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

Week three, quality games.
2 games: LAL
1 game: ATL, BOS, CHI, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, MIA, MIN, NYK, OKL, PHO, SAC, SAS

Week three, best schedules.
NYK: @MIL, GSW, @MIN, HOU
SAS: @CHA, LAC, PHI, @OKL
WAS: HOU, CHA, @CHI
SAC: MIN, @PHO, DET
IND: DEN, HOU, @CLE
LAL: MIN, @DEN, PHO

Week three, worst schedules.
UTH: @MIA, @ORL, @ATL, @CHA
TOR: GSW, CHA, @ORL, @MIA
MIA: UTH, BOS, TOR
BOS: @DAL, @MIA, @MEM
NOH: LAC, POR
ORL: ATL, UTH, TOR, @NJN

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

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

Remaining season, quality games.
Best: BOS (16), CHI (16), DAL (15), DEN (15), MIA (15), POR (14), LAL (13)
Worst: TOR (2), DET (3), CHA (5), CLE (5), MEM (5), MIN (5), NOH (5), PHI (5)

Also see: Basketball Monster’s Schedule Grid and Ease Rankings

Status Updates - quick hitters from around the league

Backup forward Darrell Arthur(notes) left Saturday’s game after bumping knees with DeMarcus Cousins(notes). Arthur was helped to the locker room but returned to the bench without assistance and was available to return to the game after being diagnosed with a sprained left knee. With Zach Randolph(notes) returning to full strength (20 points, 11 rebounds), Arthur’s upside looks limited from here on out.

There appears to be an inverse relationship developing between Nicolas Batum(notes)’s fantasy value and Wesley Matthews’(notes) fantasy value. In Saturday night’s game against the Raptors, Batum scored 20 points while adding three threes, three rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block while Matthews dropped a dud (4 points, 1 turnover), making him expendable in almost all formats. It is clear, however, that Batum is the one to own out of the two.

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Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley(notes) will be active for Sunday night’s game against the Rockets despite a sore hip.

The Houston Rockets’ overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs came at quite a cost for the Rockets. Aaron Brooks(notes) left Saturday night’s game against the Spurs with an ankle injury. Although the x-rays came back negative, the actual extent of the injury is still unknown at this time and Brooks is not expected to be available for Sunday’s game against Minnesota. Ishmael Smith(notes) could be a sneaky addition this week if Brooks misses any time, as he played well on Saturday night (11 points, 1 three, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover) and earned high praise from Houston’s coaching staff.

Veteran center Marcus Camby(notes) briefly left Saturday night’s game with a migraine headache. Camby gutted it out and ended up with eight points, 16 rebounds, one block and one steal. Camby’s frontcourt-mate LaMarcus Aldridge(notes) ended up with 22 points and 10 rebounds, but failed to record a block or steal.

Vince Carter(notes) suffered his latest injury from slipping on a wet spot on the floor during Saturday night’s game against the Bobcats. Carter should be considered day-to-day and continues to earn the “injury-prone” label that has been attached to him for most of his career.

There is no definite timetable for the return of Baron Davis(notes), who is suffering from a cyst in his left knee. Consider him unavailable for the upcoming week, making rookie Eric Bledsoe(notes) an excellent play. In his four starts, Bledsoe has posted averages of 13 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists.

Mike Dunleavy is dealing with a sprained right knee that does not sound too serious. More concerning, however, is the fact that head coach Jim O’Brien is considering moving Dunleavy to the bench and promoting Brandon Rush(notes) to the starting unit. Rush is scheduled to make his season debut after being suspended for five games to start the season for a violation of the NBA’s drug policy.

Sacramento swingman Francisco Garcia(notes) appears to be getting hot again, posting 21 points, 3 threes, 2 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocks in the Kings’ loss on Saturday night. Tellingly, Garcia saw 33 minutes of court time, which would be enough to guarantee fantasy value. Be prepared to deal with some game-to-game variance with Garcia.

Daniel Gibson(notes) played extremely well off the bench Saturday night scoring an extremely efficient 19 points (7-11 FG, 2-2 3PT, 3-3 FT) and chipping in four rebounds and two steals. Boobie looks like a must-add in all formats until he proves otherwise.

