NBA Waiver Wire: Week 17 Look-Ahead
NBA Waiver Wire: Week 17 Look-Ahead

This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.

As we look ahead to Week 17, the after-effects of the trade deadline loom large when it comes to assessing the waiver wire. No team plays more than two games in the abbreviated week ahead, but now is the time to stock up your roster for the final stretch run. By the time Monday rolls around, every team will have completed at least 65 percent of its schedule, so patience should be at a premium the rest of the way.

After Thursday afternoon's deadline, only a handful of big names – D'Angelo Russell, Andrew Wiggins, Clint Capela, Andre Drummond – find themselves on new teams. But a number of role players changed addresses over the last three days, creating new windows of fantasy opportunity. Many of those players now make for appealing adds in standard Yahoo leagues.

As always, this article will focus on players available in at least 50 percent of leagues.

Christian Wood, Pistons (53% owned)

Right away, I'm going off script and mentioning a player who's just barely above 50%-owned. But I promise it's necessary, as Wood is now the… second option in Detroit? The Pistons banished Andre Drummond to Cleveland on Thursday, meaning Wood is now the main man at center. John Henson comes over from the Cavs as part of the deal, but he's constantly banged up and doesn't have nearly the fantasy upside of Wood, who's consistently produced when given opportunities over the last two seasons.

Per 36 minutes, Wood

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