NBA Waiver Wire: Best Adds for Week 5

NBA Waiver Wire: Best Adds for Week 5

This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.

Welcome back. We've got good news, bad news, good news, and bad news, in that order. 

The good news is there are tons of very attractive options on the waiver wire this week. The bad news is that many of them are listed here because their teammates suffered injuries or illness. The other good news is most of those injuries and/or illnesses should be short term. But the bad news is that means many of this week's top adds have a limited shelf life.

Another bonus bit of good news: I'm here to try to help you through it.

As for this week's schedule, a couple of notes: The Spurs are the only team with two games. The Warriors and the Clippers have the most attractive schedules in Week 5 – both teams play four games including one on Tuesday's tiny three-game slate.

Five of the six teams that play Tuesday also play Thursday and are off for Monday's and Wednesday's large 11-game slate (the Spurs, 76ers and Jazz round out the group; the Nets have a Tuesday-Wednesday back-to-back). Meanwhile, the Hawks, Cavaliers, Rockets and Trail Blazers have the worst schedules, as they play just three games, including two on the busy Monday and Wednesday slates.

As is the case each week, 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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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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