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Court Report: Week 4 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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Rudy Fernandez(notes), SG, POR (11% owned)
The specifics of Brandon Roy's(notes) short- and long-term availability remain yet to be determined, but the sharp pain he felt Saturday should be the sign fantasy owners need to make a preemptive/speculative move and add Fernandez. He wasn't a factor on Saturday (15 minutes, 4 points, 1-6 FG), but his averages over the past four games include 11.3 points on 50-percent shooting, 2.3 threes, 3 assists, 1 turnover, and 0.8 steals, and he's going to have a clear shot at 30-plus minutes if/when Roy needs to shut it down. Wesley Matthews(notes) will also figure heavily in the mix for playing time, and may even end up as the starter at shooting guard, but the Blazers will clearly need Fernandez's offensive spark and he's the more desirable fantasy option.

Kyle Lowry(notes), PG, HOU (13% owned)
Lowry's performance on Friday (35 minutes, 13 points, 6 boards, 7 assists, 4 turnovers, 2 steals, 2 blocks) was a sure sign that he's finally back and ready to stand in at the point for the Rockets while Aaron Brooks(notes) recovers from his severe ankle sprain. Lowry's career per-36s include 13.1 points, 0.7 threes, 4.6 boards, 5.9 assists, 2.4 turnovers, and 1.5 steals, and he should approximate that level of playing time for the next month, while Brooks is out.

Kirk Hinrich(notes), G, WAS (36% owned)
Hinrich is averaging a very strong 37 minutes per game thus far and is locked into a consistent role for the Wizards, even if Gilbert Arenas(notes) does eventually return to the starting five. Playing off John Wall(notes) and Arenas has meant quality looks, which he's turned into 41-percent shooting from three and 47 percent overall (11 points, 1.6 threes, 4.6 assists, 1.8 turnovers, 1 steal). Hinrich probably makes the most sense as a Wall or Arenas handcuff, but those guard stats play in any scenario.

Marco Belinelli(notes), SG, NOR (17% owned)
Belinelli has settled in after a few rough games to start the season, averaging 13.8 points on 54-percent shooting and 2.6 threes in 28 minutes over the past five games. Marcus Thornton(notes) has been completely removed from the rotation and Willie Green's(notes) lack of shooting range will keep him from challenging for the starting gig, so Belinelli's role is secure for the undefeated Hornets. He's going to have ups and downs, but overall we're going to end up with lots of threes and good efficiency.

Udonis Haslem(notes), FC, MIA (36% owned)
The Heat may still have some questions, but one thing we do know is that Haslem's defensive focus and rebounding ability are much-needed. His averages over the past eight games include 9.8 points on 54-percent shooting and 8.8 boards in 29 minutes per game, and he's upped those averages to 10.5 points on 56-percent shooting and 9 boards in 33 minutes over the past four. You'll have to look elsewhere for supporting stats (0.4 assists, 1.1 turnovers, 0.5 steals, 0.3 blocks on the season) but the big-man numbers sure do come in handy at the end of a bench or rotation.

Hakim Warrick(notes), F, PHO (29% owned)
Warrick's comfort level alongside the Suns' point guards is rising and it's been translating directly to the box score. Warrick has averaged 14.8 points on 73-percent shooting and 4.6 boards in 30 minutes over the past five games and looks to be in line for consistent playing time now that Alvin Gentry is realizing that Hedo Turkoglu(notes) is not a power forward. Warrick's limitations for fantasy purposes are clear - he isn't going to provide much outside of efficient offense (read: no defensive stats) - but his potential scoring and field goal percentage impact certainly could make a difference.

Travis Outlaw(notes), F, NJN (21% owned)
Outlaw has emerged from a slow start to post some pretty useful lines of late - while he's certainly been inconsistent, averages over the past five games include 14.8 points on 56-percent shooting, 2.4 threes, 5.6 boards, and just 0.2 turnovers in 37 minutes. That excess of playing time is particularly notable (31 per game on the season), as it's illustrated some faith on Avery Johnson's part. It should also be noted that Outlaw's career per-36s include 1 steal and 1.2 blocks - he's yet to make an impact in that area as of yet (1 steal, 3 blocks in 9 games) but certainly could as he gets more comfortable in his new surroundings.

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Amir Johnson(notes), PF, TOR (35% owned)
Johnson was understandably cut in a number of leagues after his miserable start coincided with a Reggie Evans(notes) rebounding outburst. Evans has had some health issues (hip, flu) and slowed his roll, allowing Johnson to work his way back into the rotation to the tune of 12.2 points on 59-percent shooting, 7.2 boards, 0.8 steals, and 1.3 blocks in 24 minutes over the past six games (and 4.5 fouls). Evans' rebounding has been a plus for the Raptors, but his peerless offensive limitations are an undeniable problem for the 2-8 Raptors. *If* Johnson can keep his fouls at least relatively in check, he'll continue to see those 20-plus minutes and opportunities for production.

