NBA Waiver Wire: Simons, Claxton Among Top Adds For Week 13

NBA Waiver Wire: Simons, Claxton Among Top Adds For Week 13

This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.

Hello! Welcome! Lots of promising pickups this week, so let's get to it. 

Frankly, this was a fun article to write. Though the rest of the US is still experiencing a COVID surge, the NBA's outbreak is clearly slowing down (finally) – which makes it easy to continue focusing on players whose increasing Fantasy value isn't tied to this interminable disease.

On top of that, there are several excellent prospects available, many of whom have strong potential to stick on rosters for the remainder of the season. Fantasy basketball was unusually challenging over the past month or so, but this silly hobby is slowly starting to feel like it's supposed to again. 

As usual, 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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Anfernee Simons, Trail Blazers (52% rostered)

I'm in full Damian Lillard panic mode – which has Simons skyrocketing up my rest of season ranks. The Blazers are only one game back from the play-in, but they seem to be in a completely separate tier from the West's top nine. Lillard is struggling through a weird abdominal injury, and seems to have not yet fully adapted to the NBA's new ball. If ever there was a year to let him rest (and improve draft positioning along the way), this is it. Basic logic, combined with recent reporting

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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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