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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Thompson will remain in his usual bench role Thursday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Coach David Blatt opted to go with a smaller lineup that features Shawn Marion at power foward and shifts Kevin Love to center. Thompson is a poor per-minute stat producer, so he would need upward of 36 minutes per game to be worth using in most standard leagues. As long as he's in a bench role, Thompson is unlikely to have enough value to bother rostering in most leagues.

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Thompson appears in line to assume a starting role following Wednesday's news that Anderson Varejao will miss the remainder of the season with a torn Achilles tendon, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Thompson has been averaging 8.8 points and 7.1 rebounds over 26 minutes per night, but those figures could creep closer to the double digits if the move to the starting lineup results in an uptick in playing time. Despite the diminished role this season, Thompson is shooting a career-best 54.1 percent and is also sporting the lowest turnover rate of his four NBA seasons.

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Thompson had five points (2-4 FG, 1-2 FT) and nine rebounds in 27 minutes in the win over the Timberwolves on Tuesday.

Thompson should get a bump in fantasy value because Anderson Varejao (knee/ankle) left the game after a nasty-looking injury. In his lone start this season, Thompson provided 13 points and 11 rebounds, and he should edge toward double-double production when he gets into the starting lineup.

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Thompson provided nine points (3-5 FG, 3-4 FT) and 10 rebounds in the win over Brooklyn on Friday. He played 27 minutes.

Thompson played 10 more minutes than Anderson Varejao and used the extra playing time well. He had only grabbed 10 combined boards in his previous two games.