Monroe had eight points (4-9 FG), four rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 22 minutes during Thursday's 134-119 preseason victory over the Pelicans.
Monroe was given a look as the starter with the Raptors resting a number of key players, however, he failed to capitalize on the opportunity. A performance like this does not bode well for Monroe's season outlook and it appears he will likely not be a part of the every night rotation. Despite his somewhat friendly fantasy game, Monroe can be left alone in most formats.
Monroe will start at center for Thursday's preseason finale against the Pelicans, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports.
The Raptors are resting the bulk of their rotational players Thursday, which includes big men Jonas Valanciunas and Serge Ibaka. As a result, Monroe will get the opportunity to start at center and he'll likely be needed to take on a fairly significant workload considering the lack of bodies available. He's the most experienced of the group, so it wouldn't be surprising if Monroe tried to take it upon himself to lead the team offensively.
Monroe finished with two points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in nine minutes during Tuesday's 105-90 preseason loss to the Jazz.
Monroe's stocks continue to appear to fall as he played just nine minutes in Tuesday's preseason encounter. He is stuck behind a number of players on the depth chart and there is even a chance he is out of rotation completely on some nights. For a player who possessed a nice fantasy game, Monroe continues to fond himself in a bad situation and is basically untouchable in most formats.
The veteran split last season between the Bucks, Suns and Celtics, appearing in 51 total games and posting averages of 10.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 0.5 blocks per game. Monroe spent more than a month on the free agent market, but he'll head north to Toronto to join what was the best regular season team in the Eastern Conference last season. The Raptors have a decent amount of frontcourt depth in Jonas Valanciunas, Serge Ibaka and Pascal Siakam, but they did lose Jakob Poeltl as part of the Kawhi Leonard trade, and Monroe will likely step in and fill a sizable portion of the minutes vacated by Poeltl's departure. Monroe is just two years removed from averaging 15.3 points and 8.8 rebounds with the Bucks in 2015-16, but at this point in his career he'll likely struggle to garner enough minutes to be more than a relatively middle-of-the-road fantasy commodity at center.
Monroe generated 15 points (4-12 FG, 7-10 FT), 12 rebounds and two assists across 23 minutes during Boston's 116-92 loss to the Bucks in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.
The versatile big man led the second unit in scoring and paced the team in rebounds during extended run in the blowout loss. Monroe saw under 20 minutes in the first two games of the series, so Friday's 23-minute allotment won't necessarily be the norm moving forward. However, Monroe has repeatedly shown an ability to be highly efficient on both the scoreboard and glass in modest allotments of playing time, so he remains a viable DFS tournament viable play when the Celtics look to bounce back in Sunday's Game 4.
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