Description: Pistons forward Greg Monroe (knee) did not practice Thursday so figure him as doubtful for Friday against Orlando.
Insight: With nothing to play for there is no need for him to rush back. This makes Andre Drummond a top play again. Drummond has averaged 15.6 ppg and 17.8 rpg over the last five games Monroe has missed.
Description: Pistons guard Reggie Jackson led Detroit with 28 points and nine assists in the, 108-104, victory over the Raptors on Tuesday.
Insight: Jackson was 10-for-18 from the field with two 3-pointers. He was also 6-of-8 at the line with five rebounds and a steal. As anticipated, Jackson has been great with Detroit, averaging 15.1 ppg and 9.0 apg this month.
Description: Pistons guard Reggie Jackson nearly had a triple-double in the, 105-97, overtime victory over the Celtics on Sunday.
Insight: Jackson didn't shoot well, going 5-for-13 from the field, but he did finish with 17 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds. Last Wednesday, Jackson registered a triple-double even though he shot 4-for-17 from the floor, so this is becoming a habit. If owners need counting stats, Jackson is the man.
Description: Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 10 field goals and led Detroit with 27 points as the Pistons defeated the Celtics in overtime, 105-97.
Insight: Caldwell-Pope shot 50 percent from the field and went 3-for-8 from the 3-point line. He also had eight rebounds, two steals and an assist. Caldwell-Pope is averaging 17.4 ppg in the last five games.
Description: Pistons forward Greg Monroe will miss Tuesday's game against Memphis due to a right knee strain.
Insight: It happened during Monday's practice. It's hopefully just a one-game injury that will allow him to return on Friday. Monroe is averaging 16.0 ppg and 10.4 rpg, but is averaging 1838 ppg since the All-Star break.
Description: The Pistons benched guard Reggie Jackson for Spencer Dinwiddie in the second half of Saturday's loss to the Hazz.
Insight: Fantasy owners should be at least a little considered after Jackson's horrible game Saturday. He shot just 4-of-11 with 10 points, zero assists and five turnovers. Dinwiddie had nine points, six assists and none turnovers. Owners will want to make sure Jackson returns to the starting lineup versus the Grizzlies on Tuesday.
Description: Pistons forward Greg Monroe had a double-double versus the Jazz on Saturday.
Insight: Monroe registered 16 points and 13 rebounds in the victory over Utah. He was 7-for-15 from the field with two assists and two blocks as well. Monroe is averaging 19.4 ppg and 9.0 rpg in the last five games.
Description: Pistons center Andre Drummond grabbed a game-high 21 rebounds versus the Lakers on Tuesday.
Insight: Five of those 21 rebounds were on the offensive glass. Drummond has the potential for big rebounding nights like this, but he is also prone to just five rebound nights like he had on Sunday versus the Hornets. Drummond also scored 14 points Tuesday.
Description: Pistons guard Reggie Jackson led his team with 25 points versus the Hornets on Sunday, but he had a rough second half.
Insight: Jackson was just 2-for-9 from the field in the second half meaning 21 of his points came in the first half. Jackson did also have seven rebounds and seven assists. He should continue to accumulate lots of stats with the Pistons.
Description: Pistons forward Greg Monroe recorded his fourth straight double-double on Saturday versus the Wizards.
Insight: Monroe finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds as he shot 53.3 percent from the field. He also had a steal and a block. Monroe has been dynamite in the last five games, averaging 19.2 ppg and 11.6 rpg.
Description: Pistons guard Reggie Jackson continues to be a winner of the trade deadline.
Insight: Jackson played 34 minutes and led his team with 22 points. He also nearly had a triple-double with nine assists and eight rebounds. If Jackson is still available in your league, pick him up now.
Description: Pistons guard Reggie Jackson made his Detroit debut, playing 30 minutes and scoring 17 points on Sunday.
