Player News - Pistons

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Tobias Harris moved to the bench on Tuesday and hit 7-of-14 shots and four 3-pointers for 19 points, six rebounds and two steals in 30 minutes of a tough 97-96 loss to the Heat.

Stan Van Gundy tried to mix things up by benching Harris and starting Jon Leuer in the midst of a four-game losing streak, but that number is now up to five straight losses. Leuer was awful tonight and Harris has played well whether starting or coming off the bench.
Mar 29 - 12:17 AM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit 9-of-22 shots and a couple 3-pointers for 25 points and five rebounds in 37 minutes of Tuesday's loss to the Heat.

KCP had been mired in a slump, scoring a grand total of 25 points over his last three games while connecting on just 7-of-27 shots over that stretch. Maybe tonight signals an end to the funk and we'll find out when the Pistons play the lowly Nets on Thursday.
Mar 29 - 12:14 AM

Ish Smith made another start and Reggie Jackson sat out again on Tuesday, and Smith finished with 19 points and six assists on 7-of-13 shooting.

He's played very well in two straight games and with talk of Jackson being shut down for good this season, Smith is as must-own as they come in all formats right now.
Mar 29 - 12:06 AM

Jon Leuer started over Tobias Harris on Tuesday, but missed all three of his shots and finished with just two points, four boards, a steal and a block in 17 minutes.

Harris came off the bench for 19 points, six boards, two steals and four 3-pointers, even though Stan Van Gundy said previously that Harris would start the rest of the way. Either way, Leuer has been pretty bad whether starting or coming off the bench lately, and belongs on waiver wires.
Mar 29 - 12:02 AM

Reggie Bullock (right foot sprain) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game vs. Miami.

Only limited fantasy impact here, as Bullock has been on the fringes of the Detroit rotation for most of the season. Stanley Johnson may see a few more minutes off the bench.
Mar 28 - 7:30 PM

Jon Leuer will replace Tobias Harris in the Pistons starting lineup Tuesday vs. Miami.

This won't have much impact on Harris' fantasy value. In fact, Tobias is posting better numbers off the bench. In 47 games as a starter this season, he is averaging 15.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 33.1 minutes. In 27 games as a reserve, Harris is averaging 16.6 points and 5.4 boards in 28.9 minutes.
Mar 28 - 7:27 PM

Jon Leuer is starting in place of Tobias Harris on Tuesday vs. the Heat.

Interesting. Coach Stan Van Gundy previously said that Harris would start for the rest of the season, but the Pistons have lost four straight games and SVG is going to shake things up. Leuer's numbers only get a modest bump in the first unit, so he's just a low-end pickup. The big man is averaging 10.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.4 triples in March.
Mar 28 - 7:26 PM

Reggie Jackson (knee) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Heat.

There have been recent reports speculating that the Pistons may eventually elect to shut down Jackson, but Stan Van Gundy stated during his pre-game interview that Jackson is simply day-to-day and stressed that he really wants to play. That being said, Jackson has been playing terribly for the past month, so there's little incentive to hang onto him in most leagues. Ish Smith will earn another start tonight, and he's worth a look if you need some dimes and steals.
Mar 28 - 5:53 PM

Reggie Bullock (right foot sprain) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Miami.

Bullock did not play Monday in New York, after having averaged 14.8 minutes in the Pistons three previous games. Stanley Johnson and Jon Leuer may see a few extra minutes if Bullock does not play Tuesday.
Mar 28 - 12:01 PM

Reggie Jackson (knee) is unlikely to play Tuesday vs. Miami and the Pistons may elect to shut him down for the remainder of the season.

Jackson has been fighting through a knee tendinitis injury all season after the platelet-rich plasma injections caused him to miss the first 21 games of the year. "We’ve been thinking about this for a long time. It’s hard to put a percentage, but he’s been playing at probably about 80 percent and as we get into this stretch of games in March where we’re playing a lot, the fatigue is making it worse," coach Stan Van Gundy said. Ish Smith will continue to start and play heavy minutes, with Beno Udrih backing him up.
Mar 28 - 10:03 AM

Andre Drummond finished with 10 points, 15 rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes Monday against the Knicks.

In typical Drum fashion he made five of his seven field goal attempts yet missed each of his four tries from the free throw stripe. He'll go toe-to-toe against Miami's Hassan Whiteside in a battle of the big men on Tuesday night at the Palace.
Mar 27 - 10:30 PM

Ish Smith finished with 15 points, six rebounds and five assists over 35 minutes in Monday's 109-95 loss against the Knicks.

Smith was in the starting five for the third consecutive game, and he is expected to get the nod again Tuesday with Reggie Jackson (knee) out for the second end of the back-to-back. Head coach Stan Van Gundy said he wasn't sure if Jackson would be shut down for the season due to his knee pain. Smith's fantasy owners certainly hope so, as Smith would likely finish out as the starter.
Mar 27 - 10:24 PM

Beno Udrih played 13 minutes in Monday's 109-95 loss at New York, finishing with six points, three rebounds and three assists with a steal.

Udrih was seeing added run with Reggie Jackson (knee) resting his knee, and the same scenario will play out with R-Jax on the shelf for the second end of a back-to-back situation. While Ish Smith is the biggest beneficiary since he is in a starting capacity, Udrih has some value as a low-cost filler option in DFS.
Mar 27 - 10:21 PM

Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy said Monday he is unsure whether Reggie Jackson (knee) will be shut down for the season, but he is out Tuesday against the Heat.

With Jackson on the shelf it is Ish Smith who benefits the most. He and Beno Udrih will continue to fill the void until such point as Jackson is plugged back into the lineup. Jackson's fantasy owners hope that isn't until the 2017-18 season, but that possibility is looming.
Mar 27 - 10:16 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope connected on just three of his 12 field goal attempts for 12 points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal in 32 minutes Monday in New York.

The Knicks CAN play defense. Who knew? KCP salvaged the stat line by at least hitting a pair of 3-pointers, giving him 38 triples over his past 18 games (2.11 3PT per game). That's two stinkers in a row for the guard, as he has misfired on 18 of his past 23 field goal attempts. He'll look to turn things around against Miami on Tuesday at the Palace.
Mar 27 - 10:12 PM

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