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 5 Schedule Grid
Click here for a full season schedule grid. Hat tip to kiwishaq on the busersports forums.
Week Five, quality games.
2 games: MEM, ORL
1 game: BOS, CHA, CLE, IND, LAC, MIA, NYK, PHO, POR, TOR
Week Five, best schedules.
PHI: WAS, NJN, CHA, DET
NYK: @CHA, @CLE, @MIA, @HOU
TOR: @PHO, @UTA, @DEN, @NJN
CLE: @MIA, NYK, NJN, @BOS
HOU: @MIN, MIL, WAS, NYK
Week Five, worst schedules.
GSW: MEM, POR, OKC
IND: ORL, @CHI, @BOS, @ORL
MIL: ATL, @HOU, @CHI, LAL
DET: @OKC, MIA, ATL, @PHI
Status Updates — quick hitters from around the league
• Arron Afflalo (groin) is set to return from a one-game absence and should be good to go for Wednesday's game against the Kings.
• X-rays on Ray Allen's jammed left ankle came back negative, and he said there was no swelling — just tightness. He will try to play Monday against the Magic.
• Camelo Anthony openly wondered whether it was time for him to sit out for a game and rest his body after Saturday's double-overtime loss to Denver. He has been bothered by a sore left wrist for more than a week now, which could be a contributing factor to his recent shooting woes -- just 41-for-116 (35 percent) from the field over his last five games. The Knicks have games against the Bobcats and Cavs coming up on Tuesday and Wednesday, perhaps setting the table for Melo to get some much needed time off.
• D.J. Augustin has a "slight crack" between the two bones in his right big toe and will miss a minimum of three days. He'll have an injection to seal the crack, and could be back by the end of the week if the injection has its intended effect.
• Andrea Bargnani missed his sixth straight game on Sunday with a strained left calf. He returned to practice on Saturday, and there's a good chance he'll return to action on Tuesday against the Suns. The Raptors have yet to win a game with Bargnani sidelined.
• Spencer Hawes (Achilles) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Wizards. He has missed the last three games with a strained left Achilles, and remains day-to-day.
• Roy Hibbert broke his nose during Sunday's game against the Lakers, but returned to action shortly after.
• Chris Paul sat out his fifth consecutive game on Sunday with a strained left hamstring. Paul is expected to return to the lineup on Wednesday as the Clippers take on the Lakers in a rematch of the very game that Paul initially suffered the hamstring injury. He worked out for an hour before Sunday's game, but the Clippers wanted to be cautious with his return and not rush him back too soon as to risk a possible aggravation.
• Rajon Rondo remains day-to-day with a sore right wrist. X-rays and an MRI both came back negative. The Celtics take on the Magic at home on Monday, then have two days off until they take on the Magic again in Orlando.
• Derrick Rose said that he knows his toe won't be 100 percent this season, but will likely play on Monday anyways. He participated fully in shootaround, and looks like a go.
• Dwyane Wade was inactive for Sunday's game against the Bucks, the fourth straight game he has missed and his seventh of the season. Coach Erik Spoelstra said Wade's sprained right ankle is the only ailment keeping him out, which is positive news given the left foot and right calf issues that have also plagued him this season. With the Cavs and Pistons coming up on Tuesday and Wednesday, two games the Heat should have no problems winning without Wade, it's likely that he'll sit out until at least Friday when the Knicks come into town.
Add List — players currently owned in 40% or less of Yahoo! leagues
• Evan Turner, GF, PHI (40% owned)
Turner was featured on the 'Watch List' in last week's Dashboard, but has continued to improve at a rate that necessitates he headline this week's 'Add List'. He's not much of a threat from the perimeter, coming in at just 25 percent from outside 16 feet, but he's made major improvements in other areas to more than offset his perimeter woes. He leads all shooting guards in rebound rate for one -- his 13.1 percent mark tops a number of big men including Lamar Odom, Chris Bosh, Dirk Nowitzki, Luis Scola, Kendrick Perkins, and Joel Anthony -- but most importantly, he's being more aggressive as a slasher and assertive as a scoring option (11.7 field goal attempts over the past week). Turner has finished an astounding 79 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.
• James Johnson, F, TOR (16% 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 15 percent this season. He's far from a finished product and is still prone to making his fair share of mistakes (errant turnovers, ill-timed gambles on defense) that will often times land him on the bench, but he's making strides in cutting those down. Coach Dwane Casey has obviously noticed, finally inserting him into the starting lineup in place of the ineffectual Rasual Butler. Consistency will 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.
