Donovan Mitchell (knee) questionable Friday vs DET
Thu, Feb 29, 2024, 4:42 PMNBA Injury Report
Donovan Mitchell (left knee soreness) is questionable for Friday's game against the Pistons.
Analysis: Mitchell recently missed two games due to an illness, but this is the first time he's landed on the injury report due to a sore knee. Isaac Okoro would move into the starting lineup if he were not cleared for Friday's game. Mitchell's absence would also free up additional opportunities for Caris LeVert off the bench.
Caris LeVert pours in 14/7/15/2/2 line vs. Bulls
Wed, Feb 28, 2024, 10:30 PM
Caris LeVert stuffed the stat sheet on Wednesday with 14 points (5-of-12 FGs), seven rebounds, 15 assists, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in a 132-123 double-overtime loss to Chicago.
Analysis: LeVert has been pretty average in fantasy basketball this season, but he had an incredible game on Wednesday. He set a career-high for assists, fell three rebounds shy of a triple-double and contributed four âstocksâ. LeVert can't be relied on for this level of production consistently, but he simply had an incredible game against Chicago. LeVert is currently rostered in 41% of Yahoo leagues, which is fair for a player that ranks just inside the top-150 on the season. If he is sitting on your waiver wire, don't rush to add him because of this performance, since the odds of him repeating this type of performance are incredibly low.
Darius Garland scores 23 with seven triples
Wed, Feb 28, 2024, 10:22 PM
Darius Garland lit up Chicago with 23 points (8-of-22 FGs), two rebounds, five assists, one steal and seven 3-pointers on Wednesday.
Analysis: Garland hasn't been quite as productive since returning from the jaw injury that forced him to miss a month and a half, but he was able to have his highest-scoring game since December 12th on Wednesday. He was also able to set a new season-high for 3-pointers. The field goal percentage was still below average, but after he only scored eight points against Dallas on Tuesday, it was encouraging to see him bounce back. They head to Detroit for their next game on Friday, which will be a great opportunity for Garland to build off this performance.
Evan Mobley posts 25/13/1/1/4 line vs. Chicago
Wed, Feb 28, 2024, 10:15 PM
Evan Mobley led Cleveland with 25 points (11-of-17 FGs, 2-of-6 FTs), 13 rebounds, one assist, one steal, four blocks and a 3-pointer against the Bulls on Wednesday.
Analysis: Mobley had been playing on a minutes restriction for most of February after missing nearly two months due to a knee injury. However, in a double overtime game, he was forced to play a season-high 42 minutes. Outside of a poor free throw percentage, which has plagued him throughout his career, he was able to provide excellent value in this game. This was just his fourth 20-point double-double of the season and his second since having knee surgery. Mobley was also able to have a productive game as a shot blocker after failing to swat a shot in their previous game.
Jarrett Allen tallies 19 points, nine rebounds
Tue, Feb 27, 2024, 9:09 PM
Jarrett Allen amassed 19 points (7-of-9 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), nine rebounds, and one blocked shot in Tuesday's win over Dallas, playing 33 minutes.
Analysis: Allen has recorded a double-double in six of his last eight games, grabbing nine rebounds on both nights where he failed to do so. While frontcourt sidekick Evan Mobley was expected to provide 4th-round fantasy value, the same can't be said for Allen, based on his Yahoo ADP (58). However, he has done that in 8- and 9-cat formats. Allen's play is one reason the Cavaliers are 19-4 in their last 23 games, a run that has propelled them into second place in the East. Mobley also played well on Tuesday, finishing with 12 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and one steal in 28 minutes.
Donovan Mitchell leads Cavaliers with 31 points
Tue, Feb 27, 2024, 9:02 PM
Donovan Mitchell finished Tuesday's win over Dallas with 31 points (11-of-20 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs), seven rebounds, six assists, two blocks, and seven 3-pointers in 38 minutes.
Analysis: While Mitchell shot the ball efficiently, the same can't be said for the ball-handling, as he was responsible for seven of the Cavaliers' 15 turnovers. That matched his season high, and nights like this have not been the norm for Spida regarding turnovers. The overall stat line will suffice, especially in leagues that punt turnovers. Mitchell is providing top 10 per-game value in 8- and 9-cat formats, and he's only averaging 2.9 turnovers per game.
Max Strus caps night with 60-foot game-winner
Tue, Feb 27, 2024, 8:25 PMCleveland Cavaliers on Twitter
Max Strus shot 7-of-12 from the field in Tuesday's 121-119 win over Dallas, scoring 21 points with four rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and seven 3-pointers in 25 minutes.
