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 six, total games.
4 games: BOS, CLE, DAL, DET, HOU, MEM, MIA, NJN, NOH, OKL, ORL, POR, SAS, WAS
3 games: ATL, CHA, CHI, DEN, GSW, IND, LAC, LAL, MIL, MIN, NYK, PHI, PHO, SAC, TOR, UTH
Week six, quality games.
2 games: MIA
1 game: CLE, DAL, GSW, HOU, MIL, NOH, OKL, PHO, UTH, WAS
Week six, best schedules.
SAS: @GSW, @LAC, MIN, NOH
DAL: HOU, MIN, @UTH, @SAC
MIA: WAS, DET, @CLE, ATL
MEM: LAL, @ATL, HOU, @DEN
LAL: @MEM, @HOU, SAC
GSW: SAS, PHO, @OKL
Week six, worst schedules.
UTH: MIL, IND, DAL
CHI: ORL, @BOS, HOU
MIL: @UTH, @DEN, ORL
CHA: @NOH, NJN, @PHI
SAC: IND, @LAL, DAL
DET: @ORL, @MIA, ORL, CLE
Next month, total games.
15 games: MIA
14 games: ATL, CHI, CLE, MIN, NOH, OKL, ORL, POR, SAS
13 games: DEN, DET, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MEM, NJN, PHI, WAS
12 games: BOS, DAL, GSW, MIL, NYK, PHO, SAC, TOR, UTH
11 games: CHA
Next month, quality games.
5 games: MIA
4 games: <none>
3 games: BOS, DAL, GSW, MIL, ORL, POR
2 games: CHI, DEN, NJN, NOH, OKL, PHO, SAS, UTH, WAS
1 game: ATL, CLE, HOU, IND, LAL, MEM, NYK, PHI, SAC
0 games: CHA, DET, LAC, MIN, TOR
Remaining season, quality games.
Best: CHI (15), DAL (15), BOS (14), MIA (14), DEN (13), POR (13), SAS (11), LAL (10), UTH (10), WAS (10)
Worst: DET (1), TOR (1), MIN (4), NOH (4), ATL (5), CHA (5), CLE (5), IND (5), MEM (5), PHI (5)
Status Updates - quick hitters from around the league
• Lou Amundson is progressing from his offseason finger injury and could resume practicing as early as this week.
• Chris Andersen(notes) has seen about 20 minutes per game in his two appearances for the Nuggets this season. The Birdman appears to be healthy and there are no reports of any setbacks after missing the first 13 games of the season.
• One year removed from major knee surgery on his left knee (torn left patella tendon), Kelenna Azubuike(notes) participated in five-on-five practice and appears to be a week or two away from returning to live action.
• Everyone’s favorite sleeper this summer, Rodrigue Beaubois(notes), is expected to miss another three-to-four weeks as he recovers from a broken bone in his foot sustained in August. Beaubois, who is owned in seven percent of Yahoo! leagues, should be on the waiver wire in all leagues.
• Denver’s floor general, Chauncey Billups(notes), is listed as day-to-day with a fractured nose, sprained wrist and chipped tooth. Billups has missed Denver’s past two games and should be considered a game-time decision for Sunday’s contest against the Phoenix Suns. Billups was on the active roster for Sunday’s game.
• Bucks center Andrew Bogut(notes) missed his third straight game on Saturday with back problems. Notably, Bogut has a history of serious back problems that makes this a situation to keep tabs on.
• Andrew Bynum’s(notes) original target of Thanksgiving to return to action has come and gone, with Bynum now hoping to be back on the court in three weeks. Christmas time is now looking like a more realistic target for Andrew’s season debut.
• What was originally thought to be only a minor knee sprain has become a bit more serious for Vince Carter(notes). Carter has missed the Magic’s last three games, giving J.J. Redick(notes) extra burn. Consider Carter day-to-day until more concrete information is available about his knee injury.
• Baron Davis(notes) (swollen left knee) might return sometime in the next week, according to coach Vinny Del Negro. However, timelines involving Davis’ return to action should be met with a healthy dose of skepticism.
• Carlos Delfino(notes) sounds like he is still a ways away from getting back on the court, as he has just been cleared to ride the stationary bike after suffering a concussion earlier this season. Delfino will definitely miss the Bucks’ next two games, as he’ll stay in Milwaukee to rehab.
• The latest update regarding Reggie Evans(notes) is that he has a non-displaced fracture on the fifth metatarsal on his right foot. The Raptors and Evans are still exploring treatment options but expect Evans to be out for weeks or months. Joey Dorsey(notes) got the start over Amir Johnson(notes) in Toronto’s first full game with Evans sidelined.
• Minnesota point guard Jonny Flynn(notes) is still waiting to make his sophomore season debut sometime next month as he recovers from offseason hip surgery. There is speculation that Flynn will first make an appearance in the NBA Development League before appearing in a regular season game.
• Boozer’s imminent return means Taj Gibson’s(notes) fantasy run is rapidly coming to an end, which is actually probably fortunate timing for Taj. Gibson has been dealing with a foot and ankle injury that has limited his minutes and kept him from participating in practice fully.
• Drew Gooden(notes) sat out Saturday’s contest against the Bobcats with plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis tends to linger making it something worth monitoring going forward. This was Gooden’s first DNP of the season.
• Consider Chinese forward Yi Jianlian(notes) out for the upcoming week, as Flip Saunders recently confirmed that he is still a ways away from returning from the hyper-extended knee suffered in mid-November.
• Clippers center Chris Kaman(notes) appears to be about a week away from returning from his ankle injury. The swelling has decreased and Kaman’s range of motion is almost back to normal. Kaman’s focus now is on regaining his strength and conditioning.
• Suns center Robin Lopez(notes) remains out indefinitely with a moderate sprain of his MCL and PCL in his left knee. The original diagnosis had Lopez out for several weeks.
• Corey Maggette(notes) is suffering from minor ankle soreness, which kept him out of Saturday’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats. Maggette is not exactly known as a guy that battles through injuries so consider him day-to-day going forward.
• Mike Miller(notes) is optimistically targeting Christmas for his regular season debut for the struggling Miami Heat. The original timeline for Miller’s thumb injury had him out until January at the earliest.
• The oft-injured Yao Ming(notes) recently had his walking boot removed and could return as early as next weekend from his ankle injury. However, Yao’s return to the court could be slowed by his lack of conditioning and practice time.
• 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.
• Unfortunately for Portland, Brandon Roy(notes) will likely remain on shaky ground with his troublesome knees all season long. Expect decent production whenever Roy plays, but plenty of DNPs sprinkled in between.
• Gerald Wallace(notes) is not expected to miss any time with an elbow injury sustained in the closing minutes of Saturday’s game against the Bucks. The Bobcats do not play again until Wednesday, giving one of the league’s toughest players valuable time to recover.
• Suns forward Hakim Warrick(notes) has been promoted to the starting unit at the expense of Hedo Turkoglu(notes). Warrick’s ability to finish at the rim (especially in pick-and-roll situations) makes him a better fit with the first unit while Hedo’s playmaking abilities make him a better fit with the second unit. Expect this switch to stick.
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