Insight: Jackson was 7-of-18 from the field and 1-for-4 from the 3-point line. He also had five assists and five rebounds. Overall, we expect Jackson to produce great fantasy numbers while starting in Detroit. If he is available, Jackson is a great add.
Description: Pistons forward Greg Monroe had 15 points and 15 rebounds as the Pistons moved within half a game of eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Insight: Detroit is currently in 10th place behind both Charlotte and Brooklyn for the final playoff spot in the East. The Hornets and Nets are both 22-31. Monroe was 6-of-16 from the field and also had three steals and two assists.
Description: Pistons center Andre Drummond had a monster fantasy game on Friday versus the Bulls.
Insight: Drummond shot 7-of-18 on his way to 18 points and grabbed 20 rebounds. Nine of those rebounds were on the offensive glass. Drummond hurt fantasy owners by going just 4-of-13 at the line, but owners will take the points and rebounds.
Description: Pistons point guard D.J. Augustin continues to impress fantasy owners.
Insight: Augustin has 18 points and five assists in over 28 minutes on Tuesday. He was 5-of-14 from the field, hitting one 3-pointer. Augustin is starting for Detroit now that Brandon Jennings is out for the season, and Augustin is taking full advantage.
Description: Pistons guard/forward Caron Butler is expected to miss Tuesday's game with Charlotte due to back spasms, according to beat reporter David Mayo.
Insight: Butler has very little fantasy value sitting behind Cartier Martin on the depth chart. he's averaging just 5.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.8 apg through 50 games, so his absence won't change any fantasy lineups.
Description: Pistons point guard D.J. Augustin led the team with 20 points and added eight assists versus the Timberwolves on Sunday.
Insight: Augustin has been a really nice addition to any fantasy team who added him when Brandon Jennings went down with his injury two weeks ago. In eight games since taking the starting job, Augustin has at least 19 points and eight assists in six of those games. If he is still available, add him right away.
Description: Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will play in Friday's game against Denver despite dealing with a sore Achilles, according to Keith Langlois of pistons.com.
Insight: Caldwell-Pope couldn't finish Wednesday's game because of the injury. He's averaging 11.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.1 spg. Jodie Meeks would jump up in value if Caldwell-Pope is limited in minutes or productivity.
Description: Pistons center Andre Drummond recorded his third consecutive double-double during Wednesday's loss to the Pacers.
Insight: He went 9-of-15 from the floor for 18 points, 16 boards, one assist, one steal, and one turnover. Drummond has played well of late, but is still ranked outside the top 100 in standard leagues.
Description: Pistons point guard D.J. Augustin continues to fill in nicely for Detroit.
Insight: With Brandon Jennings out, Augustin needs to be owned everywhere. He had 25 points, 13 assists, four rebounds, two 3-pointers, one steal, and zero turnovers during Tuesday's win against the Heat.
Description: Pistons point guard D.J. Augustin is definitely worth owning.
Insight: He went 8-of-13 from the field and 11-of-13 on Saturday night for 28 points, 12 assists, two rebounds, one 3-pointer, two steals, and five turnovers. Pick Augustin up if for some reason he is still available.
Description: Pistons center Andre Drummond blocked a career-high six shots on Tuesday.
Insight: Drummond added 12 points and 17 rebounds in what was a massive fantasy night. He did shoot just 6-of-17 from the field and 0-for-4 at the line, but fantasy owners will take the totals in the points, rebounds and blocks categories.
Description: Pistons point guard D.J. Augustin just missed a double-double on Tuesday versus the Cavaliers.
Insight: Augustin followed up his 35-point line from Sunday with 19 points and nine assists on Tuesday. He started slow but hit three 3-pointers in the second half. He was 8-of-15 from the field overall with four rebounds and two steals. Pick Augustin up if he is still available.
Description: Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings had his left Achilles surgery Monday and will miss the remainder of the season.
