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 three, total games.
4 games: DAL, DEN, LAC, LAL, MEM, NJN, NOH, NYK, OKL, PHO, TOR, UTH, WAS
3 games: BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, MIA, MIL, MIN, ORL, PHI, POR, SAC, SAS
2 games: ATL
Week three, quality games.
1 game: BOS, DEN, DET, GSW, IND, LAC, LAL, NOH, ORL, PHO, POR, SAC, TOR, WAS
Week three, best schedules.
MIA: PHO, CHA, @MEM
ORL: MEM, PHO, @IND
POR: @MEM, DEN, UTH
TOR: @WAS, @PHI, HOU, BOS
NYK: @DEN, @SAC, @GSW, @LAC
NJN: @LAC, @UTH, @SAC, @DEN
Week three, worst schedules.
MEM: @ORL, POR, @WAS, MIA
DAL: NOH, @NOH, CHI, @ATL
SAC: NYK, NJN, NOH
CLE: PHI, @NOH, @SAS
PHO: DEN, @MIA, @ORL, @CHA
ATL: @IND, DAL
Next month, total games.
16 games: OKL
15 games: CLE, DAL, DET, LAC, MIA, NJN, NOH, NYK, ORL, UTH
14 games: ATL, CHI, DEN, HOU, IND, LAL, MEM, PHO, SAS, TOR, WAS
13 games: BOS, CHA, GSW, MIN, PHI, POR
12 games: MIL, SAC
Next month, quality games.
3 games: WAS
2 games: BOS, DAL, GSW, LAC, MIA, NOH, ORL, PHO, POR, SAC
1 game: ATL, CLE, DEN, DET, HOU, IND, LAL, MIL, NJN, OKL, PHI, TOR, UTH
0 games: CHA, CHI, MEM, MIN, NYK, SAS
Remaining season, quality games.
Best: BOS (15), CHI (15), DAL (15), DEN (14), MIA (14), POR (14), WAS (12)
Worst: DET (2), TOR (2), MIN (4), CHA (5), CLE (5), MEM (5), NOH (5), PHI (5)
Status Updates - quick hitters from around the league
• On Saturday the Hornets waived Joe Alexander(notes), gave Peja Stojakovic(notes) the most run he has seen all season long (17 minutes, 11 points, 3 threes, 2 assists) and designated Marcus Thornton(notes) inactive for the Portland game. These seemingly unrelated events have all the trappings of a potential trade. Marcus Thornton makes an interesting speculative pickup if a trade is in fact in the works.
• Saturday night’s game against Chicago provided a rare glimpse of the Agent Zero we all knew and loved. Gilbert Arenas(notes) had a big game (30 points, 11-22 FG, 7-10 3PT, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 5 turnovers), hitting all sorts of improbable jumpers and preventing a complete blowout.
• Brandon Bass(notes) played well on Saturday, notching 14 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 21 minutes. Ryan Anderson(notes) registered a DNP-CD against his former team.
• Marco Belinelli(notes) had a decent game against the Trail Blazers on Saturday (18 points, 6-9 FG, 4-6 3PT, 3 rebounds, 1 steal). Belinelli has now scored in double figures in each of the past three games.
• Wizards forward Andray Blatche(notes) revealed that he has been suffering through knee pain all week and that the pain escalated on Saturday night. It is unclear whether Blatche will miss any time at this point.
• Wilson Chandler(notes) is reportedly heading back to the bench after the Knicks allowed Kevin Love’s(notes) historic rebounding night. Timofey Mozgov(notes) will move back into the starting lineup but could be supplanted by Ronny Turiaf(notes) when he returns. Mozgov should continue to be ignored for fantasy purposes.
• Darren Collison(notes)’s struggles have opened the door to a position battle. Collison had another mediocre game (24 minutes, 8 points, 5 assists) allowing T.J. Ford(notes) to get some run (24 minutes, 4 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 3 blocks, 2 turnovers). The even split in minutes is a worst-case scenario, as neither player would likely merit a roster spot.
• Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan(notes) has played extremely well in his last two games (41 minutes, 23.5 points, 60% FG, 74% FT on 11.5 FTA, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steal). Notably, both games came against tough defensive teams from Florida (Orlando and Miami).
• Pacers swingman Mike Dunleavy is really starting to get it going with his latest performance (20 points, 4 threes, 5 rebounds, 2 assists). Dunleavy is averaging 22.0 points, 58% FG, 86% FT, 4.0 threes, 3.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists in his last three games.
• Tyler Hansbrough(notes) left Saturday’s game against Cleveland with a sprained ankle. The injury is not thought to be serious but likely pushes back the possibility of him finally having consistent fantasy value.
