Tristan Thompson PF/C CLE 2 Months

Thompson will get the start in place of Kevin Love (back) Friday against the Clippers, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon-Journal reports.

Thompson will get the starting nod as Love sits with back spasms. Despite coming off the bench, Thompson has played big minutes in January, averaging 33.9 per game for the month. He's averaging 10.4 points and 8.6 rebounds over his last eight games.

Tristan Thompson PF/C CLE 2 Months

Thompson was moved back to a bench role Sunday with Timofey Mozgov claiming the starting center job. Thompson put up six points, three rebounds, and one block in 23 minutes.

Thompson can be dropped in all standard leagues. The Cavaliers traded two first-round picks for Mozgov, which means it's unlikely there will be many minutes left for Thompson, especially when LeBron James and Shawn Marion are back from their injuries and using up some of the power forward minutes, too. Thompson is the type of player that needs 36+ minutes per game to be of use in standard leagues, and it's unlikely he sees more than 23-26 minutes going forward if the team is healthy. Wash your hands of Thompson and pick up one of the great big men that has broke out in the last week.

Tristan Thompson PF/C CLE 2 Months

Thompson was just one rebound short of a double-double Friday in a loss to the Warriors, scoring 11 points (4-9 FG, 3-6 FT) and picking up nine rebounds, one assist and two steals.

Eventually, Thompson will likely slide to the bench with the addition of Timofey Mozgov. Mozgov played just three fewer minutes than Thompson on Friday, and had nine points and eight rebounds. With a timeshare going on in the Cavs' frontcourt, there's not consistent value to take away at this point, but Mozgov may eventually turn into a solid option.

Tristan Thompson PF/C CLE 2 Months

Thompson may stay in the starting lineup Friday against the Warriors since his new teammate Timofey Mozgov is in danger of not getting cleared to play, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports.

Thompson will almost certainly take a hit in playing time when Mozgov eventually enters the lineup. However, Thompson may have one last hurrah in extended minutes if Mozgov is not ultimately cleared to play Friday.

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Thompson is expected to come off the bench behind newly acquired Timofey Mozgov on Friday against the Warriors, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Thompson assumed the role of a starter when Anderson Varejao was diagnosed with a torn Achilles in December but that apparently wasn't the long-term plan as Mozgov was acquired to be a much-needed rim protector alongside the starters. The newly demoted Thompson will almost certainly take a hit in terms of value as a result, starting Friday.

Tristan Thompson PF/C CLE 2 Months

Thompson had a double-double with 14 points (5-10 FG, 4-6 FT) and 14 rebounds in the win over Orlando on Friday. He added three blocks in 43 minutes.

Thompson has strung together four straight double-doubles and looks to be continuing his trend from last year in which he provides big numbers with Anderson Varejao (Achilles) out. He is not a big shot blocker despite the nice game against the Magic.

Tristan Thompson PF/C CLE 2 Months

Thompson double-doubled on Wednesday, scoring 10 points (3-11 FG, 4-4 FT), to go along with 13 rebounds, two assists, and a block in 36 minutes.

Thompson has now put up three-straight double-doubles and from an outsider's perspective he may look like a guy to pick up with Anderson Varejao to miss the rest of the season. What those of you should keep in mind is that two of these games occurred without LeBron James on the floor to make an impact on Thompson's numbers, as well as the fact that he's not really a player that steals or blocks shots. Owners needing numbers from a big man should know that there are much more appealing options on the waiver wire before settling for what Thompson offers.

Tristan Thompson PF/C CLE 2 Months

Thompson started a second straight game at center Sunday, putting up 18 points (7-8 FG, 4-4 FT) and 11 rebounds in 37 minutes.

Thompson's production is generally lacking. He needs a lot of minutes to get mediocre production, and the way in which he produces points is based off more circumstance than ability. If you play in a league that uses offensive rebounds as a category, Thompson has nice value there due to his role as an offensive rebounder for the Cavliers. seven of his 11 rebounds Sunday came on offense. Until the Cavaliers can find a true rim protector on the trade market, Thompson will likely continue to play big minutes at center, but for fantasy, he offers little more than points and rebounds with the occasional block. Over his last five games, Thompson has averaged 8.2 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 0.6 blocks in 30 minutes per game. That's fringe standard league production. He's worth a flier, but don't be surprised if Thompson leaves fantasy players wanting more most nights.

Tristan Thompson PF/C CLE 2 Months

Thompson moved into the starting lineup against the Magic Friday. He scored nine points (3-8 FG, 3-3 FT) and grabbed 13 rebounds in 40 minutes.

Friday marks just the second game since Anderson Varejao (Achilles) was lost for the season. On Thursday, the Cavaliers went with a small lineup against the the Heat, who were forced into a small lineup of their own due to a series of injuries. On Friday against the Magic, who play a much larger lineups, the Cavaliers went big and started Thompson. Thompson has outplayed Shawn Marion in both game, but it is possible that Thompson's move to the starting lineup was matchup based, and not necessarily a sign of things to come. Assuming the move is a permanent one, Thompson can be a strong source of rebounds, a good source of blocks, and a liability from free throw line.

Tristan Thompson PF/C CLE 2 Months

Thompson will start at center against the Magic on Friday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The recent season-ending Achilles injury to Anderson Varejao is affording Thompson this opportunity, although it's not a given that he'll be a starter moving forward. Nevertheless, he'll likely see a bump in minutes Friday.