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Anderson Varejao | Center/Forward

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 9/28/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 267
College: None
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Anderson Varejao led Brazil with 12 points and nine boards in their elimination loss to Serbia in the FIBA World Cup.
The loss means the wealth of NBA talent on team Brazil can now focus on the upcoming NBA season. Brazil's professional players include Varejao, Nene, Leandro Barbosa, and Tiago Splitter. Sep 10 - 3:16 PM

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Anderson Varejao doesn't expect his role to change with the Cavaliers.

"I don't think it's going to change," Varejao said. "I played with LeBron for six years and what I did was playing defense, setting screens for everybody, fighting for every rebound and being ready on the offensive side when I get the ball." Varejao's statement basically verifies his limited fantasy potential with the Cavaliers, but he can still provide owners in deeper leagues with solid rebounding numbers.
Source: Hoops Hype
Sep 2 - 10:20 AM

Anderson Varejao revealed during an interview on Saturday that he is feeling 100 percent healthy and is looking forward to the upcoming NBA season.

"I feel pretty good. I feel like I’m 100 percent," said Varejao. "I feel like I’m moving a lot better. I’m healthy. I feel like I’m in shape." Varejao had a rough four-years following the departure of LeBron James, as he's averaged just 37 games per season. However, Cleveland was also exquisitely bad during that time, so he really didn't have much to play for. But now with the Cavs penciled in as championship-favorites, Varejao will need to remain healthy and bring his defensive intensity on a nightly basis. Varejao is mostly a rebounding specialist, and given his extensive injury history, he doesn't merit much more than a late-round flier in standard leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 1 - 2:40 PM

Anderson Varejao was dressed and ready to play and make one final appearance in front of his home fans on Wednesday, but was left on the bench by coach Mike Brown, who simply chose not to play Varejao in a meaningless blowout win over the Nets. .

That was likely Varejao's last game as a Cavalier and would have been an opportunity for the fans to say goodbye to one of the team's better players over the last several years Brown also failed to play wildly popular Zydrunas Ilgauskas back in 2009 on a night he would have broken the team's all-time games played record, a move that drew the public ire of LeBron James at the time. While Brown is a respected NBA coach, it's reasonable to think that his treatment of Ilgauskas and Varejao in these instances might not go unnoticed by some players around the league, and could impact Cleveland's ability to sign free agents at some point down the line.
Apr 17 - 10:51 AM

Anderson Varejao returned after a one-game absence on Friday with nine points, five boards, two assists and one foul in 24 minutes.

His injury to his AC joint in his right shoulder looked serious over the weekend, and it was a mild surprise to see him back so soon. Varejao could be looking at a double-double average the rest of the way, but that's a bit of an optimistic outlook. He's a low-upside, high-risk player for owners in deeper leagues.
Apr 4 - 11:25 PM

Anderson Varejao (right shoulder) will play against the Hawks on Friday.

Surprisingly, he only needed one game on the sidelines to recover from his AC joint sprain. Varejao is one of the more injury prone players in the NBA, so he's still a risky player to use tonight or even pick up. Tyler Zeller's fantasy value takes a hit here.
Apr 4 - 6:17 PM

Anderson Varejao (shoulder) is a game-time decision for Friday's matchup with the Hawks.

Varejao has rejoined the team in Atlanta, giving him a chance to play through his sprained AC joint. He'll come off the bench and cut into some of Spencer Hawes' upside if he does suit up.
Apr 4 - 11:04 AM

Anderson Varejao (sprained right AC joint) is expected to join the Cavaliers in Atlanta and he could play Friday vs. the Hawks.

The Cavs have won six of their past seven games and trail the eighth-place Knicks by only two games, so Varejao may press the issue to help his team keep up their momentum. He'll play limited minutes in a reserve role, as he has since Spencer Hawes was acquired, so there's minimal upside here for fantasy owners.
Apr 3 - 5:10 PM

Anderson Varejao was diagnosed with a sprained right AC joint and has been ruled out for Wednesday vs. the Magic.

There's a decent chance he's out for the season, but there is no timetable given on his possible return just yet. The AC joint allows a player to raise his hands above his head, which is obviously a very important thing to do when grabbing rebounds. Varejao suffered the injury on Sunday and he was not able to return. There is no reason to own in him in almost any format. Tyler Zeller fill AV's spot in the rotation while Tristan Thompson and Spencer Hawes should see a few extra minutes.

Anderson Varejao suffered a right shoulder sprain on Sunday and is doubtful to return.

There's certainly a chance he'll miss time here and the Cavs will likely give him an MRI. Varejao just can't stay healthy these days and his fantasy owners should probably just cut him outright. Spencer Hawes, Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller should get more playing time.

Anderson Varejao suffered an arm injury against the Pacers on Sunday and went to the locker room.

He was grabbing at his shoulder and continued to play as his arm was dangling on the one possession he played before going to the locker room. Varejao ran to the locker room under his own power and is likely being evaluated right now. If he needs to miss time, Tristan Thompson, Spencer Hawes and Tyler Zeller would benefit.
Mar 30 - 4:02 PM

Anderson Varejao came off the bench and had 12 points, 16 rebounds and a steal on 5-of-9 shooting in 31 minutes on Wednesday.

He double-doubled on Saturday, posted a dud on Sunday, and looked great again tonight. He's worth owning in all leagues and might have ruined the fantasy value of Spencer Hawes in the process. But if the Cavaliers continue to blow games and fall out of the playoff race, Varejao remains a shutdown candidate.
Mar 26 - 11:38 PM

Anderson Varejao followed up Saturday's double-double with only four points and four rebounds vs. the Knicks on Sunday.

AV also turned the ball over three times in 20 minutes off the bench. This game underscores his lack of fantasy appeal now that Spencer Hawes is dominating minutes at center and the Cavs are determined to limit Varejao's playing time.
Mar 23 - 10:30 PM

Anderson Varejao came off the bench for 16 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and a block in 26 minutes of Tuesday's loss to the Heat.

He had two points and 12 rebounds on Sunday, meaning he's averaging 11.5 boards and 2.0 steals over his last two games. If you need a big man, he's worth a look now that he appears to be healthy again. And the Cavs have a decent fantasy playoff schedule, going 4-3-3 over the next three weeks.
Mar 19 - 12:59 AM

Anderson Varejao grabbed 12 rebounds on Sunday for his first double-digit game since returning to action in mid-March, but he added only two points and one steal in 19 minutes.

Varejao's boards were nice and he played well during his limited stints. Fantasy owners should leave him on the scrap heap, however, since Spencer Hawes is playing well as a starter and the Cavs are determined to limit AV's playing time.
Mar 17 - 12:24 AM

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