Fantasy NBA
Cleveland Cavaliers Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Kyrie Irving, G12/27/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving did not play on Friday and is questionable for Sunday's game against Detroit after bruising his left knee in a fall in Thursday's game against the Heat.
Insight: Matthew Dellavedova would start in his place if Irving is out with a knee injury. Dellavedova is only in play in very, very, very deep leagues.
Kevin Love, F12/26/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love got off to a great start on Friday and finished with 22 points.
Insight: Love scored 13 of his points in the first quarter, hitting two 3-pointer in the quarter. Love was 3-for-8 from behind the arc in the game. He also had seven rebounds and two assists.
LeBron James, F12/26/2014 9:28:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James scored 15 points in the final quarter to lead Cleveland over Orland, 98-89.
Insight: James finished with 29 points, shooting 50 percent from the floor and 9-of-11 at the line. James' two misses were the only missed Cleveland free throws of the game as the team shot 92.3 percent at the line. James also had eight assists, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks. He is obviously a must-start every game, but as long as Kyrie Irving is out, James will handle the ball more and accumulate more stats.
Kyrie Irving, G12/26/2014 7:07:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will not play on Friday.
Insight: Matthew Dellavedova will start in his place as Irving is out with a knee injury. Dellavedova is only in play in very, very, very deep leagues.
LeBron James, F12/26/2014 5:53:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James will play on Friday against the Magic.
Insight: James and point guard Kyrie Irving both suffered minor injuries on Christmas, but both will play on Friday. Start them as you normally would.
Kyrie Irving, G12/25/2014 8:01:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving scored 25 points in the Christmas Day loss to Miami.
Insight: Irving shotwell, but the Cavs need more than three assists out of their point guard. Of concern to Irving owners was a hard fall in the final minutes that had him limping. Hopefully, it's nothing serious.
LeBron James, F12/25/2014 7:58:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James had a team-high 30 points, but his Cavs fell to the Heat in his first return visit to Miami.
Insight: He was 9-of-16 from the floor, but hit just 10-of-18 from the line. He seemed emotional for this one and who can blame him after winning two titles with the Heat.
Anderson Varejao, C12/24/2014 2:00:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao has a torn Achilles and is done for the season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Insight: It's the worst news the Cavs and fantasy owners could hear. he was averaging 9.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.3 apg this season. Expect Tristan Thompson is see increased playing time.
Anderson Varejao, C12/24/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao left TYuesday game with what may be an Achilles injury, according to USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt.
Insight: He was wearing a walking boot and on crutches while leaving the arena so he could be out for a while. Varejao will have an MRI and we will know more.
Kyrie Irving, G12/23/2014 9:44:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving led Cleveland in scoring against the Timberwolves.
Insight: Irving scored 29 points and had four assists along with three steals. It was the most points Irving had scored in nearly four weeks.
Kevin Love, F12/23/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love had a double-double against his former team on Tuesday.
Insight: Love scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds versus the Timberwolves. Love made one 3-pointer and went 9-for-11 at the line. His numbers aren't as good as they were in Minnesota, but for the most part, they are improving. Although his scoring is down, Love is averaging nearly 3.5 more rpg in December than he did in November.
Dion Waiters, SG12/21/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters had a nice game off the bench on Sunday.
Insight: He went 9-of-16 from the field, 1-of-1 from the line, and 2-of-5 from beyond the arc. Waiters also had two rebounds, one assist, one steal, and four turnovers. He is too inconsistent to be a relevant fantasy option.
Kyrie Irving, G12/21/2014 6:59:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving posted 17 points and 12 assists on Sunday afternoon.
Insight: He was 8-of-13 from the floor and hit one 3-pointer. Irving also had three rebounds and two turnovers as well.
LeBron James, F12/21/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James had a team-high 25 points during Sunday's victory against the Grizzlies.
Insight: He was 9-of-15 from the floor, 4-of-6 from the line, and 3-of-5 from deep. James also had 11 assists, one rebound, one block, and five turnovers.
LeBron James, F12/19/2014 10:01:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James posted 22 points and nine assists on Friday night.
Insight: He went 7-of-18 from the floor and 6-of-8 from the line. James also had four rebounds, two 3-pointers, two steals, and four turnovers.
LeBron James, F12/17/2014 9:16:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James led the team with 21 points in the, 127-98, loss to the Hawks Wednesday.
Insight: The up-and-down season continued for the Cavaliers on Wednesday. Since Cleveland won eight in a row, they have dropped three of the last four games. James shot 50 percent versus the Hawks and had just three rebounds, two assists and two steals to go with the 21 points.
Kevin Love, F12/17/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love will play on Wednesday against the Hawks.
Insight: Love missed the morning shootaround due to flu-like symptoms, so this is great news for fantasy owners. He must be in all lineups even though it is unlikely Love is 100 percent.
Kevin Love, F12/17/2014 2:58:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love (illness) will be a game-time decision Wednesday.
Insight: He did not take part during the morning shootaround. Owners need to check back before tip-off to see if Love is active.
LeBron James, F12/15/2014 9:16:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James filled the stat sheet during Monday's victory against the Hornets.
Insight: James was 11-of-19 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line for 27 points, 13 assists, seven rebounds, two 3-pointers, one steal, three blocks, and five turnovers.
Kevin Love, F12/15/2014 9:13:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love came up big for fantasy owners on Monday night.
Insight: He went 7-of-14 from the field, 4-of-5 from the line, and 4-of-9 from beyond the arc for 22 points. Love did not stop there, as he posted 18 rebounds, five assists, four steals, and one turnover. This may have been Love's best game as a Cavalier.
Dion Waiters, SG12/15/2014 4:10:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters left Friday's game with a strained abdominal, but is probable for Monday's game against Charlotte.
Insight: Waiters is averaging 9.4 ppg but doesn't help out in any other categories leaving him with limited fantasy value.
Matthew Dellavedova, G12/15/2014 4:08:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova (illness) is questionable for Monday's game against Charlotte.
Insight: Dellavedova (4.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.1 apg) won't have any fantasy value while playing around 22 minutes per night.
LeBron James, F12/12/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James returned from injury to score 41 points during Friday's loss to the Pelicans.
Insight: He was 17-of-24 from the floor and 5-of-8 from the line. James also had five rebounds, five assists, two 3-pointers, one block, and turnovers. He looks healthy.
Dion Waiters, SG12/12/2014 10:12:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters left Friday's game with abdominal pain.
Insight: He will no return, as he went to hospital to get checked out. Hopefully everything is okay with Waiters.
LeBron James, F12/12/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James (knee) will play Friday against the Pelicans.
Insight: After missing Thursday's contest, James is ready to roll. Get him back into your lineups immediately.
Kevin Love, F12/11/2014 10:46:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love recorded 18 points and 16 rebounds on Thursday night.
Insight: He did not shoot well from the floor, going 5-of-13 but did have two 3-pointers, two assists, one steal, and one block as well.
Kyrie Irving, G12/11/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving survived a knee scare, and finished with 20 points during Thursday's loss to the Thunder.
Insight: He limped to the locker room before halftime, but returned to start the third quarter. Irving also had six assists, three rebounds, one 3-pointers, two steals, and one turnover.
LeBron James, F12/11/2014 6:53:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James (knee) will not play Thursday against the Thunder.
Insight: While he was a game-time decision, many did not think James would miss Thursday's game. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love should see a nice increase in value. Consider James day-to-day.
LeBron James, F12/11/2014 2:01:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James is questionable for Thursday's game against Oklahoma City due to a sore left knee.
Insight: The team doesn't appear to be too concerned, but he will be a game-time decision. Obviously if he can't go, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love's fantasy value skyrocket.
LeBron James, F12/9/2014 9:33:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James scored a team-high 35 points during Tuesday's win over the Raptors.
Insight: James was very assertive, going 12-of-21 from the field and 9-of-9 from the line. He also had four assists, two rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and two turnovers.
Kevin Love, F12/8/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love did a little bit of everything on Monday against the Nets.
Insight: Love had a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds. He shot 7-for-14, making two 3-pointers and 3-of-6 free throws. Love added an assist too. He seems to continue to get better in the Cleveland offense with each game.
Dion Waiters, SG12/8/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters came off the bench and scored a team-high 26 points on Monday versus the Nets.
Insight: Waiters led the team with 21 shot attempts and made 11 of them. He only shot 1-for-6 from the 3-point line, but still led the team in scoring. Waiters also had four assists, two steals, one block and one rebound.
Kevin Love, F12/5/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love posted a double-double in Friday's victory over the Raptors.
Insight: Love scored just 15 points, a low number for his career averages, but he did grab 13 rebounds. Love is averaging just 17.5 ppg, which is disappointing for fantasy owners, however, he seems to be growing more comfortable in the offense with each game, and Cleveland is on a six-game winning streak.
LeBron James, F12/5/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James recorded a double-double to lead Cleveland to a big, 105-91, victory over Toronto on Friday.
Insight: James had 24 points and 13 assists to lead his team in both categories. James also had seven rebounds, three steals and a block as he shot 50 percent from the field and from the 3-point line. A very good game considering it was the second of a back-to-back.
LeBron James, F12/4/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James did not shoot well at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, but still turned in a solid fantasy day.
Insight: Actually, he had a double-double with 19 points and 12 assists as he basically took over the point guard role with Kyrie Irving taking 18 shots and leading the team with 37 points. James can wear several hats, leading the team in scoring, rebounding or passing, on any given night and will normally shoot better than 7-for-17, which is what he did Thursday.
Kyrie Irving, G12/4/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 37 points against the Knicks on Thursday.
Insight: It took the point guard into the fourth quarter to finally get an assist, but fantasy owners will take the scoring. He shot 12-of-18, including 3-of-6 from the 3-point line, and 10-for-11 at the free-throw line. He chipped in three rebounds, two assists and two steals as well.
Matthew Dellavedova, G12/4/2014 1:14:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova (sprained MCL) is close to returning to the court, according to Cavs beat reporter Chris Haynes.
Insight: Dellavedova won't have any fantasy value, his return will only reduce Dion Waiters' playing time.
Kyrie Irving, G12/2/2014 9:45:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving scored a team-high 28 points in Tuesday's victory over Milwaukee.
Insight: All of the big-three scored over 25 points, with Irving leading the way. He also had six assists, two rebounds, one steal, one block, and one turnover, while shooting 10-of-15 from the field and 8-of-10 from the line.
LeBron James, F12/2/2014 9:42:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James was 14-of-21 from the free-throw line in Tuesday's win against the Bucks.
Insight: He was only 6-of-15 from the field for 26 points, 10 assists, five rebounds, and seven turnovers. He is currently the 12th-ranked player in standard Yahoo leagues.
