NBA Waiver Wire: Top Adds for Week 13
NBA Waiver Wire: Top Adds for Week 13

This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.

Are you looking for a big man? I hope you're looking for a big man. Because bigs dominated the waiver wire this week, while very few guards and wings warrant much attention. 

As always, the players in this article must be rostered in less than two-thirds of CBS leagues. Players are listed in the order that I recommend adding them, assuming they are equally good fits for your team.

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Jaxson Hayes, Pelicans (27 percent rostered)

Hope for the best but plan for the worst. The oft-injured Derrick Favors (hamstring) suffered a soft-tissue injury and has already missed one game. They are dealing with him on a game-to-game basis, so could return as early as Monday, sapping most of the value out of a Hayes pickup. But my expectation is that Favors will miss at least a few more.

Without Favors on Saturday, the Pelicans went with a wing-heavy rotation, and played 26 minutes was the only power forward or center to play more than 20. Hayes is a great defender and a pretty good scorer and rebounder. If he can keep his minutes in the high 20s while Favors is out, he should average roughly 12 points, six rebounds, and two stocks (steals plus blocks) per game. That's assuming the rookie lottery pick maintains his season-to-date per-minute production. There's a chance he does even better than that. Over his last three games – the game before the Favors injury, the game Favors got injured, and

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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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