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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.

There is a lot of value available in ESPN leagues right now. Tyler Ulis and Gary Harris are two of several players available in close to 50% of leagues and who can contribute to almost any lineup. These players are widely owned in CBS and Yahoo! leagues, but ESPN players should look for those two before anyone else mentioned below.

The Clippers play five games this week, which would be a big boost to the value of Clippers players except only Jamal Crawford is a non-cringe-worthy fantasy add. Fine, I guess deeper leagues can be forgiven for relying on Austin Rivers, but I doubt they feel particularly good about the move. The rest of the league is evenly split: 15 teams have three games, and 14 teams have four games. The Grizzlies stand out for their particularly unfortunate schedule: three road games against top-third defenses, two of which are top-three defenses.

One more important scheduling note this week: there are 10 games Sunday, an unusually high figure fo

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