NBA Waiver Wire: All-Star Edition
NBA Waiver Wire: All-Star Edition

This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.

Welcome to the All-Star break, the perfect time to catch up on your DVR and get angry about the terrible scoring system used in the dunk contest.

But before you settle in for a weekend without normal basketball, make sure your fantasy lineups are in order. A lot has changed over the last week – the first full week since the trade deadline.

Schedule-wise, the post-All-Star game week is pretty simple. Every single team plays twice. If you're in leagues with daily lineups, take note of the day-to-day distribution, as there are 12 games on Saturday versus just three on Sunday. In those leagues, waiver pickups with games on Sunday have a huge advantage over those who play Saturday, as most fantasy lineups will fill up with better players on Saturday and be mostly open on Sunday. All of the teams that are off Saturday play Sunday: the Clippers, Spurs, Magic, Nuggets, Raptors and Knicks.

Jahlil Okafor, Pelicans (41 percent rostered)
Next week's schedule: at Ind, LAL
Okafor has been on a roller-coaster ride these past four weeks. First, he replaces d an injured Anthony Davis in the starting lineup, scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds for his first double-double in nearly two years. For nine games, he averaged 18.2 points, 9.8 boards and 2.0 blocks in 30.9 minutes. By the end of that stretch, he'd achieved near-universal rostering in fantasy leagues. But then the trade deadline passed, Davis was not traded, and the NBA forced the Pelicans

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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.
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