Analysis: After shooting 2-of-7 from the field in the first three quarters, Strus found his groove in the fourth. He made all five 3-point attempts in the final stanza, including four within 67 seconds. But the fifth was the biggest, as Strus' heave from 60 feet hit nothing but net as time expired. Rostered in 50% of Yahoo leagues, he has provided 10th-round per-game value in 8- and 9-cat formats, outperforming his Yahoo ADP (132). Strus is primarily a specialist in fantasy, with the points and 3-pointers being why he's rostered in most standard leagues.
Evan Mobley hosts block party in nation's capital
Sun, Feb 25, 2024, 7:39 PM
Evan Mobley finished Sunday's 114-105 victory over the Wizards with 21 points, six rebounds, an assist, a steal and five swats across 29 minutes.
Analysis: Despite coming off a minutes restriction, Mobley had one of his most bland games of the season Friday when he posted eight points and 10 boards against Philadelphia. He bounced back in a big way Sunday, as he and Jarrett Allen were the focal points on both ends of the court. Mobley and Allen combined for 43 points, 18 rebounds, six assists, a steal and six blocks, punishing one of the weakest frontcourt defenses in the Association. Next up is a Mavs frontcourt that's been generous to opposing bigs all season.
Jarrett Allen goes for 22/12/5 vs. Wizards
Sun, Feb 25, 2024, 7:29 PM
Jarrett Allen finished Sunday's win over Washington with 22 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and a block across 37 minutes.
Analysis: Allen's streak of double-doubles was snapped at five with a 24-point, nine-rebound performance against the Sixers in his last game out, but he kicked off a new streak with Sunday's latest double-double. Allen led his team in scoring and rebounds, posting his 14th double-double of the season. Allen needs only three more 20-point efforts to match his career high for a season set in 2022-23. After back-to-back favorable draws with Philly and Washington, he'll get a third straight quality matchup Tuesday when Cleveland faces Dallas.
CLE starts Garland, Mitchell, Strus, Mobley, Allen
Sun, Feb 25, 2024, 4:21 PMSerena Winders on Twitter
Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Max Strus, Evan Mobley, and Jarrett Allen will start Sunday's game against the Wizards.
Analysis: After missing Cleveland's first two games out of the All-Star break, Mitchell is good to go and will occupy his usual place in the starting lineup. This drops Isaac Okoro to the bench, and he wasn't a great streaming option when filling in for Mitchell.
Donovan Mitchell (illness) probable Sunday vs. WAS
Sat, Feb 24, 2024, 3:56 PMNBA Injury Report
Donovan Mitchell (illness) is probable for Sunday's game against the Wizards.
Analysis: Mitchell appears on track to return after missing Cleveland's first two games out of the All-Star break. If he's cleared, that would push Isaac Okoro to the bench, where he doesn't offer much fantasy value. Caris LeVert, who failed to benefit from Mitchell's absence, would also have a lower fantasy ceiling.
Jarrett Allen produced 24 PTS in loss to Sixers
Fri, Feb 23, 2024, 10:32 PM
Jarrett Allen finished Friday's 104-97 loss to the Sixers with 24 points (10-of-16 FGs, 4-of-8 FTs), nine rebounds, and one block in 35 minutes.
Analysis: Allen's performance against Philadelphia, marked by 24 points, highlights his offensive prowess. Allen also excels in rebounding, boasting averages of 10.6 rebounds per game. His efficiency is notable, with a remarkable 64% shooting from the field. Allen's value is multifaceted and ranked within the top 40 in 9-cat leagues. Before Friday's game, he demonstrated his consistency and skill by securing five consecutive double-doubles.
Evan Mobley grabs 10 boards in loss to Sixers
Fri, Feb 23, 2024, 10:25 PM
Evan Mobley scores eight points (3-of-8 FG, 2-of-6 FT), 10 rebounds, and one block in Friday's 104-97 loss to the Sixers.
Analysis: Mobley's recent performance against Philadelphia, where he tallied eight points and 10 rebounds, shows us that he is still looking for his rhythm after a lengthy absence. This season, he's averaging a double-double with 15.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. He ranks within the top 50 in points leagues and even higher in 9-cat leagues, where he's among the top 35. Returning from an injury with a minutes restriction, Mobley has been working to find his stride. His contributions are expected to remain robust as he recovers and sees more court time. As the season progresses, keeping an eye on his health and minutes will be crucial for managers looking to maximize his potential impact.
Darius Garland scores 20 points in loss to PHI
Fri, Feb 23, 2024, 9:14 PM
Darius Garland played 38 minutes in Friday's 104-97 loss to the Sixers and dropped 20 points (6-of-13 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), five rebounds, nine assists, two steals, and two 3-pointers.
