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NBA Waiver Wire: Week 13 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.

Week 13 is another week in which schedule considerations are the most important factor impacting the waiver wire, as well as the lineups managers should be setting for their teams.

The 76ers play the Celtics in London on Thursday, and that is the only game either team will play all week. In weekly lineup leagues, that means all players from both teams – including Joel Embiid and Kyrie Irving – should be on your bench. Unless you are in some super-deep, 20-plus-team league, getting three times as many games from whomever is on your bench will almost certainly yield better results. If looking for immediate help off the waivers in daily lineup leagues, one game in seven days (actually eight days for the Celtics) is probably not enough to make the desired impact.

The London game isn’t the only reason the schedule is so important in Week 13, though it is a major factor. As result, this week article kicks off with a more detailed schedule break-down, even before

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