Eric Gordon(notes) has been one of the bright spots of the Clippers’ season (Blake Griffin(notes) and Eric Bledsoe being the others) and he almost single-handedly willed Los Angeles to victory in Saturday’s double-overtime loss to the Jazz (53 minutes, 27 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 7 turnovers). Gordon again had a couple of highlight reel dunks and played great defense, including a critical block on Deron Williams(notes) late in regulation. The bad news, however, was that Gordon took himself out of the game with a shoulder injury that is being classified as a stinger, although he is hopeful to play in the Clippers’ next game on Tuesday. Consider Eric day-to-day.

George Hill(notes) played nearly 23 minutes after missing two games with a shoulder/neck injury, courtesy of a hard Craig Smith(notes) foul. Hill played well in his return (10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal) off the bench in the Spurs’ overtime victory.

Jordan Hill(notes) got the spot start against the Spurs on Saturday, as Yao Ming(notes) sat out the first game in a back-to-back situation for matchup purposes, and posted a mediocre line (7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks in 28 minutes). Apparently, the Rockets are more concerned about having Yao available to matchup against Darko Milicic(notes) (season average of 3.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 blocks) than Tim Duncan(notes) (season average of 17.6 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.0 blocks). In related news, the Rockets are 0-5 to start the season.

Josh Howard(notes) is targeting the second week of December for a return from the ACL injury he suffered while playing for the Wizards last March.

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As expected, Andre Iguodala(notes) was unavailable for Sunday’s game against the New York Knicks with a mild Achilles injury. Iggy’s injury is not thought to be serious but was enough to force Iguodala to break his streak of 252 consecutive starts. Rookie Evan Turner(notes) got his first career start in his stead in Sunday’s contest against the Knicks.

Antawn Jamison(notes) missed his second consecutive game on Saturday, and the recent news out of Cleveland is not encouraging. Jamison hopes to available for Cleveland’s next game Tuesday, but his knee is currently not positively responding to treatment. Jamison’s nightmare season continues.

Like his teammate Aaron Brooks, Kevin Martin(notes) rolled his ankle and was slated to get x-rays taken (results of Martin’s x-rays unknown). Courtney Lee(notes) would be the primary beneficiary if Martin misses extended time. For what it is worth, Martin’s ankle injury appeared to be less severe than Aaron’s ankle injury.

Both Tracy McGrady(notes) and Ben Gordon(notes) are scheduled to start on Sunday afternoon/evening for the Pistons game against the Warriors. Surprisingly, McGrady will be Detroit’s starting point guard. It sounds like the drama between Rodney Stuckey(notes) and head coach John Kuester has not been put to rest just yet.

Anthony Morrow(notes) finally had a big night (25 points, 4 threes, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 1 block, 3 turnovers), and did so against the league’s best defense (Miami). Note that Devin Harris(notes) only played 23 minutes in this game so there were extra touches up for grabs.

Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson(notes) is hoping his ankle will improve enough so he can play in Monday’s game against the Hawks. Chris Duhon(notes) got the start in Nelson’s absence, although his stat line as a starter in his last game leaves something to be desired (4 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 steal, 1 block). In other Magic news, head coach Stan Van Gundy continues to change his starting lineup for matchup purposes, with Quentin Richardson(notes), Ryan Anderson(notes) and Brandon Bass(notes) each having opportunities to post valuable lines. SVG did mention before Saturday night’s game against the Bobcats that he would like to settle on a starting lineup at some point, so stay tuned.

Shaquille O’Neal(notes) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Thunder. Shaq remains day-to-day and should see the court again sometime this week.

Point guard Luke Ridnour(notes) will be available for Sunday’s matchup against the Rockets. Ridnour has been dealing with a sore hamstring, which appears to be minor.

After giving fantasy managers some hope recently, Marcus Thornton(notes) is again looking like he deserves to be waiver wire fodder. Thornton saw just under five minutes of PT on Saturday night and posted an appropriately weak line. He should be dropped until he earns his way back into Monty Williams’ rotation or gets traded to a better situation.

Mo Williams(notes) is back in Cleveland’s starting lineup and is playing well (28 points, 1 three, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 3 turnovers on Saturday night against the Wizards). It appears that the guards will be handling the brunt of the scoring load for Byron Scott. Mo should be inserted into starting lineups with confidence going forward.

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