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 nine, total games.
4 games: CHI, ORL, SAS
3 games: ATL, CLE, DEN, GSW, LAC, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOH, OKL, PHI, PHO, WAS
2 games: BOS, CHA, DAL, DET, HOU, IND, LAL, MEM, NJN, NYK, POR, SAC, UTH
1 game: TOR
Week nine, quality games.
2 games: MIA, ORL
1 game: BOS, CHI, DEN, GSW, LAL, MIL, NYK, OKL, PHO, POR, SAC, SAS
Week nine, ease rankings.
UTH: (1.18) @CLE, @MIN
LAC: (0.89) MIN, HOU, PHO
HOU: (0.70) @GSW, @LAC
TOR: (0.44) DET
OKC: (0.40) @CHA, @NYK, DEN
SAS: (0.35) PHO, DEN, @ORL, WAS
MIN: (0.33) @LAC, UTH, @CLE
CHI: (0.20) PHI, @WAS, @NYK, @DET
CLE: (0.18) UTH, @ATL, MIN
CHA: (0.16) @WAS, OKL
MIA: (0.15) DAL, @PHO, @LAL
POR: (0.12) MIL, @GSW
SAC: (0.12) GSW, MIL
DET: (0.08) @TOR, CHI
MEM: (-0.03) NJN, @IND
ATL: (-0.10) ORL, CLE, @NOH
NOH: (-0.13) @IND, NJN, ATL
IND: (-0.14) NOH, MEM
NJN: (-0.14) @MEM, @NOH
WAS: (-0.14) CHA, CHI, @SAS
GSW: (-0.15) HOU, @SAC, POR
NYK: (-0.23) OKL, CHI
MIL: (-0.26) @POR, @LAL, @SAC
PHO: (-0.35) @SAS, MIA, @LAC
DEN: (-0.35) @SAS, @OKL, PHI
PHI: (-0.36) @CHI, @BOS, @DEN
BOS: (-0.55) PHI, @ORL
ORL: (-0.65) @ATL, DAL, SAS, BOS
DAL: (-0.89) @MIA, @ORL
LAL: (-0.90) MIL, MIA
Next month, total games.
15 games: CHI, SAS
14 games: DEN, HOU, LAL, NOH, ORL
13 games: ATL, BOS, CLE, DAL, GSW, MIA, MIL, MIN, POR, SAC, WAS
12 games: CHA, DET, MEM, NJN, OKL, PHI, PHO, TOR, UTH
11 games: IND, LAC
Next month, quality games.
4 games: DEN, ORL
3 games: MIA, OKL, SAS
2 games: BOS, CHI, DAL, LAL, NYK, POR, SAC
1 game: CHA, DET, GSW, HOU, LAC, MEM, MIL, MIN, PHO, UTH, WAS
0 games: ATL, CLE, IND, NJN, NOH, PHI, TOR
Remaining season, quality games.
14 games: CHI
13 games: <none>
12 games: BOS, DAL, DEN
11 games: MIA, POR
10 games: LAL, SAS
9 games: <none>
8 games: NYK, UTH, WAS
7 games: LAC, ORL, PHO
6 games: SAC
5 games: CHA, GSW, HOU, MIL, OKL
4 games: ATL, CLE, IND, MEM, MIN, NJN, PHI
3 games: <none>
2 games: NOH
1 game: DET, TOR
Also see: Basketball Monster’s Schedule Grid.
Status Updates - quick hitters from around the league
• Nuggets forward Chris Andersen(notes) is expected to return to action on Wednesday after missing Denver’s last few games with a small fracture in his lower back.
• It sounds like Ryan Anderson(notes) should be out for about another week as he recovers from a sprained right foot, meaning Brandon Bass’(notes) grip on the starting power forward spot should be unchallenged for the next few days at least.
• Gilbert Arenas(notes)
was traded to the Orlando Magic
on Saturday. Check out the link for the complete fantasy fallout from the Saturday’s trade activity.
• It now appears unlikely that Kelenna Azubuike(notes) is out indefinitely as he recovers from knee surgery. Azubuike has experienced setbacks since he started to practice with the team last month.
• Andrea Bargnani(notes) missed Sunday’s matchup with the Lakers with a sore right ankle. Rookie Ed Davis(notes) got the start instead of Bargnani.
• Nicolas Batum(notes) injured his shoulder on Friday night and missed Saturday’s game. The injury is not thought to be serious, making Batum day-to-day.
• Rodrigue Beaubois(notes) is still limited in terms of his physical activities but could see game action around New Years as he recovers from a fractured foot.
• Andris Biedrins(notes) is day-to-day with a left foot sprain.
• Denver’s veteran floor general, Chauncey Billups(notes), is expected to be active on Wednesday after missing Denver’s last three games with strained ligaments in his right wrist.
• Aaron Brooks(notes) is expected to return to action on Sunday against the Sacramento Kings. Brooks has only appeared in five games for the Rockets so far this season.
• Marcus Camby(notes) is day-to-day with a right shoulder injury that he suffered on Friday night.
