Fantasy Basketball: Best NBA Waiver Lead Pickups for Week 3 2021-2022


The NBA season has started off well with a lot of fantastic hardwood action every night. Whether your all-season fantasy squad is off to a quick start or struggled to get out of the gate, there is still plenty of time and opportunity for you to fine-tune your roster going forward. The waiver thread is full of good mics at this point in the year, and we’re starting to get a good idea of ​​how teams want to work their rotations.

More than half of the NBA’s teams – 16 of 30 – play four games next week while the remaining 14 are all expected to play three times. As you take a look at the upcoming matches and try to find the players to give your squad a boost, check out the options listed below.

We have changed the format slightly for this week. At the top of the post are the hottest players who are quickly taken off the waiver thread and probably already belong to your league. Otherwise, these are great options to add, but they are not widely available anymore. At the bottom of the article are the Deep League pickups and other options to consider if you’re desperate or trying to get ahead of the race. In between these two groups, you can find four highlighted sleepers that I love for the coming week and beyond. They are still widely available and should be able to help your list in one or more categories.

Top trending players

  • PG Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic
  • PG / SG Desmond Bane, Memphis Grizzlies
  • PG / SG Josh Giddey, Oklahoma City Thunder
  • PG / SG Alex Caruso, Chicago Bulls
  • SG / SF Grayson Allen, Milwaukee Bucks
  • SG / SF Cam Reddish, Atlanta Hawks
  • SF Scottie Barnes, Toronto Raptors
  • SF Saddiq Bey, Detroit Pistons
  • SF / PF Carmelo Anthony, Los Angeles Lakers
  • PF / C Montrezl Harrell, Washington Wizards
  • PF / C LaMarcus Aldridge, Brooklyn Nets
  • PF / C PJ Washington, Charlotte Hornets

SG / SF Franz Wagner, Orlando Magic (at MIN, against BOS, against SA, against UTA)

Orlando stumbled on a 1-6 start and appear to be one of the easiest teams to beat this season, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deliver some great, fantastic value. One bright spot in their dismal start was No.8 pick in last year’s draft, Franz Wagner. Wagner gets solid use every night and delivers consistent output. Despite his good numbers, he’s still barely over 40% held, so take the 3-point specialist while you can.

Over his seven starts, he’s averaged a 17.3 percent use rate in 32.3 minutes per game and produced 13.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 steals. The 20-year-old has scored multiple three-pointers in four of his last six games and is averaging 2.0 threes per game. Especially for a rookie, Wagner has been pleasantly consistent, dropping at least 10 points each game with decent peripherals as well. With a great four-game week ahead, he’s a great addition to the wing.

PG / SG Shake Milton, Philadelphia 76ers (vs POR, vs CHI, at DET, at CHI)

The Sixers are still moving forward without Ben Simmons (staff), and his future with the team remains uncertain. In his place, Tyrese Maxey started and was picked up in most fantasy leagues. If you missed Maxey, another player who should help support Simmons’ workload is Milton, who has just returned from an ankle injury.

Milton is still 90% available in one-season leagues and looks good in his limited job. He returned Thursday against the Pistons with 13 points and five assists in 16 minutes and followed with 11 points and four rebounds in 19 minutes against the Hawks. His usage rate in these two games has been 31.5% and 26.3%, and if he stays close to those numbers as his minutes increase, he will end up being a multi-category contributor. very precious. Maxey was decent, but Milton could certainly win back some of that playing time and end up with a great pickup while Simmons sits down.

SG / SF Josh Hart, New Orleans Pelicans (at PHX, at SAC, at GSW)

Hart is another player just back from injury who can give your team a boost in multiple categories, who missed four games with right quadriceps tendinosis. He returned against the Kings on Friday, but was returned to a much bigger role on Saturday when the Pelicans were without Brandon Ingram (hip). Hart started in Ingram’s place and played 30 minutes with 16 points, eight rebounds and two assists.

Before the injury, Hart was in the starting lineup alongside Ingram, so he should have a decent role even when Ingram returns. When Ingram is away Hart has to carry more weight, but he has shown throughout his career that he is a very good source of rebounds and other non-scoring stats. Last year as a starter, he averaged 9.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists.

PF / C Jarred Vanderbilt, Minnesota Timberwolves (v. ORL, v. LAC, v. LAC)

Since Karl-Anthony Towns’ draft, the Timberwolves have been looking for the right player to start next to him in the first zone. PF’s revolving door has introduced everyone from Juancho Hernangómez to Taj Gibson, but now it looks like Vanderbilt is ready to lock down this spot for the rest of the season. He started the season with great energy on the bench, but has entered the starting lineup in each of his last two games. He started 30 games last year and averaged 6.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in 20.4 minutes per night in those competitions.

This season, he replaced Josh Okogie in the roster and got his first start Wednesday against the Bucks, playing 30 minutes and finishing with an excellent 10-point line, 13 rebounds, three assists and a steal. While coach Chris Finch said the change was game-based and not a permanent fix, Vanderbilt’s solid play got him another start on Saturday against the Nuggets. He only played 16 minutes and was limited by foul issues but still contributed six points, six boards and one block. If Vanderbilt keeps starting or getting enough minutes on the bench, he can bring in some great edge numbers and also increase your shooting percentage. It doesn’t typically take a ton of shots, but has displayed an elite steal rate in the past and generally provides quick play and rebounds when given the chance.

Other options to consider

  • PG / SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Washington Wizards
  • PG / SG Patrick Beverley, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • SG / SF Cody Martin, Charlotte Hornets
  • SG / SF Lonnie Walker IV, San Antonio Spurs
  • SF / PF Darius Bazley, Oklahoma City Thunder
  • PF / C Hassan Whiteside, Utah Jazz
  • C James Wiseman, Golden State Warriors
  • C Alperen Sengun, Houston Rockets

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