This article is part of our In-Season Strategy series.
Here are are in the midst of yet another slow news week in the NBA. The only things that happened were: DeMarcus Cousins ruptured his Achilles, Kevin Love broke his hand, John Wall got knee surgery, Blake Griffin was traded to Detroit, Tyreke Evans is officially on the trading block, Nikola Mirotic got traded to the Pelicans (again), Greg Monroe got bought out, Marcus Smart punched a picture frame, Isaiah Canaan's ankle exploded, and Jarrett Allen is the Nets' new starting center. When will this league get interesting?
It's safe to say some players have surfaced as potential waiver wire pickups in the wake of the aforementioned news. That said, while some circumstances merit an obvious addition, like Terry Rozier due to the Smart injury, other situations are murkier. For example, do any of the Pistons' wing players – Stanley Johnson, Reggie Bullock, Luke Kennard – see a meaningful bump in production? Who really benefits from the Kevin Love injury?
This week, considering the influx of news, I've decided to organize this article by news, rather than specific player.
If I refer to a player's ranking, it's in regards to eight-category formats that do not account for turnovers.
Cousins going down for the season opens up 36.2 minutes and 18.0 field-goal attempts per game in the Pelicans' rotation. Prior to the Mirotic trade, it appeared that usage would be dispersed to a rag-tag combination of Dante Cunningham,