Insight: D.J Augustin is the best fantasy add option and he proved it with a 35-point, four-rebound, eight-assist Sunday night against Toronto. But if you didn't already pick him up it's probably too late.
Description: Pistons point guard D.J. Augustin started his fourth game of the season and had a day versus the Raptors.
Insight: Augustin scored 35 points, shooting 3-for-5 from the 3-point line. He was 12-of-20 from the field overall and 6-for-6 at the line. Augustin also had eight assists and four rebounds. If he is still available, go pick him up right away.
Description: Pistons point guard D.J. Augustin will start at point guard on Sunday as expected.
Insight: Starting point guard Brandon Jennings went down with a torn Achilles on Saturday, so it appears the point guard job will fall to Augustin for the rest of the season. He is worth picking up in nearly all leagues.
Description: Pistons forward Greg Monroe had eight points and 16 rebounds versus the Bucks.
Insight: Detroit lost Brandon Jennings during the game, which contributed to Milwaukee's 15-point victory. Monroe, however, continues to be one of the best rebounders in the league. He is averaging 13.4 boards per game over the last five contests.
Description: Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings recorded a career-high 21 assists on Tuesday night.
Insight: No, that is not a typo. Jennings was fantastic all night, as he went 10-of-21 from the field and 3-of-5 from the line for 24 points, 21 assists, one 3-pointer, and two turnovers. He is a top-60 option.
Description: Pistons forward Greg Monroe had a monster game on Monday with 16 points and 20 rebounds versus the Hawks.
Insight: Monroe was 5-of-11 from the field and 6-for-6 at the line. He also had two assists, a steal and a block. In leagues that count turnovers and fouls, however, Monroe turned it over six times and committed four fouls.
Description: Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings was on fire Friday with eight 3-pointers versus the Pacers.
Insight: Jennings led the team with a season-high 37 points. He was 10-of-23 from the field, including 8-for-13 from behind the arc. Jennings was also 9-for-9 at the line. Jennings has been on fire the last five games, averaging 24.8 ppg and 7.0 apg.
Description: Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings had 19 points on Wednesday despite a poor night shooting.
Insight: Jennings shot 4-of-12, including 2-for-6 from the 3-point line. Jennings did manage to shoot 90 percent from the line which helped his final stat line. It's a good thing because Jennings only had three assists and a steal to go with the 19 points.
Description: Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings had a big game during Monday's victory over Toronto.
Insight: He went 11-of-22 from the field, 8-of-9 from the line, and 4-of-8 from deep for 34 points, 10 assists, two boards, two steals, and two turnovers. Jennings may be a nice "trade high" candidate right now.
Description: Pistons forward Greg Monroe recorded a double-double on Tuesday.
Insight: Monroe scored 17 points, shooting 70 percent from the field, and grabbed 11 rebounds. With Drummond gobbling up 18.0 rpg over the last five games, owners might expect Monroe's board numbers to suffer, but they haven't. Monroe has three straight double-doubles.
Description: Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings recorded a season-high 35 points during Sunday's win over Sacramento.
Insight: He went 14-of-21 from the field, 2-of-2 from the line, and 5-of-8 from beyond the arc. Jennings also had seven assists, two rebounds, two steals, and two turnovers. This may be the best line he produces all season.
Description: Pistons center Andre Drummond was an absolute beast on the boards during Tuesday's victory against the Magic.
Insight: Drummond brought down a monster 22 rebounds and also finished with 17 points to complete his double-double. However, while he shot 6-of-11 from the field, Drummond was a dreadful 5-of-16 from the line. He also had two assists, three blocks, and two steals.
Description: Pistons forward Greg Monroe recorded a double-double on Friday.
Insight: In a game that featured Andre Drummond and Roy Hibbert, Monroe had a game-high 15 rebounds along with 19 points, shooting 7-of-11. Monroe also had three steals, a block and an assist. With no Josh Smith, Monroe is the clear power forward option in Detroit and thus sees a boost in fantasy value.
