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James Johnson | Forward

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/20/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 238
College: Wake Forest
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James Johnson had eight points and five rebounds in another fill-in start for the Raptors on Wednesday, adding three assists, one steal and one block in 30 minutes.
DeMarre Carroll (foot) and Terrence Ross (thumb) remain on the shelf, but Carroll is still day-to-day and could return as soon as Friday vs. New Orleans. Johnson is capable of across-the-board production when given enough playing time, but be mindful that his role with Carroll active isn't likely to support standard-league ownership. Nov 11 - 10:40 PM

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James Johnson scored seven points with three boards, three assists, one steal, three blocks and one 3-pointer in another start at small forward on Tuesday.

This line is what Johnson is all about as he is known for being able to rack up steals and blocks. DeMarre Carroll is dealing with plantar fasciitis which tends to linger and Terrence Ross (thumb) is out indefinitely, so Johnson is certainly worth a look for any owner in need of short-term value. The Raptors will face the 76ers on Wednesday.
Nov 10 - 11:11 PM

James Johnson got the start in place of DeMarre Carroll (foot) on Sunday and had seven points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in 26 minutes vs. the Heat.

It's a solid return on investment for anyone who played him in daily leagues, but Johnson's standard-league value is minimal with Carroll day-to-day. His solid showing as a fill-in starter might get him back into Dwane Casey's rotation, but we're not betting on it.
Nov 8 - 8:42 PM

James Johnson will enter the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Heat.

With DeMarre Carroll (plantar fasciitis) unavailable, Johnson will get the opportunity to start, and as a guy that can rack up the defensive stats he's worth considering as a streamer option in deep leagues. Terrence Ross and Corey Joseph will also have the opportunity for some increased playing time sans Carroll.

Raptors coach Dwane Casey admitted that James Johnson is buried in the rotation.

"It’s very difficult because I know how hard James has worked, my heart goes out for him, but he’s got guys in front of him here so he’s always going to be in that role," Casey said. Although the coach praised Johnson's ability to play multiple positions, he also admitted that Johnson will have to again wait for an opportunity. "The key for James is keeping his head up, making sure he stays positive, stays ready no matter what happens," Casey added.
Oct 19 - 8:59 AM

James Johnson (Achilles) did not play in Monday's exhibition against the Warriors.

Johnson's fantasy value got bleak when DeMarre Carroll arrived in town and not playing to start the year isn't helping his stock. He's a deep league target at best right now.
Oct 6 - 1:30 AM

James Johnson (sore Achilles) will not play in Sunday's preseason game vs. the Clippers.

Johnson won't have a significant role in the rotation this year with DeMarre Carroll in town, so there's no reason to target him in most leagues.
Oct 4 - 7:13 PM

James Johnson is expected to miss Sunday's exhibition due to a sore left Achilles.

Johnson's fantasy fate was sealed when the Raptors landed DeMarre Carroll in free agency, causing a log-jam at the SF position. Bruno Caboclo could even move up the depth chart with a strong preseason and there's no reason to touch Johnson outside of the deepest leagues.
Oct 4 - 6:23 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Kyle Lowry
2Cory Joseph
3Delon Wright
SG1DeMar DeRozan
2Terrence Ross
3Norman Powell
SF1DeMarre Carroll
2James Johnson
PF1Luis Scola
2Patrick Patterson
3Anthony Bennett
C1Jonas Valanciunas
2Bismack Biyombo
3Lucas Nogueira