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Court Report: Week 8 Dashboard, Part I

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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.

Schedule Breakdownessential schedule information for the upcoming week and beyond

Week eight, total games.
4 games: ATL, HOU, IND, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIN, NJN, NOH, PHI, POR, SAC, TOR
3 games: BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, LAC, MIL, NYK, OKL, PHO, SAS, UTH, WAS
2 games: ORL

Week eight, quality games.
1 game: ATL, BOS, CHI, DAL, DEN, GSW, IND, MEM, MIA, MIL, NJN, NOH, POR, SAS, UTH, WAS

Week eight, best schedules.
POR: @MEM, @DAL, MIN, GSW
MIN: @GSW, @PHO, @POR, @DEN
MIA: NOH, CLE, @NYK, @WAS
LAL: @WAS, @IND, @PHI, @TOR
OKC: HOU, SAC, PHO
CHI: IND, @TOR, LAC

Week eight, worst schedules.
ORL: @DEN, PHI
MIL: @DAL, @SAS, UTH
NYK: BOS, MIA, @CLE
CLE: @MIA, @IND, NYK
WAS: LAL, @NJN, MIA

Next month, total games.
14 games: NOH
13 games: ATL, CHI, GSW, HOU, LAL, MIA, MIN, PHI, POR, SAS
12 games: BOS, CLE, DAL, DEN, MEM, MIL, NJN, OKL, ORL, SAC, TOR, UTH, WAS
11 games: IND, PHO
10 games: CHA, DET, LAC, NYK

Next month, quality games.
3 games: DAL, DEN, MIA, ORL, POR, SAS
2 games: BOS, CHI, GSW, MIL, NYK, OKL, SAC, TOR
1 game: ATL, IND, LAL, NJN, NOH, PHO, WAS
0 games: CHA, CLE, DET, HOU, LAC, MIN, PHI, TOR

Remaining season, quality games.
Best: CHI (15), BOS (13), DAL (13), DEN (13), MIA (12), POR (12)
Worst: DET (1), TOR (1), NOH (3), CLE (4), MIN (4), PHI (4)

Also see: Basketball Monster’s Schedule Grid and Ease Rankings

Status Updates - quick hitters from around the league

Nuggets forward Chris Andersen(notes) is currently sidelined with vertebra/transverse process fracture in his lower left back that is expected to keep him off the court for until late December.

Ryan Anderson(notes) is not expected to play before December 14th as he recovers from a mild foot sprain.

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Carmelo Anthony(notes) returned to action on Sunday against the New York Knicks after missing the Nuggets past two games with inflammation of his right knee.

It now appears unlikely that Kelenna Azubuike(notes) will play anytime before Christmas with the Knicks sending Azubuike to be re-examined to determine the next stage of his rehabilitation. Azubuike has experience setbacks since he started to practice with the team last month.

Rodrigue Beaubois(notes) is still limited in terms of his physical activities but could see game action around New Years as he recovers from a fractured foot.

Just when it appeared he might have some fantasy value Raja Bell(notes) strained his right adductor. Bell has missed Utah’s past two games with the injury and there is currently no set timetable for his return.

Aaron Brooks(notes) was initially aiming for a December 10th return from his ankle injury but was unable to meet his goal. Brooks may return at some point in the next week or so.

Andrew Bynum(notes) is tentatively targeting December 14th at Washington to make his season debut after having offseason knee surgery.

Jose Calderon(notes) has missed Toronto’s past two games with a sore foot, allowing Jerryd Bayless(notes) to start in his place. Bayless’ played extremely well against the Pistons and Calderon’s injury may well have opened the door for a position battle.

Warriors guard Stephen Curry(notes) aggravated his ankle injury recently and will miss Golden State’s game on Monday. It is unclear how many additional games Curry will miss with the injury, and owners have to fear an extended period of rest may be coming.

News about Carlos Delfino’s(notes) concussion has been concerning. The good news is that the injury is not expected to be a career-ending injury, but Delfino will likely have to wear a protective helmet whenever he returns to action. Delfino’s return is completely unpredictable this season.

Reggie Evans(notes) is expected to be out until at least February 1st after undergoing surgery on his fractured foot.

Rookie Derrick Favors(notes) returned on Sunday after missing New Jersey’s last game with a bruised thigh.

Jonny Flynn(notes) is on the verge of making his season debut after undergoing offseason hip surgery and getting some court time in the D-League. Flynn will have to compete with Luke Ridnour(notes) for the starting point guard position when he does finally step on the court for Minnesota.

