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NBA Barometer: The Canadian Quandary

Shannon McKeown

Shannon McKeown

Shannon McKeown is the VP of Advertising Sales and Basketball Editor for He's a two-time FSWA finalist for Fantasy Basketball writer of the year. He also covers the Pistons and Tigers for the site.

Kyle Lowry has been one of the hottest players in fantasy over the past week, averaging 23.3 points, 10.8 assists, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 three-pointers and 1.5 steals in nearly 37 minutes. During that four-game stretch, the Raptors' starting point guard has been a top-six fantasy option. And Lowry has been a top-20 option in most formats over the course of the entire season.

Normally, owning a player like Lowry, who's far exceeding preseason expectations and carrying fantasy squads on his back, is a breeze. You plug him in your lineups and reap the rewards. Unfortunately, Lowry owners don't have that luxury.

Following the Raptors' trade of Rudy Gay in early December, the team was clearly in tank mode, with a ticket to the 2014 lottery seemingly punched after the move. Additional deals, including a likely trade of Lowry and his expiring contract, were soon to follow.

Or, at least, that's how things were supposed to play out.

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