This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.
Thursday closed one of the most thrilling trade deadline periods in recent memory. Literally dozens of players changed teams. And yet, somehow, not a ton of waiver wire prospects emerged.
Make no mistake – there were definitely some winners. But after a day when NBA twitter was afraid to go to the bathroom for fear of missing something, the list of fantasy winners is surprisingly small.
Nonetheless, stay tuned. The trade deadline passing marks the unofficial beginning of buyout season. Over the next couple weeks – and, in some cases, the next few days – we'll receive official word on where players like Wesley Matthews, Enes Kanter and Robin Lopez will finish the season. Some of those players could land places that provide a lot of value.
The NBA All-Star game is next weekend, which changes the schedule a bit. For head-to-head leagues, most host sites, including Yahoo, treat the weeks before and after the break as a single prolonged period. Over the course of the double-week, the Knicks play five games, while the Lakers, Suns, Kings, Spurs and Jazz play only three.
Every team plays two games in the mini-week after the break, so the only differentiation comes next week – i.e., before the break, the Knicks play three games, while the Lakers, Suns, Kings, Spurs and Jazz play once.
There are only three games on Thursday, so managers in daily lineups leagues can pick up some value by focusing on teams that are active on that day: