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Blake Griffin got very little help during a 103-101 loss to the Kings on Saturday, scoring 38 points with six rebounds, three assists, three steals, five turnovers and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

The other four starters combined for just 25 points in a tough home loss. Andre Drummond didn't play today, and that should lead to some big lines from Blake in games the big man can't miss. Per 36 without Drummond, Blake sits at 29.4 points, 10.5 boards, 4.5 dimes, 1.0 steals and 2.3 treys. He'll be a popular DFS play when the matchup isn't tough.
Jan 19 - 10:24 PM

Bruce Brown grabbed a career-high 10 boards with six points, four assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Kings on Saturday.

He continues to be coach Dwane Casey's go-to defender on top perimeter players, guarding De'Aaron Fox in this one. Perhaps the biggest takeaway in fantasy is that his defense is taking minutes from Reggie Jackson because he's not needed on one end. Brown is only worth a look in deep leagues.
Jan 19 - 10:11 PM

Khyri Thomas played 14 minutes against the Kings on Saturday with four points and three rebounds.

He took Langston Galloway's role as a second-unit wing. Thomas isn't going to be much of a factor in fantasy for the foreseeable future, but that could change late in the season if the Pistons continue to struggle.
Jan 19 - 10:08 PM

Langston Galloway was a DNP-CD on Saturday against the Kings.

It was a bold rotation change here with Ish Smith (groin) out, and Khyri Thomas getting the run off the bench. Leave Galloway on the wire.
Jan 19 - 9:57 PM

Jon Leuer was the backup center against the Kings on Saturday with eight points and three rebounds in 13 minutes.

It was a surprise to see Zaza Pachulia get 35 minutes, especially against the Kings. Even if Andre Drummond (nasal, concussion) is out, Leuer won't offer enough upside to add in just about all leagues.
Jan 19 - 9:55 PM

Zaza Pachulia made a start for Andre Drummond against the Kings on Saturday with seven points, 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 35 minutes.

He shattered the over/under expectation as he cleared 29 minutes for the first time this season. Andre Drummond (concussion) is in the protocol and he has a nasal issue, so it's possible he misses more time. Pachulia may be a specialist for boards, but he's not exactly the strongest add unless we get bad news on Drummond.
Jan 19 - 9:54 PM

Jose Calderon moved into the backup PG role against the Kings on Saturday with five points, two rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 17 minutes.

He did play down the stretch, which is more about Reggie Jackson than anything else. Calderon could be in the rotation while Ish Smith (groin) is out, but he's nowhere near the fantasy radar unless you're in a very deep league.
Jan 19 - 9:50 PM

Reggie Jackson made 1-of-5 from the field for four points with two rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer and two steals in 29 minutes against the Kings on Saturday.

Against the fast-paced Kings, he lost minutes to Jose Calderon. He has been dreadful over his last five outings, averaging 9.4 points, 3.2 boards, 3.4 dimes, 1.0 steals and 1.2 treys. Jackson isn't worth owning in 10-team leagues, and that's a fairly cold take.
Jan 19 - 9:47 PM

Ish Smith (right adductor tightness) will not play against the Kings on Saturday.

Smith missed a bunch of time due to a groin issue earlier this season, so this isn't great news. Luke Kennard, Bruce Brown, Langston Galloway, and Jose Calderon will see more time in Smith's absence.
Jan 19 - 6:59 PM

Zaza Pachulia will start for the injured Andre Drummond (nose).

Pachulia started the second half of the team's last game when Drummond was unable to return to action. He won't have much fantasy value and will share the center minutes with Jon Leuer. Blake Griffin will likely see time at center, too.
Jan 19 - 6:57 PM

Ish Smith (groin) is questionable Saturday against the Kings.

He suffered a groin injury on Friday night and did not return. Smith had a groin issue keep him out a month and he just returned this week, but the Pistons said it wasn't an aggravation. If he can't go, Luke Kennard, Langston Galloway and Bruce Brown could see a little more run.
Jan 19 - 5:08 PM

Jon Leuer (illness) is probable for Saturday's game vs. the Kings.

Leuer was unable to play on Friday but is on track to return to the lineup Saturday night. The Pistons will need extra depth at center, as Andre Drummond (concussion) has been ruled out of Saturday's game.
Jan 19 - 1:53 PM

Stanley Johnson (right hamstring soreness) is listed as probable for Saturday's game vs. the Kings.

Johnson was listed as probable for Friday's game as well and ended up finishing with 12 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two triples.
Jan 19 - 1:48 PM

Andre Drummond (concussion) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Kings.

Drummond took an elbow to the face from James Johnson on Friday night and was bleeding from the nose. He was unable to return, with the ailment being classified as a nasal injury. However, we now learn Drummond is dealing with a concussion, which will likely sideline him for multiple games. Zaza Pachulia and Jon Leuer (illness), who is listed as probable, will divvy minutes at center with Drummond out of action. Neither player is an attractive fantasy option. Blake Griffin could also see some time at the five if Detroit chooses to go small.
Jan 19 - 1:34 PM

Stanley Johnson (right hamstring soreness) scored 12 points vs. the Heat on Friday, adding six rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two triples.

Luke Kennard and Reggie Bullock combined for 41 points in the win and Johnson appears to be behind both in the pecking order on the wings. However, Johnson can play some small-ball four, something we may see more often if Andre Drummond (nasal injury) misses any time. Johnson is just someone to keep tabs on in deeper leagues while we wait for an update on Drummond.
Jan 18 - 10:22 PM


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