Fred VanVleet
Fred VanVleet
27-Year-Old GuardG
Toronto Raptors
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Fred VanVleet could be the man this season for the Raptors. With Kyle Lowry in Miami and Pascal Siakam suffering from shoulder surgery, the burden of leading the Raptors into battle probably falls on the 27-year-old guard. FVV's five year history with Toronto demonstrates he's ready for the task at hand. VanVleet has improved his points and rebounds in each of his five seasons, and his assists were on a four-year climb until last season's slight dip. The Wichita State product is coming off a 2020-21 season in which he posted career-highs in per-game points (19.2), rebounds (4.2), blocks (0.7) and made threes (3.3), plus shot a career-best 88.5 percent from the charity stripe. His 6.3 assists and 1.7 steals were rather useful, too. The only concern was his field goal percentage, which dipped to a four-year low of 38.9 percent. That field goal percentage may continue to stay low considering Toronto's other main scoring options are Goran Dragic, Gary Trent and Siakam. Siakam is expected back by mid-November, but like Dragic, he's a candidate to be traded if the Raptors go into rebuild mode. While VanVleet could be facing additional double teams, his arrow continues to point up. Expect a third straight season of 35-plus minutes per game, wonderful counting stats, and possibly a career-first All-Star appearance from the 6-foot-1 guard. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $85 million contract with the Raptors in November of 2020.
Personal Bio

Fredderick Edmond VanVleet is the son of Susan VanVleet and step-father Joe Danforth. He was born in 1994 in Rockford, Illinois, where he played four years of high school ball at Auburn High School. After his senior year, he was named a 2012 All-State First Team member by both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. VanVleet then attended Wichita State for college, where he majored in sociology. The fiesty guard has three brothers and two sisters. Each year, VanVleet returns to Rockford to host the FVV Fan Fest to raise funds for the RACVB Charitable Foundation. He also hosts a basketball camp for Rockford youth and donates Thanksgiving meals to Rockford families in need. Learn more about him on both Instagram and Twitter (@FredVanVleet).

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From 2012 to 2016, Fred VanVleet played four seasons of college basketball for Wichita State. After playing 141 career games (102 starts) for the Shockers, FVV left the school as the all-time leader in assists (637), steals (225) and assist-to-turnover ratio (3.08). VanVleet tied a school and Missouri Valley Conference record by participating in 120 career victories, including three straight 30-win seasons (2012-15). The Shockers qualified for the NCAA Tournament in all four of VanVleet's years at Wichita State. During FVV's tenure, the Shockers won three MVC titles and nine NCAA tourney games. VanVleet twice won MVC Player of the Year (2014, 2016) and was named to the All-MVC First Team squad three times (2014, 2015, 2016). During his 2015-16 senior season, VanVleet averaged 12.2 points, 5.5 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.4 made threes per game. VanVleet was not selected in the 2016 NBA Draft, but he featured for the Raptors' Summer League team, stayed all the way through training camp, and was among the 15 players named for the active roster at the start of the 2016-17 campaign.

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May 15, 2021
VanVleet (rest) will not play in Sunday's finale against the Pacers, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
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The Raptors have continued their late-season aggressive resting regimen until the very end, keeping VanVleet in street clothes for the season's final game. VanVleet ends his fifth season with the Raptors with averages of 19.6 points, 6.3 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 36.5 minutes.
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2020

VanVleet appeared in 52 games (all starts) for the Raptors in 2020-21. He averaged career highs in points (19.6) and rebounds (4.2) while also contributing 6.3 assists and 1.7 steals. He shot 38.9 percent from the field, 36.6 percent from three and a career-high 88.5 percent from the free-throw line. On Feb. 2 in a win over the Magic, VanVleet scored a career-high 54 points (17-23 FG, 11-14 3Pt, 9-9 FT) to go along with three rebounds, three steals, three blocks and two assists in 37 minutes. His other season highs were 13 assists, eight rebounds, five steals and four blocks. VanVleet had five double-doubles. He scored at least 30 points six times. He recorded at least 10 assists six times. He recorded at least five rebounds 25 times. He recorded at least three steals 12 times. He collected at least one block 21 times. He hit at least five three-pointers 15 times.

