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Category Strategy: Week 9 Targets

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.

Life rarely works out this cleanly.

At its core, this is a waiver wire column. The twist is that I’m highlighting the best players to help in each category, one at a time. Most of the time, that means some of the best overall additions get relegated to an explanation-free mention in the “other suggestions”, while I have to manufacture a full paragraph on some backup scrub just because he averaged 0.8 blocks over his last four games. But not this week.

This week, at a time when the waiver wire is unusually loaded with long-term options, the best players had the decency to excel in different categories. E’Twaun Moore is shooting the lights out, Caris LeVert is passing, and the key players returning from injuries – Nikola Mirotic and John Collins – were good sources of rebounds and blocks before they got injured. In the season and a half that I’ve been writing this column, I’ve never had an easier week. Every player with a blurb comes highly recommended, not only for

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