Player News - Raptors

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DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points in a win over the Hawks on Wednesday with three rebounds, two assists, five turnovers and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

Kyle Lowry was also successful with 14 points, six boards, 13 assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes during the 126-115 win. The Raptors ran all over the Hawks with 25 fast-break points while DeRozan matched his season output with his two treys. He was only 2-of-13 before tonight and he really needs that part of his game to come around to be an elite fantasy guy.
Nov 27 - 12:50 AM

Greivis Vasquez was on fire against the Hawks on Wednesday with 21 points, two rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers on 8-of-12 from the field in just 17 minutes.

This is one of the most efficient lines of the year. For the advanced stats guys out there, Vasquez put up a 36.9 usage and had an 81.5 true shooting percentage. He was horrible before tonight and made just 33.3 percent from the field, so we'll obviously need to see it again.
Nov 27 - 12:47 AM

Lou Williams may have had a revenge game against the Hawks on Wednesday during a win, making 6-of-11 from the field for 22 points with two assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

He's so hot right now. Perhaps no bench player is performing at his level, averaging 24.3 points, 1.8 boards, 2.3 steals, 3.5 treys and 0.5 turnovers on 50.0 percent from the field and 96.4 percent from the line in his last four. We'd be lying if we said we saw this coming, but he's just too hot to leave on the wire right now.
Nov 27 - 12:35 AM

James Johnson (illness) played 20 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday with four points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and three blocks.

He was reportedly very ill, but Johnson takes great pride in calling himself Wolverine. He is doing a great job on the defensive side and he had a nice Euro step on the offensive end tonight, too. Johnson is a sneaky player to own in 14-team leagues.
Nov 27 - 12:28 AM

James Johnson (illness) is playing on Wednesday.

The team didn't update him and he just checked in. Johnson should have limited playing time tonight.
Nov 26 - 8:17 PM

Tyler Hansbrough (shoulder) will not play in Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

His absence should affect many fantasy lineups, though it means more playing time for guys like Patrick Patterson, Amir Johnson and Chuck Hayes. Hansbrough remains day-to-day.

James Johnson (flu) is questionable to face the Hawks on Wednesday.

He is under the weather and the Raptors might not need him. Johnson played four minutes in his return from an ankle injury on Monday, but the fouls were likely the issue. Fantasy owners shouldn't be counting on him tonight.
Nov 26 - 6:17 PM

Tyler Hansbrough will be a game-time decision on Wednesday due to his shoulder injury.

The Raptors play the Hawks tonight, but Hansbrough doesn't have much fantasy appeal whether he's in uniform or not.
Nov 26 - 12:10 PM

James Johnson didn't suffer a setback in Monday's game when he played just four minutes in his return from an ankle injury.

The Raps are just working him back into the mix slowly, so it might take him a week to get back up to speed.
Nov 25 - 2:24 PM

Lou Williams stayed somewhat hot against the Suns on Monday during a 104-100 win with 17 points, two rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

He's coming off the bench and is taking away a few minutes from Greivis Vasquez and Terrence Ross. Williams is a little bit like Nick Young except he does a little more than score -- he's obviously much worse in the sound-byte department, though. He's not a lock, but feel free to give him a look in standard leagues and ride him while he's hot.
Nov 25 - 12:09 AM

James Johnson played four minutes against the Suns with one steal and two fouls.

He didn't take a single shot tonight and may not be 100 percent. Johnson said he was "like Wolverine" for recovering so soon from his ankle sprain, but he wasn't a superhero with fouling tonight. He should be better his next time out.
Nov 25 - 12:06 AM

Jonas Valanciunas made 10-of-11 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line for a career-high 27 points against the Suns on Monday, adding 11 rebounds and one block in 32 minutes.

It was his best offensive showing in his career and all 11 of his shots came from within six feet. While he does have some nice touch, Valanciunas is certainly at his best when he's able to get shots at close range. Nights like these are why he's been so hyped and he's really starting to turn it on over his last five, averaging 16.0 points, 9.4 boards and 1.4 blocks on 73.8 percent from the field and 81.8 percent from the line. He's capable of a breakout this season.
Nov 25 - 12:02 AM

Tyler Hansbrough (shoulder) will not play against the Suns on Monday.

He doesn't do much while he's on the court and has very little fantasy value. Hansbrough is not worth owning in just about any league.
Nov 24 - 5:52 PM

James Johnson (ankle) will play against the Suns on Monday night.

He has been out since Nov. 16 with what looked like a severe ankle sprain, but Johnson is likely going to see his normal minutes. He was actually turning in mid-round value because of all the defensive stats, so he's worth a look in standard leagues. To be clear, he's not a must-own player and obviously won't be a mid-round guy on the season.
Nov 24 - 5:49 PM

Lou Williams poured in a career-high 36 points vs. the Cavaliers on Saturday, but coach Dwane Casey singled out his defense for praise.

"Most of all, I'm impressed with Lou's defense," Casey said. "He had a reputation of being a scorer but now he's doing a much better job defensively for us, which allows him to stay in and guard guys like [Dion] Waiters and [Kyrie] Irving and people like that." Anything that keeps Williams on the court is terrific news for fantasy owners -- he's currently averaging 13.4 points, 1.5 threes and 1.3 steals in just 19 minutes per game.
Source: TSN.ca
Nov 23 - 9:59 AM


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