This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.
The injury bug has infected the NBA, and it's hit non-playoff teams particularly hard. While the severity of these injuries run the gamut, from extremely serious to suspiciously tank-y, the severity or lack thereof is irrelevant to Fantasy. What impacts us is whether the players will play and who will replace them if they are out.
In that cold-hearted mindset, we need to pay particular attention to the high-impact starters that are now out, some of whom may be out for the rest of the season. Unsurprisingly, those backups make up most of the top names on this week's list of players to add.
The theme of the schedule this week is balance. Every single day has between six and eight games. That flat distribution could provide giant opportunities for managers who can get the most out of their league's streaming rules.
Eighteen teams play three games this week, and only two teams play twice (Warriors and Grizzlies). There is added benefit to using players from the 10 teams that play four times, but because there are so few of those teams, playing someone with only three games isn't necessarily harmful. The teams with four-game weeks are the Nets, Cavaliers, Pistons, Rockets, Clippers, Lakers, Thunder, Kings, Jazz and Wizards.
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.