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.
Add List - players currently owned in less than 40% of Yahoo! leagues
• Kirk Hinrich(notes), G, WAS (31% owned)
To no one’s surprise, Gilbert Arenas(notes) continues to remain a highly volatile and unpredictable option. Currently out with a strained tendon in his ankle, there is no set timetable on when he will return. The Wizards hope to have back for their home opener on Tuesday, but who knows. Wall and Hinrich have clearly been the glue holding together what otherwise would be a highly combustible roster, and seem to be the only two that Flip Saunders really trusts. Blatche, McGee, and Thornton can be head cases at times, and guys like Cartier Martin(notes) can hardly be counted on to deliver consistent production. Hinrich will continue to remain a staple in Saunders’ rotation whether it be at the 1, 2, or 3, and has shown top-75 upside if Arenas was to miss extended time due to his ankle or any other phantom injuries that may arise.
• Tyson Chandler(notes), C, DAL (36% owned)
He is showing that the mini-resurgence we saw at the FIBA Worlds is for real, hitting the glass and sending back shots at a reasonable rate. The free-throw percentage is still way above his standards (91.7%), but even if it regresses back towards the mean, his numbers are still significantly up across the board from where they were last season.
• James Jones(notes), SF, MIA (25% owned)
Guess who’s second on the Heat in per-game value right now? Not LeBron, not Wade, not Bosh. It’s James Jones, the dead-eye gunner. Three-point specialist doesn’t even begin to describe Jones’ job description and role with the Heat. He literally does not do anything else besides camp out near the three-point line and shoot. Jones took 119 shots from the field last year – of those 119, 113 were either threes or long twos. That’s not necessarily a bad thing when you’re playing next to the likes of LeBron, Wade, and Bosh, who attract more than enough attention to leave Jones wide open to do what he does best.
• Landry Fields(notes), GF, NYK (10% owned)
Landry Fields. I watched him play an awful lot while he was at Stanford and knew he would find a way to sneak onto an NBA roster and make an impact someway, somehow. He’s always been one of those cerebral types who does the little things in the mold of Shane Battier(notes), and that has been more than enough to impress Mike D’Antoni and earn him the starting shooting guard job for the foreseeable future. His upside is capped and his raw talent/skills lags won’t take him much further above the average NBA wing, but he’ll fill up the stat sheet and hit pretty much every one of the nine categories in some way. Fields is more valuable in roto formats, but warrants universal ownership in all standard sized leagues with the way he is playing.
• Reggie Evans(notes), PF, TOR (10% owned)
A specialist in every sense of the word, Evans leads the league with a rebound rate of 27.7. I see no reason why he can’t continue to post top-100 value in his current role. Amir Johnson’s(notes) foul troubles imposes a self-cap on the minutes he can take on, which leaves plenty of minutes for Evans to do work on the boards. He’ll also give you decent contributions in steals and blocks, and won’t kill your free-throw percentage either like a lot of big men out there.
Cut List -players owned in over 10 percent of Yahoo! leagues who should not be rostered in standard formats
• Jose Calderon(notes), PG, TOR (60% owned)
Do I need to go much further than to point out that he’s averaging two points a game on 15.4 percent shooting? He’s being thoroughly outplayed by Jarrett Jack(notes) and there’s no real reason to expect a sudden turnaround anytime soon.
• Brad Miller(notes), C, HOU (29% owned)
Miller made for a decent plug-and-play type with Yao Ming(notes) on a strict minutes cap and sitting out the second game of back-to-backs, but the recent signing of Erick Dampier(notes) kills any real value that he previously held.
• Marco Belinelli(notes), SG, NO (25% owned)
Some things never change. After a stellar preseason that earned him the starting shooting guard spot, Belinelli has been plagued by the same inconsistencies that severely limited his potential last year. He seems to be losing ground to Marcus Thornton(notes) by the day, and may even fall behind Jerryd Bayless(notes) eventually. Deep leaguers may want to hang onto Belinelli and give it another week or two to see how it plays out, but prepare yourself for a bumpy ride ahead.