Description: Pistons center Andre Drummond had a massive rebounding game versus the Mavericks.
Insight: Drummond grabbed 24 rebounds, which included seven on the offensive glass. He also scored 19 points, shooting 56.3 percent from the field. Additionally, the big man had four steals, three blocks and an assist. Drummond's only blemish was his 1-for-6 at the foul line.
Description: Pistons forward Greg Monroe came off the bench Saturday and led the team in scoring.
Insight: Kyle Singler replaced Greg Monroe in the starting lineup, but Monroe still played 32 minutes versus Singler's 26. Monroe made 8-of-13 shots, scoring 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Even if he stays a bench player, Monroe should be in fantasy lineups.
Description: Pistons forward Josh Smith recorded a double-double on Saturday.
Insight: Smith had 21 points and 13 rebounds in the, 95-90 victory over the Kings. He made 9-of-16 shots and went 3-for-5 at the line. Smith also had five blocks, five assists and two steals although he did have seven turnovers.
Description: Pistons shooting guard Kyle Singler will start on Saturday against the Kings.
Insight: This means Greg Monroe will go back to the bench. The move is likely just a strategic move for the Kings, so fantasy owners of Monroe shouldn't worry too much. Monroe is still fantasy viable coming off the bench while Singler has been very inconsistent this season.
Description: Pistons forward Josh Smith scored a team-high 23 points during Saturday's loss to Philadelphia.
Insight: He was 9-of-18 from the field and 4-of-6 from the line. Smith also had eight rebounds, seven assists, three blocks, one steal, one 3-pointer, and five turnovers. He continues to be inconsistent in this rotation.
Description: Pistons center Andre Drummond recorded a team-high 27 points and 14 rebounds against the Celtics on Wednesday.
Insight: Unfortunately, it wasn't enough as Detroit fell in overtime, 109-102. Drummond made 12-of-18 shots and grabed an equal seven defensive rebounds and seven offensive boards. He also had five blocks and four steals to complete a pretty amazing fantasy night.
Description: Pistons forward Josh Smith scored a team-high 18 points in Tuesday's loss to the Lakers.
Insight: Smith also chipped in 10 rebounds, six assists, three steals, one block, and five turnovers. He has been a major disappointment this season, as he is currently ranked as the 253rd overall fantasy player.
Description: Pistons center Andre Drummond had his first 20-20 game of the season.
Insight: In fact, it was Drummond's first 20-rebound game of the season and just his second 20-point game. Drummond was a monster Friday, scoring 26 points and hauling in 20 rebounds, seven of which came on the offensive glass. Drummond made 12-of-19 shots and 2-of-4 at the line as well.
Description: Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings (160 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.8 apg) has missed two consecutive games and has now been downgraded to out for Friday's game against Milwaukee due to a hyperextended left thumb.
Insight: D.J. Augustin will get most of the minutes and has been a viable option averaging 15.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 6.5 apg in his absence over the last two contests.
Description: Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings (160 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.8 apg) has missed two consecutive games and is questionable for Friday's game against Milwaukee due to a hyperextended left thumb.
Insight: D.J. Augustin would get most of the minutes if Jennings can't play and has been a viable option averaging 15.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 6.5 apg in his absence over the last two contests.
Description: Pistons center Andre Drummond playwed very well in Tuesday's loss to the Bucks.
Insight: He was 11-of-15 from the field for 23 points, 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks, and one trunover. This is the second straight double-double for Drummond, and owners are hoping this busts him loose.
Description: Pistons guard/forward Caron Butler scored 20 points off the bench on Monday.
Insight: After scoring four total points in his previous two games, Butler hit three 3-pointers and went 7-of-7 from the line, while also chipping in six rebounds. With all this being said, Butler needs to be left on the waiver wire.
Description: Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings posted a double-double in Wednesday's loss to Washington.