• Vince Carter(notes) was traded to the Phoenix Suns on Saturday. Check out the link for the complete fantasy fallout from the Saturday’s trade activity.
• Earl Clark(notes) was traded to the Orlando Magic on Saturday. Check out the link for the complete fantasy fallout from the Saturday’s trade activity.
• Rookie DeMarcus Cousins(notes) is questionable for Sunday’s matchup with the Houston Rockets with a sore right ankle and wrist.
• Warriors guard Stephen Curry(notes) remains sidelined with his ongoing ankle problems but expects to be active by Christmas at the latest.
• News about Carlos Delfino’s(notes) concussion has been concerning. The good news is that the injury is not expected to be a career-ending injury, but Delfino will likely have to wear a protective helmet whenever he returns to action. Delfino’s return is completely unpredictable this season.
• Reggie Evans(notes) is expected to be out until at least February 1st after undergoing surgery on his fractured foot.
• Marcin Gortat(notes) was traded to the Phoenix Suns on Saturday. Check out the link for the complete fantasy fallout from the Saturday’s trade activity.
• Miami’s locker room leader, Udonis Haslem(notes), is possibly out for the season with a torn ligament in his left foot. At a minimum, Haslem will miss a couple of months of action.
• George Hill(notes)
is expected to miss a couple of games
with a sprained right big toe that put him in a walking boot.
• Brandon Jennings(notes) has been ruled out of Monday’s game against Portland with a sore left foot. Jennings recently underwent an MRI on his ailing foot. The results are not yet known.
• Jonas Jerebko(notes) recently shed his walking boot and appears to be ahead of the timeline for returning from his partially torn Achilles tendon. Current speculation has Jerebko back on the court around the All-Star break.
• The oft-injured Yi Jianlian(notes) is expected to miss two-to-four weeks with a sprained MCL in his right knee.
• Chris Kaman(notes) is still in a walking boot and remains a couple of weeks away from returning to action as he recovers from a bone bruise and a strained ligament in his left foot.
• Nenad Krstic(notes) remains day-to-day with a strained back that has kept him out of the Thunder’s past four games. Krstic is doubtful for Sunday’s contest against the Phoenix Suns.
• Rashard Lewis(notes) was traded to the Washington Wizards on Saturday. Check out the link for the complete fantasy fallout from the Saturday’s trade activity.
• Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin(notes) may make his season debut as soon as Wednesday. Martin has missed the entire season after having offseason knee surgery.
• Josh McRoberts(notes) has been ruled out of Sunday’s game with a lower abdominal strain. The injury is not thought to be serious.
• Mike Miller(notes) appears to be on the verge of returning to action from his offseason thumb surgery and is simply waiting to be medically cleared for practice. Miller should make his season debut sometime in the next week.
• Darko Milicic(notes) sprained his ankle on Friday night against Portland. Milicic is targeting Monday night’s game against the Clippers to return to action.
• Yao Ming’s season, and possibly career, is over with his latest devastating foot injury.
• Anthony Morrow(notes) is expected to miss two-to-three weeks with a strained right hamstring. Morrow should be back in action by early January.
• Joakim Noah(notes) underwent successful surgery on his right thumb is expected to be out until at least the All-Star break.
• Blazers center Greg Oden(notes) is out for the season after suffering another devastating knee injury that will require microfracture surgery.
• Jermaine O’Neal(notes) remains sidelined indefinitely with sore knees.
• Nikola Pekovic(notes) aggravated his ankle injury on Friday night against Portland. Pekovic is out indefinitely with the injury.
• The original timeline for Kendrick Perkins’(notes) recovery from his torn ACL estimated that he would be back on the court sometime in January.
• Mickael Pietrus(notes) was traded to the Phoenix Suns on Saturday. Check out the link for the complete fantasy fallout from the Saturday’s trade activity.
• Joel Przybilla(notes)
is expected to miss a week
with a sprained ankle.
• Michael Redd(notes) is out indefinitely as he rehabs from his second devastating knee injury in as many years. Redd is still months away from returning to action and may never be able to play basketball at a high level again.
• Jason Richardson(notes) was traded to the Orlando Magic on Saturday. Check out the link for the complete fantasy fallout from the Saturday’s trade activity.
• The ailing Brandon Roy(notes) has missed Portland’s last two games with his ongoing knee troubles and is expected to miss the Trail Blazers’ next game as well. Roy is expected to have his minutes monitored when he returns and may also be held out of the second night of back-to-backs.
• Peja Stojakovic(notes) has missed Toronto’s last eight games with a swollen left knee and is listed as day-to-day.
• Anthony Tolliver(notes) is expected to be out until mid-to-late January with a strained right MCL in his knee.
• John Wall(notes) has been hobbled by a bone bruise in his right knee and is expected to miss a decent amount of time. There is no official timetable for his return.
• Sonny Weems(notes) sat out a second straight game with a sore back and is considered day-to-day going forward.
• Unfortunately for the Celtics, Delonte West’s(notes) broken wrist is expected to keep him off the floor for months, if not the balance of the season.
• Brandan Wright(notes) continues to be hobbled with a back injury that surfaced in mid-November. There is currently no official timetable for his return.
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