Player News - Raptors

Date: Team: Pos:

Kyle Lowry will start against the 76ers on Wednesday night.

He should be busy in a hometown game. Lowry is also somewhat fresh after getting Tuesday off.
Jan 18 - 7:02 PM

DeMar DeRozan is confirmed in the starting lineup against the 76ers on Wednesday.

The Raptors may want to get a win against their divisional foes. DeRozan gets a good matchup tonight, so keep him rolling in your season-long leagues.
Jan 18 - 7:01 PM

Pascal Siakam will start Wednesday vs. the 76ers, with Lucas Nogueira (concussion) unavailable.

Through 34 starts this season, Siakam owns meager averages of 4.9 points, 3.7 boards and not much else in 18.5 minutes per game, so the rookie entering the starting five really doesn't mean all that much in fantasy hoops. Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll and Jonas Valanciunas will join Siakam in the starting five.

DeMar DeRozan is listed as the starter for Wednesday against the 76ers.

The Raptors usually tweet out lineup changes on their officially Twitter account, but this isn't the source here. For now, DeRozan has a good chance to play on the second half of a back-to-back set. We'll see if there is another update on DeMar from the team before tip.
Jan 18 - 6:45 PM

Patrick Patterson (knee) will not play against the 76ers on Wednesday.

His knee injury has kept him to just two games in 2017. Luckily for the Raptors, they have Jared Sullinger (foot) back for limited minutes -- he's likely only going to play 10-15 minutes tonight. The Raptors will also likely go smaller tonight while Pascal Siakam could play 20 minutes. None of these guys mentioned are worth using in standard leagues.
Jan 18 - 6:17 PM

Jared Sullinger (foot) will make his season debut and play limited minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday.

Wow. This comes as a surprise after Sullinger was cleared for practice on Jan. 13. He's coming off a foot surgery and chances are his conditioning isn't 100 percent yet. Sullinger will likely have a minutes limit for the foreseeable future, so he's only worth a pickup in deeper leagues right now. His upside isn't the greatest.
Jan 18 - 6:09 PM

Lucas Nogueira (concussion) will not play on Wednesday against the 76ers.

He had some blurred vision on Tuesday and is still in the concussion protocol. Nogueira's fantasy owners should probably just sit tight and hope he can return this weekend. With him out, Paskal Siakam is likely to start, but fantasy owners should steer clear. The Raptors could also go small to give more run to Norman Powell and Terrence Ross.
Jan 18 - 4:58 PM

Coach Dwane Casey hinted DeMar DeRozan could be rested on Wednesday against the 76ers.

It makes sense after the Raptors rested Kyle Lowry in Brooklyn on Tuesday night. If DeRozan does sit, it'll likely be Norman Powell getting the start while Terrence Ross would also get a bump in playing time. Plus, Kyle Lowry could be taking a ton of shots in his hometown. Hopefully we get the starting lineup before the 7:00 EST start.
Jan 18 - 2:21 PM

Terrence Ross scored 15 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers on Tuesday vs. the Nets.

With Kyle Lowry resting, Ross had more responsibility tonight and made the most of it, hitting 6-of-11 from the field and 3-of-7 from beyond the arc in 30 minutes. Ross has scored 15, 12 and 12 points in his last three games with a combined nine 3-pointers in that span, but it's tough to trust him in standard leagues when the Raptors are at full strength.
Jan 17 - 10:41 PM

Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting in Tuesday's win over the Nets.

Kyle Lowry (rest) got the night off, so VanVleet was the backup PG behind Cory Joseph in this one. He played 25 minutes and added four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers, but he's usually not in the rotation when the Raptors are healthy. It's safe to leave him on the wire, but it's good to know that the rookie has some talent.
Jan 17 - 10:35 PM

Cory Joseph scored a career-high 33 points in Tuesday's win over the Nets.

Starting in place of the resting Kyle Lowry, Joseph shattered his previous career high of 20 points set back in 2014. He hit 15-of-22 shots from the field with four rebounds, four assists and one triple in 37 minutes, as the Nets' young backcourt had no answer for him. Lowry is expected to return on Wednesday vs. the 76ers, but remember this performance from CoJo the next time Lowry gets a night off.
Jan 17 - 10:30 PM

DeMar DeRozan went off for 36 points on 13-of-28 shooting in Tuesday's 119-109 win over the Nets.

Kyle Lowry (rest) got the night off and DeRozan's usage rate climbs from 31.7 to 41.5 with Lowry off the court, so it's no surprise that he feasted on the Nets. He added 11 rebounds, six assists and one steal, hitting all 10 of his free throws. He didn't even attempt a 3-pointer, but that only makes this line even more impressive. Just make sure he's active for Wednesday's matchup vs. the 76ers on the second night of a back-to-back set.
Jan 17 - 10:26 PM

Lucas Nogueira (blurred vision) will not return to Tuesday's game vs. the Nets.

He has blurred vision in his left eye and will be re-evaluated again after the game. He was also being evaluated for a concussion, but we should know more about that soon. Paskal Siakam started the second half and Jakop Poeltl could play a bit more as well. Bebe finished with three points (a trey) and two rebounds in seven minutes. There are no great speculative pickups here.
Jan 17 - 8:50 PM

Lucas Nogueira was playing well Tuesday before taking a hard forearm to the face, which caused him to leave the game and head to the locker room.

He is undergoing the concussion protocol in the locker room, so hopefully we'll know more very soon. He easily walked off under his own power and looked OK, but don't make any roster moves until we know more. He had three points (a trey) and two rebounds in seven minutes before heading for the locker room.
Jan 17 - 8:00 PM

Cory Joseph is starting in place of Kyle Lowry (rest) on Tuesday vs. the Nets.

Lowry is getting the night off to rest some bumps and bruises, so Joseph could eclipse the 30-minute mark tonight and looks like a strong punt in DFS. DeMar DeRozan should also be a popular play, as his usage rate climbs from 31.7 to 41.5 with Lowry off the court.
Jan 17 - 7:21 PM


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