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Court Report: Week 15 Dashboard, Part I

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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 Breakdownessential schedule information for the upcoming week and beyond

Week fifteen, total games.
4 games: CHA, CLE, DAL, DEN, IND, LAC, MEM, MIA, MIL, NJN, ORL, POR, UTH, WAS
3 games: ATL, BOS, DET, HOU, LAL, MIN, NOH, NYK, OKL, PHI, SAS, TOR
2 games: CHI, GSW, PHO, SAC

Week fifteen, quality games.
2 games: BOS, LAL, MIA, ORL, SAS
1 game: GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, MIL, NJN, NOH, NYK, PHI, POR, SAC, WAS

Week fifteen, ease rankings.
MEM: (0.64) ORL, @MIN, CLE, @HOU
CHI: (0.62) @LAC, @GSW
MIL: (0.54) @LAC, @PHO, @GSW, DET
POR: (0.47) SAS, @DEN, @IND, @CLE
ATL: (0.43) TOR, LAC, @WAS
MIN: (0.42) MEM, @TOR, DEN
MIA: (0.36) CLE, @ORL, @CHA, LAC
IND: (0.33) TOR, @CLE, POR, @NJN
TOR: (0.33) @IND, @ATL, MIN
UTH: (0.28) CHA, HOU, @DEN, OKL
PHI: (0.23) @NJN, NYK, @NYK
NJN: (0.16) DEN, PHI, @DET, IND
DEN: (0.10) @NJN, POR, UTH, @MIN
NOH: (0.05) WAS, @OKL, LAL
HOU: (-0.05) @LAL, @UTH, MEM
OKL: (-0.07) NOH, @PHO, @UTH
DAL: (-0.13) WAS, @NYK, @BOS, @CHA
DET: (-0.17) CHA, NJN, @MIL
LAL: (-0.25) HOU, SAS, @NOH
NYK: (-0.25) DAL, @PHI, PHI
SAS: (-0.28) @POR, @LAL, @SAC
CLE: (-0.33) @MIA, IND, @MEM, POR
CHA: (-0.33) @UTH, @DET, MIA, DAL
BOS: (-0.35) @SAC, DAL, ORL
PHO: (-0.42) MIL, OKL
ORL: (-0.45) @MEM, MIA, @WAS, @BOS
WAS: (-0.59) @DAL, @NOH, ORL, ATL
LAC: (-0.71) MIL, CHI, @ATL, @MIA
GSW: (-0.76) MIL, CHI
SAC: (-0.82) BOS, SAS

Next month, total games.
14 games: IND, LAC
13 games: CHA, DAL, DEN, DET, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN
12 games: CLE, HOU, NOH, ORL, PHI, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTH, WAS
11 games: ATL, GSW, NJN, OKL, PHO
10 games: BOS, CHI, NYK

Next month, quality games.
4 games: BOS
3 games: LAL, MIA, SAS
2 games: CHI, DAL, DEN, GSW, ORL, PHO
1 game: HOU, IND, LAC, MIL, NJN, NOH, NYK, PHI, POR, SAC, WAS
0 games: ATL, CHA, CLE, DET, MEM, MIN, OKL, TOR, UTH

Remaining season, quality games.
10 games: CHI
9 games: <none>
8 games: BOS
7 games: DAL, LAL, POR, SAS
6 games: DEN, MIA, PHO, UTH, WAS
5 games: NYK
4 games: GSW, LAC, MIL, NJN
3 games: ATL, CLE, HOU, IND, MEM, MIN, ORL, PHI, SAC
2 games: NOH, OKL
1 game: CHA, TOR
0 games: DET

Also see: Basketball Monster’s Schedule Grid and Buser Sports’ Schedule Grid.

Status Updates - quick hitters from around the league

Chris Andersen(notes) is expected to return to action against Philadelphia on Sunday after sitting out Denver’s last nine games to rest his back and knees.

Kelenna Azubuike(notes) continues to progress from knee surgery but remains a ways away from making his season debut according to head coach Mike D’Antoni. Azubuike joined the Knicks for a scrimmage on Saturday.

Leandro Barbosa(notes) is not close to returning to action according to head coach Jay Triano after sitting out Toronto’s last nine games with a right hamstring strain.

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Nicolas Batum(notes) is expected to be active for Tuesday’s game against San Antonio despite suffering from a bruised knee.

Rodrigue Beaubois(notes) is expected to make his season debut sometime in February, after sitting out the entire season as he recovers from a fractured left foot.

The oft-injured Marcus Camby(notes) is progressing from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and head coach Nate McMillan said Camby may even return on the Trail Blazers’ upcoming three-game road trip. It sounds like Camby is ahead of the initial schedule, which had Camby out for three weeks.

