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 twelve, total games.
4 games: CHA, CHI, DEN, DET, HOU, LAL, SAC, SAS
3 games: ATL, BOS, CLE, DAL, IND, LAC, MEM, MIA, MIK, MIN, NJN, NOR, NYK, ORL, PHO, POR, TOR, WAS
2 games: GSW, OKC, PHI, UTH
Week twelve, quality games.
2 games: DEN
1 game: BOS, CHA, CHI, DET, HOU, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIN, OKC, ORL, SAS, WAS
Week twelve, ease rankings.
UTH: (0.66) NYK, CLE
LAL: (0.62) CLE, @GSW, NJN, @LAC
WAS: (0.60) SAC, @MIN, TOR
POR: (0.40) NYK, @PHO, NJN
SAS: (0.26) @MIN, @MIL, DAL, DEN
GSW: (0.21) LAL, LAC
ORL: (0.20) @NOR, @OKC, @MIN
BOS: (0.19) HOU, SAC, CHA
MIA: (0.18) @LAC, @DEN, @CHI
DEN: (0.16) PHO, MIA, CLE, @SAS
CLE: (0.14) @LAL, @UTH, @DEN
ATL: (0.10) MIL, @TOR, HOU
MEM: (0.06) @CHA, @DET, DAL
NJN: (0.06) @PHO, @LAL, @POR
PHO: (0.03) @DEN, NJN, POR
NOR: (0.02) ORL, @HOU, @CHA
DET: (0.02) @CHI, MEM, @TOR, SAC
DAL: (-0.02) @IND, @SAS, @MEM
TOR: (-0.05) ATL, DET, @WAS
LAC: (-0.06) MIA, @GSW, LAL
OKC: (-0.11) @HOU, ORL
CHI: (-0.13) DET, @CHA, @IND, MIA
SAC: (-0.15) @WAS, @BOS, @NYK, @DET
MIN: (-0.25) SAS, WAS, ORL
PHI: (-0.32) IND, MIL
MIL: (-0.36) @ATL, SAS, @PHI
IND: (-0.39) @PHI, DAL, CHI
NYK: (-0.40) @POR, @UTH, SAC
CHA: (-0.55) MEM, CHI, @BOS, NOR
HOU: (-0.65) @BOS, OKC, NOR, @ATL
Next month, total games.
16 games: CHA
15 games: DEN, DET, HOU, MEM, MIL, NJN, ORL, WAS
14 games: BOS, CLE, DAL, IND, LAC, NOH, NYK, TOR, UTH
13 games: ATL, CHI, LAL, PHI, PHO, POR, SAC, SAS
12 games: GSW, MIA, MIN, OKL
Next month, quality games.
5 games: BOS, MIA
4 games: CHA, DEN, LAC, LAL
3 games: CHI, DAL, HOU, ORL, POR, SAS, WAS
2 games: IND, NYK, PHI, SAC
1 game: ATL, CLE, DET, GSW, MEM, MIL, MIN, NJN, NOH, OKL, UTH
0 games: PHO, TOR
Remaining season, quality games.
13 games: CHI
12 games: <none>
11 games: BOS
10 games: DAL, DEN
9 games: LAL, MIA, POR
8 games: SAS, WAS
7 games: LAC, UTH
6 games: NYK, PHO
5 games: CHA, HOU
4 games: ATL, CLE, GSW, IND, MEM, MIL, MIN, NJN, ORL, PHI, SAC
3 games: OKL
2 games: NOH
1 game: DET, TOR
Also see: Basketball Monster’s Schedule Grid.
Status Updates - quick hitters from around the league
• Chris Andersen(notes) has averaged 41-percent shooting and just 0.7 blocks in 21 minutes over the past nine games and will sit out Sunday's game because of knee soreness. He's managed 7.6 rebounds during those same games, but he needs his explosiveness (and the subsequent blocks) if he's going to make any fantasy impact and it's clearly missing right now.
• Matt Barnes(notes) has a torn meniscus in his left knee and will miss the next two months. Barnes was averaging a fairly consistent 21 minutes for the Lakers. His loss means that Luke Walton(notes) will start playing more regularly, and Kobe Bryant(notes) and Lamar Odom(notes) will also see a bit of playing time at small forward.
• Corey Brewer(notes) will replace Wes Johnson(notes) in the Timberwolves' starting five moving forward. Johnson has averaged 7 points on 33 percent shooting over the past five games and has been suffering on defense of late. Brewer is currently shooting a career-low 36 percent from the field but has averaged 1.6 steals in 24 minutes and has posted the best numbers of his career when starting at the two.
• Aaron Brooks(notes) sat out for a third consecutive game Saturday after his ankle did not respond well to an extensive Friday workout. The fact that he made it through the workout in the first place is a good sign, however, so he shouldn't out much longer.
