February 13, 2019, 10:51 pmAnte Zizic - C - Cleveland Cavaliers
Ante Zizic (sore lower back) returned from a one-game absence in Wednesday's game vs. the Nets and posted a low-end line with six points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 30 minutes.
The production was lackluster given that this was a triple-overtime game. Zizic is a drop in standard leagues given that the Cavs are now slowly easing back Kevin Love into things. He's still a hold in very deep leagues at best.
February 13, 2019, 10:46 pmNik Stauskas - G - Cleveland Cavaliers
Nik Stauskas logged 23 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's 139-148 3OT loss to the Nets and produced seven points (2-of-4 shooting), one steal and one trey.
This is not bad for his second game in a Cavs uniform but Sauce Castillo needs to bring much more than this if he's to find his way into fantasy-relevant circles this season. Leave him on the wire for now.
February 13, 2019, 10:42 pmJordan Clarkson - G - Cleveland Cavaliers
Jordan Clarkson went toe-to-toe with D'Angelo Russell in Wednesday's 3OT shootout, recording a career-best 42 points on 16-of-34 shooting including seven triples and a filled stat sheet.
Clarkson added eight rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block to round out his line for the night. Obviously, his numbers were bloated by the triple-overtime nature of this outing. He remains a late-round asset moving forward. Colin Sexton added 24 points (10-of-22 shooting), six boards, five assists and two triples in 45 minutes.
February 13, 2019, 10:36 pmMarquese Chriss - F - Cleveland Cavaliers
Marquese Chriss was a surprise in Wednesday's 3OT loss to the Nets, exploding for 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting with seven rebounds, one assist, three triples and two steals in 28 minutes.
This is the best game we've seen from Chriss since joining the Cavs. Scratch that. Make that all season. Has he finally found the right home where he can be let loose and be fantasy-relevant once again? At the very least, he's worth a speculative add on the strength of this performance.
February 13, 2019, 10:27 pmCedi Osman - F - Cleveland Cavaliers
Cedi Osman returned from a four-game absence with a sprained left ankle on Wednesday and produced 13 points (5-of-10 shooting), five rebounds, three assists and two triples in 25 minutes as starter.
Osman should be able to resume posting late-round value once he gets his legs back. He displaced Larry Nance Jr. who still delivered a decent performance with eight points (3-of-12 shooting), 14 boards, two assists, two triples and one block in 33 minutes. Nance remains the guy to own here thanks to his superior stat set. Do not be fazed.
February 13, 2019, 7:23 pmCedi Osman - F - Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavs changed their starting lineup and settled on Collin Sexton, Brandon Knight, Cedi Osman, David Nwaba and Ante Zizic for Wednesday night.
Zizic takes the place of Kevin Love (rest) and Osman returns from his ankle injury to replace Larry Nance Jr. It's a big letdown since Nance is the only non-Love Cavalier to be of interest in 12-team leagues. We'll see how long this lasts.
Source: Cavs on Twitter
February 13, 2019, 1:48 pmCedi Osman - F - Cleveland Cavaliers
Cedi Osman (sprained right ankle) is available to play in Wednesday's game against the Nets.
Osman will return from a four-game absence tonight. His hot start to the year is a distant memory now as he's outside the top-175 on the full season, but deep-league owners can get him back into lineups tonight.
February 13, 2019, 1:46 pmAnte Zizic - C - Cleveland Cavaliers
Ante Zizic (sore lower back) is listed as available for Wednesday.
Zizic will return against the Nets after missing Monday's game. He'll have a shot at minutes with Kevin Love resting tonight, though it's not a great matchup and his rest-of-season outlook isn't all that enticing. Zizic can be left on wires in just about all leagues.
February 13, 2019, 11:36 amKevin Love - F/C - Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevon Love will sit out the final game of the Cavs' first half on Wednesday against the Nets.
So much for Love telling the reporters on Monday that he would play tonight. Just to be clear, there has been no setback and the decision is only part of the maintenance process in his return from left foot surgery. Larry Nance Jr. should be busy tonight while Marquese Chriss will continue to see extended minutes and deserves a consideration in deeper leagues.
Source: Chris Fedor on Twitter
February 12, 2019, 5:47 pmAnte Zizic - C - Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavs are listing Ante Zizic (sore lower back) as questionable for Wednesday.
Zizic is not a fantasy option with Kevin Love back and Larry Nance Jr. playing well, and even if he can play tomorrow we're not expecting to see much of him against a small opponent. Zizic can be cut loose in all but the deepest of leagues.
February 12, 2019, 5:46 pmCedi Osman - F - Cleveland Cavaliers
Cedi Osman (sprained right ankle) is questionable for Wednesday's matchup with the Nets.
Osman has missed four straight games but looks to be nearing a return. It'd be a mild surprise if the Cavs pushed one of their few promising young players right before the break, but if he's truly 100 percent then there's no harm. Osman isn't a 12-team asset, and should lose some touches as Kevin Love ramps things up, but he's still a viable option in deeper leagues.
February 12, 2019, 9:49 amKevin Love - F/C - Cleveland Cavaliers
Speaking to reporters after Monday’s game, Kevin Love said that he will play on Wednesday against the Nets.
Love is slowly ramping up his workload after playing six minutes on Friday and another 16 on Monday. He has looked healthy so far and the Cavs want to have him on the court in order to increase his trade value for the summer and for him to develop chemistry with Collin Sexton, Cedi Osman and the rest of the youngsters. Love should be owned in all formats but expectations should be kept low as it’s unclear how his minutes will be handled going forward.
Source: Marla Ridenour on Twitter
February 11, 2019, 9:34 pmMarquese Chriss - F - Cleveland Cavaliers
Marquese Chriss logged 22 minutes off the Cavs' bench in Monday's 107-104 win over the Knicks and played solid basketball as he dropped 14 points (5-of-8 shooting), seven rebounds, two 3-pointers, one assist and one steal.
That's actually not bad. His line is something someone can use in 16-team leagues or deeper right now. He's worth a speculative grab just don't get too attached in case he flakes out again – something he's done in multiple times in the past.
February 11, 2019, 9:31 pmBrandon Knight - G - Cleveland Cavaliers
Brandon Knight started for the Cavs in Monday night's win over the Knicks and was reasonably productive in his 16 minutes on the floor with nine points (3-of-5 shooting), three rebounds, two assists and three triples.
He's not there yet but you can see that Knight is slowly getting his legs back. If he finds at least two-thirds of his 2015-16 form, then he should be worth an add in deep leagues for his ability to score and hit the three ball.
February 11, 2019, 9:27 pmLarry Nance Jr. - F - Cleveland Cavaliers
Larry Nance Jr. kept his double-double streak alive (now at 6) on Monday vs. the Knicks, tallying 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting with 16 rebounds, four assists, one trey, one steal and one block.
The filled up stat sheet was a bonus tonight. Nance is a solid play for the rest of the season as the Cavs enter full tank mode. He's averaging 12.6 points, 13.8 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 1.4 steals per game over his last five.