Player News - Raptors

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Raptors assistant coach Nick Nurse admitted that the coaching staff is deciding Jonas Valanciunas' role on a nightly basis, depending on matchups and the flow of the game.

Head coach Dwane Casey said he'll "take the blame" for Valanciunas not being in a rhythm because he's "in and out of the lineup because of the matchup situations." According to Nurse, "We're trying to figure out while the game's going on what's going to give us the best chance to win. And sometimes it means it's not [Valanciunas or other players]." JV got off to a strong start this year but he's really struggled in a decreased role lately. Frustrated owners can either sell at a steep discount or stay patient until he regains his footing.
Source: TSN.ca
Dec 7 - 7:40 PM

Delon Wright (shoulder) is back to doing on-court work.

He is still targeting a return to game action on Jan. 1 and could get some time in the D-League. Wright may have to wait his turn for minutes and likely needs either Cory Joseph or Kyle Lowry to miss time to get playing time with the Raptors.
Dec 7 - 6:22 PM

Patrick Patterson hit just 3-of-12 shots on Monday, but all three were 3-pointers and he finished with 12 points and nine rebounds in the loss.

Patterson is playing well and has scored between 12 and 17 points in three of his last four games, knocking down 12 3-pointers and racking up 33 boards over that stretch. If you need a big man, Pat-Pat might be on waivers and is playing well, racking up points, boards and 3-pointers right now. If struggling Jonas Valanciunas ever gets it going, Pat-Pat could take a hit.
Dec 5 - 10:39 PM

Jonas Valanciunas hit just 1-of-8 shots for four points, 10 rebounds and zero blocks in Monday's 116-112 loss to the Cavaliers.

He's been awful lately, scoring no more than six points in any of his last four games. He was basically a double-double machine before then, so owners just have to hope he breaks out of his funk sooner than later. Patrick Patterson had 12 points, nine rebounds and three 3-pointers off the bench, but hit just 3-of-12 shots, and Lucas Nogueira had six points, three boards, a steal and a block in 15 minutes. JV has to bounce back soon, one would think.
Dec 5 - 10:36 PM

Kyle Lowry took a shot to the mouth on Monday vs. the Cavaliers and went back to the locker room, but he will return.

He was elbowed in the mouth and was examined by the team dentist in the locker room, but he was quickly cleared to return. It shouldn't be an issue moving forward and his owners shouldn't be concerned.
Dec 5 - 8:03 PM

Cory Joseph played 23 minutes and had 10 points, five rebounds, six assists and a steal in Saturday's blowout win over the Hawks.

CJ has hit double figures in scoring in three straight games and is averaging 11.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists over his last five games, but has hit just two 3-pointers and come up with two steals during that stretch.And with Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan playing at such a high level as starters, it's going to be tough for Joseph to make a big impact on most nights. But if Lowry ever goes down with an injury, Joseph will be an extremely hot pickup in fantasyland.
Dec 3 - 11:52 PM

Lucas Nogueira played 23 minutes and hit 5-of-5 shots for 11 points, eight rebounds, two steals and three blocks in Saturday's crazy 128-84 blowout win over the Hawks.

Jonas Valanciunas has been awful over his last five games while the Raptors have now won six straight. Nogueira is averaging just 6.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 2.2 blocks over his last five games, but is shooting a ridiculous 81 percent from the floor over that stretch. If JV continues to struggle, Nogueira might be worth a flier, but he's just as likely to score two points as he is 10 on any given night. Just keep him on your radar.
Dec 3 - 11:49 PM

Terrence Ross hit 6-of-8 shots and three 3-pointers for 15 points, one rebound and two assists in just 18 minutes of Saturday's blowout 128-84 win over the Hawks.

He scored just six points in his previous game and three in the one prior, but had a season-high 22 points on Monday against the Sixers. He's hit 11 3-pointers over his last five games, but is still too inconsistent to be added in most formats. Just keep an eye on him.
Dec 3 - 11:43 PM

Patrick Patterson hit 6-of-8 shots and 4-of-5 3-pointers for 17 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal in Saturday's 128-84 whooping of the Hawks.

DeMarre Carroll was back in action, but Jonas Valanciunas has been struggling for the last five games, and especially the last three. Meanwhile, Pat-Pat has been on a 3-point shooting blitz and is averaging 11.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 2.8 3-pointers on 56 percent shooting over his last five. He's still not a must-own fantasy player, but if he keeps up his recent pace, he may be worth grabbing if you need a big man who can shoot 3-pointers.
Dec 3 - 11:40 PM

Kyle Lowry hit 6-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers for 17 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and a block in 31 minutes of Saturday's ridiculous 128-84 cakewalk over the Hawks.

Just like the Raptors, winners of six straight games, Lowry is rolling, averaging 22.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 4.6 3-pointers on 64 percent shooting over his last five. And that 64 percent shooting number is not a typo.
Dec 3 - 11:37 PM

Jonas Valanciuans hit just 1-of-4 shots for two points, five rebounds, two steals and zero blocks in 21 minutes of Saturday's 128-84 blowout of the Hawks.

The Raptors have somehow won six straight games, most of them blowouts, despite Valanciunas scoring a total of 14 points in his last three games. He's bad right now, averaging just 7.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks on 49 percent shooting over his last five. Patrick Patterson has been outplaying him during that stretch and Lucas Nogueira had 11 points, eight boards and three blocks on Saturday. You can't drop JV, so just hope he breaks out of his funk sooner than later.
Dec 3 - 11:33 PM

DeMarre Carroll returned from a day of rest and hit 4-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 10 points, five rebounds and three steals in 26 minutes of Saturday's ridiculous 128-84 romp over the Hawks.

This wasn't much of a revenge game for Carroll, but at least he played. He's still limited on back-to-back sets and wasn't great tonight, but is averaging 12.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.8 3-pointers in his last four games. He's worth owning and should be better once he's fully recovered from his knee is closer to 100 percent health. The Raptors are rolling, blowing out their last four opponents by a combined 119 points and winning six straight games.
Dec 3 - 11:29 PM

Pascal Siakam started for the Raptors again and scored a season-high 14 points with three rebounds, a steal and two blocks on 7-of-12 shooting in Saturday's 128-84 blowout win over the Hawks.

The Raptors have outscored their opponents by a combined 119 points over their last four games and are on a six-game winning streaks. They're taking no prisoners, but Siakam scored just 8 & 4 points in his previous two games, and was the beneficiary of serious garbage time on Saturday. Even though he's starting for the red-hot Raptors doesn't mean you want him starting for your fantasy team.
Dec 3 - 11:24 PM

DeMarre Carroll is back in the starting lineup against the Hawks on Saturday.

Revenge game? He had the night off against the Lakers on Friday, which was not a surprise with Carroll still limited on back-to-back sets. He's played very well lately, so he's worth a pickup in shallower leagues. Norman Powell will move to the bench.
Dec 3 - 6:36 PM

Norman Powell started in place of a resting DeMarre Carroll on Friday night against the Lakers and played really well, scoring 16 points with seven rebounds, two assists and two treys in 32 minutes.

If you punted with him in DFS, you have to be thrilled. He averaged 14.0 points per game in three previous starts this season, so he should always be on your radar when Carroll sits. The Raptors will be at full strength on Saturday vs. Atlanta, so Powell will head back to the bench and lost most of his value.
Dec 2 - 10:19 PM


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