Simone Fontecchio contributes 17 points off bench
Tue, Feb 27, 2024, 11:06 PM
Simone Fontecchio provided a boost off the bench with 17 points (6-of-12 FGs), three rebounds, one assist, one steal and five 3-pointers against the Bulls on Tuesday.
Analysis: Detroit's starting lineup dominated this game, but Fontecchio was the only bench player that was able to contribute any value. He scored 17 of their 26 bench points and knocked down a team-high five 3-pointers. He had been starting, but the return of Isaiah Stewart pushed Fontecchio to the bench. He is certainly capable of having big scoring nights like he did in this one, but his upside as a reserve will be limited. As long as their current starting five is healthy and available, Fontecchio can be left on the waiver wire in 12-team leagues.
Cade Cunningham delivers 26/5/5 line in win
Tue, Feb 27, 2024, 10:47 PM
Cade Cunningham led Detroit with 26 points (9-of-13 FGs), five rebounds, five assists, one block and three 3-pointers in a 105-95 win over Chicago on Tuesday.
Analysis: Cunningham's numbers over the course of the season have been really good, but he has stepped up since the All-Star break. In the four games since the break, he is averaging 28.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 4.0 triples while shooting 58.9% from the floor. He hasn't provided much value defensively, which has been the case all season. Wins don't come often for Detroit, but they are now tied with Washington for the worst record in the league. However, if Cade continues to play this well, they'll have a chance to win every night.
DET starting Cade, Ivey, Ausar, Stewart, Duren
Tue, Feb 27, 2024, 6:35 PMNBA Lineups
Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Ausar Thompson, Isaiah Stewart, and Jalen Duren will start Tuesday's game against the Bulls.
Analysis: Stewart returns after serving a three-game suspension for punching Suns backup center Drew Eubanks earlier this month. He'll jump right into the starting lineup, with Simone Fontecchio headed to the bench. Fontecchio will remain in the rotation, but being dropped to the bench limits his fantasy potential.
Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey available vs. Chicago
Tue, Feb 27, 2024, 6:32 PMNBA Injury Report
Cade Cunningham (left knee injury management) and Jaden Ivey (right ankle soreness) have been cleared to play in Tuesday's game against the Bulls.
Analysis: As expected, both of Detroit's starting guards will be available to play in this game. Both should play large roles, even though Ivey didn't play as much in their last game, due to Monty Williams riding the âhot handâ that was Quentin Grimes.
Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey probable for Tuesday
Tue, Feb 27, 2024, 1:35 PMNBA Injury Report
Cade Cunningham (left knee injury management) and Jaden Ivey (right ankle soreness) are probable for Tuesday's game against the Bulls.
Analysis: Cunningham, who played 36 minutes in Monday's loss to the Knicks, has not played both ends of a back-to-back since mid-December. The good news is that he's considered probable for Tuesday instead of questionable. As for Ivey, he played 24 minutes, with Quentin Grimes being on the court in crunch time as Monty Williams decided to stick with the âhot hand.â
Remember me? Quentin Grimes scores 14 vs. Knicks
Mon, Feb 26, 2024, 10:28 PM
Quentin Grimes shot 4-of-9 from the field and 3-of-3 from the foul line in Monday's loss to the Knicks, scoring 14 points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal, three blocks, and three 3-pointers in 24 minutes.
Analysis: Playing against the team that drafted him for the first time since he was traded to Detroit at the deadline, Grimes had one of his best games of the season. While he scored all 14 of his points in the fourth quarter, Grimes was also impactful on the defensive end of the floor. His effectiveness led to fewer minutes for starter Jaden Ivey (14/2/3/1 with one 3-pointer in 24 minutes), as Grimes was part of the closing lineup. QG has played 26 and 24 minutes in his first two games with the Pistons, and his minutes should be watched moving forward, especially if this impacts Ivey, as it did on Monday.
Jalen Duren contributes 11 points, 16 rebounds
Mon, Feb 26, 2024, 10:14 PM
Jalen Duren played 31 minutes in Monday's 113-111 loss to New York, tallying 11 points (4-of-11 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), 16 rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one blocked shot.
