Chris Boucher (illness) questionable Friday
Thu, Feb 29, 2024, 2:36 PMNBA Injury Report
Chris Boucher (illness) is questionable for Friday's game against the Warriors.
Analysis: Boucher, who sat out Wednesday's loss to the Mavericks, has fallen entirely out of the rotation in the aftermath of Toronto acquiring Kelly Olynyk at the trade deadline. His potential return will not impact the Raptors' rotation or fantasy basketball.
Scottie Barnes puts up 19/11/7/3/1 line vs. Dallas
Wed, Feb 28, 2024, 9:46 PM
Scottie Barnes stuffed the stat sheet on Wednesday with 19 points (9-of-22 FGs), 11 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and one block against the Mavericks.
Analysis: After recording a triple-double in their last game, Barnes came close to posting one in consecutive games for the first time in his career. Even though he wasn't able to reach that mark, he was still able to stuff the stat sheet with a full line. The well-rounded production has been consistent all season, but his 3-point shot has been a major struggle lately. In their four games since the All-Star break, he is shooting 1-of-13 from beyond the arc, and he has gone three straight games without a make. He got off to a hot start to the year and is averaging 1/7 triples per game over the course of the season, but the shot simply hasn't been there in a while.
Jakob Poeltl contributes 16/7/6/4/3 line vs. Mavs
Wed, Feb 28, 2024, 9:41 PM
Jakob Poeltl posted a full line on Wednesday with 16 points (7-of-12 FGs), seven rebounds, six assists, four steals and three blocks against Dallas.
Analysis: Poeltl was questionable for this game after exiting early from their last one due to an ankle injury. However, he was able to suit up and post a full line. Kelly Olynyk didn't get the spot start that managers were clamoring for, but he was still able to score 13 points in 18 minutes off the bench. Toronto doesn't play a back-to-back until March 22nd and 23rd, so there is no reason to think that Poeltl will miss more time with this ankle injury. He is currently averaging 12.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.0 blocks since the All-Star break and will look to keep up the well-rounded production against the Warriors on Friday.
Immanuel Quickley records 28/5/9/2 line vs. Mavs
Wed, Feb 28, 2024, 9:33 PM
Immanuel Quickley led Toronto with 28 points (10-of-18 FGs), five rebounds, nine assists, two steals and five 3-pointers in a 136-125 loss to Dallas on Wednesday.
Analysis: Quickley certainly showed flashes during his first month with Toronto, but he has stepped up his game since the All-Star break. In their four games since returning, he is averaging 23.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 4.8 triples per game. It is a small sample size, but those numbers have allowed him to provide first round value over the past week. Toronto is currently 4.5 games out of the Play-In Tournament, but managers shouldn't fear him being shut down. He is their point guard of the future and should continue to thrive in fantasy hoops.
Chris Boucher (illness) downgraded to out vs. Mavs
Wed, Feb 28, 2024, 5:04 PMEric Koreen on X
Chris Boucher (illness) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against Dallas.
Analysis: Boucher hasn't been a consistent part of the team's rotation since they acquired Kelly Olynyk at the deadline, so his absence won't impact their rotation.
Jakob Poeltl (ankle) cleared to play vs. Dallas
Wed, Feb 28, 2024, 4:59 PMJosh Lewenberg on X
Jakob Poeltl (left ankle sprain) will play against Dallas on Wednesday.
Analysis: Poeltl was listed as questionable after exiting early from Monday's game. However, he will be available to play, which means that Kelly Olynyk will not make a move into the starting unit. He won't have much streaming value in this game.
Chris Boucher (illness) questionable Wednesday
Wed, Feb 28, 2024, 12:00 PMNBA Injury Report
Chris Boucher (illness) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks.
Analysis: With the Raptors acquiring Kelly Olynyk at the trade deadline, Boucher has appeared in two of the seven games Toronto has played since. Regardless of his status, Boucher will not impact fantasy basketball.
Jakob Poeltl (ankle) participates in shootaround
Wed, Feb 28, 2024, 10:22 AMAaron Rose on Twitter
Jakob Poeltl (left ankle sprain) participated in pregame shootaround on Wednesday.
