Player News - Raptors

Date: Team: Pos:

DeMar DeRozan hit 3-of-5 shots for six points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal in 18 minutes on Wednesday.

He missed his last game in order to get some rest, but DD is primed for another big year after last season's breakout.
Oct 22 - 10:43 PM

Kyle Lowry returned from a rest on Wednesday and hit 3-of-7 shots for 11 points, three rebounds and six assists in 21 minutes.

He missed all four of his 3-point attempts, but on a night the Raps turned it over 25 times, Lowry only had two of them. He got paid $48 million by the Raptors over the summer and all signs are pointing to a big season.
Oct 22 - 10:40 PM

Jonas Valanciunas played just 12 minutes and had three points, two rebounds and a block on Wednesday.

JV was quiet tonight, but is clearly the main option in the middle for the Raptors and could be primed for a breakout season. Don't be scared off by his inconsistent preseason.
Oct 22 - 10:37 PM

Terrence Ross hit just 4-of-12 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points, four rebounds, one assist and two steals in 20 minutes on Wednesday.

He's hit double figures in scoring in three straight games and appears to be ready for the season to start. He'll start at small forward for the Raps and while he's not going to set any records, he's worth a late look in fantasy leagues. Small forward appears to be the thinnest position out there this season.
Oct 22 - 10:35 PM

Amir Johnson played through his sore foot/ankle on Wednesday but had just six points, three rebounds and a block in 15 minutes.

He's scored in double figures in just two of his preseason games (10 & 13 points) and failed to score more than six in the other five. He also had five or fewer rebounds in six of those seven games and we've seen very little to get excited about. He seems to fail to meet expectations consistently, and this year isn't off to a great start, either.
Oct 22 - 10:32 PM

Lucas Nogueira (groin) will play on Wednesday.

He has been out all preseason with his groin injury and needed six weeks to recover from the injury over the summer. Nogueira is a big project and won't have fantasy value this season.
Oct 22 - 7:07 PM

Greg Stiemsma is still battling for the Raptors' final roster spot.

In the Raptors' version of Thunderdome, three men will enter and only one will be left standing. Only one of Stiemsma, Jordan Hamilton, and Will Cherry will make the Raptors' final roster cut on Monday and head coach Dwayne Casey said the decision will be "a good debate with the coaching staff and management." Even if Stiemsma hooks on with the Raptors, he won't provide much fantasy value as a a reserve player.
Source: Toronto Sun
Oct 21 - 11:15 AM

Kyle Lowry (rest) and DeMar DeRozan (rest) were not participants during Sunday's practice.

This was a scheduled rest day for the Raptors stars, and there's nothing to see here. Lowry is set to have another big season for the Raptors and makes for a solid early-round selection, while DeMar DeRozan is a nice mid-round target for owners seeking some scoring.
Oct 19 - 1:28 PM

Amir Johnson said that his ankle/foot is fine, and the team simply kept him out of the second half of Friday's game as a precaution.

Johnson has a bit of a history with ankle injuries, but it appears everything will be fine moving forward, and the team was just being cautious during a meaningless preseason game. He also did not participate during Sunday's practice. Johnson averaged 10.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks last season with the Raptors, and he's worthy of a late-round selection in standard leagues.
Oct 19 - 12:41 PM

Terrence Ross scored 22 points on 9-of-18 shooting with two rebounds, one block and four 3-point buckets in Friday's preseason win over the Thunder.

The next step for Ross is to improve his consistency and that's going to be tough while he's the third or fourth option on most nights. Give him a look late in standard drafts, particularly in 9-cat leagues where his low turnover count comes in handy.
Oct 18 - 12:36 AM

Amir Johnson left Friday's preseason game against the Thunder with a sore left foot and did not return.

Johnson has a history of ankle injuries and a sore foot would fall in line with what we've seen in the past. Should the injury be anything serious, owners will want to bump Patrick Patterson up on their cheat sheets. For now, hang tight until we get our next update.
Oct 17 - 10:43 PM

Greivis Vasquez was hit in the head by a basketball during Friday's shootaround and will not play against the Thunder.

Vasquez reportedly felt a little woozy so the plug was pulled, most likely on a precautionary basis. We'll let you know if he's going to miss any additional time.
Oct 17 - 8:18 PM

DeMar DeRozan will return to the lineup on Friday against the Thunder.

He rested on Wednesday and should have a good night with the Thunder missing most of their guys on the second half of a back-to-back. DeRozan is a mid-round target for his scoring.
Oct 17 - 2:03 PM

Jordan Hamilton said that he knows he's auditioning for both the Raptors and the rest of the NBA.

As he fights for the Raptors' final roster spot, Hamilton said that he knows each exhibition game he plays could be an audition for another NBA team. The 24-year-old was Toronto's best player on Wednesday night as he put up 16 points, two rebounds, three assists, three steals, and two treys. Hamilton should make the Raptors' roster, but he's not much more than a deep league fantasy option no matter where he plays.
Oct 16 - 11:51 AM

Greivis Vasquez played 28 minutes and hit just 3-of-14 shots on Wednesday, finishing with nine points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a 3-pointer.

Kyle Lowry played just nine minutes so Vasquez got some nice run tonight. His shooting wasn't great, but any time Lowry is out with an injury, Vasquez should be an interesting fill-in in daily leagues.
Oct 16 - 12:41 AM

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