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  • Fred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors

    Fred VanVleet (left thumb ligament surgery) put up 17 points, four assists, four 3-pointers and a steal in Sunday's loss to the Pistons, his first game back after 12 on the shelf.

    VanVleet didn't start but the offense noticeably picked up when he checked in, and while he was supposed to be on a minutes limit he ended up with 31 minutes. FVV started the second half over Jeremy Lin and will be right back to his regular role much quicker than anticipated. Consider him an add for help with assists and 3-pointers. Lin struggled again, posting a 3-pointer, two rebounds and three assists in 17 minutes of action. The clock is ticking for him to figure it all out as a member of the Raptors, and he can be ignored in most fantasy formats from here on out.

  • Kawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors

    Kawhi Leonard finished Sunday's loss with 33 points (11-of-21 shooting), 10 rebounds, a steal, a block and five 3-pointers.

    Leonard didn't get much going in the fourth quarter and got a tough whistle for the fourth quarter, but he still delivered a big line. Fantasy owners should expect him to sit tomorrow against the lowly Knicks on a back-to-back, which means more work for Norman Powell (10 points in 18 minutes), OG Anunoby (eight points in 19 minutes) and Patrick McCaw (one rebound in 10 minutes).

  • Marc Gasol - C - Toronto Raptors

    Marc Gasol started again on Sunday and put up nine points, 11 rebounds, eight assists, a block and a 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Gasol's been great for the Raptors' ball movement but there's still a lot of adjusting to do with so many players moving in and out of the lineup. We'll see how much Gasol plays tomorrow against the Knicks. With Serge Ibaka serving the final game of his suspension for that one, we should see more Chris Boucher (DNP-CD) and Eric Moreland (three rebounds and a 3-pointer in 10 minutes). Gasol hasn't exactly run away with the starting job in Ibaka's absence either, so we could be looking at more matchup games down the stretch.

  • Fred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors

    Fred VanVleet (left thumb ligament surgery) will return from a 12-game absence on Sunday.

    VanVleet will have a minutes limit but he should get back into the sixth man role quickly. He's also been going through pregame drills with Marc Gasol for the last week or so, so maybe those two will have some chemistry from the jump. FVV is a potential add for assists and threes but you can probably wait until all minutes restrictions are lifted.

    Source: Ryan Wolstat on Twitter

  • Kyle Lowry - G - Toronto Raptors

    Kyle Lowry (left ankle sprain) will not play on Sunday against the Pistons and Jeremy Lin will start in his place.

    Lowry was downgraded to doubtful earlier and will miss his second straight game. Lin draws his second consecutive start but Fred VanVleet's return will cut into his minutes shortly. Lin's a fine stream for today but we wouldn't expect standard-league production when the Raptors get their whole backcourt healthy.

    Source: Ryan Wolstat on Twitter

  • Fred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors

    Fred VanVleet (left thumb ligament surgery) has been upgraded to probable for Sunday's game against the Pistons.

    VanVleet has missed the last 12 games after undergoing surgery on partially torn thumb ligaments, and the Raptors are finally close to having all of their players available. FVV might be on a minutes limit for the first couple of games but he'll move back into Toronto's sixth man role shortly. His return will impact Jeremy Lin, Norman Powell and Patrick McCaw, not that there's standard-league value that will be lost in that group.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Kyle Lowry - G - Toronto Raptors

    Kyle Lowry (left ankle sprain) is doubtful for Sunday's matchup with the Pistons.

    Lowry was questionable after missing Thursday's game but gets downgraded on the first report of the day. Jeremy Lin figures to start again, though Fred VanVleet's likely return could lead to a new look. Two straight doubtful tags leaves some questions about Lowry's status going into next week, but fantasy owners just have to sit tight and hope for the best. The Raptors' need to build chemistry with all of their new and returning pieces makes us think that Lowry will try to get back sooner rather than later.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Danny Green - G/F - Toronto Raptors

    Danny Green (left ankle sprain) has been taken off the injury report and will play on Sunday against the Pistons.

    Green was deemed questionable this morning but he should be good to go after playing through the injury on Thursday.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Fred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors

    Fred VanVleet (left thumb surgery) has been upgraded to questionable ahead of Sunday's game against the Pistons and was able to practice in full on Saturday.

    VanVleet underwent surgery to repair torn ligaments back in the middle of February, and if he returns tomorrow he'll have made it back in just under five weeks. It'll give the Raptors their full guard group again (assuming Kyle Lowry and Danny Green can play), though there will be an adjustment period with Jeremy Lin and VanVleet sharing the court for the first time. FVV has a shot at late-round value so you can look his way for assists and threes.

    Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter

  • Danny Green - G/F - Toronto Raptors

    Danny Green (left ankle sprain) is questionable for Sunday's matchup with the Pistons.

    Green was also questionable for Thursday and ended up playing, though the Raptors could decide to rest him with where they are in the standings. If he can't play, Patrick McCaw, Norman Powell, OG Anunoby and Malcolm Miller will all get a few more minutes headed their way.

    Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter

  • Kyle Lowry - G - Toronto Raptors

    Kyle Lowry (left ankle sprain) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Pistons.

    Lowry missed Thursday's win over the Lakers, with Jeremy Lin starting and Norman Powell and Patrick McCaw stepping up as ball-handlers in the second unit. If Lowry can't return for tomorrow, it should be the same configuration, though it's worth noting that Fred VanVleet (thumb) may return. Either way, it does look like Lowry is moving in the right direction and fantasy owners should be cautiously optimistic that he'll be ready for next week.

    Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter

  • Kawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors

    Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors to a 111-98 win over the Lakers on Thursday with 25 points on 8-of-20 shooting while adding eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and five 3-pointers.

    He's been great when he plays, but the Raptors have consistently rested him this season and with owners in the playoffs, the maintenance days are going to hurt even more. Leonard has a back-to-back set coming up on Sunday and Monday so keep your eyes peeled to see if he's going to sit one of those games out.

  • Marc Gasol - C - Toronto Raptors

    Marc Gasol scored 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting with seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on Thursday.

    He took a shot to his collarbone in the game, but he said he was fine. Gasol started in place of Serge Ibaka (suspension) but he still only played 26 minutes which is on par with what he was doing prior. It doesn't look like his role will shift much as a starter so treat him as you normally would.

    Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter

  • Jeremy Lin - G - Toronto Raptors

    Jeremy Lin scored nine points on 4-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds, an assist, a block and a 3-pointer on Thursday.

    Lin started for Kyle Lowry (ankle) but still only logged 21 minutes. He's starting to look more comfortable on the Raptors, but the team is too loaded for him to really break any fantasy ground.

  • Norman Powell - F/G - Toronto Raptors

    Norman Powell scored 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, a block and three 3-pointers on Thursday.

    Powell is a guy you'll want to put on your radar as a streamer with Serge Ibaka (suspension) out. He was heating up a bit even before Ibaka got suspended and now that there's more usage to go around there'll be a slight bump for Powell. He's still not a must-own player by any means, but give him a look for triples.