February 22, 2020, 10:59 pmLarry Nance Jr.PF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Larry Nance Jr. started for Kevin Love (Achilles) on Saturday night but wasn't anything special, scoring 10 points to go with seven rebounds and two steals in 28 minutes.
Cleveland got absolutely smoked so there was a lot of garbage time in this one. Nance remains a top-120 player on the full season but has actually been better over the last couple of weeks with top-100 returns, so the addition of Andre Drummond hasn't hurt him too much yet. Nance remains a fine hold, so hopefully you didn't cut him in the immediate aftermath of the trade deadline.
February 22, 2020, 10:56 pmCedi OsmanSF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Cedi Osman came through with 19 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four 3-pointers on Saturday night.
Osman has only been viable in the 14-16-team range this season but has now had two strong games in a row, with this following up a 16 & 10 game against Washington. Perhaps he can find the gas pedal to close the season, but if you pick him up in a 12-teamer to ride the wave, don't cling too tightly.
February 22, 2020, 10:54 pmDante ExumPG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Dante Exum was able to put up 14 points, eight rebounds and three 3-pointers in Saturday's loss to the Heat.
Exum got 25 minutes thanks to lots of garbage time, but at least he made good use of it. The Cavs already have their backcourt starters set but Exum is someone to at least keep an eye on in deeper leagues.
February 22, 2020, 10:52 pmTristan ThompsonC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Tristan Thompson came off the bench for 16 points, seven rebounds and a 3-pointer in 26 minutes off the bench on Saturday.
Thompson outplayed Andre Drummond and has held onto middle-round value over the last couple of weeks. The frontcourt is very much cramped but Thompson has still been playing enough to be worth your while. It could be a frustrating finish to the year but for now TT remains a must-start option.
February 22, 2020, 10:50 pmAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond was terrible again on Saturday, turning 25 minutes into six points, six rebounds, four turnovers and three fouls against the Heat.
Drummond has been outside the top-150 over the last two weeks but this one is cause for alarm since Kevin Love wasn't active. You can chalk it up to the blowout to a certain extent, but he's now played 22, 22 and 25 minutes in his last three games. The Cavs may have already decided they're not that interested in him opting in for $29 million next year, which provides an interesting backdrop to his end of the year. It could be a bumpy ride.
February 22, 2020, 10:47 pmKevin Porter Jr.SG-SF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Porter Jr. played 14 minutes on Saturday night, posting two points, a steal and a block on 0-for-5 from the field.
The Cavs have mentioned that Porter is one of the players who will see more opportunity as the season winds down but he was pretty quiet in the blowout tonight. The rookie is a top-140 option in the last two weeks and while he remains a solid upside play for the stretch run, it won't be easy money every night.
February 22, 2020, 10:43 pmAnte ZizicPF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Ante Zizic returned from a 16-game absence on Saturday night, logging eight minutes and seven points against the Heat.
Zizic missed 15 games with a vestibular condition (vertigo) and was actually cleared to play on Friday but didn't check into the game. He's not going to sniff the rotation unless the Cavs shut down some of their other frontcourt players so there's no need to pay much attention here.
February 22, 2020, 1:39 pmAlfonzo McKinnieSF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Alfonzo McKinnie (left foot plantar fasciitis) will not play on Saturday against the Heat.
McKinnie will miss his second straight game but has only played 14.3 minutes per game this season so there should be no fantasy implications anyway. The the addition of Andre Drummond and with Kevin Porter expected to get more run going forward, McKinnie's role may decrease even further.
Source: Chris Fedor on Twitter
February 22, 2020, 1:33 pmKevin LovePF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Love (right Achilles soreness) will not play against the Heat on Saturday.
Love missed the last pre-All-Star break game with the injury but returned to action on Friday so maybe he is just sitting because this is the second game of a back-to-back. On the other hand, Love had a very poor showing on Friday with only nine points and one rebound in 23 minutes so maybe there is something more to that. Andre Drummond, Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance all posted fantasy friendly lines in Friday's game and although this might be an annoying situation for Nance and Thompson going forward, we would hold for now.
Source: Chris Fedor on Twitter
February 21, 2020, 10:33 pmAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond put up a mixed-bag result on Friday, getting his ubiquitous double-double with 12 points (6-of-11 shooting), 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks.
Drummond actually struggled in this game. Not only did he miss both free throw attempts, but also wound up committing seven turnovers as Bradley Beal appeared to have his number all night long. Drummond should perform a lot better than this, so just chalk it up to an adjustment phase as he acclimates to his new team.
February 21, 2020, 10:27 pmCollin SextonPG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Collin Sexton was a points machine in the Cavs' win over the Wizards on Friday with a team-high 25 points (8-of-17 FGs, 7-of-10 FTs), two rebounds, two assists and two treys.
Sexton's lack of assists and steals on a regular basis has been the biggest roadblock on his path to fantasy relevance. He's more of a points contributor and not much else on most nights. But at 25 points tonight, he's still an end-of-bench guy in standard leagues.
February 21, 2020, 10:17 pmCedi OsmanSF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Cedi Osman found his groove in Friday's 113-108 win over the Wizards, tallying 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting with 10 boards, three triples, two assists and one steal in 30 minutes.
Osman had been playing poorly over the last couple of games prior to this gem. As always, Osman brings a lot of volatility to the table, so owners will have to have their seatbelts strapped on tight. He's still a hold in 14-teamers and is a streamer in shallower leagues.
February 21, 2020, 10:11 pmKevin LovePF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Love (right Achilles soreness) returned to action and started for the Cavs on Friday and quietly put up nine points (3-of-8 shooting), one rebound, two 3s and one assist in 23 minutes.
With the season already a lost cause for the Cavs, there really isn't a lot of incentive for the team to give Love a lot of run as it winds down. Despite his arrow pointing down, Love should do enough to land closer to top-75 value after the season's dust settles. That is, of course, if he manages to stay healthy.
February 21, 2020, 8:53 pmKevin Porter Jr.SG-SF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Porter Jr. was ejected in the second half of the Cavs' game vs. the Wizards on Friday for receiving his second technical foul of the evening.
He left with three points, two assists and two blocks while also committing four turnovers in 13 minutes of action. Porter Jr. is nothing more than a deep league option for the remainder of his rookie season, unless the Cavs sustain a multitude of injuries to clear the way in their crowded backcourt.
Source: Angel Gray on Twitter
February 20, 2020, 5:48 pmAlfonzo McKinnieSF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Alfonzo McKinnie (left foot plantar fasciitis) will not play on Friday.
McKinnie inked a four-year deal with the Cavs after getting waived by the team initially, though he's still only getting 14.3 mpg on the season. That's not enough to spread around the rotation and anyone to emerge as a fantasy option.
Source: NBA Injury Report