Cleveland Cavaliers‘ center Anderson Varejao practiced in a limited fashion on Wednesday, but remains a game-time decision for Thursday’s game at Madison Square Garden vs. the New York Knicks. Varejao suffered what is being called a left knee contusion and hyperextension in Tuesday’s loss to New Orleans. Fantasy basketball owners can never be happy when they hear his name and the word “knee” in the same sentence, but it’s part of the baggage that comes with owning the talented, yet oft-injured Brazilian.
» While Varejao said his knee was sore, he remains confident he’ll be back on the court soon. The fact that he was able to participate in any aspect of Wednesday’s practice at least gives him a shot to suit up tonight. If “Sideshow Bob” can’t go, Tyler Zeller is the No. 1 pickup on a day with just three NBA games. Zeller is available in 99 percent of ESPN.com leagues and played well while starting in place of Varejao on Tuesday. The second-year pro double-doubled with 13 points and 10 boards in just 21 minutes. The Cavs got blown out by the Pelicans so Zeller only played a little over three minutes in the second half, but it’s nice to know he was able to produce so well in such limited court time.
» No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett is also in the mix as a speculative waiver-wire add. The rookie had his best game as a pro vs. New Orleans, scoring 15 points (2 3-pointers) and snagging eight rebounds in 31 minutes. Coach Mike Brown states today that Bennett “will remain in the rotation”, but that comment can be thrown to the curb when/if Varejao returns. Bennett is available in 94 percent of ESPN.com leagues.