This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.
The waiver wire is deep this week, but there are few true standouts. If you miss out on one of the top three prizes – all of whom should be added in all leagues, regardless of settings – then take your pick of a loaded pool of "other recommendations".
Once those top three players are off the board, pick the players that work best for your situation. Weekly league? Try to maximize games played. Need threes? Have a look at Duncan Robinson or Landry Shamet. Willing to trade short-term value for long-term upside? Try Nerlens Noel or Troy Brown. Have a strict acquisition limit? Add a Rocket or a Trail Blazer on Tuesday morning to take advantage of their three games in four nights, including games on Tuesday and Thursday, the slowest days in Week 16. There are a ton of reasonable pickups available, all of whom have similar overall value.
Schedule-wise, it's an average week. Half the league plays four games, 14 teams play three times, and the Bulls play twice. That hurts the Bulls in weekly leagues, but since the Bulls games are Thursday and Sunday they will actually be a savvy mid-week pickup in a lot of daily settings. None of the days are overloaded, but Tuesday and Thursday are quiet, with just four and five games, respectively. The Trail Blazers, Spurs, Bucks, Rockets, Pelicans and Lakers play on both slow days.
The players below are listed in the order I'd recommend adding them.