This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.
Attention! Set your calendars! Week 15 starts early – at 12:30 EST, to be exact. That means that weekly lineups are going to lock early, so make sure to set your schedules ahead of time.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day features an exciting, 11-game slate – heavier than a normal Monday, and there are some scheduling ripple effects. For daily lineups leagues, the most important impact is that the week is unusually bifurcated between busy days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday have between nine and 11 games) and slow days (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday have either four or five games).
Waiver wire acquisitions are more likely to fit into your starting lineup on the slow days, so teams with more games on those days are more valuable.
- The Trail Blazers are the only team to play on all three of Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
- The Thunder, Suns, Timberwolves, Warriors and Pelicans play on two of those three days.
For weekly lineup leagues, Week 15 is one of the busiest weeks remaining this season. Only 10 teams play three games, while 18 teams play four games. During such a busy week, the damage done by starting either a Hornet or a Pacer – both of which play only twice – is magnified.
It's another rough week out there, when no waiver wire options are all that exciting. Some of the best pickups may be players dropped by opponents. But stay diligent, and remember – with the traded deadline around