Player News - Raptors

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DeMar DeRozan said that it will be "pretty tough" for opposing teams to steal him away from the Raptors during free agency this offseason.

"My whole mindset has always been this is home for me," DeRozan said. "This has always been home to me. I took pride in putting on this Toronto Raptors jersey since I've been drafted here. And my whole goal was to get this team to the point where it is now." DeRozan is having himself a career-season in a contract-year, posting averages of 23.4 points, 4.3 boards, 4.1 assists and 1.0 steal per game on 44.8 percent shooting, which has him ranking in the top-50 in standard leagues.
Source: ESPN
Feb 11 - 4:08 PM

Jonas Valanciunas struggled with fouls on Wednesday, finishing with 12 points (4-of-4 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes.

He committed two fouls in the first two minutes of the game, which quickly sent him to the Raptors' bench. The good news is that he was effective while on the court, and Dwane Casey kept him out there for the final 10 minutes of a close game. He's been playing well over the past month, flirting with a double-double to go along with 0.6 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.
Feb 11 - 1:13 AM

Kyle Lowry needed 15 shots to score 14 points on Wednesday, going 4-of-15 from the field with four boards, seven assists, one steal and one block in 39 minutes.

Tonight's dud was surprising since the Wolves have given up the fourth-most points to PGs over their past 10 games. K-Low occasionally misfires from the field but he's been a top-five roto player in 2016, so his owners have no grounds for complaint. Expect him to come out firing in his first game after the All-Star break, vs. the Bulls on Feb. 19.
Feb 11 - 1:12 AM

Cory Joseph chipped in eight points, five rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes vs. the Wolves on Wednesday, but he shot just 4-of-11 from the field without any 3-pointers or steals.

Dwane Casey credited CoJo with changing the course of Monday's game with his "grit and grime," but Joseph's blue-collar efforts rarely result in fantasy value. Leave him on the wire.
Feb 11 - 1:12 AM

DeMar DeRozan lit up the Wolves for a team-high 35 points on Wednesday, hitting 11-of-19 FGs and 10-of-13 FTs, but it wasn't enough to earn the Raptors' a road win.

The Raptors still lead the Atlantic division by 5.0 games, thanks to a scorching stretch in which they've won 14 out of 16 games. DeRozan and Kyle Lowry have been the catalysts for that success, earning both of them All-Star nods, and DeRozan's steady play has earned him top-40 value over the Raptors' past 20 games (9-cat). It helps that he's canning 1.1 triples per game during that span.
Feb 11 - 1:11 AM

DeMarre Carroll (knee) was seen taking jump shots prior to Wednesday's game in Minnesota.

Carroll had previously been limited to stationary shots, so this is an encouraging update as the Raptors head into the All-Star break. It's time to consider stashing Carroll if he's still available on your waiver wire.
Feb 10 - 7:54 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 15 points with eight boards, three assists, three steals and one block in 25 minutes vs. the Pistons on Monday.

He was an impressive 7-of-9 from the field and he also held Andre Drummond in check. J-Val was limited to 19 minutes in two different games last week, but he has now played 25 minutes in two straight outings. It's probably time to give up hope that he will be a 30-minute guy this season, but he is still worth starting in standard leagues despite the low playing time.
Feb 8 - 11:13 PM

Terrence Ross scored 18 points off the bench on Monday vs. the Pistons, adding four boards, two assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

Don't look now, but Ross has hit double digits in the scoring column for four straight games. He has also played 27 or more minutes in each of those games, so he belongs on your radar if you're looking for points, steals and treys. His long-term outlook isn't great, though.
Feb 8 - 11:10 PM

DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points with seven boards, six assists, one steal and four turnovers in a win over the Pistons on Monday.

He couldn't find his shot and was just 5-of-14 from the field, but the dimes were nice. DeRozan was hot coming into this one and had scored an average of 26.0 points in his previous five games, so his owners have absolutely no reason to be concerned. DeRozan will look to get his shooting touch back on track during Wednesday's game vs. the Wolves.
Feb 8 - 11:06 PM

Kyle Lowry kept his foot on the gas pedal in Monday's win over the Pistons with 25 points, seven assists and three boards in 38 minutes.

He also had two steals and two triples and was an efficient 9-of-14 from the field. He's been unstoppable over his last three games with averages of 27.0 points, 6.3 assists, 4.0 boards, 2.0 steals and 4.7 3-pointers, and the only player that has been better in standard leagues over that span is John Wall.
Feb 8 - 11:01 PM

Raptors recall F Bruno Caboclo from the D-League.

Unfortunately, this is not a sign that the Brazilian Kevin Durant is about to enter the rotation.
Feb 8 - 12:11 PM

Kyle Lowry buried seven 3-pointers during a 110-103 win over the Blazers on Thursday, scoring 30 points with six rebounds, eight assists, two steals, two blocks and seven turnovers in 40 minutes.

It's pretty cool to see Lowry lead the Eastern Conference in 3-pointers and he'll be representing Toronto in the 3-point contest next weekend. He made just 26.4 percent of his 3-pointers in the first four years of his career (2006-10), so nobody saw this coming back then. He's up to 39.7 percent from three this year and is the No. 7 player in standard leagues because of it.
Feb 5 - 1:36 AM

Norman Powell made his second start of his career on Thursday against the Blazers with one rebound and one assist in 13 minutes.

Hey, at least he can sky for jams and he was awesome at summer league. Perhaps most of Powell's value lies in him being a trade piece at the deadline. He won't have value worth owning in almost any league while in Toronto.
Feb 5 - 1:30 AM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 14 points with 11 rebounds and two blocks in 25 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.

It was nice to see the blocks come back up after he put up just two in his previous four. Valanciunas' boards are really starting to come around while he's scoring double-digit points with more regularity. Expect Valanciunas to heat up after the break like he usually does.
Feb 5 - 1:26 AM

Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said that Norman Powell will fluctuate in and out of the starting lineup based on matchups.

Powell entered the starting five on Tuesday with James Johnson (ankle) and DeMarre Carroll (knee) on the sidelines, but he only managed to produce two steals, one rebound, one assist and one turnover through 15 scoreless minutes. Powell will be in the rotation out of desperation with the other small forwards in Toronto banged up, but he offers zero fantasy value.
Feb 4 - 6:09 PM


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