Anderson Varejao PF/C CLE 6 Months

Anderson Varejao followed up Saturday's double-double with only four points and four rebounds vs. the Knicks on Sunday.

AV also turned the ball over three times in 20 minutes off the bench. This game underscores his lack of fantasy appeal now that Spencer Hawes is dominating minutes at center and the Cavs are determined to limit Varejao's playing time.

Anderson Varejao PF/C CLE 6 Months

Anderson Varejao came off the bench for 16 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and a block in 26 minutes of Tuesday's loss to the Heat.

He had two points and 12 rebounds on Sunday, meaning he's averaging 11.5 boards and 2.0 steals over his last two games. If you need a big man, he's worth a look now that he appears to be healthy again. And the Cavs have a decent fantasy playoff schedule, going 4-3-3 over the next three weeks.

Anderson Varejao PF/C CLE 6 Months

Anderson Varejao grabbed 12 rebounds on Sunday for his first double-digit game since returning to action in mid-March, but he added only two points and one steal in 19 minutes.

Varejao's boards were nice and he played well during his limited stints. Fantasy owners should leave him on the scrap heap, however, since Spencer Hawes is playing well as a starter and the Cavs are determined to limit AV's playing time.

Anderson Varejao PF/C CLE 6 Months

Anderson Varejao was quiet in 15 minutes of action on Wednesday, scoring six points on 3-of-7 shooting with seven rebounds.

Varejao was set to play 15 minutes heading into tonight and the Cavs kept him exactly at that mark. Until he shows he can stay on the court for longer stretches owners can watch this action from the wire in most standard formats.

Anderson Varejao PF/C CLE 6 Months

Anderson Varejao (back) will see his minutes slowly increase going forward.

Varejao played just nine minutes in his first game action in a month Saturday night, but will see his minutes trend upward as he gets into game shape. "We will gradually increase his minutes," coach Mike Brown said. "We haven't talked about what his minutes restriction will be come Wednesday night. We'll keep evaluating it." With Spencer Hawes playing strong ball as of late, Varejao will struggle to approach his 32.7 minute average from January, but he can still help owners in deeper leagues who are in desperate need of rebounds and blocks.

Anderson Varejao PF/C CLE 6 Months

Anderson Varejao (back) is expected to play 15 minutes on Wednesday.

Anderson Varejao PF/C CLE 6 Months

Anderson Varejao played nine minutes in his return to the lineup on Saturday with four points and three rebounds against the Knicks.

He missed 11 games due to his back injury and he obviously isn't all the way back yet. Varejao wasn't his usual active self and he seemed apprehensive on chasing down rebounds tonight. The Cavs seem like they're going to give Spencer Hawes the lion's share of the minutes at center. Fantasy owners can probably leave AV on the wire in most cases since he's going to be rusty for a week or two.

Anderson Varejao PF/C CLE 6 Months

Anderson Varejao (back) is likely to play limited minutes on Saturday.

Varejao may only play one stint as the Cavs' priority is avoiding any setbacks. Mike Brown has already said that he intends to keep Spencer Hawes in the starting lineup, further limiting Varejao's rest-of-season upside, but he should at least provide solid rebounds and a handful of high-percentage points once his conditioning returns.

Anderson Varejao PF/C CLE 6 Months

Anderson Varejao (back) will miss his 12th consecutive game on Friday.

Varejao isn't even traveling with the Cavaliers to Charlotte and his status for Saturday's game is very much in doubt. The Cavs have been tight-lipped about Varejao's injury and they continue to list him as day-to-day, but his lengthy absence may be part of the reason they traded for new starting center Spencer Hawes.

Anderson Varejao PF/C CLE 6 Months

Anderson Varejao (knee) didn't sound optimistic on playing in Friday's game against the Bobcats.

He said he didn't know if he can even take on contact for Thursday's practice and there is no plan on him getting into the game on Friday. Varejao added that he would love to play, but did seem a bit somber in the interview. We'd consider him doubtful for Friday especially with the Cavs playing a back-to-back against the Knicks on Saturday.