What a night it was for fantasy basketball owners of Cleveland Cavaliers C Anderson Varejao. In a high scoring affair against the Brooklyn Nets, Varejao went off for 35 points, 18 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. The Cavs still lost the game 114-101 despite 35 from Varejao and 34 from the young sensation, Kyrie Irving.
Varejao played 37 minutes and was hitting on all cylinders against the Nets, shooting 16-21 from the field and a perfect 3-3 from the free throw line. Varejao got off to a blazing start, as the Cavs held a 30-29 edge after one quarter because of Varejao’s 7-8 shooting for 17 points.
Not only did he score a career-high tonight, the 17 in the first quarter by Varejao were the highest he has scored in a quarter in his career. Anderson Varejao’s previous best quarter was against the Orlando Magic on Feb. 11, 2010, where he scored 14 points in the second period, according to STATS LLC.
Still, the Cavs could do nothing to stop the bleeding in the finale of their brutal 6-game road trip. Varejao and Irving combined for roughly 68% of Cleveland’s points, and the rest of the team struggled, especially when Irving and Varejao were off the floor. The Cavs have not played a home game since November 2nd, but you won’t hear any Varejao owners complaining.
Whether it’s on the road or at home, Varejao has become a must-start in fantasy basketball. He won’t go off for 35 points every night, but he is averaging 13 rebounds a game, so the 18 he posted tonight really isn’t that unrealistic. Plus, he shoots a high percentage from the floor and from the line. Believe it or not, but Varejao is one of the more valuable fantasy centers in the league. If you own him, start him.
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