2019

VanVleet busted out in a big way in his fourth NBA season, developing into one of the Raptors' primary scoring threats. He moved into the starting lineup full-time over the course of his 54 games during the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 campaign, blowing away his previous career bests in points (17.6 per game), threes (2.7) assists (6.6) and steals (1.9), with a personal-best 84.8 free-throw percentage to boot. On Opening Night, VanVleet went off for 34 points -- then a career high -- on 12-of-18 shooting while collecting seven assists, five rebounds and two steals. He went on to score 30-plus points twice more, including a career-high 36 against the Heat on Aug. 3. That game also included a career-high-tying seven threes; he'd also hit seven times from beyond the arc Jan. 18 against Minnesota. VanVleet racked up eight double-doubles and twice came within striking distance of a triple-double. On Nov. 29, he set a career best with seven steals -- plus 22 points -- in a win over Orlando. A hero in the NBA Finals the year before, VanVleet averaged 19.6 points, 6.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals across 11 playoff games in 2019-20. He set a trio of playoff career highs in Game 1 of the first round against Brooklyn: 30 points, eight threes and 11 assists. That was the first postseason performance of 30-plus points and 10-plus assists in franchise history. VanVleet also double-doubled in Game 2 of that series, notching 24 points and 10 assists.

2018

VanVleet seemingly came out of nowhere to establish himself as one of the NBA's premier backup point guards. He underwent thumb surgery in mid-February and missed just over a month of action. VanVleet was stellar upon returning to the lineup. In Toronto's 13 remaining regular season games, VanVleet averaged 12.5 points and 5.6 assists per game while shooting 42.2 percent from deep and hitting 88.0 percent of his free throws. He also took outstanding care of the ball all season, averaging only 1.3 turnovers per game. As impressive as he was at the tail end of the regular season, it was VanVleet's efforts in the late stages of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Bucks and in the NBA Finals against Golden State that made him a beloved figure north of the border. The Wichita State product played 32.3 minutes per game and averaged 14.7 points over the course of Toronto's final nine playoff contests. VanVleet's 22 points were key in the Raptors' 114-110 Game 6 NBA Finals-clinching win over the Warriors on June 13. In that contest, he drilled five three-pointers. A stellar sharpshooter who is exceedingly reliable with the ball in his hands, VanVleet carved out a valuable role to help Toronto earn its first NBA Championship.

2017

Fred VanVleet appeared in 70 games for the Toronto Raptors during his second season with the club, playing a key reserve role. FVV averaged career highs of 8.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists over 20 minutes per contest. He shot 42.6 percent from the floor, including 41.4 percent from behind the arc. VanVleet's three-point field goal percentage was the best on the club, and 21st overall in the NBA. FVV hit at least three treys in 15 games during the regular season and reached double-digit scoring in 35 games. On Jan. 11, he connected on a career-best six three-pointers against Cleveland. On Jan. 25, VanVleet poured in a career-high 25 points against the Lakers. The Raptors defeated Washington in the first round of the playoffs, but then fell to Cleveland in the second round. VanVleet appeared in six of Toronto's 10 playoff games. He averaged 6.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per playoff contest. VanVleet's best playoff output came in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Cavaliers. He had 14 points and four assists in that contest. In the off-season, VanVleet was named a finalist for the Sixth Man of the Year award, along with Eric Gordon and Lou Williams.

2016

VanVleet was undrafted during the 2016 NBA Draft, but he signed an agreement to play with the Toronto Raptors during the Summer League. The move proved wise for both VanVleet and Toronto. The Wichita State product signed a multi-year rookie deal with Toronto on Jul. 18 and wound up making the last spot on the Raptor roster. VanVleet made his NBA debut via a brief, 26-second appearance on Nov. 9 at Oklahoma City. His first meaningful contribution came on Dec. 18 when the reserve point guard played 23 minutes and posted four points, four assists, two rebounds and three steals during a blowout win at Orlando. To stay sharp, Toronto often sent the rookie to their D-League 905 squad. In 16 D-League games, VanVleet averaged 16.9 points, 7.6 assists and 1.4 steals per contest. On Feb. 3, VanVleet was with the parent club and scored a career-high 15 points, to go with three assists and three rebounds, in a loss at Orlando. The Raptors finished the season at 51-31 and defeated the Bucks in the first round of the playoffs before losing to the Cavaliers in the second round. VanVleet saw brief stints as a reserve in seven of Toronto's 10 playoff games.