Kevin Love, F12/2/2014 9:39:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love posted a double-double in Tuesday's win against the Bucks.
Insight: Love had 27 points, 10 rebounds, four 3-pointers, one block, but also seven turnovers. He is still a top-25 player.
Anderson Varejao, C12/2/2014 5:58:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao will start Monday against the Bucks.
Insight: Varejao is back after missing one game. Tristan Thompson will move back to the bench.
Anderson Varejao, C12/2/2014 11:22:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao is still listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against Milwaukee due to bruised ribs, but after practicing Monday we expect him to play.
Insight: Varejao (10.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.6 apg) missed Saturday's game despite going through the shootaround that morning so it's not a guarantee. Tristan Thompson, double-double on Saturday, is a viable option if Varejao doesn't play
Anderson Varejao, C12/1/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao is questionable for Tuesday's game against Milwaukee due to bruised ribs.
Insight: Varejao (10.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.6 apg) missed Saturday's game despite going through the shootaround that morning, so he's close and should return Tuesday versus the Bucks.
Kyrie Irving, G11/29/2014 9:59:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving had a double-double on Saturday versus the Pacers.
Insight: Three different Cleveland players had double-double and none of them were LeBron James on Saturday. Irving had 24 points and 10 rebounds. He also dished five assists.
Kevin Love, F11/29/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love easily had his best game since joining the Cavaliers on Saturday.
Insight: Love scored 28 points, a season-high, and had 10 rebounds. It was Love's seventh double-double of the season. He shot 9-of-13 from the field, including 2-for-3 from 3-point land. It looks like Love is growing more comfortable with his role in Cleveland as he has scored more than 20 points in three of the last four games.
LeBron James, F11/26/2014 9:35:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James did it all on Wednesday.
Insight: James was 7-of-14 from the field, 14-of-17 from the line for 29 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one 3-pointer, and four turnovers. He played 36 minutes overall.
LeBron James, F11/24/2014 9:25:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James filled the stat sheet during Monday's win over the Magic.
Insight: James was 9-of-17 from the field and 9-of-11 from the line for his 29 points. He also had 11 assists, four rebounds, three steals, two 3-pointers, and only one turnover. James said he needed to step up, and he did just that.
Kevin Love, F11/22/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love scored a team-high 23 points in Saturday's loss to Toronto.
Insight: He was 8-of-16 from the field and 7-of-7 from the line. Love also had seven rebounds, one assist, and one steal. These are numbers owners should expect on a consistent basis.
LeBron James, F11/21/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James scored 22 points in the loss to the Wizards on Friday.
Insight: Cleveland lost, 91-78. James did not shoot well, going 8-for-21 from the field. He also had just four rebounds and four assists. The offense has shown signs of improving, but there are still a lot of growing pains in Cleveland.
Kevin Love, F11/21/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love was pretty invisible in the Cleveland offense once again.
Insight: Love took just eight shots, which were fewer than LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao. Love had eight points. At least he also had eight rebounds too, but even that is short of his average.
LeBron James, F11/19/2014 9:41:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James had another subpar game versus the Spurs.
Insight: He finished with 15 points, shooting just 6-for-17 from the field. He did make two 3-pointers to help out his numbers. James also shined with nine assists and six rebounds, but the five turnovers hurt. Trailing by two, James lost the ball dribbling up the court on the final possession of the game. Cleveland lost, 92-90.
LeBron James, F11/17/2014 9:24:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James posted 22 points and nine rebounds in a losing effort Monday.
Insight: He was 8-of-18 from the floor and 5-of-7 from the line, and did not look to be feeling any effects of his head cold, as James played 41 minutes. He also had five assists, two blocks, and four turnovers.
Kevin Love, F11/17/2014 9:22:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love had a solid night in Monday's loss to Denver.
Insight: He had 20 points, 11 rebounds, one 3-pointer, and two turnovers. Look for Love to have nights like this one, often.
LeBron James, F11/17/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James (illness) will play Monday against Denver.
Insight: He missed shootaround, but is not expected to be limited with a head cold. Get him into lineups.
LeBron James, F11/17/2014 1:52:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James missed the morning shootaround due to illness, but is still listed as probable for Monday night's game against Denver.
Insight: James has posted 32 or more points in each of the last three games - all victories. We expect him to be ready, but fantasy owners will have to check back just before tipoff.
Kyrie Irving, G11/16/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving shot 66 percent from the field, including going 4-for-7 from the 3-point line on Saturday.
Insight: Cleveland hit its first 11 shots from beyond the arc. Irving scored 20 points and finished with five assists, three rebounds and three steals with no turnovers.
LeBron James, F11/15/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James took over his second straight game as he dropped 32 points on Saturday.
Insight: James shot 13-of-20, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range. The Cavaliers made their first 11 3-pointers against the Hawks Saturday. James also had seven assists, six rebounds and a block.
LeBron James, F11/14/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James took over in Friday's win over the Celtics.
Insight: He helped erase a 19-point deficit, and finished the night going 16-of-27 for 41 points, seven assists, four rebounds, three 3-pointers, one block, and three turnovers. These are the numbers owners envisioned when they drafted James first overall.
Dion Waiters, SG11/13/2014 4:50:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters (back) is being listed as probable for Friday's game versus Boston.
Insight: He went through a full practice on Thursday, and return to his sixth-man role on Friday night.
LeBron James, F11/11/2014 7:22:00 PM
Description: The NBA removed one of LeBron James' rebounds and assists from Monday night's game due to a scoring error, so he no longer registered a triple-double.
Insight: After the stat correction, James finished with 32 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. It really makes no difference, but just in case fantasy owners start to wonder what happened to an assist and rebound for James. James has 37 career triple-doubles.
Kyrie Irving, G11/10/2014 9:28:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving played extremely well in Monday's win over the Pelicans.
Insight: He was 11-of-21 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the line for 32 points. Irving also chipped in nine assists, five rebounds, and one turnover. This was all done in 41 minutes of action.
LeBron James, F11/10/2014 9:26:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers small forward LeBron James recorded his first triple-double of the season.
Insight: He was 9-of-17 from the field and 13-of-17 from the line for his 32 points. James also had 12 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, one block, and four turnovers. Owners have been waiting for a game like this.
Dion Waiters, SG11/10/2014 5:45:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters will not play against the Pelicans on Monday.
Insight: Shawn Marion will get additional minutes in the starting lineup. Rookie Joe Harris and veteran Mike Miller will see a bump in playing times as well.
LeBron James, F11/8/2014 9:36:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers small forward LeBron James led the way for Cleveland with 11 assists as the Cavaliers picked up a much needed victory, 110-101, over the Nuggets.
Insight: James set the tone of unselfish basketball from the start as Cleveland had 25 assists as a team. That is much better than the six they had Wednesday. James also scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
LeBron James, F10/31/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers small forward LeBron James rebounded from a poor opening night.
Insight: He had 36 points, eight rebounds, four assists, four steals, one block, and three turnovers, to lead Cleveland to an overtime victory over Chicago. James also scored eight points in the extra session.
LeBron James, F10/31/2014 12:13:00 PM
Description: We expect Cavaliers small forward LeBron James will step up his game after the team lost the season opener.
Insight: He was 5-for-15 for 17 points, five rebounds, four assists, and a dreadful eight turnovers in a loss. He'll likely go big this time arround and dominate in all phases of the game.
Kyrie Irving, G10/30/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving led the team in scoring during opening night.
Insight: He had 22 points, six assists, five rebounds, two steals, but did have four turnovers. Owners will deal with the turnovers, if Irving continues to produce stat lines like this one.
LeBron James, F10/30/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James had a night to forget in his return.
Insight: He was 5-for-15 for 17 points, five rebounds, four assists, and a dreadful eight turnovers. This very well could be James' worst game of the whole season.
Tristan Thompson, C10/22/2014 6:39:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson is an intriguing draft pick in dynasty leagues this season.
Insight: The 23-year-old will come off the bench to give rest to superstars LeBron James and Kevin Love. Even if he can earn a starting role in front of Anderson Varejao, he is not expected to make an impact this season. Perhaps in a year or two.
Anderson Varejao, C10/22/2014 6:34:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao's double-double days are long gone.
Insight: Varejao had a 50-game stretch in his career where he was a double-double threat every night, but Varejao is too injury prone for that this season. He will also battle Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson for playing time and rebounds.
LeBron James, F10/22/2014 6:22:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James is the clear cut No. 1 pick with Kevin Durant injured the first six-to-eight weeks of the season.
Insight: James' production dipped a little last season, but everything is relative. At 29-years-old, James will play fewer minutes this season, but his field goal percentage could go up and he is still the best player in the world. Don't hesitate to draft him No. 1.
Dion Waiters, SG10/22/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters will have little fantasy value this season.
Insight: Waiters should play just as many minutes as he did last season, but with the new 'big three' in Cleveland, Waiters is the odd man out. He should be a viable contributor for the Cavaliers, but not likely to make a fantasy impact.
Kyrie Irving, G10/22/2014 6:13:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving takes a slight hit in fantasy value with superstars LeBron James and Kevin Love joining him in Cleveland.
Insight: Irving will not average over 17 field goal attempts per game, so his scoring might go down. However, his field goal percentage and assist numbers should increase. He should also remain fresher down the stretch since he no longer has to carry the load every night. Time will tell if less is more for Irving, but for now, his value takes a small hit.
Kyrie Irving, G8/21/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: Kyrie Irving made all five of his field goal attempts as he looked fantastic against the Dominican Republic on Wednesday. Irving finished with 12 points, five assists and two 3-pointers.
Insight: Could this be a preview of what is to come in Cleveland this season? Irving did not take a single bad shot on Wednesday. He has not been the most efficient player in the past, but that could change with the help he will receive this season. Irving's usage rate is definitely going to take a hit, but sometimes in fantasy, less is more.
Andrew Wiggins, G7/24/2014 4:48:00 PM
Description: The Cavaliers have signed G/F Andrew Wiggins - the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA draft.
Insight: This doesn't mean he's going the play in Cleveland next season, only that the team can't trade him for 30 days. He's been rumored to be part of a deal to pry Kevin Love out of Minnesota.
Anthony Bennett, F7/13/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: According to cleveland.com, Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett now weighs 240 pounds.
Insight: Bennett weighed in at 259 last season and may have been even heavier than that at times. The 2013 No. 1 overall pick averaged just 12.8 minutes, 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds in 52 games as a rookie. He'll likely be traded if the Cavs pursue Kevin Love, and joining a Love-less Minnesota would be good for his fantasy value.
