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 two, total games
5 games: POR
4 games: ATL, BOS, DET, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIL, MIN, NYK, ORL, PHI, TOR
3 games: CHA, CHI, CLE, DEN, GSW, HOU, MIA, NJN, NOR, OKC, PHO, SAC, SAS, UTA, WAS
2 games: DAL, IND
Week two, quality games
2 games: CHI, POR
1 game: LAC, NYK, OKL, SAC, SAS, TOR
Next month, total games
16 games: NYK
15 games: ATL, LAC, ORL, TOR, UTH
14 games: CHA, DET, GSW, LAL, MEM, MIN, NJN, OKL, PHI, PHO, SAS
13 games: BOS, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, HOU, MIA, MIL, NOH, POR, WAS
12 games: IND, SAC
Next month, quality games
4 games: SAC
3 games: CHI, LAC, LAL, POR,
2 games: ATL, BOS, DEN, DET, GSW, NYK, OKL, PHO, SAS, TOR, WAS
1 game: HOU, IND, MIA, MIN, NOH, ORL,
0 games: CHA, CLE, DAL, MEM, MIL, NJN, PHI, UTH
Remaining season, quality games.
Best: CHI (18), BOS (16), POR (16), DAL (15), DEN (15), MIA (15), LAL (13), SAS (13)
Worst: DET (3), TOR (3), CHA (5), CLE (5), MEM (5), MIN (5), NOH (5), PHI (5)
Status Updates - quick hitters from around the league
• The Mavericks recently confirmed that Rodrigue Beaubois(notes) will be out until December due to complications from the broken foot he sustained this summer. Any Beaubois owners (13% ownership) still clinging to the hope that he might be back soon should take this as a sign that it is time to cut bait and look for production elsewhere.
• In a familiar scene to veteran fantasy managers, Vince Carter(notes) hit the deck hard on Friday night, injuring his lower back in the process. He remained on the court for a while in obvious pain, but later returned to the bench and to the game. Carter’s presence didn’t help the Magic, as they were embarrassed by the Miami Heat in what could be characterized as a statement win by Miami. Carter also participated in practice on Sunday so should be considered available for Orlando’s next game.
• Heat point guard Mario Chalmers(notes) saw his first minutes of action this season (four minutes to be exact) on Friday after recovering from an ankle injury. He returned just in time for the wave of trade rumors that will surround him courtesy of Pat Riley until he gets traded or the trade deadline passes.
• In case you haven’t heard, Stephen Curry(notes) re-aggravated his ankle injury Friday and is going to sit out Sunday’s evening game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Curry’s ankle injury has been lingering, stoking the fear of a forced shutdown to heal his ankle and finally get it right for the long season.
• Samuel Dalembert(notes) returned to action on Friday well ahead of schedule from his offseason hip injury. Dalembert is being worked into the rotation slowly, but saw 16 minutes of action against the Cavaliers on Saturday. Dalembert’s defense should guarantee him a rotation spot, likely at the expense of Jason Thompson’s(notes) minutes and some of DeMarcus Cousins’(notes) playing time. The Kings’ front court is officially crowded and Jason Thompson seems likely to be the odd man out, meaning his 36 percent ownership is probably going to be the high water mark for JT, barring a trade or injury.
• Free agent big man Erick Dampier(notes) has finally made his decision, choosing to sign a one-year deal with the Houston Rockets. Like the Kings, the Rockets also have a crowded front court (Yao Ming(notes), Luis Scola(notes), Erick Dampier, Brad Miller(notes), Jordan Hill(notes), Chuck Hayes(notes)), with Luis Scola being the most trust-worthy fantasy option on a nightly basis.
• Danilo Gallinari(notes)’s wrist is becoming a major concern for his owners (averaging 6.0 points on 21 FG% in three games this season), as he has been largely ineffective this season and has been completely overshadowed by Wilson Chandler(notes). Chandler has been a monster in the Knicks’ first three games, averaging 21.0 points, 45 FG%, 67 FT%, 1.7 threes, 10.0 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 1.3 steals, 3.0 blocks and 0.7 turnovers. Considering their draft positions, Gallinari is making a strong case for worst early return on investment while Chandler is making a strong case for best early return on investment (although Luis Scola might disagree). The usual “it’s still really early in the season” disclaimer applies.
