Fantasy Basketball: Top Waiver-Wire Adds for Wednesday, February 19th

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Kyle Singler

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Thankfully, we have real games to break down with the NBA returning from it’s mid-season break, and the Detroit Pistons’ Kyle Singler is one player who showed us his fantasy chops on Tuesday night.

In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like Singler and the Denver Nuggets’ Evan Fournier.

» Kyle Singler, SF, Detroit Pistons (1.1 percent owned on ESPN.com) 

13 points (5-9 FG, 0-0 FT), 3 three-pointers, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 0 blocks, 1 turnover vs. Bobcats

It started six games ago when former coach Mo Cheeks was still behind the wheel in Detroit — and it continued when Cheeks was fired and replaced by interim coach John Loyer.  The “it” I am talking about, is the form of second-year player Kyle Singler.

Cheeks chose to replace inefficient rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope with Singler as the team’s starting shooting guard and Loyer saw no reason to tinker with the lineup when he took charge.

Since that switch, Singler has been very, very good.  He’s averaged 12.0 points, 2.0 three-pointers, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 0.5 blocks in 38.0 minutes as a starter.  Those numbers are good enough to rank him No. 94 on Basketball Monster.com over the past two weeks.

The former Duke product has scored in double digits in all six of those games and also has a 20-point, 10-rebound game under his belt from when he was coming off the bench.

The Pistons have been running very heavy with their starting five, with the only real bench minutes going to Rodney Stuckey — and he only played 17 minutes against Charlotte.  With the quality of their bench severely lacking, there’s no reason Singler can’t continue to play over 35 minutes a night.  I predict he will continue with this amount of run and that makes him a must-own player.  He sits higher than Mike Dunleavy and Terrence Ross in my opinion and will be someone you can count on consistently down the stretch.

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