• Caron Butler(notes) had season-ending knee surgery on January 4. Shawn Marion(notes) has returned to the starting five in Butler's absence and has averaged 15.8 points on 62-percent shooting and 6 boards in his eight starts on the season. Jose Juan Barea(notes) has also seen an uptick in playing time for the short-handed Mavs, and he's averaged 13.2 points, 1 three, and 3.2 assists in 25 minutes over the past five games.
• It's been a long road to recovery for Carlos Delfino(notes), but he recently stepped up his workouts to 45 minutes with no set-backs and he could be a consideration for the active roster within another 10 days or so. Delfino himself said that his goal is to be at 80 or 90 percent of his usual level of play by the All Star break, so fantasy owners should not be expecting big lines from the outset.
• Tyreke Evans(notes) sprained his left ankle Thursday, missed practice Saturday, and was out of the lineup Sunday. He's officially day-to-day and doesn't expect to miss more time, but it's unsettling that this is the same foot that is also afflicted with plantar fasciitis. Evans appears resigned to playing through pain for now, but that is a shaky qualifier at best.
• A left knee sprain will keep Danilo Gallinari(notes) on the sidelines for at least another 10 days or so. Ronny Turiaf(notes) and Toney Douglas(notes) swapped starts in the first two games that Gallinari missed, but Shawne Williams(notes) put together an impressive line on Friday (26 minutes, 15 points, 4 threes, 7 boards, 3 steals, 2 blocks) and figures to benefit most going forward.
• Daniel Gibson(notes) has a severely sprained left ankle and will miss at least all of Week 12 as he recovers. Ramon Sessions(notes) is the main beneficiary here, and he's averaged 16.6 points on 54-percent shooting, 86-percent foul shooting, 5 boards, and 6 assists in 30 minutes over the past five games.
• Devin Harris(notes) tested his sore right leg in warm-ups before Saturday's game but felt a little bit tight and ended up sitting out. Harris said he "totally" expects to be back in the lineup on Monday.
• Chuck Hayes(notes) has been out since December 30 with a sprained right ankle, an injury for which he was given a two-to-four week timetable. The Rockets have lost five straight games with Jordan Hill(notes), Brad Miller(notes), and Patrick Patterson(notes) absorbing Hayes' minutes.
• Roy Hibbert's(notes) struggles have reached a point where he's going to see a sports psychologist in an effort to help him right the ship. Hibbert has averaged 34 percent shooting over the past 13 games and admits that it's taken a toll on him mentally. Fantasy owners can only hope that Hibbert has a breakthrough, and quickly.
• Andre Iguodala(notes) has missed the past seven games with Achilles tendinitis, but is planning to return to basketball activity Monday. It's still unknown as to when he'll be able to return to game action for the Sixers, who only have two games in Week 12 (Tue IND, Fri MIL).
• Brandon Jennings(notes) appears to be progressing nicely in his rehab after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured metatarsal in left foot. Jennings is expected to return in late January, and his planned participation in the dunk contest is a sign that he's yet to have any set-backs.
• Kenyon Martin(notes) did not play Thursday because it was the second game of a back-to-back, but reports are that he's now dealing with knee pain and won't play Sunday. The odds remain very much against Martin registering a notable fantasy impact this season.
• Mehmet Okur's(notes) availability remains questionable because of a strained lower back. The Jazz are off until Wednesday, so we aren't likely to get a specific update for at least another day or two.
• Kendrick Perkins(notes) is scheduled to return to practice this week and could be a part of the active roster by the beginning of February. Fantasy owners need to keep in mind that he'll need lots of time to get back to game shape and will share minutes with Shaquille O'Neal(notes) and Jermaine O'Neal(notes) even when he is healthy.
• Brandon Roy(notes) remains out indefinitely. Recent updates include that Roy is scheduled to meet with a specialist and is considering an experimental surgery, but as of right now he's still calling the possibility of his missing the remainder of the season unlikely.
• Anderson Varejao's(notes) right ankle sprain is expected to keep him out for all of Week 12. Varejao's absence has created surplus playing time for J.J. Hickson(notes), who has averaged 15 points and 6.3 boards in 28 minutes over his past three games.
• Gerald Wallace(notes) has missed the past three games with a sprained left ankle but did some running at practice Sunday and is targeting Wednesday for his return. Gerald Henderson(notes) has started the past three games in Wallace's place, averaging 10.7 points on 52-percent shooting, 5.3 boards, 1 steal, and 1.3 blocks in 32 minutes.
• A sore back has kept Marvin Williams(notes) sidelined for the past five games and he's day-to-day heading into Week 12. The Hawks have used a "big" lineup that features Jason Collins(notes) at center with some success while Williams has been sidelined, and his starting job is going to be in jeopardy even after he's back to full health.
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