Player News - Pistons

Date: Team: Pos:

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 bad 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

D.J. Augustin will start at point guard for Sunday's game vs. the Raptors.

The Pistons are looking at adding a third point guard, but Augustin is going to have essentially zero competition for playing time with Brandon Jennings (Achilles) going down for the rest of the season. Augustin needs to be picked up in all leagues.
Jan 25 - 5:43 PM

With news coming out that Brandon Jennings will miss the remainder of the season with an Achilles injury, D.J. Augustin is set to become the starting point guard in Detroit.

Augustin is averaging 13.3 points, 6.3 assists, 1.3 three-pointers, and 3.3 turnovers through three games as a starter for Detroit. Make sure he's not sitting on your waiver wire, as he has now officially become a must-own player in all standard leagues.
Jan 25 - 2:59 PM

Brandon Jennings will miss the remainder of the season with a full tear of his left Achilles.

This is a tough blow for the Pistons, and we wish Jennings a speedy recovery. Typically these types of injuries take 7-12 months for a complete recovery, and that's just talking about returning to the court. D.J. Augustin becomes a must-own guy with Jennings unavailable for the rest of the season, and Spencer Dinwiddie will also enter the rotation as the primary reserve off the bench. If Augustin is sitting on your waiver wire, go grab him now as he owns averages of 13.3 points, 6.3 assists, and 1.3 three-pointers as a starter for Detroit.
Jan 25 - 2:33 PM

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


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