Insight: He played very well, scoring 32 points, with 10 assists, three rebounds, three 3-pointers, two steals, and two turnovers. Jennings will be inconsitent throught the season, but owners will be happy with nights like this one.
Description: Pistons center Andre Drummond recorded a double-double on Friday.
Insight: Drummond had one of the weakess double-doubles a player can have with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Even still, it was nice to see him get to double-figures in both categories. He also had two blocks.
Description: Pistons forward Greg Monroe had a monster night against the Knicks on Wednesday.
Insight: Monroe started at power forward versus the Knicks and took advantage getting minutes at the four rather than the three. Monroe had 23 points and 18 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass. He also made 7-of-8 free throws.
Description: Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made 4-out-of-7 3-pointers against the Knicks on Wednesday.
Insight: Behind Caldwell-Pope's outside shooting and Greg Monroe's inside game, the Pistons held a 16-point lead at the end of the third quarter. New York came storming back, but Detroit won, 98-95. Caldwell-Pope finished with 20 points.
Description: Pistons forward Greg Monroe said he is not worried about coming off the bench for Detroit according to The Oakland Press.
Insight: We believe him. Monroe scored 18 points and had 11 rebounds, three assists and one steal in 30 minutes Saturday. As long as he remains productive, it doesn't really matter to fantasy owners whether he starts or not.
Description: Pistons forward Josh Smith is starting on Saturday against the Nets.
Insight: Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy will give Smith the starting nod despite his .368 shooting percentage through the first two games. Smith takes Greg Monroe's spot in the starting lineup, but Monroe is still the better fantasy option against the Nets because of Brooklyn's weak front line.
Description: Pistons center Andre Drummond will be a fantasy beast besides for his free throw shooting.
Insight: Drummond's Achilles heel will again be his free throw shooting. He shot just 41.8 percent from the stripe last season. And that was an improvement from 37.1 percent his rookie season. Drummond will contribute great numbers in every other stat.
Description: Pistons guard/forward Caron Butler is off to a slow start this preseason.
Insight: Butler played 28 minutes in a preseason game a few weeks ago and did not score, missing both his shots. Deeper league squads could benefit from Butler's 3-point production, but he will not have a big enough role to make a fantasy impact in standard leagues.
Description: Pistons forward Greg Monroe may be the odd man out in the Pistons front court.
Insight: Monroe is in a contract season. He was hoping to receive a big contract through restricted free agency, but that did not happen. Monroe returns to the Pistons frontcourt with Andre Drummond and Josh Smith. Both are signed long-term, and Monroe will not be back next season, so new coach Stan Van Gundy may already be planning for life after Monroe leaves.
Description: Pistons forward Josh Smith might play fewer minutes at small forward this season, which could help his fantasy value.
Insight: Smith had his lowest scoring average last season since 2008-2009. With new coach Stan Van Gundy, Smith might not play as often but his scoring average should still go back up. Smith's ceiling is still not very high.
Description: Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will receive additional playing time with Jodie Meeks sidelined until at least the middle of December.
Insight: Caldwell-Pope suffered a left knee strain last week, which allows other younger players to show what they can do, but Caldwell-Pope should still be the starter on opening night. He is a late round flier in standard leagues.
Description: Pistons guard Jodie Meeks is no longer a late-round fantasy flier with his back injury.
Insight: Meeks is expected to miss at least two months, which sidelines him until basically Christmas. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will reap the benefits from Meeks' injury, and fantasy owners should target Caldwell-Pope in the late rounds of standard league drafts.
Description: Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings is shooting just about 25 percent from the field this preseason in new coach Stan Van Gundy's offense.
Insight: The transition to Van Gundy's system has not been a smooth one. Jennings did have a great game last Saturday with 11 assists and 16 points. Hopefully, there is more where that came from, but we aren't counting on it. Jennings is a career 39.0 percent shooter in his five seasons.
