Fred VanVleet
Fred VanVleet
24-Year-Old GuardG
Toronto Raptors
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Est. Return 3/20/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $18.11 million contract with the Raptors in July of 2018.
Will have surgery, out five weeks
GToronto Raptors
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February 13, 2019
VanVleet (thumb) has opted for surgery and will miss about five weeks, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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In order to repair ligament damage in his right thumb, VanVleet will go under the knife despite earlier reports that he would simply be wearing a splint, which would keep him out three weeks. With the reserve point guard out for about a month and Delon Wright now in Memphis, Jeremy Lin figures to take on a sizeable role with the Raptors.
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Expected to miss three weeks
GToronto Raptors
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February 11, 2019
VanVleet will wear a splint for approximately three weeks after suffering a partial ligament injury to his left thumb, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports.
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Unlikely to play Monday
GToronto Raptors
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February 11, 2019
VanVleet is listed as doubtful for Monday's game against the Nets due to a thumb injury, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports.
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Explodes for 30 points Thursday
GToronto Raptors
February 7, 2019
VanVleet tallied 30 points (11-22 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 4-5 FT), six assists and five rebounds across 37 minutes in Thursday's 119-101 win over the Hawks.
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In starting five Thursday
GToronto Raptors
February 7, 2019
VanVleet will start Thursday's game against the Hawks, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
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Limited production in spot start
GToronto Raptors
February 3, 2019
VanVleet finished with nine points (4-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt), seven assists, five rebounds, and three steals in 26 minutes during Sunday's 121-103 victory over the Clippers.
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