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NBA Waiver Wire: Week 5 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.

NBA trades typically make a big splash in the fantasy community, producing ripples that have potential to spread far and wide. Last Tuesday’s Suns-Bucks trade is no exception. Two of the names listed below, including this week’s top add, are players impacted by the trade. The trade also destroyed much of the value from last week’s deep-league special, as Eric Bledsoe’s arrival in Milwaukee has thus far eaten into Tony Snell’s minutes.

As always, injuries are a major driver of the waiver wire. This week’s second add is a player promoted to the starting lineup after Dion Waiters’ apparently-legal tackle of Rudy Gobert (knee).

As always, players listed must be owned in less than two-thirds of leagues.

Adds for All Leagues



John Henson, Bucks (45 percent)
The Eric Bledsoe trade carries more of a real-life than fantasy impact, but Henson is the trade’s big fantasy winner. By sending

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