During 2013 fantasy basketball drafts, many owners locked onto Anthony Bennett, Andrew Bynum, Anderson Varejao, and Tyler Zeller on the Cleveland Cavaliers. They all had the potential to average 15 points and 10 rebounds per game, and as a result, they all ended up becoming very popular picks in fantasy drafts this fall.
However, among all the popular big men, PF Tristan Thompson has been the primary fantasy benefactor in Cleveland’s low-post this season. The 2011 first round pick is currently leading the team with an impressive 9.8 rebounds per contest. He is also third on the team with 12 points per game and the youngster is earning every second of his 32.5 minutes per game.
Besides PG Kyrie Irving, Thompson is the only other player on Cleveland’s entire roster that has started all 28 games. The center has become a fixture in the low-post and he has quickly become the team’s most valuable presence down low. The 22-year-old has matured dramatically this year and he is truly on the brink of having an All-Star fantasy campaign this season.
Thompson will be a great second center to lean on down the stretch and he shouldn’t see a decrease in numbers anytime soon. TNT should be good for close to 10 points with 10 boards each game and the center has become one of the best daily starters at his position in all of fantasy.