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Category Strategy: The Final Three Days

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.

Three days remain in the 2016-17 season, and plenty of contests are not yet decided.

If you’re here, you’re probably here for help with these final days, so I’m ignoring consideration of keepers. At this point in the season, the idea of a “deep league only” player also doesn’t make much sense – either a player helps more than the guy already on your roster, or he doesn’t.

With so little time remaining, scheduling considerations can make a big difference. There are 14 games on Wednesday, meaning almost every fantasy team should be able to fill their entire starting roster. There are nine games Monday, and five games Tuesday, so this is where managers in streaming leagues can pick up a lot of ground.

Almost every team plays two games in these three days. The Grizzlies, Knicks, and Raptors play only one game, and it is on the busy Wednesday, making them almost worthless from a waivers perspective – in order for one of those players to be worth adding, the

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