Analysis: Poeltl remains questionable for Wednesday's matchup with the Mavericks, but his participation in shootaround is a positive. He sprained his left ankle in early January, missing more than three weeks of game action. Being considered questionable after injuring the same ankle during Monday's win over the Pacers could be a sign that this injury isn't as severe. Should Poeltl miss time, Kelly Olynyk would figure more prominently within the rotation, likely as a starter.
Jakob Poeltl (ankle) questionable for Wednesday
Tue, Feb 27, 2024, 3:23 PMEric Koreen on Twitter
Jakob Poeltl (left ankle sprain) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks.
Analysis: Poeltl injured his ankle during the third quarter of Monday's win over the Pacers and did not return. A prior sprain of his left ankle in early January cost him more than three weeks, so the questionable tag is encouraging. Should Poeltl not play on Wednesday, Kelly Olynyk would move into the starting lineup, and he is worth streaming in that role.
Gradey Dick hits four more triples, scores 18 PTS
Mon, Feb 26, 2024, 9:18 PM
Gradey Dick finished Monday's win over the Pacers with 18 points (7-of-9 FGs), five rebounds, two assists, one steal, and four 3-pointers in 23 minutes.
Analysis: The first-round pick out of Kansas has scored 18 points in three of his last five games, with Monday's performance being the best of the bunch. Gradey made all four of his 3-point attempts, the third time he's made four in a game in February. While the Raptors are holding onto hope of earning a Play-In Tournament berth, there has been a greater desire to get their first-round pick more minutes since late January. While he isn't a must-roster player right now, Gradey is worth a look in deeper leagues where there is a need for 3-pointers.
RJ Barrett (knee) puts up 24 points in return
Mon, Feb 26, 2024, 9:14 PM
RJ Barrett (knee) shot 11-of-16 from the field and 0-of-3 from the foul line in Monday's win over Indiana, scoring 24 points with two rebounds, five assists, and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.
Analysis: Active after missing Friday's win over the Hawks, Barrett looked sharp offensively on Monday. And the matchup may have something to do with that. Two of his five games in February of at least 20 points have come against the Pacers, a team that has struggled on that end of the floor. Barrett's season-long fantasy value remains low, and he's provided 15th-round value since being traded to the Raptors, but the move north of the border has given him more opportunities to shine. Hopefully, there will eventually be more reasons to roster him than simply because he's a starter playing 30-plus minutes per night. Jordan Nwora, who replaced Barrett in the starting lineup on Friday, picked up a DNP-CD.
Immanuel Quickley scores 19 with a full stat line
Mon, Feb 26, 2024, 9:09 PM
Immanuel Quickley played 35 minutes in Monday's win over Indiana, recording a line of 19 points (8-of-16 FGs), five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block, and three 3-pointers.
Analysis: Toronto is now 3-0 since the All-Star break, as the team has looked more comfortable with its roles. Quickley ceded some playmaking opportunities to Scottie Barnes, and both were impactful against the Pacers. While IQ's assist tally stands to take a hit with Barnes being the focal point, that approach is what serves the team best. Quickley has been providing 7th-round value in 8- and 9-cat formats over the past three weeks, so fantasy managers have nothing to worry about.
Scottie Barnes drops stellar 21/12/12/0/5 line
Mon, Feb 26, 2024, 8:37 PMBasketball Reference on Twitter
Scottie Barnes shot 8-of-18 from the field and 5-of-5 from the foul line in Monday's 130-122 win over the Pacers, accumulating 21 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists, and five blocked shots in 38 minutes.
Analysis: Barnes was impactful on both ends of the floor on Monday, notching his fourth triple-double of the season. He matched his career-high with 12 assists, and the third-year wing tied his season-high with five blocks. While Barnes has struggled occasionally since the Raptors acquired Immanuel Quickley and RJ Barrett, he remains a highly valuable fantasy option. He remains a top 25 player in 8- and 9-cat formats, exceeding his Yahoo ADP (47).
Jakob Poeltl (ankle) will not return Monday
Mon, Feb 26, 2024, 7:53 PMDoug Smith on Twitter
Jakob Poeltl (left ankle sprain) has been ruled out for the remainder of Monday's game against the Pacers.
