NBA Waiver Wire: Top Adds for Week 5

NBA Waiver Wire: Top Adds for Week 5

This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.

The NBA has had quite a week. After months of speculation, James Harden was finally traded – it was just the 15th time a former MVP was traded. Several games were postponed in accordance with the league's COVID-19 protocols. As of Friday afternoon, we're up to 11 total postponed games. And yet, despite all the commotion, the current standings are remarkably close to most people's preseason expectations, with surprisingly few exceptions (cough Heat cough Nuggets cough Raptors).

The commotion, of course, creates lots of fantasy opportunities. And that's what this column is here for: identifying waiver wire targets.

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.

Double-Check Your League

A few names rostered in more than two-thirds of leagues, but who are still under-rostered. Double-check to make sure they aren't available in your league.

Tyrese Maxey, 76ers (68% rostered)

Bobby Portis, Bucks (68% rostered)

Adds for All Leagues

Enes Kanter (57% rostered) and Harry Giles (5% rostered), Trail Blazers

Jusuf Nurkic broke his wrist Thursday night. As far as the waiver wire is concerned, that's more important than anything else in this already crazy week. We don't have any official timetable yet, but based on what we already know about the injury, two months seems like a safe minimum estimate. Nurkic was starting but averaging only 23.6 minutes as

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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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