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Court Report: Week 5 Dashboard, Part II

Matt Buser
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Each Sunday, the Dashboard centralizes all the crucial information fantasy managers need to dominate their weekly head-to-head matchups or climb the standings in their rotisserie leagues. The Dashboard covers schedule analysis, status updates, adds, drops, watch list candidates, and deep league targets for managers of all skill levels. Quite simply, it is a comprehensive weekly cheat sheet that is packed with so much information that we’ve devoted two writers to producing it.

Add List - players currently owned in less than 40% of Yahoo! leagues

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Marco Belinelli(notes), SG, NOR (28% owned)
Belinelli continues to contribute efficient offense for the Hornets and fantasy owners and has slowly been making his way onto more rosters. Over the past six games, he's averaged 14.7 points on 53-percent shooting, 85-percent foul shooting, and 2.5 threes in 28 minutes. Belinelli is thrilled to be a key player for a winning team and should continue to be one of the best three-point specialists for fantasy purposes over the course of the season.

Kris Humphries(notes), PF, NJN (28% owned)
Humphries has gained Avery Johnson's trust and rewarded him with 11 points on 58-percent shooting, 11.7 boards, 0.7 steals, and 1.5 blocks in 30 minutes over the past six games, all starts at power forward. Johnson appears to have little interest in playing Troy Murphy(notes), whose expiring contract is most certainly on the Nets' trade block, and Derrick Favors(notes) has settled in nicely as the team's reserve big, so Humphries should continue to at least approximate his production moving forward. With that said, the situation remains at least somewhat tenuous for as long as Murphy remains on the roster.

Carlos Delfino(notes), GF, MIL (33% owned)
Delfino has missed the past six games and remains sidelined because of concussion symptoms, and he's been coming off rosters as a result. But he's already missed two weeks and shouldn't need much longer, so he certainly warrants a look if you need threes and he's one of the free agents of note on the wire in your league. In seven games before his injury, Delfino averaged 12.9 points, 2.4 threes, 3.9 boards, and 1.6 steals in 36 minutes, very similar numbers to his post-break splits last season. In general, keep in mind that he'll certainly get universal consideration in competitive leagues once he is back on the Bucks' active roster, so the time to act may be now.

Rudy Fernandez(notes), SG, POR (11% owned)
You haven't already given up on Rudy, have you? He's certainly underwhelmed while Brandon Roy(notes) has missed the past three games (23 minutes, 7 points, 26% FG, 2 threes), but this is a long-term situation and should be dealt with as such. Roy has yet to be cleared to practice, let alone play, and his prospects for the remainder of the season remain anything but good. Wesley Matthews(notes) averaged 42 minutes in the first two games that Roy missed, and that certainly isn't a pace that he's going to maintain. Take a look at Rudy's averages over his past seven games - 9.4 points, 2.1 threes, 2.4 assists, 0.7 turnovers, 0.6 steals - and add some room for upside considering that he only managed 22 minutes and 39-percent shooting in those games.

Ronny Turiaf(notes), FC, NYK (20% owned)
Turiaf's lack of scoring creates the illusion for many that he doesn't really help fantasy teams overall. Turiaf has taken over as the Knicks' starting center and has averaged 6.8 points on 58-percent shooting, 5 boards, 4.4 assists, 1.2 turnovers, 0.8 steals, and 2 blocks in the five games where he's seen at least 25 minutes so far this season. His slow start can be attributed to beginning the season as a reserve and missing three games with a knee injury a few weeks back, but he's an excellent complement to Amar'e Stoudemire(notes) in the team's speedball attack and will make his way onto more fantasy rosters before long, thanks to that unique line. Now is the time to get on board.

Brad Miller(notes), C, HOU (26% owned)
Miller has certainly been inconsistent, but his averages in five starts include 14 points on 53-percent shooting, 85-percent foul shooting, 1 three, 5.2 boards, 2.4 assists, and 1.4 turnovers in 27 minutes. Defensive stats are a thing of the past for Miller, but his unique offensive skills are still in place and he's going to continue to see minutes while Yao Ming(notes) remains sidelined. Miller will continue to start in the short-term thanks to Yao's latest set-back, and you should upgrade his long-term prospects relative to your feelings on how much Yao will play over the season's final five months.

