Player News - Raptors

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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

Greivis Vasquez played 28 minutes on Tuesday but had only seven points, four rebounds and four assists in the Raptors' 104-91 victory.

He shot 2-of-6 from the field and has taken more than 10 shots just three times in January. DeMar DeRozan's return has ensured that Vasquez's usage rate won't improve despite his newly-minted starting job. Consider him a low-end option who can help with 3-pointers and assists, but little else.
Jan 27 - 9:53 PM

Kyle Lowry racked up 19 points on 8-of-17 shooting, three 3-pointers, seven rebounds and eight assists vs. the Pacers during Tuesday's road win.

That's more like it. K-Low attempted just 11.0 shots in his past two games, but he let loose tonight against the Pacers' starting backcourt of C.J. Watson and Rodney Stuckey. He didn't have any steals but committed just one turnover in 34 minutes, and remains an elite fantasy PG -- in addition to providing steady and well-rounded statistics, he's yet to miss a game all season.
Jan 27 - 9:52 PM

DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 24 points on Tuesday, hitting 7-of-15 FGs and 10-of-13 FTs with six boards, two assists, two steals and four turnovers in 33 minutes.

He's had some ups and downs in the eight games since he returned from a groin injury, due both to rust and the adjustment of Greivis Vasquez starting ahead of Terrence Ross. He's averaging 24.5 points over the past two games, making a combined 15-of-29 FGs and 18-of-23 FTs, so it's safe to say that he's recaptured last year's All-Star form.
Jan 27 - 9:52 PM

Patrick Patterson quietly filled up the stat sheet vs. Indiana with 13 points, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 24 minutes off the bench.

He split minutes evenly with starter Amir Johnson (six points, four boards, two steals, two blocks), and that situation is unlikely to change unless one of them gets hurt. Pat-Pat is a borderline 12-team option if you're hunting 3-pointers and rebounds in a 9-cat league, but most owners can do better while the Raptors are at full strength.
Jan 27 - 9:51 PM

James Johnson did not leave the Raptors' bench on Tuesday.

His role has evaporated over the past six games, a direct consequence of DeMar DeRozan's return and Greivis Vasquez's move into the starting lineup, which allowed Terrence Ross to usurp Johnson's playing time. If you've been hoping for a re-emergence from Johnson, don't hold your breath.
Jan 27 - 9:50 PM

Jonas Valanciunas attempted only two shots on Tuesday, making one of them to finish with six points, eight rebounds and one block in 27 minutes.

The good news is that he made 4-of-4 free throws and his minutes were limited by foul trouble, rather than coach Dwane Casey's caprice. Valanciunas doesn't always take a lot of shots but when he does he makes them count -- he's taking 5.8 shots per game within 12 feet of the hoop, and his FG percentage (55.3 percent) ranks eighth in the NBA.
Jan 27 - 9:50 PM

DeMar DeRozan said Sunday's win was the first time he felt "normal" since his groin injury.

DeRozan went off for 25 points, so it's safe to say his play jibed with the quote. "I just wanted to go out there and be aggressive. I came in [to the practice gym on Saturday] night and got some work in, working on my rhythm, working on a lot of in-game shots I always take," he said. This is DeRozan's first major injury, so it's natural for him to be a little timid upon his return. We're not concerned.
Jan 26 - 1:35 PM

Kyle Lowry finished Sunday's home win vs. the Pistons with 11 points, one 3-pointer, three rebounds, eight assists, two steals and only one turnover.

It was a useful if low-key game for fantasy purposes, but Lowry's owners are probably disappointed after being spoiled with his production in DeMar DeRozan's absence. Shot attempts are harder to come by with DeRozan healthy, and the insertion of playmaker Greivis Vasquez (13 points, seven dimes) in the starting lineup is doing Lowry's assists no favors, but he remains a solid No. 1 fantasy PG.
Jan 25 - 10:35 PM

The Raptors knocked off the Pistons on Sunday behind Jonas Valanciunas' 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting, 11 rebounds and three blocks.

JV suggested this week that he might be a coach's selection for the All-Star game, which is wishful thinking, but he's still putting together a solid season. The third-year center is averaging a career-high 12.5 points with 8.4 boards and 1.0 blocks, while aiding fantasy owners in FG percentage (55.1) and FT percentage (80.0) percent. It all adds up to steady mid-round value.
Jan 25 - 10:30 PM

DeMar DeRozan snapped a three-game offensive skid with 25 points on Sunday, adding one 3-pointer, six rebounds, four assists and two steals without any turnovers in 35 minutes.

The 25 points tied his season high, and they're a welcome sight after his recent three-game stretch of 4.7 points on 17.7 percent shooting. The Raptors have righted their ship with three wins in the past four games but they still have to shore up their defense, which is allowing 100.6 points per game (10th most in the league).
Jan 25 - 10:27 PM

Amir Johnson (sore left shoulder) scored 17 efficient points vs. the Pistons on Sunday, going 7-of-9 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line with two rebounds and one block.

Johnson played 28 minutes and continues to grit through various injuries, as he's missed only three games despite being banged up all season. He's a nice low-end source of rebounds, blocks and FG percentages, but that's about it.
Jan 25 - 10:23 PM

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