NBA Waiver Wire: Week 3 Look-Ahead
NBA Waiver Wire: Week 3 Look-Ahead

This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.

Welcome back. It's been a busy week. Two of the league's best centers got themselves suspended for fighting, Steph Curry broke his hand, Jimmy Butler made his season debut, and the Cavaliers and Suns are on track to make the playoffs.

It may feel like most of the best waiver wire prospects have already been picked up, but there are still a ton of excellent players available in most leagues. Often, the best pickups of the season don't emerge until a few games have passed. My favorite example: at this point in 2017-18, Donovan Mitchell was averaging 7.0 points and 0.6 threes in 22.1 minutes per game. He was being dropped by the few managers who drafted the rookie. Mitchell finished the season averaging 20.5 points, 2.4 threes, and ranked inside the top-60. 

The players below are listed in the order I'd recommend adding them. 

As always, this article will focus on players available in at least 50 percent of leagues. That said, especially this early in the season, there are a lot of very valuable players who are widely available but miss that cut-off. I won't go into depth on those guys, but I'll include them below in the appropriate order.

Some under-rostered names who might be available in your league:

Derrick Rose, Pistons (79 percent rostered); Tristan Thompson, Cavaliers (76 percent rostered); OG Anunoby, Raptors (71 percent rostered); Rui Hachimura, Wizards (70 percent rostered); Willie Cauley-Stein, Warriors (57 percent rostered); 

Dwight Powell,

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Alex Rikleen
Rikleen writes the NBA column "Numbers Game," which decodes the math that underpins fantasy basketball and was a nominee for the 2016 FSWA Newcomer of the Year Award. 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 outside Boston.
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