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Cameron Payne scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting, adding four rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal in 24 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

Payne is on his second 10-day contract with the Cavs and has surprisingly been passable over the last few games. Across the last two weeks of action, Payne is posting top-120 value in 9-category leagues. It remains to be seen if the Cavs will sign him for the rest of the season, but deep-league owners should keep an eye on him.
Jan 19 - 12:08 AM

Matthew Dellavedova scored 10 points (4-of-8 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs) with two rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

Delly flirted with fantasy relevance when he first returned to Cleveland after the trade, but he's fallen back off the fantasy radar since. He's not a long-term piece for the team and won't see much time do to the excess of guards that the Cavs have. Leave Delly on the wire.
Jan 19 - 12:03 AM

Channing Frye scored four points with one rebound, two assists and one steal in 14 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

Frye saw time for the first time in four games with Tristan Thompson (foot) sitting out. The veteran big man is buried on the bench and has very little fantasy value.
Jan 19 - 12:01 AM

Ante Zizic double-doubled against the Jazz on Friday, scoring 15 points (7-of-12 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs) with 10 rebounds, one block and one steal in 37 minutes.

Zizic got the start with Tristan Thompson (foot) sitting out and responded with the first double-double of his young career. Luckily for him, the game got out of hand and Rudy Gobert sat for the last 15 minutes. Zizic put up 12 points and grabbed six boards in the fourth quarter. Those that streamed him will still be happy.
Jan 18 - 11:59 PM

Ante Zizic will start against the Jazz on Friday.

Tristan Thompson (left foot soreness) is sitting this one out, and the Cavs may dial back his workload and give him some DNPs as the speed of their tank picks up. It's a brutal matchup against Rudy Gobert, but Zizic still has some decent streaming appeal and looked good on Wednesday with 16 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and one assist.
Jan 18 - 9:02 PM

Tristan Thompson (left foot soreness) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. the Jazz.

Thompson missed most of December due to a foot injury, and the tanking Cavs may rest him periodically over the second half of the season. Friday is the front end of a back-to-back for Cleveland. With both Thompson and Larry Nance (knee) sidelined, Channing Frye and Ante Zizic will soak up plenty of extra minutes. On Wednesday, Zizic scored 16 points with eight rebounds, two blocks and one assist in a career-high 27 minutes.
Jan 18 - 9:43 AM

Collin Sexton posted 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting in 30 minutes vs. Portland on Wednesday, with one rebound and one assist.

Sexton has now scored double-digit points in 38 games this season, tied for second-most among all rookies. Deandre Ayton has also done it 38 times, while Luka Doncic has done it 39 times. Sexton's lack of fantasy appeal is evident with tonight's line, though, and he's not worth owning outside of very deep leagues.
Jan 17 - 12:52 AM

Tristan Thompson had eight rebounds but otherwise flopped on Wednesday, scoring four points on 2-of-6 shooting with one assist and zero defensive stats.

Thompson remains one block behind Anderson Varejao and Brad Daugherty for the 7th-most blocks in franchise history. He failed to hit value for DFS owners who gambled on him tonight, and is a dubious source of season-long production on a team with a 9-35 record. It doesn't help that Kevin Love (hand) is due back after the All-Star break, further clogging the frontcourt rotation.
Jan 17 - 12:50 AM

Cedi Osman was benched early vs. the Blazers on Wednesday, finishing with four points on 2-of-6 shooting, one rebound and one turnover in 15 minutes.

Osman came into this game with double-digit points in 13 of his last 15 games, averaging 13.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in that span. This was the fourth game of Cleveland's current six-game roadtrip, which concludes with a back-to-back set in Utah (Friday) and Denver (Saturday). We're expecting Osman to bounce back as a scorer, but he's been almost completely vacant as a source of assists and defensive stats.
Jan 17 - 12:49 AM

Jordan Clarkson finished Wednesday's loss in Portland with a team-high 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting, two 3-pointers and two assists.

In the process, Clarkson passed the 5,000-point threshold for his career. He's averaging a career-high 17.0 points per game with Cleveland, hitting 45.5% of his shots with 1.8 triples, 3.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 0.8 steals in his bid for Sixth Man of the Year honors. Clarkson is easily hitting top-100 value in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues, and his guaranteed $13.4 million deal for 2019-20 may insulate him from extended late-season rest.
Jan 17 - 12:48 AM

Ante Zizic made 5-of-8 field goals and 6-of-7 free throws vs. Portland on Wednesday, scoring 16 points with eight rebounds, two blocks and one assist.

Zizic played 27 minutes and that matches his career-high for playing time in any game, including the preseason. The only other time he'd logged 27 minutes was the Cavs' regular-season finale vs. the Knicks last year, when Zizic scored 20 points with seven boards. He may not see this many minutes often, in other words, but the tanking Cavs also have no incentive to play Tristan Thompson, Channing Frye, Larry Nance or Kevin Love.
Jan 17 - 12:48 AM

Jaron Blossomgame had eight points, a career-high-tying 10 rebounds, two blocks and one assist in 29 minutes on Wednesday.

The Cavs took Blossomgame at No. 59 in this summer's draft, and there really isn't a better landing spot for a deep-cut rookie. He failed to help fantasy owners in four starts earlier this season, averaging 3.8 points on 27.3% shooting, so he can be left on the wire almost everywhere.
Jan 17 - 12:46 AM

Cameron Payne signed his second 10-day contract with the Cavs on Tuesday.

Once this second 10-day deal expires, the Cavs will need to decide if they want to keep him around for the rest of the season, but for now, he'll be available for Wednesday's game in Portland. Payne had a few good games for the Cavs, but he's too inconsistent to trust in most settings.
Jan 16 - 1:08 PM

The Cavs have reportedly taken "a few calls" regarding the availability of Tristan Thompson.

To be clear, the Cavs are in no rush to move their starting center, but they'll be listening to offers as the deadline approaches. Thompson is owed roughly $36 million through 2020, but that hasn't stopped contending teams from reaching out. With Houston recently losing Clint Capela (thumb) for an extended period, they may be one of the teams inquiring about Thompson, but at the moment, nothing is imminent.
Source: Amico Hoops
Jan 16 - 12:07 PM

The Cavs have waived F Jalen Jones.

They needed to cut someone to make room for Deng Adel, so Jones gets the ax. He did have a few nice games for Cleveland when given the minutes, so Jones should be able to find another minimum level deal somewhere. He's irrelevant in fantasy hoops, though.
Jan 14 - 5:19 PM


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