NBA Waiver Wire: Week 5 Schedule Presents Opportunity
NBA Waiver Wire: Week 5 Schedule Presents Opportunity

This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.

Pay attention to the schedule in Week 5, as there is a vast disparity between the most and least active teams. The Pistons play only one game, while the Warriors play five. It doesn't matter how good Andre Drummond is, he'll have a hard time outpacing the Warriors' bench units with 20% of their schedule. Both one- and five-game weeks are incredibly rare. Excluding the All-Star break and the end of the season, there are only nine total such weeks all season.

Four more teams play only two games: the Hornets, Cavaliers, Pacers and Bucks. Again, managers need to be wary of using players on those four teams. Obviously, Kemba Walker, Victor Oladipo, and Giannis Antetokounmpo are starts in any format, but a lot of leagues might have to simply pass on the entire Cavaliers' roster and many of the non-stars on the other teams.

On the flip side, 13 teams play four games this week. There is always an advantage in having a four-game week, but that advantage is magnified in a week when several teams are playing only one or two games. The teams with four games are the Nets, Bulls, Grizzlies, Heat, Timberwolves, Pelicans, Magic, 76ers, Spurs, Raptors, Jazz, Wizards and Warriors.

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

As always, we'll focus on players available in at least 50 percent of leagues. That said, here are some good players who might still be available in your league and are

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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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