Analysis: After having a limited impact in the Pistons' final two games before the All-Star break, Duren has recorded a double-double in three straight. With Monday's 16-rebound effort, the second-year center has grabbed at least 15 in four games in February. Duren has been one of the few constants for the Pistons in fantasy basketball, providing 6th-round per-game value in 8-cat formats. He's been even better over the past three weeks, accounting for 3rd-round value in 8- and 9-cat formats. Isaiah Stewart's return from a three-game suspension won't impact Duren, as he is firmly entrenched as the Pistons' starting center.
Cade Cunningham tallies 32 points with eight dimes
Mon, Feb 26, 2024, 9:04 PM
Cade Cunningham finished Monday's 113-111 loss to the Knicks with 32 points (10-of-19 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), five rebounds, eight assists, two blocks, and five 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
Analysis: While Cunningham has largely cleaned up the turnovers after his first 20 games, that was the issue for him on Monday. He was responsible for five, and the Pistons committed 17 as a team, with two in the final seconds ultimately leading to Josh Hart's game-winning basket. The good news for fantasy managers, especially those punting turnovers, is that Cunningham had a good night otherwise. He has scored 30 points or more in two of his last three games, and he dished out eight assists for the third time in four. Detroit will look to bounce back when it hosts Chicago on Tuesday, but Cade has not played both ends of a back-to-back since December 15-16. Consider him questionable for that matchup.
Marcus Sasser (right knee) out another week
Mon, Feb 26, 2024, 11:50 AMMike Curtis on Twitter
Marcus Sasser will be out at least one more week due to a right knee contusion.
Analysis: Pistons beat writer Mike Curtis reports that Sasser will be re-evaluated in a week after picking up the injury last Thursday against Indiana. Quentin Grimes and Evan Fournier could pick up some extra playing time in Sasser's absence.
Marcus Sasser (knee) sidelined Monday vs. Knicks
Sun, Feb 25, 2024, 3:35 PMNBA Injury Report
Marcus Sasser (right knee contusion) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Knicks.
Analysis: Sasser will miss a second consecutive game with the knee contusion, which frees up rotation minutes among the Pistons' reserve guards. Quentin Grimes, Evan Fournier, and Malachi Flynn played at least 17 minutes in Saturday's loss to Orlando, but none has done enough to merit being trusted in deep leagues.
Cade Cunningham hits clutch basket, but DET falls
Sat, Feb 24, 2024, 9:56 PM
Cade Cunningham provided 26 points, seven rebounds, four assists, a steal and four triples in Saturday's loss to the Magic.
Analysis: Cunningham averaged just 17.6 points in seven games before the break, but he's been a major offensive force over his last two outings. In that pair of contests, Cade has averaged 28 points and four triples, but the beauty in his game is that he's more than a scorer. Cunningham is averaging a career-high 7.5 dimes to go with 4.1 rebounds this season, and he's shooting career-high marks from the field (45.1%) and from the charity stripe (85.7%). He'll get a tough draw Monday against the Knicks' stingy defense.
Jalen Duren double-doubles w/ four blocks in loss
Sat, Feb 24, 2024, 9:47 PM
Jalen Duren compiled 16 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, a steal and four swats across 33 minutes Saturday in a 112-109 loss to the Magic.
Analysis: Much like Cade Cunningham, Duren went into the All-Star break amid a slump. He averaged just 7.5 points and 8.5 boards in two games before the break, but since returning, Duren has two straight double-doubles to his credit, with averages of 15.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks. Saturday's double-double marks his 29th in 41 games this season, and the second-year man is averaging a healthy 14 points and 12 boards per tilt. He's fifth in the NBA in rebounds per game. The biggest boost to Duren's fantasy value would be a more consistent defensive presence. Before Saturday's four-block showing, he had swatted only five shots in 12 games. On the season, he boasts only seven multi-block games.
Marcus Sasser (knee) sidelined Saturday vs. ORL
Sat, Feb 24, 2024, 6:56 PMNBA Injury Report
Marcus Sasser will miss Saturday's matchup with the Magic due to right knee soreness.
