Player News - Raptors

Date: Team: Pos:

Kyle Lowry scored 34 points on 12-of-22 shooting with four threes, six rebounds, three assists and one steal in Monday's loss to the Bulls.

Big nights from Lowry are no surprise and he should make his first All Star team this season.
Dec 23 - 12:38 AM

Amir Johnson played just 18 minutes and had two points, four rebounds and one assist in Monday's loss to the Bulls.

Johnson hit just 1-of-6 shots and Patrick Patterson went for 12 and nine in 30 minutes. He's never a big minute guy and he simply needs to do more with the minutes he's getting, and one can never rule out an injury when he has this type of night. Regardless, he profiles as a late-round guy that can always be swapped out for a hot free agent at an owner's discretion.
Dec 23 - 12:37 AM

James Johnson started at small forward and scored 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting with two rebounds, four steals and two blocks in 33 minutes on Monday against the Bulls.

Johnson was probably added a few weeks ago for potential like this and after some underwhelming games and the potential return of DeMar DeRozan he could have easily been dropped. With DeRozan now out until the end of the Raptors' road trip, there's 1-2 week window for Johnson to redeem himself with owners, and tonight's game is a nice down payment on that.
Dec 23 - 12:06 AM

Terrence Ross hit five 3-pointers in Monday's loss to the Bulls, finishing with 17 points on 6-of-16 shooting, four rebounds, two steals and one block over 35 minutes.

Ross got 11 3-point attempts up before fouling out and he's hot right now. With top 95-120 value (9/8 cat) on the season, he should be owned in most standard formats and benched whenever he cools off.
Dec 23 - 12:03 AM

Jonas Valanciunas went for 20 and nine but did not have a steal or block in Monday's loss to the Bulls.

Valanciunas hit 8-of-18 shots and 4-of-6 free throws so owners can simply call this an 'alright' night in standard formats. He's returning top 80-90 value on the year, too, so we probably want to be careful with the term 'breakout.'
Dec 22 - 11:59 PM

Greivis Vasquez managed just two points on 1-of-7 shooting with four assists in 15 minutes of action on Monday.

Vasquez looked awful tonight and despite his big Sunday outing (21 points, five assists, three treys) he hasn't been very productive since DeMar DeRozan got hurt. DeRozan still isn't close to a return, but Vasquez can be left on the wire in 12-team standard formats.
Dec 22 - 11:54 PM

James Johnson will start against the Bulls on Monday night in place of Landry Fields (concussion).

He didn't have a huge night in his Sunday start, but the two blocks and efficient shooting were big positives. Johnson is worth a look in standard leagues and it's possible he sticks in the starting lineup with a couple big games.
Dec 22 - 7:19 PM

Landry Fields (concussion) will not play against the Bulls on Monday.

After he was cleared of a concussion on Saturday, the team eventually diagnosed him with one on Sunday. James Johnson played 24 minutes and had a decent line, so expect him to have a solid outing tonight, as well.
Dec 22 - 6:37 PM

DeMar DeRozan (groin) is not expected to return during the Raptors upcoming six-game road trip.

Ouch. The Raptors start their road trip on Monday in Chicago, and it doesn't conclude until January 4 in Phoenix. DeRozan last played on November 26, so this absence would push his total time missed to over a month. Kyle Lowry will continue to shoulder the heaviest load for the Raptors, with guys like Terrence Ross, Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson and James Johnson also stepping up while DeRozan remains sidelined.

James Johnson didn't do much with his start on Sunday, putting up 10 points (5-of-7 shooting), six rebounds, two assists, and two blocks over 24 minutes of action.

Johnson isn't going to light up the scoring column, but his steady contribution of defensive stats, with some rebounds and assists makes him worth owning in standard leagues.
Dec 21 - 7:42 PM

Greivis Vasquez took advantage of the increased opportunity with Landry Fields (concussion) sidelined on Sunday, and put up 21 points (three 3-pointers), five assists, and four rebounds in a Raptors' win.

Vasquez has been struggling lately coming off the bench, but got things going tonight against a terrible Knicks team. The Knicks often give up big lines to opposing guards, so that can't be discounted with tonight's line. Given how inconsistent Vasquez' has been this year, we'll need to see a couple more games like this before recommending the add in standard leagues.
Dec 21 - 7:33 PM

Lou Williams lit up the Knicks on Sunday for 22 points (6-of-14 shooting) to go with four 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist, and a steal.

This is what Lou does. He doesn't offer much peripheral stats, but if you're looking for some points, treys, and a free throw percentage booster, he's your guy. He's averaging 14.4 points and 1.8 three-pointers this season while shooting 41.8 percent from the field and 86.4 percent from the charity stripe (on 4.4 attempts per game). He's certainly in the running for Sixth Man of the Year.
Dec 21 - 7:24 PM

Jonas Valanciunas only managed to score 10 points on 2-of-6 shooting Sunday, to go with five rebounds, an assists, and zero blocks over 22 minutes of action.

Slow starts are nothing new for Valanciunas, and it's really only a matter of time until he starts to get things going. He averaged 16.8 points, 11.0 rebounds and 0.9 blocks during the month of April last year, so it would be wise to float out some buy-low offers before he starts rolling.
Dec 21 - 7:14 PM

Kyle Lowry put up 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting during Sunday's win, adding nine assists, four rebounds, two 3-pointers, three steals, and four turnovers.

Lowry also shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe as his career-year continues. He's hitting career-highs in points (19.4) and assists (7.8) this season, and is the main reason the Raptors currently own a record of 21-6 despite not having DeMar DeRozan. Keep rolling him out there as he establishes himself as an elite point guard in the league.
Dec 21 - 7:05 PM

Terrence Ross had a nice outing on Sunday, scoring 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting, with four 3-pointers, three rebounds, and an assist as the Raptors defeated the Knicks.

Ross doesn't do much aside from hit three-pointers, so when his shot isn't falling, he's a difficult guy to own. Tonight's solid outing should also be taking with a grain of salt as he was going up against a horrible Knicks squad, and he's more of a deep league asset than a standard league guy due to his lack of versatility.
Dec 21 - 6:57 PM


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