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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire: Pickups for Week 3 of the 2020-21 NBA season

We're two weeks into the fantasy basketball season. At this point, you're probably starting to see where the holes are in your roster.

To help improve your team, we have you covered with weekly Waiver Wire pickups throughout the season to assure you stay in the hunt for that coveted fantasy championship.

If you missed last week's hottest names that are available in most leagues, you can still check that out here. Highlighted by standout performers like James Wiseman, Darius Garland and Darius Bazley, those are players you should add immediately if they're still available in your league.

To get ahead of the rest of your league, here are some more players trending upward.

All owned percentages are based off of ESPN Fantasy Basketball.

Mikal Bridges, F - Phoenix Suns

Owned in: 80.6% of leagues

Bridges is growing into a fantasy stud. Despite being ranked as a top-20 player ahead of Monday's slate of games, Bridges is still available in nearly 20% of leagues.

His scoring (14.1), rebounding (5.6) and blocks (1.4) are all up from last season and he's converting 2.7 3s per game at a career-best 46.3% clip. While his assist numbers are down, it's clear Bridges is thriving in other areas of his game playing next to elite playmakers in Chris Paul and Devin Booker. His steals numbers are also lower than usual at less than one per game, but that's a number that will surely increase as the season goes on.

Add Bridges to your roster as fast as possible if he wasn't drafted in your league and is still available - he's going to be one of the biggest waiver wire steals of the fantasy season.

Larry Nance Jr., F/C - Cleveland Cavaliers

Owned in: 79.4% of leagues

Nance Jr. was a quality fantasy player last season, yet wasn't valued very high going into this fantasy season.

He was excelling even before Kevin Love sustained a calf injury that will keep him out for a few weeks and with an increased role, Nance has been even better. Points and rebounds double-doubles would typically be the reason to give a player like Nance a look, but the biggest surprise is he's averaging 2.7 steals per game thus far. He's also flashing a passing ability we've never seen before, averaging 5.2 assists per game.

If he's going to flirt with a points and rebounds double-double, give you some blocks and provide an unexpected boost to steals and assists, there's no reason Nance shouldn't be owned across the board.

Dillon Brooks, G/F - Memphis Grizzlies

Owned in: 66.7% of leagues

With Ja Morant suffering an ankle injury that is expected to keep him out for "three-to-five" weeks, production is going to have to come elsewhere in Memphis.

One of the leading candidates to fill some of those numbers on the offensive end is Canadian wing Dillon Brooks, who is averaging a career-high 17.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game through the first two weeks of the season.

Add to it that he's still making over 2.0 3s per game and Brooks is a well-rounded fantasy player that should continue to add value during Morant's time on the sidelines.

Kyle Anderson, F - Memphis Grizzlies

Owned in: 48.3% of leagues

Another player to consider is point forward Anderson, but you'll have to act fast because he's among the top waiver wire adds to start the week because of his production over the last few games with Morant out.

Anderson was already off to a hot start this season, posting double digit rebounds in each of his first two games, including a 20-point, 14-rebound double-double in the Grizzlies' second game. With Morant sidelined, Anderson has taken over even more ball handling duties, tallying 16 assists over the three contests the rising star guard has missed.

With averages of 16.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists through the first six games of the season, Anderson could put your team in a great position early in the season until Morant returns.

Keldon Johnson, F - San Antonio Spurs

Owned in: 46.6% of leagues

The Spurs have a history of hitting on late first-round draft picks, and Johnson - the No. 29 overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft - appears to be another example of that.

He's solidified his role as a starting wing in San Antonio, averaging 16.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.7 blocks per game through the first two weeks of the season. Johnson is also knocking down 3s at a 42.9% clip, proving to be a player that can give you a little bit of everything in fantasy.

He's still available in over 50% of leagues, so you still have a chance to get ahead of the hype on the 21-year-old Kentucky product and add him to your squad.

Watch list players

Chris Boucher, F/C - Toronto Raptors

Owned in: 40.6% of leagues

Boucher was mentioned as a "watch list player" in last week's waiver wire pickups, but after a promising performance to close out last week, he should still be on your radar. The Raptors have struggled so far and Boucher always gives head coach Nick Nurse great energy, meaning he'll continue to find playing time. If you're ever in need for a spot start at centre or forward, give Boucher a look.

Elfrid Payton, G - New York Knicks

Owned in: 33.5% of leagues

Depending on how deep and attentive your league is, you may want to add Payton, not just throw him on your watch list. Over the last four games he's seen an uptick in playing time, averaging 18.5 points, 5.8 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game.

Bobby Portis, F/C - Milwaukee Bucks

Owned in: 24.4% of leagues

Same could be said about Portis - if your league is normally ahead of these "Waiver Wire pickups"-type articles, you may want to go ahead and add the veteran big. He's given the Bucks quality minutes off the bench and is a nightly double-double threat in points and rebounds.

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