NBA Waiver Wire: Week 23 Look-Ahead
NBA Waiver Wire: Week 23 Look-Ahead

This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.

A wave of injuries has ravaged the fantasy landscape, making this a busy week for waiver activity. Fortunately for us, there are a ton of options available.

As always, the players you target should be the ones who are best suited to your team and your league's settings. However, this week is a particularly important week to also factor in schedule considerations. There are significantly more games than normal in Week 23, and those games are not evenly distributed.

The Warriors play five times next week, the final five-game week of the season for any team. That includes back-to-back sets on Monday-Tuesday and Saturday-Sunday. Given their propensity to "load manage" late in the season, it's likely that most of their starters will get a night off sometime this week. That makes fringe-Warriors pickups like Alfonzo McKinnie (0 percent rostered) all the more appealing, as not only will he see five games instead of the usual three or four, but there's a good chance that he sees extra minutes as a spot-starter. He's still probably only an option in deep leagues, but without the generous schedule he wouldn't be mentioned here at all.

Two teams, the Nets and the Magic, play only twice next week. Due to the busy schedule, that's more damaging than usual. 16 teams play four games, and 11 play three times.

The daily schedule is pretty flat, with between six and nine games every day. Flat schedules mean that active managers maximizing their league's streaming rules can

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Alex Rikleen
Rikleen writes the NBA column "Numbers Game," which decodes the math that underpins fantasy basketball. 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 in Delaware.
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