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Anderson Varejao | Center/Forward

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 9/28/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 273
College: None
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Anderson Varejao scored seven points with three rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 19 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.
The Cavs do not want to raise his playing time because of how often he's hurt, so he won't see much of a boost while Timofey Mozgov (shoulder) is out. Nov 21 - 10:22 PM

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David Blatt said that he will try to find minutes for Anderson Varejao for Tuesday's matchup with the Jazz.

Varejao was a healthy DNP-CD during Sunday's win over the Pacers, but the Cavs could use his size going up against an imposing Utah frontcourt. Still, Varejao is unlikely to exceed the 15-minute-mark tonight, rendering him a non-option in most leagues.
Nov 10 - 5:37 PM

Anderson Varejao was a healthy DNP-CD on Sunday.

He was averaging 5.3 minutes in Cleveland's past three games, so this doesn't come as a huge surprise. The veteran's surgically-repaired Achilles isn't 100 percent, but even at full strength he has an uphill battle to earn minutes in a crowded frontcourt.
Nov 9 - 12:20 AM

Anderson Varejao played only five minutes off the Cavs' bench on Wednesday, going scoreless with two rebounds.

He played four minutes vs. the 76ers on Monday and there's simply no wiggle-room for him in the rotation. The reduced playing time is no surprise, as he admitted in late October that his surgically-repaired Achilles still isn't 100 percent.
Nov 4 - 11:10 PM

Anderson Varejao (Achilles) admitted that he still isn't 100 percent yet.

This is actually expected and it should be noted that Varejao is ahead of schedule. He has looked really good in the preseason and he was even able to play in a back-to-back set. "I’m really surprised," Varejao said. "I was feeling good, I was doing everything that I should over the summer, but I didn’t think I was going to be able to play back-to-backs like that and just be out there without any problems, without asking Coach to take me out. I’m a little surprised, but I know how hard I worked." Varejao will have a limited role behind Timofey Mozgov, but that should help him stay healthy as the Cavaliers set their sights on the NBA Finals.
Oct 21 - 1:54 PM

Anderson Varejao will be rested vs. the Mavericks on Monday.

There's no need for AV to play in back-to-back preseason games, so it's no surprise that he'll sit out as a precaution. Varejao has looked very good in a backup role this preseason, and Sunday was no exception -- he racked up 12 points, six rebounds, five assists and one steal in only 21 minutes vs. the Raptors.
Oct 18 - 8:47 PM

Anderson Varejao scored six points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 21 minutes against the Grizzlies on Monday.

AV has turned in some big fantasy lines, but all of his injuries have derailed his seasons several times. Even if he can get 22-24 minutes per game and stay on the court, Varejao may actually have some fantasy value.
Oct 12 - 10:25 PM

Anderson Varejao scored 10 points with three rebounds and one assist in just six minutes on Thursday against the 76ers.

The team rested him for the second half of the game as scheduled rest. Varejao had a ton of energy off the bench and looked great on offense, especially on the glass while he even scored on a face-up play. He is still going to be limited to start the year and is only worth a look in deeper leagues.
Oct 8 - 8:40 PM

Anderson Varejao was sharp in his long-awaited return, finishing with eight points on 4-of-5 shooting, two boards, two assists and two turnovers in 15 minutes.

Varejao hadn't played since tearing his Achilles last December, but he's had ample time to recover and should earn solid minutes backing up Timofey Mozgov at center. He's never provided many defensive stats and the reserve role guarantees that he'll be on the waiver wire in standard leagues.
Oct 7 - 9:43 PM

Anderson Varejao said that his Achilles is feeling good.

"I'm feeling pretty good," Varejao said. "I'm just going to have to take baby steps, little by little, to get back into the game, my rhythm and everything. I don't know if I'm doing it as fast as I used to, but I'm basically doing everything right now." Varejao will come off the bench behind Timofey Mozgov this season and the Cavs will limit his minutes in order to keep him fresh for the playoffs, so he is not a recommended target in standard leagues.
Oct 2 - 9:41 AM

Anderson Varejao said that he's no longer thinking about his Achilles when running.

Varejao said he got some good advice from Chauncey Billups and Jonas Jerebko on what goes into the recovery process when returning from an Achilles injury, and he's on track to be ready for when the regular-season kicks off. However, the Cavs will more than likely try and keep Varejao's minutes down this season so he's healthy for a deep playoff run, meaning it'll be tough for him to attain any value in standard fantasy leagues.
Oct 1 - 2:18 PM

Anderson Varejao (Achilles) said he will be a "full go from the beginning."

He reportedly wasn't expected to be ready for camp, so this is a great sign for him. The Cavs almost certainly will want to keep Varejao's minutes down to keep him healthy, so he's not a terrific fantasy target.
Sep 28 - 3:02 PM

Joe Harris said that Anderson Varejao (Achilles) and Kevin Love (shoulder) looked "really good" when working out with the team in Miami.

Varejao is coming off an Achilles injury, but reports thus far are that he will be good to go for training camp. However, an Achilles injury is nothing to shrug at, and given that an ideal situation for Varejao involves him playing limited minutes behind Timofey Mozgov, there's no reason to target him on draft day.
Sep 22 - 6:20 PM

Anderson Varejao (Achilles) is not expected to be limited for training camp.

The Cavs are likely going to monitor AV, which makes sense given his track record with injuries. He's almost certainly not going to get more than minutes in the teens this season to keep him fresh, so fantasy owners can probably steer clear in most leagues.
Sep 21 - 5:23 PM

The Cavaliers sent a trainer and coach to work out with Anderson Varejao in Brazil this summer, and so far "all is well" with his surgically-repaired Achilles.

The Cavs have enough depth to ease Varejao back into the rotation, where he'll be the primary backup for C Timofey Mozgov. Varejao has never blocked many shots and his injury risk, combined with a reserve role, make him a player to avoid on draft day.
Sep 15 - 1:24 PM

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