February 13, 2019, 10:31 pmFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Coach Nick Nurse believes that the Raptors will get Fred VanVleet (thumb surgery) back in 3-4 weeks.
That's an upgrade from his projected five-week absence. Still, the Raptors are not likely inclined to rush FVV back sooner than necessary given they added Jeremy Lin to handle his duties in the meantime. VanVleet remains a drop in most leagues right now given the timeline of his injury.
Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
February 13, 2019, 3:38 pmFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet will undergo surgery to repair damaged ligaments in his left thumb and miss approximately five weeks.
The Jeremy Lin signing looks doubly important now. FVV has been Toronto's steadiest bench performer this year and often logs big minutes beside Kyle Lowry in two-guard groups, so this is a significant loss for a team that's only had its full roster available for two games all season. VanVleet is leaving behind 26.8 minutes a night, with Lin likely to fill most of those once he gets up to speed. Norman Powell and Patrick McCaw should also be beneficiaries here, while Marc Gasol and Pascal Siakam will get a few extra possessions as primary playmakers. VanVleet has also been the fill-in starter whenever a guard or forward can't play, and the Raptors will likely play more of a matchup game in those situations going forward. Lin's on the table if you need a low-end guard.
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February 11, 2019, 4:13 pmFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet will miss at least three weeks after sustaining a partial ligament tear in his left thumb in Saturday's win over the Knicks.
VanVleet will wear a splint for three weeks and then be re-evaluated. His absence blows a big hole in the rotation for a team that just dealt Delon Wright at the deadline. Not only is he the team's backup point guard and sixth man, but also the fill-in starter whenever Kyle Lowry or Kawhi Leonard is out. Jeremy Lin can't get to Toronto fast enough and will have a shot at top-150 numbers as soon as he takes the floor. We'll see extra minutes for Kyle Lowry, Danny Green and Norman Powell, with Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol likely to take on more of a playmaking role as well. Further down the roster, Patrick McCaw might get some additional run too. There's no immediate pickup in 12-team leagues.
Source: Eric Koreen on Twitter
February 11, 2019, 1:29 pmFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet (left thumb soreness) is listed as doubtful vs. the Nets on Monday.
It's looking like VanVleet might not play in this one which leaves the Raptors very thin at PG. VanVleet is just inside the top-150 in fantasy leagues this year and with Delon Wright gone he should be in for a slight uptick in production.
Source: Ryan Wolstat on Twitter
February 10, 2019, 12:08 amFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet went back to the bench with the Raptors healthy on Saturday against the Knicks, scoring five points on 1-of-5 shooting with one rebound, six assists and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes.
VanVleet scored a career-high 30 points in his last one and he's worth streaming when guys ahead of him take games off. Otherwise he's just a deep league asset.
February 8, 2019, 5:42 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard (sore left knee) is listed as questionable to play on Friday vs. the Knicks.
The Raptors shouldn’t have any problems beating the Knicks so Leonard might sit out another game if his knee is still bothering him. If he does miss the game, look for Fred VanVleet to excel in another spot-start.
February 7, 2019, 9:58 pmFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet started and filled up the box score on Thursday with a career-high 30 points on 11-of-22 shooting with five rebounds and six assists.
VanVleet started in place of Kawhi Leonard (knee soreness) and is always a great bet to stream on days he starts. Delon Wright has been traded to the Grizzlies which opens up even more minutes for FVV and the Raptors love to rest Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard so he makes for a decent watch-list in standard leagues. Keep an eye out on the news here to see if Lowry is going to rest next game.
February 3, 2019, 5:45 pmFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet started for Kyle Lowry (sore back) on Sunday afternoon and delivered nine points, five rebounds, seven assists, three steals and a triple in 26 minutes.
VanVleet didn't need to do any heavy lifting here with the Raptors getting out ahead early and staying there. He's looking like a quality option in the 14-16-team range with occasional spurts of top-150 value, especially with Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard moving in and out of the lineup so frequently. Danny Green, a must-own player in all leagues, was only needed for 20 minutes today, which explains his lackluster four points, three rebounds and four assists. Pascal Siakam scored 15 points with a block and a triple in just 22 minutes tonight as Toronto took care of business early.
January 25, 2019, 11:34 pmDelon Wright - G - Toronto Raptors
Delon Wright picked up a DNP-CD in Friday’s loss to the Rockets.
Kawhi Leonard’s return sent Fred VanVleet back to the bench which we knew would reduce Wright’s minutes but the DNP caught us off guard. Wright has been averaging 19.5 minutes over the last two months so we’ll see what happens on Sunday vs. the Mavs.
January 25, 2019, 6:47 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
As expected, Kawhi Leonard will play and start on Friday vs. the Rockets, sending Fred VanVleet back to the bench.
Leonard will not have any restrictions which seems just fine considering he missed four games for load management. Owners can only hope that he doesn’t miss too many more games down the stretch.
Source: Ben DuBose on Twitter
January 22, 2019, 9:38 pmFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet shot 6-for-10 from the field and 4-for-5 from the line for 19 points with seven boards, seven assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Kings on Tuesday.
Kawhi Leonard (rest) was out so VanVleet got the start, as he has been lately. He absolutely nailed it for owners with a full line. With Kawhi and Kyle Lowry in and out of the lineup so often, VanVleet has carved out a nice role and should be owned in standard leagues.
January 19, 2019, 6:30 pmFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet will start for Kawhi Leonard (rest) on Saturday.
FVV started last time for Leonard as well and had a productive game in over 30 minutes. With how often Leonard and Kyle Lowry have missed time, FVV has been able to keep a steady role and fantasy value. Delon Wright, Danny Green and Norman Powell should all get extra minutes as well.
Source: Eric Koreen on Twitter
January 17, 2019, 10:40 pmFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Starting in place of Kawhi Leonard (rest) on Thursday, Fred VanVleet was able to produce 15 points (6-of-11 shooting), four assists, a block and a 3-pointer in 31 minutes.
Another boring, yet productive, line out of VanVleet. He's got a steady role for the Raptors and has a shot at sticking around the top-150 all season. He's not the highest-upside guy on the board but you could certainly find worse players to hold onto in 12-team formats. Danny Green struggled playing mostly small forward (nine points, but only 26 minutes) while Delon Wright had a nice game as the true backup point guard (10 points, five assists, one steal).
January 16, 2019, 1:02 pmFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet (bruised thigh) will play on Wednesday night.
VanVleet played on Friday but sat on Sunday, and Toronto's next game is tonight. He got a nice stretch of rest and should be fully refreshed going forward. VanVleet will eat into Delon Wright's minutes a bit and is someone that should be owned in most 12-team formats, albeit as an end-of-roster type.
Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter
January 15, 2019, 1:24 pmFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet (bruised thigh) is questionable ahead of Wednesday's matchup with the Celtics.
VanVleet sat out on Sunday and Delon Wright had a nice fantasy line, so that's the expected outcome if he were unable to play tomorrow. Norman Powell might also get some extra minutes since he can handle the ball and has been playing well over the last couple of weeks.
Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter