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James Johnson | Forward

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/20/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 250
College: Wake Forest
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Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri said James Johnson is a great talent, but still needs to improve upon his weaknesses.
Ujiri said that Johnson had an up-and-down 2014-15 season and needs to build trust with head coach Dwane Casey. While the 28-year-old has potential, his regular season averages of 7.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.0 blocks leave a bit to be desired from fantasy owners. Johnson could be worth rostering in standard fantasy leagues if he plays up to his potential, but we'll need to see more consistency out of him before recommending him beyond deeper fantasy leagues. Apr 28 - 11:44 AM

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James Johnson was a DNP-CD on Saturday against the Wizards.

Ouch. Coach Dwane Casey went with a nine-man rotation and went small quite a bit today. Johnson is one of the team's best defenders and he's also adapt at the hustle side of the game, which the Raptors could have really used today. Maybe Casey will change his mind for Game 2.
Apr 18 - 3:36 PM

James Johnson played 23 minutes against the Hornets on Wednesday with 11 points, seven rebounds and one assist.

In the non-basketball side of things, Johnson showed up with bright red hair tonight and may have made Dennis Rodman proud. He is not getting consistent minutes and played just 17.0 per game in his previous two, so the loss of Amir Johnson (ankle) isn't helping much.
Apr 8 - 10:03 PM

James Johnson played 19 minutes against the Nets on Friday with two points, three rebounds, one steal and no turnovers.

If Amir Johnson is going to miss time, Johnson should be able to get close to 12 minutes at power forward because Patrick Patterson looked like he was running out of gas after 30 minutes of playing time. He could also get 12-15 minutes at small forward, too. Johnson is a person to think about in a deep league for Saturday with his ability to add defensive stats while getting a lot of easy buckets on offense.
Apr 4 - 12:59 AM

James Johnson hit 5-of-7 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in 23 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

It's games like these that make him so intriguing, but it's games like his last one (19 minutes, 6 points, 2 rebounds) that make him so tough to own. Keep an eye on him, but don't drop anyone good for him.
Apr 2 - 12:44 AM

James Johnson played only five minutes vs. the Spurs on Tuesday, scoring six points on with a pair of rebounds and one steal.

Despite having impeccable per-minute stats, Johnson's fantasy value has evaporated since Terrence Ross displaced him in the starting lineup. He's simply unusable in his current role, though we'll continue to monitor him over Toronto's final 18 games.
Mar 10 - 11:16 PM

James Johnson tied his season-high with four steals on Sunday, but he shot 2-of-10 from the field to finish with four points, four boards and two assists in just 15 minutes.

Johnson will come off the bench for the foreseeable future, and owners can expect fluctuating stats depending upon matchups and his ability to contribute offensively. There might be more consistent options on your waiver wire, but Johnson's explosive upside is enough reason to hang onto him a while longer.
Mar 8 - 9:58 PM

James Johnson played 17 minutes off the bench against the Hornets on Friday with six points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block.

He didn't have a great game tonight and coach Dwane Casey really needs to figure out his rotation. Johnson has been a top-50 player in the past month for owners in standard leagues, so his owners should cut him some slack here. His upside is too high to cut him.
Mar 6 - 11:02 PM

James Johnson will come off the bench for Friday's game against the Hornets.

Head coach Dwane Casey said that he'll be shuffling guys in and out of the starting lineup based on the matchup for the final 21 games of the season, so this is him staying true to his word. Terrence Ross will replace Johnson in the starting lineup tonight, but he could just as easily head to the bench in the next one. Johnson is still worth owning in standard leagues.
Mar 6 - 6:22 PM

James Johnson scored four points with one rebound, one assist, one steal and two blocks against the 76ers during a 114-103 win on Monday.

It was a far cry from his big 14-point, three-block game on Saturday, but the defense was still there. Johnson is such a stud on defense and he still has 26.8 minutes per game over his last five, averaging 8.6 points, 3.6 boards, 1.4 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.0 steals on 62.5 percent from the field. He should be owned in all standard leagues.
Mar 2 - 11:11 PM

James Johnson scored 14 points against the Knicks during a 103-98 loss on Saturday with seven rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 33 minutes.

He's arguably the most valuable player on the Raptors for fantasy value right now. In his last five, Johnson averaged 13.2 points, 4.4 boards 1.2 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.6 steals on 63.3 percent from the field. He should be owned in all leagues.
Feb 28 - 10:37 PM

James Johnson kept things rolling along with 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting, five rebounds, one block and one triple over 35 minutes in another start on Monday against the Pelicans.

Johnson has been producing at a mid-round level for a couple of weeks now and it's possible the Raptors have realized he needs to play more. Minutes have been his only problem this season but for now he should be owned in most standard formats.
Feb 24 - 12:05 AM

James Johnson was the lone bright spot against the Rockets on Saturday, making 10-of-16 from the field for 27 points with five rebounds, four steals and four blocks in 35 minutes.

Unless coach Dwane Casey has something against NBA players with black belts, he is running out of excuses to play Johnson. Clearly, Lou Williams not playing tonight was a factor and the matchup was right for Johnson tonight. He has such a ridiculous upside with the Raptors this season due to his 61.4 percent from the field, so it's extremely tough to leave him on the wire. Plus, Terrence Ross can't get out of his own way.
Feb 22 - 12:25 AM

James Johnson scored seven points on 3-of-4 shooting with four rebounds, two steals and two blocks over 19 minutes in Friday's road win over the Hawks.

This is a James Johnson line if we've seen one, though he didn't knock in a lonely three. Minutes are a problem but production is not right now, so go ahead and ride him while he's hot.
Feb 21 - 1:09 AM

James Johnson will start against the Hawks on Friday.

It'll be his third start in a row. Johnson is capable of putting up huge numbers, but he is not a lock for 20 minutes right now. Although, he could be a nice matchup tonight and may guard Paul Millsap as the game goes on. Keep an eye on him.
Feb 20 - 6:16 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Kyle Lowry
2Cory Joseph
3Delon Wright
SG1DeMar DeRozan
2Norman Powell
SF1DeMarre Carroll
2Terrence Ross
3James Johnson
4Bruno Caboclo
5Ronald Roberts Jr.
PF1Patrick Patterson
2Luis Scola
C1Jonas Valanciunas
2Bismack Biyombo
3Lucas Nogueira