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/PreCareer Summary

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). 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.

Second straight double-double
GToronto Raptors
January 22, 2022
VanVleet had 21 points (6-17 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 5-5 FT), one rebound, 12 assists, two blocks and two steals in 39 minutes during Friday's 109-105 win over the Wizards.
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VanVleet carried a heavy load on offense at the beginning of the season while Pascal Siakam was rehabbing from injury, but the floor general has been able to operate more as a playmaker of late now that Siakam is playing at a high level, and his distribution numbers certainly back that up. VanVleet has now dished out 12 assists in two straight games, and he's registered seven or more dimes in four of his last five contests. He's averaged 25.4 points, 7.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game since the beginning of January.
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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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Tallies 22 points Monday
GToronto Raptors
January 17, 2022
VanVleet recorded 22 points (7-17 FG, 6-16 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, four assists and one steal across 41 minutes during Monday's 104-99 loss to Miami.
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Scores game-high 24 points
GToronto Raptors
January 15, 2022
VanVleet closed Friday's 103-87 loss to the Pistons with 24 points (6-21 FG, 6-14 3Pt, 6-8 FT), five rebounds, 10 assists and two steals over 42 minutes.
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Continues stellar play
GToronto Raptors
January 9, 2022
VanVleet amassed 32 points (11-27 FG, 8-17 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, four assists and two steals over 39 minutes during Sunday's 105-101 victory over the Pelicans.
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Impresses in win over Spurs
GToronto Raptors
January 5, 2022
VanVleet ended Tuesday's 129-104 win over the Spurs with 33 points (12-23 FG, 7-14 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, seven assists and two steals in 32 minutes.
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Shines against Knicks
GToronto Raptors
January 2, 2022
VanVleet finished with 35 points (11-17 FG, 7-13 3Pt, 6-6 FT), five rebounds, five assists and one steal over 30 minutes during Sunday's 120-105 win over the Knicks.
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