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Carmelo Anthony, Richaun Holmes lead NBA waiver wire pickups for Week 7

Trail Blazers veteran remains available in plenty of ESPN standard leagues despite solid production. Check out the rest of our top pickups for this week.

Portland Trail Blazers power forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after a three point basket against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at Moda Center.  Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

So, we’re back with another edition of NBA Waiver Wire Watch! Or Triple Dub, as Guy Fieri likes to call it. But seriously, none of you listened did you? I told you to scoop up Carmelo Anthony when he initially signed with the Trail Blazers and he’s still out there! Come on people! Before I get into the top waiver claims in fantasy basketball for Week 7, here are a few teams playing four games this week:

Trail Blazers, Kings, Suns, Hornets, Wizards and Bulls

Alright let’s get after it.

Carmelo Anthony, SF/PF, Trail Blazers (36.3 percent owned on ESPN)

So like I said, pick up Melo already. He’s starting for the Blazers, who are actually looking more like a playoff team. It took a while, I know, but patience is a virtue, you guys. Anthony is averaging 15.8 fantasy points per game early in his Portland career. He’s now third on the Blazers in scoring behind Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, plus Melo has actually been pretty efficient. He’s shooting 46% from the field and 37% from distance, which would be his highest marks in the NBA since 2013-14 with the New York Knicks. Sure, regression may come, but for now Melo is playing big minutes and he looks more like the All-Star than the washed up star.

Richaun Holmes, C, Kings (43.9 percent)

I know that eventually De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley are going to return to the lineup, but I still think Holmes will continue to be a force on offense. Holmes has started 14 of 18 games this season and is averaging close to a double-double. He’s averaging 18.3 FPTS on ESPN and his defense has been a big reason why the Kings are actually in the playoff hunt early in the season. I think for that reason, coach Luke Walton is going to have to give Holmes minutes. That may still be inconsistent, but I think Holmes will have 20-10 nights in which you’re happy you claimed him.

Davis Bertans, PF, Wizards (17.1 percent)

If you’re noticing a trend, yes, I have recommended three players so far who are going to be playing four games this week. Not to say that Melo, Holmes and Bertans are streamers, but if that’s what you’re looking for, each of them fit that criteria. Bertains is averaging 14.1 FPTS per game and is playing around 25 minutes per game for the top offense in the NBA. He’s in the top 20 in three-point shooting percentage at just over 44%, and should continue to get good looks in this offense. If that’s a category you need, Bertan’s is your guy.