Player News - Raptors

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DeMar DeRozan scored 15 points with 10 rebounds, seven assists and one block on 5-of-16 from the field in 43 minutes during a 120-116 win over the Wizards on Saturday.

He's has two games below 39 percent from the field in his last three and this sub-par game dropped him to 40.4 percent from the field on the season. Only 21.5 percent of his shots have come at the rim this season and he doesn't take treys, so it's going to be tough for him to be a top-40 fantasy player in standard leagues with those two issues.
Jan 31 - 11:13 PM

Amir Johnson scored 17 points with six rebounds, three assists, one steal, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

He had a toe issue from Friday, but it obviously didn't affect him tonight. Johnson was floundering before with back-to-back six-point games on Tuesday and Wednesday, but he had a 24-point outing on Friday and this gem today. His owners are back in business and he's worth a look while he's hot right now.
Jan 31 - 11:07 PM

Jonas Valanciunas had one of his worst games of the season against the Wizards on Saturday with six points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks in 17 minutes.

He fouled out and the Wizards went right at him tonight. Valanciunas ankle injury from Friday may have been a factor, but there's no indication that he'll need to miss time. His fantasy owners shouldn't look to trade him based on his strong finishes in the past two seasons.
Jan 31 - 9:30 PM

James Johnson (hamstring) will not play against the Wizards on Saturday.

There is no word on the MRI just yet, but that should come today. Johnson was already falling out of the rotation, so he can be dropped in most leagues.
Jan 31 - 5:51 PM

Amir Johnson (toe) will play against the Wizards on Saturday.

He is having a nail issue on his big toe, but this isn't something that should affect him once he gets the adrenaline pumping. Fantasy owners can use him like they normally would and dial down the expectations for Patrick Patterson.
Jan 31 - 5:50 PM

Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) and Amir Johnson (foot) will play against the Wizards on Saturday.

Valanciunas was liming badly on Friday night, but it sounds like he's ready to go without a restriction. Johnson and JV back in the lineup hurt the chances of Patrick Patterson having a good game. Fantasy owners can use Valanciunas in a sub-par matchup.
Jan 31 - 5:47 PM

Amir Johnson (toe) is up in the air for Saturday against the Wizards.

His left big toenail fell off and he played through it yesterday. There has been no indication that Johnson won't play, so his owners can pencil him in as a starter for now. We'll have an update later. If he can't go, Patrick Patterson becomes an intriguing option, especially with Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) also hurt.
Jan 31 - 3:08 PM

Lou Williams scored 25 points off the bench against the Nets during a 127-122 overtime victory on Friday with four rebounds, three assists, and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

He hasn't seen his production drop off in his last five games, averaging 17.8 points, 1.8 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.2 steals and 2.0 triples. Williams was at his best while DeMar DeRozan was active, so he should still be viewed as a hold in standard leagues. DeRozan had 26 points, four rebounds, nine assists, one steal and one turnover in 41 minutes tonight.
Jan 30 - 10:58 PM

Patrick Patterson played 32 minutes against the Nets on Friday with 12 points, five boards, one assist, one steal and one block.

With Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) questionable for Saturday, there's a chance we see a little more of Patterson against the Wizards. He might come off the bench, but he should see a much larger role with the frontcourt rotation being depleted. Give him a look as a plug-and-plug or in DFS.
Jan 30 - 10:56 PM

Jonas Valanciunas limped out of the arena on Friday due to an ankle injury and is up in the air for Saturday against the Wizards.

He played very well tonight and returned from the injury. Valanciunas made all seven shots from the field for 14 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in 33 minutes tonight. His ankle is likely going to swell up on him, so Patrick Patterson will likely benefit the most.
Jan 30 - 10:51 PM

James Johnson (right hamstring) will not play against the Nets on Friday.

He did not play on Tuesday and was limited on Wednesday, but it wasn't because of the injury because he sustained it today at shootaround. Regardless, it's clear that Johnson isn't worth owning now that DeMar DeRozan is back.
Jan 30 - 6:11 PM

Lou Williams came off the bench for 27 points, two rebounds, two assists, three steals and four 3-pointers on 7-of-16 shooting in 26 minutes on Wednesday.

Williams has hit double figures in seven straight games and has only scored in single digits one time in 14 January games, and this is officially your notice to pick him up. Just don't expect him to do this every night, as he's only scored 20 or more points in three of those 14 games.
Jan 29 - 12:06 AM

Greivis Vasquez started at shooting guard again and had 18 points, four rebounds, six assists, a steal and four 3-pointers on 7-of-9 shooting in 31 minutes on Wednesday.

After a slow start to his starting tenure, Vasquez has hit double digits in scoring in three of his last four games, and is averaging 10.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five. And that includes a dud of three points on 1-of-8 shooting a week ago. If you need a shooting guard and Mario Chalmers isn't available, think about grabbing Vasquez.
Jan 29 - 12:01 AM

Amir Johnson hit just 2-of-4 shots with six points, four rebounds, five assists, five turnovers and a 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

Johnson has really cooled off, scoring six or fewer points in three of his last four games, and in the game where he scored 17 points, he managed just two rebounds. Patrick Patterson had 11 points, two steals and three 3-pointers in 24 minutes tonight, but neither player is doing enough right now to be in fantasy lineups.
Jan 28 - 11:57 PM

The Raptors are not actively pursuing any trades for Terrence Ross.

Ross was recently benched in favor of Greivis Vasquez for poor play, so we wouldn't blame the Raptors if they entertained the idea of moving him. However, this report confirms that Ross will likely stay in Toronto for the rest of the season, so there's no point in stashing him in the hopes that he lands in an ideal location. Leave Ross on the waiver wire in all but the deepest of leagues.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 28 - 11:09 AM


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