LeBron James, F7/12/2014 6:04:00 PM
Description: LeBron James signed a two-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Insight: Cavaliers fans shouldn't worry about the short length of the deal, it's only a two-year deal because the league will have a new television deal in place for 2016 and likely a new collective bargaining agreement in 2017.
Kyrie Irving, G7/11/2014 8:03:00 PM
Description: Kyrie Irving's five-year, $90 million contract extension with the Cavaliers will include an early termination option for the 2019-20 season, according to Yahoo Sports.
Insight: Cleveland announced the extension Thursday before signing LeBron James Friday. James should help Irving become a more efficient player and draw some of the defensive pressure away from the point guard.
LeBron James, F7/11/2014 7:38:00 PM
Description: LeBron James announced in a letter on SI.com Friday that will return to the Cavaliers.
Insight: James left Cleveland for the Miami Heat four years ago and made the last four NBA Finals, winning two. Now, he'll try to bring a championship back to his hometown.
Andrew Wiggins, G6/26/2014 8:26:00 PM
Description: The Cavaliers selected University of Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins with the No. 1 pick in Thursday night's NBA Draft.
Insight: The Cavs have had the No. 1 pick the last two years and have taken a player from Canada both times. Wiggins averaged 17.4 ppg as a Jayhawk last season and was also strong on the defensive end. With Wiggins on board, it's possible Cleveland will look to trade Dion Waiters, who plays the same position as Wiggins.
Jarrett Jack, G6/21/2014 5:14:00 PM
Description: The Cavaliers are looking to swap Jarrett Jack for Nets guard Marcus Thornton. SOURCE: Marc Stein, ESPN
Insight: Jack has played for six teams in the last seven seasons so he must be used to the trade rumors by now. Jack's 9.5 ppg scoring average in 2014 was his lowest since 2011.
C.J. Miles, G4/16/2014 1:18:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers shooting guard C.J. Miles (ankle) will not play Wednesday, according to Bob Finnan of the News-Herald.
Insight: Miles will end up missing 26 of the final 27 games of the season with a sprained ankle. He started 34 of his 51 games and averaged 9.9 points and 1.6 threes per game.
Luol Deng, F4/14/2014 5:26:00 PM
Description: Cleveland small forward Luol Deng (back) will not play in the season finale Wednesday, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Deng (16 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.9 apg) will end up missing the last three games of the season due to a sore back. He'll be a free agent when the season concludes.
Luol Deng, F4/12/2014 11:22:00 AM
Description: Cleveland small forward Luol Deng missed Friday's game with a sore back and is questionable for Saturday's game against Boston.
Insight: Deng exited Wednesday's game with the continuing back issue. The Cavaliers are eliminated from playoff contention and have no reason to push Deng to play.
Dion Waiters, SGHot4/11/2014 11:00:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers SG Dion Waiters had 23 points, four assists and five steals Friday at Milwaukee.
Insight: It has been the Dion Waiters show since Kyrie Irving's injury opened up a starting spot for him. Waiters has remained in the starting five next to Irving since he returned and averaged 21.9 ppg over his last 13 games.
Luol Deng, F4/11/2014 7:10:00 PM
Description: Cleveland small forward Luol Deng will miss Friday's game with a sore back, according to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Insight: Deng exited Wednesday's game with the back issue. The Cavaliers are eliminated from playoff contention and have no reason to push Deng to play.
Kyrie Irving, G4/5/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving made 16-of-31 from the field and scored a career-high 44 points Saturday against Charlotte.
Insight: Irving had four 40-point efforts in his career going into Saturday's game but never scored more than 41 points. Saturday's performance is a sign Irving is close to 100 percent after missing eight games with a biceps strain in March.
Anderson Varejao, C4/4/2014 7:06:00 PM
Description: Cavs center Anderson Varejao is active for Friday night's game against the Hawks. SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Insight: He missed a game earlier this week with a shoulder injury. It's unknown if Varejao will be on any kind of minutes restriction. Either way, it's hard to trust him with Spencer Hawes averaging 30 mpg.
Luol Deng, F4/4/2014 10:34:00 AM
Description: Cleveland small forward Luol Deng, who left Wednesday's game early due to a strained back, is expected to play on Friday.
Insight: Deng is always a good fantasy play because he plays so many minutes. He's averaging 16.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.0 spg.
Anderson Varejao, C4/3/2014 8:39:00 PM
Description: Cleveland center Anderson Varejao has a chance to play Friday against Atlanta. SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Insight: Varejao (8.6 ppg, 10.0 rpg) missed Wednesday's game after suffering a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder. He hasn't been as useful to fantasy owners since the team acquired Spencer Hawes from Philadelphia at the trade deadline (7.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg for Varejao since the All-Star break).
Dion Waiters, SGHot4/2/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Kyrie Irving's return to the lineup from an eight-game absence Wednesday didn't slow down Dion Waiters.
Insight: Waiters had 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting (3-3 3PT) and three assists in 34 minutes after averaging 39.9 minutes, 22 points and 5.1 assists per game with Irving out of the lineup with a biceps strain. Jarrett Jack moved to the bench Wednesday but the Cavs still found 30 minutes for him.
Kyrie Irving, G4/2/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving (biceps) will start Wednesday against the Magic, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Irving missed the last eight games with a strained biceps. Dion Waiters has averaged 40 mpg, 22 ppg and 5.1 apg with Irving out and will remain in the starting lineup at shooting guard while Jarrett Jack moves to the bench.
Kyrie Irving, G4/2/2014 2:22:00 PM
Description: Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving (biceps) made it through the Wednesday morning shootaround, but is still a game-time decision for the game at Orlando.
Insight: Irving missed the last eight games with a strained biceps. The Cavaliers are reportedly leaning toward holding him out of Wednesday's game to give him some more time to practice, but he might be able to talk his way into the lineup. Dion Waiters has averaged 40 mpg, 22 ppg and 5.1 apg with Irving out, but he'll have significantly less value when Irving returns.
Kyrie Irving, G4/1/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving (biceps) said he felt good after practice and will determine his status for Wednesday's game at Orlando after the morning shootaround. SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Insight: Irving missed the last eight games with a strained biceps. The Cavaliers are reportedly leaning toward holding him out of Wednesday's game to give him some more time to practice, but he might be able to talk his way into the lineup. Dion Waiters has averaged 40 mpg, 22 ppg and 5.1 apg with Irving out, but he'll have significantly less value when Irving returns.
C.J. Miles, G4/1/2014 5:11:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers shooting guard C.J. Miles (ankle) will miss Wednesday's game against Orlando, according to Bob Finnan of news-herald.com.
Insight: Miles missed 19 of the last 20 games and played just two minutes in the one game he was active during that span. Matthew Dellavedova has assumed his minutes.
Kyrie Irving, G3/31/2014 6:36:00 PM
Description: Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving (biceps) has been cleared to practice, according to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Insight: Irving missed the last eight games with a strained biceps. The Cavaliers are leaning toward holding him out of Wednesday's game to give him some more time to practice before returning Friday against the Hawks. Dion Waiters has averaged 40 mpg, 22 ppg and 5.1 apg with Irving out, but he'll have significantly less value when Irving returns.
Anderson Varejao, C3/31/2014 6:35:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (sprained shoulder) will miss Wednesday's game against the Magic, according to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Insight: Varejao (8.6 ppg, 10 rpg) has a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder. His absence will allow Spencer Hawes and Tyler Zeller to get more minutes.
Anderson Varejao, C3/30/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Cavs center Anderson Varejao sprained his shoulder early in Sunday's game against Indiana and is unlikely to return. SOURCE: Bob Finnan, The News-Herald
Insight: He had six points and six rebounds before exiting. Spencer Hawes (13.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg) has been playing more than Varejao anyway so this shouldn't affect many fantasy teams.
Kyrie Irving, G3/30/2014 3:37:00 PM
Description: Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving will be re-evaluated Sunday in hopes that he can return Wednesday against Orlando. SOURCE: Sam Amico, Fox Sports Ohio
Insight: Including today's game against Indiana, Irving has now missed eight contests in a row with a strained biceps. Dion Waiters (15.4 ppg) and Jarrett Jack (9.4 ppg, 4.0 apg) are sure to have their minutes cut back when Irving returns.
Luol Deng, F3/28/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Cleveland small forward Luol Deng came back from a 3-of-14 shooting effort Wednesday at Detroit with 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting Friday against the Nets.
Insight: Deng chipped in seven assists, six rebounds and one steal and has averaged 15 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists in March.
Kyrie Irving, G3/28/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: According to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal, Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is hopeful he can return for Cleveland's two-game road trip which starts next Wednesday at Orlando.
Insight: Irving will miss at least two more games due to his biceps injury, making eight straight absences. Dion Waiters has been enjoying his turn to start and averaged 22.8 ppg and 6.0 apg his last six games.
Luol Deng, F3/25/2014 9:39:00 PM
Description: Cleveland small forward Luol Deng had a nice outing Tuesday against Toronto.
Insight: Deng totaled 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds. The seven assists were Deng's most in a game since November 30th. Ironically, that game was against the team he now plays for.
Dion Waiters, SGHot3/25/2014 9:34:00 PM
Description: Cavs guard Dion Waiters stayed hot with 24 points on 10-of-19 shooting Tuesday in a win against Toronto.
Insight: He also had seven assists and two blocked shots. Waiters has averaged 23.8 ppg, 6.4 apg and 3.6 rpg since Kyrie Irving went down with a biceps injury earlier this month.
Jarrett Jack, GHot3/25/2014 9:14:00 AM
Description: Cleveland guard Jarrett Jack is playing big minutes with Kyrie Irving sidelined and his scoring average over the past four games is almost double his season numbers.
Insight: That's the good news. The bad news is that he's been inconsistent on the way to the bigger statistics with a high of 31 points and a low of six points.
Jarrett Jack, G3/23/2014 10:41:00 PM
Description: Cleveland guard Jarrett Jack was firing on all cylinders Sunday in a win against New York.
Insight: Jack scored a season-high 31 points on 13-of-19 shooting while also contributing five rebounds and ten assists. The 30-year-old has averaged 38.5 mpg since Kyrie Irving went down with a biceps injury.
Luol Deng, F3/23/2014 6:39:00 PM
Description: According to Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cavs forward Luol Deng will start Sunday against New York.
Insight: Deng missed three games with a sprained ankle. Now that he's back, second-string small forward Alonzo Gee (3.5 ppg) will head back to the bench.
Dion Waiters, SGHot3/22/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Cleveland shooting guard Dion Waiters had 26 points, eight assists and four rebounds in 40 minutes Saturday against the Rockets.
Insight: With Kyrie Irving out, Waiters is getting a chance to flex his muscles as the team's top ballhandler. He has averaged 17.9 points and 4.0 assists his last 14 games, including 24.3 ppg and 7.7 apg as the starter the last three.