Wilson Chandler(notes) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Pistons with a sore left calf. Shawne Williams’(notes) league-mandated absence on Sunday makes Chandler’s presence more important, especially if Amar’e Stoudemire(notes) sits out as well.

Goran Dragic(notes) is out indefinitely for the Suns after receiving nine stitches in his left foot from stepping on glass. Dragic will miss Phoenix’s next few games, meaning Steve Nash(notes) will be leaned on heavily and also Jared Dudley(notes) or Zabian Dowdell(notes) will be pressed into running the point while Nash rests.

Jordan Farmar(notes) has missed the Nets’ past two games with a lower back strain and is questionable for Monday night’s game against the Nuggets. Anthony Morrow(notes) is the main beneficiary of Farmar’s injury and looks like the wing player to own in New Jersey going forward.

Francisco Garcia(notes) remains sidelined with a strained left calf for at least another week, making Omri Casspi(notes) an attractive short-term option.

Taj Gibson(notes) turned his right ankle late in Saturday night’s game after stepping on his teammate’s foot. Gibson was available to check back into the game after heading to the locker room, but was not needed and has since stated that he feels much better.

Drew Gooden(notes) continues to suffer from plantar fasciitis, which has forced Gooden to miss a total of 20 games this season. Gooden should be ignored in most leagues as he deals with the chronic ailment in his left foot.

Eric Gordon(notes) remains in pain and is still weeks away from returning with a sprained wrist and a small bone chip fracture in his shooting hand. Randy Foye(notes) looks like a strong play in Gordon’s absence and should be universally owned after Saturday night’s strong outing.

Al Harrington(notes) is not expected to play in Sunday’s matchup with Philadelphia as he sits with plantar fasciitis.

Despite leaving Saturday night’s game with a calf injury during the fourth quarter, Devin Harris(notes) has stated that he will play on Monday. With Jordan Farmar also injured, Anthony Morrow looks like he should have little competition for minutes going forward.

After playing only nine minutes on Friday night, Nene Hilario(notes) is expected to be active on Sunday for Denver’s meeting with the Sixers. Nene remains limited by a strained calf.

Chris Kaman(notes) remains out indefinitely with a sprained ankle and bone bruise.

The NBA suspended O.J. Mayo(notes) for ten games after he tested positive for dehydroepiandrosterone, a performance-enhancing drug that is on the league’s list of banned substances. Mayo will be eligible to return to action on February 15th against the Philadelphia 76’ers. Tony Allen(notes), Xavier Henry(notes) and Sam Young(notes) should inherit Mayo’s minutes while he is forced to sit on the bench in street clothes.

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Joakim Noah(notes) remains weeks away from returning from the surgical procedure to repair a torn ligament in this thumb that occurred in mid-December. Noah has been able to maintain his conditioning but his thumb remains in a cast. Expect to see Noah sometime shortly after the All-Star Break.

Mehmet Okur(notes) left Friday night’s game against Minnesota with a strained lower back. Okur did not travel with the team to Golden State on Sunday and it is unclear when he will rejoin the team and return to action.

Brandon Rush(notes) is expected to miss the next two weeks with an ankle injury, opening up the door for rookie Paul George(notes) to carve out a steady role under interim head coach Frank Vogel.

John Salmons(notes) is nearing a return to action from his strained right hip that has forced him to miss Milwaukee’s past seven games.

Thabo Sefolosha(notes) missed his second straight game on Sunday because of a left knee sprain. James Harden(notes) stands to benefit the most from Thabo’s absence.

Amar’e Stoudemire is expected to play on Sunday despite being questionable with a slightly sprained knee.

Rodney Stuckey(notes) is doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Knicks with a right shoulder contusion. Stuckey’s absence would mean more run for Tracy McGrady(notes), who is staking claim to Detroit’s point guard duties with his recent strong play initiating the offense.

Jason Thompson(notes) is dealing with a minor ankle sprain, although the injury is not expected to force Thompson to miss any time.

Deron Williams(notes) will miss Sunday’s game in Golden State with a strained tendon in his right wrist, and should be considered questionable heading into week 15. Backup point guard Earl Watson(notes) will start in his place and makes for a decent plug-and-play option while Deron sits, as Watson had ten points and 13 assists on Friday night as he started in place of Williams.

The NBA suspended Marvin Williams(notes) for two games for his role in the altercation with Shawne Williams on Friday night. Williams will miss Wednesday’s game against the Raptors and Friday’s game against the Clippers.

Mo Williams(notes) remains out indefinitely after receiving a cortisone shot in his left hip.

The NBA suspended Shawne Williams for one game for his role in the altercation with Marvin Williams on Friday night. Williams will miss Sunday’s game against Detroit.

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