Analysis: Despite its challenges, Garland's journey this season puts him in the top 75 in 9-cat leagues. Notably, turnovers have been a concern for Garland, who averages 3.3 per game, with a pattern of at least two turnovers in eight of his last nine games before facing off against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday. With Donovan Mitchell (illness) out for the second game in a row Garland helped to keep the game competitive. The turnovers have been a stumbling block, reflecting an area needing refinement. Garland has experienced a dip in productivity compared to the previous season. His scoring has decreased from an impressive 21.6 points per game to 18.8, and his assists have similarly seen a reduction, moving from 7.8 per game to 5.6.
Donovan Mitchell (illness) out, Okoro starting
Fri, Feb 23, 2024, 5:53 PMCayleigh Griffin on Twitter
Donovan Mitchell has been ruled out of Friday's matchup with the 76ers due to an illness, and Isaac Okoro will replace him in the starting five.
Analysis: With Spida out of action for the second straight game, Isaac Okoro will slide into the starting lineup in his place once again. Okoro makes a lukewarm streaming option, while Caris LeVert represents a boom/bust option that could go off or post a donut. Expect Darius Garland to take on increased responsibilities as a facilitator.
Donovan Mitchell (illness) questionable on Friday
Fri, Feb 23, 2024, 12:36 PMNBA Injury Report
Donovan Mitchell (illness) is questionable for Friday's game against the 76ers.
Analysis: Mitchell was held out of Thursday's loss to the Magic, with Isaac Okoro replacing him in the starting lineup. While Okoro was more productive than sixth man Caris LeVert, the latter tends to offer higher fantasy value when the Cavaliers are forced to play without their All-Star guard.
Jarrett Allen records 27th double-double of season
Thu, Feb 22, 2024, 9:59 PM
Jarrett Allen finished Thursday's loss to the Magic with 18 points (6-of-10 FGs, 6-of-8 FTs), 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals, and one blocked shot in 34 minutes.
Analysis: Allen is up to 27 double-doubles on the season, five away from his total during the 2022-23 campaign. While his fantasy value has taken a slight hit since Evan Mobley's return from a knee injury, Allen has been a 6th-round player in 8- and 9-cat formats over the past three weeks. Mobley, a top 20 player during that stretch, finished Thursday's loss with 14 points, eight rebounds, six assists, one steal, and two blocks in 34 minutes.
Darius Garland scores 18 with 10 assists vs. Magic
Thu, Feb 22, 2024, 9:53 PM
Darius Garland amassed 18 points (6-of-12 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), two rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes in Thursday's 116-109 loss to the Magic.
Analysis: Garland recorded his first double-double of the season on Thursday, establishing a season-high with 10 assists. He was also responsible for four turnovers, with that category being a minor issue for Garland since he returned from a fractured jaw in late January. Over the past three weeks, Garland has provided 10th-round value in 8-cat formats and 13th-round in 9-cat. He'll be fine moving forward, especially when paired with Donovan Mitchell (illness), which was not the case on Thursday.
Isaac Okoro scores 17 with two 3-pointers vs. ORL
Thu, Feb 22, 2024, 8:44 PM
Isaac Okoro shot 7-of-9 from the field and 1-of-1 from the foul line in Thursday's 116-109 loss to Orlando, accumulating 17 points, two rebounds, one assist, and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes.
Analysis: Okoro received the starting nod on Thursday, as Donovan Mitchell (illness) was ruled out. Not known for his perimeter shooting ability, Okoro made two of his four attempts from three and all five of his 2-point attempts. The lack of defensive production (no steals or blocked shots) was disappointing, but the points, triples, and percentages were good. Cleveland visits Philadelphia on Friday, and Okoro will be worth a look in deep leagues if Mitchell remains sidelined. Caris LeVert, a better fantasy option than Okoro on most nights, shot 2-of-10 from the field and finished with six points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one blocked shot in 27 minutes off the bench.
CLE starting Garland, Strus, Okoro, Mobley, Allen
Thu, Feb 22, 2024, 5:13 PMCleveland Cavaliers on Twitter
Darius Garland, Max Strus, Isaac Okoro, Evan Mobley, and Jarrett Allen will start Thursday's game against Orlando.
Analysis: Okoro is the lone change for the Cavaliers, as he fills the void left by Donovan Mitchell (illness). While he can be helpful as a deep-league streamer, Okoro is not as good of a streaming choice as Caris LeVert, provided the latter is on the waiver wire.