NBA Waiver Wire: Week 21 Look-Ahead

NBA Waiver Wire: Week 21 Look-Ahead

This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.

The good news? There will be a lot of basketball on TV next week. The bad news? Most of it won't be the NBA. 

With March Madness heating up – NCAA conference tournaments conclude throughout next week – the NBA cools down, so week 21 will be one of the quietest weeks we've had in a while. 

Only six teams have four games, and six other teams play just twice. The light schedule gives a big boost to the Celtics, Nets, Hornets, Bulls, Nuggets and Jazz (the teams with four). On the other hand, the quiet week means there is less harm in sticking with someone with just two games – the Pistons, Pacers, 76ers, Suns, Kings and Raptors. That said, as some leagues are entering the fantasy playoffs, the margin for error shrinks, so managers should still try to maximize games in leagues where they can.

The light schedule also messes up the normal day-to-day pattern of Week 21. Monday has only three games. Tuesday, usually one of the days with fewer games, ties Saturday for the Week-21 max with a nine-contest slate. Wednesday, usually a busy day, has only six games. There should be increased opportunities to stream, as managers will probably have open roster spots every day.

The players below are listed in the order I'd recommend adding them. 

This article will focus on players available in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues.

Seth Curry, Mavericks (45 percent rostered)

Next week's schedule: at SA, Den,

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Alex Rikleen
Rikleen writes the NBA column "Numbers Game," which decodes the math that underpins fantasy basketball and was a nominee for the 2016 FSWA Newcomer of the Year Award. 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 outside Boston.
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