NBA Waiver Wire: Top Adds for Week 18

NBA Waiver Wire: Top Adds for Week 18

This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.

Welcome back! I hope you are enjoying your All-Star Break more than Aaron Gordon, who was once again robbed of a Slam Dunk Championship Saturday night (thanks to some shady judging by Dwyane Wade).

The waiver wire is still heavily impacted by a busy trade deadline, though the biggest story is an important update about a pending return from injury.

In the half-week following the break, almost everyone plays twice. The Bulls play three times, giving them a massive advantage in many settings. The Clippers, Knicks, and Magic play only one, significantly harming their value.

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.

Must-add Stash

Otto Porter Jr., Bulls (52 percent rostered)

Porter's season got off to a rough start, and then he missed the next 46 games with a foot injury. Even if we exclude the game in which he got hurt, he was averaging just 11.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.3 blocks and 1.6 threes in 26.6 minutes – all of which are his worst over the last five seasons. 

But Porter had been a top-60 player for each of the last four seasons, including two top-25 seasons. He was a top-45 player in 2018-19 after getting traded to the Bulls. And Porter has a history of starting seasons slow. There's simply too much evidence

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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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