Player News - Pistons

Date: Team: Pos:

Steve Blake had six points and one turnover in 19 minutes on Wednesday, marking his first appearance since Jan. 16.

The veteran is buried on the depth chart behind Reggie Jackson and Brandon Jennings, and he only played tonight because Jackson was sick.
Feb 11 - 12:51 AM

Andre Drummond piled up 15 points, 17 rebounds, five blocks, three steals and two blocks on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough to defeat the visiting Nuggets.

Drummond uncharacteristically shot just 7-of-22 from the field tonight, but his owners will be pleased to note that he made his only free throw attempt -- if only more coaches would refrain from hacking him. The Pistons' loss dropped them to 27-27 on the season, leaving them half a game behind the Hornets from the No. 8 seed.
Feb 11 - 12:50 AM

The short-handed Pistons fell to the Nuggets on Wednesday, as Marcus Morris pitched in 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting, six assists, two rebounds and one 3-pointer.

Morris has been very involved offensively of late, averaging 14.0 points, 1.4 triples, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.0 steals in six February games. He continues to play enormous minutes, ranking seventh in the NBA at 36.2 per game, which has helped prop up his late-round appeal in standard formats.
Feb 11 - 12:50 AM

Brandon Jennings made his first start of the season on Wednesday and had 16 points, four 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 29 minutes of action.

Reggie Jackson was out due to an illness and B-Jennings will return to a bench role after the All-Star break, assuming he's still in Detroit. He'll need a tailor-made situation to be worth owning in standard leagues, even if he is traded, as he's shooting a paltry 36.2 percent from the field with just 2.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.1 blocks in 17.5 minutes per game.
Feb 11 - 12:49 AM

Anthony Tolliver started Wednesday's game in place of Ersan Ilyasova (illness), posting six points, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 35 minutes.

The veteran's main virtue is perimeter shooting, as he's averaging 1.4 triples on 36.7 percent shooting beyond the arc. He does almost nothing else to help fantasy owners, however, which limits him to being a deep-league specialist.
Feb 11 - 12:49 AM

Brandon Jennings will start on Wednesday against the Nuggets.

Reggie Jackson was a late scratch due to an illness, so the Pistons will have a chance to showcase Jennings. Although, coach Stan Van Gundy has shot down every trade rumor.
Feb 10 - 7:31 PM

Reggie Jackson (illness) will not play vs. the Nuggets on Wednesday.

The Pistons will rely on Brandon Jennings and Spencer Dinwiddie (ankle), with Steve Blake also an option to join the rotation. Jennings is starting and is easily the most appealing option of the bunch, though most fantasy owners won't be able to take advantage since this news broke a few minutes before tip-off.
Feb 10 - 7:29 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (groin) said he "for sure" will be back and playing right after the break.

That means he is going to play on Feb. 19 against the Wizards. If he is indeed going to be back, that makes Stanley Johnson slightly less appealing even though he may have earned more run. If Caldwell-Pope is sitting around on the wire, go pick him up.
Feb 10 - 6:43 PM

Anthony Tolliver will be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game vs. the Nuggets with Ersan Illyasova (illness) unavailable.

Tolliver could be getting some heavy minutes tonight with Detroit so banged up, and with a favorable matchup against Denver, he's someone to consider as a punt play in DFS.
Feb 10 - 6:00 PM

Reggie Bullock (nose) had surgery and is out for Wednesday against the Nuggets.

He should be ready after the break. With the Pistons shorthanded, there should be an added chance for Darrun Hilliard behind Stanley Johnson.
Feb 10 - 5:59 PM

Ersan Ilyasova (illness) is out for Wednesday against the Nuggets.

He will only need to miss this game and will be ready to start the second half. With Ilyasova and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (groin) out, that should leave the Pistons shorthanded. Anthony Tolliver and Stanley Johnson should be busy while there could be some new lineup combos tonight with more Darrun Hilliard.
Feb 10 - 5:56 PM

Ersan Ilyasova (illness) is doubtful to play Wednesday vs. Denver.

If Ersan isn't able to give it a go tonight, Anthony Tolliver would draw the start in his place, and he would be worth a punt play in DFS as he could see his minutes in the 30s with very little depth behind him. Check back for another update on Ersan's status closer to the tip.
Feb 10 - 11:52 AM

The Pistons have recalled Spencer Dinwiddie (ankle) from the D-League.

The move is purely procedure as Dinwiddie is dealing with an ankle injury and the Pistons want to let their doctors look at it. While Dinwiddie has potential, the Pistons are committed to leaving him in the D-League this season and he can be left on waivers in all fantasy leagues.
Feb 9 - 10:23 AM

Andre Drummond double-doubled vs. the Raptors on Monday with 12 points, 13 boards, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

He missed practice on Sunday after taking a hard fall in Saturday's game, but he didn't look limited at all tonight and recorded his sixth double-double in a row. He did shoot just 3-of-8 from the free throw line, but his owners have likely accepted the fact that he will struggle from there for the remainder of the season. His 3-pointer was a buzzer beater from 71 feet at the end of the third quarter which is the longest made shot of the year. Check it out in the link below.
Feb 8 - 11:45 PM

Marcus Morris scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting on Monday vs. the Raptors.

He has attempted seven or fewer shots just five times this season, but Darrun Hilliard took away some of his shots tonight. Morris added six assists, five boards, one block, three steals and two treys to give himself a full stat line, so obviously his owners didn't mind the low FGAs. He has been inconsistent at times, but he's still holding low-end value in standard leagues over the course of the season.
Feb 8 - 11:36 PM


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