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Court Report: Week 18 Dashboard, Part II

Matt Buser
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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.

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Tony Allen(notes), GF, MEM (17% owned)
We’ve yet to find out exactly how Lionel Hollins will deal with the loss of Rudy Gay(notes) from a rotational standpoint, but we do know that Allen will be a major factor. We also know that Allen has been very productive with minutes this season – in nine games where he’s played at least 25, he’s averaged 15.6 points on 56-percent shooting, 3.7 boards, 1 block, and a whopping 3.4 steals. Allen is currently seventh in the league at 1.7 steals per game, despite just 17 minutes per game thus far. Ask yourself this – can you name a single positive stat where a player that will challenge for the league lead doesn’t deserve near-universal roster consideration?

Rodrigue Beaubois(notes), G, DAL (19% owned)
Any concerns about where Beaubois might find his minutes in the Mavs’ backcourt were quickly squashed when he was promoted to the starting five in just his second game back. He’s still not at full game speed and has averaged just 20 minutes in two games, thanks to 4.5 fouls; but he’s also managed 11 points, 1 three, 4 assists, and 2 steals, numbers extrapolate very well with more playing time. Get on board here while you still can – his career per-25 minute averages include 14.2 points, 1.6 threes, and 1.1 steals.

Chuck Hayes(notes), FC, HOU (37% owned)
The counter-argument to “Hayes had a pair of bad games before the break” is “look what he’s done over the past month.” The trade deadline will determine Hayes’ fate for the remainder of the season: if the Rockets acquire a center such as Nene Hilario(notes), then Hayes’ stock takes a reasonable hit; otherwise, the steady production can’t be overlooked – or at least it shouldn’t.

Sam Young(notes), GF, MEM (16% owned)
Young will also be featured for the Grizz while they are missing Rudy Gay, and he’s already been starting for just over a month. He’s been rounding into form lately with heavy minutes – over his past eight games, he’s averaged 14.6 points on 49-percent shooting, 3.9 boards, 2 assists, 0.6 turnovers, 1.6 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 37 minutes. Young isn’t going to carry you in any one category, but the steady overall production should continue, and his playing time certainly isn’t going anywhere with Gay on the shelf indefinitely.

Josh McRoberts(notes), FC, IND (15% owned)
McBob’s story isn’t much different than that of a number of his Pacers teammates’ - he’s had his ups and downs but now looks pretty solid with Frank Vogel running the show. He’s locked in as the starter – Vogel prefers Tyler Hansbrough(notes) off the bench – and the job/role security has suited him well. In six games prior to the All-Star break, McBob averaged 11 points on 73-percent shooting, 6.5 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.2 turnovers, and 0.7 steals in 27 minutes. Other reasons to get (back) on board here: he’s shooting 38 percent from three and has averaged 0.7 steals and 0.8 blocks in 23 minutes on the season, and the Pacers have nothing but four-game weeks from now through the end of the default h2h playoffs.

Ersan Ilyasova(notes), F, MIL (23% owned)
There’s been no indication that Ilyasova’s bruised eye will limit him after the break and his recent production has been excellent. In the most recent 12 games that he played, Ilyasova averaged 12.6 points on 49-percent shooting, 0.8 threes, 7.2 boards, 1.2 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 31 minutes.

Carlos Delfino(notes), GF, MIL (38% owned)
Delfino is back in the Bucks’ starting five and delivering familiar numbers. In 13 games before the break, he averaged 13.5 points, 2.1 threes, 3.8 boards, 2.8 assists, 1.2 turnovers, and 1.7 steals in 33 minutes. His field goal percentage is a bummer (38% on the season, 40% career), but he doesn’t take a huge volume of shots and his other numbers are quite useful, particularly those combined steals and threes.

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Kendrick Perkins(notes), C, BOS (31% owned)
The Celtics are thrilled to have Perk back in the starting lineup and have given him 32 minutes per game in his six starts as evidence. He’s posted solid big-man numbers that include 8.8 points on 53-percent shooting, 9.2 boards, and 1.5 blocks in those games. The caveat with Perkins is that he’s always been high-turnover relative to the rest of his line, so fantasy owners need to be aware – he’s averaged 2.5 turnovers in his starts and 2.2 in 27 minutes in his 11 total games. Notables with the h2h playoffs in mind: the Celtics have a 4-4-4 schedule during the default playoff weeks, and Perkins is one guy for which getting rest is not going to be a concern.

Cut List – players currently owned in more than 50% of Yahoo! Leagues who are largely expendable

Jamal Crawford(notes) (84% owned), Jameer Nelson(notes) (82% owned), Al Harrington(notes) (72%), Gilbert Arenas(notes) (72% owned), Carl Landry(notes) (61%), Kris Humphries(notes) (55%)

Deep League Specials – players currently owned in five percent or less of Yahoo! leagues

Willie Green(notes), SG, NOR (4% owned)
Monty Williams finally pulled the disappointing Marco Belinelli(notes) from the Hornets’ starting five and named Green as the starter on February 9. In five games since, Green has averaged 17.4 points on 53-percent shooting and 1.4 threes in 33 minutes. The caveats here are that Green’s low ceiling has been reinforced by the complete lack of supporting stats (2.4 boards, 0.8 assists, 0.2 steals) and his promotion has done little to stem the tide of losses for the Hornets. That said, deep-leaguers should plug him in while he’s seeing the minutes as the starting shooting guard, because there are plenty of shots available for whoever wants them after Chris Paul(notes) and David West(notes) get theirs.

Christian Eyenga(notes), GF, CLE (4% owned)
Eyenga’s numbers have been up and down for the floundering Cavs, but the contributions for deep-leaguers to pay attention to are averages of 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks in 27 minutes during his 15 starts overall. That combination is tough to come by among elite players, let along deep waivers – only nine players in the league among qualifiers average more than one steal and one block - so this is one case where a complete lack of offense (8.9 points, 43% FG, 64% FT in his starts) is much less of a concern.

Jermaine Taylor(notes), SG, SAC (1% owned), Pooh Jeter(notes), G, SAC (1% owned)
Taylor and Jeter are both speculative adds completely related to what we find out about Tyreke Evans’(notes) plantar fasciitis sometime over the next few days. For a breakdown of both Taylor and Jeter, see the Thursday Court Report.

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