Player News - Cavaliers

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Kevin Love admitted that he is still trying to find his place in the Cavaliers' offense after Wednesday loss to the Spurs.

While Love's averages of 17.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 2.2 three-pointers per game are still solid fantasy output, owners still aren't getting what they expected when they used a first-round pick on the big man. "I'm just trying to find myself in this offense," Love said after the game. "I came here to win. We're going to figure it out. We're going to be OK." Fantasy owners shouldn't panic as Love has better days ahead of him, but expectations need to be tempered as he sacrifices touches to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
Nov 20 - 9:34 AM

Dion Waiters, who blew up for 20 point off the bench on Monday, hit just 2-of-7 shots in 21 minutes of Wednesday's loss to the Spurs.

Waiters minutes have taken a hit since he was pulled from the starting lineup and his big games are going to be few and far between if 18 minutes a night. Unfortunately, tonight was probably closer to reality than Monday, especially since Joe Harris played six more minutes than him, but had just five points and a 3-pointer.
Nov 19 - 11:13 PM

LeBron James hit 6-of-17 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points, six rebounds, nine assists, a steal, a block and five turnovers in Wednesday's loss to the Spurs.

Kyrie Irving was better on 7-of-15 shooting and three 3-pointers for 20 points, just two assists, and three steals. LeBron's ball handling is probably going to hurt Irving's assist numbers over the course of the season, along with Kevin Love's rebounding and scoring. Had LeBron limited his TOs and made a few more shots tonight, the Cavs would have beaten the Spurs, but they played solid defense against him. LeBron wasn't at his best tonight, but he's having a big season and should be ready to dominate against the Wizards on Friday.
Nov 19 - 11:04 PM

Anderson Varejao, who played 18 minutes and failed to score on Monday, blew up for 23 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks on 11-of-16 shooting against the Spurs on Wednesday.

He followed up his worst game of the season with his best and Varejao looks like a complete mystery thus far. After going on a three-game "tear" where he averaged 14.3 points and 4.5 rebounds last week, he disappeared for a two-game streak of 1.0 points and 7.0 rebounds before tonight's explosion. With his season highs in both points and boards tonight, it's possible the Cavs are just going to showcase Varejao in the big matchups this season in hopes of keeping him healthy. And that has fantasy headache written all over it.
Nov 19 - 10:59 PM

Kevin Love hit just 4-of-12 shots and no 3-pointers on his way to 10 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block in 35 minutes of Wednesday's loss to the Spurs.

Love's owners may have to be talked off a ledge after this one. He's had a fine season, but hasn't exactly been the superstar they were looking to draft in the first round of drafts. Love has now scores 14 or fewer points in four of his last seven games, has four games on the season with eight or fewer rebounds, and has finished three games without a 3-pointer, including tonight. He's averaging a respectable 17.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.2 3-pointers per game, but sometimes you don't get what you pay for.
Nov 19 - 10:52 PM

Shawn Marion (foot) will start against the Spurs on Wednesday night.

He has a foot bruise, but he was expected to start since shootaround. Marion should be good to go, but is not a fantasy option with his low shot total.
Nov 19 - 5:32 PM

LeBron James stated during a recent interview that his minutes have to "come down."

"For me, I don't want to [play heavy minutes] all year," James said. "Obviously right now it's difficult because we're trying to find a groove and we're trying to find a rhythm and we're trying to find something that you can't really, you don't want to shortcut it but at the same time you gotta be smart about it." James is currently averaging the third-most minutes per game in the NBA at 39.1 per game, but a slight reduction in minutes wouldn't hinder James' value. When LBJ is on the court, he will put up big stat lines, so owners have nothing to worry about with this report.
Nov 18 - 6:29 PM

Shawn Marion (high foot bruise) did not practice on Tuesday, but head coach David Blatt expects him to play Wednesday vs. San Antonio.

Marion told Blatt that if he could walk, he will play, so we're not expecting this injury to sideline him for any games. However, Marion is averaging just 6.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.0 block per game with the starting unit, so he's not worth owning in standard leagues.
Nov 18 - 3:50 PM

LeBron James is still working on building a relationship with Cavaliers head coach David Blatt.

James and Blatt had somewhat contrary statements about the Cavs' energy level after Monday's loss to the Nuggets, but we're still only nine games into the regular season so it's not time to send the two to counseling just yet. "Every day we continue to learn each other, as a group, as individuals," James said before the Cavs' loss. "He's an intense guy, very intense guy. Wants to win, wants to do it the right way. He doesn't want to mess around too much with the process, and you can respect that." Regardless of his relationship with his head coach, James' fantasy owners have to be happy with his top-5 play over the last two weeks.
Nov 18 - 11:00 AM

LeBron James played through the flu in the Cavs' 106-97 home loss to the reeling Nuggets on Monday, scoring 22 points on 8-of-18 shooting with nine rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 41 minutes.

The flu is doubtful to hold him back going forward, especially with the Cavs under increased scrutiny with each passing loss. We're keeping him off the injury report.
Nov 17 - 11:14 PM

Kevin Love went for 20 and 11 in Monday's loss to the Nuggets, hitting 7-of-13 shots (1-of-5 from deep, 5-of-6 from the line) with one assist and no defensive stats.

Love is still playing well below his ADP and it fits the narrative that the Cavs will take a while to gel. It's still buy low territory.
Nov 17 - 11:12 PM

Anderson Varejao played just 18 minutes and finished with zero points, four rebounds and one block in Monday's loss to the Nuggets.

Good percentages are saving him in standard formats, where he is a very low-end and risky 12-team asset.
Nov 17 - 11:10 PM

Tristan Thompson had two steals and three blocks to go with five points and seven boards in 23 minutes off the bench on Monday.

Thompson has been heating up lately but his fantasy deficiencies give him a late-round upside at best. He's worth a glance if you need a warm body in a 14-team league.
Nov 17 - 11:08 PM

Dion Waiters scored 20 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 9-of-16 shots (including two threes) with two rebounds, one assist and two steals.

Waiters hovers around the bottom of the top-200 in standard fantasy leagues and needs a prolonged stretch of production before we're biting.
Nov 17 - 10:35 PM

Joe Harris scored three points on 1-of-5 shooting (all threes) with two rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes on Monday.

Harris has to have a lot go right to have any fantasy value even if he starts for the Cavs, which was reportedly a possibility from a report over the weekend. Watch this action from the wire for now.
Nov 17 - 10:32 PM


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