Player News - Pistons

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There is a "strong belief" within the Pistons that Brandon Jennings tore his left Achilles on Saturday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Sadly, all signs support this claim. Jennings was in agonizing pain at the time of the injury and couldn't put any weight on his leg. Those who have torn their Achilles before have mentioned it felt like being drilled with a baseball in their lower leg, which seemed to be the case for Jennings. The Pistons will conduct an MRI to confirm the damage, but fantasy owners in all re-draft leagues should consider Jennings out for the season. D.J. Augustin is expected to start and is worth owning in all standard leagues. Spencer Dinwiddie will also get more run.
Jan 25 - 1:24 AM

Andre Drummond missed all four attempts from the foul line during a 101-86 loss to the Bucks on Saturday with 10 points, seven rebounds and one block.

He was actually developing a nice rapport with Brandon Jennings, but he'll have to learn to play with D.J. Augustin more often. That could mean Drummond has to get his shot on his own more often, which suggests his field goal shooting goes south. He'll still be a must-start player and he may see an increase in usage rate.
Jan 24 - 10:30 PM

Jodie Meeks plays 15 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday with four points, one rebound and one steal.

The Pistons do use a lineup of D.J. Augustin with Brandon Jennings on occasion, so there are a handful of minutes available now that all of DJA's minutes will be at point guard. Meeks hasn't hit his stride yet, but the upside for steals and dimes makes him worth a look in standard leagues.
Jan 24 - 10:26 PM

Spencer Dinwiddie played seven minutes against the Bucks on Saturday with four points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal.

He hasn't had a great run in the NBA, averaging just 3.0 points, 2.1 dimes, 0.4 steals and 0.4 treys on 31.0 percent from the field. Dinwiddie does have a lot of talent, he was coach Stan Van Gundy's first draft pick with the team, and the Pistons are now likely going to make him their backup point guard with Brandon Jennings (foot) going down tonight. Keep an eye on him in deep leagues with his decent upside.
Jan 24 - 10:23 PM

D.J. Augustin played 15 minutes on Saturday against the Bucks with two points and two steals.

Despite the awful game, Augustin is set for a significant bump on playing time. Brandon Jennings (leg) is possibly out for the season, so expect DJA to play close to 30-35 minutes. He can add some steals, dimes and triples, which makes him some worth grabbing in all standard leagues.
Jan 24 - 10:18 PM

Coach Stan Van Gundy said Brandon Jennings' foot injury "doesn't look good" and he will be out for the foreseeable future.

The Pistons will give him an MRI in the coming days to confirm the diagnosis. Looking at the circumstantial evidence, Jennings is likely out for the season with an Achilles tear. To be clear, that is still just an educated guess and it has not been confirmed. D.J. Augustin is going to pick up around 10 minutes per game and should be owned in all standard leagues. Spencer Dinwiddie will also play more. Hopefully, we're wrong on Jennings.
Jan 24 - 10:09 PM

Brandon Jennings suffered a left leg injury and went to the locker room on Saturday.

It did not look good at all and his teammates were very discouraged. Jennings had to be taken to the locker room in a wheelchair, so it could be a severe ankle injury or an Achilles issue. If you're looking to add a point guard, D.J. Augustin is a very strong speculative add right now. Spencer Dinwiddie will also get in the rotation. Jennings finished with 16 points, two rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.
Jan 24 - 9:13 PM

Kyle Singler will play with a mask against the Bucks on Saturday.

He had a procedure on Friday and should be ready to go. Singler broke his nose and it shouldn't affect his playing time. He's a low-ceiling option in deep leagues.
Jan 24 - 6:22 PM

Kyle Singler (nasal fracture) is questionable for Saturday's game in Milwaukee

Singler was injured on Wednesday, when he scored 14 points in 22 minutes vs. the Magic. He continues to hold down a starting job but hasn't done much to help fantasy owners, averaging 7.4 points on 42.0 percent shooting, so there's no incentive to gamble on him while his status is in doubt.
Jan 23 - 12:14 PM

Andre Drummond stuffed the stat-sheet on Wednesday with 26 points (10-of-14 FGs, 6-of-8 FTs), 17 rebounds, one assist, four steals and three blocks in just 30 minutes.

The 75.0 percent FT shooting is a bonus for fantasy owners, most of whom should be resigned to ignoring the category given Drummond's league-worst weighted FT percentages. He also committed a season-high five turnovers tonight, unusual for a player whose 9-cat value is strengthened by a stingy season average of 1.5 turnovers per game.
Jan 21 - 10:22 PM

Greg Monroe finished Wednesday's win vs. Orlando with 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting, 10 rebounds, four assists and one block, marking his 10th double-double of the month.

Monroe has grabbed eight rebounds in two games since Jan. 1, which are the only times he failed to double-double in 2015. Fantasy owners basking in his post-Smoove production shouldn't overlook his FT shooting, which has soared to a career-high 76.3 percent on 4.8 attempts per game. He's locked into top-50 value.
Jan 21 - 10:21 PM

Anthony Tolliver played a season-high 33 minutes on Wednesday, finishing a win vs. the Magic with nine points, one 3-pointer, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

The 29-year-old journeyman has carved out a dependable role under Stan Van Gundy, but his playing time is likely to fluctuate based upon matchups. The Pistons scored a season-high 128 points tonight vs. Orlando's hapless defense, which also aided Tolliver's cause, and he's little more than a 3-point specialist in deep leagues.
Jan 21 - 10:21 PM

Brandon Jennings handed out a career-high 21 assists during the Pistons' win vs. Orlando on Wednesday, while scoring 24 points and turning the ball over just twice in 33 minutes.

He's the first player to have 20+ points and 20+ assists in a game since Steve Nash did it in 2009, and only four players have done it since 2000 -- Jennings, Nash, Ramon Sessions and Jalen Rose. Jennings has been in a shooting slump lately but he's looked like a different player since Josh Smith's departure, flirting with top-20 value despite averaging a mere 28.1 minutes over the past month. Congratulations are in order if you stuck with him during his early-season doldrums.
Jan 21 - 10:09 PM

Despite scoring 13 points to go with 18 rebounds in Monday's loss to the Hawks, Andre Drummond was benched down the stretch due to his woeful free throw shooting.

He finished the game going 3-of-12 from the line, but he understands why coach Stan Van Gundy had to pull him out. "As an athlete you want to be out there to help your team," Drummond said. "But coach doesn't feel it's the best fit, you have to understand he feels a certain way, that another guy is the right fit for that moment. It's not my decision. I gotta sit there and stay ready. It's what it comes to. I can't get discouraged." While we expect Drummond to be fine, owners didn't draft him for his foul shooing and they can keep rolling him out there for his elite production in boards and blocks.
Jan 21 - 10:00 AM

Spencer Dinwiddie has been recalled from the D-League.

Dinwiddie isn't going to be a major part of the Pistons' rotation, and he can safely remain on the waiver wire in most leagues.
Jan 20 - 4:52 PM


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