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Shane Battier(notes), SF, HOU (31% owned)
I get it - Battier's lack of scoring means he's not a sexy add in fantasy leagues, but the rest of his numbers certainly make him useful. He's playing plenty with Aaron Brooks(notes) and Yao Ming out of the lineup, and over the past five games he's averaged 8.6 points, 1.4 threes, 4.8 boards, 2.8 assists, 1.2 turnovers, 1.2 steals, and 1.8 blocks in 35 minutes. Those combined threes, steals, and blocks can help any fantasy team, and his lack of turnovers helps offset what he doesn't provide in offense when it comes to his overall impact.

• Kyle Lowry, PG, HOU (13% owned)
Lowry is short on offense but long enough on counting stats that he's worth a roster spot in standard leagues. Over the past five games, he's averaged 8 points, 5.6 boards, 7.2 assists, 3.8 turnovers, 2 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 35 minutes. That playing time isn't going to drop off while Aaron Brooks remains sidelined for at least two or three more weeks, and the Rockets play four games in each of the next two weeks.

Watch List - players to monitor closely in standard formats

Mike Miller(notes), GF, MIA (23% owned)
Miller is now expecting to come back a bit earlier than his original timetable, naming Christmas Day as a target instead of mid-January. Obviously it's tough to carry an inactive player for a month or so, but standard-league managers should start at least considering Miller during any add/drop scenario. Once he's back, he's going to be a key component of the team - he won't be leaned on heavily for scoring, but his range of skills are exactly what the Heat need and should be a tremendous fit alongside the team's big three.

Chris Andersen(notes), FC, DEN (14% owned)
Andersen was slated to fully participate in the Nuggets' Sunday practice and hasn't been officially ruled out of Monday's game, although Friday appears to be more likely of a target. Andersen should see steady action from the outset, assuming no set-backs and given the Nuggets' thin front line, and those familiar 6/6/2 lines should come before long.

Tiago Splitter(notes), FC, SAS (26% owned)
Splitter is worth monitoring based on his production Sunday night (26 minutes, 18 points, 7-10 FG, 5 boards, 2 steals, 2 blocks). The variables that led to his getting his first substantial playing time of the season were a blowout win over the Cavs and a DNP-CD for Antonio McDyess(notes). While it seems doubtful that Gregg Popovich is going to suddenly remove McDyess from the rotation entirely, clearly the Spurs would like to have Splitter involved and the situation bears watching over the next week or so.

Deep League Specials - players owned in five percent or less of Yahoo! leagues

Luther Head(notes), G, SAC (2% owned)
Head is now a starting guard for the Kings and Paul Westphal has said that he'll keep the assignment over Beno Udrih(notes) because of defensive considerations. The depth chart is muddled here and Westphal certainly could change his mind at some point, but Head should get a look in the interim. We've seen him post excellent fantasy numbers as a starter previously, and he's averaged 12 points on 65-percent shooting, 1 three, 3.3 boards, 2 assists, and 0.7 turnovers in 26 minutes over the past three games.

Jordan Farmar(notes), PG, NJN (5% owned)
Farmar continues to play steady minutes for Avery Johnson and has been fairly productive of late, averaging 10.7 points, 1.5 threes, 5.2 assists, 2 turnovers, and 1.3 steals in 25 minutes over the past five games. Farmar has seen a bit more playing time lately with Terrence Williams(notes) struggling to stay in the rotation.

Quentin Richardson(notes), GF, ORL (4% owned)
Q-Rich has averaged 8.4 points on 50-percent shooting, 1.6 threes, 4.4 boards, and 0.8 steals in 20 minutes since rejoining the Magic's starting five. Those aren't earth-shattering numbers, but you certainly could do worse for deep league purposes.

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