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Category Strategy: Unusual Schedule Demands Attention

Alex Rikleen

Rikleen writes the NBA column "Numbers Game," which decodes the math that underpins fantasy basketball. 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 in Delaware.

This is a very strange week for the NBA schedule, and savvy fantasy gamers will prepare and adjust accordingly. The Nuggets play the Pacers in London on Thursday (at 3 pm EST, so set those lineups early!), and that is both teamsí only game this week. Five more teams play only two games: the Clippers, Heat Hornets, Suns, and Warriors. Players on all seven of those teams see a big drop in value this week. Teams counting on strong blocks from Myles Turner, or Nikola Jokicís assists will be disappointed.

On the flip side, the Bulls play five games in a week for the first and only time this season. The extra games, especially in the context of the light week, adds significant value to their several fringe waiver options. Shallow leagues should consider Taj Gibson and Robin Lopez, while deeper formats should look at Nikola Mirotic, Michael Carter-Williams, Doug McDermott, and even Jerian Grant and Cristiano Felicio.

Seven teams play four games: the Knicks, Lakers, Nets

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