NBA Waiver Wire 2020: Weekly Pickups & Adds
The NBA season is a long grind of 82 games, which means a long fantasy season as well. Your team will never look quite like the one you drafted before the start of the season. Injuries and rotation changes happen on a nightly basis, and adapting to the fast paced NBA world is key for staying on top of your standings for your fantasy league. The waiver wire is an important aspect of season long basketball, which requires quite a bit of attention. Our weekly waiver wire articles have you covered across the board, whether you are looking for an overall producer, or need some help in the three point department.
Injuries have always been an important aspect of fantasy basketball. They are frequent, ranging from being day-to-day or missing an entire year. We have already seen injuries to Stephen Curry, and are still dealing with the injuries to Victor Oladipo and Klay Thompson. Load management has also been a new factor in basketball, limiting opposing games for players that need some rest. With all of this, the waiver wire is important whether you need just a fill-in for a week or for a month. Rotational changes are also something you need to watch out for. They can change at any point during the season, especially later on in the year when teams want to get a look at younger players. Struggling players of age also can give away a starting role and end up playing lesser minutes. This is another cause for potential pickups off the waiver wire.
If you are wondering what factors into a good waiver wire pickup, there are a few things. We are after players that contribute across the board, or at least heavily within a few scoring categories. Minutes, usage, and upcoming schedule are also key for figuring out who to pick up. A player playing 25 minutes off the bench with higher usage can often be key, yet not me on the radar of the rest of your league because he is in a new role or at a deeper position.