Description: Pistons guard/forward Jodie Meeks missed practice on Saturday due to back spasms.
Insight: If Meeks continues to miss time, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope looks poised to take away Meeks' starting role. Caldwell-Pope has looked great through the preseason. Both Meeks and Caldwell-Pope are worth a late round pick in fantasy drafts.
Description: Detroit PF/C Greg Monroe has been suspended for two games after pleading guilty to a DUI.
Insight: The loss of two games shouldn't change his fantasy value over an 82-game schedule. He averaged 15.2 ppg, 9.3 rpg and 2.1 apg last season. Monroe's season debut is now Nov 1 against the Brooklyn Nets.
Description: According to USA Today, Greg Monroe has accepted the Pistons' qualifying offer of $5.5 million.
Insight: Monroe was a restricted free agent this offseason, but rather than sign and offer sheet with another team or a long-term deal with Detroit he's opted to take a one-year deal. He'll become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Monroe, Josh Smith and Andre Drummond did not fit well together last season and the Pistons went 29-53.
Description: The Pistons have agreed to sign swingman Caron Butler to a one-year contract with a team option for a second year.
Insight: Butler averaged 10.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.8 3pg last season with the Bucks and Thunder. He'll back up Josh Smith at small forward and get some minutes at shooting guard, but isn't likely to be a fantasy option. The Pistons have a lot of players capable of playing shooting guard after signing Butler and Jodie Meeks this offseason.
Description: The Pistons have signed veteran point guard D.J. Augustin.
Insight: He signed for two years and $6 million, according to NBA reporter David Aldridge. Augustin averaged 14.9 points, 5.0 assists, and 2.2 threes over 61 games with the Bulls last season after the Raptors got rid of him, but he won't see 30.4 minutes per game as Brandon Jennings' backup. There's going to be a battle for minutes in the Pistons backcourt, as the team added Augustin and Caron Butler to Jennings, Will Bynum, Peyton Siva, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Singler and Jodie Meeks on Sunday.
Description: The Pistons have signed swingman Jodie Meeks to a three-year, $19 million contract, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Insight: Meeks' fantasy value isn't going to be any higher than it was last season, when he averaged 33.2 minutes per game for a depleted Lakers club and recorded 15.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.1 3pg and 1.4 spg. Rodney Stuckey isn't expected to re-sign with Detroit, but the Pistons still have second-year guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Singler as well as several high-usage offensive players in Brandon Jennings, Josh Smith and Greg Monroe.
Description: With Stan Van Gundy as the new team president and head coach, the Pistons aren't likely to re-sign restricted free agent Greg Monroe this offseason. SOURCE: Sean Deveney, Sporting News
Insight: The team would prefer to build around second-year center Andre Drummond. Detroit would be able to match any contract offer Monroe gets on the open market this summer though it doesn't look like they will. The Pistons could also work out a sign and trade deal like the one they pulled off last season to acquire Brandon Jennings from Milwaukee.
Description: Detroit guard Rodney Stuckey's 26 points Saturday against the Celtics were his most since Jan. 20.
Insight: Stuckey didn't shoot very well in February and March but he has hit 19-of-42 (.452) from the field and averaged 18.3 ppg the last three games. His minutes will be more consistent if Will Bynum (foot, missed last two games) remains out of the lineup.
Description: Detroit center Andre Drummond racked up 23 points and 18 rebounds Friday in a loss to Brooklyn.
Insight: Drummond has produced 14 or more rebounds in each of his last three games. He's one of three players in the NBA averaging at least 13 ppg and 12 rpg this season (Dwight Howard and Kevin Love).
Description: Detroit forward Josh Smith has scored 50 points on 20-of-39 shooting the last two games.
Insight: Smith has actually attempted more shots per game this season than last (16.2 to 15.6) but he has averaged fewer points per game (17.5 to 16.5) because he has hit a career-low .418 from the field.