Fantasy Basketball: Top Waiver-Wire Adds for Wednesday, February 26th

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Kyle O'Quinn

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With the Orlando Magic entering fully-blown tank mode, young big man Kyle O’Quinn is starting to show that he has quite a lot to offer.

In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like O’Quinn and the Atlanta Hawks’ Elton Brand.

» Kyle O’Quinn, PF, Orlando Magic (0.1 percent owned on ESPN.com) 

10 points (4-6 FG, 2-2 FT), 0 three-pointers, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 0 steals, 1 block, 0 turnovers vs Wizards.

Let’s get this out of the way early.  Kyle O’Quinn is not a pale Irishman from the docks in Boston.  He’s a mean, backup center for the Orlando Magic who is really showing the NBA world that he belongs in this league.

He’s clearly the backup to Nikola Vucevic, but with Glen Davis now plying his trade in Los Angeles, O’Quinn is number one big man option on the pine for Orlando.

The limited minutes haven’t really hurt his production all that much, though.  In the past two weeks of action, O’Quinn has delivered 6.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 blocks per game, all of which comes in only 19.1 minutes.  Those numbers have him ranked 107th on Basketball Monster.com for that time frame, which plants him clearly in the standard league range.

If we look at his per-36 numbers, they are even more impressive.  If he were to get starter’s minutes, the stats project to 11.5 points, 11.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 blocks with 54.3 percent shooting from the field.  Obviously he’s not going to start unless a injury befalls Vucevic or Tobias Harris, but it’s not like Vucevic has been a beacon of health throughout his career.

In the scenario that O’Quinn does get some starts, he is a definite must-own in all formats, but for now, if you’re looking for rebounds, blocks, great field goal percentage and some handy big man assist numbers, O’Quinn could be a guy to consider for your fantasy squad.

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