Luol Deng, F3/22/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward Luol Deng (ankle) will miss his third straight game Saturday against the Rockets, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Deng's sprained ankle has come at a terrible time for Cleveland, who is also playing without Kyrie Irving (biceps) and C.J. Miles (ankle). Alonzo Gee has been starting in Deng's place but doesn't offer much fantasy value. Dion Waiters will continue to be the biggest beneficiary of the injuries.
C.J. Miles, G3/22/2014 4:57:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers shooting guard C.J. Miles (ankle) will be held out of Saturday's game, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Miles returned from a 12-game absence on Tuesday but played just two minutes before sitting out Thursday. Fantasy owners can drop him.
Luol Deng, F3/22/2014 10:39:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers forward Luol Deng missed his second game in a row Thursday and is questionable for Saturday's game against Houston.
Insight: He's dealing with an ankle injury. The Cavs are missing huge pieces on offense with Kyrie Irving (bicep) and Deng both sidelined. Dion Waiters and Spencer Hawes will have to be the Cavs offense.
Dion Waiters, SG3/20/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Cleveland shooting guard Dion Waiters scored a team-high 30 points in Thursday's loss to OKC.
Insight: That's a season-high for Waiters and only three points off his career-high. Waiters, who alternates between starting and coming off the bench, drew the start on Thursday. In 11 starts, he's averaging 15.2 ppg compared to 14.7 ppg in 46 games as a reserve. We'll see what head coach Mike Brown decides to do with him Saturday against Houston.
Luol Deng, F3/20/2014 3:13:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward Luol Deng will miss his second game in a row Thursday against the Thunder. SOURCE: Mary Schmitt Boyer, Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: He's out with an ankle injury. The Cavs are missing huge pieces on offense with Kyrie Irving (bicep) and Deng both sidelined. It doesn't help that Anthony Bennett (knee), Matt Dellavedova (sprained ankle) and Dion Waiters (hip) are hurting as well. Overall, Cleveland has lost six out of its last eight games.
Dion Waiters, SG3/20/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Cavs guard Dion Waiters appeared to injure his right hip late in Tuesday's game and is questionable for Thursday's game against Oklahoma City.
Insight: Waiters had 17 points, a career-high 11 assists and four rebounds in 41 minutes Tuesday against the Heat, however, he injured his right hip to go along with an already sore knee and back. If he can play he could see big minutes with all the injuries to Cleveland's lineup.
Luol Deng, F3/20/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers forward Luol Deng (ankle) missed Tuesday's game and is questionable for Thursday's game against Oklahoma City.
Insight: The Cavs are missing huge pieces on offense with Kyrie Irving out and Deng, Dion Waiters Matthew Dellavedova, C.J. Miles and Anthony Bennett hurting. The Cleveland offense is a mess, the team has lost six of their last eight and its best to stay away.
Dion Waiters, SGHot3/18/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: Cavs guard Dion Waiters had 17 points, a career-high 11 assists and four rebounds in 41 minutes Tuesday against the Heat. However, he appeared to injure his right hip when he was sandwiched between LeBron James and Udonis Haslem late in the fourth.
Insight: Kyrie Irving will miss two weeks with a biceps injury, allowing Waiters to move into the starting lineup and share ballhandling duties with Jarrett Jack. Waiters attempted 19 field goals Tuesday and has averaged 15.9 ppg over his last seven contests. His previous career high for assists in a game was eight, which he bested by three. The Cavs can ill afford to see him join Irving on the injury list.
Anderson Varejao, C3/18/2014 10:12:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao played 26 minutes Tuesday against the Heat, his most since he returned from his back injury.
Insight: Varejao also had his first double-double since he returned and finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and a block. His increase in playing time came at the expense of Tristan Thompson, who played just 21 minutes and had 10 points after scoring 7.0 ppg on .333 shooting his previous six games.
Jarrett Jack, G3/18/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers guard Jarrett Jack had 22 points, four rebounds, four assists and four threes in 42 minutes Tuesday against the Heat.
Insight: Kyrie Irving missed Tuesday's game and will be out at least two weeks with a biceps injury, allowing Jack to move to point guard and control the ball more often.
Matthew Dellavedova, G3/18/2014 6:41:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova (ankle) is active for Tuesday's game against the Heat.
Insight: Dellavedova was questionable with a sprained ankle. With Kyrie Irving and Luol Deng out, Cleveland will need the rookie to play extra minutes.
C.J. Miles, G3/18/2014 6:40:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers shooting guard C.J. Miles (ankle) is active Tuesday against the Heat.
Insight: Miles (10.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.0 apg) missed the last 12 games with a sprained ankle. The Cavs need him back with Kyrie Irving and Luol Deng both out.
Luol Deng, F3/18/2014 5:40:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward Luol Deng (ankle) will miss Tuesday's game against the Heat, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: With Kyrie Irving (biceps), Deng, C.J. Miles (ankle) and Matthew Dellavedova (ankle) either out or questionable to play, the Cavaliers are going to need Dion Waiters, Jarrett Jack and Alonzo Gee to handle a large chunk of minutes.
Dion Waiters, SGHot3/18/2014 11:56:00 AM
Description: Cavs guard Dion Waiters has been strong offensively over the past six games and with Kyrie Irving sidelined for the next two weeks Waiters should continue to produce.
Insight: Waiters played 30-plus minutes in each of the last two games and he and Jarrett Jack should play huge minutes with Irving and C.J. Miles both in street clothes.
Jarrett Jack, G3/18/2014 11:53:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers guard Jarrett Jack should see as much court time as his sore left knee will allow with star PG Kyrie Irving sidelined for the next two weeks.
Insight: With C.J. Miles also out of the lineup, Jack and SG Dion Waiters should be viable fantasy options.
Kyrie Irving, G3/17/2014 7:16:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will miss at least two weeks with a strained tendon in his left biceps, according to nba.com.
Insight: He suffered the during Sunday's game and will be reevaluated in two weeks. Dion Waiters has been hot of late, averaging 15.6 ppg over his last six contests, and should see extra minutes with Jarrett Jack moving to PG. Matthew Dellavedova will also see more playing time until C.J. Miles returns.
Kyrie Irving, G3/17/2014 5:28:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (left biceps) could be done for the season, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: He injured the left biceps during Sunday's game and is awaiting the results of his MRI. Dion Waiters has been hot of late, averaging 15.6 ppg over his last six contests, and should see extra minutes with Jarrett Jack moving to PG. Matthew Dellavedova will also see more playing time until C.J. Miles returns.
Kyrie Irving, G3/17/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (left biceps) is expected to miss Tuesday's game against Miami.
Insight: He injured the left biceps during Sunday's game and did not return. Dion Waiters has been hot of late, averaging 15.6 ppg over his last six contests and should see most of Irving's minutes with Jarrett Jack moving to PG.
C.J. Miles, G3/16/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers shooting guard C.J. Miles (ankle) sat out for the 12th straight game Sunday against the Clippers.
Insight: Most fantasy owners probably moved on from Miles (10.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.0 apg) by now. He last played on Feb. 19.
Kyrie Irving, G3/16/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving injured his left biceps during Sunday's game and is done for the night, according to Joe Gabriele of cavs.com.
Insight: He missed all five of his shot attempts and had two points in 10 minutes of action. The Cavs' next game is Tuesday against the Heat, and if Irving can't play we would probably see Dion Waiters and Matthew Dellavedova absorb his minutes.
C.J. Miles, G3/14/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers shooting guard C.J. Miles (ankle) didn't practice Thursday and isn't expected to play Friday, according to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Insight: Miles (10.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.0 apg) missed the last 10 games and probably will sit out an 11th Friday. Jarrett Jack has been starting in his place at shooting guard and Dion Waiters is seeing playing time as well.
Spencer Hawes, CHot3/14/2014 11:34:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers center Spencer Hawes is probable for Friday's game against Golden State despite rolling an ankle on Wednesday.
Insight: Hawes has averaged 16.6 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.4 threes and 1.0 blocks per game over his last nine games. It's always smart to get players on the floor in a game with the up tempo Warriors.
C.J. Miles, G3/13/2014 7:43:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers shooting guard C.J. Miles (ankle) didn't practice Thursday and isn't expected to play Friday, according to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Insight: Miles (10.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.0 apg) missed the last 10 games and probably will sit out an 11th Friday. Jarrett Jack has been starting in his place at shooting guard.
Spencer Hawes, CHot3/13/2014 7:41:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers center Spencer Hawes hurt his ankle during Wednesday's game, but he expects to play Friday. SOURCE: Jason Lloyd, Akron Beacon Journal
Insight: Hawes has averaged 16.6 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.4 threes and 1.0 blocks per game over his last nine games.
C.J. Miles, G3/12/2014 5:00:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers shooting guard C.J. Miles (ankle) will not play Wednesday against the Suns, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Miles (10.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.0 apg) is missing his 10th straight game due to an ankle sprain. Jarrett Jack has been starting in his place at shooting guard.
Anderson Varejao, C3/11/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: The Cavaliers will gradually increase center Anderson Varejao's minutes, according to news-herald.com.
Insight: Varejao missed 12 games due to a back injury and played nine minutes in his return Sunday. With Anthony Bennett out at least three weeks with a knee injury, the Cavs will be able to give Spencer Hawes and Varejao enough minutes to make both players solid fantasy options.
C.J. Miles, G3/11/2014 5:29:00 PM
Description: Cavs shooting guard C.J. Miles (ankle) didn't practice Tuesday and is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Suns, according to beat writer Bob Finnan.
Insight: Miles (10.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.0 apg) has missed the last nine games with an ankle sprain. Jarrett Jack has been starting in his place at shooting guard.
Kyrie Irving, G3/11/2014 3:35:00 AM
Description: Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving practiced on Tuesday after missing Monday's session due to a stomach illness.
Insight: Irving's scoring is up this month, to 23.8 ppg, but his assist total is down (5.5 apg this month). He's a must start.
Anthony Bennett, F3/10/2014 3:13:00 PM
Description: Cavs forward Anthony Bennett suffered a strained left patellar tendon and will miss about three weeks. SOURCE: NBA.com
Insight: Bennett (4.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg) has shown some flashes of talent, but not enough to get the attention of fantasy owners. Spencer Hawes and Tristan Thompson will start at center and power forward for the forseeable future with Anderson Varejao and Tyler Zeller as the two backups.
Spencer Hawes, CHot3/8/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers center Spencer Hawes filled up the box score with 21 points, 10 rebounds, four threes, three assists, three blocks and a steal in 36 minutes Saturday against the Knicks.
