NBA Waiver Wire: Holiday Week Edition
NBA Waiver Wire: Holiday Week Edition

This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.

Merry Christmas, all! Unfortunately, it seems as though many of us have been naughty, because the waiver wire is not nearly as plentiful as it has been in recent weeks. There are a few solid pickups still available in most leagues, but many managers are going to want to do more giving (dropping players to the waiver wire) than receiving.

As Fantasy basketball managers, Christmas is a particularly important holiday, as it signifies another unusual week for NBA scheduling. The NBA is off on Christmas Eve (Monday), and then there are only five games on Christmas (Tuesday), beginning with Bucks/Knicks at Noon ET. That unusual schedule creates several situations that managers must be aware of:

- MOST IMPORTANTLY: On many host sites, the weekly lineup lock is still Monday at 7 pm EST, even though there are no games! Make sure to set your lineups on Monday!

- There are far fewer NBA games this week than usual, and almost every team plays three games. Only two teams play four times (Lakers, Trail Blazers). Only two teams play twice (Pacers, Grizzlies). Regardless of format, Lakers and Trail Blazers should be targeted, while Pacers and Grizzlies should be faded.

- In weekly games max leagues, managers will have an unusually difficult time reaching the weekly max. Managers may want to start bench options in places where the normally might not.

As always, the players in this article must be rostered in less than two-thirds of CBS leagues. Players are listed in

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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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