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Richard Jefferson | Forward | #24

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (36) / 6/21/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 233
College: Arizona
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 1 (13) / HOU
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Richard Jefferson played 31 minutes in a start for LeBron James (illness) against the Bulls on Saturday, scoring nine points with three rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer.
LeBron has strep throat, but chances are he should be well enough to play on Monday against the Bucks. If not, Jefferson would still only be a desperation play in DFS or as a streamer. There are only seven games on Monday, though. Feb 25 - 11:17 PM

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Richard Jefferson will start for LeBron James (illness) against the Bulls on Saturday.

He will get the Jimmy Butler assignment tonight and should get some decent minutes. In the last game without LeBron, Jefferson scored just two points in 22 minutes. He should be better than that because Kevin Love (knee) did play, but RJ is a risky DFS play. Expect more shots going to Channing Frye and Kyle Korver, as well.
Feb 25 - 6:58 PM

Richard Jefferson will start in place of LeBron James (illness) if James is unable to play Saturday night vs. the Bulls.

LeBron missed the team's shootaround this morning and is listed as questionable. Even if he is inserted into the starting lineup, Jefferson is not a reliable fantasy contributor. He has started six games this season but is averaging just 6.8 points and 1.7 rebounds in those six contests. Incredibly, the Cavs are just 4-18 since the start of the 2014 season when James doesn't play.
Feb 25 - 12:03 PM

Richard Jefferson came off the bench on Wednesday and picked up four points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 28 minutes.

RJ continues to gain more playing time in Kevin Love's absence, but Love's MRI came back negative and he's probably just day-to-day. There's no reason to pick up Jefferson in most situations.
Feb 1 - 10:32 PM

Richard Jefferson will start in place of Kevin Love (back) on Monday vs. the Mavericks.

Coach Tyronn Lue didn't provide an update on Love, but Jefferson is not a fantasy pickup regardless of Love's status moving forward -- Lue said he will mix up his starting lineup based on the matchups moving forward. Jefferson has made five previous starts this season and posted averages of 6.0 points, 1.4 assists, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 triple.
Jan 30 - 7:10 PM

Richard Jefferson (personal) has been excused for Wednesday's game vs. the Kings.

RJ is attending the birth of his son. His absence should open up a few extra minutes for Kyle Korver and Channing Frye, but there are no clear fantasy winners here. Consider him day-to-day.
Jan 25 - 7:37 PM

Richard Jefferson started for LeBron James (rest) on Monday and had just two points in 22 minutes of a loss to the Pistons.

DeAndre Liggins is starting for J.R. Smith (thumb surgery) and failed to score in 18 minutes. Neither Jefferson or Liggins are worth using right now, whether coming off the bench or starting.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 11:00:00 PM

Richard Jefferson will enter the starting lineup for Monday's game vs. the Pistons.

With LeBron James resting, Jefferson and James Jones are both looking at sizable workloads tonight. Jefferson is more of a defender at this point in his career and Jones is just going to space the floor, so there's not much upside here.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 06:15:00 PM

With Kevin Love (knee) returning to the starting lineup, Richard Jefferson will get bumped to the bench on Friday vs. the Nets.

Jefferson isn't worthy of a roster spot even when starting, so his move back to the bench has little fantasy relevance.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 06:24:00 PM

Richard Jefferson was ejected for picking up two technical fouls on Wednesday.

Jefferson was ejected after a tie-up with Thon Maker to get the double tech. After he was ejected, he threw his jersey into the stands. He'll likely be fined for throwing his jersey in the stands, but shouldn't be suspended. Jefferson finished with 10 points, four assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes during his start for Kevin Love. He doesn't have much value.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 09:16:00 PM

Richard Jefferson will start in place of Kevin Love (knee) on Wednesday to face the Bucks.

The Cavs are thin with J.R. Smith (thumb) also out for this game. Jefferson played 27.0 minutes per game in his previous three starts this year, averaging 6.0 points, 1.7 boards, 0.7 assists and 0.3 steals. He won't have much fantasy value.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 05:35:00 PM

Richard Jefferson started in place of Kevin Love (knee) on Tuesday and hit 2-of-7 shots and a 3-pointer for eight points in an overtime win over the Bucks

Love is iffy for Wednesday, when they'll face the Bucks again, but whether he's in or out, you don't want to mess with RJ in any fantasy format.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 12:09:00 AM

Richard Jefferson will be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Bucks, with Kevin Love (knee) unavailable.

In two starts this season, Jefferson has contributed averages of 5.0 points, 1.0 assist, 1.5 boards and 1.0 triple per contest, so don't get too excited about the 36-year-old earning another start. Channing Frye, however, should see an uptick in minutes and he'd be on the radar as a potential streamer for owners seeking a boost in the 3-point category.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 02:39:00 PM

Richard Jefferson had five points, three rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes as a fill-in starter on Wednesday.

LeBron James was rested tonight, as he will be occasionally throughout the season, but that only gives Jefferson sporadic appeal in DFS or as a streaming option. As tonight's line shows, even LeBron's absence isn't a guarantee of value.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 10:08:00 PM

Richard Jefferson started on Tuesday vs. Toronto and played 26 minutes, but only scored five points with one assist and one triple.

He finished with five fouls and only took five shots on the night, hitting two of them. Even if J.R. Smith (ankle) misses another game on Wednesday vs. the Pacers, Jefferson won't be a great streaming option.
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 09:51:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kyrie Irving
2DeAndre Liggins
3Kay Felder
SG1J.R. Smith
2Iman Shumpert
3Kyle Korver
4Jordan McRae
SF1LeBron James
2Richard Jefferson
3James Jones
PF1Kevin Love
2Channing Frye
3Derrick Williams
C1Tristan Thompson