Insight: In nine games since joining the Cavaliers, Hawes has delivered 15.2 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 2.2 3pg, 2.1 apg and 1.3 bpg. Anderson Varejao returned from a 12-game absence Saturday, but he's expected to come off the bench indefinitely while he works his way back from multiple injuries.
Anderson Varejao, C3/8/2014 6:07:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao is expected to play Saturday but only for one stint, according to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Insight: Varejao (8.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg) missed the last 12 games due to back, knee and wrist injuries. The team acquired Spencer Hawes from the Sixers while Varejao was out and will continue to start him even after Varejao returns.
Dion Waiters, SGHot3/8/2014 11:48:00 AM
Description: Cavs guard Dion Waiters (hyperextended left knee) has returned with a vengance, averaging 21.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.0 apg over his last two contests.
Insight: Waiters is taking advantage of C.J. Miles' injury and putting it to good use. He should continue to get around 25 mpg.
C.J. Miles, G3/8/2014 11:45:00 AM
Description: Cavs shooting guard C.J. Miles (ankle) is apparently targeting a Mar. 12 return, according to the Akron Beacon-Journal.
Insight: Miles (10.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.0 apg) suffered an ankle sprain and has missed eight games. Dion Waiters, just back from injury himself, has looked good with additional minutes over the past two games.
Anderson Varejao, C3/8/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao didn't play Friday against Charlotte, didn't even make the trip, so Saturday is also unlikely.
Insight: Varejao (8.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg) is dealing with back, knee and wrist injuries. Spencer Hawes Hawes is playing well with Cleveland averaging 14.7 points, 2.1 threes (53.6 percent from downtown), 9.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 blocks in seven games and is worthy of fantasy consideration.
Anderson Varejao, C3/6/2014 3:52:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (back, knee, wrist) won't play Friday against Charlotte. SOURCE: Bob Finnan, The News-Herald
Insight: Varejao (8.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg) is dealing with back, knee and wrist injuries and will miss his 12th straight game. Spencer Hawes will likely retain his starting job even after Varejao returns as the team will probably have to ease him back in after the long layoff.
Dion Waiters, SGHot3/4/2014 9:39:00 PM
Description: Cavs guard Dion Waiters (hyperextended left knee) returned from a seven-game absence and had 24 points, three assists and two threes in 23 minutes Tuesday against the Spurs.
Insight: Waiters averaged 16.8 ppg on 47.9 percent shooting in the five games before his injury, and he picked up where he left off Tuesday in his return.
Spencer Hawes, CHot3/4/2014 9:35:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers center Spencer Hawes had another big game Tuesday against the Spurs, posting 20 points, 13 rebounds, three triples, one block and one steal in 33 minutes.
Insight: Hawes has averaged 33.2 minutes, 16 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.3 threes and 1.0 blocks over his last six games. Cavs coach Mike Brown said Monday that Hawes likely will stay in the starting lineup even after Anderson Varejao returns.
Dion Waiters, SG3/4/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: Cavs guard Dion Waiters (hyperextended left knee) will be back in action Tuesday against the Spurs.
Insight: Waiters had missed the last seven games. He averaged 16.8 ppg on 47.9 percent shooting in the five games before his injury.
Anderson Varejao, C3/4/2014 1:14:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (back, knee, wrist) is not expected to play Tuesday against the Spurs, though coach Mike Brown left the door slightly open by saying his chances are "slim."
Insight: Varejao (8.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg) is dealing with back, knee and wrist injuries and will likely miss his 11th straight game. Spencer Hawes likely will retain the starting job even after Varejao returns, as the team will have to ease Varejao back into action after the long layoff.
Dion Waiters, SG3/4/2014 1:09:00 PM
Description: Cavs guard Dion Waiters (hyperextended left knee) is questionable for Tuesday's game against San Antonio.
Insight: Waiters missed the last seven games, but he expected to be ready. He averaged 16.8 ppg on 47.9 percent shooting in the five games before the injury, but that was pre-Luol Deng and before Jarrett Jack allowed Kyrie Irving to play some SG.
Dion Waiters, SG3/3/2014 5:36:00 PM
Description: Cavs guard Dion Waiters (knee) expects to be back in the lineup Tuesday, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Waiters missed the last seven games with a hyperextended knee. He averaged 16.8 ppg on 47.9 percent shooting in the five games before the injury, but it probably won't carry over after the long layoff.
Anderson Varejao, C3/3/2014 5:34:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (back, knee, wrist) is not expected to play Tuesday against the Spurs.
Insight: Varejao (8.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg) is dealing with back, knee and wrist injuries and will miss his 11th straight game. Coach Mike Brown said Monday that Spencer Hawes likely will retain the starting job even after Varejao returns, as the team will have to ease Varejao back into action.
Spencer Hawes, CHot3/3/2014 5:07:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers center Spencer Hawes is likely to stay in the starting lineup even when Anderson Varejao returns from his injuries, according to Bob Finnan of news-herald.com.
Insight: Hawes has averaged 33.2 minutes, 15.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.2 threes and 1.0 blocks over his last five games. Varejao will come off the bench as a backup power forward and center when he returns.
Kyrie Irving, GHot3/2/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving followed up his triple-double Friday with another strong outing Saturday at Memphis.
Insight: This one didn't have all the bells and whistles (only one rebound and three assists) but 28 points is still 28 points. Love him or hate him, you have to admit Irving (21.5 ppg) is one of the most explosive scorers in professional hoops. We'll see what he can put together Tuesday against the Spurs.
Anthony Bennett, F3/1/2014 9:09:00 PM
Description: Cavs forward Anthony Bennett will be in uniform Saturday against Memphis. SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Insight: That doesn't necessarily mean that he'll get in the game. Bennett missed Friday's game with a knee issue and he could do the same tonight. With Spencer Hawes (13.1 ppg, 8.7 rpg) eating up most of his minutes at power forward, Bennett is back to being a fantasy non-factor.
Anthony Bennett, F3/1/2014 12:15:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett is dealing with soreness in his right knee and din't play Friday but is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against Memphis.
Insight: Bennett has played just 13.7 minutes per game over the last five games due to the acquisition of Spencer Hawes. He'll play even less when Anderson Varejao returns and shouldn't be owned in any leagues.
Kyrie Irving, GHot2/28/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving's first career triple-double helped Cleveland crush the Jazz by 20 points Friday night.
Insight: Irving had 21 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. The point guard has averaged 25.7 points, 10 assists, 6.3 assists, 2.0 threes and 2.0 steals his last three games.
Tristan Thompson, C2/28/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Cleveland forward Tristan Thompson has recorded seven double-doubles in his last nine games.
Insight: He came within one rebound of a double-double in each of the other two games during that span. The 22-year-old had 18 points, 14 rebounds and two assists in 33 minutes Friday night. His minutes may drop a bit when Anderson Varejao returns to the lineup, as the team will have to incorporate Spencer Hawes, Thompson and Varejao into the frontcourt mix.
Spencer Hawes, CHot2/28/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers center Spencer Hawes had 13 points, 16 rebounds, two blocks and one steal Friday against the Jazz.
Insight: Hawes has averaged 33.3 minutes, 15.8 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 threes and 1.0 blocks over his last four games. He'll continue to start at center until Anderson Varejao returns, and even then the team will probably find enough minutes for him to be a solid fantasy option.
Anthony Bennett, F2/28/2014 7:26:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett is dealing with soreness in his right knee and won't play Friday against the Jazz.
Insight: Bennett had a decent run with averages of 21.1 minutes, 8.7 points and 5.4 rebounds from Jan. 28 to Feb. 18, but he has played just 13.7 minutes per game over the last five games due to the acquisition of Spencer Hawes. He'll play even less when Anderson Varejao returns and shouldn't be owned in any leagues.
Anderson Varejao, C2/28/2014 5:16:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (back, knee, wrist) will not play Friday, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Varejao (8.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg) is dealing with back, knee and wrist injuries and will miss his ninth straight game. The team acquired Spencer Hawes at the trade deadline and will start him until Varejao returns.
Spencer Hawes, CHot2/28/2014 1:32:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers center Spencer Hawes had 19 points, seven rebounds and three treys in 32 minutes Wednesday against the Thunder and will again carry the load at center on Friday.
Insight: Hawes has played exactly 32 minutes in three straight games and averaged 16.7 ppg and 8.6 rpg over his last three games.
Jarrett Jack, GHot2/28/2014 1:27:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers guard Jarrett Jack had 21 points, four assists, three rebounds, three steals and one steal in 39 minutes Wednesday at OKC.
Insight: With Dion Waiters and C.J. Miles out of the lineup, Jack has averaged 16.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 4.0 apg over the last two contests. Both will be sidelined again on Friday.
Dion Waiters, SG2/28/2014 1:26:00 PM
Description: Cavs guard Dion Waiters (knee) will miss another game on Friday - his sixth consecutive.
Insight: Waiters did some shooting Monday, but with his knee wrapped up and there is no timetable for his return. Jarrett Jack is getting 30 minutes of PT and worthy of fantasy consideration.
C.J. Miles, G2/28/2014 1:24:00 PM
Description: Cavs shooting guard C.J. Miles (ankle) is off the crutches, but isn't ready to play.
Insight: Miles (10.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.0 apg) suffered an ankle sprain last Wednesday. He doesn't have structural damage. Jarrett Jack is getting most of the SG minutes with Dion Waiters also sidelined.
Jarrett Jack, G2/26/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers guard Jarrett Jack had 21 points, four assists, three rebounds, three steals and one steal in 39 minutes Wednesday at OKC.
Insight: With Dion Waiters and C.J. Miles out of the lineup, Jack started for the 13th consecutive game Wednesday. However, prior to Wednesday he had failed to take advantage of his opportunity and averaged just 6.8 ppg on 37 percent shooting.
Spencer Hawes, C2/26/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers center Spencer Hawes had 19 points, seven rebounds and three treys in 32 minutes Wednesday against the Thunder.
Insight: Hawes has played exactly 32 minutes in three straight games and averaged 14.2 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 threes and 1.3 blocks in four games since joining the Cavaliers. However, his fantasy value will dip when Anderson Varejao returns to the lineup from his various injuries.
Kyrie Irving, GHot2/26/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: After playing 45 minutes and scoring 25 points with nine assists Tuesday against Toronto, Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving was on the court for 43 minutes Wednesday and had 31 points, nine assists, five rebounds, four steals and four triples.
Insight: Irving has played 38 or more minutes in each of the last five games after getting just 24 on Feb. 18 in a blowout win at Philadelphia.
Kyrie Irving, G2/25/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving played almost the whole game Tuesday against the Raptors.
