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James Johnson | Forward

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/20/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 250
College: Wake Forest
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James Johnson started at small forward and scored 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting with two rebounds, four steals and two blocks in 33 minutes on Monday against the Bulls.
Johnson was probably added a few weeks ago for potential like this and after some underwhelming games and the potential return of DeMar DeRozan he could have easily been dropped. With DeRozan now out until the end of the Raptors' road trip, there's 1-2 week window for Johnson to redeem himself with owners, and tonight's game is a nice down payment on that. Dec 23 - 12:06 AM

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James Johnson will start against the Bulls on Monday night in place of Landry Fields (concussion).

He didn't have a huge night in his Sunday start, but the two blocks and efficient shooting were big positives. Johnson is worth a look in standard leagues and it's possible he sticks in the starting lineup with a couple big games.
Dec 22 - 7:19 PM

James Johnson didn't do much with his start on Sunday, putting up 10 points (5-of-7 shooting), six rebounds, two assists, and two blocks over 24 minutes of action.

Johnson isn't going to light up the scoring column, but his steady contribution of defensive stats, with some rebounds and assists makes him worth owning in standard leagues.
Dec 21 - 7:42 PM

James Johnson will enter the starting lineup in place of Landry Fields (concussion) for Sunday's game vs. the Knicks.

James Johnson will spend most of the game defending Carmelo Anthony, and he makes for a decent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Greivis Vasquez will also likely see extended minutes off the bench, and he has a favorable matchup today vs. the Knicks.
Dec 21 - 2:57 PM

James Johnson had one of the best dunks of the year on Andre Drummond on Friday, finishing with 12 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one block in 29 minutes.

"That was nasty, right? I cocked that joint back and banged on him," Johnson said. Yes, James. Yes it was. Johnson also picked up some playing time and could see more action with Landry Fields (head) getting hurt. He hasn't seen much playing time, but his upside makes him worth watching.
Dec 20 - 12:48 AM

James Johnson scored eight points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 21 minutes off the bench on Monday.

Johnson has returned late-round value while DeMar DeRozan has been out and this line only strengthens that case. Just know he'll struggle to hang on whenever DeRozan returns.
Dec 16 - 2:26 AM

James Johnson scored 13 points in 15 minutes on Friday, hitting 6-of-9 shots (including a three) with three rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

Johnson hasn't exactly been a world beater over the last two weeks but he's a top 100-125 play over that span (9/8 cat), averaging 9.9 points with 4.4 boards, 59.3 percent field goals and 2.1 combined threes, steals and blocks.
Dec 13 - 1:11 AM

James Johnson scored 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting (including a three) with six rebounds, four assists and one steal in 28 minutes off the bench on Friday.

If you added Johnson it was for lines exactly like this and with a late-round value before DeMar DeRozan's injury he should be owned in most standard formats.
Dec 6 - 1:41 AM

James Johnson scored just two points against the Jazz on Wednesday with three rebounds, two assists and two blocks.

Hopefully you didn't pick him up for scoring. Johnson should get his defensive stats most nights and he'll mix in the occasional double-digit scoring night, too. He looks like he's going to be worth owning in standard leagues as long as you're OK with some sub-par games here and there.
Dec 4 - 1:26 AM

James Johnson played well in his return to Sacramento on Tuesday, scoring 19 points with seven rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

After publicly dissing the Sacramento Kings, you could tell Johnson had a point to prove as he played with hungry eyes on Tuesday. He had arguably his best game of the season and the fact that he saw 28 minutes bodes well for him in the future. Deep league owners should have already grabbed him while owners in standard leagues should give him an extensive look for his ability to rack up defensive stats.
Dec 3 - 12:46 AM

James Johnson fouled out of Sunday's OT loss in L.A. with just eight points and four rebounds in 22 minutes of action.

He played admirable defense vs. a red-hot Kobe Bryant, but was called for some iffy fouls and had a disappointing game for fantasy owners who deployed him following DeMar DeRozan's groin injury. Johnson has tons of upside, particularly if you're seeking defensive stats, and one foul-plagued game doesn't change the equation.
Dec 1 - 1:00 AM

James Johnson could get more playing time and may start with the DeMar DeRozan (groin) injury.

He plays both forward spots, but most of his run has come at small forward this season. Terrence Ross has started at small forward 15 times, but he has a start at shooting guard this year and had a start there last season. It could be Ross and Greivis Vasquez in the starting lineup with possibly Johnson and Lou Williams coming off the bench. Williams should obviously be owned in all leagues, but Johnson may have the highest upside after him given how he's already produced top-100 value in standard leagues with just 18.1 minutes per game. Ross and Vasquez are probably next on the totem pole for pickups depending on need with Ross having a higher upside.
Nov 29 - 3:52 PM

James Johnson played 17 minutes against the Mavericks on Friday with two points, four rebounds, one assist and three fouls.

He is having some fouling issues in his time back, but there is a big opportunity in front of him. Johnson could get his minutes in the mid 20s if DeMar DeRozan (groin) needs to miss time, so he's worth a look in some standard formats.
Nov 29 - 12:19 AM

James Johnson (illness) played 20 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday with four points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and three blocks.

He was reportedly very ill, but Johnson takes great pride in calling himself Wolverine. He is doing a great job on the defensive side and he had a nice Euro step on the offensive end tonight, too. Johnson is a sneaky player to own in 14-team leagues.
Nov 27 - 12:28 AM

James Johnson (illness) is playing on Wednesday.

The team didn't update him and he just checked in. Johnson should have limited playing time tonight.
Nov 26 - 8:17 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kyle Lowry
2Greivis Vasquez
SG1DeMar DeRozan
2Lou Williams
3Landry Fields
SF1Terrence Ross
2James Johnson
PF1Amir Johnson
2Patrick Patterson
3Tyler Hansbrough
C1Jonas Valanciunas
2Chuck Hayes
3Greg Stiemsma
4Lucas Nogueira