NBA Waiver Wire: Week 9 Adds
NBA Waiver Wire: Week 9 Adds

This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.

Multiple injuries to Nuggets' starters have Trey Lyles vaulting to the top of this week's waiver wire additions. With Gary Harris and Paul Millsap both probably done until at least 2019, there is a lot of open opportunities in the mile high city, so I went a little deeper than usual explaining why Lyles is such an important pickup.

There isn't much to worry about schedule-wise in Week 9. Sixteen teams play three games and the other 14 play four games, making for the most balanced possible breakdown. Monday and Wednesday have 11 games, which is on the high side, but there isn't much to gain from that observation – the only teams that play neither Monday nor Wednesday, the Spurs and Rockets, both only play three games this week.

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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Trey Lyles, Nuggets (30 percent rostered)
Paul Millsap broke his toe Friday, and is out indefinitely. The team hasn't provided any further information, but the recovery timeline for a broken bone – even just a toe – is usually a minimum of four-to-six weeks. Last season, Millsap missed 44 games, during which Lyles averaged 13.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.6 threes, 1.5 assists and 1.1 "stocks" per game. In every category, the increased production was almost perfectly proportional to
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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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