C.J. Miles(notes), GF, UTA (10% owned)
Miles has owned the backup minutes for the Jazz at both shooting guard and small forward and has been making some noise as of late. Over the past eight games, he's averaged 12.3 points, 1.4 threes, 3.5 boards, 1.3 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 27 minutes, and there's room for improvement there given his shooting percentages (38% FG, 29% 3PT). Raja Bell(notes) has clearly lost a step and is struggling (28 minutes, 36% FG, 2.9 fouls), and Miles would also stand to benefit if the 34-year-old Bell can't pull it together at some point.

Shane Battier(notes), SF, HOU (31% owned)
Battier's history as a fantasy glue guy are no secret and he should be in line for more responsibilities with both Aaron Brooks and Yao Ming(notes) sidelined for the Rockets. His shot has been off so far in November (7.2 points, 35% FG), but the rest of his numbers have been stellar (1.2 threes, 5 boards, 2.8 assists, 0.8 turnovers, 0.8 steals, 1.4 blocks). At the very least, he's worth a long look for roto benches and as filler for teams with plenty of offense and shortages elsewhere.

Brad Miller(notes), C, HOU (25% owned)
Miller got the start for Yao Ming Friday, posted a fantastic line (34 minutes, 23 points, 3 threes, 8 boards, 5 assists, 1 turnover, 1 steal), and was talked about as a key for the Houston offense afterwards. Yao's most recent injury isn't considered serious, but that doesn't take away from how ominous it seems in the grand scheme of things. Miller would be of most use to fantasy managers looking for something other than big-man stats from a free agent center (threes, assists).

Wesley Matthews, SG, POR (8% owned)
Matthews has seen more than 20 minutes of playing time in six games this season and averaged 11.8 points, 94-percent foul shooting, and 4.2 boards in 26 minutes during those games. I bring this up because Matthews certainly would be in line for consistent playing time if Brandon Roy (knee) were to shut things down at some point. Those numbers and Matthews' post-break splits last season (11.1 points, 50% FG, 1 three, 90% FT, 1.2 steals) show that he's got some potential but not necessarily tremendous upside for fantasy purposes.

Jonny Flynn(notes), PG, MIN (24% owned)
Flynn is targeting Wednesday for a return from his July hip surgery, so he should be on fantasy radars. With that said, he's going to need time to return to game shape and we've yet to see how Kurt Rambis plans to use him, but Luke Ridnour's(notes) pedestrian start and hamstring injury have certainly left the point guard position wide open, with Sebastian Telfair(notes) also in the mix at this point.

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Brandon Bass(notes), PF, ORL (4% owned)
Bass has been impressing Stan Van Gundy with his recent play, and he's set for some consistent minutes now that Ryan Anderson(notes) has been removed from the team's rotation. Bass has averaged 10.6 points on 55-percent shooting, 90-percent foul shooting, 5.7 boards, 0.6 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 22 minutes over the past seven games and has a shot to earn a few more minutes and produce a slight uptick in those counting stats.

Keith Bogans(notes), GF, CHI (3% owned)
Bogans was an afterthought entering the season, as he was supposedly behind both Ronnie Brewer(notes) and Kyle Korver(notes) on the depth chart, but he's started every game for the Bulls thus far and has been very productive over the past three games (11.7 points, 54% FG, 2.3 threes, 2.3 steals). He's giving the Bulls the defense they wanted from Brewer and the long-range shooting they wanted from Korver, and he'll keep seeing the minutes if that continues to be the case.

Jason Smith(notes), FC, NOR (2% owned)
Smith has emerged as the primary/only reserve big for the Hornets and has been packing production into his minutes - over the past five games, he's averaged 8.8 points on 50-percent shooting, 5.6 boards, 1 steal and 0.8 blocks in 22 minutes. His solid two-way skills will keep him in the rotation and those numbers shouldn't be ignored in deep formats.

DeAndre Jordan(notes), FC, LAC (5% owned)
Jordan isn't going to start every game but will play consistently while Chris Kaman(notes) misses the next few weeks with an ankle injury. In his 26 career starts, Jordan has averaged 8.2 points on 71-percent shooting, 8.2 boards, and 1.9 blocks in 27 minutes.

Quentin Richardson(notes), GF, ORL (4% owned)
Stan Van Gundy has scrapped his plan to rotate starters and will leave Richardson in the starting five indefinitely. In his five starts on the season thus far, Q-Rich has averaged 6.8 points on 31-percent shooting, 1.4 threes, and 5.4 boards in 25 minutes. There's a solid chance that Richardson won't shoot below 30 percent for the entire season, so his threes and boards will likely come in handy for deep-leaguers. Don't expect consistency or true starter's minutes and you are much less likely to be disappointed.

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