Player News - Pistons

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Kyle Singler (nose) said will no longer wear a protective mask for the broken nose he suffered on January 21.

Singler was held scoreless for the second time in 143 NBA starts on Wednesday and will look to get back on track against the Rockets on Saturday. The 26-year-old is averaging just 6.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 1.4 three-pointers over his last five games and doesn't provide much fantasy value outside deeper leagues.
Source: M Live
Jan 29 - 10:12 AM

Jodie Meeks played 34 minutes off the bench and hit just 4-of-16 shots, but also hit 10-of-11 free throws to salvage a fantasy line, that included a 3-pointer.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope started, but hit just 2-of-9 shots for four points. Meeks could be a sneaky pick up with Brandon Jennings out for the foreseeable future, but we'd like him a lot more if he were starting over KCP.
Jan 28 - 11:01 PM

D.J. Augustin laid an egg on Wednesday, missing all seven of his shots and finishing with just two points, one rebound, four assists and two steals in 34 minutes.

The good news is that he played so many minutes and Brandon Jennings isn't coming back anytime soon. Yes, this game was a total buzzkill for all of DJA's new owners, but he should bounce back in the next one. Don't cut him.
Jan 28 - 10:56 PM

Andre Drummond had anything but a huge night against the hapless Sixers on Wednesday, finishing with just six points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block in an ugly loss.

Drummond picked up four fouls and the Pistons were never really in this game. Greg Monroe was better with 20 points and 11 boards, but he didn't have any blocks in the loss. Philly opened up a big first-quarter league and never looked back, and we'll blame this one on the Pistons playing their fourth game in five nights. They were, as the saying goes, plumb tuckered out.
Jan 28 - 10:53 PM

Jonas Jerebko picked up another DNP-CD on Tuesday against the Cavaliers.

He has essentially been replaced in the rotation by Anthony Tolliver, and it was the second time in the last five games that he didn't play at all. If this game is any indication, it's safe to drop Jerebko in almost all leagues.
Jan 27 - 10:28 PM

D.J. Augustin had another solid game as the starting point guard for Detroit on Tuesday, scoring 19 points with nine assists, four boards, two steals and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

He is coming off a career-high 35-point game on Sunday, so it looks like it's safe to assume that he will be a must-own player for the rest of the season. Even if the Pistons bring in a third point guard, Augustin will likely have no serious competition for the starting job and should maintain value as the season progresses. Congrats are in order if you were able to pluck him off the waiver wire.
Jan 27 - 10:23 PM

Greg Monroe double-doubled in a loss to the Cavaliers on Tuesday, finishing with 17 points and 12 boards in 32 minutes.

He has been fantastic for the Pistons since the release of Josh Smith, and his role will only grow on offense now that Brandon Jennings (Achilles) is on the shelf. Monroe will never overwhelm his owners with defensive stats, but he is a strong bet for a double-double every time he touches the floor. Monroe will remain a must-start option in all leagues for the rest of the way.
Jan 27 - 10:04 PM

Andre Drummond had a season-high six blocks in a loss to the Cavaliers on Tuesday, adding 12 points and 17 boards.

It wasn't all great for him, as he shot just 6-of-17 from the field and missed all four of his free throws. Drummond has now gone three games without making a single free throw, going 0-of-9 over that span. Having said that, his owners knew what they were getting into when they drafted him and they probably won't mind as long as keeps scoring, rebounding and blocking shots at a high level. His play should also improve as he develops some chemistry with D.J. Augustin, who has taken over as the starting point guard due to the loss of Brandon Jennings (Achilles) for the season.
Jan 27 - 9:56 PM

Brandon Jennings tweeted that he had a successful surgery on his left Achilles on Monday.

Jennings' tweet included a photograph of him in a hospital bed and a few words thanking fans for their love and support. The 25-year-old can be dropped in standard fantasy leagues as he'll miss the rest of the 2014-15 season, while D.J. Augustin now becomes a must-own player.
Jan 27 - 10:02 AM

Stan Van Gundy acknowledged that the Pistons are looking for a third point guard.

After losing Brandon Jennings (Achilles) for the season, the Pistons are left with just veteran D.J. Augustin and rookie Spencer Dinwiddie to fill the role. The team is rumored to be interested in Pablo Prigioni, so that could be one option Detroit pursues.
Jan 26 - 9:06 AM

Kyle Singler took only three shots in 26 minutes on Sunday, making one of them to finish a loss to the Raptors with four points, two rebounds and two assists.

Singler hasn't been worth owning in 14-team leagues this season and he'll now have an adjustment period with D.J. Augustin taking the reins of Detroit's offense. There's not enough upside here to bother with him outside of deep leagues.
Jan 25 - 10:21 PM

Andre Drummond made 7-of-11 shots in 27 minutes vs. Toronto on Sunday, finishing with 14 points, eight boards, one assist and one block.

Drummond has scored 56.0 percent of his baskets off teammate assists, so the loss of Brandon Jennings can't be a good thing for his offense. It's something to keep an eye on going forward, though of course Drummond remains an elite fantasy center even if his scoring takes a small dip.
Jan 25 - 10:18 PM

Pistons rookie Spencer Dinwiddie played 11 minutes behind D.J. Augustin on Sunday, finishing with two points on 1-of-4 shooting, one rebound, two assists and one block.

This was the sixth time all season that Dinwiddie has logged 10+ minutes and he's something of an enigma, but deep-league owners might as well stash him now that he's the Pistons' primary backup PG. The biggest concern is his developing offense -- he's shooting 31.3 percent in limited action (17.6 from downtown), which might tank his value in typical formats.
Jan 25 - 10:18 PM

Greg Monroe piled up 21 points, 16 rebounds and four assists in a losing effort vs. Toronto on Sunday, making 9-of-17 FGs and 3-of-5 FTs in the process.

Monroe has been firing on all cylinders since Josh Smith's departure, and he's flirting with top-20 value in Detroit's past 15 games. That's more than owners could have hoped for on draft day and he'll shoulder an even bigger offensive burden without Brandon Jennings (Achilles), giving him a tremendous rest-of-season outlook.
Jan 25 - 10:13 PM

D.J. Augustin exploded for a career-high 35 points while taking over the Pistons' starting PG job on Sunday, hitting 12-of-20 shots with five 3-pointers, four boards and eight assists.

Congratulations to all those owners who snagged Augustin off the waiver wire following Brandon Jennings' Achilles injury. Augustin also was 6-of-6 at the FT line with only two turnovers in 37 minutes and this may stand as his best line all season, but he's locked into a huge role with Jennings done for the year. Detroit plays three times next week, which is good enough to start Augustin in all formats.
Jan 25 - 10:09 PM


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