Player News - Raptors

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Serge Ibaka scored 18 points with eight rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers during a 94-86 win over the Mavs on Saturday.

The Raptors actually haven't been too bad without Ibaka off the court, but he's putting up some good stats these days. In his last four active games, he's averaged 16.8 points, 7.0 boards, 0.8 assists, 0.5 blocks and 2.3 treys. He's been performing as expected as a sixth-round player since arriving in The North. DeMar DeRozan also added 18 points during this win.
Mar 26 - 12:42 AM

P.J. Tucker scored nine points with nine rebounds, three assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Mavs on Saturday.

With DeMarre Carroll (back) out, coach Dwane Casey pulled a page out of Suns coach Earl Watson's playbook with heavy run of Tucker against strong offensive players. The Raptors are getting some serious value out of Tucker from their second-round pick at the deadline and he could make a big impact in the postseason, but most fantasy owners should be looking elsewhere unless he's being added as a steals specialist. There are a lot of hot pickups out there.
Mar 26 - 12:34 AM

Norman Powell scored six points with one assist and one steal in 14 minutes against the Mavs on Saturday.

Even with DeMarre Carrol (back) out, coach Dwane Casey used some two-PG combos to offset that loss along with plenty of P.J. Tucker. Powell isn't really an add unless you're fishing for points at the bottom of the barrel.
Mar 26 - 12:31 AM

Jakob Poeltl scored four points with three rebounds, one block and one steal in 18 minutes against the Mavs on Saturday.

Coach Dwane Casey still gave Poeltl some important run even with Serge Ibaka back. The biggest takeaway from this is that Jonas Valanciunas is even tougher to trust in fantasy.
Mar 26 - 12:29 AM

Delon Wright scored eight points with three rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Mavs on Saturday.

That will work as the Raptors went smaller to help offset not having DeMarre Carroll (back) out there today. Wright does appear to be trending up, but he's still only worth a look in very deep leagues.
Mar 26 - 12:26 AM

Cory Joseph, DeMar DeRozan, P.J. Tucker, Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas will start against the Mavs on Saturday.

Ibaka is back from his one-game suspension and should see plenty of minutes against the slower Mavs team. Tucker will also remain in the starting lineup with DeMarre Carroll (back) out, but we'll see a lot of Norman Powell off the bench.
Mar 25 - 8:21 PM

DeMarre Carroll (back) will not play against the Mavs on Saturday.

It's being called a sore lower back, so this isn't his nagging knee injury or his ankle issue from earlier this month. Carroll just can't stay healthy, and you can expect the Raptors to limit him even more. We'll see some Norman Powell and P.J. Tucker this evening. Even if Tucker starts, Powell is still a better fantasy option.
Mar 25 - 8:04 PM

DeMar DeRozan scored 40 points during a 101-84 win in Miami on Thursday, adding six rebounds, three assists and one steal in 36 minutes.

He just scored 42 points on Tuesday to make this the first time he's scored 40-plus points in consecutive games in his career. The Raptors have had tremendous success when DeMar drops 40, going 8-0 in those instances. DeRozan did tweak his ankle earlier in the game, but obviously it wasn't affecting him too much. The Raptors are playing solid ball again with a four-game winning streak to put them just 0.5 games behind the third-seeded Wizards.
Mar 23 - 11:20 PM

P.J. Tucker started for Serge Ibaka on Thursday with nine points, seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers against the Heat.

The Raptors have gone with Tucker at power forward quite a bit since they signed him, but most of the time it's when he's next to Ibaka. Tucker isn't exactly a stats guy for fantasy unless he's racking up the steals, but he has to be pumped about getting some playoff action. "I know the intensity goes up but my intensity never goes down. So for me, I'm excited about it," Tucker said about the upcoming playoff run. Tucker still isn't going to be worth owning in most fantasy leagues.
Mar 23 - 11:15 PM

Delon Wright scored 13 points in a 101-84 win at Miami on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

The younger Raptors came to the rescue to earn this comeback victory with Wright posting a +26 in +/- today. We've seen Wright play important minutes before and did so against John Wall back on Mar. 3, but he still wasn't able to get consistent run even after his coach talked him up. This is probably only going to be a timeshare for Wright and Cory Joseph, so most fantasy owners may want to steer clear.
Mar 23 - 11:06 PM

Cory Joseph scored seven points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Heat on Thursday.

After a whopping 43 minutes on Tuesday, Joseph lost some minutes to Delon Wright in this win. This isn't the first time this has happened, but Wright hasn't really been able to string games together. Kyle Lowry went down 15 games ago and Joseph has barely held value in standard leagues over that span. Most owners will probably want to shoot a little higher, especially if Wright can get it going.
Mar 23 - 10:58 PM

Norman Powell scored 14 points with three rebounds, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Heat on Thursday.

With P.J. Tucker in the first unit to start for the suspended Serge Ibaka, there were more minutes available for Powell. Ibaka will be ready to go for the next one and Powell only playing in 15.5 minutes per game in his previous two, so fantasy owners can keep him on the wire.
Mar 23 - 10:51 PM

Jakob Poeltl scored four points with six rebounds in 24 minutes against the Heat on Thursday.

He played some big minutes in the second half to help the Raptors earn the comeback victory. Poeltl may not have picked up the run if Serge Ibaka wasn't suspended, so there's really nothing to this output going forward. Perhaps the biggest takeaway is that Poeltl is just another guy who can take minutes from Jonas Valanciunas.
Mar 23 - 10:47 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored two points with eight rebounds and two blocks in 21 minutes against the Heat on Thursday.

Even with Serge Ibaka suspended, Valanciunas still couldn't get late run in this game. Jakob Poeltl was the guy to guard Hassan Whiteside, so coach Dwane Casey is basically just looking for reasons not to play JV late. Valanciunas is really just a late-round player these days.
Mar 23 - 10:42 PM

P.J. Tucker is likely to start for Serge Ibaka against the Heat on Thursday.

Ibaka is serving his one-game suspension for throwing a punch earlier this week. The Raptors can get away with going smaller against the Heat with the Heat not having many options at power forward. Besides Tucker, there should be more minutes going to Norman Powell and Pat Patterson may also play slightly more. Without Serge, Jonas Valanciunas should also play more against Hassan Whiteside, assuming he can go.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: With Ibaka out of action, Tucker figures to see more than 30 minutes of court time and sets up as one of the best punt plays at the SF spot on Thursday. He's not typically a strong per-minute producer, but his 0.79 FPPM with Lowry/Ibaka off the floor this month would be enough for him to hit value. Patrick Patterson should also see increased run off the bench, but his ceiling is fairly limited.
Mar 23 - 6:11 PM


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