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NBA Waiver Wire: Week 22 Targets

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.

Most head-to-head playoffs start either this week or next week, so if you made it to the elimination round, congratulations. If you are one week away still, then best of luck. In either case, I have some good news: there are waiver wire options available to help.

The schedule is unusually balanced this week, with 22 teams playing three games. Teams can build in some advantage by targeting players on the eight teams with four games: the Rockets, Clippers, Pelicans, Thunder, Blazers, Kings, Spurs and Raptors. Additionally, teams in daily lineup leagues can gain some upper hand by targeting the Kings (the only team on both lists), Heat, and Bucks, each of which plays on both Monday and Wednesday. Monday and Wednesday house only four games, so managers are unlikely to fill their starting lineups.

An important reminder: the further we get into the season, the less important a player’s “overall value” is. Marc Gasol is still a top-40 Fantasy player, but if you can win

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