Analysis: Sasser's minutes as a primary backup to Cade Cunningham should be distributed amongst Shake Milton, Malachi Flynn and potentially Quentin Grimes, who's set to make his debut with Detroit.
Quentin Grimes (knee) available Sunday vs. Orlando
Sat, Feb 24, 2024, 5:23 PMMike Curtis on Twitter
Quentin Grimes (right knee sprain) is available for Sunday's game against the Magic.
Analysis: Grimes is set to make his Pistons debut, but his minutes will be restricted. Between that and the inconsistency of the Pistons' bench rotation, fantasy managers should take a âwait and seeâ approach with Grimes in his first few games.
Marcus Sasser (knee) questionable Saturday vs. ORL
Sat, Feb 24, 2024, 4:36 PMNBA Injury Report
Marcus Sasser (right knee soreness) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Magic.
Analysis: Sasser is a late addition to the injury report, which is not a good sign regarding his availability for Saturday's game. While the rookie guard has performed well in spots this season, the inconsistent nature of Monty Williams' rotation has made it challenging to trust Sasser fully in fantasy leagues. Shake Milton and Malachi Flynn are among those who would absorb Sasser's minutes if he cannot play.
Quentin Grimes (knee) probable Saturday vs. ORL
Fri, Feb 23, 2024, 4:14 PMNBA Injury Report
Quentin Grimes (right knee sprain) is questionable for Saturday's matchup with the Magic.
Analysis: Grimes is poised to make his Pistons' debut following his trade from New York, but fantasy managers shouldn't rush to the waiver wire to grab him. It's unclear what his role will be with Detroit, and after so much time off, it wouldn't be surprising if Grimes faces a minutes restriction.
Ausar Thompson stuffs stat sheet with 11/7/5/2/3
Thu, Feb 22, 2024, 8:53 PM
Ausar Thompson posted a full line on Thursday with 11 points (5-of-10 FGs), seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and three blocks against the Pacers.
Analysis: Thompson has been frustrating this season for fantasy managers because of his inconsistent role. He opened the year as a starter, but he lost the job in late November and only started six times between November 30th and February 4th. However, he has now started their last six games and has provided well-rounded value. The deep-range shot isn't there, and his free throw shooting is suboptimal, but he doesn't shoot many of either. He is an elite producer of defensive stats for a perimeter player, and he will be an elite fantasy player as long as he is in the starting lineup.
Cade Cunningham puts up 30/5/8 with four triples
Thu, Feb 22, 2024, 8:46 PM
Cade Cunningham led Detroit with 30 points (13-of-21 FGs), five rebounds, eight assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in a 129-115 loss to Indiana on Thursday.
Analysis: Cade struggled in their final two games before the All-Star break, but he was able to get back on track in this one. He had his first 30-point game since January 5th and hit four 3-pointers for the first time since December 28th. It has been an up-and-down season for Cunningham, but he is more than capable of providing this type of production. They will head home to host the Magic for their next game on Saturday, which will be their final game of the week. The Magic are an excellent defensive team, but Cunningham will still look to keep up the production to try and help Detroit get their ninth win of the season.
Quentin Grimes (knee) downgraded to out Thursday
Thu, Feb 22, 2024, 5:39 PMNBA Injury Report
Quentin Grimes (right knee sprain) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Pacers.
Analysis: Grimes will remain sidelined for at least one more game with the knee injury he suffered while a member of the Knicks. Marcus Sasser, Shake Milton, and Evan Fournier have all played rotation minutes off the bench and will continue to do so.
Cade Cunningham (knee) available Thursday vs. IND
Thu, Feb 22, 2024, 5:33 PMNBA Injury Report
Cade Cunningham (left knee injury management) is available for Thursday's game against the Pacers.
Analysis: Initially listed as questionable, Cunningham is good to go and will occupy his usual place within the starting lineup. He should surpass the 30-minute mark alongside Jaden Ivey, so fantasy managers have little to worry about.