NBA Waiver Wire: Week 9 Look-Ahead
NBA Waiver Wire: Week 9 Look-Ahead

This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.

The waiver wire isn't quite as loaded as last week, but this is still a very good week to be making moves. Several players available in more than 60 percent of leagues have solid long-term potential, and we may be nearing the end of the Knicks rotation carousel. The other recommendations section at the bottom is a little shorter than usual, but the players mentioned are better than any week so far this season. The last name mentioned, Justise Winslow, is valuable enough that he would have received a blurb in a less plentiful waiver environment.

As for next week's schedule, there are a few quirks worth noticing. For weekly lineups leagues, it's a very balanced week: 16 teams play three games, 14 teams play four games, as even a split as possible. For daily lineups, however, Monday and Wednesday are the two busiest days of the week, and both of them feature 11 games. That's busy enough that most managers will be able to fill their starting lineups without needing their waiver pickup – therefore players whose games do not fall on Monday or Wednesday have added value.

The Spurs and Rockets are the only teams to have both days off, and they both play three games. The Raptors (off Monday), Clippers (off Wednesday), Lakers (off Wednesday) and Suns (off Wednesday) play four games during the week and are off on one of those two days.

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

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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.
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