The fantasy basketball season may have just tipped off, but there have been several players putting up huge numbers through the first week of the season. One of those players has been Cleveland Cavaliers center, Anderson Varejao.
After scoring 9 points and recording an ungodly 23 rebounds in the Cavaliers first game, many fantasy owners thought his performance might have been a fluke. However, over the first week of the year, Varejao has proven to be a fantasy monster in the paint. He has shockingly grabbed 60 rebounds in the first four games of the NBA season, which is good for an average of 15 boards per contest.
To average 10 points and 10 rebounds in fantasy basketball is pretty respectable, but Varejao’s 14 points and 15 rebounds through the first four games of the year are bordering on Dwight Howard numbers.
Varejao was ranked as the 26th best option according to ESPN before the season started. However, he has led many fantasy squads in rebounding and came much cheaper than the average center. AV is currently second in the league in rebounds, which makes him an absolute fantasy steal up to this point.
He will continue to grab board after board in Cleveland, as the team does not have many other reliable bigs to plug into the center position. Power forward Tristan Thompson and center Tyler Zeller may be the future of the Cleveland frontcourt, but for right now, the paint belongs to the Brazilian Behemoth.
Fantasy fans should look for Varejao to continue to post well over 10 rebounds per contest, but look for his scoring average to start to come down as Cleveland’s new guard combo, Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters start to mature together.
Varejao is still a strong backup center in mixed leagues and is an even better third option. He will dominate the fantasy boards and will at least help fantasy owners control one category this season.