Insight: Irving produced 25 points, nine assists, four rebounds and two steals while logging an exhausting 45 minutes of court time. Tuesday marked Irving's highest scoring output since February 9th against the Grizzlies (28 points on 9-of-17 shooting).
Dion Waiters, SG2/25/2014 6:26:00 PM
Description: Cavs guard Dion Waiters (knee) is unlikely to travel to Oklahoma City for Wednesday's game, according to beat writer Rick Noland.
Insight: Waiters did some shooting Monday, but with his knee wrapped up and there is no timetable for his return. He'll definitely miss Tuesday's game and most likely won't play Wednesday, making it at least five games he'll have missed with a hyperextended knee.
Anderson Varejao, C2/25/2014 6:24:00 PM
Description: Cleveland center Anderson Varejao (back, knee, wrist) is unlikely to travel to Oklahoma City for Wednesday's game, according to beat writer Rick Noland.
Insight: Varejao (8.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg) is dealing with back, knee and wrist injuries and will probably miss his seventh straight game. The team acquired Spencer Hawes at the trade deadline and is expected to start him Wednesday.
Anderson Varejao, C2/25/2014 6:24:00 PM
Description: Cleveland center Anderson Varejao (back, knee, wrist) is out for Friday's game with Utah, though he did participate in the morning shootaround.
Insight: Varejao (8.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg) is dealing with back, knee and wrist injuries. Newly-acquired Spencer Hawes has averaged 16.7 ppg and 8.6 rpg over his last three games.
C.J. Miles, G2/25/2014 11:18:00 AM
Description: Cavs shooting guard C.J. Miles (ankle) is off the crutches, but shouldn't be expected to return this week.
Insight: Miles (10.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.0 apg) suffered an ankle sprain last Wednesday. He doesn't have structural damage. Jarrett Jack is getting most of the SG minutes.
Dion Waiters, SG2/25/2014 11:16:00 AM
Description: Cavs guard Dion Waiters is expected to miss Tuesday's game against Toronto due to a hyperextended left knee.
Insight: Waiters did some shooting Monday, but with his knee wrapped up and there is no timetable for his return. At this point we are expecting him to miss just a couple more games.
Dion Waiters, SG2/22/2014 5:07:00 PM
Description: Cavs guard Dion Waiters (knee) will miss his third straight game Sunday, according to beat writer Bob Finnan.
Insight: The Cavs will be without both C.J. Miles and Waiters again, leaving Jarrett Jack to get most of the shooting guard minutes. Jack played 41 minutes Friday night, but shot 3-of-9 and had nine points. Jack has had a subpar season and isn't worth a roster spot in fantasy leagues.
C.J. Miles, G2/22/2014 5:06:00 PM
Description: Cavs shooting guard C.J. Miles (ankle) will not play Sunday, according to beat writer Bob Finnan.
Insight: Miles (10.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.0 apg) suffered an ankle sprain Wednesday and sat out Friday. He doesn't have structural damage so he shouldn't be out long, but he just isn't doing enough for fantasy owners to hold onto him.
Anderson Varejao, C2/22/2014 4:01:00 PM
Description: Cleveland center Anderson Varejao did some shooting, but will not play Sunday.
Insight: Varejao (8.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg) is dealing with back, knee and wrist injuries and will sit out for the fifth straight game. Tyler Zeller and Anthony Bennett have been picking up some extra playing time in Varejao's absence, but this is the reason the team traded for Spencer Hawes.
Dion Waiters, SG2/21/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Cavs guard Dion Waiters won't play Friday against Toronto. SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Insight: Waiters (14.3 ppg) has been diagnosed with a hyperextended knee. C.J. Miles is also out making Jarrett Jack and Luol Deng viable fantasy options.
C.J. Miles, G2/21/2014 3:25:00 PM
Description: Cavs shooting guard C.J. Miles injured his left ankle late in Wednesday's win against the Magic and will miss Friday's game against Toronto.
Insight: Miles (10.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.0 apg) injury didn't produce any structural damage, but he'll miss at least Friday. Dion Waiters will also miss the contest leaving extra minutes for Jarrett Jack and Luol Deng.
C.J. Miles, G2/20/2014 2:14:00 PM
Description: Cavs shooting guard C.J. Miles injured his left ankle late in Wednesday's win against the Magic, but it's just swollen with no structural problems, according to a Cleveland Plain Dealer report.
Insight: Miles (10.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.0 apg) believes he'll be fine, but we think he'll be questionable for Friday against Toronto so check back just before tipoff.
Spencer Hawes, C2/20/2014 10:39:00 AM
Description: Spencer Hawes has been traded to Cleveland. SOURCE: Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Hawes has averaged 13.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.5 threes and 1.3 bpg this season. He'll be a better option than Tyler Zeller at center, but when Anderson Varejao returns (back), Hawes' fantasy value will take a significant hit.
Tristan Thompson, C2/19/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Cleveland forward Tristan Thompson produced his fourth consecutive double-double Wednesday in a victory over the Magic.
Insight: Thompson racked up 16 points and 14 rebounds as the Cavs won for the sixth time in a row. Of course, they had lost six straight before their winning streak. Thompson's season averages of 12.2 ppg and 9.6 rpg are both career-highs.
C.J. Miles, G2/19/2014 9:32:00 PM
Description: Cavs shooting guard C.J. Miles injured his leg late in Wednesday's win against the Magic. SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Insight: He may have sprained his ankle. We should have an update on Miles' condition shortly. Consider him questionable for Friday's game in Toronto.
Dion Waiters, SG2/19/2014 6:09:00 PM
Description: Cavs guard Dion Waiters won't compete Wednesday against the Magic. SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Insight: Waiters (14.3 ppg) has been diagnosed with a hyperextended knee. Matthew Dellavedova will fill the sixth man role in his absence.
Dion Waiters, SG2/19/2014 12:34:00 PM
Description: Cleveland shooting guard Dion Waiters is doubtful for Wednesday's game, according to beat writer Bob Finnan.
Insight: Waiters hyperextended his left knee after a dunk Tuesday and didn't return. He tweeted that he didn't tear anythng but admitted his knee is "sore as hell." His absence will allow Jarrett Jack, C.J. Miles and Matthew Dellavedova to play more minutes.
Anderson Varejao, C2/19/2014 12:32:00 PM
Description: Cleveland center Anderson Varejao will not play Wednesday against the Magic, according to Bob Finnan of news-herald.com.
Insight: Varejao (8.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg) is dealing with back, knee and wrist injuries and will sit out for the fourth straight game. Tyler Zeller and Anthony Bennett have been picking up some extra playing time in Varejao's absence. Both had double-doubles Tuesday while combining for 28 points and 26 rebounds.
Dion Waiters, SG2/19/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: Cleveland shooting guard Dion Waiters tweeted that he didn't tear anything in his knee.
Insight: Waiters hyperextended his left knee after a dunk Tuesday and didn't return. He'll probably miss Wednesday's game against the 76ers, allowing Jarrett Jack, C.J. Miles and Matthew Dellavedova to play more minutes.
Luol Deng, F2/19/2014 11:54:00 AM
Description: The Cavaliers are testing the trade market for Luol Deng ahead of Thursday's trade deadline, according to Brian Windhorst of espn.com.
Insight: Cleveland picked up Deng from the Chicago Bulls for Andrew Bynum in early January, and Deng's fantasy value has taken a major hit since the deal. Deng will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.
Anthony Bennett, F2/18/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett chipped in with ten points and 11 rebounds Tuesday in a lopsided win over Philadelphia.
Insight: Bennett, the guy we were calling the worst No. 1 pick in human history a few weeks ago, now has two double-doubles in his last three games. Bennett is improving but he still isn't ready to carry your fantasy team.
Tyler Zeller, C2/18/2014 9:35:00 PM
Description: The Cavaliers probably didn't need Tyler Zeller to have a big night Tuesday against the Sixers. He did anyway, though, contributing 18 points and 15 rebounds in 25 minutes of court time.
Insight: That's Zeller's second double-double of the season. His last one came in a loss to New Orleans on January 28th. Zeller has another dream matchup waiting for him Wednesday against Orlando.
Dion Waiters, SG2/18/2014 8:38:00 PM
Description: Cleveland shooting guard Dion Waiters won't be available for the second half Tuesday against the Sixers. He hyperextended his knee on a hard dunk late in the second quarter.
Insight: The Cavs probably won't need him after going into the break with a 21-point lead. Waiters dominated the Rising Stars Game in New Orleans on Friday (31 points) and was off to a great start before his knee injury tonight (13 points on 5-for-7 shooting).
Anderson Varejao, C2/17/2014 7:12:00 PM
Description: Cleveland center Anderson Varejao will not travel to Philadelphia for Tuesday's game, according to Bob Finnan of news-herald.com.
Insight: Varejao (8.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg) is dealing with back, knee and wrist injuries and missed the last two games before the All-Star break. Tyler Zeller and Anthony Bennett have been picking up some extra playing time in Varejao's absence.
Dion Waiters, SG2/15/2014 9:26:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters used a three-point barrage in the second half to lead Team Hill to a win Friday in the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend.
Insight: Waiters and Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. traded three-pointers for about a minute straight late in the second half in what will probably be the game's lasting image. Overall, Waiters finished the night with a team-high 31 points on 10-of-14 shooting. He also led the team in assists with seven.
Tristan Thompson, C2/12/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Cavs power forward Tristan Thompson scored 25 points on 12-of-16 shooting and corralled 15 rebounds Wednesday at Detroit.
Insight: Thompson was instrumental in Cleveland winning its fourth straight game. He has averaged 20.5 points and 14 rebounds the last two games after putting up just 8.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game his previous seven.
C.J. Miles, G2/12/2014 6:48:00 PM
Description: Cleveland guard C.J. Miles will be back in action Wednesday against the Pistons, according to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Insight: Miles missed Tuesday's game with a sore foot. The Cavs stuffed his shoe with protective padding so he can play Wednesday. He's averaging 20.1 minutes, 10.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.7 threes this season, so he's a low-end fantasy option.
Anderson Varejao, C2/11/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Cleveland center Anderson Varejao won't make the trip to Detroit for Wednesday night's game against the Pistons. SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Insight: Varejao's back still isn't 100 percent. With a few days off to rest, he should be good to go after the All-Star break. Look for Tyler Zeller (4.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg) to get another start at center.
Luol Deng, F2/11/2014 9:54:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers small forward Luol Deng had 22 points Tuesday against the Kings, but his numbers are down across the board since coming over to Cleveland from Chicago.
Insight: In 16 games with the Cavs, Deng has averaged 33 minutes, 15.3 points (12.9 FGA, 3.8 FTA), 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game. He put up 19 points (15.4 FGA, 5.4 FTA), 6.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.0 steals over 37.4 minutes per game in 23 games with the Bulls.
