The Raptors may go down as the league's unlikeliest champions, which is why their story is worth remembering
October 18, 2019, 10:20 pmFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet scored 16 points (5-for-11 shooting) including four 3-pointers and he complemented that strong scoring effort with eight assists, three rebounds and a steal.
VanVleet played the second-most minutes on the team with 27. Whether he starts or comes off the bench, VanVleet typically finds a way to produce and can be reasonably expected to improve on last season's numbers with an expanded offensive role.
October 17, 2019, 12:39 pmFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
Nick Nurse said he's still undecided about starting Norman Powell or Fred VanVleet at shooting guard, and that the situation could change game-to-game.
The current consensus is that VanVleet spends the most time starting, but Powell makes more sense in matchups against larger two-guards. Patrick McCaw may also factor in, assuming his recent knee injury doesn't keep him out of action for long. VanVleet makes for a nice draft target in the late-middle rounds while Powell can be considered a last-round dart in 12-team formats.
Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
October 13, 2019, 4:49 pmFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
The Raptors will rest Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka and Norman Powell for Sunday's preseason game versus the Bulls.
Kyle Lowry will also sit this one out as his surgically repaired thumb needs a little more time. The reserves will get plenty of run and will be they are all in play as DFS candidates.
Source: Doug Smith on Twitter
October 10, 2019, 12:19 pmNorman PowellSF, Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell started at shooting guard on Thursday morning and delivered a team-high 22 points.
Powell didn't add much else to the stat line beyond five 3-pointers, though he did go 7-of-11 from the field. He's worth a look in the late rounds of standard drafts if he wins the starting shooting guard spot, though the competition should ramp up. His main competition, Fred VanVleet, started at point guard with Kyle Lowry still out and put up 10 points, 10 assists and two steals. Patrick McCaw, another contender, scored seven points with a steal in 17 minutes off the bench. FVV and Norm are the names to know for fantasy.
October 8, 2019, 9:13 amFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet had 16 points, five rebounds, five assists, a couple triples and three steals, leading the Raptors to a 134-129 victory over the Rockets.
VanVleet started at point guard with Kyle Lowry getting the night off but he is reportedly in competition for the shooting guard position. Regardless of whether he is coming off the bench or not we still expect FVV to provide borderline top-100 value so he should be in your radar in the mid-to-late rounds of fantasy drafts.
September 29, 2019, 10:37 pmPatrick McCawSG, Toronto Raptors
According to head coach Nick Nurse, Patrick McCaw is one of the players in competition to start at shooting guard.
He re-signed for two years this offseason. He has had the luck of winning three championships in three seasons, so we will see if his luck carries over to season four. He is in competition with the likes of Fred VanVleet and Norman Powell for the starting job.
Source: The Athletic
September 27, 2019, 11:19 pmFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
In a team breakdown on TSN, Fred VanVleet is reportedly favored to start at shooting guard for the Raptors and not Norman Powell.
This is an interesting development. While we were confident in VanVleet getting all the reserve minutes he can handle, time as a starter should bode well for his already-bright outlook for 2019-20. Keep an eye on Norman Powell as well, considering he will have a key role for Toronto this season with Danny Green gone.
June 14, 2019, 12:13 amFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet led the bench with 22 points on 6-of-14 shooting while adding two rebounds, a steal and five 3-pointers in Thursday's Game 6 win.
VanVleet delivered backbreaking 3-pointers all series and tonight was no different as he came up with timely buckets for the Raptors in their title clinching victory over the Warriors. After struggling all playoffs on the offensive end, FVV pulled through and helped deliver Toronto their first title.
June 9, 2019, 1:03 pmFred VanVleetG, Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet on Sunday afternoon said he had no symptoms of a concussion.
VanVleet took a brutal elbow to the face from Shaun Livingston and managed to avoid a concussion. He has been essential to Toronto's playoff run, and will be available to help them close out the Warriors for Game 5.
Source: Ryan Wolstat on Twitter
June 8, 2019, 12:18 amFred VanVleetG, Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet collected eight points, six assists, four rebounds and two threes across 29 minutes on Friday night as he continues to make winning plays for Toronto in these Finals.
VanVleet's 29 minutes led the Raptors bench despite him leaving the game in the fourth quarter after catching an elbow to the face from Shaun Livingston. He was able to return, which is great news for the Raptors – who started VanVleet in the third quarter of both Games 3 and 4.
June 2, 2019, 11:16 pmFred VanVleetG, Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet played well on Sunday with 17 points on 7-of-17 shooting in 38 minutes of action in a Game 2 loss.
He made two triples and added four rebounds, two assists and three steals to the box score. VanVleet was assigned to guard Steph Curry when they switched to a box-and-one defense in the fourth quarter and he played some lockdown defense. VanVleet has been one of the most impactful Raptors in this series and we could have a long NBA Finals on our hands if he stays hot. The Raptors will look to steal at least one game on the road before heading back home for Game 5.
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