December 12, 2018, 10:42 pmLarry Nance Jr. - F - Cleveland Cavaliers
Larry Nance Jr. had a huge fantasy line despite scoring just three points on Wednesday, racking up 11 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, three blocks and a 3-pointer in a 113-106 win over the Knicks.
Nance did go just 1-for-5 from the field but only committed one turnover to make this a 9-cat gem despite the low scoring numbers. He's a must-own player and is looking at a great opportunity to assert himself with Tristan Thompson out for a couple weeks. Nance played 33 minutes tonight and has the stat set of a comfortable top-100 player, so hopefully the Cavs don't mess this up and just let Nance strut his stuff.
December 12, 2018, 10:39 pmJordan Clarkson - G - Cleveland Cavaliers
Jordan Clarkson dropped 28 points on the Knicks in Wednesday's win, going 12-of-21 from the field in a team-high 34 minutes.
Clarkson's line wasn't too full with five boards, two assists and two triples but owners won't complain. He's been a late-round scorer this season and doesn't look like he'll slow down. It's not exciting but it'll do.
December 12, 2018, 10:38 pmRodney Hood - G - Cleveland Cavaliers
Rodney Hood put up 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting in Wednesday's home win, adding five rebounds and two triples to round out his line.
Hood did nice work in 23 minutes, and while Alec Burks struggled mightily with one point, seven rebounds, a steal and a block, it's worth noting that he still outplayed Hood with 26 minutes. Burks has cooled with two off games after a nice start to his Cavs career, and neither player here is must-own in 12-team leagues. We'd prefer Burks to Hood overall but it's not like he's running away with it.
December 12, 2018, 10:33 pmMatthew Dellavedova - G - Cleveland Cavaliers
Matthew Dellavedova made his hotly-anticipated return to Cleveland on Wednesday night and scored 15 points with four rebounds, three assists, a steal and three triples in 22 minutes.
The people's champion has returned home. It looks like he'll actually be in the rotation here, which makes him a plausible add in 20-team formats. Don't expect much but some threes and steals should trickle in.
December 12, 2018, 10:31 pmDavid Nwaba - G - Cleveland Cavaliers
David Nwaba (knee) returned from a nine-game absence on Wednesday night and picked up nine points, a rebound, a steal and a 3-pointer in 10 minutes against the Knicks.
Nwaba was on a minutes restriction but looked fairly active, which was good to see. He's back on the radar in deep leagues, especially as his workload increases. If the Cavs pull the trigger on trading one of their wing players it'll open things up a little bit more as well.
December 12, 2018, 10:30 pmCedi Osman - F - Cleveland Cavaliers
Cedi Osman shot 1-for-7 on Wednesday night, turning 32 minutes into six points, five rebounds and a steal.
Osman started the year off hot but most people have moved on. There's no need to hold onto him in 12-team formats if you're still hanging tight for whatever reason. Odds are that Osman hits the radar again at some point but it's not worth sitting on performances like this in the interim.
December 12, 2018, 10:28 pmChanning Frye - F/C - Cleveland Cavaliers
Channing Frye drew the surprise start on Wednesday night and went scoreless with five rebounds and two assists in 15 minutes of action.
Wonderful. Jaron Blossomgame, who was gaining some deep-league traction, played just 11 minutes tonight — all in the second half. There's no need to get involved in this mess and hopefully Larry Drew leaves Frye on the sidelines going forward.
December 12, 2018, 5:39 pmDavid Nwaba - G - Cleveland Cavaliers
David Nwaba (knee soreness) will make his return Wednesday night and play on a minutes restriciton.
Nwaba ended up missing nine games and we never got a real update on him at any point until now. He was starting before the injury occurred and he has a chance to start once he's back to full speed. The Cavs are also reportedly shopping Alec Burks and Rodney Hood, which would open a myriad of minutes for Nwaba. He's just a deep league guy until we get clarity on his role and is a potential stash in standard leagues.
Source: Chris Fedora on Twitter
December 12, 2018, 10:45 amRodney Hood - G - Cleveland Cavaliers
While the Cavs are trying their best to find someone to take J.R. Smith, there's a decent chance that Rodney Hood and Alec Burks also get traded.
It's well known by now that the Cavs are in sell mode, having already dealt Kyle Korver and George Hill. The team is actively looking to collect future draft picks and both guys could get moved if the right deal appears. Burks has been returning only top-150 value in the last couple weeks but he is a nice source for points and deserves consideration in 12-team leagues as long as he is in Cleveland. Hood continues to disappoint in a season where he got his starting job back and is an option only in deeper formats.
December 11, 2018, 5:57 pmDavid Nwaba - G - Cleveland Cavaliers
David Nwaba (knee soreness) is being listed as questionable ahead of Wednesday's game with the Knicks.
Nwaba has missed the last nine games with few updates in between, but he's getting closer to a return. He had been starting before the injury and could potentially slide back into his old role, especially with Tristan Thompson out and Sam Dekker gone, but the Cavs do have more depth on the wings now than when Nwaba went down. He might be worth adding in 20-team formats but you can probably wait to see what type of minutes he gets upon returning before making a move.
December 11, 2018, 12:18 pmTristan Thompson - F/C - Cleveland Cavaliers
Tristan Thompson (foot) is expected to miss 2-4 weeks.
Larry Nance makes for a nice short term pickup while the double-double machine known as Tristan Thompson sits out. Kevin Love could be back as well somewhere around that time which could take a bite out of Thompson's rebounding upon his return, but ultimately the big man should have a large role most of the season and should be stashed if possible.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
December 11, 2018, 12:33 amRodney Hood - G - Cleveland Cavaliers
Rodney Hood (toe) returned from a one-game absence on Monday night and went back into the starting lineup, but could only produce three points on 1-of-7 shooting in 20 minutes.
Not to be outdone, Alec Burks also finished with three points while shooting 1-for-8 in 27 minutes. Jordan Clarkson (back) went 9-5-3 on 4-of-13 shooting in 20 minutes off the bench. Clarkson and Burks have been solid for the Cavs this year, but tonight just wasn't their night. Both are fringe guys in 12-team leagues but provide scoring output that'll be hard to find on the wire. Hood is best left for deeper formats.
December 10, 2018, 10:56 pmTristan Thompson - F/C - Cleveland Cavaliers
X-rays came back negative on Tristan Thompson's foot Monday and it's being called a "sprain."
The good news is that there's no bone or structural damage. A sprained foot could sideline him for a few days and hopefully not weeks. Expect to see Larry Nance Jr. slide into the starting five should Thompson miss time.
Source: Joe Vardon on Twitter
December 10, 2018, 10:23 pmMatthew Dellavedova - G - Cleveland Cavaliers
Matthew Dellavedova logged 16 minutes and scored 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting to go with a 3-pointer, two rebound and our assists in his first game as a Cavalier on Monday.
Dellavedova only logged 16 minutes so even though his line was solid, it looks like he's still behind Alec Burks, Rodney Hood and Jordan Clarkson in terms of playing time.
December 10, 2018, 10:22 pmLarry Nance Jr. - F - Cleveland Cavaliers
Larry Nance Jr. put up a solid line on Monday with 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting to go with seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Nance should see more time and is an attractive streaming option if Tristan Thompson is going to miss any games, but Coach Larry Drew has proven to be reluctant to play Nance so it's a bit of a shaky pickup.