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Court Report: Week 21 Dashboard, Part I

Justin Phan
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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 21, total games.
4 games: ATL, BOS, DAL, DEN, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, MIA, MIL, NJN, NYK, OKC, PHI, PHO, POR, SAC, WAS
3 games: CHA, CHI, CLE, DET, LAL, MEM, MIN, NOR, ORL, SAS, TOR, UTA

Week 21, quality games.
2 games: CHI, NYK, POR
1 game: ATL, CLE, DAL, IND, MEM, MIL, NJN, WAS

Weeks 21-23, total games.
12 games: BOS, IND, NJN, PHO, SAC, WAS
11 games: ATL, CHI, CLE, DAL, GSW, MIA, MIL, NYK, OKC, PHI, POR, SAS
10 games: CHA, DEN, HOU, LAC, MEM, ORL, TOR, UTA
9 games: DET, LAL, MIN, NOR

Weeks 21-23, quality games.
4 games: CHI
3 games: DAL, POR
2 games: ATL, CLE, GSW, MEM, MIL, MIN, NJN, NYK, OKC, PHO, WAS
1 game: HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MIA, NOR, PHI, SAC, TOR, UTA
0 games: BOS, CHA, DEN, DET, ORL, SAS

Weeks 21-23, ease rankings.
Strong: LAC (0.29), MIA (0.29), SAC (0.26), DAL (0.22), ORL (0.20)
Above average: OKC (0.18), CHI (0.14), BOS (0.13), WAS (0.12)
Average: GSW (0.08), UTA (0.06), LAL (0.04), TOR (0.03), PHO (0.00), NOR (0.00), MIL (-0.02), MEM (-0.05), CHA (-0.06), CLE (-0.07), DET (-0.08), POR (-0.08)
Below average: NYK (-0.19), DEN (-0.15), SAS (-0.12), HOU (-0.12)
Weak: MIN (-0.37), IND (-0.33), PHI (-0.21), NJN (-0.21), ATL (-0.21)

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

Spark Plugsplayers with a set of especially favorable matchups this week who make for excellent short-term plays

Your Kings – GSW, CLE, PHI, @MIN
Categorical breakdown: points (1st), threes (1st), rebounds (1st), assists (1st), steals (1st), blocks (6th), FG% (5th)
Players of interest: DeMarcus Cousins(notes), Beno Udrih(notes), Samuel Dalembert(notes)

Your Clippers – @MEM, PHI, CLE, PHO
Categorical breakdown: points (6th), threes (2nd), rebounds (4th), assists (2nd), steals (7th), blocks (2nd), FG% (4th)
Players of interest: Blake Griffin(notes), Mo Williams(notes)

Your Jazz – PHI, MIN, HOU
Categorical breakdown: points (2nd), rebounds (6th), assists (6th), steals (2nd), blocks (4th)
Players of interest: Al Jefferson(notes), Paul Millsap(notes), Andrei Kirilenko(notes), Devin Harris(notes)

Your Suns – @HOU, @NOR, GSW, @LAC
Categorical breakdown: points (9th), assists (5th)
Players of interest: Steve Nash(notes)

Your Bulls – WAS, @NJN, @IND
Categorical breakdown: points (7th), rebounds (2nd), turnovers (8th)
Players of interest: Joakim Noah(notes), Carlos Boozer(notes), Kurt Thomas(notes)

Your Blazers – DAL, CLE, PHI, @LAL
Categorical breakdown: threes (t-3rd), assists (7th), turnovers (7th)
Players of interest: Brandon Roy(notes), Rudy Fernandez(notes)

Your Grizzlies – LAC, @NYK, IND
Categorical breakdown: points (3rd), threes (t-3rd), rebounds (5th)
Players of interest: Zach Randolph(notes)

Other extreme values…
Mavs rebounds (3rd) – Shawn Marion(notes), Tyson Chandler(notes)
Warriors steals (4th) – Monta Ellis(notes)
Raptors FG% (1st) – Ed Davis(notes)
Pistons FG% (2nd) – Greg Monroe(notes)
Lakers steals (3rd) – Ron Artest(notes)

Short Circuitsplayers with a set of unfavorable matchups who have a good chance of struggling this week

Your Nets – BOS, CHI, @MIL, @WAS
Categorical breakdown: points (29th), threes (30th), assists (29th), steals (28th), FG% (28th), turnovers (28th)
Players of interest: Jordan Farmar(notes), Sasha Vujacic(notes), Anthony Morrow(notes)

Your Nuggets – @NOR, @ATL, @ORL, @MIA
Categorical breakdown: points (30th), rebounds (30th), assists (28th), steals (29th), blocks (30th), FG% (30th)
Players of interest: Nene Hilario(notes), Kenyon Martin(notes), Ty Lawson(notes), Raymond Felton(notes)

Your Pacers – NYK, @BOS, CHI, @MEM
Categorical breakdown: points (27th), threes (27th), rebounds (25th), assists (30th), FG% (26th), turnovers (29th)
Players of interest: Danny Granger(notes)

Your Spurs – @MIA, @DAL, CHA
Categorical breakdown: points (28th), rebounds (t-28th), assists (24th), blocks (28th), FG% (29th)
Players of interest: Tim Duncan(notes), Tony Parker(notes)

Your Magic – @LAL, @MIL, DEN
Categorical breakdown: points (26th), steals (27th), FG% (27th)
Players of interest: Dwight Howard(notes), Jameer Nelson(notes)

Other extreme values…
Mavs turnovers (30th) – Jason Kidd(notes)
Warriors blocks (29th) – Ekpe Udoh(notes)
Bucks blocks (27th) – Andrew Bogut(notes)
Hawks steals (30th) – Josh Smith(notes)
Bobcats threes (29th) – Stephen Jackson(notes), D.J. Augustin(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.

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