• Greg Monroe(notes), FC, DET (11% owned)
After two DNP-CD’s to start the season, he had a disastrous debut that saw him pick up three quick fouls in just seven minutes of action. He has a long way to go on the defensive end, and until he improves that half of his game there isn’t much of a reason for John Kuester to play him major minutes or for fantasy managers to leave him on their rosters.
• Jeff Teague(notes), G, ATL (11% owned)
A frustrating situation all-around, as those expecting Teague to take advantage of a sinking ship in Mike Bibby(notes) were greeted with an unexpected resurgence from the 13-year veteran. Teague hasn’t done much to distinguish himself from Bibby in limited minutes, perhaps extending an original timeframe of weeks (until he took over to starting job) to months. This is still a situation to monitor closely moving forward.
Watch List -players to monitor closely in standard leagues
• Glen Davis(notes), FC, BOS (39% owned)
Both the O’Neal’s are dealing with knee injuries right now, leaving the Celtics with a very short-changed frontcourt of KG, Big Baby, and Semih Erden(notes). The injuries are significant enough to where Erden has been practicing with the first team recently, but he can’t be expected to make much of an immediate impact given that he hasn’t played a single minute this season. Big Baby has put up top-75 numbers in his first three games, anchored by his field-goal percentage (66.7%), scoring (14.3 points), rebounds (5.3), and free-throw percentage (75%). His true-shooting percentage has traditionally been well below the league average given that he gets his shot blocked at three times the league rate, so we’ll have to see how long he keeps this up. Either way, there should be no shortage of minutes/opportunities here; that’s essentially half the battle to stable production.
• Andres Nocioni(notes), F, PHI (5% owned)
Doug Collins has named Nocioni as his starting small forward, and that, combined with his multi-faceted game should at least put him on everyone’s radar. His averages as a starter in 185 career starts: 13.4 points, 1.4 threes, 5.8 boards, 0.6 steals, and 0.6 blocks.
• Omri Casspi(notes), GF, SAC (20% owned)
Casspi played extremely well on in Saturday’s win against the Cavs, gritting it out for 20 points, six treys, and two steals on 7-of-10 shooting. He appears to be the starting 3 moving forward, but I need to see at least another week of games before making any definitive judgments about Casspi with Francisco Garcia(notes) still very much in the mix.
• Anthony Tolliver(notes), FC, MIN (20% owned)
Kurt Rambis’ fascination with Tolliver when he has Kevin Love(notes) at his disposal is as much of a mystery to you as it is to me, but Tolliver at least warrants roster consideration if he continues to get 20+ minutes a game. He has the ability to space the floor with a suspect three-point shot (32.9 percent last season), but finds a way to put up counting stats at an efficient rate whenever he is on the floor.
• Al Thornton(notes), F, WAS (12% owned)
Thornton has been one of a very few bright spots in what has otherwise been a near disastrous start for the Wizards. He’s been the team’s third scoring option behind John Wall(notes) and Andray Blatche(notes), and will continue to be a viable flex option with Arenas nursing an ankle injury. Consider him a solid short-term utility play – anything extra he gives you in terms of long-term value is a mere bonus.
Deep League Specials -players owned in five percent or less of Yahoo! leagues
• Wayne Ellington(notes), SG, MIN (2% owned)
Ellington continues to start at shooting guard and looks to have re-discovering his three-point stroke, hitting on 36.4 percent of his attempts so far. He won’t give you much by way of rebounds, blocks, and field-goal percentage, but the points, treys, steals and free-throw percentage should be enough to at least warrant a bench spot in deeper leagues.
• Joel Przybilla(notes), C, POR (1% owned)
I might as well throw his name out there now as he is approaching a return in the matter of weeks. He’s proven to be very effective in limited minutes with his shot-blocking ability and should walk into immediate minutes with Greg Oden(notes) and Jeff Pendergraph(notes) sidelined. The Blazers recently signed Fabricio Oberto(notes), but Przybilla’s familiarity with Nate McMillan and his system should give him the edge so long as he is healthy.
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