November 29, 2009
Four-game teams: CHI, DAL, GSW, IND, MIA, MIL, NYK, PHO, TOR, WAS
Three-game teams: ATL, BOS, CHA, CLE, DEN, DET, HOU, LAL, MEM, MIN, NJN, PHI, SAC, UTH
Two-game teams: LAC, NOR, OKC, ORL, POR, SAS
• Ersan Ilyasova(notes) – There have been some ups and downs, but Ilyasova's production has been good overall and the minutes will be there as long as he can avoid foul trouble. Averages over his past eight games include 14.6 points on 45-percent shooting, 1.8 threes, 9.3 boards, and 1.4 steals-plus-blocks in 30 minutes. Week 6: CHI, @WAS, @DET, CLE
• Mike Dunleavy – Dunleavy saw his first game action of the season on Friday, scoring 13 points in 16 minutes. All involved parties want him heavily involved in the Pacers' gameplan moving forward – even if that doesn't mean he'll be back in the starting lineup – so now is the time to pick him up if he's still on the wire in your league. While the Pacers do have an excellent Week 6 schedule (@GSW, @SAC, @UTH, @LAC), don't plan on more than incremental increases in his playing time in the early going.
• Beno Udrih(notes) – Udrih missed Wednesday's game with the flu but was back on the active roster and producing (33 minutes, 21 points, 1 three, 5 assists, 1 steal) on Friday. With Kevin Martin(notes) out for another month or so, Udrih's solid fantasy impact remains locked in. His November averages (11 games) include 16.1 points on 53-percent shooting, 1.3 threes, and 4.5 assists in 34 minutes. Week 6: IND, @PHO, MIA
• Luke Ridnour(notes) – Ridnour's role should only increase now that
Michael Redd's(notes) knee has forced him back to the inactive roster. Over
the past nine games, Ridnour has averaged 14.2 points on 54-percent
shooting, 1.2 threes, and 5.6 assists in 31 minutes. Week 6: CHI, @WAS, @DET, CLE
• Jarrett Jack(notes) – Jack's minutes alongside Jose Calderon(notes) have been steadily increasing and he's averaged 29 minutes overall – along with 12.6 points, 1.6 threes, 5.2 assists, and 1 steal – over the past five games. Week 6: WAS, @ATL, @WAS, @CHI
• Will Bynum(notes) – Richard Hamilton(notes) remains out indefinitely and Bynum
should continue to see consistent minutes for at least a few more
weeks. While he's struggled with his shot over the past two games
(combined 5-for-30), his November averages have been useful (14.7
points, 46% FG, 0.5 threes, 82% FT, 4.5 assists, 1 steal in 30
minutes). Week 6: @CHI, MIL, WAS
• Ramon Sessions(notes) – When Kurt Rambis speaks of "better combinations" of players than the Wolves have used to this point, there's a good chance that Sessions getting more run alongside Jonny Flynn(notes) – something Rambis has shunned to this point – is one of those combinations. Flynn has more turnovers (57) than assists (54) and Corey Brewer(notes) is shooting just 37 percent on the season, so there are plenty of reasons for Sessions' role to grow.Over the past nine games, he's averaged 11.4 points on 53-percent shooting and 3.9 assists in 25 minutes. Week 6: MEM, @NOR, UTH
• Jason Williams(notes) – Williams has settled in as the Magic's starting point guard, averaging 13.3 points on 58-percent shooting, 2.3 threes, 6 assists, and 1.5 steals in 35 minutes over the past four games. His role and minutes are locked in for at least the next few weeks. Week 6: NYK, GSW
• Martell Webster(notes) – Webster's lines are far from consistent, but he's locked in as the starter and the numbers have been useful overall. In 10 starts on the season, he's averaged 11.4 points, 2 threes, 4.4 boards and 1.8 steals-plus-blocks in 28 minutes. Week 6: MIA, HOU
• Drew Gooden(notes) – It's true that Gooden followed up a five-game stretch of 14.6 points and 12.8 boards with 6.7 points and 6 boards over the past three games, but he remains the Mavs' starting center while Erick Dampier(notes) is away and their Week 6 schedule is a thing of beauty (PHI, @NJN, @MEM, ATL).
• Antonio McDyess(notes) – McDyess has started four straight games and six of the past eight for the Spurs, averaging 8.3 points on 50-percent shooting, 7.7 boards and 1.7 steals-plus-blocks as a starter. His recorded his best line of the season on Friday (31 minutes, 15 points, 14 boards, 2 steals, 1 block) and could be in for more consistent playing time, given that the Spurs have now won four straight after struggling early. Matt Bonner(notes) will still see steady minutes when the matchups call for it, but McDyess gets an upgrade as the consistent starter either way. Week 6: BOS, DEN
• Darren Collison(notes) – Collison has been effective while filling in for Chris Paul(notes). He's scored in double figures in eight straight games and averaged 14.7 points, 93-percent foul shooting, 6.7 assists, and 1 steal in his six starts. One thing to keep in mind here is that the Hornets play just twice over the next eight days, and Paul should be close to a return shortly thereafter. Week 6: @LAL, MIN
• Ronny Turiaf(notes) – Turiaf returned to the Warriors' active roster on Saturday, scoring three points and four boards in 17 minutes. The assumption is that he'll immediately replace Mikki Moore(notes) as the team's primary center, and he's worth a speculative add in the event that Monday's Andris Biedrins(notes) update doesn't deliver good news. Week 6: IND, @DEN, HOU, ORL
• Brandon Rush(notes) – Rush has been a disappointment for the most part and should start to get squeezed for minutes now that Mike Dunleavy is back, but there are worse options out there if you are looking for some threes in the short-term. Week 6: @GSW, @SAC, @UTH, @LAC
• Kurt Thomas(notes) – Deep-leaguers should take advantage of Thomas' production for as long as Andrew Bogut(notes) remains inactive. The 37-year-old Thomas has averaged 5.8 points, 7 boards, 1.4 steals, and 1.6 blocks in 28 minutes over the past five games. Week 6: CHI, @WAS, @DET, CLE
• Andrew Bogut – Bogut is expected to be sidelined for another two weeks because of a ligament strain and bruise in his left leg.
• Erick Dampier – While the team still has yet to provide details of what has kep him off the court, the expectation is that Damp could return to the lineup by the end of the coming week.
• Ben Gordon(notes) – Gordon missed Sunday's game because of a sprained right ankle but his injury is not considered serious. The Pistons are off until Wednesday (@CHI), and you can imagine that Gordon will be fired up to face his former team.
• Kevin Martin – Martin had surgery on his broken left wrist on November 9 and is expected to return sometime in mid-January.
• Chris Paul – The team remains mum on Paul's status as he works to recover from an ankle injury suffered on November 13, but the original expectations were that he would need two to four weeks. The Hornets play just twice over the next eight days and it at least seems unlikely that we'll see him in action for either of those games.
• Michael Redd – Redd's knee is still not right and, after appearances in three games, he'll need more time off to recover from a left patella tendon strain, suffered on October 31. At this point, he's simply out indefinitely.