This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.
The end of the All-Star break marks an inflection point for the Fantasy season. The combination of the trade deadline, teams realizing they need to start tanking, and the continued pileup of injuries leads to significant changes to rotations.
There are a ton of solid and attractive potential waiver pickups this week. But while the field is deep, there is very little certainty. I highlight Bruce Brown and Daniel Theis as two potential breakouts, below, but the arguments in their favor could reasonably be applied to many of the players listed in the "other recommendations setting". Planting your flags on the right guys could be season-defining. I've picked my favorites, but I've also listed a lot of reasonable alternatives. Some weeks, there is a ton of variation between the players blurbed and the players listed – this is not one of those weeks.
It'll be a busy week, with 18 teams playing four times and just two (Bulls & Spurs) playing twice. The busiest day, Friday, has 10 games, so most managers will be able to fit in a waiver add that day if they want to. There may be some value in targeting players on Thursday's four-game slate, especially the 76ers, Warriors, Knicks, Kings and Lakers, who each have a four-game week.
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.