Player News - Raptors

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P.J. Tucker scored two points with five rebounds, one assist and two steals in 26 minutes vs. the Knicks on Monday.

It looks like Tucker will settle into a role of about 25-28 minutes on his new team. He's not going to look for his shot too often, so he's going to have to rack up steals to hold onto his value. We're not optimistic about his fantasy value going forward and you should have a better option on your wire.
Feb 27 - 10:09 PM

Serge Ibaka scored 15 points on 5-of-14 shooting vs. the Knicks on Monday.

With Kyle Lowry (wrist) fully expected to miss several weeks, there are suddenly a lot of shots up for grabs in Toronto. Ibaka added four rebounds, one block and two triples in 34 minutes, and because of his mobility on defense, the Raptors will likely close a lot of games with him at center at the expensive of Jonas Valanciunas. He's easily the second best Raptor to own going forward behind DeMar DeRozan.
Feb 27 - 10:06 PM

Cory Joseph was held to six points on 3-of-7 shooting on Monday vs. the Knicks.

The important takeaway is that CoJo played 34 minutes, and with Kyle Lowry (wrist surgery) out several weeks, he will have a significant role if he can hold off Delon Wright. Joseph added four assists with three rebounds and two steals, and while his upside is low playing next to a usage rate monster in DeMar DeRozan, he's worth owning as a low-end guard. He averaged 12.5 points, 6.0 assists, 1.0 rebound and 2.0 steals in his previous two starts.
Feb 27 - 9:58 PM

Jonas Valanciunas got into foul trouble and only played 19 minutes vs. the Knicks on Monday, scoring 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting.

It's a shame that J-Val picked up four fouls, because he was well on his way to a big night. Coach Dwane Casey tried to stagger J-Val and Serge Ibaka a bit more tonight so that one of them was always on the floor, and with Kyle Lowry (wrist) out several weeks, we're hopeful that J-Val will still be able to help his fantasy owners despite his reduced role. He grabbed five rebounds with two steals and one block, and he also hit a pair of free throws.
Feb 27 - 9:52 PM

DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points and hit the game-winning shot in a 92-91 victory over the Knicks on Monday.

DeRozan buried a mid-range jumper over the outstretched arms of Derrick Rose with just 1.9 seconds left on the clock. He's going to be a busy man with Kyle Lowry (wrist surgery) out for several weeks, so his fantasy owners should get used to some monster lines -- DeRozan has a 41.0 usage rate with Lowry off the court. He shot 13-of-25 from the field and 10-of-13 from the line, adding eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one triple. You can check out his game-winner in the link below.
Feb 27 - 9:42 PM

Kyle Lowry is reportedly hopeful that he'll be able to get back on the court in 4-5 weeks following right wrist surgery.

We won't have an official timetable until after Lowry's procedure is performed on Tuesday, but Adrian Wojnarowski is one of the most reputable sources out there, and 4-5 weeks does sound about right. Whether or not you can continue to roster Lowry will depend on whether you have an IR-spot, and how long your fantasy season goes, but 4-5 weeks rules Lowry out for the rest of the fantasy season some formats. Corey Joseph is essentially a must-own guy now.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: With Lowry out tonight - and the foreseeable future - both DeMar DeRozan and Cory Joseph are going to be elite plays until their DFS price tags spike. DeRozan isn't cheap, but he carries a massive 43.7% usage rate with Lowry off the floor this season, which he's turned into a 1.36 FPPM mark. DDR's 43.7% usage rate would actually lead the NBA had it come over the course of the full year, so there is a lot to like here.
Feb 27 - 4:09 PM

Kyle Lowry is set to undergo wrist surgery to remove loose bodies from his right wrist, and he's aiming to return for the playoffs.

