NBA Waiver Wire: Week 12 Look-Ahead

NBA Waiver Wire: Week 12 Look-Ahead

This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.

For the second week in a row, the waiver wire is an embarrassment of riches – but there's a catch. While there are tons of high-upside, desirable options to choose from, most of them have some "too good to be true" qualities. As a result, the players highlighted below aren't necessarily the ones putting up the best numbers, not are they the ones with the highest upside. Rather, this article tries to focus on the waiver candidates I believe have the best chance to last on your roster.

Due to the unusual nature of this week's player pool, I want to emphasize that managers should feel free to disagree with my rankings. I'm making recommendations, and you should pick the players you believe in and who fit your roster's needs. That's always true, but it is especially important when there are so many players who could just as easily bust as end up in the top 100. Every player who received a blurb this week, and all of the "other recommendations" players before and including Christian Wood, have a ton of upside but are putting up numbers that seem a little unsustainable. 

Schedule-wise, it'll be a busy week for the league. Half the league plays four games, and only the Clippers have a two-game week. 

Thursday is on the slow side (four games) while Friday is a little busy (10 games), but every other day has between six and nine games, making for a mostly balanced day-to-day schedule. All

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Alex Rikleen
Rikleen writes the NBA column "Numbers Game," which decodes the math that underpins fantasy basketball and was a nominee for the 2016 FSWA Newcomer of the Year Award. 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 outside Boston.
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