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 thirteen, total games.
4 games: ATL, BOS, CHA, CHI, DAL, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, MEM, MIL, NJN, NOH, NYK, ORL, PHI, PHO, POR, TOR, UTH, WAS
3 games: CLE, DEN, LAL, OKL, SAC, SAS
2 games: MIA, MIN
Week thirteen, quality games.
2 games: CHA, CHI
1 game: ATL, DAL, DEN, IND, LAC, MIA, PHI, POR
Week thirteen, ease rankings.
PHO: (0.55) @NYK, @CLE, @WAS, @DET
MIL: (0.49) @HOU, WAS, @CLE, MEM
POR: (0.46) MIN, @SAC, LAC, IND
LAC: (0.39) IND, MIN, @POR, GSW
IND: (0.27) @LAC, @GSW, @POR, @DEN
NYK: (0.27) PHO, @HOU, @SAS, @OKL
OKL: (0.22) @LAL, @DEN, NYK
GSW: (0.22) NJN, IND, SAC, @LAC
CHI: (0.18) @MEM, CHA, DAL, CLE
NJN: (0.13) @GSW, UTH, DET, DAL
SAS: (0.03) TOR, NYK, @NOH
LAL: (0.02) OKL, @DAL, @DEN
DEN: (-0.04) OKL, LAL, IND
MIA: (-0.08) ATL, TOR
ORL: (-0.10) @BOS, PHI, TOR, @HOU
SAC: (-0.10) @ATL, POR, @GSW
BOS: (-0.11) ORL, DET, UTH, @WAS
DET: (-0.11) DAL, @BOS, @NJN, PHO
NOH: (-0.12) TOR, MEM, @ATL, SAS
CLE: (-0.14) PHO, MIL, @CHI
DAL: (-0.15) @DET, LAL, @CHI, @NJN
MIN: (-0.17) @POR, @LAC
UTH: (-0.20) @WAS, @NJN, @BOS, @PHI
HOU: (-0.22) MIL, NYK, @MEM, ORL
PHI: (-0.31) CHA, @ORL, @CHA, UTH
WAS: (-0.31) UTH, @MIL, PHO, BOS
CHA: (-0.34) @PHI, @CHI, PHI, ATL
ATL: (-0.38) SAC, @MIA, NOH, @CHA
MEM: (-0.41) CHI, @NOH, HOU, @MIL
TOR: (-0.60)@NOH, @SAS, @ORL, @MIA
Next month, total games.
16 games: CHA, MEM, MIL, ORL
15 games: CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, IND, LAC, NJN, NOH, PHI, TOR, UTH, WAS
14 games: BOS, GSW, HOU, NYK, PHO
13 games: LAL, MIN, OKL, POR, SAC, SAS
12 games: ATL, CHI, MIA
Next month, quality games.
5 games: BOS
4 games: DAL, LAL, MIA
3 games: CHA, DEN, LAC, POR
2 games: CHI, GSW, HOU, IND, NYK, ORL, PHI, SAC, SAS, WAS
1 game: ATL, CLE, MIL, NJN, NOH, PHO, UTH
0 games: DET, MEM, MIN, OKL, TOR
Remaining season, quality games.
12 games: CHI,
11 games: <none>
10 games: BOS, DAL
9 games: POR
8 games: DEN, LAL, MIA
7 games: SAS, UTH, WAS
6 games: LAC, NYK, PHO
5 games: <none>
4 games: ATL, CHA, CLE, GSW, HOU, IND, MIL, NJN, PHI, SAC
3 games: MEM, MIN, ORL
2 games: NOH, OKL
1 game: TOR
0 games: DET
Also see: Basketball Monster’s Schedule Grid.
Status Updates - quick hitters from around the league
• Leandro Barbosa(notes) will miss at least the next five games with a strained right hamstring. The silver lining here is that Barbosa will miss Toronto’s brutal schedule in week 13 (@NOH, @SAS, @ORL, @MIA) that features four of the league’s top seven defenses.
• Already missing Leandro Barbosa, Toronto was also without backup guard Jerryd Bayless(notes) on Saturday, who has been struggling with ankle issues since late December and recently tweaked his ankle in practice. With Toronto’s rash of injuries affecting their guards D-League call-up Sundiata Gaines(notes) looks like a decent play in deeper formats and would be an automatic add if Calderon went down with any sort of injury in the next few days.
• Michael Beasley(notes) is questionable for Monday’s matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers with a sore left ankle. Beasley has missed Minnesota’s last two games with the injury but is expected to return to action soon.
• Marco Belinelli(notes) missed Saturday night’s game with a sprained ankle and is questionable for Monday’s contest against his former team, the Toronto Raptors. Willie Green(notes) got the start in Belinelli’s place and offers extremely low-end fantasy value. Marcus Thornton(notes) would be an actionable pickup were Monty Williams to start him instead of Green, but leave both players on the wire for now, as Belinelli’s injury does not appear to be serious.
• Unfortunately for the frontcourt-depleted Chicago Bulls, Carlos Boozer(notes) left the United Center in a walking boot on Saturday night after tweaking his ankle. The severity of the injury has not yet been publicly disclosed, but Boozer will at least miss Monday’s game, meaning both Taj Gibson(notes) and Kurt Thomas(notes) (deep leagues) look like decent plug-and-play options while Boozer is sidelined.
• Chris Bosh(notes) also left the United Center in bad shape after spraining his ankle when rookie center Omer Asik(notes) dove for a loose ball near Bosh’s feet and landed on Bosh’s leg. The Miami Heat are expected to get an MRI on Bosh’s ankle out of an abundance of caution, as the injury is not expected to be serious. There is no clear-cut fantasy fill-in if Bosh misses significant time, as Miami’s big men are all poor fantasy plays.
