The Cleveland Cavaliers had an assortment of big men when the fantasy basketball season tipped off this year. Big bodies like Anthony Bennett, Andrew Bynum, Tristan Thompson, Anderson Varejao, and Tyler Zeller were all looking to play quality minutes this season.
However, among all these post players, Varejao has become the most productive fantasy option as of late. Varejao was being outperformed by Thompson over the first half of the season, but the veteran has recently turned his season around.
Varejao has quietly brought his rebounding averaging over the double-digit mark and he has been relentless on the glass this winter. Over the last 11 games alone, the big man has grabbed 13.7 rebounds per game, including a ridiculous 25-rebound effort against the Orlando Magic. The center looked somewhat rusty in the beginning of the year and took some time to get his legs back underneath him, but he has overcame his early-season struggles and has since put up elite numbers.
Varejao averaged 14.1 points and a NBA-leading 14.4 rebounds last season before his season was cut short following knee surgery. The veteran was eventually forced to shut it down for good once doctors discovered a blood cot in his lung and it abruptly ended his breakout fantasy campaign. Either way, though, Varejao has looked healthy this year and has picked up right where he left off last season.
Varejao will be a reliable big man to count on down the stretch this fantasy season. He should be good for double-digit rebounds each game, and while he won’t lead the team in scoring too often, he will do enough to warrant a starting spot each night.