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Category Strategy: Week 21 Adds

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.

The Fantasy trade deadline has now passed in most leagues, meaning waiver wire additions are the only avenue remaining to improve your team.

It’s also the point in the season where this column becomes more important than a more generalized who do I add? column. We’re four-and-a-half months into a six-month fantasy season. We know what our team is and is not at this point. In most cases, adding the “best overall” player is not going to be the same as adding the player who is the best fit for your team.

This is especially true in roto leagues, but it applies to head-to-head, as well. In roto leagues, we need to focus on the categories in which we can catch the most opponents. In head-to-head leagues, we need to give up on our worst categories, and strengthen ourselves in those where we are competitive but lack a decisive advantage. For the next month, good strategy is more important than good players (that balance often swings backwards over the final two w

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