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Schedule Breakdown

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

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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

Status Updates

Ray Allen(notes) – Allen missed practice on Sunday to be with his son, who was hospitalized on Friday, but he traveled with the team and will be in the lineup on Sunday.

Andris Biedrins – Biedrins is set for another re-evaluation on Monday after his previous MRI showed that an abdominal muscle had yet to fully heal.

• Andrew Bogut – Bogut is expected to be sidelined for another two weeks because of a ligament strain and bruise in his left leg.

Elton Brand(notes) – Brand has missed the past two games because of a sore right hamstring, but he was close to giving it a go on Friday and has an even better chance of being active on Sunday.

• 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.

Manu Ginobili(notes) – Ginobili (groin) practiced on Saturday and will be a game-time decision for Sunday's game.

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.

Danny Granger(notes) – Granger (heel) was given the day off from practice on Sunday to rest his heel and get him ready to start against the Warriors on Monday.

Blake Griffin – Griffin remains sidelined by a stress fracture on his left kneecap. He's expected to return to the lineup sometime in mid-December

Richard Hamilton – Nothing has changed with Rip (ankle), meaning he's still out indefinitely.

Kirk Hinrich(notes) – Hinrich is dealing with a sprained thumb and is likely to miss at least Monday's game.

Josh Howard(notes) – Howard is making progress with his ankle, but he is still without a definitive return date.

Andrei Kirilenko(notes) – AK will need at least a few days off to deal with a re-emergence of back tightness. He's likely to be out Monday (MEM), but the Jazz are then off until Friday (IND).

Kevin Love – Love has been cleared to begin limited practice activities but is still some time away from full-contact drills. He'll have more X-rays of his hand taken on December 4.

• Kevin Martin – Martin had surgery on his broken left wrist on November 9 and is expected to return sometime in mid-January

Tracy McGrady –The Rockets plan to bring T-Mac along slowly over the next few weeks, even though McGrady himself feels differently about things.

Mike Miller(notes) – Miller's strained right calf, suffered on November 21, is expected to sideline him for between three and six weeks.

Paul Millsap(notes) – Millsap suffered a bruised left knee on Saturday but his hopeful that he will not miss any time as a result of the injury.

Jameer Nelson – Nelson had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee on November 18 and is expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks

• 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.

Tayshaun Prince – Prince (back) has begun ramping up his activities and is closer to a return, but continues to work without a specific time frame.

• 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.

Marreese Speights - Speights' MCL injury is expected to keep him sidelined until sometime in January.

Peja Stojakovic(notes) – Peja has left the Hornets to attend to family matters. He won't play Sunday and his status for Tuesday's game is unknown at this point.

Tyrus Thomas - The hope is that Thomas will be ready to return from his broken arm in a little more than a week from now.

Louis Williams(notes) – Williams underwent surgery for his broken jaw on November 25 and is expected to miss around two months of action.

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