Each week, 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 packed with every bit of information that you could possibly need.
Week 6 Schedule Grid
Click here for a full season schedule grid. Hat tip to kiwishaq on the busersports forums.
Week Six, quality games.
1 game: BOS, MEM, MIA, TOR
Week Six, best schedules.
POR: @UTA, CHA, @SAC, DEN
DET: @MIL, @NYK, @NJN, MIL, NOR
NOR: @MIA, PHO, @SAS, @DET
GSW: SAC, UTA, @SAC
Week Six, worst schedules.
ATL: @TOR, MEM, PHI
CLE: BOS, @ORL, DAL
CHA: @LAL, @POR, @PHO
WAS: CHI, @ORL, @TOR, LAC
Status Updates — quick hitters from around the league
• D.J. Augustin will likely miss the Bobcats' upcoming four road game trip with right big toe inflammation. More specifically, he has tiny cracks in the sesamoid bones embedded into the tendons in that toe. The injury is debilitating, and has sapped much of his explosiveness and lift. Augustin has been in a walking boot to keep pressure off the toe, and has been receiving treatment -- ice, electric stimulation, an oral anti-inflammatory -- over the last week. He's in less pain, but will have to make it through a full practice before he considers playing.
• Carmelo Anthony (ankle, wrist sprain) is doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Pistons, according to coach Mike D'Antoni.
• MarShon Brooks has a broken little toe in his right foot, and there is currently no timetable for his return. He will see a foot specialist on Monday.
• Baron Davis probably will not make his Knicks debut for another week or two as he works his way back into basketball shape after nine months away from the court.
• Luol Deng (torn wrist ligament) has been shooting and dribbling, but ended up missing Sunday's showdown against the Heat. Coach Tom Thibodeau says he is "very close" to a return.
• Spencer Hawes will miss his eight straight game on Monday with a strained left Achilles.
• Al Jefferson (right ankle tendonitis) is doubtful for Monday's game against the Blazers. He has a walking boot on his right foot and was seen heavily favoring his left leg.
• Jason Kidd will be out at least a week with a strained right calf. He suffered the strain just two minutes into Friday's win against the Jazz; it was initially believed to be an Achilles injury, which would have been far worse.
• Ty Lawson went through pregame warmups on Sunday but was not able to cut on his sprained left ankle. He remains day-to-day.
• Kevin Martin (plantar fasciitis) participated in shootaround Monday morning and is expected to play against the Wolves, according to coach Kevin McHale.
• Jameer Nelson sat out Sunday's game against the Pacers with concussion-like symptoms. He will be unavailable on Monday as well.
• Rajon Rondo is close to a return this week, according to coach Doc Rivers, and is no longer wearing a wrap on his sore right wrist.
Add List — players currently owned in 40% or less of Yahoo! leagues
• Tiago Splitter, FC, SA (40% owned)
The biggest reason why Splitter didn't play more than he should have last year was his defense, a weakness masked by his exceptional steal rate (4th among centers). Splitter was slow to his rotations as a help defender, and it didn't help that opposing centers averaged a 18.8 player efficiency rating against him either. He's gone a long way to remedy that this season though, making noticeable improvements on that end (doubling his block rate) and seeing a huge spike in minutes as a reward. Splitter lacks any real offensive game outside the immediate basket area so he won't score much, but is a solid finisher and rebounds well for his position. You can be sure coach Gregg Popovich will give Tim Duncan as much rest as he can with this condensed schedule, ensuring Splitter's spot in the Spurs' regular rotation.
• Evan Turner, GF, PHI (39% owned)
His rank over the past two weeks (181) doesn't inspire much confidence, but it's largely a product of a fluky dip in his free-throw percentage (47% on 2.1 attempts; 81% last season) that masks what have otherwise been significant improvements across the board. Turner is still struggling to score from beyond 16 feet, but he's upped his mark from that range to a more respectable 34 percent over his last 10 games after going 8-for-34 (24 percent) in the nine games prior. Turner still leads all shooting guards in rebound rate at 13.3 percent, a mark that tops a number of big men including Chris Bosh, David West, Lamar Odom, Brandon Bass, and Ryan Anderson. Most importantly, he's being more aggressive as a slasher and assertive as a scoring option (9.6 field goal attempts over the past two weeks). Turner has finished an impressive 73 percent of his attempts from nine feet in, and he's starting to draw fouls with some sort of regularity. Perhaps he won't ever reach that level of superstardom that's expected from a former second overall pick, but he's well on his way to becoming a very good and possible All-Star caliber player.
• Rodrigue Beaubois, G, DAL (33% owned)
The issue with Roddy has never been with his talent level. He possesses top-end scoring ability, and still managed to average 19 points per 40 minutes despite a precipitous drop-off in efficiency last season. The problem is that he has yet to move beyond these sporadic moments of brilliance and consistently put it all together over a full season; part of which can be attributed to injuries and a lack of opportunity. Beaubois is finally starting to see regular rotation minutes now, and has stepped into the starting lineup with Jason Kidd sidelined by a calf injury. His per-minute exploits are well-documented (6th amongst qualifiers this season, 13th in 2010), and he's a sure bet to deliver a sizable return on investment given his expanded role.
• James Johnson, F, TOR (39% owned)
If you had to sum up Johnson's style of play in one word, it'd be disruptive. He creates havoc whenever he's out there on the court, whether it's jumping into passing lanes or coming from the weak-side to send a shot back. Johnson has the ability to fill it up, and has also cut his turnover rate every year he's been in the league -- bottoming out at a more respectable 13 percent this season. He's far from a finished product and is still prone to making an occasional mistake (errant turnovers, ill-timed gambles on defense), but he's made major strides in cutting those down this season. Coach Dwane Casey has taken note, inserting him into the starting lineup in place of the ineffectual Rasual Butler, where he's thrived over the past seven games and will remain for the foreseeable future. Consistency may remain a bit of an issue moving forward, but there's sneaky multi-category potential to be had here, especially for those who aren't hard-pressed for a scoring option.
Cut List — players who should not be rostered in standard formats
• Lamar Odom (75% owned), Michael Beasley (67% owned), Brandon Knight (62% owned), DeJuan Blair (58% owned), Andrew Bogut (55% owned), Carlos Delfino (55% owned), Jared Dudley (53% owned), Jameer Nelson (51% owned)
Watch List — players currently owned in 40% or less of Yahoo! leagues to monitor closely in standard leagues
• Vince Carter (29% owned), Ed Davis (32% owned), Byron Mullens (29% owned), Chase Budinger (36% owned), Jonas Jerebko (23% owned), Brandon Rush (22% owned), Baron Davis (33% owned), Rudy Fernandez (23% owned), Ersan Ilyasova (16% owned), Chandler Parsons (14% owned), Linas Kleiza (9% owned)
Deep League Specials — players currently owned in five percent or less of Yahoo! leagues who warrant a roster spot in deep leagues (14 teams+)
• Courtney Lee (5% owned), Mickael Pietrus (5% owned), Goran Dragic (4% owned), Bismack Biyombo (4% owned), Jordan Hill (3% owned), Klay Thompson (3% owned), Ekpe Udoh (2% owned), Jan Vesely (2% owned), Trevor Booker (1% owned)
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