Dion Waiters, SGHot2/11/2014 9:41:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters has averaged 33 minutes, 20.7 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds his last three games. He had 20 points, eight assists and two triples Tuesday against the Kings.
Insight: Cleveland's sixth man has been good for 16.2 ppg his last eight games. His 2013-14 season almost has been a carbon copy of his rookie campaign in every category.
Anthony Bennett, F2/11/2014 9:36:00 PM
Description: Cavs rookie Anthony Bennett had a career-high 19 points, 10 rebounds and three threes in 30 minutes Tuesday against Sacramento.
Insight: Bennett actually has looked like a competent NBA player lately, averaging 9.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in his last eight games, of which Anderson Varejao missed four. Bennett has scored double-digit points four times in that span after failing to do it once in his first 32 games. Bennett is still a Varejao long-term injury or trade away from fantasy relevance.
C.J. Miles, G2/11/2014 7:04:00 PM
Description: Cleveland guard C.J. Miles won't compete Tuesday against the Kings. SOURCE: John Michael, Cavaliers play-by-play
Insight: Miles is out with a sore foot. He's likely done until after the All-Star break. Most of his minutes will go to Matthew Dellavedova (3.8 ppg).
Anderson Varejao, C2/11/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (back, knee, hand) will miss Tuesday's game against the Kings, according to Cavs announcer John Michael.
Insight: The MRI on Varejao's back came back negative but he'll sit out to rest all of his ailments. Anthony Bennett and Tyler Zeller tend to see more playing time when Varejao is out.
C.J. Miles, G2/11/2014 1:46:00 PM
Description: Cavs shooting guard C.J. Miles (right foot) is questionable for Tuesday's game against Sacramento.
Insight: Miles is averaging 17.2 ppg over his last four. X-rays were negative, but they may not push him.
Luol Deng, F2/11/2014 11:12:00 AM
Description: Cavs small forward Luol Deng has continued to struggle with an Achilles injury, but will play through it.
Insight: Fantasy owners are probably wishing Deng had stayed in Chicago as his scoring average has fallen to 14.9 ppg since being traded to Cleveland (19.0 ppg in 23 games for the Bulls this season). Hopefully he'll get healthy over the All-Star break.
Anderson Varejao, C2/10/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: An MRI on Anderson Varejao's injured back came back clean. SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Insight: He's still no lock to play Tuesday against the Kings. Tyler Zeller (4.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg) would likely start at center if Varejao has to sit out.
Kyrie Irving, G2/9/2014 9:22:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving has had a strange week but it didn't seem to affect him Sunday in a win over Memphis.
Insight: Irving was benched Wednesday and then played through an illness Friday against the Wizards. Sunday he looked fine, however, and managed to pour in 28 points on 9-of-17 shooting. He also dished out six assists. The five turnovers weren't pleasant, but that's to be expected when you're handling point guard duties for 40 minutes a night. Irving looks like he'll be fine going forward.
Luol Deng, F2/9/2014 5:18:00 PM
Description: Cavs small forward Luol Deng is set to make his return Sunday against Memphis. SOURCE: Sam Amico, Fox Sports Ohio
Insight: Deng was a late scratch Friday because of an illness. Fantasy owners are probably wishing Deng had stayed in Chicago as his scoring average has fallen to 15.3 ppg since being traded to Cleveland (19.0 ppg in 23 games for the Bulls this season).
Kyrie Irving, G2/7/2014 9:09:00 PM
Description: Kyrie Irving's illness has returned. It's unclear what his status is for the rest of tonight's game versus Washington.
Insight: Irving was a game-time decision and now we know why. Clearly the All-Star point guard is feeling under the weather. Jarrett Jack (8.9 ppg) will man the point while he's out.
Luol Deng, F2/7/2014 7:13:00 PM
Description: Cleveland forward Luol Deng was a late scratch Friday against the Wizards. SOURCE: Fred McLeod, Cavaliers play-by-play
Insight: Deng (17.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg) is out with an illness. C.J. Miles has taken his place in the starting lineup. Miles has averaged 9.4 ppg in 33 starts this season.
Kyrie Irving, G2/7/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving will be available Friday against the Wizards. SOURCE: Kyle Weidle, TruthAboutIt.com
Insight: He missed shootaround while dealing with an illness but it looks like he's good to go. Irving (21.4 ppg, 6.2 apg) got benched late in Wednesday's loss to the Lakers so it will be interesting to see what kind of playing time he gets on Friday.
Kyrie Irving, G2/7/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving will be a game-time decision Friday due to illness.
Insight: Irving missed the morning shootaround. He's currently in head coach Mike Brown's doghouse, so we hope this isn't related. Jarrett Jack is a viable fantasy option if Irving is sidelined.
Kyrie Irving, G2/5/2014 9:38:00 PM
Description: Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving was benched for most of the second half Wednesday against the Lakers.
Insight: Irving (11 points in 28 minutes) appears to have landed in head coach Mike Brown's doghouse. Let's hope he doesn't stay there for very long.
Anderson Varejao, C2/3/2014 7:55:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (knee) will return from a three-game absence Monday against the Mavericks, according to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon-Journal.
Insight: Tyler Zeller and Anthony Bennett saw more playing time with Varejao out of the lineup. Varejao has averaged 10.2 points, 13.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.9 blocks in his last 17 games, so fantasy owners will be happy to have him back.
Anderson Varejao, C2/3/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: Cleveland center Anderson Varejao (knee) was thought to be close to playing in Saturday's game against Houston, but even Monday he'll be a game-time decision.
Insight: Tyler Zeller starts when Varejao is out, but has not proven that he can produce at a fantasy-worthy level. Varejao is a double-double machine.
Jarrett Jack, G2/3/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Cavs backup point guard Jarrett Jack started at SG on Saturday and is expected to do the same on Monday.
Insight: The move puts C.J. Miles on the bench. It is likely designed to take some of the pressure off Kyrie Irving. Jack had seven points and six assists against Houston and could end up being a low-end value if the experiment continues.
Anderson Varejao, C2/1/2014 2:39:00 PM
Description: Cleveland center Anderson Varejao (knee) did not play Thursday but has been upgraded to probable for Saturday's game against Houston.
Insight: Tyler Zeller starts when Varejao is out, but has not proven that he can produce at a fantasy-worthy level. Varejao is a double-double machine.
Anderson Varejao, C2/1/2014 12:04:00 PM
Description: Cleveland center Anderson Varejao (knee) did not play Thursday and is questionable for Saturday's game against Houston.
Insight: Tyler Zeller starts when Varejao is out, but has not proven that he can produce at a fantasy-worthy level.
Dion Waiters, SG1/30/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters scored 21 points for the second straight game Thursday at New York.
Insight: The extremely streaky Waiters is streaking in the right direction at the moment but we've learned he can go south quickly.
Anderson Varejao, C1/30/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Cleveland center Anderson Varejao (knee) is not playing Thursday against the Knicks.
Insight: Tyler Zeller started for a second straight game and we also expect to see a lot of Anthony Bennett after he scored a career-high 15 points in 31 minutes Tuesday.
Anderson Varejao, C1/29/2014 4:49:00 PM
Description: Cleveland center Anderson Varejao was able to get in a limited practice session on Wednesday. He's traveling with the team for Thursday night's game against the Knicks. SOURCE: Sam Amico, Fox Sports Ohio
Insight: There's a good chance we'll see Varejao (8.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg) back in the starting five Thursday at MSG. He missed Tuesday's game with a bruised knee. That was Varejao's first absence of the season.
Anthony Bennett, F1/28/2014 9:36:00 PM
Description: Cavs rookie Anthony Bennett recorded double-digit points for the first time in his career Tuesday in a loss to New Orleans.
Insight: Bennett finished with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting. The eight rebounds he corralled tied a season-high. The No. 1 pick in last year's draft had been a coach's decision DNP in six of his previous seven games before tonight's breakout performance.
Luol Deng, F1/28/2014 7:09:00 PM
Description: Cavs small forward Luol Deng is active for Tuesday's game against the Pelicans. SOURCE: Fox Sports Ohio
Insight: Deng missed practice for maintenance purposes on Monday. His Achilles isn't 100 percent but Deng has the All-Star break to look forward to in a few weeks. He's averaged 16.7 ppg in his first nine games with Cleveland.
Anderson Varejao, C1/28/2014 6:44:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao will miss Tuesday's game due to a left knee contusion, according to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Insight: Tyler Zeller is expected to make the start at center, but fantasy owners cannot expect him to duplicate the 10 points, 11.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals Varejao has put up in his 25 starts this season.
Luol Deng, F1/28/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers small forward Luol Deng missed Monday's practice due to his Achilles and should be considered questionable for Tuesday's game against New Orleans.
Insight: Deng had 18 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, one block and one steal over 41 minutes Sunday against the Suns. In nine games with Cleveland, Deng has averaged 33 minutes, 16.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game which is slightly down from his production in Chicago.
Anderson Varejao, C1/27/2014 8:44:00 PM
Description: Cavs center Anderson Varejao had an MRI on his hyperextended knee. Fortunately, it only revealed a bruise. SOURCE: Jason Lloyd, Akron Beacon Journal
Insight: Varejao missed practice Monday and is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Pelicans. Varejao is a below average offensive player (8.8 ppg) but makes up for it by being one of the most tenacious rebounders in the league (10.3 rpg, ninth in the NBA).
Anderson Varejao, C1/26/2014 10:59:00 PM
Description: Cleveland center Anderson Varejao hyperextended his left knee during Sunday's game, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: "I'll be fine," he said, adding that he is "trying to stay positive." Varejao has averaged 10.7 points, 13.5 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.9 blocks in his last 15 games. The 31-year-old has proven to be incredibly injury prone in his career, playing just 81 games in the previous three seasons combined.
Luol Deng, F1/26/2014 8:51:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers small forward Luol Deng had 18 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, one block and one steal over 41 minutes Sunday against the Suns.
Insight: In nine games with Cleveland, Deng has averaged 33 minutes, 16.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He was providing fantasy owners with 37.4 minutes, 19 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists when he was a member of the Bulls.
Kyrie Irving, G1/23/2014 8:57:00 PM
Description: Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving is headed to New Orleans. He'll represent the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Game for the second year in a row on February 16th.
Insight: The Australian-born point guard is averaging 21.7 ppg for the Cavaliers this season. He'll be joined in the starting lineup by LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Paul George.
Dion Waiters, SGCold1/20/2014 6:26:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters played just 17 minutes and had zero points Monday against the Mavericks.
Insight: We can probably attribute the lack of playing time to Waiters' ugly .291 shooting percentage his last five games.
