As part of my pre-draft preparations I make a spreadsheet with each team's weekly schedule. Yes, I know I am pathetic -- spending as much time creating this calendar as the other teams in my league spend getting ready for the draft, period. I colorcode each number of weekly games, two's, three's, four's and five's (yep, a few westcoast teams have five-game-weeks during the year). I then sum up the total of four and five game games and put a little designation next to the teams with favorite fantasty schedules.
This document comes in handy throughout the year, beginning with draft-night. One would expect there top five or six players to play in weeks with three or more games, and our top one to three picks to play even with a two-game-week. Managing your squad's third-tier players puts you one-up one your competitors.
On draft night, if I have two guys rated equal but one has 12 four-game-weeks and the other only 9, I'm going with the one with 12. If I take a flyer on a young guy it typically will be one with a four-game heavy second half that I can be patient with, hoping for the payoff in the long-run.
Over the next two weeks the Clippers and Suns have the much-coveted five-game-week, respectively, on the docket. I have Elton Brand and Boris Diaw, both of whom are capable of stuffing the stat sheet. I don't have any droppable players at the moment; I have Josh Childress and Ryan Gomes hanging on by a thread. There are FAs on our waver wire to consider for these special schedules --Tim Thomas, Vlad Rad, Sean Livingston -- but no one that is a must (the one must was picked up the other day, Raja Bell, who could have given me some threes).
Overall, my squad, currently in a mild freefall, has a pretty good schedule over the final five weeks. I'll be shuttling in and out my lower tier boys with four-game weeks (Jameer, Rafer, Delonate, Iggy, Eddie Jones, Childress) and pray for the best.