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Category Strategy: Trade Deadline Fallout Dominates Waivers

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.

The league is still reeling from an active trade deadline – yes, this was a wildly active deadline, and don’t listen to people click-baiting you by pretending it wasn’t. Not only did 36 players swap teams in February (up from 23 in 2015-16), but a legitimate top-15 player (top 10?) was traded, along with several lottery players still on their rookie contracts. And player movement is not done yet – the real-life waiver wire is hot with players like Deron Williams, Andrew Bogut, and Terrence Jones expected to find new homes this week.

All this movement has created lots of fantasy opportunity, so the “other suggestions” have a few more names this week. They are listed in the order that I recommend adding them, but based on overall value, not their value in that specific category. For example, in threes, I list Gary Harris first, then Nikola Mirotic, with Terrence Ross near the end. Though I expect Ross to provide the most triples of the group, I rank Harris, then Mirotic, as t

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