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 fourteen, total games.
4 games: BOS, CHA, CLE, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, MEM, MIL, MIN, NJN, NOH, NYK, OKL, ORL, PHI, PHO, SAC, TOR, UTH, WAS
3 games: ATL, CHI, DAL, IND, LAC, LAL, MIA, SAS
2 games: POR
Week fourteen, quality games.
2 games: BOS, DAL
1 game: CHA, CLE, DEN, HOU, LAC, LAL, MIA, NYK, POR, SAC, UTH, WAS
Week fourteen, ease rankings.
CHA: (0.57) @SAC, @PHO, @GSW, @LAC
PHI: (0.54) PHO, @TOR, MEM, DEN
UTH: (0.46) @LAL, SAS, MIN, @GSW
NOH: (0.43) OKL, @GSW, @SAC, @PHO
DEN: (0.39) @WAS, @DET, @CLE, @PHI
BOS: (0.37) CLE, @POR, @PHO, @LAL
SAS: (0.32) @GSW, @UTH, HOU
HOU: (0.28) @MIN, LAC, @DAL, @SAS
WAS: (0.24) @NYK, DEN, @OKL, @MEM
NJN: (0.21) CLE, MEM, @IND, @MIL
ORL: (0.21) DET, @IND, @CHI, CLE
MIN: (0.16) HOU, OKL, @UTH, TOR
MEM: (0.16) @TOR, @NJN, @PHI, WAS
TOR: (0.13) MEM, PHI, MIL, @MIN
MIA: (0.13) @NYK, DET, @OKL
DAL: (0.10) LAC, HOU, ATL
LAC: (0.06) @DAL, @HOU, CHA
OKL: (-0.04) @NOH, @MIN, WAS, MIA
DET: (-0.13) @ORL, DEN, @MIA, @NYK
MIL: (-0.18) @CHI, ATL, @TOR, NJN
ATL: (-0.26) @MIL, NYK, @DAL
NYK: (-0.26) WAS, MIA, @ATL, DET
GSW: (-0.28) SAS, NOH, CHA, UTH
SAC: (-0.35) @POR, CHA, @LAL, NOH
CLE: (-0.36) @NJN, @BOS, DEN, @ORL
CHI: (-0.42) MIL, ORL, IND
IND: (-0.45) ORL, NJN, @CHI
LAL: (-0.49) UTH, SAC, BOS
PHO: (-0.55) @PHI, CHA, BOS, NOH
POR: (-063) SAC, BOS
Next month, total games.
14 games: CHA, DEN, MIL
13 games: CLE, DAL, DET, IND, LAC, MEM, MIN, NJN, NOH, ORL, PHI, UTH
12 games: GSW, HOU, LAL, MIA, PHO, SAC, SAS, TOR, WAS
11 games: BOS, NYK, OKL, POR
10 games: ATL, CHI
Next month, quality games.
5 games: BOS
4 games: DAL, LAL
3 games: MIA, SAS
2 games: DEN, GSW, HOU, LAC, NYK, ORL, PHO, POR, SAC, WAS
1 game: CHA, CHI, CLE, IND, MIL, NJN, NOH, PHI, UTH
0 games: ATL, DET, MEM, MIN, OKL, TOR
Remaining season, quality games.
10 games: BOS, CHI
9 games: DAL
8 games: LAL, POR
7 games: DEN, MIA, SAS, UTH, WAS
6 games: NYK, PHO
5 games: LAC
4 games: CLE, GSW, HOU, MIL, NJN, SAC
3 games: ATL, IND, MEM, MIN, ORL, PHI
2 games: CHA, NOH, OKL
1 game: TOR
0 games: DET
Also see: Basketball Monster’s Schedule Grid.
Status Updates - quick hitters from around the league
• Trevor Ariza(notes) has been suffering from tendinitis in his right ankle, which is a chronic condition. Ariza received treatment prior to Saturday night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs and also received new shows and orthotics. Any condition that is labeled as “chronic” is concerning, as it is likely to hang around for a while.
• Leandro Barbosa(notes) is undergoing treatment for a strained right hamstring in Toronto and is expected to miss at least another week with the injury. The Raptors are the walking wounded right now, so look for any healthy players to get extended run, including Jerryd Bayless(notes), who saw 30 minutes of playing time on Saturday night.
• The much-anticipated season debut of Rodrigue Beaubois(notes) is still at least a couple of weeks away, at least according to Dirk Nowitzki. In the interim, the Mavericks have signed Sasha Pavlovic(notes) and Peja Stojakovic(notes) to help fill the void left behind by Caron Butler(notes).
• Recent updates on Chris Bosh’s(notes) sprained left ankle are not encouraging, as Bosh recently revealed that he is not able to jog yet. Bosh should be considered doubtful for the upcoming week and unfortunately there is no attractive plug-and-play option on Miami’s roster to absorb some of the missing fantasy production.
• Marcus Camby(notes) is expected to miss about three weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a partial medial meniscus tear in his left knee. Camby was initially expected to miss four-to-five weeks with the injury, so the three-week timeline represents positive news. In the interim, Joel Przybilla(notes) becomes a deep league prospect, although Nate McMillan has proven that he prefers to play small ball and has funneled some of Camby’s minutes to Rudy Fernandez(notes).
