NBA Waiver Wire: Best Adds For Week 12

NBA Waiver Wire: Best Adds For Week 12

This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.

Good news, everyone! After this quick little introduction, you'll be able to go this entire article without having to hear about COVID! Consider it my New Year's gift. Are New Year's gifts a thing?

Once again, unfortunately, the dominant storyline across the NBA is COVID. But since COVID-related absences and returns occur at such a frenzy, this article will focus mostly on players whose rising values are not tied to the ongoing plague.

Even more good news – the waiver wire this week is much deeper than it was seven days ago. Last week's No. 2 recommended add, Cameron Johnson, has fallen to the fifth spot this week, even though my interest in him has increased. There are just that much more attractive players floating around. We saw a trade with potential Fantasy impact.

Multiple Pistons are surging while Jerami Grant (thumb) is sidelined. A regular, old fashioned, both-players-are-healthy-but-we're-swapping-the-depth-chart out West has turned waiver wire fodder into a top-70 player (we'll name names in a minute). We've got young players surging in expanded roles, and not always due to injuries. It's a fun week for the wire.

Of course, managers should stay on top of the latest in-out Covid news as much as possible, even though those updates change too quickly to bother with them in an article. Take, for example, last week's top recommended player, Naz Reid. Hours after the article was posted, Reid himself was added to the NBA's Health and Safety Protocols. The advice

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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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