assist, one steal, and one turnover.

DeRozan also shot 7-of-9 from the stripe, making this your prototypical DeRozan line. He also logged 35.9 minutes, and he looks to be fully recovered from his groin injury that sidelined him for all of December. Before that extended absence, DeRozan had only missed three games over the past four seasons, so hopefully he'll be able to remain on the court for the rest of the year. He has mid-round upside.
Jan 18 - 7:33 PM

DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points against the Hawks on Friday with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

He made 11-of-18 from the field in his 32 minutes of action. Clearly, the Raptors have dropped his minutes limit and he should be on his way to his season average of 34 soon enough. DeRozan was below 40 percent from the field before his injury, but he's buried 62.5 percent in his last two. He is safe to start everywhere.
Jan 16 - 11:10 PM

Raptors' head coach Dwane Casey said he expects DeMar DeRozan to play around the same amount of minutes (29) on Friday (vs. Atlanta) that he played during Wednesday's game.

DeRozan played 29 minutes in his return to the lineup on Wednesday, putting up 20 points (9-of-14 shooting) with four rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block. He'll have a tough matchup against the surging Hawks, so his field goal percentage may take a hit, but he'll still be worth using in standard leagues for his solid contributions to the points and free throw percentage categories.
Jan 15 - 3:15 PM

DeMar DeRozan picked up right where he left off in his return to the lineup against the 76ers on Wednesday with 20 points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 29 minutes.

He must be some kind of healer to return in style like this. DeRozan had his jumper working tonight and made 9-of-14 from the field, but he didn't go to the line in his first game back, as expected. His fantasy owners can plug him in as a mid-round guy due to only a handful of treys and so-so field goal shooting.
Jan 14 - 10:54 PM

DeMar DeRozan (groin) will start against the 76ers on Wednesday.

This comes as a surprise after missing close to two months with his groin injury. DeRozan's minute will likely be limited, but he'll push James Johnson to the bench. If for some reason DeRozan is on your wire, pick him up. Johnson owners shouldn't totally panic.
Jan 14 - 6:46 PM

DeMar DeRozan (groin) is on the Raptors' active roster for Wednesday's game, though the team hasn't yet announced their starting lineup.

It's likely that DeRozan will come off the bench even if he's ready to play, as his minutes will be limited and coach Dwane Casey has been pleased with James Johnson's play with the starters. Given his uncertain role in his first game back, DeRozan's owners may want to bench him as a precaution.

DeMar DeRozan (groin) is a game-time decision to face the 76ers on Wednesday.

At best, he's going to be limited. DeRozan is probably not going to start, so we might not have a definitive answer until after 7:30 tip time. If he's in the lineup, James Johnson, Greivis Vasquez and Terrence Ross could lose minutes. DeRozan owners should bench him in almost any case.
Jan 14 - 5:50 PM

Raptors' head coach Dwane Casey said that he expects DeMar DeRozan (groin) to be under an undetermined minutes restriction when he does return for either Wednesday game against the 76ers, or Friday's game against the Hawks.

Casey said that the Raptors' medical staff will make the call on how many minutes DeRozan will be allowed to play, and we'll provide an update on DeMar as soon as that information becomes available. Greivis Vasquez will be the biggest loser upon DeRozan's return, while Lou Williams, Terrence Ross, and James Johnson will also likely lose some luster.

DeMar DeRozan (groin) is expected to return on either Wednesday or Friday, according to head coach Dwane Casey.

This is great news for DeRozan owners who have patiently held on since he injured his groin back in November. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect much when he returns on Wednesday or Friday as Raptors will likely ease him back into action, but his impending return will put a dent in the fantasy values of Lou Williams, Terrence Ross, and James Johnson.