Randy Foye(notes) has been limited by a hamstring injury for most of the season but is targeting a return date of mid-to-late next week.

Bucks forward Drew Gooden(notes) has been dealing with a bone contusion in addition to plantar fasciitis. However, Gooden is hoping to return to action sometime in the upcoming week.

Pacers star Danny Granger(notes) tweaked his ankle in Saturday night’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Granger finished out the game but could be held out of Monday’s game against the Bulls.

Devin Harris(notes) returned to New Jersey’s starting lineup on Sunday after missing one game with a sprained left shoulder.

Miami’s locker room leader, Udonis Haslem(notes), is possibly out for the season with a torn ligament in his left foot. At a minimum, Haslem will miss a couple of months of action.

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Signs are pointing to a Josh Howard(notes) return sometime around the New Year. Howard is returning from an ACL injury that he suffered last season with the Wizards.

Rookie Damion James(notes) broke his foot during his first career start for the New Jersey Nets. There is no official timetable for his return at this point, but expect James to miss weeks or months as he undergoes surgery and recovers. Coach Avery Johnson has stated that he intends to continue bringing Travis Outlaw(notes) off the bench for the foreseeable future.

Jonas Jerebko(notes) recently shed his walking boot and appears to be ahead of the timeline for returning from his partially torn Achilles tendon. Current speculation has Jerebko back on the court around the All-Star break.

Hawks guard Joe Johnson(notes) will be out until at least January 1st after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow to remove a loose body that has been causing him pain all season long.

Chris Kaman(notes) is back in a walking boot and is expected to miss at least three weeks after suffering a bone bruise and strained ligament. Look for DeAndre Jordan(notes) to step up in Kaman’s absence.

Nenad Krstic(notes) is still experiencing back troubles and has been ruled out for Sunday’s contest against Cleveland. Consider Krstic day-to-day going forward.

Suns center Robin Lopez(notes) is still at least a week away from returning to action from his sprained MCL/PCL in his left knee. If Lopez is sitting on the waiver wire and you can afford to stash him, now is the time to grab him in anticipation of his impending return.

Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin(notes) remains sidelined due to off-season knee surgery and is expected to make his debut around the beginning of the New Year.

Darko Milicic(notes) is playing through the thigh contusion he suffered on December 6th, which kept him sidelined for one game.

Mike Miller(notes) appears to be about a couple of weeks away from returning to action from his preseason thumb injury. Now is the time to scoop up Miller if he is floating around on your league’s waiver wire.

Yao Ming’s return to action from his latest injury has been postponed as Houston’s trainers want Yao to increase his strength in his ankle before practicing with the team. Ming will be sidelined for at least another week with his injury.

Blazers center Greg Oden(notes) is out for the season after suffering another devastating knee injury that will require microfracture surgery.

Despite progressing at a rapid rate recently, Mehmet Okur(notes) is still likely a few weeks away from returning to action from his ruptured Achilles’ tendon. His injury has healed but Okur’s strength and conditioning remain deficient.

Celtics center Jermaine O’Neal(notes) is hoping to return to practice sometime this week as he nurses a sore left knee. O’Neal is at least a week away from returning to action.

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Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal(notes) is day-to-day with a sore right shin and calf and is expected to return to action during the upcoming week.

The original timeline for Kendrick Perkins’(notes) recovery from his torn ACL estimated that he would be back on the court sometime in January. We should be hearing more concrete information out of Boston regarding Perkins’ progress in December.

Michael Redd(notes) is out indefinitely as he rehabs from his second devastating knee injury in as many years. Redd is still months away from returning to action and may never be able to play basketball at a high level again.

Peja Stojakovic(notes) has missed Toronto’s last eight games with a swollen left knee and is listed as day-to-day.

Bobcats forward Tyrus Thomas(notes) is day-to-day with a quadriceps injury that has caused him to miss the past two games.

Anthony Tolliver(notes) is expected to be out until mid-to-late January with a strained right MCL in his knee.

Martell Webster(notes) is expected to make his season debut this week for the Minnesota Timberwolves after undergoing offseason back surgery.

Unfortunately for the Celtics, Delonte West’s(notes) broken wrist is expected to keep him off the floor for months, if not the balance of the season.

Brandan Wright(notes) continues to be hobbled with a back injury that surfaced in mid-November. There is currently no official timetable for his return.

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