February 19, 2019, 7:36 pmJodie Meeks - G - Toronto Raptors
Jodie Meeks is signing a 10-day contract with the Raptors, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
Meeks was waived by the Bucks following the conclusion of his 25-game suspension for violating the league's anti-drug program. He hasn't played since last season with Washington and is unlikely to see much action with Toronto. He'll give the team some extra shooting when he does see the floor.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
February 17, 2019, 11:20 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard (knee soreness) suited up for the All-Star Game on Sunday and scored 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting in 19 minutes of action in a Team LeBron win over Team Giannis.
He added five rebounds, five threes and two assists to the box score. Leonard has been in and out of the lineup for the Raptors quite a lot this season, but hopefully he can have a healthy second half of the season. If he can stay on the court, he should continue to hover around top-5 value in all formats. Expect Leonard to return for the Raptors' first game after the break ends.
February 13, 2019, 10:56 pmKyle Lowry - G - Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry kept things running smoothly in Wednesday's 129-120 win over the Wizards, posting 14 points, four rebounds, 13 assists, three steals and four 3-pointers.
Lowry's ability to jump into passing lanes really helped the Raptors get out in transition, where they punished Washington all night. He also did a wonderful job of moving the ball around and getting it to the hot hands. Fantasy owners might've liked to see more scoring out of Lowry with Kawhi Leonard out, but he turned in an excellent all-around game. He remains an early-round option despite a lengthy shooting slump and could be in for a monstrous finish with some regression.
February 13, 2019, 10:50 pmSerge Ibaka - F/C - Toronto Raptors
Serge Ibaka picked up another double-double in Wednesday's win over the Wizards, going for 10 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and a 3-pointer.
That's three straight double-doubles for Ibaka and 10 in his last 11. He's still starting at center for now, though Marc Gasol should take that job eventually. Even when that happens Ibaka shouldn't fall off too much. He's still going to get plenty of minutes and tonight we saw him slide over to power forward next to Gasol, which is a lineup that the Raptors will have to get a look at down the stretch. He also knocked down his only 3-point attempt on the night, which was certainly needed after he entered the night with only one make in the last 25 attempts over 16 games. The lack of threes has been huge for Ibaka's efficiency, so it's a trade that fantasy owners will happily make.
February 13, 2019, 10:47 pmMarc Gasol - C - Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol took a bit of a backseat on Wednesday night, though he was still able to post seven points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 19 minutes off the bench.
Gasol missed a few easy looks tonight that he'd normally drill, and there was one confusing possession where he spun his way to an open dunk before kicking the ball out to the corner. Other than that, he really should've had at least five assists tonight — the Raptors struggled to hit their shots during Gasol's second quarter run — and he also ate Bradley Beal's lunch with two blocks in the second half, including one where he basically palmed a driving Beal to the ground. We'd expect Gasol to start at center eventually here, and the upcoming break will give him a chance to get familiar with his new teammates and playbook.
February 13, 2019, 10:43 pmJeremy Lin - G - Toronto Raptors
Jeremy Lin made his Raptors debut on Wednesday night, logging 25 minutes and posting eight points (3-for-7 shooting), five rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block.
Lin got a big ovation when he checked in and stole the ball for his first touch, though he also turned it over trying to set up Pascal Siakam on the break. There was a lot of feeling out in this one but Lin still emerged with a solid line. He could easily play this much every night over the next few weeks with Fred VanVleet out, so give Lin a look if you want to round out your roster with a point guard.
February 13, 2019, 10:38 pmDanny Green - G/F - Toronto Raptors
Danny Green posted 10 points, four rebounds and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's win over the Wizards.
Green wasn't too noticeable in his 27 minutes with Pascal Siakam dominating and OG Anunoby doing a great job defending Bradley Beal, but he did manage to knock down a dagger three that put Toronto up 10 in the final 90 seconds. Green remains a comfortable late-middle round option. We'll see how he fares in the 3-point shootout on Saturday night.
February 13, 2019, 10:36 pmNorman Powell - F/G - Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell started with Kawhi Leonard (knee soreness) out on Wednesday night but only managed 11 points, four rebounds, four assists and a steal on 3-of-10 from the field.
Powell missed three open 3-pointers in the first quarter but stuck with it and did a much better job of attacking the rim in the second half. He's been much improved lately but still isn't worth a look in any leagues with fewer than 20 teams.
February 13, 2019, 10:33 pmOG Anunoby - F - Toronto Raptors
OG Anunoby turned in the best game of his season on Wednesday night, scoring a career-high 22 points to go with five rebounds, a steal and four 3-pointers against the Wizards.
The Raptors were very shorthanded with Kawhi Leonard and Patrick McCaw both out, so Anunoby played a whopping 35 minutes. He went 9-of-14 from the field and stood out all night between his defense on Bradley Beal, decisive shot-taking and overall energy. The Indiana product was plus-18, second only to Pascal Siakam's plus-24. It's been a very rough sophomore season for Anunoby, and while he's not a fantasy factor going forward tonight was a glimpse of the ceiling that the Raptors have in mind when they refuse to include him in trade talks.
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, 10:12 pmPascal Siakam - F - Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam was unstoppable in Wednesday's win over the Wizards, exploding for career-highs with 44 points and four 3-pointers while going 15-of-25 from the field and 10-of-12 from the line with 10 rebounds, two assists and three blocks.
Siakam was absolutely everywhere in this game and snapped the Raptors out of a second quarter lull that saw them squander an early lead and trail for a good chunk of the game's middle quarters. In the pull-away stretch late Siakam picked up a dunk and then managed to provide help defense on a drive before getting all the way out to swat a 3-point attempt on the same defensive possession. His fingerprints were all over this game, as you might expect, and he stepped up massively on a night where the Raptors were basically playing with eight active players. He's the Most Improved Player this season and it's not particularly close.
February 13, 2019, 6:49 pmNorman Powell - F/G - Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell will move into the starting lineup with Kawhi Leonard (knee soreness) unavailable for Wednesday's game against the Wizards.
Powell's been playing quite well in a bench capacity since coming back from his left shoulder subluxation this year, and he should be in for a busy night with the Raptors down to 10 active players tonight. Look to see more of OG Anunoby as well, with Malcolm Miller and Jordan Loyd potentially getting spot minutes tonight.
Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter
February 13, 2019, 5:52 pmJeremy Lin - G - Toronto Raptors
Jeremy Lin is officially a member of the Raptors and will play on Wednesday night against the Wizards.
Nick Nurse said that Lin will be "backup one" tonight, so he's going right into the Fred VanVleet role. We'd expect him to play less than FVV's 26.8 mpg tonight with Norman Powell and Patrick McCaw also stepping up. Lin will shift into more of a combo guard role when VanVleet returns but will be Kyle Lowry's backup for the time being. He's a potential late-round option if you're hurting in the backcourt.
Source: Ryan Wolstat on Twitter
February 13, 2019, 4:44 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard (knee soreness) will not play in Wednesday's game against the Wizards.
Leonard also missed last Thursday's game for left knee soreness, so it's not necessarily a new issue. Get ready for the hot takes if Kawhi sits this one out but plays in the All-Star game on Sunday. Fred VanVleet usually steps into the starting five with Leonard out but that won't be the case tonight, so the Raptors could opt to go with a super-big lineup by shifting Pascal Siakam to the three, Serge Ibaka to the four and Marc Gasol at center, or they could start Norman Powell, OG Anunoby or Patrick McCaw. Kyle Lowry and Siakam are going to get lots of additional usage tonight.
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.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter