NBA Waiver Wire: Best Adds for Week 23
NBA Waiver Wire: Best Adds for Week 23

This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.

The end is nigh.

Most teams have only 12 games left. We're at the point in the season where managers in roto leagues should be dropping fringe-top-100 guys to focus on categories of need. Goodbye, Evan Fournier (89 percent rostered). So long, Gary Harris (72 percent rostered). Unless you need threes (Fournier) or steals (Harris), roto managers need to let those two go – and many others like them.

But the waiver wire is a two-part exchange. Every drop enables a pickup, just as each pickup requires a drop. And though drops get easier at this time of year, they're only useful if the corresponding pickup provides value. The good news is, there are a lot of good options available on waivers right now – though, admittedly, not many great ones.

Be careful of the schedule this week, as a few peculiarities require attention. The Warriors play five games, while the Nets and Magic only play twice. Eleven teams play just three games, while most of the league (16 teams) plays four games. Since it's a busier week overall, the downside of using a player with only two games is bigger.

As always, the players in this article must be rostered in less than two-thirds of CBS leagues. Players are listed in the order that I recommend adding them, assuming they are equally good fits for your team.

Adds for All Leagues

Jalen Brunson, Mavericks (60 percent rostered)

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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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