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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire: Pickups for Week 7 of the 2020-21 NBA season

You know what time it is. We're back with another week of Fantasy Basketball waiver wire pickups!

While last week's suggestions of LA Clippers' fill-ins Lou Williams and Ivica Zubac didn't hit, players like Delon Wright and Jeremy Lamb continued to prove they're worthy of a roster spot in most leagues. If you missed that article, you can find that here.

Looking ahead to the upcoming week, we have a few familiar faces that are ramping up their production with an increased role and two rookies that are making an impact.

Take a look.

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

Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 7

Anthony Edwards, SG - Minnesota Timberwolves

Owned in: 54.1% of leagues

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft took a little bit to get his footing in the league but over the past few games, he's improved his play. Still available in nearly half of leagues, Edwards is worth a look now that he's been inserted into Minnesota's starting lineup and it doesn't look like he'll lose that spot any time soon.

In the three games he has started, Edwards is posting 17.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game while shooting an improved 47.5% from the field and 47.3% from 3. From a fantasy perspective, he also converted three 3s and shot 100% from the free throw line over that stretch.

If the star rookie is available in your league and you have the roster flexibility, he's worth an add based on his ceiling alone now that he is starting.

Thaddeus Young, PF/SF - Chicago Bulls

Owned in: 38.3% of leagues

Young has seen an uptick in playing time as of late and he's made the most of his opportunity. Posting three consecutive near-triple-doubles, the veteran forward is worth a look as a player that does a little bit of everything.

In his last three games, he had 16 points, nine boards and nine assists against the Boston Celtics, eight points, 11 boards and 11 assists against the Portland Trail Blazers and 13 points, eight boards and eight assists against the New York Knicks.

That type of balanced production can be an asset to any fantasy team and he appears to have solidified himself a more consistent spot on head coach Billy Donovan's rotation.

Immanuel Quickley, PG - New York Knicks

Owned in: 35.4% of leagues

Quickley had a spot in the "watch list" section of these weekly articles a few weeks back but he has officially graduated to "add now" territory.

The rookie guard has created some buzz around the NBA, scoring 25 or more points in three of his last four games while also averaging 4.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists over that stretch.

Although he has yet to become the starting point guard in New York, his playing time off of the bench has become much more consistent, making him well-worth a spot on your fantasy roster. If someone else in your league hasn't already jumped on him, add Quickley ... quickly.

Cody Zeller, C - Charlotte Hornets

Owned in: 26.6% of leagues

Zeller suffered an unlucky broken finger in the season opener and when he returned to action, he didn't retake his spot in the starting lineup. After coming off of the bench for three games to get back to game speed, Zeller has returned to his job as the Hornets' starting centre.

In the four games he has played as the starter, Zeller is averaging 12.0 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.8 steals per game with three double-doubles. Arguably the most important stat over that stretch is that Zeller is back to playing starter minutes too, averaging 32.3 minutes per game. In this role, he is worth rostering in any fantasy format and should be added immediately if still available.

Watch list

Derrick White, PG/SG - San Antonio Spurs

Owned in: 23.6% of leagues

White suffered a toe injury that caused him to miss all but one of the Spurs' first 19 games of the season. Returning this past week, White's numbers weren't anything to write home about but he's worth keeping an eye on as an extremely talented young player who could eventually find himself back as the starting shooting guard for a San Antonio team that has played quality basketball this season. If you have a roster spot available, it wouldn't hurt to stash White now.

Jeff Green, PF - Brooklyn Nets

Owned in: 20.6% of leagues

Green has seen an increase in playing time since the trade that landed James Harden in Brooklyn and he's worth watching in deeper, 12-team leagues. He has scored in double figures in 10 consecutive games and has also averaged 5.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 steals in 32.0 minutes per game since the Harden trade. If you're looking for a streaming option, Green could be your guy.

Aron Baynes, C - Toronto Raptors

Owned in: 8.5% of leagues

Baynes has re-gained the trust of head coach Nick Nurse and is playing his best basketball of the season as of late. With consecutive games of double-digit rebounds, Baynes could provide any fantasy team with a boost on the boards. While you should expect the assists and 3PM's he provided last season, he's worth watching if his rebounding production keeps up.

Malik Monk, SG - Charlotte Hornets

Owned in: 4.1% of leagues

This is a long shot as Monk's breakout performance came at the expense of Terry Rozier being out with an ankle injury, but he's still worth watching. The former top-10 pick went off for 36 points on a career-high nine 3s in the Hornets win over the Heat and if Rozier is expected to miss more time, he may be worth a look if he continues to see playing time. Don't bite on Monk just yet, watch from a distance.

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