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Anderson Varejao | Center/Forward

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 9/28/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 267
College: None
Contract: view contract details

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Anderson Varejao underwent surgery on Friday to repair his torn Achilles and he will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season.
The Cavs surprised everyone by starting Shawn Marion, and not Tristan Thompson, on Christmas but Thompson ended up playing more minutes during that game anyway. It seems like only a matter of time until Thompson finds himself in the starting lineup, and for that reason he should be owned in all leagues. Dec 26 - 5:49 PM

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The Cavs are reportedly doing their due diligence but are in no rush to find a replacement for Anderson Varejao (Achilles).

The Cavs are reportedly intrigued by going with a small ball lineup, so it appears nothing is imminent on the trade front. Tristan Thompson looks to be the primary beneficiary with Varejao being ruled out for the rest of the season, and he should be owned in all leagues.
Dec 25 - 5:00 PM

Anderson Varejao suffered a torn Achilles tendon during Tuesday's game and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

This is terrible news for the Cavaliers and we wish Varejao all the best. This leaves Cleveland incredibly thin in their frontcourt and we expect them to be very aggressive in the trade market following this news. Tristan Thompson will likely step into the starting lineup and should be owned in all leagues.
Dec 24 - 12:17 PM

According to a source close to Anderson Varejao, his ankle injury does not look good at all and he is currently having an MRI.

This report comes from Adrian Wojnarowski, so there is definitely some credibility here. We should know the severity of the injury very shortly after the MRI, so we won't speculate as to what is going on. Stay tuned.
Dec 24 - 10:32 AM

The Cavaliers are concerned that Anderson Varejao may have injured his left Achilles during Tuesday's game, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today.

Varejao collapsed under the basket on Tuesday and couldn't put any weight on his leg while being helped off the court. He had a walking boot and crutches while leaving the arena and all signs point to an extended absence, but the Cavs have yet to officially diagnose the injury. Tristan Thompson should start at center if Varejao misses any games, though a long-term injury could prompt them to explore the trade market for available centers. Varejao should undergo further testing on Wednesday, so check back soon for updates.
Dec 24 - 1:41 AM

Anderson Varejao (ankle) was seen in a walking boot after Tuesday's game and was also using crutches.

Coach David Blatt said that he was dealing with some type of ankle issue and that he would be re-evaluated on Wednesday morning. It looks like Varejao may see some time on the sidelines so owners would be wise to have a backup plan ready. Tristan Thompson would likely draw the start on Thursday if Varejao can't play. Stay tuned.
Dec 23 - 9:50 PM

Anderson Varejao was helped to the Cavaliers' locker room after injuring his left leg/ankle during Tuesday's game, and will not return.

He collapsed under the basket and wasn't able to put any weight on his left leg as he headed off the court. The Cavaliers will re-evaluate him on Wednesday so owners will want to check back for updates. Tristan Thompson would likely shift into the starting lineup if the injury prevents Varejao from playing during Cleveland's back-to-back games on Thursday and Friday.
Dec 23 - 8:39 PM

Anderson Varejao poured in 18 efficient points during Sunday's win over the Grizzlies, adding seven rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes.

AV made 9-of-12 field goals without committing any turnovers, and this was his second-highest scoring game of the season (trailing only a 23-point outburst in mid-November). He's averaging a modest 25.0 minutes per game this year but that's been enough for late-round value in 8-cat/9-cat leagues.
Dec 21 - 7:12 PM

Anderson Varejao played just 17 minutes in Friday's win, scoring seven points on 1-of-4 shooting with five rebounds and one block.

Varejao has been ice-cold lately and though he's returning late-round value on the season, with limited upside as well as durability issues owners shouldn't be attached to him in 12-team formats.
Dec 20 - 12:45 AM

Anderson Varejao was quiet in 16 foul-plagued minutes during Tuesday's home win, finishing with eight points, six rebounds, one assist and one block.

Tristan Thompson (34 minutes) has been playing well off the Cavs' bench, and for now coach David Blatt seems comfortable keeping AV in the starting lineup. He's been held to single-digit scoring in five straight games and doesn't contribute much beyond FG percentage and rebounds, yet he's still returning top-100 value in nine-cat leagues.
Dec 9 - 9:46 PM

Anderson Varejao returned from his rib injury to start Tuesday's game, finishing with eight points, eight rebounds, one assist and two steals in a home victory vs. Milwaukee.

Tristan Thompson headed back to the bench where he had six points, three rebounds and one block in 26 minutes. Varejao played 27 minutes and coach David Blatt seems content to keep AV as a starter indefinitely. He's been a steady top-100 value all season (9-cat) and fantasy owners should feel confident using him for help with rebounding, blocks and FG percentage.
Dec 2 - 9:58 PM

Anderson Varejao (ribs) will return from a one-game absence and start at center on Tuesday as the Cavs take on the Bucks.

Varejao's return to the starting lineup will send Tristan Thompson back to the bench, making him a difficult player to own in standard leagues. Varejao has a favorable matchup tonight against the Bucks, so owners looking for some rebounds and blocks can go ahead and get him active.
Dec 2 - 5:33 PM

Anderson Varejao (ribs) practiced on Monday and is expected to play against the Bucks on Tuesday.

He missed Saturday due to a rib contusion and it allowed Tristan Thompson to play big minutes with a double-double. Varejao and Thompson are risky plays this week and Thompson is more of a stash in deep leagues.
Dec 1 - 3:28 PM

Anderson Varejao (ribs) will not play against the Pacers on Saturday.

He was questionable for the game and went through a full practice this morning. Varejao has suffered a lot of injuries in his career and perhaps that factored into sitting him out. He shouldn't miss much time and we expect him to be ready for Tuesday. Tristan Thompson is an option as a plug-and-play tonight.
Nov 29 - 5:50 PM

Anderson Varejao made it through a full shootaround on Saturday morning and will be a game-time decision.

He is dealing with a rib contusion so it is not considered serious. He suffered the injury on Monday but was able to play through it during Wednesday's game even though it was sore. While it wouldn't be surprising to see the Cavs exercise caution here given the Brazilian's injury history, he should have a good chance to play Saturday. If he can't go, expect Tristan Thompson to have a feast as he would likely play all the minutes he can handle. Check back before tip-off for the latest updates.
Nov 29 - 11:13 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Kyrie Irving
2Matthew Dellavedova
3A.J. Price
SG1Shawn Marion
2Dion Waiters
3James Jones
4Joe Harris
SF1LeBron James
2Mike Miller
PF1Kevin Love
2Tristan Thompson
C1Anderson Varejao
2Brendan Haywood
3Louis Amundson