This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.
Welcome back, friends. We've made it to the All-Star break, and we're about to enter one of the most pivotal periods of the fantasy calendar. The All-Star break gives NBA teams a chance to take a step back and assess their present and their future as they plan for the looming trade deadline (Thursday, March 25). This is the window during which we are most likely to see veterans step aside as teams give extra minutes to younger prospects or when contenders make roster moves to replace fringier options with more reliable veterans.
At the risk of being overly dramatic, fantasy championships will be won and lost on the waiver wire in these next three-ish weeks of flux.
With that context, this week's article is going to take a step back and apply a more macro-view of the waiver wire. I'm going to de-emphasize the immediate and focus on guys who could be primed for a second-half breakout.
There's a section at the bottom for shorter-term targets for the mini-week after the break.
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.
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Robert Williams, Celtics (48% rostered)
This one doubles as an excellent short-term add and my favorite second-half breakout candidate. The Celtics seem to be emerging from their well-publicized rough patch. After a 3-8 stretch, they've