NBA Waiver Wire: Week 5 Look-Ahead
NBA Waiver Wire: Week 5 Look-Ahead

We've reached the part of the season where our biggest obstacle is in figuring out how to handle the still-confusing teams. We know how to handle the Pistons – when healthy, they have four guys who should be rostered everywhere, and everyone else is ignorable in standard leagues. But what do we do with the Trail Blazers SG-SF-PF? Or the Heat's backcourt? Or the Lakers' bigs? Or the entire bleepin' Warriors roster?

Some of those answers are becoming clearer. The Lakers don't need a full blurb – I just tossed Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee into the "deep league only recommendations" section at the end. The Blazers and the Warriors, on the other hand, get multiple paragraphs each.

While we're figuring out these remaining puzzles, there are still other high-value targets emerging. Dario Saric, who remembered that he's good at sports, headlines a long list of solid waiver wire acquisitions.

An important scheduling note: The Suns have the only five-game week of the season in Week 5, making them a high-value target for managers in weekly lineups leagues or in daily lineups leagues without games maximums. Those five games are particularly valuable since this is, overall, a light week for NBA games. Only 13 teams play four games, and the Pacers, Grizzlies and Magic all play only twice.

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

As always, this article will focus on players available in at least 50 percent of leagues. That said, as

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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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