NBA Waiver Wire: Trey Burke, Cedi Osman re-emerging in Week 7
NBA Waiver Wire: Trey Burke, Cedi Osman re-emerging in Week 7

This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.

No one scores on every shot they take. Not every arrow hits the bullseye. You don't need a touchdown on every play. Insert additional overused-yet-accurate sports analogies here.

Some weeks, Pascal Siakam is available on waivers. But most of the time, you're lucky if you can find an E'Twaun Moore. Some weeks, the waiver wire is full of likely or potential home runs.

This week, however, most managers are probably going to have to settle for singles and doubles. There are a few players rostered between 50 and 67 percent of leagues that look like long-term plug-and-play contributors – which, in the realm of waiver wire prospects, is the equivalent of a home run – but those guys are not going to be available for most players. Outside of that small handful of prospects, managers will need to settle for guys who can provide a couple weeks of "good enough" until someone better comes along.

Waiver wire activity is still critical, even when there is a lack of premium additions. And there are several players who can help your rosters, even if that help is only marginal or short-term. Just because there aren't any studs available, that's no excuse to skip out on a player who can help.

In terms of the schedule, the NBA is back to normal after a few weird weeks. Only three teams have two-game weeks, and everyone else plays three or four games. No single day is exceptionally busy. Thursday is a little quieter than

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Alex Rikleen
Rikleen writes the NBA column "Numbers Game," which decodes the math that underpins fantasy basketball and was a nominee for the 2016 FSWA Newcomer of the Year Award. A certified math teacher, Rikleen decided the field of education pays too well, so he left it for writing. He is a Boston College graduate living outside Boston.
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