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NBA Waiver Wire: Week 15 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.

The waiver wire pool is already beginning to trend upward, and the trades havenít even started yet. This time of the season is critical for watching the waiver wire, as trades are the biggest movers of fantasy value.

When trades do come, you may need to react before the next weekís edition of this article comes available. To try to accommodate that, Iíve replaced the short-term streamers section with speculative adds. Getting the right players after a potential trade is more important than the minor benefit streaming provides. Most of the players in that category are those whose current value is limited, but who could emerge as top-100 or even top-70 players if a trade around them breaks the right way.

One note on streaming: With only two-and-a-half weeks until the trade deadline, teams in the top half of their leagues should consider filling the roster spot that they typically leave open for streaming with a high-value speculative add. Ten weeks r

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