• Maverick’s center Tyson Chandler(notes) missed Saturday night’s game with an illness, giving Brendan Haywood(notes) his second start of the season. Chandler has been limited by the illness for a few days but should return to full health sometime in the next couple of games.
• Carlos Delfino(notes) has progressed to performing non-contact drills as of late and appears to be within a week or two of returning to action barring any further setbacks. Delfino makes an interesting stash candidate in deep formats and rotisserie leagues, as he finished just outside the top-100 last season while playing for the Milwaukee Bucks.
• Danilo Gallinari(notes) is expected to return to action on Monday against the Phoenix Suns after participating in practice on Sunday without setback. Gallinari has missed New York’s past six games with a sprained left knee.
• After missing Boston’s last nine games with a calf injury, Kevin Garnett(notes) is expected to return to action against the Orlando Magic in a matchup of Eastern Conference powerhouses.
• The Cavaliers are hoping to have Daniel Gibson(notes) back in action on Wednesday, as the team has been decimated by injuries lately. Gibson has missed Cleveland’s past five games with a sprained left ankle, opening up minutes for Ramon Sessions(notes), Alonzo Gee(notes) and Manny Harris(notes).
• The Washington Wizards have ruled Josh Howard(notes) out for the next week or so, as he deals with left knee soreness while working his way back into form after a he tore his ACL last season. Al Thornton(notes) is the most likely beneficiary from Howard’s absence, however, and has limited fantasy upside. Thornton is worthy of consideration in only the deepest of leagues as a plug-and-play option while Howard is sidelined.
• LeBron James’(notes) sprained left ankle is improving to the point where a Tuesday return at home against the Hawks appears likely. James has missed Miami’s past two games with the injury, which account for total number of games James has missed this season.
• Brandon Jennings(notes) is out of the walking boot and continues to progress from surgery in late December to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot. Jennings will travel with the team and get back into the routine of being with the team as he nears a return to action, which is not imminent but rather approaching.
• Tracy McGrady(notes) pulled himself out of Friday’s game for precautionary reasons with a mild leg strain. McGrady is expected to be active on Monday and should be sold for any decent return as soon as he posts a valuable line again.
• Brad Miller(notes) will miss Houston’s next few games at least as he rests his sore left knee. Chuck Hayes(notes) is the main beneficiary of Miller’s absence and is a good pickup in deeper formats for teams that can compensate for his lack of scoring. Despite being undersized, Hayes earns playing time by hustling and playing smart defense for head coach Rick Adelman.
• Anthony Morrow(notes) has been ruled out until at least Wednesday, when the Nets return home from a road trip to face the Utah Jazz. Morrow has missed New Jersey’s past sixteen games with a somewhat serious hamstring injury and is inching closer to a return to live action. Sasha Vujacic(notes) continues to play well in Morrow’s absence and looks usable in all formats until Morrow returns.
• Troy Murphy(notes) remains sidelined with an undisclosed illness but speculation is that he is simply waiting to be traded. Murphy’s value would rise on virtually any other team, as he would likely have some sort of defined role with steady minutes. If you have room to stash Murph and he is currently floating on waiver wires, now is a good time to put him on the bench and wait for the rumored Carmelo Anthony(notes) blockbuster trade.
• Anthony Parker(notes) is dealing with lingering back soreness that has kept him out of Cleveland’s last six games. As mentioned above, the Cavaliers are a M.A.S.H. unit these days and Parker will be relied upon heavily as soon as he is healthy enough to get back on the floor.
• Kendrick Perkins(notes) returned to practice on Sunday and is targeting February 4th at home against the Dallas Mavericks to make his season debut. Perkins has sat out the entire season to date as he recovers from offseason knee surgery to repair a torn ACL. While he may not start initially, Perkins should resume his spot as Boston’s starting center without much trouble despite the Celtics’ frontcourt depth.
• While the Portland Trail Blazers have not officially shut him down, Brandon Roy’s(notes) announcement that he will undergo dual knee surgeries to attempt to alleviate the pain Roy has been dealing with all season. Roy will undergo arthroscopic surgery to clean out debris on both knees in an attempt to temporarily relieve Roy’s pain. At this point, expect to be without Roy for the rest of the season and cut bait. Wes Matthews and Rudy Fernandez(notes) are the likely beneficiaries of Roy’s continued absence.
• Anderson Varejao’s season came to an abrupt end when he tore a tendon in his right ankle while running suicides in practice. With Leon Powe(notes) also sidelined for at least the next month with a torn meniscus, J.J. Hickson(notes) and Antawn Jamison(notes) will be leaned on to man the paint for the Cavaliers. Look for Cleveland to make a move to address their serious lack of size before the trade deadline.
• The recent ankle injury to Ben Wallace(notes) has opened the door for Greg Monroe’s(notes) arrival onto the fantasy basketball scene in earnest. Wallace has missed Detroit’s past four games with the injury and is questionable for Monday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks.
• Marvin Williams(notes) is dealing with a back injury that has sidelined him for the past seven games and appears to be doubtful for Atlanta’s next few games (no timeline for return). Williams’ name continues to be associated with disappointment almost everywhere he goes and this season’s fantasy performance is no exception. Williams is cuttable for a decent waiver wire prospect.
• Mo Williams(notes) went down with another injury on Saturday night (strained hip flexor) and appears to be on the verge of being shutdown by the Cavaliers for a while to finally get healthy. This is clearly a lost season for the Cavs, who have virtually nothing left to play for except for pride and chances at a higher lottery pick. If Williams is indeed shut down, Ramon Sessions becomes a universal add.
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