Player News - Raptors

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Norman Powell made 6-of-7 shots for 14 points against the Grizzlies on Saturday, adding one rebound, four assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 19 minutes.

Powell set a new season-high in steals in this one. Kawhi Leonard (rest) was out again, which meant the Raptors need more production from Powell off the bench. He scored just four points last game, but bounced back here. He's scoring 10.2 points with 1.6 steals on 55.6% shooting over his last five games. Powell's posting top-100 value in 9-category leagues over the last two weeks, but he's still more of a deeper league guy at best.
Jan 19 - 10:41 PM

Fred VanVleet only scored four points (1-of-8 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs), but added two rebounds, seven assists, one block, two steals and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

Kawhi Leonard was resting again, leaving VanVleet to start in his stead. Even though he comes off the bench most games, he's still worth owning in most leagues at this point. The Raptors will be managing both Leonard and also Kyle Lowry as the season progresses, which will give FVV plenty of opportunities to produce.
Jan 19 - 10:31 PM

Danny Green exploded for a season-high 24 points (8-of-13 FGs) on Saturday, adding seven rebounds, three assists, one block, two steals and eight 3-pointers in 23 minutes against Memphis.

Green matched his career-high and set a new season-high with the eight triples made. This was his first 20-point game this season and just his first since last February 25. Scoring aside, Green is averaging 1.2 blocks and 1.6 steals over his last five games. He's been a top-25 player in 9-category leagues over the last two weeks and continues to show that he wasn't just some other guy in the Kawhi Leonard trade.
Jan 19 - 10:26 PM

Fred VanVleet is in the starting lineup again for Saturday's game versus the Grizzlies

VanVleet will be making his 18th start on the season with Kawhi Leonard resting again. His numbers go up across the board when he's a starter and is worth a look as a DFS play on Saturday.
Jan 19 - 6:24 PM

Kawhi Leonard (rest) will not play Saturday vs. the Grizzlies.

This is surprising because Kawhi sat out Thursday's game against the Suns (which was the second night of a back-to-back) and, after Saturday, the Raptors don't play again until Tuesday. However, Toronto is clearly serious about getting Leonard as much rest as possible, and this two-game absence will give him five full days off. OG Anunoby (personal) remains sidelined, so Norman Powell and C.J. Miles will likely soak up extra minutes off the bench once again on Saturday.
Jan 19 - 1:35 PM

OG Anunoby (personal) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

Saturday will be Anunoby's third straight game on the shelf due to an undisclosed personal issue. Norman Powell has seen an uptick in playing time of late and C.J. Miles logged 17 minutes off the bench on Thursday.
Jan 18 - 12:51 PM

Delon Wright scored 10 points (4-of-5 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with five assists and one steal in 19 minutes against Phoenix on Thursday.

Wright was originally going to start, but Kyle Lowry felt better than expected and suited up. Even with Kawhi Leonard resting, there wasn't much extra time for Wright in this one. He's an interesting name to remember in the event of an injury to a starter, but he's not worth owning in most leagues right now.
Jan 17 - 10:59 PM

Chris Boucher scored three points in five minutes against the Suns on Thursday.

Boucher got the chance to see some rare playing time with Kawhi Leonard resting and Jonas Valanciunas (thumb) still out. He's far, far off the fantasy radar right now.
Jan 17 - 10:50 PM

Patrick McCaw saw his first action as a member of the Raptors on Thursday, playing six minutes against the Suns.

When McCaw signed with Toronto, he forfeited any chance of becoming a fantasy-relevant player this season. Kawhi Leonard (rest) sat this one out and McCaw only saw six first half minutes. It's possible he gets more time as he gets more comfortable with the team and their system, but he's best left on the waiver wire in basically all leagues at this point.
Jan 17 - 10:47 PM

Fred VanVleet got the start on Thursday and scored 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting in 31 minutes against the Suns.

VanVleet saw his 17th start of the season with Kawhi Leonard (rest) sitting on another second leg of a back-to-back set. He plays about 10 more minutes per game when he's in the starting lineup and put up 12.8 points, 5.3 dimes and 2.1 triples in starts entering tonight. With the Raptors likely to manage their stars down the stretch, VanVleet will end up seeing his fair share of starts.
Jan 17 - 10:44 PM

Serge Ibaka made 11-of-19 shots for 22 points, adding six rebounds, one assist and one block in 31 minutes against the Suns on Thursday.

Ibaka dropped 22 points for the second straight game, after doing so on Wednesday against the Celtics. He hasn't been as efficient of late, shooting 47.4% over his last five games, which is why his value has dipped over the last two weeks. Jonas Valanciunas (thumb) isn't close to a return, which means Ibaka will continue to see the majority of the center minutes of the next few weeks or so.
Jan 17 - 10:39 PM

Pascal Siakam beat the buzzer to win the game on Thursday against the Suns, scoring 10 points (4-of-8 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with 12 rebounds, five assists, one steal and two blocks in 33 minutes.

With Kawhi Leonard resting, Siakam got the call with the game tied late in the fourth quarter. They gave him the ball and cleared out and he took Mikal Bridges off the dribble to hit a tough lefty lay-up off the glass to give the Raptors the win. He only scored 10 points, but he notched his fourth double-double in his last six games. Siakam continues making his case for an All-Star bid, as well as the league's Most Improved Player award.
Jan 17 - 10:30 PM

C.J. Miles scored 13 points (5-of-7 FGs) with one rebound, one assist, two steals and three 3-pointers in 17 minutes against the Suns on Thursday.

Miles matched his season-highs in points, triples, and steals against Phoenix. He had been bothered by a hip injury and hadn't played in either of the last two games. The Raptors needed his contributions tonight with Kawhi Leonard resting, but he won't be a big part of the rotation on most nights. Leave him on the wire for now.
Jan 17 - 10:20 PM

Kyle Lowry played 40 minutes against the Suns on Thursday, scoring 16 points (4-of-15 FGs, 6-of-9 FTs) with nine rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

Lowry was originally slated to sit this one out, but he woke up feeling better than expected and gave it a go. He became the 65th player in NBA history to surpass the 5,000 career assist mark with his performance against Phoenix. Lowry has struggled shooting of late, just 30.9% over his last five, but his other numbers have still been there. He might gets some nights off down the stretch, but he's still a must-start when active.
Jan 17 - 10:15 PM

Fred VanVleet will start in place of Kawhi Leonard (rest) on Thursday.

VanVleet was scoreless in 18 minutes on Wednesday, but the expanded opportunity tonight should make him a popular DFS and streaming option. It helps that he's up against the Suns' defense.
Jan 17 - 6:20 PM

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