• Miami Heat coach Eric Spoelstra moved Zydrunas Ilgauskas(notes) into the starting lineup at the expense of Joel Anthony(notes) and the early returns were favorable. Big Z ended up with 12 points, six-of-seven field goals, three rebounds and one block in 30 minutes. Most importantly, the Heat walked away with a win making the move more likely to stick.
• Yi Jianlian(notes) had to be helped off the court by his teammates after John Wall(notes) fell into him while taking a charge from Luol Deng(notes). The injury looked to be serious initially, but has been downgraded to a bone bruise and hyperextended knee. It looks like Yi barely escaped serious injury with this one.
• Veteran forward Antawn Jamison(notes) is finally starting to produce like many thought he would this season (ADP of 56th). Jamison posted 19 points, 8-16 FG, one three, nine rebounds, one steal and one block in his most recent game.
• Amir Johnson(notes) started in place of Reggie Evans(notes), who was out with the flu, but (surprise, surprise) got into foul trouble and finished with 14 points, three rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 25 minutes. Amir’s propensity for fouling continues to be the main limiting factor to him having real fantasy value.
• James Jones(notes) played well against the Raptors off the bench (27 minutes, 14 points, 3-5 3PT, 5 rebounds). Jones should continue to have fantasy value until Mike Miller(notes) returns from his thumb injury.
• Linas Kleiza(notes) missed another game with a sore Achilles, allowing Sonny Weems(notes) to get extended run. Weeks took advantage of the extra burn (15 points, 1 three, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 turnovers).
• David Lee(notes) had surgery to clean out pieces of Wilson Chandler’s teeth from his elbow, in an injury reminiscent of Dirk Nowitzki’s(notes) collision with Carl Landry(notes) last season. Lee’s expected return to action is unclear, although he is expected to be out for at least a week.
• C.J. Miles(notes) posted another solid line of 14 points, one three, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and one turnover off the bench for the Utah Jazz in Saturday night’s win over the Charlotte Bobcats. The only real downside to Miles has been his poor shooting this season (36% FG).
• Nazr Mohammed(notes) did his best Kevin Love impression on Saturday night, dropping 22 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks against the Utah Jazz (Nazr’s second 20-20 game of his career). Mohammed merits watching due the Bobcats’ lack of depth at the four and five, but is not a fantasy-friendly player in general. Also note that Tyrus Thomas(notes) was absent for this game due to a death in the family.
• Troy Murphy(notes) returned to action from a foot injury, playing eight minutes off the bench behind Kris Humphries(notes). Coach Avery Johnson will bring Murphy along slowly as he works himself into game shape but Murph should have no problem reclaiming his starting spot.
• Magic reserve Mickael Pietrus(notes) followed up his 24 points performance against Toronto with another solid outing against the Nets (24 minutes, 12 points, 4-7 3PTM, 3 rebounds) and looks like he will be a good source of points and threes moving forward.
• Travis Outlaw(notes) had a big game against Orlando, notching 20 points, four threes, seven rebounds, one steal, two blocks and two turnovers. However, Outlaw’s main problem lately has been his consistency.
• Fresh off the news that Brandon Roy(notes) no longer has any meniscus in either knee, Roy suffered another knee injury in Portland’s loss to the undefeated Hornets. Both Wesley Matthews(notes) and Rudy Fernandez(notes) are the likely beneficiaries if Roy ends up shutting it down, which is looking more and more likely with each passing game. Matthews had a solid game in Roy’s absence with 14 points, one three, five rebounds, one steal and one block in 24 minutes. Fernandez was quiet in this one (4 points, 3 assists, 2 turnovers) but remains a great speculative pickup.
• John Salmons(notes) played his best game of the season (26 points, 9-17 FG, 4-6 3PT, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 3 turnovers) and should be started without hesitation moving forward. It also appears that the window to buy low on Salmons has closed.
• Ramon Sessions(notes) had a big game filling in for Mo Williams(notes), who missed another game with his latest groin injury. Sessions compiled 17 points, five rebounds and five assists against the Pacers on Saturday night. Sessions and Daniel Gibson(notes) should both be solid while Mo is sidelined.
• Sebastian Telfair(notes) was in a walking boot as a precaution after the Knicks game, but was active for Sunday’s matinee against Atlanta. The Timberwolves signed Sundiata Gaines(notes) as point guard insurance.
• In his much-anticipated matchup against Derrick Rose(notes), John Wall strained the arch of his left foot and left the arena in a protective boot. It is unclear whether Wall will miss any time, and if so, how much time.
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