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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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With Kawhi Leonard leaving the Raptors for the Clippers, VanVleet took on an expanded role in a contract year. The combo guard averaged 17.6 points, 6.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 2.7 threes and 1.9 steals in 35.7 minutes, causing his fantasy stock to rise significantly. In 2018-19, VanVleet ranked 140th (per-game, eight-category), and he upped his rank to 30th in 2019-20. The 26-year-old opted to remain with the Raptors on a four-year, $85 million deal during free agency. In 2020-21, he could expand his role even more, as the Raptors lost both Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka in free agency, and Kyle Lowry is another year older. At the very least, VanVleet should meet his production from last season, making him a strong second-to-third round option in most fantasy leagues.
The hero of Game 6 of the NBA Finals, VanVleet comes into the new season with the chance to get more playing time and take on an expanded role with Toronto. He had a career year with the Raptors and averaged double-digit points for the first time, scoring 11.0 per game to go along with 4.8 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.8 threes. His production across almost every category has increased in each of his three seasons in the NBA, and that coincides with growth from back-of-the-bench rookie to invaluable reserve. After a strong showing in the postseason -- 14.0 points and 2.7 threes on 40.0% shooting from deep in the Finals -- it's possible VanVleet's role with Toronto progresses to starter in his fourth year. The Wichita State product will fight for a starting job at shooting guard with Norman Powell, but it was VanVleet -- not Powell -- who played heavy minutes in the Finals and has clearly earned the trust of the coaching staff. The absence of Kawhi Leonard will free up additional opportunities for VanVleet as well. Whether starting or coming off the bench, VanVleet can be reasonably projected to be a key part of the Raptors' rotation in 2019-20.
After barely playing as an undrafted rookie out of Wichita State in 2016-17, VanVleet became a significant contributor for the Raptors in his second year, helping lead one of the better benches in the entire NBA. Operating as Kyle Lowry's backup at point guard, VanVleet posted averages of 8.6 points, 3.2 assists and 2.4 rebounds across 20.0 minutes. He also upped his efficiency as a shooter and finished 42.6 percent from the field, 41.4 percent from the three-point line and 83.2 percent from the charity stripe. Whenever Lowry or DeMar DeRozan were off the floor, VanVleet provided a reliable option as both a facilitator and a scorer, which landed him in the discussion for the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award. VanVleet wound up placing third behind Lou Williams and Eric Gordon, but it was a still a testament to how valuable he was to a team that finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference. After earning a two-year, $18.1 million extension this offseason, VanVleet returns in what should be a similar role in the backcourt. The Raptors traded away DeRozan and brought in the likes of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, but it shouldn't impact VanVleet's role much. Look for him to operate as the No. 2 option at point guard behind Lowry, as well as the first guy off the bench most nights. That should limit his utility to a late-round option in deeper leagues.
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Ruled out
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May 14, 2021
VanVleet (rest) will not play Friday against the Mavericks, Josh Lewenberg of TSN reports.
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Out again Thursday
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May 12, 2021
VanVleet (rest) will not be available for Thursday's game against the Bulls, Josh Lewenberg of TSN reports.
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Won't play Tuesday
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May 10, 2021
VanVleet (rest) will not play in Tuesday's game against the Clippers, Josh Lewenberg of TSN reports.
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Ruled out Saturday
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May 7, 2021
VanVleet will not play in Saturday's game against the Grizzles for injury management purposes, Aaron Rose of SI.com reports.
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Stuffs stat sheet in loss
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May 7, 2021
VanVleet recorded 22 points (7-25 FG, 4-12 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six rebounds, five assists and two steals across 45 minutes in Thursday's overtime loss against the Wizards.
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