NBA Waiver Wire: Best Adds for Week 18
NBA Waiver Wire: Best Adds for Week 18

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The trade deadline is over, and the All-Star game is upon us – both among the most important milestones in the Fantasy season.

The 2019 trade deadline saw more than 30 players change teams via more than a dozen trades. Before the dust had settled, buyout season began – between the 3 pm EST deadline Thursday and Monday morning, several players have already been bought out, gone through the league's waiver process, and signed with new teams – adding to the already large number of players landing in new situations.

Meanwhile, the All-Star break – there are no games between Friday and Wednesday – frequently marks the unofficial kickoff of tanking season. Non-playoff teams frequently start using their older veterans less, opting instead to give more experience to the younger players that (they hope) represent the future of the franchise. If this swap results in fewer wins, well, they tend not to get too upset about that.

The All-Star break also means some unusual schedules, both for NBA teams and Fantasy leagues. CBS's default format for head-to-head leagues treats the weeks of February 11-17 and February 18-24 as two separate contests, but some leagues combine the two into a single, prolonged "Week 18" spanning the entire February 11-24. Make sure you know your settings.

For Week 18 (February 11-17), the Knicks play three times, while the Lakers, Suns, Kings, Spurs and Jazz play once. The Knicks are also one of only six teams that play on Thursday's short slate –

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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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