Player News - Raptors

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James Johnson scored four points with one rebound, one assist, one steal and two blocks against the 76ers during a 114-103 win on Monday.

It was a far cry from his big 14-point, three-block game on Saturday, but the defense was still there. Johnson is such a stud on defense and he still has 26.8 minutes per game over his last five, averaging 8.6 points, 3.6 boards, 1.4 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.0 steals on 62.5 percent from the field. He should be owned in all standard leagues.
Mar 2 - 11:11 PM

Patrick Patterson scored 15 points against the 76ers on Monday during a 114-103 win with four rebounds, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

The second unit is now a lot thinner with Greivis Vasquez moving into the starting lineup. James Johnson has to play more at small forward, so there are plenty of minutes for Patterson now. He should be an under-the-radar winner from the Kyle Lowry injury and should have nice value in the next week or so.
Mar 2 - 11:08 PM

Jonas Valanciunas didn't take advantage of a good matchup against the 76ers on Monday with five points, five boards and one block on 1-of-2 from the field.

He lacked aggression tonight and his teammate, James Johnson, even told him to go post up down low. Valanciunas was looking a little better in his previous games after the break, averaging 11.5 points, 10.5 boards, 0.5 blocks and 1.3 steals. He should get better.
Mar 2 - 11:04 PM

Terrence Ross had his best game in a while against the 76ers on Monday with 12 points, one rebound, two assists and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

He's been a ghost for about three months, but at least he finally showed he can play a bit. Ross is really going to need to step up with Kyle Lowry out, but we still don't have high hopes considering the regression this season. He can be left on the wire in most leagues.
Mar 2 - 11:01 PM

Greivis Vasquez scored 12 points on 5-of-8 from the field with one rebound, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the 76ers on Monday.

That's pretty good efficiency, but the usage wasn't there with DeMar DeRozan being a one-man band. Vasquez has been solid so far in his starts, putting up a 14-point, six-dime line on Saturday. He should be worth starting in standard leagues while Kyle Lowry (finger) is out.
Mar 2 - 10:57 PM

DeMar DeRozan exploded for a season-high 35 points against the 76ers during a 114-103 win, adding nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

It was against the 76ers, but DeRozan needed this one in a big way. He is coming off a putrid February, averaging 16.7 points, 4.2 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.2 treys on 33.9 percent from the field. With Kyle Lowry (finger) likely out for a couple, DeMar can start to get it going.
Mar 2 - 10:54 PM

Kyle Lowry (rest) will not play against the 76ers on Monday.

According to some earlier reports, there's a decent chance Lowry sits out more games, which makes sense given how awful he's played lately. Plus, he also has some issues with his hand and that may explain the shooting woes. That means Greivis Vasquez, a 6'6 guard, will go up against Ish Smith and Isaiah Canaan tonight, both are listed at 6'0. Vasquez will have a big opportunity in front of him tonight. As for Lowry, his fantasy owners should bench him in weekly leagues.
Mar 2 - 5:40 PM

Kyle Lowry (personal) will not play on Monday against the Sixers.

Lowry said "a bunch of things" are bothering him, and that would help to explain at least some of Lowry's recent struggles. The point guard also revealed the organization wants to take the long-term approach when considering the postseason, and it sounds like Lowry could miss additional time as well. The Raptors play Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. For however long Lowry sits, expect Greivis Vasquez to see a big bump in time with more minutes for Lou Williams.
Mar 2 - 12:06 PM

James Johnson scored 14 points against the Knicks during a 103-98 loss on Saturday with seven rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 33 minutes.

He's arguably the most valuable player on the Raptors for fantasy value right now. In his last five, Johnson averaged 13.2 points, 4.4 boards 1.2 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.6 steals on 63.3 percent from the field. He should be owned in all leagues.
Feb 28 - 10:37 PM

DeMar DeRozan made 3-of-15 from the field for 13 points with three rebounds, two assists, three steals and no turnovers against the Knicks on Saturday.

He tried a 360 dunk on a breakaway and he missed it, which sums up how he's playing. Like his teammate Kyle Lowry, he might need some rest, too. In his last five games, DeRozan averaged 13.8 points, 3.2 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.0 treys and 2.4 turnovers on 29.6 percent from the field. He has taken a major step back this season.
Feb 28 - 10:34 PM

Lou Williams scored 22 points against the Knicks on Saturday with two rebounds, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

He logged 15 minutes as the backup point guard and that might continue if the Raptors rest Kyle Lowry more. Before tonight, Williams was struggling in the second half with averages of 14.3 points, 1.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.5 treys on 41.0 percent from the field. He's still a solid player to own in all leagues.
Feb 28 - 10:29 PM

Greivis Vasquez scored 14 points in a start against the Knicks on Saturday with three rebounds, six assists and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

There's a chance that Kyle Lowry needs to rest more, which makes sense because he's looked awful for over one month. Vasquez has a lot of potential as the starting point guard and even led the NBA in total dimes back in 2012-13. He's worth a look if you want some short-term help at point guard and is capable of putting up this type of line most nights.
Feb 28 - 10:24 PM

Patrick Patterson will move back to the bench for Saturday's game vs. the Knicks, allowing Amir Johnson to reclaim his spot in the starting lineup.

Patterson scored just four points in a start against the Warriors on Friday, but head coach Dwane Casey probably needs his scoring punch off the bench. It's safe to leave Patterson on the wire in most leagues.
Feb 28 - 7:35 PM

Amir Johnson is start against the Knicks on Saturday and Patrick Patterson is coming off the bench.

This move might be due to Kyle Lowry not playing or it could be due to how the Raptors were thumped on Friday. Regardless, there isn't much fantasy impact here and Johnson remains only a low-end player to own in standard leagues.
Feb 28 - 7:32 PM

Greivis Vasquez will start against the Knicks on Saturday.

The last time Kyle Lowry missed a game (Apr. 5, 2014), Greivis Vasquez had 26 points, four boards, four dimes, one steal and six treys in 37 minutes. He should get a huge increase in playing time in a favorable matchup. If you're looking to stream a point guard tonight, look no further.
Feb 28 - 6:29 PM


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