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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
Contract: view contract details

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Richard Jefferson will move back to the bench on Thursday.
With Kevin Love back, R-Jeff will shift back to being more of a backup to LeBron James. Love's return also takes away from Channing Frye and Derrick Williams. Jefferson, Frye and Williams won't be worth using when the Cavs aren't resting players. Mar 16 - 5:33 PM

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Richard Jefferson started for the fifth straight game and scored 16 points in his second straight, adding two steals and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

J.R. Smith is back in action, but Kyle Korver is still working his way back from a foot injury. Once they're both healthy, Korver should end up displacing RJ in the starting unit. However, if you look at just RJ's last two games, he's averaging 16 points and four 3-pointers on 11-of-15 shooting. But if you add in his other three games, his five-game averages are 9.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.0 3-pointers on 53 percent shooting. There's no reason to own him at this point, but if Korver's not back soon and RJ stays hot, that could possibly change.
Mar 14 - 10:07 PM

Richard Jefferson scored a season-high 16 points during Sunday's tough loss in Houston, making 6-of-6 shots with a 4-of-4 mark from downtown.

RJ scored all of his points in the first half, adding three rebounds and one assist in 31 minutes of action. His minutes should shrink once Kyle Korver (foot) is healthy and J.R. Smith (22 minutes) gets up to speed, and the fact that this was a season-high says plenty about Jefferson's lack of fantasy appeal.
Mar 13 - 12:11 AM

Richard Jefferson will get another start on Thursday against the Pistons.

He got the start on Monday when the Cavs had LeBron James vs. Miami, but it didn't work out in the loss. Jefferson only scored two points in 29 minutes during that game, so he's not exactly someone fantasy owners should be counting on.
Mar 9 - 7:26 PM

Richard Jefferson is starting vs. the Heat on Monday.

The Cavaliers are mixing up their lineups these days, but Jefferson usually eats last on offense. J.R. Smith (thumb) is nearing a return, so Jefferson's minutes and touches will be pretty low when the Cavs aren't resting their studs. Leave him on the wire.
Mar 6 - 5:42 PM

Richard Jefferson shifted to a bench role on Wednesday with eight points, four rebounds, two assists and one block.

RJ knocked down one 3-pointer in 18 minutes of action, and this about sums up his fantasy appeal. His minutes are inconsistent, and even with Kevin Love out of action there's no incentive to own him outside of very deep formats.
Mar 2 - 12:30 AM

Richard Jefferson will return to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Celtics.

Jefferson got the start over Channing Frye on Monday in a matchup-based move against the Bucks, but it'll be Frye back in the starting five tonight against Boston's more traditional frontcourt. Jefferson is not a viable target in any scenario.
Mar 1 - 7:44 PM

Richard Jefferson will replace Channing Frye in the starting lineup for Monday's matchup with Milwaukee.

Head coach Tyronn Lue described this move as a matchup-based decision, as he'd like Frye to spend more time guarding Monroe in the second-unit, and he feels Jefferson will match up better with Michael Beasley. The move makes sense, but there won't be any major fantasy implications here, as Jefferson tends to be irrelevant regardless of how he enters the game.
Feb 27 - 5:32 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

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