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 Breakdown – essential 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)
Status Updates - quick hitters from around the leagueCarmelo 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.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.
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