This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.
The word of the week, finally, is "normal". This week's waiver wire features all types of pickups – injury replacements, reliable end-of-roster guys, high-upside risky pickups. Some options are great, some good, some "meh". After a month of dominated by either light weeks or weeks that almost exclusively featured high-variance options, it's nice to see some normalcy return.
The schedule is wildly imbalanced this week, and the Bucks and the Hornets take a huge value hit as a result. Those two teams play only two games this week, while 20 teams play four times. In weekly leagues, that gap is huge and highly damaging to players on both teams. To make matters worse for the Bucks and Hornets, they both play on Monday and Friday, days when there are 14 games and 11 games, respectively. Those days are so busy that managers daily league managers will probably be forced to leave some active players on the bench, meaning waiver wire targets might not make starting lineups.
The league is very busy on Monday (14 games), Wednesday (12), and Friday (11), and very quiet on Tuesday (1) and Thursday (3). The Mavericks are the only team with a game on both Tuesday and Thursday, making them a high-value target in daily lineups leagues.
The players below are listed in the order I'd recommend adding them.
As always, this article will focus on players available in at least 50 percent of leagues.
Norman Powell, Raptors (52 percent rostered)
Breaking the rules