• Reggie Evans(notes) is targeting February 17th for a return to action from surgery to repair a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal on his right foot. Evans should resume starting next to Andrea Bargnani(notes) upon his return and should pick-up right where he left off. Evans is a rebounding specialist and should be scooped up in deep leagues sometime soon.
• Francisco Garcia(notes) is expected to miss a couple of weeks with a strained left calf. Omri Casspi(notes) started in place of Garcia on Friday and played 44 minutes. Despite the fact that Paul Westphal constantly changes his rotations, Casspi looks like a good plug-and-play while Garcia is sidelined and should be nearly universally rostered.
• The Los Angeles Clippers’ Eric Gordon(notes) is beat up right now. Gordon took a hard fall on Saturday night, courtesy of Warriors center Andris Biedrins(notes), but was able to finish out the game. Gordon also appeared to aggravate the injured ligament in his right (shooting) hand but was able to play through it. Consider Gordon probable for Tuesday’s matchup with the Dallas Mavericks. Despite the fact that Gordon is beat-up and bruised, you have no choice but to keep on starting him.
• Kirk Hinrich(notes) is scheduled to undergo an MRI after hearing something pop in his arm against the Suns on Friday. Anytime a player hears something pop during an injury it immediately elevates the concern level. Should Hinrich miss extended time, John Wall(notes) and Nick Young(notes) should see extensive minutes. The Wizards have also called up Mustafa Shakur(notes) from the D-League as extra insurance, although Shakur should have no fantasy value barring injuries to other key backcourt players.
• The Hawks’ historic loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night illustrated exactly how important Al Horford(notes) is to Atlanta. The swelling in Horford’s sprained right ankle has subsided to the point where Horford should be considered a game-time decision for Wednesday’s matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks.
• Josh Howard(notes) is expected to miss at least two more weeks with knee soreness as a result of his recovery from ACL surgery last season. Al Thornton(notes) deserves some deep league consideration based upon the Wizards’ lack of depth, but he is a fairly unattractive fantasy option.
• Brandon Jennings(notes) is on pace to return to practice this week, making a return to game-time action next week a possibility if Jennings does not experience any setbacks in the meantime. Keyon Dooling(notes) and Earl Boykins(notes) have filled in admirably for Jennings and should continue to do so for as long as Brandon is out.
• Darko Milicic(notes) returned to practice on Saturday after rolling his ankle against the Clippers last week. There have been no reports of setbacks so expect Milicic to be a game-time decision for Monday’s game against the Rockets.
• Rockets center Brad Miller(notes) remains sidelined with a sore right knee that has forced him to miss Houston’s last eight games and is doubtful for Monday’s game against Minnesota. Miller still has fluid in his knee and is still experiencing pain. Chuck Hayes(notes) (15 percent owned) looks like a strong play while Miller sits on the bench.
• Kendrick Perkins(notes) reiterated the fact that he intends to return in two weeks against the Dallas Mavericks on February 4th. Perkins should reclaim the Celtics’ starting center spot and makes for an interesting preemptive pickup in deep leagues at this point. With Shaquille O’Neal(notes) banged up, Jermaine O’Neal(notes) sidelined and Perkins still a couple of weeks away rookie Semih Erden(notes) looks like a quality short-term plug-and-play in deep leagues.
• Luke Ridnour(notes) pulled himself out of Saturday’s practice as a result of his sore hamstring. The fact that Ridnour didn’t make it through Saturday’s practice session does not bode well for his availability for Monday’s game against Houston. Expect Jonny Flynn(notes) to get extended run despite needing three stitches on his head from a collision with Anthony Tolliver(notes) this weekend.
• John Salmons(notes) has missed Milwaukee’s past three games with a sore right hip and is day-to-day with the injury. Carlos Delfino(notes) recently returned from injury and should help fill-in for Salmons in the event that he misses any more time with the injury.
• Ramon Sessions(notes) played only 11 minutes against the New Jersey Nets on Saturday night before leaving the game with a right abdominal strain. It is unclear if Sessions is going to miss any extended time, but with Cleveland’s lack of depth at guard the Cavaliers will have to rely on Daniel Gibson(notes) and Manny Harris(notes) to pick up the slack.
• Tyrus Thomas(notes) underwent surgery on Friday to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee and is expected to miss eight weeks. Thomas should be dropped across the board, as best case scenario has him returning during the fantasy playoffs. Unfortunately, there is not a great fill-in on Charlotte’s roster with Thomas’ minutes likely heading to a combination of Boris Diaw(notes), Nazr Mohammed(notes) and Kwame Brown(notes).
• Charlie Villanueva(notes) is scheduled to have x-rays on his right ankle after he landed on teammate Greg Monroe’s(notes) ankle on Friday night. Monroe and Ben Wallace(notes) should inherit Villanueva’s minutes while he sits with the ankle injury.
• Mo Williams(notes) is expected to miss the next couple of weeks as he recovers from a strained left hip flexor. Williams recently received a cortisone shot for the pain, and has been limited by a variety of injuries this season. Ramon Sessions (when healthy) and Daniel Gibson are the beneficiaries of Williams’ absence.
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