• Marc Gasol(notes) returned to action Friday from his high ankle sprain suffered during preseason and has been cleaning the glass (11.5 rebounds per game) so far this season. Look for Gasol’s other numbers to increase as he gets back to full strength and as Zach Randolph(notes) returns to the court. Randolph and Gasol complimented each other very nicely last season with the trend likely to continue this season.
• After dropping 18 points and assorted goodies on Friday, Francisco Garcia(notes) followed up with a stinker in Saturday’s game against the Cavaliers. Garcia tallied just four points on 25 FG%, four rebounds and one turnover in 17 minutes against Cleveland. It is probably worth mentioning that you should give ‘Cisco another game before cutting him if you’ve already added him.
• Early foul trouble for Taj Gibson(notes) on Saturday night (he fouled out in only 18 minutes) meant extra minutes for forward James Johnson(notes). This situation could end up being a time-share, which effectively limits the fantasy usefulness of both players. Taj’s minutes in Chicago’s next few games are going to be indicative of whether we are headed for a time-share in the windy city.
• Al Harrington(notes) posted a stellar line Saturday night against the Rockets, dropping 28 points and 10 boards along with five threes and a steal. It appears that Harrington is no longer limited by the plantar fasciitis so go ahead and start Harrington with confidence.
• Sophomore point guard Brandon Jennings(notes) posted his first career triple double on Saturday night (20 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) against D.J. Augustin(notes) and the Charlotte Bobcats. Although Jennings got torched by Augustin on the defensive end (D.J. put up a season high 26 points), the Bucks ultimately secured the win.
• Argentinian forward Andres Nocioni(notes) played his way into Philadelphia’s starting lineup recently, bumping Jason Kapono(notes) to the bench. Although Kapono is obviously the better three-point shooter (career 44 percent from three), Nocioni is a decent enough three point threat (career 38 percent from three) while also contributing elsewhere and providing much-needed toughness and energy in the starting unit. Noc’ should stick with the Sixers’ starting unit.
• The Boston Celtics’ Jermaine O’Neal(notes) and Shaquille O’Neal(notes) are already banged up, with Jermaine O’Neal absent during Friday’s game against the Knicks with a knee injury and Shaq suffering a knee injury of his own courtesy of former teammate Amar’e Stoudemire(notes). If either or both of these guys misses significant time Glen Davis(notes) deserves an upgrade. Semih Erden(notes) could also be a sneaky spot start in deep leagues, with reports from Celtics’ practice on Sunday putting Erden with the starters.
• Tony Parker(notes) re-signed with the Spurs, with reports putting the deal at four years for a total of $50 million. This deal significantly decreases the chances of Parker ending up in New York or George Hill(notes) becoming a starter.
• Zach Randolph is still in a considerable amount of pain, after being diagnosed with a bruised tailbone. The Grizzlies are starting to wonder if Randolph is suffering from something more serious, including a fractured tailbone. Zach is scheduled for an MRI on Monday, which should give more information as to whether Randolph will be available for Memphis’ game against the Lakers on Tuesday. If Randolph ends up missing more time, Darrell Arthur(notes) appears to be the most likely beneficiary and would be worth an add.
• Al Thornton(notes) put together his best game of the young season on Saturday, logging 24 points, seven rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and four turnovers in 42 minutes against the Hawks. For a guy that is known simply as a one-dimensional scorer, it was encouraging to see Thornton show some multi-cat potential.
• Mo Williams(notes) sat out another game on Saturday, and is scheduled to make his regular season debut on Tuesday against Atlanta. Both Ramon Sessions(notes) and Daniel Gibson(notes) will likely see a reduction in minutes once Mo returns.
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