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 19, total games.
4 games: ATL, BOS, CHI, DEN, GSW, IND, MIN, NOR, NYK, PHO, SAS, WAS
3 games: CHA, CLE, DAL, DET, HOU, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, NJN, OKC, ORL, PHI, POR, SAC, TOR, UTA
Week 19, quality games.
2 games: DEN, UTA
1 game: ATL, BOS, CHI, LAC, MIA, NJN, ORL, PHO, SAC, WAS
Weeks 19-20, total games.
8 games: CHI, GSW, IND, MIN, NYK
7 games: ATL. BOS, CHA, DAL, LAC, MIL, NOR, OKC, ORL, PHI, POR, SAC, SAS, UTA
6 games: CLE, DEN, DET, HOU, LAL, MEM, MIA, TOR, WAS
5 games: NJN
Weeks 19-20, quality games.
3 games: DEN
2 games: MIA, PHO, UTA
1 game: ATL, BOS, CHI, DAL, LAC, LAL, NJN, NYK, ORL, SAC, WAS
0 games: CHA, CLE, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, MEM, MIL, MIN, NOR, OKC, PHI, POR, SAS, TOR
Weeks 19-20, ease rankings.
Strong: NJN (0.59), IND (0.34), OKC (0.22), NOR (0.20)
Above average: DET (0.19), SAS (0.17), WAS (0.15), UTA (0.14), DEN (0.13), GSW (0.13)
Average: LAC (0.09), DAL (0.08), MIN (0.07), HOU (0.03), BOS (-0.04), PHI (-0.06), MIL (-0.07), ORL (-0.07), TOR (-0.07), LAL (-0.08), NYK (-0.08), CHA (-0.09)
Below average: CLE (-0.15), POR (-0.13)
Weak: MIA (-0.45), MEM (-0.34), CHI (-0.31), SAC (-0.25), PHO (-0.24), ATL (-0.21)
Spark Plugs – players with a set of especially favorable matchups this week who make for excellent short-term plays
Your Hornets – @TOR, @NYK, @MEM, @CLE
Categorical breakdown: points (3rd), threes (2nd), rebounds (1st), assists (t-6th), steals (7th), blocks (4th), FG% (2nd)
Players of interest: Chris Paul(notes), David West(notes), Emeka Okafor(notes)
Your Clippers, especially big men – @SAC, HOU, DEN
Categorical breakdown: points (2nd), rebounds (8th), blocks (2nd), FG% (3rd)
Players of interest: Blake Griffin(notes), DeAndre Jordan(notes), Chris Kaman(notes)
Other extreme values…
Blazers blocks (1st) – LaMarcus Aldridge(notes)
Thunder rebounds (5th) – Kevin Durant(notes), Serge Ibaka(notes)
Spurs threes (1st) – Manu Ginobili(notes), George Hill(notes), Richard Jefferson(notes)
Celtics rebounds (3rd) – Kevin Garnett(notes)
Kings threes (3rd) – Marcus Thornton(notes)
Short Circuits – players with a set of unfavorable matchups who have a good chance of struggling this week
Your Heat – ORL, @SAS, CHI
Categorical breakdown: points (30th), threes (29th), rebounds (29th), assists (30th), FG% (30th)
Players of interest: LeBron James(notes), Dwyane Wade(notes), Mike Miller(notes)
Your Grizzlies – SAS, NOR, @DAL
Categorical breakdown: points (29th), rebounds (26th), assists (28th), steals (t-26th), blocks (28th), FG% (26th)
Players of interest: Zach Randolph(notes), Marc Gasol(notes)
Your Suns – @NJN, @BOS, @MIL, @OKC
Categorical breakdown: points (28th), threes (30th), rebounds (25th), assists (26th), steals (29th), blocks (24th), FG% (23rd)
Players of interest: Channing Frye(notes), Marcin Gortat(notes), Grant Hill(notes), Steve Nash(notes)
Your Magic – NYK, @MIA, CHI
Categorical breakdown: points (24th), threes (25th), assists (29th), steals (23rd), blocks (29th), FG% (29th)
Players of interest: Dwight Howard(notes), Hedo Turkoglu(notes), Jameer Nelson(notes)
Your Warriors – @IND, @WAS, @BOS, @PHI
Categorical breakdown: points (23rd), threes (28th), assists (25th), FG% (24th), turnovers (22nd)
Players of interest: Stephen Curry(notes), Monta Ellis(notes), Reggie Williams(notes)
Other extreme values…
Raptors rebounds (27th) / steals (30th) – Amir Johnson(notes)
Kings rebounds (30th) – Samuel Dalembert(notes), DeMarcus Cousins(notes)
Celtics turnovers (30th) – Rajon Rondo(notes), Paul Pierce(notes)
Additional notes: A reminder that the schedule analysis in the previous two sections is based on an eight-category format, with FT% excluded because how well a player shoots from the line is not dependent on the team that he faces. The players of interest who are listed for each team are ones who have a significant amount of value vested in the categories listed in the breakdown. These players are the ones that have the most to gain/lose depending on their weekly slate of opponents.
Status Updates - quick hitters from around the league
• Andrea Bargnani(notes) is out for Sunday’s game with flu-like symptoms. Ed Davis(notes) will start in his place alongside Amir Johnson. Joey Dorsey(notes) (back) and Reggie Evans(notes) (foot) are also out.
• Contrary to an erroneous and misinformed report late last night, Baron Davis didin fact pass his physical. The trade will go through as planned, but Davis, Luke Harangody(notes), and Semih Erden(notes) will not play against the 76ers on Sunday. Cavs coach Byron Scott says Davis’ sore knee is still a concern, so hold your Ramon Sessions stock for now.
• Eric Gordon(notes) (right wrist) is not expected to return to action on Monday as previously projected, and a return is more likely for Wednesday’s game against Houston or Saturday’s home game against Denver.
• Mike Miller was seen on the court shooting threes three hours before tip-off, shedding a little hope that he may finally make his return to action after missing four games with an ear infection (and possible concussion-like symptoms).
• Joel Przybilla(notes) will make his Bobcats debut on Sunday against the Orlando Magic. He looks to be on board after a talk with Paul Silas, and will likely win the starting center job once he works himself into the rotation.
• Jason Thompson(notes) sprained his right ankle during Saturday’s game and had to be helped off the court by his teammates. He did not return, and could miss some time with the injury. DeMarcus Cousins would move back into the starting lineup, with Darnell Jackson(notes) seeing some extra burn.
• Gerald Wallace(notes) will make his Blazers’ debut on Sunday and will come off the bench, with Marcus Camby(notes) starting and on a 20-minute cap. Brandon Roy(notes) will be on a 15-minute cap as well.
• Martell Webster(notes) will miss his third consecutive game on Sunday with lower back pain, while Wayne Ellington(notes) will return after a one-game absence due to a personal issue. Neither Webster or Ellington holds much appeal beyond deep leagues, Ellington especially, due to their limited contributions beyond points and threes.
• Deron Williams is still being bothered by an aching right wrist, which he says is more of a strain, and does not expect he will have to sit out a game or two to try and rest it because it wouldn’t be enough time off. Jordan Farmar(notes) sprained his left ankle in the first quarter of Saturday’s game and is currently in a walking boot, while Anthony Morrow(notes) is dealing with left knee tendonitis.
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