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NBA Waiver Wire: Week 23 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.

Were getting close to the end of the grind. Just three full weeks, plus a handful of games, remain until the conclusion of the NBA regular season.

The best Fantasy players have to modify their strategy month to month, as different points in the season call for emphasizing different approaches. Over the last few weeks Ive hammered on the importance of fit, recommending owners accept a dropoff in overall value of a player and instead focus on players who help in specific categories of need.

Weve now reached the final stage of the season, and we need to modify our approach once again. From here on out, our waiver strategy is similar to the recent fit-over-total-value model, but we need to add an important twist. More than half of NBA teams are now effectively locked into their spot in the final standings. Two major battlegrounds remain. There is an eight-team clash for six playoff spots in the West, while six Eastern Conference teams fight for two home-cou

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