Anderson Varejao falls back to earth Weds. (Oct 22 12:00 ET )
Anderson Varejao, who had 22 points and eight rebounds on Monday, hit just 1-of-4 shots for two points and one rebound in 16 minutes on Wednesday.
The Scoop: LeBron James wasn't on hand to spread out the floor tonight, and it showed. Varejao is going to have some big games this season, but he's a huge injury risk. He's already dealing with some knee injuries and if he goes down, Tristan Thompson will likely take over in the middle. Varejao's worth owning, as usual, but owners have to prepare themselves for him to be shut down at some point due to injury.
The Scoop:Tristan Thompson is coming off the bench tonight. Over the weekend, coach David Blatt said he was going to treat this game like a regular season contest, so this is a telling development if what he said was true. Varejao is hurt quite a bit, but he does offer higher upside than Thompson.
Anderson Varejao (knee) started against the Bulls in Monday's exhibition, scoring 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting with eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks in just 23 minutes.
The Scoop:The numbers have to be taken with a preseason grain of salt but because David Blatt ran things as if tonight was a regular season game it looks like Varejao is the starting center. He's always been productive when healthy, but therein lies the problem and he's a late round selection only because of his record in that department.
Anderson Varejao sat out Wednesday's game with a sore knee.
The Scoop:He's OK, but the Cavaliers are going to be cautious with their fragile big man. He should be ready for the start of the season, assuming his knee problem isn't being reported accurately. If he does miss time, Tristan Thompson and Brendan Haywood will fill in for him.
Anderson Varejao banged knees with another player, left the game and spent the rest of the night having his right knee looked at on the bench.
The Scoop:He didn't go to the locker room and coach Blatt expects him to play tomorrow, although we're guessing he'll get the night off if he's dealing with any soreness on Wednesday afternoon. Varejao had six points and four rebounds in 23 minutes before exiting, and should be considered day-to-day.
Anderson Varejao played well in his native country of Brazil, scoring 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting in 19 minutes.
The Scoop:He also only added three rebounds with no defensive stats, which is a little discouraging. However, he did draw the start and could be a huge factor for the Cavs down the stretch if he stays healthy. Varejao is worth a late-round pick due to his rebounding prowess.
The Scoop:It would be a bit of a buzzkill if head coach David Blatt decided not to start Varejao in his home country of Brazil, but this will be a good opportunity for Varejao to show Blatt what he can do as a starter. Blatt has been running with Tristan Thompson as the starting center up to this point, so the battle for the starting center spot is far from over. Varejao is a rebounding beast, but it remains to be seen if he can remain healthy throughout an 82-game season. Still, his upside makes him worthy of a late-round flier in standard leagues.
Anderson Varejao grabbed 15 rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench during Cleveland's 107-80 win vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv on Sunday.
The Scoop:It's still uncertain whether Varejao or Tristan Thompson will start at C on opening night, but thus far coach David Blatt has leaned toward Thompson. Varejao can return solid fantasy value in 30 minutes per game, and the more pressing concern is whether he can stay healthy throughout an 82-game schedule.
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