Player News - Pistons

Date: Team: Pos:

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

Reggie Jackson struggled with foul trouble on Monday vs. the Raptors, scoring 13 points with five assists in just 29 minutes.

He had five fouls which kept him from getting into any kind of groove offensively and he finished 6-of-14 from the field and missed all three of his 3-pointers. To make matters worse, Jackson also turned the ball over six times. This was just a rough night in general for Detroit against a really strong Toronto team, so look for Jackson to bounce back vs. the Nuggets on Wednesday.
Feb 8 - 11:30 PM

Darrun Hilliard scored a career-high 13 points vs. the Raptors on Monday.

He was 6-of-12 from the field and added one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes. He played 21 minutes on Saturday vs. the Pacers and is clearly benefitting from the injury to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (groin). However, KCP is expected to return right after the All-Star break, so there's no reason to look Hilliard's way in standard formats. It's nice to see him getting some run, though.
Feb 8 - 11:25 PM

Stanley Johnson had a rough night vs. the Raptors on Monday, scoring just five points on 2-of-9 shooting.

Like with any rookie, some inconsistency is expected. Johnson added five boards, three assists and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes, but his owners would be crazy to let go of him right now. He was averaging 15.7 points, 9.7 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.3 3-pointers in his previous three outings, so his owners should stick with him.
Feb 8 - 11:19 PM

Andre Drummond missed practice on Sunday and is good to go on Monday against the Raptors.

He had a bad fall on Saturday, but there is no concern of this affecting Drummond's playing time. Just keep this in mind if you want to use him in DFS tonight.
Feb 8 - 6:05 PM

Reggie Bullock will play on Monday with a mask.

He suffered a broken nose over the weekend and it shouldn't affect his playing time. He's currently behind Darrun Hillard and Stanley Johnson for shooting guard minutes.
Feb 8 - 6:01 PM

Reggie Jackson scored 26 points on 10-of-15 from the field during a 112-104 loss to the Pacers on Saturday, adding three rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers.

That's a very efficient line with low turnovers, which have seen a very nice improvement recently. In his last five, Jackson averaged 19.2 points, 1.8 boards, 4.2 assists, 0.6 steals, 2.4 treys and 1.4 turnovers on 47.9 percent from the field. Once the assists start to come around, Jackson should start to be that top-50 player his owners drafted.
Feb 6 - 10:09 PM

Anthony Tolliver scored 17 points with four rebounds, one assist, three steals and five 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Pacers on Saturday.

He took some minutes away from Ersan Ilyasova tonight because Ilyasova couldn't connect on anything. Tolliver could potentially benefit from the Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (groin) injury because Marcus Morris can play all small forward, but he'll need to do it again after not playing more than 19 minutes in any of his previous three games.
Feb 6 - 10:03 PM

Ersan Ilyasova made 1-of-8 from the field for four points with one 3-pointer and one turnover in 18 minutes against the Pacers on Saturday.

His shot was off and coach Stan Van Gundy went away from him for most of the second half. SVG did say he's going to pull Ghostface Ilya at times to get more perimeter players out there, so this isn't a surprise. Ilyasova is a low-end asset in standard leagues.
Feb 6 - 9:58 PM

Brandon Jennings scored four points with three assists, one steal and one turnover in 16 minutes against the Pacers on Saturday.

This was a good matchup to go with Jennings next to Reggie Jackson, but that didn't happen. Jennings looks like a cut candidate for those who added him after the Kentavious Caldwell-Pope injury. If you want to stash him until the deadline for deeper leagues, that's not a bad idea.
Feb 6 - 9:55 PM

Stanley Johnson fouled out in 38 minutes against the Pacers on Saturday with 14 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and one steal.

His coach has his back and he's certainly not playing like a 19-year-old rookie. Johnson is also starting to figure out what a smart shot is and has been fairly efficient in each of his last two. He should be owned in all leagues thanks to his energy on the glass and well-rounded play.
Feb 6 - 9:53 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (core muscle strain) is expected to be back right after the All-Star break.

This was the expectation all along, but Stan Van Gundy confirmed it again on Saturday. KCP is worth stashing in almost all leagues unless you're desperate, and in the meantime Stanley Johnson is worth owning after scoring 22 points in 44 minutes vs. the Knicks on Thursday. On a side note, SVG also said that the Pistons will likely stand pat at the trade deadline.
Feb 6 - 12:06 PM


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