Analysis: Poeltl injured his ankle during the third quarter of Monday's game and has since been ruled out. Kelly Olynyk will absorb the minutes that would have gone to the Raptors' starting center. The concern is that Poeltl sprained the same ankle in January, missing more than three weeks. Should he miss time, Olynyk is the player to add.
TOR starting IQ, GTJ, Barrett, Barnes, Poeltl
Mon, Feb 26, 2024, 5:39 PMToronto Raptors on X
The Raptors will start Immanuel Quickley, Gary Trent Jr., RJ Barrett, Scottie Barnes and Jakob Poeltl against the Pacers on Monday.
Analysis: Jordan Nwora got the starting nod with RJ Barrett out on Friday, but he will return to playing a role off the bench for this game. He only logged 14 minutes as a starter and had played less than 10 minutes in his five previous outings, so he won't be able to provide any fantasy value as a reserve.
RJ Barrett (knee) removed from injury report Mon.
Sun, Feb 25, 2024, 4:40 PMNBA Injury Report
RJ Barrett (left knee injury management) is not on the injury report for Monday's game against the Pacers.
Analysis: Barrett is back after sitting out Friday's win over the Hawks. This remains a return to the bench for Jordan Nwora, who had a minimal impact in Atlanta. He isn't worth rostering in fantasy leagues when coming off the bench.
Immanuel Quickley leads Raps to win w/ 24 points
Fri, Feb 23, 2024, 8:56 PM
Immanuel Quickley finished Friday's win over Atlanta with 24 points, seven rebounds, five assists and six triples across 37 minutes.
Analysis: Quickley was cooking against Brooklyn on Thursday, finishing that game with a 24/6/3/3 line, including five triples. He was just as good Friday, taking advantage of RJ Barrett's absence and Atlanta's generous defense. In nine games leading up to this one, the Hawks allowed 12 guards to score at least 20 points, including a 30-point game to James Harden and a 60-piece to Steph Curry. Atlanta's streak of allowing 20-point games to guards was extended to 10, as Quickley led his team in scoring. It looked like he was headed for a big night with 18 points in the first half and 24 through three quarters. IQ didn't score in the final frame, as Scottie Barnes (20/5/10), Gradey Dick (18 points) and Ochai Agbaji (14 points) chipped in some useful scoring to close out the game. Toronto's next game is Monday against the Pacers in another fantastic fantasy matchup.
TOR starting IQ, Trent, Nwora, Barnes, Poeltl
Fri, Feb 23, 2024, 6:05 PMJosh Lewenberg on Twitter
Immanuel Quickley, Gary Trent Jr., Jordan Nwora, Scottie Barnes, and Jakob Poeltl will start Friday's game against the Hawks.
Analysis: With RJ Barrett (knee) ruled out, Raptors coach Darko Rajakovic has decided to keep his second unit together. As a result, Nwora moves into the starting lineup while Bruce Brown remains in the sixth-man role. The move into the first five will boost Nwora's fantasy value, but better streaming options should be available on a 10-game slate.
RJ Barrett (knee) ruled out Friday vs. Atlanta
Fri, Feb 23, 2024, 5:33 PMNBA Injury Report
RJ Barrett (left knee injury management) has been ruled out for Friday's tilt with the Hawks.
Analysis: Barrett will get the night off for the second game of Toronto's back-to-back set. In his stead, Bruce Brown should get the start, with Ochai Agbaji and Gradey Dick picking up some extra playing time as well. Immanuel Quickley could be the focal point of the offense, and he's in a great spot. Atlanta has allowed 125.7 points per game at home this season - most in the Association.
RJ Barrett (knee) questionable Friday vs. Atlanta
Fri, Feb 23, 2024, 12:13 PMJosh Lewenberg on Twitter
RJ Barrett (left knee injury management) is questionable for Friday's game against the Hawks.
Analysis: Barrett, who played 29 minutes in Thursday's win over the Nets, has been dealing with a lingering knee issue for a while. Should he not play against the Hawks, Bruce Brown would have the most to gain regarding fantasy value. Ochai Agbaji and Gradey Dick could also absorb some of the minutes that would go to Barrett, but they don't offer the same upside as Brown.