We'll have an official timetable once Lowry goes under the knife on Tuesday, so we'd wait on that before making any rash decisions with Lowry, but Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting he could be out 4-5 weeks. In the meantime, Corey Joseph is locked in as Toronto's starting point guard, and with averages of 19.3 points, 5.3 dimes and 1.3 steals in three starts this season, he's worth a look in most leagues. DeMar DeRozan is also going to be incredibly busy on offense sans Lowry.
Feb 27 - 3:14 PM

Cory Joseph got another start on Sunday, posting 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting with six assists, one rebound, one steal, one 3-pointer and one turnover in 33 minutes.

Delon Wright earned some fourth-quarter minutes tonight, alongside Norman Powell, but CoJo took the reins down the stretch. Kyle Lowry (wrist) was out again tonight and it's unclear when he might return -- until a timetable is established, it makes sense to hold CoJo for short-term value.
Feb 26 - 9:07 PM

Serge Ibaka finished Sunday's win vs. Portland with 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting, 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

Ibaka has made a seamless transition to Toronto, to the relief of his fantasy owners, and coach Dwane Casey has clearly encouraged him to shoot from the perimeter. His arrival hasn't been good news for the team's other big men, however, particularly Lucas Nogueira (10 minutes) and Patrick Patterson (19 minutes). Ibaka should continue to flirt with early-round value down the stretch.
Feb 26 - 9:07 PM

P.J. Tucker had a very quiet night on Sunday, coming off Toronto's bench with two points, one rebound and one assist in 21 minutes of action.

Tucker had a productive debut on Friday with nine points, 10 rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes, but this is more reflective of his role with DeMarre Carroll (32 minutes) healthy. He's still a decent steals specialist, but there should be players with higher upside on the waiver wire.
Feb 26 - 9:06 PM

Jonas Valanciunas made 7-of-8 shots to finish Sunday's game with 15 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one block in 22 minutes.

The efficiency was there but the playing time wasn't, as JV logged 22 or fewer minutes for the fourth straight game. Serge Ibaka got hot in the fourth quarter of a close game and Valanciunas once again didn't leave the bench in the final frame. Dwane Casey has made no secret of his desire for a more versatile defensive lineup late in games, and Ibaka's arrival is a clear threat to JV's minutes. That said, he's still capable of posting solid value with minutes in the mid-20s.
Feb 26 - 9:05 PM

DeMar DeRozan powered the Raptors to a 112-106 home win on Sunday, scoring 33 points on 9-of-16 field goals and 15-of-16 free throws, with six boards and two assists.

DeRozan had made 27 straight free throws before missing his final attempt tonight, the type of high-volume efficiency that makes it easier to swallow his lack of 3-pointers. He chipped in two steals and one block in 36 minutes, and his owners have to be hoping that Kyle Lowry (wrist) takes his time returning.
Feb 26 - 9:04 PM

Cory Joseph will earn another start on Sunday with Kyle Lowry (wrist) unavailable.

Joseph had 11 points, six assists and three steals in 36 minutes on Friday, and the playing time should be very high again tonight. He's a fine streaming and DFS option, and is worth a look everywhere while Lowry is on the shelf.
Feb 26 - 5:59 PM

Kyle Lowry (right wrist) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Trail Blazers.

The swelling in Lowry's wrist has gone down, and all the tests performed came back clean, so it doesn't sound like this is a very serious injury. Head coach Dwane Casey said he's considering Lowry day-to-day, so for now, we'll be considering him questionable for Monday's game in New York. With Lowry out tonight, Cory Joseph will draw the start and DeMar DeRozan will be working with a Russell Westbrook-like usage rate.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: In the two games DeRozan has played without Lowry this season, he averaged 39.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 5.5 assists. Not surprisingly, his usage rate spikes up by 7.3% to 43.7% when Lowry is off the court. Fire him up in all formats against a Portland team that ranks 22nd in DvP against shooting guards.
Feb 26 - 4:56 PM

The Raptors recalled Bruno Caboclo from the D-League on Sunday.

He has no shot at cracking the rotation following the arrival of P.J. Tucker.
Feb 26 - 11:39 AM


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