NBA Waiver Wire: Mind the Schedule
NBA Waiver Wire: Mind the Schedule

This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.

Keep calm and mind the schedule.

Ok, my meek attempt to merge already-overplayed British tropes aside, there's an NBA game in London this week, and that has a big impact on the entire fantasy landscape. The Knicks play the Wizards across the pond on Thursday, and it is the only game this week for both teams.

There are also two teams with only two games this week: the Hawks and Mavericks. Then, 18 teams play three games, leaving only eight teams with a four-game week: the Celtics, Hornets, Pistons, Pacers, Clippers, Grizzlies, Suns and Spurs.

This odd schedule impact managers in almost all leagues:

In non-max leagues, the value gained by adding someone with four games is much high than usual, since so few teams play four games.

In leagues with a weekly games max, managers will have a harder time reaching that max, and will have to use more of their bench. Plan ahead.

In weekly lineup leagues, with so few four-game weeks, there is less harm is starting players who play only twice. Players with one-game weeks, even a star like Bradley Beal, should probably be benched.

It's almost a good thing that the schedule is so relevant this week, because the waiver wire pool is pretty thin. The best additions this week might actually be players your opponents drop in their efforts to manage the schedule – so we've added a quick list of frequently dropped players to be on the lookout for.

As always, the

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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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