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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire: Pickups for Week 5 of the 2020-21 NBA season

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Enes Kanter, Jordan Clarkson [NBA Getty Images]

As the fantasy basketball season rolls on, we're back to give you a few names to look out for this upcoming week.

As game cancellations due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols are beginning to impact your weekly lineups, it becomes all that much more important to hawk the waiver wire for replacements for your regular starters.

If you missed last week's article, you can find that here. If breakout performers like Chris Boucher and P.J. Washington are still available in your league, add them now.

If not, we have a couple of other options for you for this week.

All positions and owned percentages are based on ESPN Fantasy Basketball.

Brandon Clarke, PF - Memphis Grizzlies

Owned in: 67.3% of leagues

Since being inserted into the starting lineup, Clarke has been far more productive averaging 14.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.9 blocks per game. He's also played a key role in the Grizzlies' four-game winning streak, posting 16.5 points and 8.0 rebounds with one double-double over that stretch.

Clarke's uptick in minutes and an increased role calls for immediate consideration if he's still available on your waiver wire, as he should maintain this output for as long as he's in the starting lineup. With Jaren Jackson Jr. (meniscus) expected to return somewhat soon, likely reverting the Canadian forward back to the bench, strike while the iron is hot on Clarke.

Jordan Clarkson, SG - Utah Jazz

Owned in: 64.1% of leagues

Clarkson was always a valuable fantasy asset from a scoring perspective, but his recent production in other areas earns him a spot on this week's waiver wire pickups.

Clarkson is making an early case for Sixth Man of the Year, averaging 20.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 4.2 made 3-pointers per game over the Jazz's recent five-game win streak.

While there's a chance he's drafted or owned in your league because of his scoring ability, now is the time to add him if he's still available as he's diversifying his stat lines, making him a much more well-rounded fantasy play.

Enes Kanter, C - Portland Trail Blazers

Owned in: 50.1% of leagues

Kanter is my favourite add from this week's crop of waiver wire pickups.

With Portland's starting centre Jusuf Nurkic expected to miss up to eight weeks with a broken wrist, Kanter will take over as the team's starting centre on most nights, the only exception being when they decide to play small and move Robert Covington to the five. Even in those games, Kanter will see plenty of action off the bench as a points-rebounds double-double threat every time he steps on the floor.

In his first start of the season with Nurkic out, Kanter put up 12 points, 15 rebounds, five blocks, three assists and two steals. If that is any indication of what his play might look like without Nurkic, you see exactly why he is such an urgent pickup.

Cedi Osman, SF - Cleveland Cavaliers

Owned in: 20.7% of leagues

Osman is the sleeper play of the week for deeper leagues, stepping up in a big way with the Cavaliers dealing with a couple of injuries.

In need of a scoring punch without either of their young guards, Collin Sexton (ankle) and Darius Garland (shoulder), Osman has taken on that role by scoring double figures in four of Cleveland's last five games. He had a 25-point game in that mix and has tallied up other counting stats, averaging 4.8 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals over that same stretch.

While both Sexton and Garland are close to returning, Osman remains a solid streaming option until the two scoring guards get back on the floor.

Watch list players

DeAndre Jordan, C - Brooklyn Nets

Owned in: 39.3% of leagues

Jordan should take on a bigger role as a result of Jarrett Allen being sent to the Cavaliers in the four-team megadeal that brought James Harden to Brooklyn. The first game as a starter wasn't a great indication of that, posting just two points and five rebounds, but he's still worth keeping an eye on as the Nets' only option at centre for the moment.

Luguentz Dort, SG/SF - Oklahoma City Thunder

Owned in: 20.2% of leagues

Dort doesn't have a consistent offensive role for the Thunder but he has games where he'll get hot from 3, making him an intriguing streaming option in fantasy leagues. He'll provide rebounding and steals on any given night so if he can score more frequently, he could become a legitimate fantasy asset in 12-team leagues. Going for 21 points, eight rebounds, six steals and one block in OKC's last game is an indication of that.

Immanuel Quickley, PG - New York Knicks

Owned in: 15.8% of leagues

Another option worth watching in deeper leagues, Quickley is beginning to carve out a role as the Knicks' first guard off the bench. Averaging 19.7 points, 5.0 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 23.7 minutes per game over the Knicks' last three games shows what he could be capable of with steady playing time. Add him to your watch list in case he maintains this role and production.

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