Luol Deng, F1/20/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: In his five games with Cleveland, forward Luol Deng has continued to score at a pace similar to his time in Chicago, but his rebounding and assists totals are down.
Insight: Deng has been limited to about 30 mpg with the Cavs as compared to 37 in Chicago so this may be the cause of the drop in some categories. That should change when he's 100 percent healthy. Deng led the league in minutes played for two seasons (2011-12, 2012-13).
Tristan Thompson, CHot1/20/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Cavs power forward Tristan Thompson has posted six double-doubles in the past seven games.
Insight: Thompson is currently on a pace to set career highs in scoring average (12.2) and rebounds (9.8). The recent addition of Luol Deng to the lineup doesn't appear to have effected Thompson's fantasy value.
Anderson Varejao, C1/20/2014 3:36:00 AM
Description: Cleveland center Anderson Varejao was a fantasy stud Monday against Dallas, racking up 18 points, 21 rebounds and four assists.
Insight: Varejao continues to be a rebounding machine with at least 12 rebounds in 8-of-9 games this month and the most since he pulled down 25 rebounds on Jan 2.
Tristan Thompson, C1/15/2014 9:35:00 AM
Description: Cavs power forward Tristan Thompson generated 15 points and 13 rebounds Tuesday in a win over the Lakers.
Insight: By most measures, this has been Thompson's most productive season since entering the league in 2011. His 12.0 ppg average is a career-high, as are his 9.8 rpg. He's worth employing in most fantasy settings.
Anderson Varejao, C1/15/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Cleveland center Anderson Varejao proved to be the Lakers' kryptonite Tuesday night at Staples Center.
Insight: Varejao wound up with 18 points, 18 boards and six assists in a 120-118 Cavs victory. He's averaging double-digit rebounds for the third year in a row.
Luol Deng, F1/12/2014 4:45:00 PM
Description: According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cavaliers forward Luol Deng said he will be limited to 30 minutes Sunday as a precaution to protect his sore Achilles.
Insight: Deng had just 10 points and one rebound in 21 minutes Friday in his first game with the Cavaliers. He's been dealing with Achilles tendinitis for more than a month.
Jarrett Jack, G1/10/2014 2:06:00 PM
Description: Cavs point guard Jarrett Jack missed another game Tuesday while still dealing with back spasms and is listed as questionable for Friday's game against Utah.
Insight: With Irving back in the lineup, Jack's upside is limited. He's averaging 9.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.0 apg this season.
Kyrie Irving, G1/10/2014 2:01:00 PM
Description: Cavs guard Kyrie Irving (knee/oral surgery) practiced Thursday despite having a root canal earlier in the day. He's expected to play Friday night against Utah.
Insight: Irving missed three games with a bruised knee before returning against Philadelphia on Tuesday. He was just average in his return, scoring 16 points with eight assists.
Luol Deng, F1/8/2014 3:58:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said Luol Deng will "most likely" start Friday against the Jazz, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: The Cavs acquired Deng from the Bulls for Andrew Bynum Monday night, but he didn't play Tuesday. Deng averaged 22.1 ppg in 12 games after Derrick Rose tore his meniscus, but he's unlikely to provide that type of scoring on a team with Kyrie Irving. Look for an average closer to the 16.1 ppg Deng has put up throughout his career.
Anderson Varejao, C1/7/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Cavs center Anderson Varejao pulled down 14 rebounds in Tuesday's win over Philadelphia.
Insight: He also tied a season-high with 18 points. Varejao, an injury waiting to happen most seasons, has still yet to miss a game in 2013-14 (knock on wood).
C.J. Miles, GHot1/7/2014 9:37:00 PM
Description: Cavs shooting guard C.J. Miles (34 points) knocked down ten threes in Tuesday night's win over Philadelphia.
Insight: That's a new team-record for three-pointers in a game. The 34 points Miles generated on Tuesday were his most since March 16, 2011 when he put up 40 against the T-Wolves. Miles has averaged 22 ppg in four January appearances.
Kyrie Irving, G1/7/2014 5:34:00 PM
Description: Cavs guard Kyrie Irving (knee) is expected to start Tuesday against the Sixers, according to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Insight: Irving missed the last three games with a bruised knee. He's coming off a month in which he averaged 24.1 ppg on 46.1 percent shooting.
Kyrie Irving, G1/7/2014 4:22:00 PM
Description: Cavs guard Kyrie Irving (knee) went through shootaround but he will be a game-time decision Tuesday against the 76ers, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Jarrett Jack (back) has been ruled out, meaning Matthew Dellavedova may have to start for a second straight game if Irving cannot go.
Luol Deng, F1/7/2014 2:03:00 PM
Description: Small forward Luol Deng, traded to Cleveland Cavaliers this morning, isn't likely to play this evening against the 76ers, according to a Cleveland Plain Dealer report.
Insight: Deng (19.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 3.7 apg) should slide right into the starting SF slot and continue to produce as he did in Chicago, but he will have to do it starting with the next game on the schedule.
Jarrett Jack, G1/7/2014 1:56:00 PM
Description: Cavs point guard Jarrett Jack will miss another game Tuesday while still dealing with back spasms.
Insight: Jack could have been racking up the stats while Kyrie Irving was out of the lineup, but he couldn't make it to the starting line. Rookie Matt Dellavedova will either backup Irving if the star guard plays or start if his game-time decision is to sit out.
Luol Deng, F1/7/2014 10:21:00 AM
Description: Small forward Luol Deng will put his many talents to work for the Cleveland Cavaliers after being traded for Andrew Bynum and draft picks.
Insight: Deng (19.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 3.7 apg) should slide right into the starting SF slot and continue to produce as he did in Chicago.
Kyrie Irving, G1/6/2014 11:19:00 AM
Description: Cavs guard Kyrie Irving didn't play Sunday versus Indiana and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Philadelphia.
Insight: He continues to be bothered by a bruised knee. Cleveland's starting backcourt on Sunday was Matthew Dellavedova and C.J. Miles. Sixth man Dion Waiters could also be useful if both Irving and Jarrett Jack are sidelined.
Jarrett Jack, G1/5/2014 6:22:00 PM
Description: Cavs point guard Jarrett Jack will miss Sunday's game against the Pacers because of back spasms. SOURCE: Akron Beacon Journal
Insight: It's a shame because he would have seen a huge workload in Kyrie Irving's absence (he's out with a bruised knee). Instead, rookie Matt Dellavedova will make his fourth start of the season. This is the first game Jack has missed this year.
Kyrie Irving, G1/5/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: Cavs guard Kyrie Irving won't play Sunday versus Indiana. SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Insight: He continues to be bothered by a bruised knee. Cleveland's starting backcourt on Sunday will feature Matthew Dellavedova (4.5 ppg) and C.J. Miles (8.9 ppg). Sixth man Dion Waiters may end up playing more than both of them. Consider Irving day-to-day.
Kyrie Irving, G1/3/2014 3:20:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (knee) did not play Thursday and is not expected to make the trip to Brooklyn for Saturday's game.
Insight: Irving (22.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 6.1 apg) has avoided a serious issue after hearing a "pop" in his knee, but he'll miss a second straight game. Jarrett Jack (14 points, seven rebound, seven assists last game) will again start at point guard.
Kyrie Irving, G1/3/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (knee) did not play Thursday, but could return for Saturday's game.
Insight: Irving (22.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 6.1 apg) has avoided a serious issue. Jarrett Jack will again start at point guard if Irving can't go.
Dion Waiters, SG1/2/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: Cavs guard Dion Waiters has made just 20-of-64 (.313) from the field over his last four games, including 6-of-20 with 17 points Thursday against Orlando.
Insight: Waiters missed three games due to wrist tendinitis in December, but he had 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting in his return on Dec. 26 so we really can't pin his recent struggles on the injury. The streaky guard will heat up again soon.
Anderson Varejao, C1/2/2014 9:48:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao grabbed 25 rebounds and had 18 points in 39 minutes Thursday against the Magic.
Insight: Andrew Bynum's suspension opened the door for Varejao to rejoin the starting lineup and also absorb some of Bynum's minutes. He's played 35 minutes per game and averaged 13.3 points, 16 boards and 1.3 blocks in three games since the suspension was handed down.
Kyrie Irving, G1/2/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: The Cavaliers will hold out point guard Kyrie Irving (knee) Thursday, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Irving (22.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 6.1 apg) has avoided a serious issue after hearing a "pop" in his knee Tuesday, but he'll still sit out due to a contusion. Jarrett Jack will start at point guard Thursday.
Kyrie Irving, G1/2/2014 9:36:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has been diagnosed with a left knee contusion and is questionable for Thursday's game against Orlando. He'll be a game-time decision.
Insight: Irving (22.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 6.1 apg) has avoided a serious issue after hearing a "pop" in his knee Tuesday, but he's still questionable to play Thursday against the Magic. He'll be reevaluated at Thursday's morning shootaround. Obviously, if he plays, he's a must start.
Kyrie Irving, G1/1/2014 5:11:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has been diagnosed with a left knee contusion, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Irving has avoided a serious issue after hearing a "pop" in his knee Tuesday, but he's still questionable to play Thursday against the Magic. He'll be reevaluated at Thursday's morning shootaround.
Kyrie Irving, G12/31/2013 7:06:00 PM
Description: Kyrie Irving isn't out of the woods just yet. The Cavaliers guard is headed for an MRI on the knee he injured in Tuesday's loss to Indiana. SOURCE: Jason Lloyd, Akron Beacon Journal
Insight: Hopefully it's just precautionary. His X-rays already came back negative. Obviously it would be a huge loss for Cavaliers fans and fantasy owners alike if Irving were to miss any significant amount of time.
Kyrie Irving, G12/31/2013 5:13:00 PM
Description: Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving left the floor earlier with a knee injury but is already back in the game.
Insight: Fantasy owners can all let out a collective sigh of relief. Uncle Drew has struggled with his shot today, connecting on just 3-of-9 field goals for 10 points. He's 4-of-4 from the line.
Kyrie Irving, G12/31/2013 4:54:00 PM
Description: Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving hurt his knee Tuesday against Indiana and had to be helped off the floor.
Insight: He's in the locker room getting looked at as we speak. Irving's return is questionable. The Cavs will have to roll with Jarrett Jack at point guard while he's out.
Andrew Bynum, C12/29/2013 11:14:00 AM
Description: The Heat and Clippers are both expected to make a play for Andrew Bynum as soon as he is released. SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Insight: He's been suspended indefinitely by the Cavaliers and the team is hoping to have him off the roster by January 7th. Bynum never meshed in Cleveland but he could be a difference maker for Miami, a team that still doesn't have a true low post presence. Whether a fresh start will translate into fantasy relevance for Bynum remains to be seen.