• Chuck Hayes, FC, SAC (38% owned)
Every team could use a guy like Chuck Hayes, particularly a young squad like Sacramento in desperate need of some direction and leadership. Standing at just 6'6 and boasting a career scoring average of 4.4 points per game, almost everything about him will underwhelm you initially. Until you dig a little deeper. Hayes has never been much of a scorer, but is above-average in almost every other respect. He's a plus-rebounder for his position with a rebound rate of 16.3 percent (particularly impressive given his size disadvantage), was third in assist rate among centers last season at 25 percent, and is the one of the better team defenders out there (39th in the NBA in unadjusted defensive rating in 2011). Look past the points and threes and you'll see that he contributes everywhere else, namely with his rebounding (10.4 per 36 minutes) and plus-efficiency (52.7% FG, 1.2 turnovers). The Chuckwagon is just a few days out from participating in contact drills, and should return to game action in a little over a week if things according to plan. He's already been practicing on his own, going through a whole program of shooting on Thursday as he works his way back from a dislocated left shoulder that he suffered Jan. 5 against Milwaukee. He's locked in as the Kings' starting power forward and will get as many minutes as he can handle with one of the lower foul rates for his position (3.5 per 36 minutes) and with J.J. Hickson struggling mightily early on.
Cut List — players who should not be rostered in standard formats
• Stephen Jackson (83% owned), Jason Kidd (81% owned), Louis Williams (73% owned), Jamal Crawford (66% owned), Michael Beasley (65% owned), Chris Kaman (62% owned), Brandon Bass (61% owned), Richard Jefferson (60% owned), Jared Dudley (57% owned), Brandon Knight (57% owned), Devin Harris (57% owned), Udonis Haslem (54% owned), Tyler Hansbrough (50% owned), Carl Landry (44% owned), Derrick Williams (44% owned), J.J. Hickson (43% owned), Toney Douglas (41% owned)
Watch List — players currently owned in 40% or less of Yahoo! leagues to monitor closely in standard leagues
• Kawhi Leonard, GF, SA (27% owned)
Known mostly for his work on the defensive end where he can check multiple positions, Leonard has developed into a decent offensive threat as well. He has the ability to space the floor and knock down the occasional 18-foot jumper, and routinely makes smart cuts away from the ball off Tony Parker and Tim Duncan in the pinch-post -- he generates more than half of his offense at the rim. Leonard has yet to relent the starting shooting guard job since Manu Ginobili went down with a hand injury, and though he's mired in a shooting slump of sorts (5-for-20 over his last three games), has made up for with his rebounding and defense.
• Chandler Parsons, F, HOU (14% owned)
The third of Houston's three picks in this year's draft, Parsons has undoubtedly been the Rockets' most impactful rookie so far. He isn't a go-to player by any means -- a large reason why he fell to the second round in the first place -- but he's extremely versatile and has the ability to take games over with his defense and high energy level. Parsons leads all rookies in rebounds with 5.5 per game, and though he doesn't provide much by way of scoring (6.9 points per game), finds a way to contribute across the board with a nice mixture of threes, steals, and blocks.
• Baron Davis, PG, NY (28% owned)
That the Knicks are banking on Davis to turn their season around and be the cure-all to their offensive woes not only speaks to how desperate they are for a solution, but also how poor their point guard play has been to this point. Davis is expected to practice on Monday, and barring any setbacks, will look to make his debut on Saturday in Houston as the team concludes their four-game road trip. It's anyone's guess as to what type of condition/shape he's in, and without much time to get acclimated with his teammates and coach Mike D'Antoni's offensive scheme (not that there's much of one, anyways), there will surely be a bit of an adjustment period. He'll be given every opportunity to succeed though, as the Knicks will be just about out of options if this doesn't work out in their favor.
• Bismack Biyombo, PF, CHA (6% owned)
It's still a bit of a mystery why coach Paul Silas didn't go to Biyombo more prominently in the early going given the Bobcats' glaring lack of size in the middle -- Biyombo and Byron Mullens are the team's only real centers -- and need to develop their younger talent. That hasn't been the case over the past three games though, where we've gotten a glimpse of Biyombo's enormous defensive talent. The shot-blocking and rebounding numbers (4.5 blocks, 9.8 rebounds per 36 minutes) are 100 percent legitimate, and should stay at those gaudy levels moving forward. He doesn't have much of an offensive game outside the immediate basket area and his free-throw shooting is bad enough to where teams will resort to a 'Hack-a-Biyombo' strategy down the line, but those rebounding and block averages combined with a high finish rate will be more than enough to offset those deficiencies.
• Jodie Meeks, SG, PHI (37% owned)
Exercise a bit of a caution of here -- he isn't nearly as good as his per-game rank over the past two weeks (59) would seem to suggest. Meeks hasn't made any significant strides from this season to last; he's still very much a specialist, a knockdown perimeter shoot off the catch or dribble who turns the ball over at a miniscule rate. A few areas to keep an eye on that will determine whether he'll remain relevant or will go back to being more of a fringe option: rebounding, steals, and free-throw rate.
• Others to consider: Ed Davis (37% owned), Tiago Splitter (13% owned), Brandon Rush (21% owned), Jason Smith (9% owned), Marreese Speights (23% owned), Rodrigue Beaubois (7% owned), Francisco Garcia (3% 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+)
• Ersan Ilyasova (5% owned), Courtney Lee (5% owned), Ian Mahinmi (5% owned), Mike Dunleavy (4% owned), Thabo Sefolosha (4% owned), Timofey Mozgov (4% owned), Omer Asik (3% owned), Mickael Pietrus (3% owned), Klay Thompson (3% owned), Matt Bonner (3% owned), Earl Watson (2% owned)
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