May 23, 2019, 11:25 pmFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet was on fire again in Thursday's Game 5, scoring 21 points with all his points coming from seven 3-pointers.
The distance shooting was huge for the Raptors as VanVleet outscored the Bucks' bench by six by himself. VanVleet could definitely be the key to the Raps' efforts to close this series out on Saturday. We'll see if he can keep finding his shooting stroke.
May 23, 2019, 11:40 amFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet (personal) will be available for Game 5 against the Bucks on Thursday.
FVV was in Rockford, Illinois to be with his family as they welcomed their second child, Fred Jr., who was born on Monday night. As expected, VanVleet will play in Game 5.
Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter
May 23, 2019, 8:45 amFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet credited the birth of his son, Fred Jr., on Monday night for his turnaround in Game 4.
FVV said regarding his shooting woes, "Obviously it's been rough shooting the ball. I had a pretty bad stretch, so it was good to see one go in." It would make sense that he could relax mentally now that his son, his second child, was born. A big congrats to the VanVleet family on the birth of their second child; we'll see if FVV can keep the strong play going in a pivotal Game 5 in Milwaukee.
Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter
May 21, 2019, 11:34 pmFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet was nearly perfect in Tuesday's Game 4 win over Bucks as he hit 5-of-6 from the field including all three of his triples for 13 points in 25 minutes.
Coming off of a 1-for-11 performance in Game 3, this was huge for the Raptors. VanVleet also had six assists, one rebound and one steal on the night. He'll look to keep it rolling in Milwaukee on Thursday.
May 19, 2019, 11:44 pmFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet needed stitches to close up a gash under his left eye that he sustained in Sunday's Game 3.
VanVleet ended up going 1-for-11 from the field in 31 minutes, ending up in a major role with Kyle Lowry fouling out with six minutes left in the fourth quarter. He continues to have a terrible offensive postseason, though he did manage to hang tough on the defensive end for the most part. If FVV can get his shot sorted out it would help the Raptors immensely, but him playing this much is not a desirable outcome no matter what.
Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
April 9, 2019, 11:07 pmFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet started for Kyle Lowry (rest) in Tuesday's season finale, delivering 16 points, four assists, three steals and two triples in the process.
VanVleet's been invaluable for the Raptors over these last two seasons, and even when he's not filling in for an ailing starter he's logging big minutes as the team's sixth man. He did miss 12 straight games after undergoing surgery to repair ligament damage in his left thumb around the All-Star break, and he also missed four games with a sprained left big toe and one apiece for back and thigh issues. The absences didn't hurt his fantasy value too much, as the reliable reserve was right around the top-140 in all permutations.
April 5, 2019, 9:31 pmFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet scored 12 points, dished five assists, grabbed three rebounds and blocked two shots in 31 minutes on Friday night.
VanVleet saw a few extra minutes in this one while Danny Green was limited to only 19 as the Raptors look to limit the workload of some of their starters ahead of the NBA playoffs. The blocks were a nice surprise, and the solid line is exactly what his fantasy managers have become used to as he chugs his way along to a top-150 finish on the season.
April 1, 2019, 11:14 pmFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet returned to the bench but had 10 points, seven assists, two threes, two steals and two blocks in 27 minutes on Monday vs. the Magic.
With Kawhi Leonard back, VanVleet still got plenty of run and can be started even when the Raptors are at full strength. If Kawhi or Kyle Lowry take a game off, and they probably will again before the season's done, VanVleet is a must-start player.
March 31, 2019, 12:06 amFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet made another start on Saturday night and came away with 23 points (9-of-15 shooting), four rebounds, six assists, a steal and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes of action.
VanVleet is delivering middle-round numbers over the last couple of weeks and should be rostered in all formats. Even though he'll return to a bench role when the Raptors are fully healthy, he logs more than enough minutes to sustain fantasy value on the back of assists, threes and steals. Kyle Lowry shot just 2-of-10 tonight but still delivered 10 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, four steals and a 3-pointer.
March 29, 2019, 5:36 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard (personal) will not play on Saturday vs. the Bulls.
Though it isn’t load management, Leonard missing another game will frustrate fantasy owners nonetheless. OG Anunoby (concussion protocol) will also miss Saturday’s game and Fred VanVleet looks primed for a good game.
March 28, 2019, 10:21 pmFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet had a solid night on Thursday, producing 12 points, three rebounds, eight assists, a steal, two blocks and four 3-pointers in a spot start for Kawhi Leonard (rest).
VanVleet will go back to his sixth man role in the next one, unless of course the Raptors opt to rest Kyle Lowry or Danny Green. He's not going to produce like this every night but will be usable in 12-team formats for assists and threes. Lowry only logged 25 minutes in the blowout, producing seven points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and a triple on 3-of-10 shooting.
March 28, 2019, 7:00 pmFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet will get the start on Thursday vs. the Knicks with Kawhi Leonard getting the night off for rest.
With VanVleet in the starting lineup against the Knicks, he may see a boost in value. After disappointing in the Raptor's last game vs. the Bulls (seven points on 1-6 shooting with five assists and two turnovers) look for him to bounce back. Load him up as there is a good chance that he provides value.
Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter
March 22, 2019, 10:38 pmFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet drew another start on Friday night but had his first poor game since returning last weekend, posting eight points, five assists and a block on 3-of-11 shooting in 36 minutes of action.
It figures that VanVleet would drop a dud right after everyone runs out to add him, but he's worth sticking with for as long as Kyle Lowry (ankle) is out. There's low-end appeal for threes and assists after that, too.
March 22, 2019, 5:56 pmFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet will get another start for Kyle Lowry (sprained right ankle) on Friday vs. the Thunder.
VanVleet almost always produces in a big way when starting and he’ll continue to do so until Lowry returns which is expected “sometime next week” according to coach Nick Nurse.
Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter
March 21, 2019, 12:41 amFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet started for Kyle Lowry (sprained ankle) on Wednesday night and produced 23 points (8-of-16 shooting), six assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.
VanVleet is a full must-own player whenever Lowry is hobbled, so make sure he's rostered in all of your leagues. Even when Lowry returns, FVV should play enough to hang around the top-150, though he will be more of a build-specific asset at that point.